Netflix comes full circle, creates virtual video store

First Netflix replaced tedious trips to the video store by mailing DVDs directly to your home. Then they replaced tedious trips to the mailbox by streaming movies directly to your laptop. Now, Netflix engineers have completely closed the loop …

First Netflix replaced tedious trips to the video store by mailing DVDs directly to your home. Then they replaced tedious trips to the mailbox by streaming movies directly to your laptop. Now, Netflix engineers have completely closed the loop by crea…

Google Play makes it easier to test Android apps

It’s not too hard to beta test an Android app, but the process still tends to involve jumping through a few hoops. You might need to visit the developer’s website, for instance, or join a community. Thankfully, it’s about to get downright trivial i…

It's not too hard to beta test an Android app, but the process still tends to involve jumping through a few hoops. You might need to visit the developer's website, for instance, or join a community. Thankfully, it's about to get downright trivial i…

Google adds commenting capabilities to shared albums in Photos

Google is rolling out two new features for its Photos service: the ability to comment on shared images and albums, and a tool that suggests photos to add to specific albums. The commenting ability allows users to leave messages on albums and p…

Google is rolling out two new features for its Photos service: the ability to comment on shared images and albums, and a tool that suggests photos to add to specific albums. The commenting ability allows users to leave messages on albums and pictures…

Open data reveals dodgy NYPD parking ticket practices

Open data policies in government don’t just exist for the sake of convenience — sometimes, they can reveal serious structural problems. I Quant NY’s Ben Wellington took advantage of both New York City’s open data and Google Maps to determine that t…

Open data policies in government don't just exist for the sake of convenience — sometimes, they can reveal serious structural problems. I Quant NY's Ben Wellington took advantage of both New York City's open data and Google Maps to determine that t…

Apple Music’s new student plan cuts subscriptions in half

Although it may soon give it a welcome revamp, Apple is finding new ways to lure new listeners to its Music streaming service. The company confirmed today that it has launched a new student membership in seven countries, which offers the same …

Although it may soon give it a welcome revamp, Apple is finding new ways to lure new listeners to its Music streaming service. The company confirmed today that it has launched a new student membership in seven countries, which offers the same feature…

Amazon launches a Prime Now website

Amazon’s Prime Now expedited delivery service finally has a standalone website. It was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but now Prime subscribers — those who live in areas where the one- to two-hour delivery option is available, at l…

Amazon's Prime Now expedited delivery service finally has a standalone website. It was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but now Prime subscribers — those who live in areas where the one- to two-hour delivery option is available, at l…

Taco Bell wants you to order food from a chat bot

We’ve seen some clever ways to order food online in our day, but this one is decidedly off the wall. Taco Bell is testing TacoBot, a chat AI that helps you order (what else?) tacos in a Slack conversation. Think of it as a tasty text adventure — y…

We've seen some clever ways to order food online in our day, but this one is decidedly off the wall. Taco Bell is testing TacoBot, a chat AI that helps you order (what else?) tacos in a Slack conversation. Think of it as a tasty text adventure — y…

Newegg to offer customer support via Facebook Messenger

Ever since Facebook Messenger started allowing businesses to chat with their customers (and vice versa), it’s been used as a means of customer support. A number of different companies have already started doing so — Hyatt, Sprint, Zulily and Everlan…

Ever since Facebook Messenger started allowing businesses to chat with their customers (and vice versa), it's been used as a means of customer support. A number of different companies have already started doing so — Hyatt, Sprint, Zulily and Everlan…