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Month: December 2014

Focus Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie Extended Trailer

Watch Hollywood vet Will Smith join forces with hot up-and-comer Margot Robbie in the new thriller Focus. Robbie, fresh off her memorable role in 2013’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, plays Jess, a novice con artist who catches the eye of a seasoned pro named Nicky (Smith). Nicky shows Jess the ropes, and together they form a very successful alliance, but things get out of control when the two start mixing pleasure with business. From director Glenn Ficarra, the stylish heist thriller sees two generations of Hollywood stars going toe to toe in a dangerous game of love and money. Check out the trailer above and get ready for its theatrical release February 27, 2015. Article source:...

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Smart Calendar Tempo Adds iOS 8 Widget And End Of Day Notifications, Plans Android App In 2015

Tempo, the smart calendar for iOS borne from the same organization as Siri, has become the latest app to take advantage of features in iOS 8 as it aims to become your phone-based personal assistant. The free app now includes a smart widget that brings an overview of key notifications and information to the homescreen. The idea here is to make that overview easily available to at all times, so no opening apps or digging into menus is required. Tempo has also now gotten ‘evening notifications’ which serve up important information to “prepare for the next day with ease.” These new notifications cover what is on the horizon for tomorrow, and provide a sort of debrief of the current business day and its most salient points. The company also shared with TechCrunch that it plans to finally introduce an Android app in the first half of 2015. There’s good news if you can’t wait that long, however, since it is testing a beta among ‘100s’ of users which you can apply to join here. One other item in progress is “a new, powerful way to display anticipatory alerts and actions” to users balance and manage their lives. The company isn’t saying much more than that for now, but it looks like it has big plans for 2015. Tempo AI, which raised $10 million last year, wants its app to be a personal assistant, rather than just a calendar. In that respect, evening notifications...

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South Korea’s Daum Kakao To Launch $90M Investment Fund

Daum Kakao, one of South Korea’s largest Internet companies and the owner of messaging app Kakao Talk, announced today that it plans to launch an 100 billion won (about $90.8 million) investment fund. Called K Venture Group, the fund will focus on startups in and out of Korea. The company told Yonhap News Agency that the fund’s goal is to help lessen Daum Kakao’s dependence on Kakao Talk for growth. Kakao Talk is the top messaging app in South Korea, with 37 million users, but overseas it faces tough competition from Tencent’s WeChat, Line, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. Several of its rivals have also begun investing in startups in order to diversify their revenue streams. For example, Line and Tencent recently paired up to put $110 million into 4:33 Creative Game Studio, a Seoul-based game developer. The two companies have also been busy making moves to enter the streaming music business. Tencent has struck distribution partnerships with Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment platform, while Line recently purchased Microsoft’s MixRadio. Daum Kakao’s own attempts to seek growth opportunities beyond its messaging app include the recent launch of BankWalletKakao, a mobile payment service app. In addition, it is also expected to launch a taxi-calling app next year. Featured Image: Shutterstock Article source:...

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Thailand’s Government Claims It Can Monitor The Country’s 30M Line Users

Government officials in Thailand last year demanded access to chat app Line so that they could monitor conversations taking place in the country, and this week a politician claimed that they can now do so. The Nation reports that ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa told a press conference that the government “can monitor all the nearly 40 million Line messages sent by people in Thailand each day.” A Line spokesperson denied the validity of the original report and told TechCrunch that it does not provide user information to Thailand’s government. The minister’s claim is quite the revelation in Thailand, which is one of handful of markets in Asia where mobile messaging apps are bigger than Facebook. Line claims more than 30 million registered users in Thailand, and that could mean that it has more signups than Facebook. If the Thai government is monitoring Line, it looks like it is complementing its ongoing efforts to block content deemed to be illegal on a range of social networks. Minister Pornchai revealed that any users who come across messages that violate Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws (which protect against defamation of the monarchy) should contact authorities who can “trace where the messages originally come from.” Past arrests under lese majeste have related the sending of SMS, Facebook messages, internet forums and websites, and perhaps Line will soon be a part of that. But there is also a new undercurrent of political activism that Thai authorities may be...

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Alexander McQueen 2015 Pre-Spring/Summer Leather Tech Backpack

Alexander McQueen‘s leather tech backpack from 2015 pre-spring/summer collection perfectly fuses the label’s luxury designs with a street style edge. Crafted in sleek black lambskin leather, the back section and shoulder straps are padded to ensure comfort and ease of wear, while the back padding is also in a ribcage design to match the designer’s gothic-inspired aesthetic. The backpack features multiple zip pockets, two adjustable straps, buckle fastening, internal drawstring and cotton lined interior. This backpack is now available online at MR PORTER for £1,080 GBP (approximately $1680 USD). Article source:...

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