Smartphone sales declined again in Q2, surprising no one

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Smartphone sales are down. Again. After years of growth, the smartphone market’s recent slide has continued into the second quarter of 2019, per numbers from analyst group, Gartner. At 1.7% year over year, it’s not a huge slice of the overall pie, but it does point to a continued problem for manufacturers, dropping from 374 million to 368 million. The biggest hit continues to be in the Read More »

Can Fairphone 3 scale ethical consumer electronics?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

Fairphone, the Dutch social enterprise that’s on a mission to rethink the waste and exploitation that underpins the business of consumer electronics, has unboxed its third smartphone. The handset, which is sold with the promise of longevity rather than cutting edge obsolescence, goes on pre-sale from today in Europe via Fairphone’s website with a suggested retail price of €450 (depending on local taxes and levies). It will ship to buyers on September 3. Like its Read More »

Mario Kart Tour arrives on iOS and Android on September 25

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

Nintendo’s next mobile game, Mario Kart Tour, will be available on iOS and Android devices starting on September 25. The official Twitter account for the game revealed the launch date, and shared the pre-registration link where users of both platforms can sign up to get the game when it launches. The mobile installment of Nintendo’s incredibly popular cart-racing franchise was originally announced last year, and at that time had a planned launch window of sometime Read More »

Yelp will let users personalize their homepage and search results

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

Yelp announced this morning that it will start allowing users to tailor their search results and homepage based on their personal preferences. In other words, if you’re a vegetarian, or if you’re a parent who’s usually looking for kid-friendly restaurants, you won’t have to reenter that information every time you do a search. Instead, you can enter it once and Yelp will prioritize those results moving forward. “In the history of Yelp, this is the Read More »

Experian makes strategic investment in location data company PlaceIQ

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

PlaceIQ is announcing a strategic investment from Experian. CEO Duncan McCall said the investment is part of a growth round that PlaceIQ raised after divesting itself of its advertising business (which is being taken over by Zeta Global). He declined to disclose the size of the round, or of the Experian investment. “It’s a multi-year, strategic partnership, where we will work together to license data [to Experian], and they also proactively become an investor in the Read More »

Emojivision app turns your iPhone’s camera into a real-time emoji painting machine

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2019

Your iPhone is capable of some impressive feats of computational photography, and a new app created by developer Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan shows one way all that power can be put to creative use. Emojivision lets you see the world as if it were made up entirely of emojis. The free app (which induces an in-app purchase for $2.79 that unlocks more emoji packs) works by breaking down your iPhone’s camera sensor input to its color palette Read More »

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