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Viber now lets users set photos and videos to disappear after they’re viewed

Viber now lets users set photos and videos to disappear after they’re viewed

Messaging apps can amass a lot of user data over time including everything from personal photos and videos users have shared to records of who they talk to most, where they’ve been, and what online financial services they use. Over the last few years, more and more of these messaging apps began to offer end-to-end encryption to

The Nintendo Switch will cost $300 and release worldwide on March 3

The Nintendo Switch will cost $300 and release worldwide on March 3

Nintendo has announced the launch date and price of the Nintendo Switch at an event in Tokyo; the company’s next console will be released worldwide on March 3 for $300 in the US and comparable amounts elsewhere. The company also confirmed many things hitherto only rumored about the console: a capacitive screen, motion controls, a


Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne

Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne

“Category kings,” defined as market-share leaders in particular business sectors, often wind up creating the majority of the market value relative to their competition. This advantage is particularly pronounced in technology: According to some research, more than 70 percent of the value created in technology markets is generated by the category’s king (think Amazon in

App.net, the ambitious project to build a better Twitter, is finally dead

App.net, the ambitious project to build a better Twitter, is finally dead

Aiming for the stars and not quite making it, the ambitious App.net has finally officially shut down. Its timely rise and fall comes as highly symbolic as its once rival, Twitter, continues to struggle, years later, with monetization, content management and harassment. Today’s announcement of its closure isn’t hugely surprisingly since App.net had been in “maintenance mode” since


The mobile app gold rush may be over

The mobile app gold rush may be over

Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent

Google confirms several new Daydream VR apps rolling out

Google confirms several new Daydream VR apps rolling out

First up, Google says that there are a number of new Daydream VR apps rolling out today. Those include: Lego BrickHeadz Builder VR HBO Now and HBO Go Gunjack 2: End of Shift NextVR Layers of Fear: Solitude Wands Underworld Overlord Netflix (coming later this month) Need for Speed No Limits VR (coming later this


Which wireless headphones are you using?

Which wireless headphones are you using?

I always have a pair of headphones on me. That’s just been the case since high school. Any time that I’m going outside, I pop a pair in my ears, or on my ears depending on the situation, and I listen to music wherever I’m going. Everyone that knows me personally knows I’m usually equipped

Does Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble signal a dismal future for smartwatches?

Does Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble signal a dismal future for smartwatches?

As you may already be aware, smartwatch manufacturer Pebble announced earlier today that its software assets would be acquired by once-rival company, Fitbit. The acquisition is effective immediately, which has resulted in some less-than-desirable changes for Pebble smartwatch owners and hopefuls, which include: cease in promotion, manufacturing, and selling of Pebble smartwatches (including the Pebble