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Disney to launch new 'Disney Play' to compete with Netflix

On August 27, Disney announced that it is setting up a new service, "Disney Play," in order to compete with the rival streaming service Netflix.

Major cosmetics companies utilize digital platforms for growth

Major international cosmetics companies have seen growth increase through premium brands as a result of developing strong digital platforms. Growth has also been driven by millennial appeal.

IoT platform manages devices via a 'single pane of glass'

A new cloud based Internet of Things platform has been released, which can manage devices across various cellular and satellite networks and across different territories. The one-stop control enables operations from one touchscreen.

Armada Music launches new video platform 'YourArmada'

Armada Music, based in The Netherlands, has become the first independent electronic dance record label to launch their own video platform "YourArmada."

Pioneers push limits on Brazil's deep-sea oil frontier

Santo Cristo - Scanning the maze of pipes and valves sprouting from one of Brazil's pioneering deep Atlantic oil platforms, Lucas Azevedo doesn't mince words.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘Beast’ is in all of us Special

‘Beast’ is a modern-day fairy tale about an oppressed young woman who must determine if her lover is the hero or villain of her story.

Hot Zone learning platform teaches about malaria

As part of the drive for next generation medical education, researchers have developed a computer platform to teach children about diagnosing and treating malaria.

Spectacular talks new song, mixtape, book, social media platform Special

New York - Former Pretty Ricky and hip hop star Spectacular sat down and chatted with me in Manhattan about his latest projects, which include a new single, book, mixtape and social media platform, Adwizar.

Sony to bring PlayStation games to smartphones for the first time

Sony has announced it is going to bring several of its major PlayStation game franchises to iOS and Android smartphones. The company has formed a new business unit to perform the work, following in the footsteps of Nintendo's recent smartphone launch.

BlackBerry slams Facebook for discontinuing mobile app

Facebook is discontinuing its mobile app for BlackBerry users, taking many of the strong Facebook integration features of the BlackBerry 10 software with it. The move puts another nail in the coffin for BlackBerry's proprietary OS as it moves to Android.

WhatsApp announces plans to withdraw its app from BlackBerry

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has announced it will be discontinuing support for several aging phone platforms. Notably, the app will no longer support all BlackBerry devices, including recent BlackBerry 10 ones.

Cyanogen wants to eradicate apps, replace them with system 'mods'

Cyanogen, makers of the CyanogenMod Android version, have announced an ambition plan to move smartphones away from apps and towards contextually aware experiences built into phones.

Mozilla kills off Firefox OS for smartphones, refocuses on IoT

Three years after unveiling Firefox OS for smartphones, Mozilla has called time on the struggling platform that originally aimed to compete with the likes of iOS and Android. Its lack of market share has defeated it and led the company to refocus on IoT.

WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

Spotify reportedly launching streaming video service this week

Spotify will launch its upcoming streaming video service later this week according to reports. Android users may be able to start watching video within the next few days and iOS users will only be waiting a little longer.

China's Weibo ups character limit to 2,000 ahead of Twitter

Weibo, the Chinese social network usually viewed as the country's answer to Twitter, has axed its 140-character limit on user posts and dramatically increased the maximum length to 2,000 characters. It comes amid rumours of Twitter doing the same soon.

Google and Samsung want to give Android 'more fluency' than iOS

Google and Samsung are reportedly working to make Android feel more fluid to use than Apple's iOS. iOS is generally considered the most consistently responsive mobile OS, something that Android fans and manufacturers are understandably unhappy about.

PC gamers outraged as Black Ops III stutters and stalls

The next instalment in the hugely-popular Call of Duty first-person shooter series is now available worldwide but has quickly attracted complaints from huge numbers of gamers, including PC users who are finding Black Ops III stutters and jerks.

Google keen to deny Chrome OS rumours, platform 'is here to stay'

Google has publicly debunked recent theories that it will kill off its Chrome OS cloud operating system by publishing a blog post emphatically saying the platform is going nowhere. It was thought Chrome OS may merge with Android next year.

Instagram unveils Boomerang for one-second looping videos

Instagram has launched a new standalone app designed to "turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected." Available on Android and iOS, Boomerang provides a one-click way to create a 1-second long looping video.

Snapchat abruptly snaps, closes Snap Channel videos and shows

Messaging app Snapchat has abruptly shut down Snap Channel, a feature that showcased its own content including stories and videos. The staff responsible for creating the media have been made redundant.

Facebook confirms it is working on a 'dislike' button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed the social network is developing a new "Dislike" button as an alternative to the ubiquitous "Like." The company is working to make the new option a better way to "express empathy" for certain topics.

Facebook announces plans to revamp Events and Notes

Facebook has unveiled plans to reinvent its "Events" feature after realising it is used for public gatherings as often as the private ones it is designed for. The little-used Notes is also being completely revamped to rival platforms like Medium.

10 million flock to Angry Birds 2 in the first three days

Game developer Rovio has announced that 10 million people downloaded the sequel to its hit title Angry Birds in just the first three days after its initial release. It shows the demand for mobile games and the popularity of Rovio's iconic creation.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.

Chicago start-up aims to make wearable tech smarter

A start-up company founded by a graduate student is aiming to overcome some of the major shortcomings of today's smart fitness tracking wearables by developing a new software platform. It will allow advanced differentiation between types of movements.

Facebook wants to launch a 'unique' music service

Just days after Apple Music launched in a new iOS update, a report has indicated that Facebook may be in talks with a view towards launching its own streaming service too. It will bring yet another tech company to an increasingly crowded market.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook

You can now use Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account by using just your name and phone number. It represents another move by the social network to capitalise on the success of the app in its reinvented form as its own standalone platform.
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