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

By | 2017-02-28T18:06:40+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Google|

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 algorithms to take into account user engagement, and not just downloads in order

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Reflect drops public beta to power developer-first data visualization

By | 2017-02-28T23:11:30+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 today. By putting developers first and letting them integrate and customize visualizations in their own

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Digit now helps users automatically save for monthly bills

By | 2017-02-28T22:02:26+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 by scanning users’ bank accounts to measure their cash flows, and algorithmically determining

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

By | 2017-03-01T13:32:42+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 a few devices. MIUI 8.2 improves on various areas of the popular MIUI

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Pocket becomes part of Mozilla portfolio

By | 2017-03-01T12:30:05+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 without other hyperlinks, advertisements, bright colors and big headlines. It gave freedom to

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

By | 2017-02-28T18:04:30+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Social|

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, which focused on communication, and now includes short, easily digestible content from a

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LG working with Valve on a desktop-focused VR headset

By | 2017-03-01T11:26:10+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 San Francisco. For now, all that Valve will say about the headset is

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Google announces that 10 million Cardboard VR viewers have been shipped

By | 2017-03-01T10:20:43+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 that it has shipped 10 million units while the app boasts 160 million

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Pypestream raises $15M for its customer messaging platform

By | 2017-02-28T21:00:39+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 businesses — specifically, through the Pypestream app, where businesses can create their own accounts

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Google Home arrives in UK as early as this summer

By | 2017-03-01T09:18:17+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 Osterloh, Google Hardware SVP told BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones that Google Home would

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