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Facebook releases a new app for covering your photos in stickers

Casey Newton December 19, 2014 02:04 pm12.19.2014 7

Facebook's cartoon stickers add a whimsical touch to the company's Messenger app, and now they're coming to photos. The company announced today a new app called Stickered that lets you add stickers to your...

Snow globe chat heads, people

This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can't

James Vincent December 19, 2014 08:22 am12.19.2014 10

You might think that Citymapper is a pretty useful app to have in an emergency, but it’s nothing compared to Xavion: an iPad app that can take control of a small airplane and steer it to the nearest...

Xavion take the wheel!

Instagram is now valued at $35 billion

Jacob Kastrenakes December 19, 2014 09:40 am12.19.2014 29

For Facebook, buying Instagram was a steal. In a note this morning, Citigroup says that it has reexamined its valuation of Instagram and now believes that it is worth $35 billion. Citi had previously...

It was purchased for $1 billion back in 2012

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Duet turned my old iPad into a fast MacBook display

Thomas Ricker December 19, 2014 07:57 am12.19.2014 51

I just spent $10 on Duet Display to turn my aging iPad into a secondary MacBook display. That’s about five times more than I’d normally consider prudent for an app, but it was worth every penny.

I’ve been...

$10 and worth every penny

Samsung's messaging app ChatOn is closing for good in 2015

James Vincent December 19, 2014 05:34 am12.19.2014 22

Samsung is shutting down its would-be WhatsApp-competitor ChatOn in all markets in the first quarter of 2015. The app will be shutting down for most countries on February 1st, although it will live on a...

ChatOn? ChatOff.

Secret is relaunching as a faster anonymous social network with chat

Casey Newton December 18, 2014 01:00 pm12.18.2014 21

When Secret launched in February, it quickly became the most talked-about new social network in Silicon Valley. Like other ‘"anonymish" social networks, it offers a compelling mix of sex, drugs, and...

Pandora's new Xbox One app lets you listen to stations while gaming

Chris Welch December 18, 2014 12:31 pm12.18.2014 47

Pandora, the hugely popular streaming music service, has launched its first app on a video game console. It's available on Xbox One starting today. "Pandora on Xbox One takes advantage of all the...

Pandora's Xbox

The not-so-glamorous life of a robot operator

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Djay Pro brings Spotify-powered mixes to the Mac

Dan Seifert December 18, 2014 09:22 am12.18.2014 10

Djay is one of the most popular and successful DJ-ing apps for mobile phones, occupying top spots in the iPhone, iPad, and Android charts. Algoriddim, the developer behind the app, actually first released...

20 million tracks to spin on your Mac

Coffee is an Android Wear app that lets you send texts without talking to your watch

Chris Welch December 18, 2014 09:00 am12.18.2014 18

Talking to your smartwatch to dictate a text or Hangouts reply is one of the less fantastic things about Android Wear; even when it's reliable, it always looks awkward. But now there's a new app that can...

No more conversations with your wrist

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on being hacked: 'It's not okay that people steal our secrets'

Casey Newton December 17, 2014 03:31 pm12.17.2014 41

One of the least expected companies to take collateral damage in the epic Sony Pictures hack has been Snapchat. CEO Evan Spiegel regularly trades emails with Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, who sits on...

"We're going to change the world because this is not the one we want to live in." Evan Spiegel

Uber will use biometric scans to improve background checks on drivers

Casey Newton December 17, 2014 02:42 pm12.17.2014 4

In the wake of high-profile incidents in which passengers were allegedly assaulted by their drivers, Uber said today it would improve background checks using methods including biometric scans. "We are...

"Best-in-class safety must be a constant quest." Uber

BuzzFeed has big plans for its mobile app

Jacob Kastrenakes December 17, 2014 01:34 pm12.17.2014 7

BuzzFeed has big plans to build out its mobile app. The site has acquired the team behind Hyper IQ, a developer that's already been working on BuzzFeed's iOS app. The plan is to have Hyper IQ's...

"People don't realize yet how much Buzzfeed is doing." Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed CEO
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