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Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge

Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. Skype for Web beta first arrived in November 2014 and launched […]

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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names from $20 to $70 a year. Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for […]

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‘Allumette’ proves that virtual reality cinema is no joke

Allumette, a lovely animated feature by Penrose Studios, illustrates why virtual reality film should be taken just as seriously as traditional film. The folks at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival have already figured this out — both festivals showcased virtual reality this year. But in such early days, the quality of each VR experience varies wildly from project […]

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Instagram rolling out new channels to show you videos you might like

Instagram is rolling out a way for you to discover videos on its iOS and Android app. The Facebook-owned company announced that it has added video channels within its Explore section that will surface those videos you might like. This update is only available to those in the U.S., but the company plans to release […]

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Magic Leap acquires Israeli security firm NorthBit

When you’re messing with reality, you’re probably going to want a decent security system. Augmented reality company Magic Leap has acquired the Israeli-based NorthBit to help increase its security, via Geek Time. Augmented and virtual reality could become a $120 billion market by 2020, according to tech adviser Digi-Capital. AR could have multiple uses, from gaming to […]

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Outlyer Technologies’ Advrtas brings ads to virtual reality

Virtual reality is the next frontier for … advertising. Outlyer Technologies is announcing its Advrtas platform today, which enables the creation of interactive ads in virtual reality. The ad technology enables the development and distribution of fully interactive 360-degree advertising. Since VR is expected to be a huge new gaming, media, and entertainment platform, the […]

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Kangaroo Pro is a $199 Windows 10 PC with a little less portability, a lot more ports

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro, a $199 Windows 10 portable PC that is meant to be much more capable than the original Kangaroo. The Kangaroo Pro is available on Newegg, Amazon, and InFocusDirect.com now, and will go on sale at the Microsoft Store later this month. When the Kangaroo debuted in October […]

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Identity verification startup Onfido raises $25 million to inject more trust into the sharing economy

Identity verification startup Onfido has raised $25 million from Idinvest Partners, Wellington Partners, and CrunchFund. The cash influx will be used to “meet rising demand from the U.S. and international markets,” the company said in an announcement. Onfido had previously raised a little more than $5 million, including a $4.5 million series A round last […]

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Vine now lets you automatically play all videos in a channel

Vine has added a new button to channels that allows you to watch every video back-to-back without having to manually scroll through individual posts. This “watch” button appears next to the follow button on a channel and performs the same functionality as the “Play All” button that YouTube offers. This update is available for both […]

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WordPress.com bloggers can now include share buttons for WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype

Omnipresent publishing platform WordPress.com has gained a triumvirate of new share buttons today, with bloggers now able to offer readers easy options to share articles across WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype. Adding to the existing share-button options — which include sharing with the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit — this latest move makes a great […]

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Meet the Oasis: Amazon’s $290 Kindle feels more like a book in your hand, ships April 27

Let’s talk about Amazon’s most expensive Kindle yet. The company’s latest reading device, the Oasis is launching in just over two weeks and will cost you $290. That’s about all the news left to reveal, after a series of leaks spoiled Amazon’s surprise (or built up hype, depending on how you look at it). The shape The Oasis’ high price […]

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VCs raised billions in Q1 even as they made fewest investments in 3 years

ANALYSIS: At first blush, a review of venture capital dealmaking during the first quarter of 2016 suggests an industry gone mad. VC firms raised the highest amount of capital raised in more than decade, even as they made the lowest number of investments in three years. What gives? The Q1 2016 Venture Pulse Report issued today by CB Insights […]

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Google blocks KickassTorrents in Chrome and Firefox as a ‘deceptive site’

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users visiting popular torrent site KickassTorrents (KAT) have been seeing a malware warning since yesterday, similar to the warning they received on the site back in October 2015. Navigating to both http://kat.cr and https://kat.cr results in a message cautioning you to go no further (“Deceptive site ahead” in Chrome and […]

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WordPress 4.5 arrives with editing improvements, custom logos, and responsive previews

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.5, which adds a slew of new features to the blog management tool to “streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.” You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (8.0MB). WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that powers 25 percent of the Web. The latest version […]

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Facebook opens Instant Articles to all publishers

As promised, Facebook today opened up its Instant Articles offering to all publishers, allowing anyone to import their content into the social network and adding it directly to a user’s News Feed. The company said that adoption has been “tremendous” with more than 1,000 publishers worldwide. “We see clear evidence that Instant Articles provides a […]

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Everything Facebook announced at F8 2016 so far

This week Facebook is unveiling the future of its developer platforms during its annual “F8” conference in San Francisco. For more on the future of Messenger, Facebook live video, chatbots, artificial intelligence, and Internet-beaming satellites, read on — and check back for more as we update this list today and tomorrow with breaking stories from our reporters on the ground at […]

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Facebook opens its Messenger platform to chatbots

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook announced today that it was opening up its Messenger platform in beta and now lets chatbots into the app. What this means is that you’re now able to interact with an AI-powered “representative” from a business right on one of the largest conversation service out in the market today. At the F8 […]

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Ubisoft’s The Division spent more on ads than any other game in March

GUEST: Game brands continued ramping down in March, with the industry spending an estimated $35.7 million on 20,541 airings of 92 commercial spots. It’s down nearly $2 million from their total spend in February. Thirty brands stuck mostly with their tried-and-true creative, with less than one-third of the aired ads debuting for the first time in […]

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Facebook opens up its livestream API to developers

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has announced a set of partners for its livestreaming product. The company has opened up its live API, which it plans on building out in the next five years. Introduced in August, Facebook Live is the social networking company’s response to Meerkat and Periscope. The company has said that it places a […]

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How to livestream Facebook’s 2016 F8 developer conference

Facebook developers, it’s that time of year when the social networking company holds its annual F8 conference. Held in San Francisco from April 12-13, the keynotes for both days will be livestreamed as well as some of the afternoon sessions, so if you’re not able to make it, you can watch what new products and […]

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Onkyo and others chase Apple’s Beats in the high-resolution audio market

(Reuters) – Mostly young, male audiophiles throng a Singapore hotel ballroom, intently assessing headphones, earbuds and in-ear monitors – priced from $50 to as much as $10,000. Alongside are banks of dedicated digital audio players (DAPs), with an entire wall of the expo showcasing the king of DAPs: iriver. Less than five years ago, the […]

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