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HBO GO To Land On Amazon Fire TV Later This Year

Gadgets_FireTV_STILLS_02 Amazon just announced a multi-year agreement with HBO to offer that cable network’s back-catalog of shows on Amazon Instant Video, free for Prime subscribers. That’s not all, though; HBO GO, which offers not only archived content but also current programming to HBO subscribers, will arrive on Amazon Fire TV by year’s end, the companies announced. HBO GO was the one glaring… Read More

HBO Content Is Coming To Amazon Prime Instant Video Including ‘Sopranos’ And ‘The Wire’

sopranos_stern01 Classic HBO programming will soon be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The two companies announced the programming deal this morning. The first set of programming will hit the video streaming service starting on May 21. HBO Go will also finally hit the Amazon Fire TV by the end of 2014. The programming list includes The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound &… Read More

Apple Profiles Apps Used To Create Its ‘Powerful’ New Ad

powerful-apple-hero Apple has a new ad out that you may have seen, featuring a track by The Pixies and a whole lot of iPhone users employing mobile software to cover the song. The ad harkens back to earlier Apple ads where people used a variety of software from the App Store to have fun with their devices, and as such represents a pretty strong return to form. I’ll forgive them the obligatory… Read More

Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

Interstate90_Colorado Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock icon… Read More

AOL Will Offer Free Streaming Miramax Movies To U.S. Viewers

aol logo AOL is getting into the full-length movie business with a new ‘Movies’ section for the AOL On Network (disclosure: AOL owns TechCrunch). The company’s movie portal is adding titles from Miramax starting April 30, including what the company says will be “tens of films,” with the selection refreshing on a monthly basis. It’s a move into territory that could put… Read More

These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 13.14.37 My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that, you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these videos. In these seven videos, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments… Read More

The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299

03 Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when it… Read More

Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

_DSC8613.jpg The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings

enemy-of-the-state To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More

Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe

Taxify Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More