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Kickstarter comes to Android

Kickstarter comes to Android

There are some sites out there that don't really need their own mobile app. After all, a mobile site can be plenty effective for most places you visit. However, Kickstarter is not one of those sites. iOS users have been able to use their own special app for the site, but Android users have been left out in the cold.

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ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

A new app and web-based system by the name of ZCast hopes to make Podcasting a far simpler affair, boiling the entire media form down to you and your smartphone and a live presentation. ZCast allows users to produce their own multi-member podcast from their mobile device or the web. With ZCast, casters will be able to take comments and answer questions in real-time, connecting with social media outlets as they do so. We'll do it live!

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ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

Has the 4K trend really reached the mobile industry? Well, yes and no, depending on what you mean. It might still be a while before something like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium becomes commonplace, but dealing with 4K content, especially videos, is going to become more regular. That is why ARM is announcing early a new mobile graphics chip, the Mali-DP650, that is designed from the get go to handle 4K content, not only on a device's screen itself but streaming to an external display as well.

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Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

No, Facebook hasn't just constructed a real, physical space for people to exercise and play sports. Deity forbid they do something that will actually unhook you from the social network. Instead, they have created the virtual equivalent of a sports forum where both fans as well as rivals can dish it out with words, something people already do on Facebook anyway. But now you can do it officially and with game stats right in front of you. In short, Facebook has just created the social network equivalent of a sports channel.

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FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop has announced a new global hotspot that offers free mobile data in many places around the world, launching first for users in the United States and UK. The hotspot works in 25 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and other European countries. If all goes as planned, though, FreedomPop will expand the global hotspot’s coverage to include countries in Asia and Latin America, bringing the total to more than 40 regions globally.

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Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

While this year we might see more and more manufacturers adopt "3D Touch" technology for their touchscreens, Elliptic Labs is trying to push a different way to make more expressive controls for smartphones and tablets. Almost llke a Jedi, Elliptic's ultrasonic gesture recognition system can let users wave or "force push" their way to taking selfies, playing games, or just simply navigating around the smartphone. And best of all, at least for OEMs, they won't need specialized hardware to make it all happen.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

These days, the word "unlimited" no longer really means unlimited. It's more like "unlimited except". Sometimes that's because it almost seems like human nature to abuse such untethered offers. At least that is what Karma experienced, the hard way, when it launched its unlimited Neverstop service. What was intended to be a painless way to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots across the country was turned into a backup or streaming connection at home, with users raking in over 1,000 GB. And that's for a single month only.

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Apple might be planning light-based Li-Fi wireless for iPhones

Apple might be planning light-based Li-Fi wireless for iPhones

Some people dig for gold. Others dig for ancient artifacts. Still other dig through every bit of code, even those normally indecipherable to humans, to glean a different kind of treasure: the digital kind. That was what Twitter user Chase Fromm was doing when he came across a reference to "LiFiCapability" among the other hardware and software capabilities that iOS 9.1 advertises. This hints that Apple might be planning to introduce support for that Li-Fi wireless communication technology sometime in the near future of iOS and iPhones.

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Google, Facebook back Samsung on Supreme Court patent appeal

Google, Facebook back Samsung on Supreme Court patent appeal

Samsung has just gotten some mighty allies in its proxy legal tussle with Apple. Before 2015 ended, the Korean manufacturer went to the US Supreme Court asking for a review not of its patent case with Apple, which it already lost, but of the design patent system in general. Now several organizations, from tech giants to non-profit advocacies to legal interest groups, have filed amicus briefs in support of Samsung's case to have the federal government's interpretation of design patent laws revised for the current century.

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