Tag: apps

The new ‘Your Time On Facebook’ feature tells you how much time you waste on the social network

Facebook has been refined over the years to keep you online and interacting with the service as long as possible. That ensures you’ll see lots of Facebook ads, but it can be a drain on your time if you get stuck in a Facebook vortex. With everyone suddenly concerned about limiting screen time, Facebook has rolled […]

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Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

After Facebook announced in August that it was working on activity trackers so that users could see how much time they’re spending on the Instagram and Facebook apps, the company confirmed that the feature is starting to roll out. Called “Your Time on Facebook,” it is starting to roll out now […]

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You can now sign into your Microsoft account without a password

Passwords aren’t as effective a means as preventing account break-ins as they might seem. Three out of four people use duplicate passwords, and 21 percent of people use codes that are over 10 years old. (In 2014, among the five most popular passwords were “password,” “123456,” and “qwerty.”) Two-factor SMS authentication adds […]

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Agora raises $70 million to grow its voice, video, and broadcasting SDKs globally

Agora, a platform that makes it easier for developers to add voice and video features to their applications, has raised $70 million in a series C round of funding led by hedge fund Coatue Management, with participation from SIG, Morningside, and Shunwei Capital. The news comes just five months after Agora […]

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eGym raises $20 million to grow its connected fitness platform in the U.S.

Germany-based fitness equipment and software startup eGym has raised $20 million in a series D round of funding led by Nokia-funded venture capital firm NGP Capital, with participation from Highland Europe and HPE Growth Capital. Founded out of Munich in 2011, eGym’s platform constitutes both hardware and software. The company builds fully connected […]

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‘AppDialer Pro’ is now free to all users going forward, refunds available for recent buyers

AppDialer Pro, a simple T9-style app launcher, has gone free, according to developer Oleksii Masnyi in a recent Medium post. The free version of the app is being discontinued, with all users being given a refund if they purchased AppDialer Pro after Aug. 31, 2018. All Pro features will now be available at no charge, […]

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40 temporarily free and 84 on-sale apps and games to start the holiday week

Article Contents Thanksgiving week is already here, at least for us in the US. That means that you should expect a lot of apps to be on sale this week and going into next. Today is no exception, so prepare yourself. In the coming days, I’ll be doubly sure to highlight in bold anything that […]

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Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to […]

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Microsoft acquires app-provisioning startup FSLogix

Another day, another profitable exit for a well-regarded startup. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based FSLogix, the company behind the eponymous award-winning FSLogix app provisioning platform, for an undisclosed sum. In a blog post, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Office 365, and Julia White, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, wrote […]

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Amazon’s neural TTS can model speaking styles with only a few hours of recordings

Tired of Alexa’s staid, monotonous tone? Well, thanks to a new artificial intelligence (AI) technique, Amazon might soon be able to roll out new speaking styles to its voice assistant at a rapid clip. In a newly published paper (“Effect of data reduction on sequence-to-sequence neural TTS“) and an accompanying blog […]

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Enlight and Facetune creator Lightricks raises $60 million

The mobile app market is on the upswing, according to research firms like App Annie. Global downloads grew an estimated 15 percent and consumer spend 20 percent year-over-year in Q2 2018, and smartphone users spent more money on apps — $18.5 billion — than in any quarter in history. One of the most popular […]

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LG Xboom WK9 review: Boomy bass can’t make up for Google Smart Display shortcomings

Facebook’s Portal. Amazon’s Echo Show. Smart displays — tablet-like touchscreen devices with built-in voice assistants — aren’t exactly on the cusp of ubiquity, but they’re following in the market footsteps of the Echo and Google Home. At least, that’s what manufacturers seem to be hoping. Facebook and Amazon chose to […]

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AEye raises $40 million for sensor that merges camera and lidar data

With some analysts predicting as many as 10 million self-driving cars will hit the road by 2030, it’s no wonder that the lidar market is projected to be worth $1.8 million in just five years. Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to target objects by illuminating them with laser light […]

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Capture 300% greater conversions with AI-powered voice and bots (VB Live)

As AI assistants get smarter, consumers are trusting them to help sort through the avalanche of buying choices available. To learn how to shift marketing efforts to capture newly connected customers, how to leverage voice bots right now, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! Register here for free. […]

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