Fortune looks into HYPE the latest app invention from Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. “The app … is a live video broadcasting app that lets users add music and animations to their videos,” Fortune reports. “For now, the app seems to be in beta phase, meaning that it’s available only to a limited number of users as the founders continue to test it.”
Facebook just added Lifestage -- its “teens-only” app -- to Android. “Previously an iPhone-only application, this experimental app represents Facebook’s attempt to woo the high-schooler crowd, while also testing other features like video profiles, gamification elements, and more,” TechCrunch reports. “These things could make their way into Facebook’s main application, even if Lifestage itself later fails.”
Apple is expected to unveil a new version of a TV guide, on Thursday. “The idea is that Apple wants to make it easier to find and watch video content without requiring users to sift through a bunch of apps,” Recode reports. “Instead, Apple’s guide will aggregate and show content that’s available and then send users directly to that content via deep links.”
Ecommerce personalization startup BloomReach is buying Amsterdam-based Web content management vendor Hippo for an undisclosed sum. As TechCrunch explains: “It’s an interesting deal in that it brings together a company that offers personalization and optimization in an ecommerce context with one that helps manage Web content and more generalized digital experiences beyond just ecommerce, giving the combined company a more complete offering.”
Amazon just unveiled the new Fire HD 8, the tech giant’s first tablet to include Alexa support. “It's also coming over the next few weeks to the last-gen Fire tablets,” Engadget notes. “With the Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon proved that its Alexa assistant -- and voice commands in general -- could actually be pretty helpful.”
Microsoft unveiled a “Creators” update for Windows 10, on Wednesday, which the software giant plans to roll out early next year. Per this latest update: “The company detailed a slew of new features coming to its latest and greatest operating system, for free,” Venture Beat reports. Of course, “Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way than its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes but new features too.”
What will Microsoft unveil at a special press event on Wednesday? Well, “This year's show is expected to include less hardware, with more of a theme around 3D and creativity,” The Verge suggests. “That theme will extend directly to an expected Surface all-in-one device and details on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 software updates.”
The Wall Street Journal conducts an autopsy of Samsung’s fated Galaxy Note 7 strategy. “After reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire spread in early September, (Samsung) executives debated how to respond,” it writes. Executives decided on a recall. Alas, “as a result of the flammable phones and the botched recall Samsung’s leaders are now struggling to salvage the company’s credibility.”
During its fiscal first quarter, Microsoft saw revenue from its phone business decline 72%, the software giant revealed on Thursday. “Considering Microsoft has given up on phone hardware, that's hardly a surprise, and it's likely we'll see this decrease further in future quarters,” The Verge reports. Overall, the company reported revenue of $20.5 billion and net income of $4.7 billion.
Samsung has introduced a new type of memory that should "greatly improve mobile user experiences, especially for those using Ultra HD, large-screen devices," the company stated. Specifically, it's 8GB LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) that takes advantage of 16Gb LPDDR4 chips working in concert with 10-nanometer class process technology.