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This app will help you figure out if you can fit that Costco-sized paper towel box in your apartment

By | 2017-12-13T11:20:03+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 You’re probably going to get a better deal when you buy consumer products — like paper towels — wholesale, but at the same time you’re also buying a very, very large package of said consumer products. So, they might not always fit in your apartment. Wholesale goods are the primary play for a startup called Boxed, a [...]

To fix SoundCloud, it must become the anti-Spotify

By | 2017-12-12T15:57:43+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Startups die by suicide, not competition. It wasn’t that anyone was stealing SoundCloud’s underground rappers, bedroom remixers, and garage bands. SoundCloud stumbled because it neglected these hardcore loyalists as it wrongly strived to usurp Spotify as the streaming home of music’s superstars. But four months ago after laying off 40% of its staff, SoundCloud scored a… Read [...]

Twitter officially launches ‘threads,’ a new feature for easily posting tweetstorms

By | 2017-12-12T13:27:51+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Twitter today is announcing the launch of a new feature that will allow people to more easily post tweetstorms – that is, those series of connected tweets that have grown to become a popular workaround for getting past Twitter’s character count limitation in order to share longer thoughts. The company confirmed last month it was testing the [...]

Facebook opens AR platform and “world effects” to all developers

By | 2017-12-12T12:39:08+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start building AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes “World Effects” — [...]

Facebook will no longer always divert international advertising revenue to Ireland

By | 2017-12-12T12:39:07+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Facebook today said it is shifting to a “local selling structure” in countries outside of the U.S., in which its advertising revenue in that country will be recorded by their local company in the country. That means that rather than directly route its revenue to its international headquarters in Dublin, local policymakers and governments will potentially [...]

Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and Spotify

By | 2017-12-12T10:57:21+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Tinder announced today it’s beginning a test of a new feature called “Feed” designed to help users learn more about their matches. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those you’ve already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and your [...]

Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

By | 2017-12-12T09:54:54+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house. But Descript, Mason’s new startup that’s spun out from [...]

Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

By | 2017-12-11T12:57:35+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Tech News|

 After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of the an Android 2.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peek of a fun [...]