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Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an […]

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Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M

Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported 0M Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI (AI2), has been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect. Apple confirmed the reports […]

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Google’s new feature makes it easier to shop from search results

Google’s new feature makes it easier to shop from search results Following the big revamp of Google Shopping last fall, Google today is updating the shopping experience on Google Search, on mobile. Now, when you do a web search for clothing and accessories, you won’t just get a set of links to […]

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Have we hit peak smartphone?

Have we hit peak smartphone? Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence. In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, as did the year before. After what was nearly an […]

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Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision

Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Quibi executives — including CEO Meg Whitman and founder/chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg — took the stage in a keynote laying out their vision for the mobile video service. Katzenberg is a longtime […]

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Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure

Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure Samsung this morning announced that it has completed the acquisition of TeleWorld Solutions. The Virginia-based telecommunications company provides wireless networking and consulting services. It’s TWS’s 5G solutions that Samsung is clearly the most interested in as part of this deal. The electronics giant […]

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This Week in Apps: Apple’s record holiday, Pokémon Go’s staying power, a spying tool gets the boot

This Week in Apps: Apple’s record holiday, Pokémon Go’s staying power, a spying tool gets the boot Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as […]

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030 Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you […]

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Twitter is bringing twttr’s experiments in threaded conversations to its main app

Twitter is bringing twttr’s experiments in threaded conversations to its main app At last year’s CES, Twitter introduced its first public prototype app, twttr — dubbed “little T” internally at Twitter. The app allows Twitter to develop and experiment with new features in the public, to see what works and what does […]

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App Store customer spending hit record $1.42B from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve

App Store customer spending hit record .42B from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve Apple this morning released a year-end retrospective of its Services business, which includes the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, and new in 2019, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+, and Apple Card. In particular, the company highlighted new […]

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