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Redesigning the TechCrunch app

Angela Medina Contributor Angela Medina is a product designer who led the redesign of TechCrunch’s mobile apps. She’s now based in New York City. Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app for Android and iOS earlier this ...

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Telstra launches second-gen Telstra TV

(Image: Telstra) Telstra has launched the second iteration of its Telstra TV media streaming box, announcing that it has “united” search functions across free-to-air (FTA), subscription TV, and on-demand streaming services, with the box launching on October 31. The newest Telstra TV, made by Roku, has an FTA tuner; high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) support; a quad-core MStar processor; 2GB of ...

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GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice talking with a real native ...

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Netgear Orbi Pro, First Take: Business-friendly mesh networking

Mesh networking has been a big trend in recent months, with all the major networking players getting in on the act, as well as big names such as Google and Asus. Netgear’s eye-catching Orbi was one of the first mesh systems to arrive last year but, like most of its rivals, the Orbi was primarily designed for home users who ...

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Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads

A year after acquiring Virgin Mega, Nike is revealing some of the early results of its experiments with augmented reality and community-building. Virgin Mega was a startup backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group that focused on fan communities and shopping. Ron Faris, who led the startup, told me that Nike acquired Virgin Mega in order to explore those same ideas. ...

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Verizon Q3 solid, adds 603,000 net retail postpaid customers

Verizon said it added 603,000 net retail postpaid customers as its third quarter results topped expectations. The company reported third quarter earnings of $37 billion, or 89 cents a share, with non-GAAP earnings of 98 cents a share. Those results were a penny better than Wall Street estimates. Verizon’s earnings had a bevy of charges for early debt redemption and ...

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Studio makes running more exciting with coaching, music and competition

Jason Baptiste wants you to run. He said he’s seen the personal benefits of running since 2009, when he became unhappy with his weight and committed to run a “daily 5k,” something he’s held to ever since. “Not only has running helped me be healthier, it’s helped my mind and spirit become stronger,” Baptiste wrote. “Running has become an outlet ...

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Telstra offers AFL app refunds: ACCC

A screenshot of a live AFL match being viewed on a 9.7-inch iPad (Image: ACCC) Telstra has told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it will be refunding some subscribers of its AFL Live Pass app, after changing its policy on the size of the viewing screens available on tablets amid concerns of not disclosing this change to ...

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Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs $18M to for its smart caller ID technology

Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning and a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about ...

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Windows 10 networking and security tips

Protect your privacy in File Explorer. On Windows 10 PCs, connecting to a network is normally as simple as plugging in a network cable or entering a passphrase at a Wi-Fi prompt. The networking tips in this category cover administrative tasks, such as weeding out saved Wi-Fi credentials and looking up your IP address, as well as occasional troubleshooting demands. ...

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