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Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

Trent_Reznor_by_Rob_Sheridan Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

Part_4_1 Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

smartsense-homepage When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which used some portion of its $39 million in funding to snap up its competitor Distimo earlier this year, has quietly released a new app called… Read More

“VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

selfie But I thought we were recording our video selfies on Instagram and Snapchat now? A soon-to-launch mobile application called VideoSelfie, whose founders participated in the 500 Startups accelerator last year, has raised $1.2 million for its forthcoming mobile application that lets you edit your videos (of yourself, duh) in real-time. You can add filters, decorations and GIFs, hit record,… Read More

Despite a rough debut, Amazon will keep developing Fire Phones

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The entry of Amazon’s Fire Phone was hardly smooth; the company revealed recently it has a stock of unsold devices worth $83 million

Despite that black eye, Amazon plans to continue on with its smartphone project, according to Fortune

Amazon’s senior VP of devices, David Limp, told the publication it will launch new updates to the Fire phone’s software to make it “better and better.” He noted that the first version of the Kindle e-reader wasn’t received well by critics either, but it later evolved into a successful product

Limp added that the Fire Phone’s price point ($199 for 32GB; $299 for 64GB) was mostly to blame for sluggish sales. Read more…

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles

Amazon Fire Phone Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199… Read More

HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue

HTC-One-M8-4 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More

Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again

sony logo Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion. Read More

Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its “Slimmest Smartphones To Date”

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” Read More

Google reveals first functional Project Ara prototype (for real this time)

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Google’s Project Ara has reached an important milestone

A new video shows off the most advanced prototype of the modular smartphone yet— one that actually boots and is able to launch an app.

Project Ara is Google’s ambitious plan for modular smartphones that have interchangeable pieces. The idea is to create phones whose individual components, like the processor, display, or camera, can be swapped out individually so users have more ways to customize their devices at a lower cost

The latest prototype, called Spiral One, is the most functional Ara prototype yet. In the video demo, the Android device is powered up, the display unlocked and an app launched— though the three-minute video only contains about 15 seconds of footage of the device while it’s actually turned on. Read more…

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