Nintendo and the limits of nostalgia

Nintendo and the limits of nostalgia
 Can the world stand another Link adventure? Can it throw another blue shell? Hit the Rainbow Road for another lap? Catch ’em all again? If you’re a Nintendo exec I suspect you’re starting to think that the venerated company is now brushing against the limits of nostalgia and that something – something big – is about to give. Thankfully the company is poised to… Read More


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These 11 technologies want to hack your brains

These 11 technologies want to hack your brains
 Picture a day where you flip through your memories like you would Facebook or Instagram or you get a chip sewn into your brain to help you learn languages twice as fast and communicate your thoughts in an instant to millions of people. Such are the promises of so-called brain hacking technologies and for the past couple years, everyone from Elon Musk to DARPA scientists has been studying… Read More


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Qualcomm could be looking at banning iPhone imports into the U.S.

Qualcomm could be looking at banning iPhone imports into the U.S.
 I don’t think anyone was expecting this punch. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Qualcomm is thinking about asking the International Trade Commission (a U.S. trade agency despite the misleading name) to ban imports of iPhones into the U.S. This is the latest twist in the ongoing conflict between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm hopes that the ITC could rule on the issue sooner than… Read More


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Report: Smartphone owners are using 9 apps per day, 30 per month

Report: Smartphone owners are using 9 apps per day, 30 per month
 Smartphone users are spending more time in apps than in years past, and now access over 30 apps on a monthly basis, according to a new report from App Annie out this week. These 30 apps work out to being roughly one-third to one-half of the apps users have installed on their smartphones. And using those apps is a daily habit, as people now launch an average of at least 9 apps per day, the… Read More


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Twitter brings its TV app with live video to Roku

Twitter brings its TV app with live video to Roku
 On the heels of Twitter’s plans to significantly expand the amount of live streaming video content on its network, the company today is bringing its big-screen video app to a new platform with its launch on Roku devices. The arrival comes over half a year after the TV app was first introduced on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox One, and will offer a similar experience that combines live… Read More


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This DIY Google Home uses Raspberry Pi and cardboard to make the magic happen

This DIY Google Home uses Raspberry Pi and cardboard to make the magic happen
 Want a Google Home but would rather prioritize cost savings over fit and finish? Getting the latest issue of the officially magazine of Raspberry Pi, the MagPi. The Raspberry Pi foundation has often included freebies along with its magazine, but this might be the best yet – it’s a kit co-created by Raspberry Pi and Google, and it brings all the hardware you need to get set up with… Read More


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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise, and connecting communities

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise, and connecting communities
 FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has a lot of issues on her regulatory plate, some given marquee billing (the repeal of the Commission’s Broadband Privacy Rule) and others lurking in the wings for years (unfair practices in prison inmate calling systems). I recently had the opportunity to talk with her about a handful of them. Read More


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Snapchat launches self-serve ad manager

Snapchat launches self-serve ad manager
 Snap Inc. wants the ad dollars of smaller businesses, not just giant brands. So today it’s launching its new self-serve ad manager for buying video Snap Ads. There’s also the new Snapchat Mobile Dashboard for tracking campaigns from your phone, and the Business Manager site for configuring the roles and permissions of team members. Read More


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Amazon modifies its Kindle ebook contracts following EU investigation

Amazon modifies its Kindle ebook contracts following EU investigation
 Amazon has accepted new contract terms with book publishers in the European Union after Commissioner Margrethe Vestager led an investigation into Amazon’s practices. After today’s decision, Amazon will no longer force publishers to provide the best price on the company’s Kindle store.
The investigation started a couple of years ago as publishers started to worry that… Read More


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Zapier launches $250/month team accounts

Zapier launches 0/month team accounts
 Zapier, the business process-centric services for connecting different applications and automating workflows, today announced the launch of “Zapier for Teams.” This new, $250/month plan complements the company’s existing free and $20/month tiers and adds a number of collaboration features to the service.

“We have well over a million registered users on the platform… Read More


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