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iBeacons Are Ready for Showtime at the Tribeca Film Festival

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The Tribeca Film Festival is getting iBeaconified. The annual film festival is taking advantage of one of 2014′s hottest tech trends by integrating iBeacon support in its official iOS app and at venues across New York City.

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is using iBeacons as a way to alert app users of nearby venues, screening times and offers. If you have the official TFF iOS app [iTunes link] installed on your phone and you’ve enabled Bluetooth notifications, you’ll get alerts when you’re near a theater or event. If you’re near a theater, the alerts will offer easy-access to screening times. Users can even purchase tickets directly inside the app. Read more…

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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

gusto-email-iphone There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

851569_1386456404968603_645729474_n Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

Facebook Adds Features to Paper, Says Slow Growth Is No Concern

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Facebook Paper, the standalone news reader app the company launched in January, released its first significant app update Friday — adding a couple new features to the News Feed section of the app as well as making a few subtle design tweaks

You can now see birthdays and events within Paper by clicking on the notifications tab in the upper righthand corner of the app and scrolling to the bottom. Users can also add a photo to a comment by using the phone’s camera or camera roll.

The small additions are the result of user feedback, says Michael Reckhow, product manager for Paper, who says these two features in particular were the most requested. Most changes in the update pertain to News Feed, which looks drastically different within Paper compared to Facebook’s flagship app Read more…

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You Can Now Try Google Glass at Home Before You Buy It

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For those curious about trying Google Glass before shelling out $1,500, Google is launching a free try-it-at-home pilot for the high-tech specs.

First spotted by 9to5Mac, the Reddit user clide posted an email and various photos of the kit he received in the mail from Glass as part of a new trial the company is offering.

Hello Potential Explorer!

You told us you’re interested in purchasing Glass, but wanted to wait until we had frames for Glass. We have some good news for you. We recently introduced the Titanium Collection — four feather-light titanium frames that are designed to fit with your prescription and personal style. And even more good news — you’ve been selected to participate in a free home try-on pilot, to help you find the frame style and Glass color that fits you best before you purchase Read more…

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App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

Quixey Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out its… Read More

LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users Amid Mobile Push

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LinkedIn proudly broadcasted its increasing mobile traffic last week, but that’s not the only growth the company is experiencing

LinkedIn announced Friday it has reached 300 million registered users, a jump from 277 million members at the beginning of the year. LinkedIn announced the 200 million user milestone in January 2013, which means the company has added an average of 6.6 million new users per month over the past 15 months.

This registered users figure is different from the number shared by other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Those companies share a “monthly active user” statistic, not total registered accounts. Instead, LinkedIn uses an engagement number produced by comScore to highlight their active audience, according to a company spokesperson Read more…

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Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

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With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple’s chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft’s corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual personality that shares the same name as Master Chief’s holographic helper from the Halo games.

Cortana made her debut at Microsoft’s Build conference earlier this month, but she’s now in the hands of Windows Phone developers and should be coming to the first Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in a couple of weeks. Compared to Siri, which arrived in fall 2011 on board the iPhone 4S, Cortana is a newborn lamb.

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New Facebook for iPhone Lets You Reply to Comments on Pages

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Facebook has rolled out version 9.0 of its iPhone app, adding the ability to reply to comments on stories on certain Pages

For this to work, the Page in question must have this feature turned on

Also, group admins can now easily review and approve pending posts by group members, and posts about trending topics are highlighted in the iPad version of News Feed.

The new version comes just one day after Facebook announced an optional feature for the iPhone called Nearby Friends. If you turn it on, you’ll be able to discover which of your friends are nearby or on the go. You can also choose to share a precise location with a particular group of friends at a set period of time. The feature will become available on the Android and iPhone in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Read more…

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Swedish Supercar Has Sexiest Curves at the Auto Show

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It’s easily the sexiest car at the New York International Auto Show — and also the most mysterious

The Koenigsegg Agera R drew a lot of attention from nearby onlookers — despite the fact that it sat next to a Lotus and a Bugatti. That’s largely thanks to the Agera R’s otherworldly shape and daring design.

Hailing from Sweden, Koenigsegg is already a familiar name among supercar enthusiasts, but for the non-fanatic, it’s a relatively unfamiliar brand.

Many supercars are designed with great attention to detail, but the Agera R was clearly designed with love. How so? First let’s take the unique reverse wing-like doors, designed by Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg himself (who prefers that you refer to the doors as the “dihedral synchro-helix actuation system”) Read more…

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