Month: February 2017

Google Play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games

Google is making a significant change to how its app store, Google Play, will work in terms of making the best games more easily discoverable by end users. At the Game Developers Conference, the company announced that it recently tuned its app store...

/ February 28, 2017

Reflect drops public beta to power developer-first data visualization

Data visualization has been done — there are publicly traded, interactive, real-time and, heck, even artificially intelligent companies promising data visualization. But despite all the noise, Portland-based Reflect is making a go of it in the space, opening up its public beta...

/ February 28, 2017

Digit now helps users automatically save for monthly bills

Automated savings startup Digit has long helped users squirrel away money for a rainy day. But today the company is rolling out a new feature that will make it easier to help its users save and pay their monthly bills. Digit works...

/ February 28, 2017

MIUI 8.2 makes its way to Xiaomi Mi Mix and Mi Note 2

Xiaomi’s latest flagships – the Mi Mix and the Mi Note 2 – are now getting a stable ROM version of MIUI 8.2. The new software update was announced a couple of days ago, and it’s already available on quite...

/ February 28, 2017

Pocket becomes part of Mozilla portfolio

Pocket is one of the first apps I download with every new smartphone I get. What started as a browser add-on and then transitioned to a platform named Pocket on its own, helped me filter the quality content of articles...

/ February 28, 2017

eMarketer: Snapchat growth driven by older users, as usage among young adults declines

Snapchat has a reputation for being an app that’s confusing to the “olds” – something the company tried to address with a redesign just ahead of filing for its IPO. In addition, the app has expanded beyond its original use case,...

/ February 28, 2017

LG working with Valve on a desktop-focused VR headset

SteamVR is Valve’s world, HTC is just playing in it. LG is about reveal a headset based on Valve’s VR platform as soon as this week. The venue for the reveal is the GDC 2017, which is already underway in...

/ February 28, 2017

Google announces that 10 million Cardboard VR viewers have been shipped

Google is largely responsible for the rise of super affordable VR headsets – they literally made one out of cardboard! While they are the simplest form of VR you can get, they have become a hit with consumers. Google announced...

/ February 28, 2017

Pypestream raises $15M for its customer messaging platform

Pypestream is announcing that it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. When the startup launched more than a year ago, founder and CEO Richard Smullen was pitching text messaging as the best way for customers to communicate with...

/ February 28, 2017

Google Home arrives in UK as early as this summer

The battle between Amazon Echo and Google Home will spread across the United Kingdom this summer. The smart assistant by Google will be available for shipping in the second quarter of the year, a spokesperson from the company confirmed. Rick...

/ February 28, 2017