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Adidas is relaunching its "mi adidas" app late this summer, though it comes with a twist to sneaker customization. This time around, mi adidas users will be able to apply any photographic image, including Instagram photos, to the 2014 model ZX Flux. Once you're happy with the result, Adidas will build the customized kicks and deliver them to your door. "For the sneaker lovers, it's an exciting chance to make a statement that's all your own, following in the footsteps of the sellout ZX Flux Photo Print Prism shoe released in April," Adidas explains. "For Adidast Originals, it's just the next logical... Read more...
When Marcel Fernandes Filho was 13 years old, he smashed his Dell computer in a fit of rage because the monitor wouldn't stop flickering. Suddenly without a PC, the young teenager from Brazil began using his iPhone 3GS more often. Such began his journey to becoming the world's fastest texter, as recognized by Guinness World Records. Part promotional stunt (okay, a huge promotional stunt), Filho broke the texting record using Fleksy, a third-party custom keyboard available for Android and iOS devices. He wore a Fleksy t-shirt as he pecked away on his phone, typing "The razor-toothed piranhas of... Read more...
For many fledgling companies, consolidation becomes necessary after a period of, quite frankly, throwing anything and everything against a wall to see what sticks. For Foursquare, the opposite's happening. The check-in app is splitting into two apps, with "Swarm" being introduced as a companion to Foursquare, which will remain around as a slimmed-down app. The purpose of Swarm is to quickly and easily see where your friends are, share what you're up, and see if anyone around is up for meeting later. Swarm will be available on iOS and Android in the coming weeks, and soon after on Windows Phone.... Read more...
It's downright incredible just how quickly things change in the technological world. It feels like an eon ago that netbooks were all of the rage, but in truth, it was just 3-4 years back. Those tiny notebooks were selling for well under $400, offering mobile computing at a price that had not been seen before at that time. They were a bit slow, thick, and underpowered, but they offered the basics and they sold quite well for a time. In fact, they were so popular that Intel itself planned on launching an app market specifically tailored for netbooks, called AppUp. That was MWC 2010, and just weeks... Read more...
There’s a lot of news out there, but there’s also a lot of “news”--that link bait stuff with sensational headlines and other detritus that just clogs up the Internet. Jason Calacanis is seeking to offer a tidier way of curating the news with a mobile app called Inside.com. The goal is to provide a stream of news headlines every day that are hand-curated by real people and link back to original sources. The Inside.com team just wants the good stuff, actual journalism, and Inside.com promises over a thousand posts every day. The posts will include a headline and up to a 300-word... Read more...
It's a new year, but much of the same for Yahoo. After a spending spree in 2013, Yahoo is continuing in the new year with yet another buy-and-shut down episode. The company has just purchased Sparq, noted as a marketing technology startup. Following the acquisition, it promptly shut Sparq down. Reportedly, Yahoo spent just under $2 million on the new firm, which was first founded in 2010 and best known for creating "deep link" tech for mobile apps. In other words, Sparq figured out an elegant way to link to a very specific spot on a mobile app from a different site; in other words, an email blast... Read more...
There's no easy way to tell your boss you're giving up your swank corner office and flexible schedule to join the circus. It's even harder to quit your job if you're on especially good terms with the person in charge, but sometimes, you just have to go where the heart leads. Luckily for you, if you're not one for confrontation, there's an app that will deliver the bad news for you, via a text message, of course. The "Quit Your Job" app is available on iOS for iPhone and comes from the same silly bunch that helped you dump your ex with Breakup Text. This latest text message generator is just as... Read more...
Watching 6-second Vine videos on the web isn't exactly a new feature, but up until now, Vine's browser-based experience lacked some critical features. The popular Twitter-owned video sharing service addressed those shortcomings by fleshing out the web experience. Now when you log into Vine from a browser, you'll be able to do much more, such as view your home feed and like, comment, and share videos the same as you do on the mobile version. You can also click on a username to see his or her full profile and browse the videos they've created since joining Vine, as well as share your own profile... Read more...
Earlier this week, news broke that a security exploit in Snapchat allowed hackers to claim some 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service. The group responsible for the hack posted the list, with some information redacted, for all to see. Snapchat described the issue in a blog post, noting that it was the Find Friends feature that was at fault. The tool lets users check their friends’ phone numbers against the Snapchat database to see if they’re available on the site. It’s just a way for people to find each other on Snapchat, but as Snapchat described it, “Theoretically,... Read more...
Instant messaging in some form or another has been around since the dawn of man and woman (slight exaggeration), though don't tell that to Instagram, which yesterday held a major press event to unveil Instagram Direct, its own take on sending messages to friends. While Instagram was super excited to add a feature that's found on just about every major social app for mobile devices, it was a bit of a letdown to members of the press hoping for something bigger. To be fair, this could end up being a big deal for Instagram. At minimum, it's a much needed feature if it's to compete with services like... Read more...
With Twitter's stock price surging to new highs, now is a good time to focus on the mobile experience, which is where users are flocking to these days. That's not lost on Twitter, which just updated its app for Android and iOS devices to include the ability to share and view photos via direct message (DM) on your phone or tablet devices. Those same photos can also be viewed on the desktop on Twitter's website. There's also a new tab in the navigation bar on the bottom of the screen to whisk users to the messaging service with a single tap rather than first having to open up the "Me" screen, as... Read more...
Here's what isn't surprising: Facebook is trying to take over where the conventional text message left off. Here's what is surprising: that is has taken this long to get to this point. The tried-and-true phone number is a hangover technology from many generations ago, and it's actually quite unfortunate that it's still around. With so many communication efforts moving to IP-based technology, the phone number still refuses to allow us to talk via voice or text while overseas without paying outrageous roaming rates. Thankfully, savvy tech companies are discovering workarounds. Google Hangouts began... Read more...
Despite the upheaval and ensuing rumors Barnes & Noble endured this summer, the bookseller is showing signs of being committed to its NOOK platform. For one thing, the company recently launched new NOOK hardware in the form of the GlowLight. For another, it updated the NOOK app to take advantage of some cool new features in Windows 8.1. Neither move screams “NOOK forever!” but they’re encouraging signs. The updated NOOK app now supports interactive magazines, which hardware NOOKs have done for years. The app also lets you import and display ePub and PDF files from your SkyDrive... Read more...
Waking up to an annoying alarm is certainly effective, albeit a jarring way to start off the day. What if you could wake up to the smell of jasmine or a freshly baked cinnamon roll instead? If you own a smartphone, you can. A Japanese company has come up with a device that plugs into the audio port on your iPhone or Android device and pumps out certain scents during pre-determined events. It's called Scentee and it's being billed as a new way of communication with aroma. The device is shaped like a top and has a hole that blasts your chosen aroma. Currently the company offers scented cartridges... Read more...
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