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Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeatAmazon hasn’t forgotten about the importance of cheap devices even as it struggles to be taken seriously as a high-end smartphone maker. Amazon’s first Fire tablet was one of the first $200 Android tablets. It wasn’t all that fast or attractive, but it proved that Amazon could ...

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Image Credit: Ermolaev Alexander/ShutterstockGoogle first unveiled its Classroom in May as a preview and now it’s issuing the first updates to the product. The touched up product allows teachers to more easily integrate their digital assignments with in-class instruction. This new iteration adds five basic features: the ability to use ...

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Check out our press release hub, powered by Business Wire. It's a one stop shop for industry announcements to help you stay on top of the latest technology and investment trends. Get the scoop here.New Mobile App Offers Consumers a Simple, Secure Solution to Shop Hundreds of Top Brands and ...

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Above: EveryplayImage Credit: EveryplayAbout 1 percent of mobile gamers, dubbed whales, account for 29 percent of all spending in mobile games. That’s one of the facts that came out of Everyplay‘s survey of mobile gamers, who are fast becoming one of the most-studied groups in history.   Companies like Everyplay, ...

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Above: Map-D lets you visualize data, quickly.Image Credit: Map-DMap-D Technologies, a big data visualization startup, has raised $1.5 million from Nvidia, Google Ventures, and numerous angel investors. The company is hoping to disrupt the database market by building what it calls the world’s fastest big data analytics and visualization platform, ...

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Skype today launched Skype Qik (pronounced “quick”), a new video messaging app meant to be used alongside the main Skype app. The new mobile-only offering is launching simultaneously on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. You can download it now from Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Windows Phone Store. ...

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Image Credit: GoogleGoogle Shopping Express is rebranding to “Google Express” today. It will also be rolling out its same day and next day delivery service to Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. the company said in a blog post. Google Express has built partnerships over the last several months and counts ...

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Today SoftBank announced it has reached an agreement to acquire DramaFever. DramaFever, known for its catalog of Korean dramas, was founded in 2009 and raised a total of $12 million. The company calls itself “the largest online video destination for premium international television shows,” and counts YouTube cofounder Steve Chen ...

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Image Credit: Images via Shutterstock, modified by VentureBeatVenture capital fund Life.SREDA announced today it intends to raise a second fund worth $100 million that will be focused on investments in financial technologies. Based in Moscow, the firm said it has already secured $20 million of that fund. The firm’s previous ...

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Above: Caryl Shaw of Telltale GamesImage Credit: Caryl ShawWhen it comes to free-to-play games, Caryl Shaw has been there, done that. And the veteran game developer said she has had enough for now. Shaw, who formerly worked on free-to-play titles for several game companies, plans to give a talk entitled, ...

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Image Credit: AFC InsuranceWith the rise of the on-demand economy, we are increasingly having to trust complete strangers. Checkr wants to help make this safer. The Y Combinator-backed startup provides background checks-as-a-service and is announcing today that it has raised $9 million in a first round of institutional funding. The ...

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Above: Netflix's newest feature lets you share movie recommendations with Facebook friends.Image Credit: NetflixNetflix continued its critical courtship of international markets on Tuesday when Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer spoke at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes. The conference is one of the world’s largest gatherings of new and ...

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SPONSORED POSTImage Credit: wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockThis sponsored post is produced in association with Syncano. By 2020, there will be almost as many digital bits in the universe as there are stars floating above us and over 212 billion connected “things” (IDC). As more and more devices and sensors come online, and as ...

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Image Credit: Drop Since you can put computers into basically anything these days, it’s no surprise that a baker’s scale is getting one too. Say goodbye to runny cupcakes and flat souffles. Drop, the smart baking scale that opened up for pre-orders back in June, is announcing today that it ...

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Above: The ecovent motorized wall vent and outlet-mounting sensorImage Credit: ecoventA Boston-based startup wants home heating/cooling vents to become part of the automated house — and it’s just scored $2.2 million so its missile engineers can make that happen. Ecovent (pronounced eco-vent) has developed motorized vents and sensors so that ...

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