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Jiko raises $7.7 million for debit card with cash back

By | 2017-10-25T16:31:19+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Android|

A lot of startups have been raising money for credit cards and other financing businesses lately. Now Jiko has debit card technology that has convinced Upfront Ventures, Radical Impact, Social Capital and others to invest $7.7 million in a Series A. The Oakland, Calif.-based business markets itself as a secure place to save

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Amazon Echo Plus review: You’ll probably want the standard Echo instead

By | 2017-10-25T14:58:05+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Android|

The new Echo is a no-brainer. It’s smaller, sounds and looks better and, most importantly, it’s significantly cheaper than its predecessor. It was a long-awaited and much welcomed update to the line. The Echo Plus, on the other hand, is more baffling at first glance. The device marks yet another addition to the

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Gmail gets native add-ons across Android and web clients

By | 2017-10-25T11:53:06+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

Google is officially making Gmail add-ons available for everyone today, following a developer preview release that happened earlier this year. That has helped third parties build various add-ons for Gmail. Add-ons simplify your workflow because they allow you to perform certain actions (that so far would have required jumping to other apps) straight

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This $20 security camera is aiming for the Nest Cam’s throne

By | 2017-10-25T13:55:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Android|

When the Nest Cam — or the Dropcam, as it was known back then — was first introduced, it was something of a game changer. A security camera that just… worked. Plug it in, get it on WiFi, and you’re set. Nowadays, the Nest Cam stands in a more crowded arena. Logitech, Netgear,

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Amazon debuts a new Appstore app with better discovery, focus on Amazon Coins

By | 2017-10-25T03:58:03+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Mobile|

Amazon’s Kindle app isn’t the only mobile app from the company getting a makeover today. Amazon has also now quietly introduced a new version of its Appstore app for Fire TV, Fire tablets and Android devices. The new store features a visual redesign and an increased focus on Amazon’s own virtual currency, Amazon

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Why Samsung doesn’t beat Apple where it matters

By | 2017-10-24T22:20:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Samsung|

An innovation strategist, Guy Hirsch is the former director of Innovation Strategy and lead of Retail Innovation at Samsung, mentor at UpWest Labs and two-time venture-backed founder. Samsung’s competition with Apple is on premium phone ($400+) market share, and Apple is crushing Samsung in this market. Other market share metrics don’t really matter all

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Twitter announces new ‘transparency center’ for ads

By | 2017-10-25T01:22:19+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Social|

Twitter is responding to political scrutiny over the role it may have played in spreading Russian misinformation, and to a bipartisan Congressional bill proposing new regulations for online ads, with some new initiatives of its own. So it’s launching an Advertising Transparency Center where users should be able to see all the ads

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Target adds AR shopping to its mobile website

By | 2017-10-25T12:53:39+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Target is rolling out a new way to shop using augmented reality technology, initially on its mobile website. The feature, called “See It In Your Space” will allow online shoppers to use their smartphone camera with Target’s website in order to see how furniture they’re considering buying will look in their room. The

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Startup O.school raises $800,000 to improve sex education

By | 2017-10-25T11:48:26+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Sex education startup O.school recently raised $800,000 to help achieve its goal of offering up easy access to sex-positive, inclusive and comprehensive education around sex and sexuality. Current investors include Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, X Factor Ventures and The House Fund. Sex is one of those things that is still heavily stigmatized in

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FTC relaxes COPPA rule so kids can issue voice searches and commands

By | 2017-10-25T03:59:53+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Gadgets|

The COPPA rule prevents kids from having their personal information hoovered up and distributed online the way adults often consent to. Verifiable parental consent is required if that information is to be collected — but the FTC has just relaxed the rule just enough that common tasks like searches can be done for

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