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    1. Ripple, a Tinder spinoff backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

      Ripple, a Tinder spinoff backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

      A team of former Tinder employees, led by Tinder’s original CTO Ryan Ogle, are today launching a new app aimed at professional networking. The app, called Ripple, aims to be a sort of mobile-first alternative to LinkedIn that addresses some of the problems common to the aging, now Microsoft-owned business networking platform. LinkedIn today has a heavy focus on job searching and head…

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    2. Amazon introduces subscriptions for Alexa skills, makes them free for Prime members

      Amazon introduces subscriptions for Alexa skills, makes them free for Prime members

      After grabbing 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it’s now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Alexa platform. The company announced it has introduced the ability for customers to access premium subscription content within the Jeopardy! skill – the first skill maker to receive access…

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    3. Games account for over half of the 3M+ ARKit-powered app downloads, 62% of revenue

      Games account for over half of the 3M+ ARKit-powered app downloads, 62% of revenue

      ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality framework that CEO Tim Cook recently likened to being as “dramatic” a development as the App Store itself, has now been installed over 3 million times worldwide through a host of ARKit-powered apps and games, according to a new report out today from Sensor Tower. The app store intelligence firm also examined the most popular ARKit apps, and…

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    4. Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

      Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

      A new voice app from Life Bot wants to make it easier to use Amazon Alexa as a digital assistant, by aiding with your daily routines and learning your personal preferences. At launch, Life Bot’s Alexa app has a handful of tricks up its sleeve. But Life Bot’s longer-term ambition is to learn from its users, then be able to kick-off personalized workflows with a single voice command.

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    5. App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

      App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

      The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 billion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 tillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016. These figures…

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    6. Apple announces watchOS 4 with a Siri watchface, better coaching & more

      Apple announces watchOS 4 with a Siri watchface, better coaching & more

      Apple’s Kevin Lynch came on stage this morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference to introduce the next version of Apple’s smartwatch software, watchOS 4. The new platform introduces a number of new features, including new watchfaces – like one that integrates Siri support – and other fitness related updates, like personalized challenges, updated Workout…

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    7. Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

      Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

      Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with participation from strategic angels including Scott Belsky, Alan Chung, and Peter Stern. The startup…

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    8. Google to launch a jobs search engine in the U.S.

      Google announced today it’s launching its a jobs search engine in the U.S. The service will focus on all types of jobs – from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. It will also leverage Google technologies like machine learning and A.I. to better understand how jobs are classified and related, among other things. Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave…

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    9. Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

      Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

      In its first four days on the market, Apple’s new social video editing app Clips reached between 500,000 and a million downloads, according to estimates from app store analytics firm App Annie. However, despite heavy press coverage and featured positions in the App Store, Clips hasn’t yet broken into the top 20 apps by ranking in the U.S. App Store’s Top Charts. The day…

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    10. Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages

      Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages

      Facebook today announced it’s expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor, with the added support for personal online fundraisers, starting first in the U.S. The new tool will allow Facebook users to raise money for personal crises and other campaigns – like school or medical expenses, emergency situations, funerals, and more. In addition,…

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    11. Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa | Follow @2Elearning

      Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa | Follow @2Elearning

      What if our photographs and social media updates could be turned into memories we – or our children – could later access just by asking a virtual assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa? That’s the premise behind a new startup called Mylestone, which is experimenting with turning our digital footprints into narratives that help us recall highlights from our lives, as well…

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    12. PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad | Follow @2Elearning

      PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad | Follow @2Elearning

      The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets rather than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games,…

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    13. Heek is a chatbot that can build you a website

      Heek is a chatbot that can build you a website

      A startup called Heek wants to make building websites as simple as chatting over text and answering a few questions. Using a conversational interface, the bot asks you questions about yourself, your business and your site, then lets you click to see different designs you can customize to meet your needs. The bot will even prompt you to save your work, as you get further into the site…

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    14. Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks | Follow @2Elearning

      Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks | Follow @2Elearning

      Amazon this morning rolled out another perk for subscribers to its Amazon Prime membership program: free access to Audible’s short-form digital programming called Audible Channels, as well as a selection of free audiobooks. Amazon says members will have access to a rotating selection of over 50 audiobooks from Audible’s catalog. That’s similar to how the Kindle Lending…

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    15. Amazon ends its student loan partnership with Wells Fargo, six weeks after launch | Follow @2Elearning

      Amazon’s latest perk – discounted student loans, aimed at Amazon Prime Student customers – is no more, according a report from Bloomberg, and confirmed by both companies. The partnership between the online retailer and Wells Fargo was announced this July, and saw the lender offering a 0.50 percent interest rate discount to students who joined Amazon Prime’s…

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    16. Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy | Follow @2Elearning

      Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy | Follow @2Elearning

      Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was…

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    17. Spotify launches a new Kids category with a focus on learning activities, language development

      Spotify launches a new Kids category with a focus on learning activities, language development

      Spotify this morning is announcing a change to its service designed to appeal to families with small children: it’s relaunching the app’s Kids category to include new playlists focused on vocabulary and language-development activities, as well as voiceover prompts in between songs that encourage parents to interact with their children while listening to music together. The…

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    18. Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans | Follow @2Elearning

      Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans | Follow @2Elearning

      Amazon Prime is known for its 2-day shipping service and other perks, like free movies and TV shows for streaming through Prime Video and unlimited photo storage, among other things. But now you can add another benefit to the growing selection of perks that come with being a Prime customer: student loan discounts. Wells Fargo and Amazon announced this morning plans to offer Prime customers…

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    19. Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

      Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

      The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. The new app, first introduced into testing last fall, enters a competitive space which includes pro software like Atlassian’s JIRA Core, as well as other easy-to-use tools from startups like Trello…

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    20. Amazon takes on PayPal and others with launch of Amazon Payments partner program

      Amazon takes on PayPal and others with launch of Amazon Payments partner program

      Amazon announced this morning a plan to spread adoption of its payments service, Amazon Payments, to more third-party websites. With the launch of its Amazon Payments Global Partner Program, the retailer will help e-commerce platform providers and other developers integrate with Amazon Payments so their own merchants can offer the option to “Pay with Amazon” at checkout.…

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    21. Microsoft Turns On Yammer For Office 365 Business Customers

      Microsoft Turns On Yammer For Office 365 Business Customers

      Get ready for Yammer, Microsoft announced today – and it’s not kidding. Microsoft said this afternoon it will begin to activate Yammer for all its eligible Office 365 business customers starting today, in what’s a major push for the enterprise social networking service. The rollout will come in waves, beginning with those customers who have a business subscription, and…

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    22. Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

      Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

      A newly launched startup called Shelf wants to make it easier for people to discover great products, without having to first read through tons of online research or consumer reviews. Instead, the company has built a social platform that lets users automatically keep track of their own inventory of purchases, and selectively share this information with friends. The idea is to bring…

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    23. Apple Rolls Out New Betas Across Its Platforms

      Happy Monday from Apple! The company has just rolled out new software betas for each of platforms, including the desktop (El Capitan 10.11.4), mobile (iOS 9.3), Apple TV (tvOS 9.2), and Apple Watch (watchOS 2.2). Beta releases for Apple Configurator 2.2 and Xcode 7.3 also became available at the same time. Among some of the standout features in the upgrades is the new ability to support…

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    24. People Watch: Apple Promotes Jeff Williams To COO, Puts Phil Schiller In Charge Of App Store

      People Watch: Apple Promotes Jeff Williams To COO, Puts Phil Schiller In Charge Of App Store

      Apple announced a series of changes to its leadership team this morning, including, most notably, the promotion of Jeff Williams to COO, a role that had not been filled since Tim Cook became Apple CEO in 2011. Williams, who joined Apple in 1998, was named VP of Operations in 2004 and currently oversees the Apple Watch program. In addition, Apple says it’s expanding VP of Worldwide…

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    25. Google To Donate Up To $1 Million Toward Education In Android Pay Charity Campaign

      Google To Donate Up To $1 Million Toward Education In Android Pay Charity Campaign

      In an effort to kickstart its mobile payments solution, Android Pay, Google this morning announced a holiday campaign that will see the tech giant donating up to a million toward special education projects in partnership with nonprofit DonorsChoose.org. This is the first time Google has ever worked with an NGO on a mobile payments campaign, the company notes. However, it’s not the first…

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    26. Google’s New “About Me” Page Lets You Control What Personal Info Others Can See

      Google’s New “About Me” Page Lets You Control What Personal Info Others Can See

      Worried that Google has too much of your personal data, thanks to the way it has pried into your life over the years as you steadily adopted more of its services, ranging from search to email to productivity apps to YouTube and more? The company is now attempting to address those concerns with the launch of a new online tool called “Google About me” which allows you to change…

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