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Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

11089059_10152643542921851_826914771_o Facebook has launched its first home-made apps for its Messenger Platform after Sound Clips (iOS/Android), Selfied (iOS/Android), Strobe (iOS/Android) and Shout (iOS/Android) went live. Stickered, an existing app that lets you plaster photos with stickers, has also been retooled for Messenger. Read More

Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.00.30 The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup… Read More

Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

Secrets Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last year, generating a lot of interest and notoriety for its gossipy, eponymous app, and then almost as quickly disappearing off the… Read More

CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

sun Solar panels are becoming increasing affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More

Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious

subconscious Consider a scene that happens a billion times a day, at a billion computers across the globe. A man is searching online for new running shoes, or a woman is clicking through e-commerce sites on the hunt for a birthday gift, a new dress or a book to read on her next vacation. Shoppers navigating the online marketplace think they are in control of their decisions. But the truth is, as they… Read More

YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples

60f Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback.
Now they’re cranking things up to an almost absurd level. 60 FPS video, on YouTube… at 4K. Read More

Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene

6943232926_fb31dbd6da_o If Mexico is indeed in the process of building the world’s next great economy, technology and innovation will be a part of its foundation. Read More

Facebook Launches 3 New Open-Source Tools For Android Developers

safe_image (1) Most of Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference this week were iOS-centric, but today, the company also released three new open source tools for Android developers. The first is a performance segmentation library called Year Class that is meant to help developers quickly figure out what kind of device a user is running. Thanks to this, a developer can quickly tune an app… Read More

Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

magic Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money.
Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. Read More

Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 5.02.00 PM Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling system and now supports complex requests (“Eat pork with Alex every Tuesday”) and reminders (“Remind me to eat pork with… Read More