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3rd May, 2016

Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

By Anthony Ha

If you’ve ever forged a connection with someone because you had the same favorite movie or TV show or book, a new startup called Tastemates has built a social network around that experience.

Or as CEO Jon Vlassopulos put it, “We’re trying to codify serendipity” — those surprising moments of, “Oh my God, I can’t believe anyone else likes that as much as I do!”

What does that look like as a product? Well, users are asked to swipe to indicate their taste in entertainment — specifically, indicating whether they liked a given movie, TV show or music.

Then, as the app gets a better sense of what you like, it will recommend other things you might [...]

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26th April, 2016

Hands on with SanDisk’s iPhone storage-expanding flash drive

By Brian Heater

The iXpand is an odd thing to behold, a strange Frankensteinian amalgam of adapters fused together and folded over for good measure. It’s another interesting concept out of SanDisk as the company attempts to stay nimble in a world of rapidly dropping storage costs and increasing reliance on cloud backups.

The iXpand is a new, slimmer take on a product released in 2014, trading in a boxy design for a more portable footprint that is half USB dongle, one-quarter Lightning connector and one quarter curved rubbery bit.

As is pretty clear from the design, the peripheral serves as a link between an iOS device and a computer, both for backing up files on [...]

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22nd April, 2016

Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

By Sarah Perez

A new iPhone application launching today called Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo. The goal with the app is to offer something designed for mobile, that’s also more convenient than using a bank’s online bill pay feature. And more importantly, it allows bills to be paid with plastic – hence the name – as opposed to being drafted from your bank account.

The company says its primary audience is credit card holders who like the convenience of having all their bills paid on a single card, for example, or who like to pay with credit in order to accumulate rewards.

To use the app, which works in the U.S. [...]

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20th April, 2016

The Pictar brings SLR-style camera controls to (most) iPhones

By Chris Velazco

This $90 add-on makes clever use of… ultrasound?

There’s no shortage of accessories that promised to turn iPhones into better cameras. But truly useful ones? Those can be hard to come by. Even so, Miggo, a startup best known for its SLR accessories, thinks it’s onto something with its $90 retro-styled camera grip. It’s called the Pictar, and it gives the iPhone 4 and up (except the 6 Plus and 6s Plus) the sort of physical controls that camera buffs just might go nuts over.

Curiously, you won’t find a Bluetooth transmitter or Lightning connector here. It instead communicates with the iPhone using [...]

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