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GGV Capital Is Raising A Giant New Fund

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 4.19.58 PM GGV Capital, a 15-year-old, cross-border venture fund that invests in both U.S. and China-based companies, is raising a giant new fund, shows a new SEC filing that lists a target of $880 million dollars and states that the first sale has yet to occur. (Senior Editor Dan Primack of Fortune says the fund may ultimately exceed $1 billion.) Either figure would represent an enormous increase… Read More

Google For Entrepreneurs Backs Diversity Organization Tech Inclusion

women of color in tech Google for Entrepreneurs has partnered with Tech Inclusion, an organization and conference organized by Change Catalyst, which is geared toward helping people of color and women in tech gain equity. Through the partnership, Tech Inclusion will be able to scale and add more entrepreneurship programming to its events, Tech Inclusion co-founder Wayne Sutton told me via email. GFE will also offer… Read More

Apple hit with patent infringement suit over haptic feedback tech

Immersion, a company that develops haptic feedback technology, has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that several of the tech giant's recent products infringe on three of its patents. In particular, Immersion claims that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and each version of the Apple Watch all infringe upon the following two patents:
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051: "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects"
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356: "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations"

Immersion also claims that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus specifically infringe upon a third patent relating to an "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices." Immersion has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission as well, asking for an exclusion order to prevent importation and sale of the named Apple devices in the U.S..

AT&T is also named in the suit, although it's unclear as to why given the absence of a mention for other carriers.

Source: Immersion; Via: MacRumors










Lenovo VIBE P1 Turbo finally up for pre-order in Indonesia

Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo ATo say that the Lenovo VIBE P1 Turbo has the same vibe as the Lenovo VIBE P1 and P1m introduced at last year's IFA event is undeniable. It's very obvious. This one is actually an upgraded version of the P1 Pro leaked ahead of last year's MWC. It's now 2016 and another Mobile World Congress is about to open and here's Lenovo relaunching it as the P1 Turbo. It's just a change of name so don't be confused. The same specs are still present: 5.5-inch Full HD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit Octa-Core 1.5GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD card slot (expansion up to 128GB), 16MP rear-facing camera (from 13MP), dual LED flash, 5MP selfie shooter, and a large 5,000 mAh battery. Unit also features a fingerprint sensor, Dual SIM support, 4W Quick Charge 2.0, and 4G/LTE connectivity. Nothing much has changed in this year's updated version except for the bump to 16MP from 13MP of the main camera. The final VIBE P1 Pro/P1 Turbo already runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Still no Marshmallow but moving to 5.1 from 5.0 offers a bit of improvements. Finally, the Lenovo P1 Turbo is now ready for pre-order in Indonesia for IDR 3,999,000 which is around $298 in the United States. We have no idea if and when it will be available in Europe or North America but at least we know Lenovo is ready to take orders. Choose from among these three color options: Graphite Gray, Gold, and Silver. Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo B Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo A VIA: GSMArena SOURCE: Lenovo

Google Is Reportedly Building A Standalone VR Headset Not Powered By A PC Or Smartphone

Google headquarters (2015 logo) Google may be preparing a consumer virtual reality headset for a release as early as this year that defies existing categorizations and doesn’t rely on a PC or mobile phone as the central brain, the WSJ reports. Rumors have been bubbling up on the company’s VR hardware ambitions over the last few weeks. The Financial Times reported a few days ago that Google would be… Read More

The Week in iPhone Cases: Native Union’s latest leather case comes with a matching Lightning cable

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This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Native Union’s handsome Leather Edition, plus your usual lineup of rugged cases, screen protectors, and basic shells. Read on!

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The Tough Air (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $20 to $30) is a translucent case, featuring eye-catching 3D patterns imprinted on its back for stylish impact absorption.

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Chrome for Android now detects Physical Web content

eddystoneGoogle is continually pushing for an “Internet of Things” approach to everyday living, and part of this involves an effort of placing low-energy Bluetooth beacons in the cities and physical environments that can make relevant content available to people with smartphones roaming around (and there are a lot of those). This effort is called the “Physical Web”, and starting with Chrome for Android version 49, now in the beta channel, users will begin to be notified where Physical Web content is available and gives opportunities of interacting with these beacons. Eddystone, the low-energy Bluetooth beacon technology that was announced last year, is being utilized big time now. Radius Networks, a beacon manufacturer, deployed 1,500 beacons to help attendees of the recent CES 2016 in Las Vegas navigate showrooms. The Golden State Warriors, one of the hottest teams in the NBA today, use Physical Web beacons to provide fans who visit the Oracle Arena – their home stadium – with highlight videos and welcome content. beacon1 When a user – with low-energy Bluetooth activated – comes into contact with a beacon for the the first time, they get a notification asking if they want to enable Physical Web content. Once turned on, users will get passive notifications from time to time nearby beacons are nearby and telling what kind of relevant content is available. notification Pretty cool, right? This is the kind of contextual experience Google wants to build, and we’re glad they are making this available. If you want to try out the beta version of Chrome now, go on to the source link below and check out the download location. Otherwise, we can also just wait for the update to version 49, which should be coming soon. SOURCE: Chromium Blog

Destiny to get another big expansion later in 2016, with full sequel due in 2017

Destiny, Bungie's hit sci-fi first-person shooter, will get yet another large expansion later in 2016. The developer also confirmed that a full sequel to the game is set for release in 2017.










7 Safari superpowers for creatives

Apple apps are packed with helpful features. For example, both Preview and QuickTime Player include a multitude of superpowers that many folks aren’t aware of. Unless you click every button and scour every menu, you’re likely not using the app to its potential. In this column, you’ll discover seven handy tips for using Safari the next time you’re surfing the web.

Address bar stunts

If you’re perusing one site and you wish to visit another, you don’t have to click within the address bar, highlight it and then delete the existing address. Instead, press Command-L to highlight the current address and immediately enter the new one. It’s also unnecessary to enter http:// or www. Simply enter the domain, such as macworld.com, and then press Return to transport to that site.

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Le logiciel libre perd presque tous ses représentants au Conseil national du numérique

Le nouveau CNNum voit les représentants des logiciels libres passer de quatre à un, relève un des sortants, Tristan Nitot.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.107 now available for Slow Ring Insiders

Just a day after launching on the Fast Ring, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.107 is now available for Insider Preview members on the Slow Ring.










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ENCRYPT Act co-sponsor learned tech ropes at Microsoft

One of four congressional sponsors of the ENCRYPT Act of 2016, which would preempt state and local laws banning encryption on smartphones, cut her teeth in mobile communications for Microsoft.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) worked as vice president of mobile communications at Microsoft from 2004 to 2007. That was her second stint at Microsoft; her first was from 1989 to 1998 after receiving an MBA when she worked on Windows 95, email and embedded systems. In between, she helped start Drugstore.com.

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Huawei Y6 PRO introduced, packed with a huge 4000 mAh battery

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Never underestimate China's top smartphone maker. After making the Huawei GX8 available on GetHuawei.com and BestBuy.com as part of the phone's launch in the US and bringing both the Honor 7 Premium and Honor 5X to Europe, Huawei, has just announced the new Y6 Pro.

Huawei has outed a Pro variant of the Y6 smartphone it launched last year. It seems like a new series because the last 'Y' phone from Huawei was the 'Y 100' that was released in 2012. This new Android phone looks like a premium model because of the 'Pro' reference.

Is is premium phone? Well yes, if we will only look at the the battery size which is large at 4,000mAh. However, this Huawei Y6 Pro comes with a 5-inch HD display screen, 5MP selfie camer, 13MP rear camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, and only 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chipset. The processor used is the same one found in the Lenovo VIBE P1m and ARCHOS 50 and 55 Helium Plus phones unveiled at the IFA 2015. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, WiFi hotspot, WiFi direct, Dual-SIM support, Emotion UI 3.1 Lite, and Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

The back and front of the smartphone looks similar to the Huawei GX8 but the Y6 Pro's back panel boasts of a unique water-ripple design and an ergonomic grip feel. Phone features a full-metal frame so you know this one can survive some rough use. Making this a winner really is the 4000mAh battery coupled with Huawei's patented Smart Power Saving technology. It can also work as a charger for other gadgets and can last for days depending on how you use it.

No information on availability and pricing yet but the Huawei Y6 Pro should cost around $350 to $400.

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VIA: GSMArena

SOURCE: Huawei

Apple’s TestFlight beta testing app adds support for iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2

Apple has issued a small update to its TestFlight beta testing app. This update adds support for iOS 9.3, along with watchOS 2.2.

Includes support for watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, as well as minor stability and performance improvements.

It should be noted that neither iOS 9.3 or watchOS 2.2 are available to the public at this time. However, both are currently in beta, with iOS 9.3 available for developers and members of Apple's Beta Software Program.

TestFlight allows developers to test beta versions of their apps with up to 2,000 testers, easily distributing updates and gathering feedback. You can find TestFlight 1.3.2 on the App Store now.










CBS CEO says talks with Apple over rumored streaming TV service have stalled

CBS CEO Les Moonves says that talks with Apple over its rumored streaming TV service have come to a halt. Moonves made the comments in an interview with CNN Money:

"We had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," Moonves told CNNMoney in an interview last week.

Moonves most recent statement jives with comments he made in early December, stating that the project had been put on indefinite hold. Moonves's comments were soon followed by reports that Apple had suspended its talks due to negotiating issues with the networks over Apple's desire to launch the service with small bundles of channels.

Source: CNN Money










Zenefits Under Investigation In California

zenefits 6 The hits just keep on coming at the embattled cloud human resources software provider Zenefits, as the California Department of Insurance has begun an investigation into its licensing practic Read More

Uber Proposes $28.5 Million Settlement Over Safe Ride Fee Class Action Lawsuit

uber-app-ios Uber is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to settle two cases: Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which have since been consolidated into one case on behalf of Uber passengers seeking restitution for every $1 Safe Rides fee charged to every Uber customer in the U.S. In addition to divvying up $28.5 million among… Read More

Lifelog redesign brings new UI in timeline view (3.0.A.0.12)

Lifelog 3.0.A.0.12_1_resultSony Mobile has introduced a new design for the Lifelog app updating it to build number 3.0.A.0.12. The newest update has a new look in the timeline view as well as the dashboard, plus we also get a new app icon. A new feature of this update is ‘Locations’ which will tag your activities to your location. Sony also promises accuracy improvements in the latest update.
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Newly-uncovered iOS date glitch could brick your iPhone when during a reboot

A recently-uncovered date glitch in iOS, which has evidently been present since, iOS 8, will cause your phone to become inoperable if you reboot your device after manually setting the date to January 1, 1970. You will also apparently be unable to place your phone in DFU or Recovery mode, so a Genius Bar appointment may be in order if you do this.

The glitch surfaced thanks to a video from Zach Straley on YouTube.

In order to avoid this, simply let your iPhone automatically set the time. If for some reason you need to manually set the time, don't set it to January 1, 1970. Don't under any circumstances, follow any instructions that tell you to do so. And as always, remember to exercise a little common sense.

Source: Zach Straley (YouTube), Reddit; Via: AppleInsider










Samsung’s Gear S2 transcends the luxury watch; here’s why

The Gear S2 is a popular smartwatch, as Best Buy and Amazon sales show us for Q4 2015, and the Korean giant behind “the next big thing” in the smartwatch market is thrilled. At CES 2016, Samsung pushed forward with the smartwatch that’s got everyone talking about the future of smartwatches, with 18K Rose Gold and Platinum Gear S2 models on their way in February. With all the “bling” of the new smartwatches, though, an old question rises to the surface: Is the Gear S2 a luxury watch? Some believe it to be a luxury watch, while some of my fellow tech enthusiasts think that the Gear S2, whatever great heights it reaches, will never be a luxury watch. The reason behind the critical mindset is simple: luxury watches have a brand name, like “Rolex” or “TAG Heuer” and last longer than smartwatches will last. This doesn’t even take into account the price of those watches, which range in the $5000-$10000 and up price point. These same individuals don’t see smartwatches ever coming close to what luxury watches are. Even if TAG Heuer does have a Connected Carrera Android Wear smartwatch, it will never reach the fame that TAG Heuer’s luxury watches have reached. Its $1500 price point, a bit budget-friendly for TAG Heuer, doesn’t help the matter, some say. The traditional view (that luxury watches are better) is understandable, though controversial, and Samsung has its own answer. Many have, in the last four months since the Korean giant’s Gear S2 announcement, stated that the Gear S2 is aiming to be a luxury watch. Many watched Samsung’s recent CES 2016 announcement regarding the Rose Gold and Platinum Gear S2 models and assume that Samsung is aiming to create a luxury watch: “the new build materials and bling say it all,” according to some. And yet, Samsung never said its Gear S2 was a luxury smartwatch. Here’s Samsung’s statement from Younghee Lee on the luxury watch/smartwatch debate from the company’s September 2015 Gear S2 announcement: The Samsung philosophy is to push forward, embracing new adventures and exploring the farthest frontiers of technology. Two years ago, we introduced the first Gear and we wanted to create a new wearable movement. We learned a lot along the way. From the start, we’ve known that our goal wasn’t to replicate a luxury watch. We wanted to transcend that idea and bring you an advanced, smart wearable device that becomes a meaningful part of your life. (Younghee Lee, Samsung Gear S2 Showcase: Keynote, 1:34-2:20) In other words, Samsung’s take on the luxury watch vs. smartwatch debate is that the luxury watch isn’t as grand as some assert, that the Gear S2 (and the smartwatch in general) “transcends the idea” of the luxury watch and is better. Some could say that Samsung is only saying this to sell the Gear S2, but I happen to agree with the Korean giant. When I go out and meet friends who have luxury, “dumb” watches with $5,000+ price tags and can only look at their watch and tell time, I don’t feel threatened by their luxury watches – but my Gear S2 should threaten their luxury watches. After all, I have notifications, emails, calls, texts, and an array of capabilities I have with my circular smartwatch that their “luxury” watch will never have. And the best part is that I didn’t spend $15,000 and $20,000 to get that state-of-the-art tech feel that will become the trending wave of the future. Nope; for a fraction of the price, I’m already miles ahead of the luxury watch crowd. Somewhere along the way, someone decided that smartwatches such as the Gear S2 are the “new kid on the block” that can’t hang with the “Big Boy” luxury watches. The only problem with this claim is that luxury watch advocates have yet to prove to me or anyone else why their luxury watches are better. The Gear S2 is to the luxury watch what the smart car is to the BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz brands: the smart car is so advanced it doesn’t even need a brand to outperform the luxury, normal vehicles – but the brand name only adds to its distinctiveness. Normal is just normal, no matter if it has “luxury” in front of it or not. Ultimately, good looks aren’t everything and if that’s what luxury watches excel at, I pity the future of luxury watches.

Microsoft adds more partners, Acer to pre-install MS apps on Android devices

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Microsoft has been partnering with several manufacturers to bring its products and services to more consumers. The software giant is also making peace with some of its biggest rivals like Google by dropping lawsuits and ending a patent battle. Last year, it made a deal with Asus to strengthen a patent licensing agreement. This time, the Redmond company is working on strategic agreements with local partners and OEMs that will have them pre-install Skype, OneDrive, and Microsoft Office apps on Android devices.

Microsoft proudly announced that they have a total of 74 hardware partners based in 25 countries. These companies agreed to bring Microsoft services and apps to their phones and tablets powered by Android. Some of the latest models that will have the Microsoft apps include the Sony Xperia Z4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and the LG G Pad 2.

Another important tech partner is Acer. The two aim to expand global partnership by pre-installing Microsoft applications on the latest Android devices made by Acer.

We’re pleased that we have been able to enhance the already strong partnership that exists between Microsoft and Acer. Mutually beneficial and collaborative agreements such as this one promote innovation and lead to better products and experiences for consumers,” President of Microsoft Technology Licensing Nick Psyhogeos shared.

Out of the box, the Android phones and tablets will have Microsoft Office, Outlook, OneNote, Skype, and OneDrive pre-installed on some models. As Microsoft commits to licensing intellectual property and as long as brands are actually responding, there won't be any problem with the IP licensing program.

Expect no more patent-related lawsuits to be filed by Microsoft against other device manufacturers. You'll only find more Android devices that have pre-loaded MS apps.

SOURCE: Microsoft

Groupon Soars 23% On Favorable Earnings

Groupon on Apple Watch Not dead yet, deal site Groupon soared 23% in initial after-hours trading, following a better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings release. The company beat revenue forecasts, bringing in $917 million, instead of the anticipated $846 million, and a 9% year-over-year increase.  Adjusted earnings per share was a four cents, whereas Wall Street was expecting zero. This is quite the bright spot… Read More

Facebook veut mettre les SMS dans Messenger

Facebook teste actuellement une nouvelle fonction sur certains de ses abonnés américains, en leur proposant d'incorporer les SMS dans Messenger. Pourtant, le réseau social avait déjà tenté le coup il y a quelques années, avant de revenir en arrière fin 2013, faute d'adoption massive. L'idée est évidemment de faire de son programme le seul point d'e...

What’s new on the App Store: Quartz, Tomb of the Mask, and fashion-focused apps

Each week, the App Store highlights some of the best new and updated apps. This week, we've got a news app from Quartz, Tomb of the Mask, and apps focused on fashion.

This week in the App Store, we start with the news app from Quartz, which delivers the news in the form of a conversation. There's also Bkstg, a new social app for music fans. Also on the social front is Anchor, which lets you broadcast short audio clips to the world. Finally, take a look at Serato Pyro, a new way for your to DJ on your iPhone.

Games this week start with Tomb of the Mask, a new retro-style arcade game. _PRISIM could be up your alley if you're a puzzle game fan. Square Enix has released its classic RPG, Final Fantasy IX, for iPhone and iPad. If you're looking for a nostalgia trip, check out the side-scrolling action game Shadow Blade: Reload.

With New York Fashion Week on the horizon, the App Store has assembled a collection of fashion-focused apps. Check out the latest coverage from the shows with the official New York Fashion Week app or Vogue Runway. You'll be able to shop for the new styles using apps from Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter. And use The Net Set and Pinterest to show off your new look.

Check back next week for more new apps and games from the App Store, and remember to check out this week's Free App of the Week.










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