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Past articles by Josh:

Hands-On with Parrot’s Bebop Drone

Earlier this week, Parrot announced its latest drone, the Bebop, and the Android-based Skycontroller remote. Here are our impressions from our brief flight time with the gadget, which goes on... Keep reading → → Read More

Livefyre Launches Studio, a CMS for User Content

Livefyre today announced the release of Livefyre Studio, a major upgrade to its social content platform that pulls together its disparate apps into a single content management system (CMS). Studio,... Keep reading → → Read More

Paul McCartney releases Jaunt's First 360-Degree VR Video

A concert video from music legend Sir Paul McCartney is the first publicly available content from cinematic virtual reality startup Jaunt. Owners of Google Cardboard and a compatible Android device... Keep reading → → Read More

Duolingo Comes to Windows Phone

Duolingo today released a Windows Phone app for its crowdsourced language learning service, joining its existing iOS and Android offerings. The company said it received thousands of requests via email and... Keep reading → → Read More

Kiip Announces a Loyalty Platform for Brands

Kiip, a mobile advertising service built around rewarding users for achieving “moments” within apps,  has announced Kiip Platform, a spin-off of its technology that focuses on loyalty programs for brands.... Keep reading → → Read More

IO launches an NYC beta for its chat-based AI assistant [invites]

IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can... Keep reading → → Read More

Honk Takes the Pain Out of Finding a Tow Truck

Searching for a tow truck isn’t a problem most of us experience often, but when we do, it’s usually a huge pain. Honk is trying to modernize roadside assistance with... Keep reading → → Read More

Quora redesigns its mobile website with an app-like interface as it achieves product parity

Question-and-answer service Quora has launched a redesign of its mobile Web interface that brings it in line with its native app experience. With today’s launch, the company achieves product parity... Keep reading → → Read More

Viber Launches Public Chats for Listening in on Celebrities

Mobile messaging and VoIP app Viber today announced a new Public Chats beta feature that will allow public figures and companies to share group discussions with fans. At a launch... Keep reading → → Read More

Sharetribe Lets You Create Your Own P2P Marketplace

Sharetribe today launched its full-service marketplace platform for niche communities. The service lets you build hosted sites that can be the “Airbnb for X” or the “Etsy for Y.” With... Keep reading → → Read More

Alfred Launches Its Automated Butler Service

If you frequently find yourself with not enough time to run all your errands, a new startup, Alfred, has officially launched to fix that for you, as long as you... Keep reading → → Read More

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Returns, CEO Resigns

Reddit today shared details of a significant leadership shuffle that sees CEO Yishan Wong stepping down and co-founder Alexis Ohanian returning to the company as Executive Chairman. Ellen Pao will... Keep reading → → Read More

Bitcoin Vault Xapo Launches on iOS and Android

Bitcoin vault service Xapo has launched on mobile with the release of iOS and Android apps. While Xapo already released an earlier unoptimized version of the Android app on Google... Keep reading → → Read More

Nvidia to launch its Grid game streaming service on November 18, but only for Shield devices

Nvidia announced today the North American launch of Grid, its cloud gaming service, on November 18. The service is also scheduled to go live in Western Europe next month and... Keep reading → → Read More

SkreensTV Combines 5 HDMI Signals on Your TV

You’ve heard of second screen apps and devices, but the new SkreensTV set-top box crowdfunding project wants to turn your TV into five screens at once. The $399 device will... Keep reading → → Read More

Facebook Lets You Create Personalized Thank You Videos

Facebook today announced Say Thanks, an experimental service for sending personalized video cards to your friends. Say Thanks lets you choose a theme, photos and posts to generate the video.... Keep reading → → Read More

Talkspace lets you text your problems to a therapist for just $25 a week

Yesterday, I found myself chatting with a therapist in the middle of a public square in New York. That’s not a normal occurrence for me – I was testing out... Keep reading → → Read More

Nabi’s 20-inch Big Tab HD tablet gets kids playing together on one gigantic screen

Nabi’s kids-oriented tablets have carved out a nice space for themselves at the low-end of the market, but the brand’s new 20-inch and 24-inch devices are taking a significantly, well,... Keep reading → → Read More

Scribd Adds Unlimited Audiobooks to Its Ebook Service

All-you-can-read ebook service Scribd now has an all-you-can-listen component with the addition of 30,000 audiobooks included as part of its $8.99 per month subscription. Android devices and Web browsers will... Keep reading → → Read More

VisaEase Officially Launches Its US Immigration Service

VisaEase is marking the official launch of its immigration assistance service after completing a one-year beta. Customers can choose from a self-service option or an attorney-reviewed service. The startup worked... Keep reading → → Read More