iOS 7 is probably the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system since the move from the first iPhone to the iPhone 3G with its newfangled app store. As such, developers are wondering how to update their apps, how to use it to the fullest, and how to ensure their existing apps don’t crash on iPhone owners’ fancy new iPhone 5S and 5C’s.
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Twitter is getting deeper and deeper into the fabric of our society. Today, the newsy up-to-the-minute social network launched Twitter Alerts, a public service that will allow “credible organizations” such as government agencies and NGOs to warn and alert the public during emergencies and natural disasters.
Today JUSP launched the Europe’s answer to the Square credit card reader in Milan, Italy. Like Square, this credit and debit card reader connects to any phone or tablet simply via your device’s headphone jack. But the company has plans not just for Europe, but also for Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia that don’t have a developed point of sale infrastructure yet.
Editor’s Pick There’s just no love for cheap plastic.
Editor’s Pick Apple has pulled off a masterpiece in the detailed, perfected, refined iPhone 5S. It’s the muchiest iPhone ever.
Samsung announced this morning that it has created the Samsung Solutions Exchange, a new ecosystem for enterprises that are adopting Android phones.
BitTorrent released its new Bundle format today in closed alpha, giving moviemakers, recording artists, authors, and anyone else who creates content a new mini-store that follows their art wherever it goes.
If you use Twitter on Android or iOS, you’ll see something new as soon as your phone updates itself to the latest version: personalized follow recommendations.
It’s the cure, Twitter says, to FOMO: fear of missing out.
Deem, an ecommerce platform formerly known as Rearden Commerce, is raising a massive $100 million round, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Of that amount, $70 million has already been raised.
Two out of five software engineers working on big data solutions say that government agencies are tracking the data they’re collecting.
Apple updated America’s favorite kitchen desktop PC today, feature-bumping its iconic iMac while keeping the price, as usual, the same.
Hope you didn’t buy one yesterday.
These three teens have designed flashlights that work without batteries, signals that move traffic out of the way of emergency vehicles, and new flu medicines.
On Friday, Oct. 4, hundreds will gather a few steps away from Times Square in New York City for Focus 100. There, they will will something remarkable that really shouldn’t be.
Apple’s brand-new 64-bit iPhone 5S is faster than the Phone 5 in unlocking, booting, and running benchmarks … but not much faster in real-world applications, according to a side-by-side comparison test.
Today a massive change in investment financing goes live, killing an 80-year ban on telling people that you are raising money.
The iPhone 5C is colorful, fast, light, and — if not exactly cheap — at least cheaper than Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5S. But the faster, more brainy, more beefy, and significantly-better picture-snapping iPhone 5S is killing the iPhone 5C in sales.
Apple announced this morning that the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S were record-breakers, hitting sales of over nine million units over their opening weekend.
And, the flagship iPhone 5S is “sold out.”
Guest Post Scrappy entrepreneurs are always looking for an edge in the application process. However, there are no shortcuts or hacks. The YC partners are too smart for that.
Last year when the iPhone 5 launched, it sold five million units in its first weekend of sales. This weekend, Apple could sell as much as 30 percent more iPhone 5S and 5C models, according to one analyst.
Quick, name one Aussie startup.
In that particularly techy form of porn, the unboxing has become the standard first-day exploit of the hard-core gadget consumer class.
“The information we have on the Navy Yard shootings is that he used someone else’s ID card,” General Farkash said. “This cannot happen with our system, because you must be identified … with second-generation biometrics you are the key … your body is the key for your building.”
Nine days ago, Apple boasted that iOS 7 would soon be the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Today, the company is beginning to be proved correct.
Google Wallet is officially available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch for the first time this morning.
Social optimization service Buffer, which optimizes the time of your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ postings for maximum impact, just passed one million users and over $2 million in annualized revenue.
“Leap Motion is already small enough to fit in essentially almost every desktop or laptop, and could even fit in most tablets and smartphones,” Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald said. “We’re now making it even smaller.”
Facebook updated its iPhone and iPad app this morning for Apple’s new iOS 7. And the result is very reminiscent of Twitter.
Twitter just announced that its new iOS 7-compatible apps are available for download from the app store, and that they contain some pretty interesting integrations with Apple’s new mobile operating system.
Google Glass appears to be living up to its name. At least, the latter half of it.
The sexy prototype devices are unexpectedly fragile, breaking down with some degree of regularity after less than half a year of use.
Apple’s new mobile operating system ships to iPhone and iPad owners around the world today. I’ve been using it for the past three months, and while I think it’s the best version of iOS ever — and indeed, the best mobile operating system ever — there are still some things that new users are going to have to get used to.
The release of Madonna’s new SecretProjectRevolution film exclusively via BitTorrent Bundle is a major endorsement of BitTorrent’s new file format.
“Instead of putting the content in the store, let’s put the store inside the product,” BitTorrent VP of Marketing Matt Mason told me last week. “We can bake interactions into the file itself, so that if something gets shared, it’s not a problem, but a driver of value for the artist and publisher.”
Editor’s Pick I’ve been using iOS 7 in various beta forms for the last three months, and it’s the best mobile operating system Apple has ever delivered.
“You cannot rest on your laurels, you need to continue to innovate,” Ramakrishnan told me in a Blue Jeans videoconference. “We want to build a platform for one billion annual minutes, so we need to scale.”
It figures that a music distribution company for modern Africa would skip old-school architecture and go straight to mobile.
Google is planning to unveil its own ad tracking technology to replace today’s third-party cookies. The move would potentially give people more privacy while browsing the web … and, of course, make Google even more powerful in digital advertising.
Improving individual people is great. Improving complete teams, however, is where meaningful change can happen on a large scale.
The bad guys of the Internet target high-volume searches — like those for celebrity names. So if you want to avoid malware, avoid searching for these 10 celebs.
What’s really obvious is that Apple has clearly worked with top Chinese mobile carriers to offer the phones for very compelling prices.
Twitter employees like working for a former comedian. It’s likely Dick Costolo’s business skills, however, rather than his sense of humor that they’re most appreciative of.