Nest Cam is a dead easy way to monitor your home remotely

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The Nest Cam is the iPhone of Wi-Fi-connected security cameras. It just works.

When Google-owned Nest Labs acquired Dropcam and its Internet-connected security cameras and live video streaming service last year for $555 million cash, I knew immediately good things were coming.

The Nest Cam is basically a souped-up Dropcam Pro, but with a thinner and sleeker design, better imaging, even easier setup, and a built-in microphone so you can yell at your dog when you see it doing things it shouldn’t be doing while you’re out of the house. Read more…

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Twitter also wants iOS users to ‘favorite’ tweets with hearts instead of stars

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Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it’s iOS users’ turn

The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users that largely swaps out stars for hearts when users “favorite” or save tweets. However different users are seeing different things. For example, some report seeing hearts only in the Notifications area, while others are seeing the symbols pop up in their feeds, too

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Even the heart symbols vary — they’re either circled or standalone Read more…

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Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla are expecting a baby after multiple miscarriages

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Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is about to get just a teeny bit bigger. The Facebook CEO posted that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl

While the Zuckerbergs posted a family announcement photo, the couple also surprisingly opened up about the challenges they had with trying to conceive and Chan’s miscarriages.

“We want to share one experience to start,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.”

“This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.” Read more…

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MyTape Is A Video-Sharing App To Capture And See The World Around You

myTape 2 Meet MyTape, a brand new social app for iOS centered around video. On MyTape, you follow people, shoot videos and watch stuff around you. It’s a sort of mash-up between Periscope and Frontback, and it will be interesting to see whether this new social app can find its audience. Read More

Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

susan kare pinterest Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company’s early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest. She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT as creative director. She’s… Read More

Maybe There Doesn’t Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything

Apple Watch Should Apple be concerned that a number of popular app makers like Facebook, Google and Snapchat have yet to embrace its Apple Watch platform with apps of their own? That’s a question raised by a recent New York Times piece detailing how many developers are taking “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to Apple’s new wearable. But maybe the right question to ask is… Read More

Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

Facebook Safari Login 35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that its testing a new tool that lets users login to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t.
Former TechCrunch writer MG Siegler spotted the test, and Facebook… Read More

Requiem For The App Revolution

too-many-apps-fb The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a revolution is no longer a revolution when the model is the status quo. With new apps created every day, the revolution has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while the app revolution is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — the experience evolution. Read More

The Moto X Style vs. the latest flagship Android smartphones

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Motorola is stepping up its phone game with the Moto X Style (called Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S.).

The third-generation Moto X has improvements across the board: bigger and higher resolution display, larger battery, microSD card slot, and most importantly, huge camera improvements.

But how does it stack up against the competition?

We crunched the numbers and put them all into an easily digestible chart. There’s no fingerprint sensor and the phone’s a little bulky — but in all the areas that really count, the Moto X Style looks like a serious contender Read more…

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The rage is real in Angry Birds 2’s free-to-play fail

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The birds are back, but we’re the angry ones this time.

After five-plus years and more than twice that number of spin-offs, Rovio‘s got a proper Angry Birds sequel, with the number “2” and everything. There’s a new bird, a fresh approach to level design and a vast assortment of features and functions that support the biggest change of all: Angry Birds 2 is a free-to-play game.

It’s worth taking a moment to consider the history of the series before we dive into how free-to-play design mucks things up (spoiler alert: it mucks things up a lot). Angry Birds has traditionally been a premium game, meaning you pay once and that’s it. The game is yours. Read more…

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