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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Uber fixes ETA privacy gap that left full trip details public

Uber fixes ETA privacy gap that left full trip details public

Uber has fixed a gaping privacy hole which left ride details for some passengers visible in Google searches, with full address information available even months after the journey. The glitch was a side-effect of Uber's "Share my ETA" feature, launched in 2013, which allows users to show others the progress of their trip.

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LastPass goes free but only on single device types

LastPass goes free but only on single device types

It seems that freemium business models have won, with majority of services now offering a free but limited selection of features just to hook in new users and, when they get fed up with all the walls, hopefully sign up for a monthly fee. LastPass is also adopting that new setup but with a twist. New users signing up to the password management service will be able to use it for free on all smartphones but only on smartphones, or on all desktops but only on desktops.

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Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.

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Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Some say it's Google's way of making search the centerpiece even on Android, making apps almost redundant. Others say it's the natural evolution of search's feature. Whatever the case, Google Now on Tap, a feature arriving with Android M later this year, is shaping up to be both interesting and also somewhat scary. At SMX in Paris, Behshad Behzadi from Google demonstrated Now on Tap, including a geolocation feature never before seen elsewhere. And Google Now, on Tap, performed well with almost deadly context-aware accuracy.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Remember talk about Google's plans to take on mobile carriers? While the initial furor of speculation seems to have died down a bit, it seems that things are still proceeding as planned for Google, with an expected public announcement at the upcoming I/O 2015. A new leak has revealed some possible details about the service that would give consumers reasons to be hyped and carriers cause to worry. Aside from free calls and texts inside the US, Project Fi will only charge users based on data they actually consumed and even credit unused ones at the end of the month.

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Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Kik, the messaging app turned platform, may soon become the property of someone other than Kik Interactive Inc. A new report suggests Kik is entertaining a sale, which would see the service become the wholly owned property of another company. The powers that be at Kik have even gone so far as to hire Qatalyst Partners to examine the business and see what their best option might be, including remaining independent. Kik’s founder and CEO, Ted Livingston, has confirmed his company is exploring their options.

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Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google seems to be trying to get more and more personal, suggesting things that go beyond our digital personas, perhaps not to everyone's liking. The latest unconfirmed convenience that Google Search users might soon have at their fingertips would be connection to local home service providers, like plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This would seem to be the next step to Google embracing almost every aspect of our lives, after it started helping us find the best nearby car insurance through Google Compare.

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“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

If you work at an office that either has other offices elsewhere or lets employees work form home, you know how crucial teleconferencing can be. It’s also handy for those businesses that have clients or customers spread out across the country or world. It seems Google knows, too, and is readying some sort of teleconferencing tool tentatively named GMeet; likely short for ‘Google Meeting’. Details are sparse, but it might serve as an offshoot of Hangouts, Google’s existing over-the-top communications platform.

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Amazon launches Home Services, puts you in touch with pros

Amazon launches Home Services, puts you in touch with pros

If you own your home, chances are you’ve got some chores that have piled up. Amazon’s Home Services is aimed at folks like you who are just to busy (or not knowledgable enough; please don’t try electrical work) to get the small things done, but its limited availability left most wanting. Today, Amazon is broadening their scope, and taking their Home Services platform to a larger swath of the country. Reaching over 85 million people, Amazon Home Services might be just what you need to get those lingering chores done.

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