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 Word has it that last month’s launch of Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which connects the messaging app’s users to news stories and other media packaged in a way that’s ideal for consumption in quick bursts, has been driving millions of pageviews per day for its publishing partners. But the evidence pointing to Discover’s popularity has been fairly… Read More

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 After a few months of public beta testing, Atlassian today officially launched Stash Data Center, its Git-based code management service for enterprises. The service allows businesses to run Git on a server cluster that can support a very large numbers of developers. The largest beta deployment, the company tells me, supported about 12,000 developers. As Atlassian’s VP and general… Read More

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 Google SVP Sundar Pichai has given a few hints about what value Google sees in Magic Leap, the very well financed augmented reality startup that Mountain View led a $542 million investment round in last year, and which Pichai also sits on the board of. Read More

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 Google’s Sundar Pichai essentially used today’s Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag for a whole host of interesting Google projects, including Android Pay, a new mobile payments framework that will look to succeed where Google Wallet failed. This time, they’ll be mostly leaving the apps themselves to developers, and Android Pay is intended primarily as… Read More

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 Withings has just broadened the reach of its smart watches, the Activité and the Activité Pop, as the Android version of the Withings HealthMate app now integrates with the new hardware. Withings launched the Activité line last year with a hope to bring a new look to the smart watch space. Read More

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 A six-foot, 185 pound NFL cornerback isn’t the type of tech co-founder expected to be pitching venture capitalists for seed money. Until now. Tech entrepreneur Reggie Howard played seven years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, until it was time to transition out and take the next step in his life. For most pro athletes the transition is difficult, Howard said,… Read More

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 When Apple and IBM announced a partnership last year, more than a few jaws dropped, but the two have been working together to create a new wave of enterprise-friendly apps — and announced the latest round to come out of the affiliation today at Mobile World Congress. At first glance, the meeting of these two companies may seem a case of technology making strange bedfellows, but they… Read More

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 Apple has added language to legal documents (via 9to5Mac) regarding the scope of its company activities to include vehicles, with a generic description that includes automobiles, bicycles, rail, ships, aircrafts and more. The specific details aren’t that important, and these are usually made as broad as possible to provide amble legal cover, but the fact that Apple’s lawyers… Read More

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 While Google continues to build out “cell towers in the sky” in the form of balloons and solar-powered airplanes, it’s also gearing up to launch an experimental mobile network in the U.S., too. Today, Google’s SVP of products, Sundar Pichai, said that we should start to see the results of the company’s MVNO mobile network effort in the “coming months”… Read More

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 Waterproof phones have been around for ages. But to be waterproof, there are little flappy covers on the ports. Like the MicroUSB card port. And these covers always break off. Always. But now there’s the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, an Android smartphone that’s waterproof without those annoying caps. The microUSB port is naked but, sadly, there is still a cover on the SD Card slot. The… Read More

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 Popular security software company Avast is the latest overseas technology company to get caught in China’s censorship net after users began reporting that its service and website were blocked inside the country. Read More

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 Sitting somewhere between an e-commerce subscription service like Birchbox and a ‘personal shopper’ or stylist, Berlin-based startup Outfittery offers what it calls a curated shopping service for men’s clothing. After signing up, you simply answer a few questions about your clothing style and sizes, and one of the company’s style experts gives you a call to further… Read More

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 Cyanogen, a “community” Android version that allowed users of older phones to get some of Android’s newer features, is going just a bit more corporate in the wake of its partnership with Qualcomm. The commercial Cyanogen OS and the more community-minded CyanogenMod will become Qualcomm’s Android of choice for its new Snapdragon processors. It is also rebranding in the… Read More

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 Sony isn’t done with mobile hardware yet, despite its recent talk of an exit strategy from smartphones. Here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona it’s showing off a new 10.1 inch Android tablet, the Xperia Z4, coming this June, and a new mid-tier 4G/LTE smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua — its first octa-core 64-bit smartphone. Read More

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 If you’ve ever fancied flying through the Amazon jungle, then there’s good news because Google’s got your back. Virtually speaking. Read More

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 Another security-focused development in the European mobile space: Finnish mobile startup Jolla, which develops the Sailfish mobile OS and its own brand mobile hardware, has just announced it will be partnering to create a “security hardened” version of the platform, called Sailfish Secure. Read More

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 We first reported on Metaio’s Thermal Touch concept for Augmented Reality (AR) interface control last spring. Still in its infancy, the concept relies on thermal imaging cameras to track residual heat your body leaves on surfaces that it touches and uses those heat signatures to control AR interfaces. The next concept version demoing this week at the Mobile World Congress is now… Read More

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 A sequel to last year’s pro-privacy Android smartphone Blackphone has just been announced, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, along with a tablet device, called Blackphone+. Read More

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 Ola, the SoftBank-backed competitor to Uber, has dished out $200 million to buy smaller rival TaxiForSure in what looks like being the first of a number of consolidation moves in India’s taxi-hailing space. Read More

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 Berlin-based Rocket Internet is broadening its already wide portfolio of companies with Everjobs, a career-listings platform. Like other Rocket Internet companies, Everjobs, which is already live in Sri Lanka, will tackle emerging markets in Asia and Africa and plans to expand rapidly. Everjobs co-founder Ronald Schuurs says Rocket Internet decided to take on job listings after the success of… Read More

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 Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off two new Lumia smartphones: the 640 and 640 XL. Details of the two, low-end phones leaked out yesterday in advanced of today’s unveil. Read More

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 This is an exhaustive solution to a (physically) small problem. Biologist Adele Bakhtiarova had never been able to find an eyelash curler that fit her. She struggled with finding one that could reach out to the very last eyelashes on the edges of her eyes. She tried dozens of eyelash curlers. But they would pinch her skin or crimp the lashes into an ‘L’ shape instead of a proper curl.… Read More

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 Microsoft has confirmed that it will offer Windows 10 for all mobile devices that currently run its latest Windows 8.1 software. Read More

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 A post supposedly written by ISIS supporters has emerged, threatening Twitter employees with death because the microblogging platform deletes accounts related to the terrorist group. Uploaded onto JustPaste.it, the post specifically targets Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, with a crosshair superimposed over a photo of his face. Read More

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 Payments is one of those chicken and egg scenarios. Consumers want to see a use case (participating merchants) before they adopt, yet merchants want to know that customers are actually using this stuff before they invest. Apple Pay has, by all accounts, significantly broadened adoption of NFC payments, and now a solution opening it up to large numbers of merchants could be on the horizon. Read More

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