Amazon launches Themes, a feature for filtering Customer Reviews by popular terms

August 5, 2017

Amazon has quietly launched a new feature called Themes, designed to make it easier for shoppers to navigate a products customer reviews. Now, in the Amazon mobile app, youre able to see which words have been used the most frequently across the reviews left by other customers, and then tap a button to hop straight to a filtered selection of reviews that include that term. To find a products themes,…

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Googles cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

July 29, 2017

Approximately 2 million people have installed the YouTube TV app, Googles live TV service aimed at a younger generation of cord cutters, as well as those who never signed up for traditional pay TV in the first place. That download figure comes from app store analytics firms Sensor Tower and App Annie, which both also noted that installs are evenly split between iOS and Android devices. Of course, 2 million…

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Stash raises $40 million Series C to make investing more approachable

July 14, 2017

Micro-investing app Stash has raised an additional $40 million in Series C funding, the company announced this morning, following rapid growth in terms of sign-ups from new users 86 percent of whom are first-time investors. The startups app is designed to help ease people into investing by allowing anyone to start with as little as $5, then build a portfolio you contribute more to over time. Stash competes in a…

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Outlooks mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph

July 13, 2017

Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along with other changes to navigation and conversations. Microsoft Graph, the companys technology used to make productivity applications smarter, is being used to turn Outlooks search feature into a tool that can surface more than just emails it will be augmented…

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Researchers have created a mobile phone you don’t need to charge

July 10, 2017

Image: screenshot from youtube Your future phone may never need to be charged. That’s the exciting implication of new research out of the University of Washington, where researchers have created a mobile phone prototype that doesn’t require a battery to operate. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk sticks to Twitter bet to build world’s biggest lithium-ion battery The astonishingly efficient prototype requires just 3.5 microwatts of juice, and it employs an innovative…

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The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

July 6, 2017

The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcasters testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the popular nature documentary, Planet…

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Twitter tests rounded buttons and thumbnailsbecause thats the problem?

May 31, 2017

Twitter is testing a new interface for its mobile applications on iOS and Android, which involves rounded profile images, buttons and other features. Its unclear what advantage going round would bring, as the styles adoption among app makers and designers tends to be more of a trend that ebbs and flows over time, rather than a format thats proven to have a significant advantage over the here on Quora where…

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Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

May 10, 2017

San Francisco-based Jump Capital, and includes participation from Tubi TVs Series A investor The titles on Tubi TV arent necessarily the hottest, or most in-demand new releases, but include a number of big-name hits from years past. For example, the apps featured selection right now includesthe 2000 film Gladiator, 1991s The Silence of the Lambs, 2011s Young Adult, 2010s True Grit and 2008s Revolutionary Road, among others. But for Tubi…

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OnePlus 5 confirmed for launch this summer

May 6, 2017

The OnePlus 3T replaces the the OnePlus 3, which was released less than six months ago.Image: lili sams/mashable The smartphone you should be talking about is coming. The OnePlus 5, the successor to the OnePlus 3T, the best phone most people have never heard of, but hopefully have because you read Mashable obsessively, will launch this summer. SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3T in Midnight Black is the phone Batman’s been waiting…

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Hands-on with Hulus new Live TV service

May 4, 2017

Hulu officially announced the launch of its live TV streaming service this morning at its Upfront presentation in New York, after earlier promising its under $40 offering would arrive sometime this spring. The service which is actually $39.99 per month has a robust channel lineup, cloud DVR and combines Hulus existing on-demand library, including its Originals, with streaming TV and on-demand content from its broadcast partners.However, a key part to…

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