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Small-time messaging app Tiiny has been shuttered

Small-time messaging app Tiiny has been shuttered

Late last year, Tiiny was revealed as another ephemeral messaging app in a crowded space. The app was always billed as a project more than a moonshot or labor of love, which makes today’s announcement neither disappointing or sad. In a blog post via Medium, Digg founder Kevin Rose announced he and the team at North were shutting Tiiny down, saying “at the end of the day Tiiny didn’t find an audience, and the product wasn’t a big enough improvement over similar services in an already insanely crowded space.”

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8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

Texting has become little more than a quick way to fire a simple message off to someone you’ve only a casual acquaintance with, or those few holdouts still using dumb phones. Everyone else is likely connected with you through a chatting app, most of which now offer features like sending audio snippets, files, high-quality emoticons, and more. WhatsApp has been a long-reigning champ when it comes to chatting apps, and there’s a good chance you either use it or have used it in the past…and, like many, you might not be so fond of the app.

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Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Today in San Francisco, Yahoo is holding their first Mobile Developers Conference. With over 1,000 Devs in attendance, Yahoo was quick to roll out a new suite of tools for them to get tucked into. A lot of attention was paid to analytics, where Yahoo’s prior acquisition of Flurry is starting to pay off. With some of the tools, Yahoo will give Developers a better avenue to monetize, and even some reach into advertising. Yahoo also made a bold move to ingrain their search engine into apps.

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Bevy lets you create a private network for sharing pics, videos

Bevy lets you create a private network for sharing pics, videos

Your family is probably spread out over a city, or state — possibly even a country, or continents. Sharing pics is easy via mediums like Facebook, but those avenues don’t lend themselves to private sharing in a straightforward way. There might even be some who aren’t comfortable uploading pics to a source they don’t own and control, which is where Bevy comes into play. Via an app and dedicated storage container, you and your family (or friends, or colleagues) can share pictures privately.

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OneNote for iPad can now handle your handwriting

OneNote for iPad can now handle your handwriting

Apple may have been cautious in embracing the stylus, but that doesn't mean iPad apps have held back, with Microsoft adding handwriting support to OneNote today. The updated note-taking app adds what Microsoft claims is one of the most commonly-requested features from users themselves, the ability to write and sketch directly into notes, just as you might with a Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile, there's also new optical character recognition (OCR) support in OneNote, pulling out the text in photos and scans automatically.

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IFTTT Do tames Internet of Things with one-tap triggers

IFTTT Do tames Internet of Things with one-tap triggers

Internet of Things glue IFTTT has launched three new apps, dubbed "Do", intended to take the most commonly used features of popular apps and services, and turn them into standalone widgets. Three "Do" apps are available initially - Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note - which can be set to provide one-tap access to regularly carried-out tasks like setting a Nest thermostat to a specific temperature, or uploading newly-taken photos to a Facebook album. At the same time, the original IFTTT mobile app has been rebranded, and will now be known as IF.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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Trello reports 7 million users as app updates on iOS

Trello reports 7 million users as app updates on iOS

Trello, the app that acts like a whiteboard (or to-do list, your call) has a pretty large user base. Co-founder of Trello, Michael Pryor, now says the app has over seven million users, with an additional 120,000 signing up each week. It might be a rare case of underground success, too, as Pryor also says “eighty percent of sign-ups come from word of mouth”. Not content with simple success, Trello recently updated, which should bring even more users.

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Snapchat reportedly seeking $16-19 billion valuation in funding round

Snapchat reportedly seeking $16-19 billion valuation in funding round

According to a new report, Snapchat thinks they’re worth between $16-19 billion. The last time we learned about Snapchat’s market value, it was August — and they were valued at $10 billion based on 100 million monthly users. While we’re not hearing what Snapchat’s current monthly user statistics are, it’s likely not why they’re raising funds or seeking a larger valuation. If they were successful in raising cash, Snapchat would become the third largest startup on Earth, behind only Uber and Xiaomi.

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Chromecast coming to VLC, according to latest changelog

Chromecast coming to VLC, according to latest changelog

If a changelog on Github can be believed (and they typically can), VLC is about to get Chromecast support. That means the app will soon be able to stream your locally stored content to your HDMI port on your TV via Chromecast. While you can already fling locally stored content to Chromecast via apps like Plex, VLC takes it a step further by offering up nearly unlimited support for file types. The streaming app may also be returning to iOS, where the Chromecast functionality should also pop up.

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