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Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews

By | Apps, Facebook, facebook messenger, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Hardware, Media, privacy, smart displays, Social, TC, Video

After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words With Friends. ABC News and CNN are adding content […]

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Amazon is officially stocking Google Chromecasts yet again

By | Amazon, chromecast, cord cutting, e-commerce, eCommerce, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, Media, streaming

There’s been a break in the multi-year feud between Google and Amazon, apparently, as Amazon is now — once again — selling Google Chromecast devices on its site. The devices were banned from Amazon back in 2015, when the retailer then decided that only devices supporting Prime Video would be allowed. A year ago, it […]

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Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo Show, Apps, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Home Hub, Hardware, Media, Social, TC, YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.  Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying […]

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Snapchat’s PR firm sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram

By | Advertising Tech, Apps, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware, Influencer Marketing, instagram, Media, Snap, snap inc, Snapchat, snapchat spectacles, Social, TC

Influencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only sold 220,000 of v1 and had to take a $40 million write-off. Instead, Snap comes off looking […]

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TC Sessions: AR/VR surveys an industry in transition

By | Augmented Reality, Developer, entertainment, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Media, Startups, TC, tc sessions, TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018, Venture capital, Virtual reality, Wearables

Industry vets and students alike crammed into UCLA’s historic Royce Hall last week for TC Sessions AR/VR, our one day event on the fast-moving (and hype-plagued) industry and the people in it. Disney, Snap, Oculus and more stopped by to chat and show off their latest; if you didn’t happen to be in LA that day, read on and find out what we learned — and follow the links to watch the interviews and panels yourself.

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Apple reportedly plans to give away its TV content, because that worked well with U2

By | Apple, apple tv, Gadgets, Media

Apple has answered two questions in one day, or rather a CNBC report citing someone within the company has. Why are the shows it’s planning so allegedly boring? And what does it plan to do to get a foot in the door in an increasingly competitive streaming-media market? They’re going to repeat the success they had with U2’s “Songs of Innocence” and just shunt it right onto everyone’s device.

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