Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a Word document

 Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house. But Descript, Mason’s new startup that’s spun out from Detour, isn’t designed to just… Read More
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Instagram now lets you follow hashtags just like you follow people

Are hashtags people? Instagram now seems to think so. The Facebook-owned photo-oriented service has introduced another new feature today in its relentless quest to be your No.1 social destination. Long story short, you can now follow hashtags like you follow Instagram accounts. Search for something, and relevant hashtags will be listed in the results. When you find one you like, open it and then hit Follow. From that point on, top posts from that hashtag will enter your feed, and some of the latest stories with the hashtag will be featured in your stories bar. As with people, you…

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Amazon sale offers discounts on Prime Exclusive phones like Nokia 6 and Moto X4

Moto X4 Prime Exclusive

Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones are already cheaper than their non-Prime Exclusive counterparts, but for a limited time you can save even more money on select models.

Amazon is now running a sale on several of its Prime Exclusive Android phones. These include the Nokia 6, which will be on sale through December 24th, as well as the Moto G5 Plus, Moto X4, LG X Charge, and LG Q6, all of which will be on sale until December 23rd.

The discounts that are on offer vary depending on the phone, but they’re all a significant portion of the device’s normal price. And in the case of the Moto X4, it’s at its lowest price yet, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

All of these Amazon Prime Exclusive phones are sold unlocked. The Moto G5 Plus and Moto X4 are compatible with all four major U.S. carriers while the LG X Charge supports AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The LG Q6 and Nokia 6 both support AT&T and T-Mobile.

Additionally, all of Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones feature personalized deals and ads on their lock screens as well as preinstalled Amazon apps. Considering the discounts that you’re getting on these phones, though, some folks might not mind the Amazon ads and apps that come with ’em.

You can get a closer look at these five devices at the links below.

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Plex on Android now works more like a ‘real’ DVR

Plex recently turned your devices into virtual DVRs through its live TV update, but there have been limitations: you couldn't timeshift to replay an important moment, and watching a show while it recorded required a second TV tuner. Not much of a rep…
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With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

Smartphones are supercomputers.

Or, at least, they’re significantly more powerful than supercomputers were ten years ago. And way more powerful than desktops were five years ago.

Smartphones also offer killer benefits that laptops don’t — namely, longer battery life and biometric security.

So why are we still using laptops?

Microsoft’s smartphone-based laptops

Microsoft and Qualcomm this week announced a new kind of laptop.

In a nutshell, it’s a laptop powered by a smartphone processor running a desktop operating system.

Specifically, the new Windows 10 laptops that will be built initially by HP, Lenovo and Asus are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This is the same chip that powers high-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S8 and Note8.

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