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Watch BlackBerry unveils a brand new phone live right here
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 TCL, the company that now makes BlackBerry phones, is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona. The conference starts at 7 PM CET (6 PM GMT, 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST). We already got a sneak peek at the device during CES back in January. And it’s everything BlackBerry fans love — yes, I’m mostly talking about the physical keyboard. You can check it out live via… Read More [...]
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Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game
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 Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More [...]
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Shine gives up on mobile network ad-block threats, wants to play nice
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 So much for sticking “nuclear weapons” in carriers’ dumb pipes. Shine, last year’s enfant terrible of mobile ad blocking is pivoting (again!) — in both tone of voice and business model. It’s also rebranding to, er, Rainbow. Read More [...]
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Users spent more on apps in 2016, with games and entertainment apps leading the way
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 The amount of money U.S. users are spending on iPhone apps is steadily climbing, but one category in particular saw significant growth last year: Entertainment apps. The category – home to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO NOW – saw consumers’ average spending increase by 130 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from app intelligence firm Sensor… Read More [...]
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Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava
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 If you’re trying to build the Instagram for exercise, it helps to have the guy building Instagram for Instagram. That’s why Strava has added Instagram head of product Kevin Weil to its board of directors. Formerly VP of Product for Twitter, Weil has proven his skills through a rapid set of launches at Instagram including its surprisingly successful Snapchat Stories clone. Now Weil… Read More [...]
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Twitter’s ad business may be becoming another one of its biggest problems
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 Twitter may have re-oriented itself and laid off part of its workforce to streamline its business, but it still doesn’t look like it is bringing in enough money to keep Wall Street happy. Here is the biggest data point from the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report: according to the company, advertising revenue totaled $638 million, which was down slightly year-over-year. A… Read More [...]
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Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter
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 As Twitter’s growth continues to stall and increasingly become an issue, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s double-time running both Twitter and Square has become a big question mark — and Dorsey says he’s staying the course. “This focus, and this team, allows me and gives me a lot of confidence I can continue to focus on the meaningful things at both companies and we have… Read More [...]
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Flipboard revamps its approach personalized news with new “Smart Magazines”
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 Flipboard is releasing a big update today, which introduces “Smart Magazines” — a new way for people to find news stories and other content tied to their interests. CEO Mike McCue said the big goal behind this update was to answer the question, “How can we modernize the notion of magazines?” Like many print magazines, these Smart Magazines are meant help you dive… Read More [...]
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