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PartyWith’s new app is part event-finder, part friend-finder

 I can’t quite wrap my head around the need for a dedicated app for travelers wanting to meet locals to hang out with — doesn’t this just happen naturally? But that, at least in part, is the premise behind today’s official launch of PartyWith, a revamped version of the app previously known as Party with…

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HappyOrNot raises $14.5 million to expand its ‘smiley’ feedback terminals

HappyOrNot , the Finnish company behind the familiar feedback system that puts physical terminals in retail and other public locations, has raised $14.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by European VC firm and early Spotify investor Northzone, with participation from Australia’s AirTree. This represents the company’s first outside funding. You may…

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iOS and Samsung market share now tied in the US

 iOS and Samsung’s U.S. market share is now tied, following growth for Apple’s smartphone OS over the three months ending in August, based on new data from Kantar Wordpanel, which tracks smartphone market share by way of sales data. According to its analysis, iOS is up 3.7 percentage points year-over-year, to achieve 35 percent market share,…

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak launches Woz U institute to train people for tech jobs

Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s three original founders, has launched a new training initiative designed to get people “high-paying technology” jobs in the tech industry. The new Woz U  digital institute launches as an online only affair initially, and promises to deliver a “new approach” to education for tech industry jobs. The curriculum covers training for…

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ARKit games are the top AR downloads in the Apple App Store

It’s been a few weeks since iOS 11 rolled out to compatible iPhones, and hundreds of apps now utilize the augmented reality capabilities of ARKit. Though some apps only have AR features as an add-on, there have been a steady stream of releases that are ARKit exclusives. In that category, games are coming out on top,…

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Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

 No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only 8 of my 2800 friends have Stories up right now, and 3 came from the new ‘cross-post from Instagram Stories’ feature. Maybe younger or international demographics are, but I’d bet they’re too wrapped up in Snapchat and Instagram. It’s slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that’s…

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Games account for over half of the 3M+ ARKit-powered app downloads, 62% of revenue

 ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality framework that CEO Tim Cook recently likened to being as “dramatic” a development as the App Store itself, has now been installed over 3 million times worldwide through a host of ARKit-powered apps and games, according to a new report out today from Sensor Tower. The app store intelligence firm also…

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Spotify launches standalone mobile app that gives artists streaming data and more controls

Spotify has launched a mobile app specifically to help artists, their managers, and members of their entourage manage the artist’s presence on the music-streaming service. Spotify for Artists launches today on iOS only , with an Android incarnation following shortly. By way of a quick recap, Spotify for Artists launched back in April as a…