Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat
Messenger Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started forcing users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results̶ READ MORE
TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon: Get Your Tickets!
TCDisruptHackathonSanFransisco We’ve got details regarding the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon you’ll want to hear. You wouldn’t want to miss out on one of the greatest all-night hacking events on the planet, would you? The Disrupt Hackathon is the all-weekend event that k READ MORE
Part car, part motorcycle, Polaris Slingshot is the inverted trike every kid dreams of

Polaris touts the cornering prowess of the Slingshot

Take your favorite three-wheeler from childhood, flip it around, give it the power and handling of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car, and the look of something out of a futuristic comic book. The result is the brand new Polaris Slingshot. .. Continue Reading READ MORE
Booking an Airbnb room for your business trip is now legit: Airbnb beefs up business travel features
Booking an Airbnb room for your business trip is now legit: Airbnb beefs up business travel features

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Beats Music Mobile App Gets Recommendation Tweaking, Verified Profiles And More
beats-music Beats Music has updated its iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications with a few new features, including a way to tune the Beats recommendation engine manually for better suggestions, a new history view for The Sentence, the Songza-like Madlibs playback engine, Verified Badges, which add a checkmark t READ MORE
The existing Bolt asks Instagram to reconsider naming its new app ‘Bolt’
The existing Bolt asks Instagram to reconsider naming its new app ‘Bolt’

Above: Bolt in the Google Play store

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Full Bloom

This month, for the first time in 15 years, Blossom began airing on television again, nightly on the Hub network. The sitcom about funky, precocious Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) and her family, which ran on NBC from 1990 to 1995, was in syndication for a few years immediately after its finale, but the third millennia has (give or take an Old Navy ad or READ MORE

Carnival of Space 364
The Carnival of Space 364 is up at Photos to spaceUniverse Today - The winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has successfully completed a series of risk reduction miles READ MORE
Here’s why Amazon has become a major player in games (interview)
Here’s why Amazon has become a major player in games (interview)

Above: Amazon's entire Fire TV gadget lineup

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Bit by bit, Amazon has become a game company. The world’s largest e-commerce vendor bought its first game studio, Reflexive Entertainment, si READ MORE

Topological Insulators Offer Efficient Solution to Magnetic Memory

Photo: Fredric Weber/Penn State University

Since they were first theorized in 2005 and later experimentally produced in 2007, topological insulators, with their ability to insulate on the inside an READ MORE

‘Internet-plus-HBO’ may move to more cable networks
‘Internet-plus-HBO’ may move to more cable networksNOTE: GrowthBeat is less than 2 weeks out! VentureBeat is gathering the best and brightest in modern digital marketing to help declutter the landscape, simplify the functions, clarify the goals, and point the way to success. READ MORE
Birdi raises $700K to begin manufacturing a ‘smart’ smoke alarm
Birdi raises $700K to begin manufacturing a ‘smart’ smoke alarm

CNRY, Inc. announced today that it has raised $700,000 in new seed funding. The company, better known as Birdi, is dedicated to building a “better” smoke alarm. This alarm will be connected to mobile devices READ MORE

Logitech brings inexpensive H570e USB headset to the enterprise


When I go to the grocery store, nothing drives me crazier than people using the speakerphone function of their phone to talk with their partner. When I hear "honey, should I buy 1% or 2% milk?" and then listen to the disc READ MORE

Printworks gives Mac users a user-friendly, yet surprisingly powerful, design tool


Belight Software has released Printworks 1.0 for Mac. Launching with a discounted price of $29.99 (normally $49.99), the app is a fully fledged desktop publishing and design tool aimed at the home and small busi READ MORE

Giants roam the streets of Liverpool, UK

This weekend saw giants walking the streets of Liverpool (Photo: Stu Robarts/Gizmag)

Liverpool, UK, has played host to some pretty big visitors in the past, but its guests this weekend were truly huge. Royal De Luxe's giant puppets roamed the city's streets, capturing imaginations and drawing huge crowds. It is the second time its Gi READ MORE
How to Spot a Social Bot on Twitter

Social bots are sending a significant amount of information through the Twittersphere. Now there’s a tool to help identify them.

Back in 2011, a team from Texas A&M University carried out a cyber sting to trap nonhuman Twitter users that were polluting the Twittersphere with spam. Their approach was to set up “honeypot” accounts which posted nonsensical content that no human user would ever be interested in. Any account that retweeted this content, or friended the owner, READ MORE

Tiempo Wants To Simplify Time Tracking So You Can Focus On Work
02-TC-Tiempo-Body Y Combinator-backed Tiempo is a free time-tracking app for iOS, Android and the web that can be used by individuals or companies to track employee hours to pay them faster. Re READ MORE
SlimClip — a minimal iPhone case with clip-on functionality [Review]

SlimClip case

When I go for runs, my iPhone always comes with me, providing music and motivation through apps like Zombies, Run! Usually I just jam the device READ MORE

Bolt’s Founder Asks Instagram To Rename Its Forthcoming Photo Messaging App, Or Face A Legal Battle
two-bolts The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. The founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring the company to reconsider its name choice to avoid a legal battle. R READ MORE
One in four IT professionals aren’t aware of virtual security options

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Securing IT is essential for any modern business, but according to a new study carried out for security company Kaspersky Lab around one in four IT security experts have little or no understanding of READ MORE

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