Google Assistant iOS update lets you say Hey Siri, OK Google

Posted on: December 2, 2018, in Blog

Apple probably didn’t intend to let competitors take advantage of Siri Shortcuts this way, but you can now launch Google Assistant on your iPhone by saying “Hey Siri, OK Google .” But don’t expect a flawless experience — it takes multiple steps. After updating the Google Assistant app on iOS, you need to open the […]

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Argent, a smart crypto wallet app with a banking look, raises $4M from Euro VCs

Posted on: November 29, 2018, in Blog

One of the biggest problems for the mainstream adoption of crypto is the need for memorizing seed phrases, the inability to get your cryptocurrency back if something goes wrong, the list goes on. Until major issue like this are solved, crypto is going to remain a pretty elite game. Argent is a project which recently […]

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LinkedIn cuts off email address exports with new privacy setting

Posted on: November 29, 2018, in Blog

A win for privacy on LinkedIn could be a big loss for businesses, recruiters and anyone else expecting to be able to export the email addresses of their connections. LinkedIn just quietly introduced a new privacy setting that defaults to blocking other users from exporting your email address. That could prevent some spam, and protect […]

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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories. Heres why it shouldnt have

Posted on: November 28, 2018, in Blog

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it’s launching “Student Voices” just for university students in the U.S. The feature appears […]

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Facebook launches Lasso, its music and video TikTok clone

Posted on: November 28, 2018, in Blog

Done cloning Snapchat, Facebook is now chasing Chinese short-form video sensation TikTok with the launch of its knock-off Lasso. Available now for iOS and Android, Lasso is Facebook’s answer to the zany mobile lipsyncing playground that’s gained ground with young users, both in China and in the West. The release confirms TechCrunch’s scoop from last month […]

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The tools, they are a-changing

Posted on: November 27, 2018, in Blog

Building web services and smartphone apps, which is most of what I’ve been doing professionally at HappyFunCorp1 for the last decade or so, used to be pretty straightforward. Not easy, but straightforward, especially when the client was a consumer startup, which so many of them were. The more we did the better we got at […]

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Google beefs up Firebase platform for the enterprise

Posted on: November 14, 2018, in Blog

Today at the Firebase Summit in Prague, Google announced a number of updates to its Firebase app development platform designed to help it shift from an environment for individuals or small teams into a full-blown enterprise development tool. Google acquired Firebase 4 years ago to help developers connect to key cloud tools like a database […]

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The hybrid cloud market just got a heck of a lot more compelling

Posted on: November 13, 2018, in Blog

Let’s start with a basic premise that the vast majority of the world’s workloads remain in private data centers. Cloud infrastructure vendors are working hard to shift those workloads, but technology always moves a lot slower than we think. That is the lens through which many cloud companies operate. The idea that you operate both […]

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Google looks to AI interactions and cats to power its latest AR feature

Posted on: November 12, 2018, in Blog

Of all the features and hardware that dropped at Google’s event earlier this month, one that felt particularly glossed over was Playground, the new augmented reality mode that’s arrived on the Pixel 3 camera. For a company that has been investing in phone-based AR for quite a while, it launched rather quietly and in a […]

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Robby Stein to talk about Instagram beyond Systrom at Disrupt Berlin

Posted on: November 11, 2018, in Blog

Last month, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced that they would be leaving Instagram and Facebook. All eyes are now on Instagram to figure out what’s going to happen to the photo and video app. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Instagram Product Director Robby Stein is joining us at […]

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