Description: The final winners will be announced live on May 19th at 7 PM PT at Google I/O and will be live streamed. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 22, 2016 Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12… Read more »
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Description: Can a new wave of chatbots from Facebook and Microsoft upend apps as we know them, or is that just wishful thinking? Source: Fast Company Date: April 22, 2016 The rise of conversational “chatbots” begins with a claim you might initially dismiss as preposterous. “Bots are the new apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared during… Read more »
Description: Squarespace’s newest product offering takes direct aim at domain registrars like GoDaddy. Source: Fast Company Date: April 15, 2016 Squarespace and a handful of companies like Wix and WordPress parent Automattic serve as the 800-pound gorillas of the website hosting and content worlds. Now Squarespace is looking to take on GoDaddy and other web domain… Read more »
Description: Other big topics will include Instant Articles, Live Video, 360 Video, and much more. Source: Fast Company Date: April 11, 2016 When more than 2,000 people descend on San Francisco this week for Facebook’s annual two-day F8 developers conference, their discussions and decisions will have a huge impact on how you and 1.59 billion other… Read more »
Description: It’s finally legal for Cuban entrepreneurs to incorporate and bank in the U.S. With its Atlas service, Stripe is seizing the opportunity. Source: Fast Company Date: March 18, 2016 On Tuesday of this week, the Obama administration—ahead of the president’s visit to Havana next week—announced a loosening of decades-old restrictions that permits U.S. banks to… Read more »
Description: Foursquare just announced a partnership with Delivery.com to enable Foursquare users to order food, alcohol and groceries for delivery right from the Foursquare app. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 11, 2016 The integration is made possible thanks to a mobile commerce platform called Button, which also works with companies like Uber, Airbnb and Ticketmaster. For you,… Read more »
Description: Cybercriminals using stolen data have targeted millions of user accounts on Alibaba’s popular Taobao shopping platform. Source: CNN Money Date: February 5, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you use any online seller-to-consumer services? 2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a business model?
Description: Thursday, Netflix announced that it plans to crack down on people using proxy servers to access content that isn’t licensed to be streamed in their country. Source: Motherboard Date: January 15, 2016 Due to the vagaries of licensing agreements with different content providers, not every country’s Netflix catalog is the same—in some cases, it’s not… Read more »
Description: For all the legions of programmers coding the movement of individual blades of grass, and all the advances in processing power and VR, the simulated worlds of online gaming still behave nothing like the real one. Source: Wired Date: January 12, 2016 “In the last few years we’ve seen the abysmal failure of games attempting… Read more »
Description: Foursquare just announced some major changes: $45 million in funding and a new CEO. Source: CNN Money Date: January 14, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you use Foursquare? 2. If you do not use Foursquare, what sort of incentives or features could persuade you to try the platform?