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Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Toolsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Amazon has provided a strong answer to a desire I expressed only yesterday for broader software and hardware support for Alexa, its virtual assistant, and Echo, the speaker hardware that is the first platform wherein Alexa can be found: Today, Amazon announced an Alexa API set to let third-party developers easily build support for the system into their own apps; Alexa Voice Service, for&#823 (IT news)

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Y Combinator President Sam Altman to Take the Stage at Disrupt SF 2015view story

http://techcrunch.com –  He’s the former co-founder of the social startup Loopt, which was funded by his current company — Y Combinator — in 2005 and acquired by the Green Dot Corporation in 2012. He’s Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be joining us once again for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015. (IT news)

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Apple’s Beats 1 Radio Starts Broadcasting At 8 AM PT On June 30view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple is set to begin broadcasting its Beats 1 24-hour live radio station at 8 AM PT on June 30, according to Apple Music Senior Director and former Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers, who posted the following to Twitter today: Please join us at 8am Tuesday morning as we set this ship a sail: Zane Lowe, the D.J. (IT news)

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Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Realityview story

http://techcrunch.com – This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. (IT news)

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Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The vision of a virtual desktop right in your browser has long danced in the heads of IT administrators and most solutions were interesting but underpowered. Now thanks to HTML5, however, it’s a lot easier to recreate a desktop experience in the browser, as Deskdoo proves. Poland-based Deskdoo gives you and your employees a sort of central repository for almost anything. (IT news)

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GitHub’s Atom Text Editor Hits 1.0, Now Has Over 350,000 Monthly Active Usersview story

http://techcrunch.com –  GitHub’s highly extensible Atom text editor hit 1.0 today. The editor release has only been available to the public for about a year now, but it has already been downloaded over 1.3 million times and currently sees about 350,000 active users. Over the course of the last year, the Atom team pushed out 155 releases and added a plethora of features. Read More (IT news)

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TechCrunch Invades Seattle Tonight!view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Dear city of Seattle, This is a love letter. Because I love you. Wow. Seattle, you're more gorgeous then I remember. — Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook) June 25, 2015 Which is why I have come to this beautiful town, bringing with me TechCrunch writers Greg Kumparak and Frederic Lardinois, and a full-fledged Pitch-Off. (IT news)

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HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May, Still Remains Strongview story

http://techcrunch.com –  HBO’s premium content finally became available in April without requiring customers to have a cable or satellite TV subscription, thanks to the launch of the standalone streaming service HBO NOW. (IT news)

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Lenovo’s K3 Note with 5.5-inch Full HD display launches in India for Rs. 9,999view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – India is a veritable hotbed for smartphones, with a huge variety of devices being released seemingly every day. Today, we have the Lenovo K3 Note smartphone that has just been launched in India, and will be available in a series of those flash sales we love to hate, the first of which is on July 8th. (IT news)

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Samsung’s interest in virtual reality grows with new investmentview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Apparently, Samsung is not bound to any exclusive partnership with Oculus because the company just invested in yet another virtual reality headset developer. Samsung Ventures spent an undisclosed amount of money to invest in Fove, a small company working on its own virtual reality headset that has become a hit on Kickstarter. (IT news)

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Amazon opens up Alexa platform as part of big voice technology moveview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Earlier this week Amazon finally opened up the closed beta for their Amazon Echo voice-activated device to general consumers. However, Amazon was not anywhere close to being finished with a move into the voice-activated technology realm. (IT news)

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Pixelbite Games presents Xenowerk, a new top-down shooterview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Xenowerk is a top-down style shooter game where you are the last hope against a mutant infestation. Your mission is to destroy all the nests and kill all mutants in order to stop them from spreading. There are 50 levels that increase in difficulty which means more mutants to kill! You will need to gather all the guns and armor you can from dead mutants in order to advance. (IT news)