Apps

Facebook Messenger spices up romance for Valentine’s Day

Your Valentine’s Day plans aren’t complete until you’ve checked out the latest update for Facebook Messenger. The messaging platform is receiving a bunch of love-inspired improvements that encourage couples to engage with each other digitally whenever they can’t be side-by-side. It’s rolling out now just in time for the most romantic holiday of the year, …

eBay hires Jan Pedersen from Twitter to spearhead its AI efforts

eBay has announced a major new hire in its push to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) across its ecommerce platform. The company announced that it has lured Jan Pedersen from Twitter as its new VP and chief scientist for AI, and he will soon lead the company’s strategy across natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision. He …

Fitbit pushes into employee health care and coaching with Twine Health acquisition

Global wearables juggernaut Fitbit has announced plans to acquire Twine Health, a health coaching platform aimed at helping employers manage chronic disease in the workforce. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Embroidery Digitising Founded out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2014, Twine Health is a cloud-based platform that connects clinicians with patients so they can create …

Google hires former Samsung CTO to lead its Internet of Things business

(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google this month hired Injong Rhee, who recently resigned as Samsung Electronics Co’s chief technology officer, to lead its Internet of Things business, he said in a LinkedIn post Monday. Google spokeswoman Jane Hynes confirmed to Reuters Rhee’s hiring by Google’s cloud computing unit, but declined to comment further. Rhee said in …

Apple plans FaceTime improvements for iOS, HomeKit support for macOS

Although Apple reportedly scaled back its upcoming release of iOS 12 to focus on squashing bugs and improving stability, a new Bloomberg story spotlights several key features the company expects to add to the iOS and Mac platforms. Apple is currently working on an iOS update codenamed “Peace” and a macOS update called “Liberty,” expected …

Broadcom confirms it has secured up to $100 billion in debt to cover Qualcomm bid

Broadcom has confirmed reports from last night that it has secured “up to” $100 billion in debt funding to cover its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm. Over the months-long saga, Qualcomm has reject previous takeover offers from the rival chip company, and after Broadcom submitted a revised $121 billion bid last week — consisting of cash …

LimeBike adds motorized bikes to its dockless fleet

Dockless bike-sharing seemed to emerge from nowhere last year, with countless new entrants backed by big bucks. One of those was LimeBike, a San Mateo-based company that has raised more than $60 million, and which has been steadily expanding its presence across the U.S. in dozens of locations. Today, LimeBike launched the next version of its …

Best food delivery apps

Grubhub Grubhub calls itself the “nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company” with the purpose of feeding people their favorite dishes from local restaurants. Folks from more than 1,300 cities in the United States can choose to order from 75,000 restaurants. There’s arguably no bigger platform for food delivery than Grubhub, which acquired Seamless …

Salesforce to invest $2 billion in Canada business as U.S. tech firms head north

(Reuters) — U.S. business software developer Salesforce.com will pump $2 billion into its Canadian business over the next five years, it said on Thursday, the latest major U.S. technology investment across the border since early 2017. Toronto is a hub for artificial intelligence research and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting California this week …