Lost My Name, the tech-driven kids book publisher, raises $8.5M and partners with Roald Dahl Estate

 Lost My Name, the London-based startup that uses tech to create and publish personalised story books for children, has raised $8.5 million in Series B funding. It is also revealing an upcoming tie-in with the Roald Dahl Estate, owners of IP such as Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Read More

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Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

 Spotify’s singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in under a year, while it’s taken Apple Music over a year and a half to make that progress. Spotify now has 60 million subscribers, compared to Apple Music’s 27 million as of June. Spotify’s ability… Read More

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CodePush comes to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Mobile Center

The Visual Studio Mobile Center is bringing mobile developers a new service for their applications. Microsoft announced that CodePush is now a part of the Visual Studio Mobile Center family.

The Visual Studio Mobile Center is a mission control solution for mobile applications. It is designed to provide developers with faster release cycles, better quality apps, and more time to be more productive. It supports Objective-C, Swift, Java, Xamarin, React Native and UWP. With CodePush, developers can deploy updates to their Apache Cordova, React Native and Windows Mobile apps through the cloud.

“About two years ago, a group of developers at Microsoft crafted a service for distributing Apache Cordova, React Native, and Windows Mobile updates to applications in the wild. They called it ‘CodePush.’ Since then, mobile app developers have deployed thousands of releases to in-production apps – deploying quick bug fixes, feature improvements and content updates via the cloud. In a world where updates submitted through the app store can sometimes take days, these developers have enjoyed a huge market advantage because they can respond to customer feedback more quickly with instant app updates to some or all of their end-users,” Ian Geoghegan, senior program manager of Microsoft’s mobile developer division, wrote in a post.

CodePush will be integrated into the mobile center’s dashboard and provide a point-and-click interface to manage apps and deployments, according to Geoghegan.

Going forward, the company plans to provide better integration with its crash service, and bundle signing.

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Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

 Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a number of potential use cases for this technology – like hotel rooms that sense your entry then set the temperature accordingly and turn on your favorite music, or phones that can merge their address books while… Read More

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Google Calendar now plays nicer with Microsoft Exchange

 Google today announced a small but important update to how Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange can work together going forward. It’s not unusual for a company to still use both Google’s G Suite tools and Microsoft Exchange in parallel and with this update, G Suite admins can now allow their users to see real-time free/busy information across the two systems. This means tools… Read More

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Reddit just raised a new round that values the company at $1.8 billion

 Reddit, the 12-year-old, San Francisco-based online discussion platform that has long called itself the “front page of the internet,” just closed its biggest round ever, from a whole lot of investors, reports Recode. Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Coatue Management, Vy Capital, Fidelity, Y Combinator President Sam Altman, and SV Angel’s Ron Conway all chipped into… Read More

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HBO got hacked and some Game of Thrones materials are bubbling up online

 In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, HBO confirms that it was the target of a hack though the company doesn’t appear to be quite sure what the damage is yet. So far, episodes of HBO series Room 104 and Ballers have trickled out online. Though new episodes of its bloody centerpiece Game of Thrones have yet to surface, the leak reportedly contains writing suspected to be either a… Read More

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Balkan startups offer free housing service after football price-gouging row

 Football (or soccer) fans wanting to attend UEFA Super Cup 2017 in Skopje last week found that many of their hotel rooms were cancelled and rebooked at astronomical rates – sometimes 500 to 900 GBP for a hotel room that was originally a fraction of that. In order to fight back against a tarnished global image (and because they are cool people), a group in Skopje, WeTalkIT, created a… Read More

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Lyft launches ‘Minnie Van’ on-demand ride service at Walt Disney World

 Lyft has a big name new partner – Disney Parks, which will introduce on-demand transportation within select resorts as an added hospitality feature for guests. The service will employ Minnie Vans, vans painted in Minnie Mouse trademark dress in committed service to a wonderful dad joke. The vans will take guests to any destination within Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and… Read More

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Second Life creator launches beta of its virtual reality simulation

 Your third life is here (in beta).
The SF-based Linden Lab is at last launching a “creator beta” of its VR-ready universe simulation, Sansar. The company behind Second Life, a game which seemingly lost its wider cultural relevance more than a decade ago, has managed to make a ton of money as the title’s most devoted lifers have continued to shovel cash into the online… Read More

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