Tag: app

India’s Mfine raises $17.2 million to expand telemedical doctor network

Mfine, an AI health care startup headquartered in Bangalore, today announced that it has raised $17.2 million in a series B funding round led by Japan-based venture group SBI Investment, with participation from SBI Ven Capital, Beenext, Stellaris Venture Partners, and Prime Venture Partners. This comes after a $4.2 million series A round in May […]

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Samsung Galaxy Wearable app snag stops app installs, new device setups

In another piece of bad news for Samsung, the Galaxy Wearable app supporting Samsung smartwatches is experiencing sign-in problems, leaving new users on the Samsung Community forum (via The Verge) unable to set up their devices, while existing users can’t install apps or perform backups. The issue appears to have started last Thursday and persisted through the weekend, […]

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Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government order

Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court’s direction, stoking fear among some activists that this could set a dangerous precedent. Apple, which has also been ordered by the government to pull the app from its respective app store (App Store), plans to comply with the […]

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Readdle brings free Spark email app to Android, promises no ads or tracking

Twelve years after its inception, Readdle is finally venturing beyond Apple’s ecosystem with the launch today of its Spark email app for Android. This comes on the heels of Google killing its own popular Inbox email app. Spark’s Android app — like its iOS and macOS incarnations — includes three selling points: It is free […]

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Dropbox adds Klaxoon, Pronto, and WeVideo integrations in education push

Dropbox is doubling down on its education efforts. The cloud storage service, which went public last year, today announced it has inked deals with Klaxoon, Pronto, and WeVideo to expand its productivity offerings. San Francisco-headquartered Dropbox said WeVideo’s cloud-based video editing tool, Pronto’s real-time chat app, and Klaxoon’s polls, word clouds, and other interactive tools […]

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Gboard on Pixel phones now uses an on-device neural network for speech recognition

On-device machine learning algorithms afford plenty of advantages, namely low latency and availability —  because processing is performed locally as opposed to remotely on a server, connectivity has no bearing on performance. Google sees the wisdom in this: it today announced that Gboard, its cross-platform virtual keyboard app, now uses an end-to-end recognizer to power […]

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Google releases Bolo, a speech recognition app that helps Indian kids learn to read

Google, which dominates the Indian smartphone, search, and online video market, today launched a learning app for primary-grade children in India as the Mountain View-headquartered firm looks to expand its grip on the world’s fastest growing internet market. The Android app, called Bolo, aims to help young kids improve and expand their learning, comprehension, and […]

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Messaging startup Threads raises $10.5 million to help companies make better decisions

The $59.86 billion corporate collaboration market is rife with Slack competitors, from startups like Chanty, Mattermost, and Fleep to incumbent offerings like Workplace by Facebook, Microsoft Teams, and Hangouts Chat. Enterprise messaging is a tough cookie to crack — Slack, with over 10 million daily active users, has an indomitable lead. But former Facebook product […]

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Google sets new Android API level requirements to ‘improve the security of the app ecosystem’

Google today said that it’ll require Android apps in major app stores from third-party manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent to target API level 26 (Android 8.0) or higher in 2019, in a bid to “improve the security of the app ecosystem.” It also said it’ll require all new apps to […]

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Uber Freight introduces Yelp-like ratings for shipping facilities

If you’re in the trucking business, there’s a phrase you reliably dread: driver detention. It’s the length of time spent idling at shipper or receiver facilities, and it has the potential to cut drivers’ pay drastically — or worse, increase the likelihood they’re involved in an accident. According to a recent report published by the […]

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Fake Alexa setup app climbs Apple’s App Store charts

There’s a fake Amazon Alexa setup tool for iOS masquerading as a legitimate app, and it’s climbing the charts alarmingly quickly. One World Software’s duplicitously named “Setup for Amazon Alexa” — it went live this week — is the sixth-most-downloaded app in the Apple App Store’s “Utilities” category and the 60th overall in “Top Free,” […]

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Huawei’s Facing Emotions app uses AI to help visually impaired users ‘hear’ facial expressions

Blindness, both partial and total, is incredibly common. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near-vision condition and that as many as 217 million people suffer from moderate to severe problems with distance vision. Those impairments not only complicate everyday chores like walking the dog and […]

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K Health raises $25 million to expand its self-diagnostic platform

Ever check medical symptoms online? You’re far from alone. The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project estimates that 35 percent of adults in the U.S. regularly turn to the internet to self-diagnose ailments. Only a fraction of them, however, find the information they’re searching for — such online tools only provide accurate results […]

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Microsoft’s Hummingbird app uses AI to be your news editor

Microsoft’s new curatorial news app aims to cut through the deluge with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Hummingbird, which was first spotted by Android Police, has quietly launched on Android in some countries. It’s a straightforward affair. After signing in with a Microsoft account, you’re instructed to create a personalized feed by selecting from categories such […]

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Apple prepares to release ECG app for Watch Series 4

Back in September, Apple announced that it had added new heart monitoring hardware to the Apple Watch Series 4, enabling the wearable to produce electrocardiogram (ECG) readings — with an FDA-approved ECG app that would be released “later this year.” Nearly three months later, the ECG app is about to be released alongside watchOS 5.1.2, […]

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Psychology Around the Net: November 24, 2018

Is there a ticket to happiness? I’m not sure, but this week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at achieving happiness once you know what kind of happiness you actually want (that’s right; there’s more than one), as well as a productivity app that helps you avoid the bad “to do list,” how you […]

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Waymo will reportedly launch a commercial driverless car service in Phoenix

Only weeks after obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California without a safety driver behind the wheel, Google spinoff Waymo is reportedly gearing up to launch a commercial taxi service that’ll go head to head with Lyft, Uber, and other ride-hailing incumbents. According to Bloomberg, it could launch in early December and will […]

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