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Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3. The post Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Mobile, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, BOGO, Samsung Galaxy S9, Iphone Xs


How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device. The post How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Firefox, Android, Mobile, Youtube, Trends, How-to


Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches. The post Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Wearables, Business, Trends, Breaking News, Fossil, Fossil Group, Wear OS


Spotify launches Car View on Android to make using its app less dangerous behind the wheel

Spotify is making it easier to use its streaming app in the car, when the phone is connected to the vehicle over Bluetooth. The company today confirmed the launch of a new feature called “Car View,” which is a simplified version of the service’s Now Playing screen that includes larger fonts, bigger buttons, and no distractions from album art. In Car View, you’re only shown the track title and artist, so you can read the screen with just a glance. The site 9to5Google was the first to spot the ...
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Distracted Driving, Android Apps, Streaming, Driving, Google Maps Waze, Car View


Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist. The post Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Blood Pressure, Omron, Omron Healthcare, Omron HeartGuide


What’s Your Emergency? Law Enforcement’s Increasing Interest in Tech

Fort Worth, TX—Data analytics and visual search technologies are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies, growth that has captured the attention of tech giant Motorola.The Chicago-based tech company, which has long sold narrow-band radios to law enforcement, has been building its arsenal of software and camera technologies through a series of acquisitions. The latest by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) was a $445 million purchase last week of Vaas, a Fort Worth, TX-based maker of imag...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Motorola, Apps, 911, Police, Trends, Tech, Analytics, People, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Broadband, Software, Chicago, South Africa


Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it. The post Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Wearables, China, Trends, Switzerland, Mastercard, Swatch, Swatchpay


Squad is the new screensharing chat app everyone will copy

Squad could be the next teen sensation because it makes it easy to do nothing… together. Spending time with friends in the modern age often means just being on your phones next to each other, occasionally showing off something funny you found. Squad lets you do this even while apart, and that way of punctuating video chat might make it the teen girl “third place” like Fortnite is for adolescent boys. With Squad, you fire up a video chat with up to six people, but at any time you can screensha...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Molly, Ebay, America, Tech, Panda, Snapchat, Squad, Charles


Google’s Pixel 3 Lite could bring back the headphone jack

Word about the next member of the Pixel family started leaking out just after Christmas. Now the rumored Pixel 3 Lite is getting some more time to shine, courtesy of a three minute YouTube video that highlights what appears to be a budget addition to Google’s flagship hardware line. Perhaps most interesting here (aside from the mere existence of a third Pixel 3 model) is the apparent return of the headphone jack. After making a stink about including the port on the first Pixel, the company q...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Pixel, Lite


Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output. The post Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Anker, Mu, Navitas, Ravpower, GaNFast


The best job search apps for iOS and Android in 2019

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android. The post The best job search apps for iOS and Android in 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Job Search, Buying Guides, App Of The Week


YouTube Music could be replacing Google Play on Android devices

Google’s latest update makes it look likely that YouTube Music could take Google Play’s longstanding position as the default music player on Android devices. Google have released their first update of 2019 for their new music service built from YouTube‘s video platform which integrates all of the video site’s music content into one. The app’s under-the-hood update has been analysed by techies and they’ve found some suggestions that YouTube Music may become the default music player for Androi...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Music, Youtube, Smartphone, Tablet, Default, Replace, Youtube Music, Google Play Music, Digital Music News, Music Player, GPM, YT


Former US Ambassador Ted Osius to head Google’s APAC public policy

Ted Osius, a US diplomat and the former US Ambassador to Vietnam (2014-17), is joining Google as its VP of public policy and government relations for APAC from next month, reports Public Affairs Asia. Osius has 30 years of government and private sector experience, including being an associate... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, US, Vietnam, APAC, Industry Moves, Ted Osius, Public Affairs Asia Osius


Android Q: Everything we know so far about Google’s next mobile OS

Android Pie recently rolled out, but it's already time to look ahead to Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile OS. We've seen a number of rumors and leaks come out about the operating system -- here's everything we know so far. The post Android Q: Everything we know so far about Google’s next mobile OS appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Android Q


Having trouble logging in? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password

To use any of Apple's services, you need to have an Apple ID and know your password. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with forgotten passwords and regain access to your account. Here's how to reset your Apple ID password. The post Having trouble logging in? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, Trends, How-to


Huawei in for a rough year as feds investigate alleged trade secrets theft

Huawei is also facing issues in the U.S., but it doesn't seem like that will end any time soon. According to a new report, the company is facing a federal investigation in the U.S. for allegedly stealing trade secrets. The post Huawei in for a rough year as feds investigate alleged trade secrets theft appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Business, News, Trends, Huawei, U.s. Government


US will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a , U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei for stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Business, US, Samsung, Tech, Smartphone, Canada, T-mobile, The Wall Street Journal, Seattle, Huawei, Mobile Device, Meng, Tappy


U.S. will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a , U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a com...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Mobile, Business, Samsung, Smartphone, Canada, T-mobile, The Wall Street Journal, Seattle, Huawei, Mobile Device, Meng, Tappy, Trump Administration


ScoutRFP Scores $33M to Compete in Supplier Management Sector

ScoutRFP, whose software is designed to help businesses streamline the process of ordering goods from suppliers, announced that it raised $33 million in a Series C fundraising round led by Scale Venture Partners.San Francisco-based Scout, part of a tech sector dubbed supplier relations management, or SRM, aims to free businesses from painstaking traditional methods of seeking bids from various suppliers and comparing their merits. Some companies are still doing this by laboriously creating spre...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Cloud, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Automation, Innovation


Fiserv to Buy First Data for $22B as Fintech Consolidation Continues

The mega-deals keep on coming. Today, it’s a massive acquisition in financial technology: Fiserv has struck an agreement to acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction valued at $22 billion.The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards but still needs to be accepted by shareholders and regulators. Assuming it closes as expected later this year, it would combine two big players in financial services and payments processing.Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV), a 35-year-old company based in Brookfiel...
Tags: Deals, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Tech, It, Software, M&a, Square, Wisconsin, Payments, Stripe, Fintech, Izettle, First Data, Worldpay


It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch. The post It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Twitter, Trends, Social Media, Reverse Chronological Feed


Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch. The post Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Twitter, Trends, Social Media, Reverse Chronological Feed


How to switch from Android to iPhone: A complete guide

If Android simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then you might be considering Apple’s warm embrace. Here’s how to make the switch from Android to iOS without losing your contacts, sleep, or hair! The post How to switch from Android to iPhone: A complete guide appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to


The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it? The post The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Motorola, News, Trends, Lenovo, Motorola Razr, Folding Smartphone, Razr V3


Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to reach an agent

Sprint today announced it will support Apple’s Business Chat – the new platform that allows businesses and customers to interact over iMessage. According to the carrier, customers can now message a Sprint customer service agent, get info about plans and other services, as well as look up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri during a chat session. The support from Sprint comes after two other launches on the platform this week. TD Ameritrade said it will allow customers to fund thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Tech, Sprint, Harry David, Ameritrade, Rob Roy Sprint, Apple Business Chat, Google Duplex, Gubagoo, LivePerson Salesforce Nuance Genesys


Biometric phone unlocks can’t be forced by feds, says U.S. judge

Fingerprint and face unlocks used to not be protected by the Fifth Amendment, but that may soon change. A judge in California has ruled biometric unlocking methods of all kinds are protected in the same way as passcodes. The post Biometric phone unlocks can’t be forced by feds, says U.S. judge appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Security, Mobile, Legal, News, California, Trends


Global trends shaping marketing in 2019

It’s tough enough for brands to keep track of the big emerging tech and innovation trends but 2019 is likely to see an acceleration and expansion of this change. From gaming, through to voice, to AI-driven content and social commerce, evolution will be all around us. To help marketers get to grips with this, some of the senior leadership from our offices around the world have shone a spotlight the big trends to look out for and identified their likely impact on the marketing industry in 2019. Na...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Milan, London, Youtube, Berlin, Singapore, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Brands, Seo


The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for for the phone maker’s parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is readying itself for a wave of foldable smartphones? Nostalgia’s a bit of a mixed bag in consumer electronics. Take the recent returns of Nokia (good), BlackBerry (okay) and Palm (yikes). Slapping a familiar br...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Hardware, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Lenovo, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Motorola Razr, RAZR, Morotola



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