App Release Notes Are Getting Stupid

ios-release-notes “Bug fixes.”
“Jam packed full of Super Amazing Things.”
“Every 3 weeks, we polish up the Pinterest app to make it faster and better than ever.”
“To make our app better for you, we bring updates to the App Store every 2 weeks…Every update of our Facebook app includes improvements for speed and reliability. As other new features become available… Read More

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The First Order on New Banners for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s Star Wars mania! Today is “Force Friday” and Lucasfilm has announced/launched toys and goodies and tons of new items for the fans to go crazy over. Found amidst all the buzz and reveals are three new promo banners for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – full-size “quads” (like from the UK), rather than actual posters. Which makes me believe these may just be promo banners or purchasable posters more than official art (plus, there has to be more coming from Drew Struzan). That said, it’s very cool to see more imagery. The First Order stormtroopers, a sleek shot of Kylo Ren, and a nice combination of everything in the movie. ›››

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Watch: Full-Length Trailer for Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation'

Beasts of No Nation

“I will always protect you because you are my son…” Netflix is ready to rumble. The digital distributor has debuted a new trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, their first ever original feature film release. The film is premiering at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals this week, so be on the lookout for early reviews and feedback. In the meantime, this full-length trailer gets into the very intense story about a boy named Agu, played by newcomer Abraham Attah, who gets recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters led by Idris Elba. Early word is that this is a very visceral, powerful thriller that really delves into the mind of what makes these kids into fighters. I’m looking forward to seeing this, with plans to catch it in Telluride. ›››

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BlackBerry Goes Shopping Again, Buys Good Technology

Three Blackberry Curves BlackBerry pulled a surprise move this morning when it announced that it’s purchasing mobile device management vendor, Good Technology for $425 million in cash. It signals that BlackBerry, which has lost most of its worldwide handset marketshare, is shifting its focus by expanding its mobile enterprise security platform. In a way, this shift makes sense, as BlackBerry has always been… Read More

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New Poster for Sam Mendes' 'Spectre' Inspired by Bond Art of Past

Spectre Poster

Live and Let Spectre. Eon Production has unveiled the latest official poster for Sam Mendes’ Spectre, the latest James Bond, and the fourth Bond starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. This time, Craig puts on a very daper white tuxedo standing with his pistol at the ready, in a classic James Bond pose front and center. To give this shot some context, they toss in that creepy skeleton guy in the background. My first thought is Live and Let Die, which is most likely the nostalgic connection they’re going for. The result is a very eye-catching, appealing poster. And I can’t wait to see the movie, too. I love the way they’ve been marketing this so far. ›››

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Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.

letgo-app Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers… Read More

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T-Mobile Rolls Out Native Video Calling To Select Samsung Phones

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 12.48.12 PM There are a number of apps that let smartphone users make video calls today, including Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and more, as well as built-in apps like Apple’s FaceTime, for example. But this morning, mobile carrier T-Mobile announced plans to make video calls a native feature on select T-Mobile smartphones. The company says it will roll out the feature to the… Read More

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Google’s New Street View App Lets You Browse 360-Degree Imagery, Share Your Own Panoramic Photos

SVapp (1) It’s no “street view for cats,” but Google’s newly launched Street View mobile app does promise to make it easier to explore Google Map’s immersive, 360-degree imagery as well as contribute your own photos to improve the overall Google Maps experience. The app, which is actually an update and rebrand of Google’s older “Photo Sphere Camera”… Read More

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