Apps

  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

  • An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

  • Meat This New Tinder User

    Meat This New Tinder User

    Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

  • Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

    Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

    Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps. Google has shown traffic conditions for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead, and of course, alternate routes to each destination. If/When a traffic jam pops up… Read More

  • This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

    This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

    Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an old-school calculator watch. Read More

  • Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

    Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

    Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S., Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

  • Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 7: Hands On With Noggin, Nick’s New Kid-Friendly Streaming Service)

    Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 7: Hands On With Noggin, Nick’s New Kid-Friendly Streaming Service)

    Earlier this year, Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon announced its plans to enter the subscription video market with its own over-the-top streaming service aimed at the preschool crowd. Called Noggin, the service launched this March on iOS with a decent selection of titles, including a few popular names from the kids TV market, like “Blue’s Clues.” The question… Read More

  • Aria Adds Gesture Control to Android Wear

    The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

    The Aria is an add-on band that measures movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face. Read More

  • AOL’s MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product

    AOL’s MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product

    AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal. But it’s not leaving them on autopilot, either. We’ve confirmed there are plans to overhaul MapQuest, its mapping business, later this year. Part of that includes a deal with developer… Read More

  • Switch, With $2 Million In Seed Funding, Is Tinder For Jobs

    Switch, With $2 Million In Seed Funding, Is Tinder For Jobs

    Switch, the Tinder for job apps, has just announced a new investor in the form of Marker VC, closing out their seed round at $2 million. Other investors include Metamorphic, Rhodium, Marker, BAM, SG VC, and Marcel Legrand. Switch lets users search anonymously for jobs through an algorithmic matching process and a UI similar to Tinder. This lets users swipe right or left on potential positions… Read More

  • Messaging App Firm Line Is Testing A $2 Per Month Music Streaming Service

    Messaging App Firm Line Is Testing A $2 Per Month Music Streaming Service

    Line, the Japanese messaging app with 205 million active users, is continuing its push into entertainment services after it began testing a standalone $2 per month music streaming app. Line Music is being trialled in Thailand, where Line has carried out a series of other pilots related to its shift into value-added services. The app is available for iOS and Android and is integrated into the… Read More

  • Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple has indeed started putting Apple Watch inventory on sale for walk-in shoppers in its retail stores for the first time since the Apple Watch officially launched. Reports from this morning started coming in of stores getting stock, and now TechCrunch has verified this by going to the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre (thanks for the tip, Ian) and purchasing a strap (the 42mm… Read More

  • Tinder Partners With Zedd To Offer His New Album For $3.99

    Tinder Partners With Zedd To Offer His New Album For $3.99

    Tinder is launching a new partnership with Zedd to offer his upcoming album, True Colors, for an exclusive price of $3.99. Not unlike past partnerships with artists like Jason Derulo, Tinder and Zedd are working together to create a special profile for Zedd that is pushed across Tinder’s network of U.S. users. In this case, however, folks that swipe right on Zedd will be sent a link… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Gameit Only Makes You Watch Ads About Products You Actually Want To Buy

    Gameit Only Makes You Watch Ads About Products You Actually Want To Buy

    What if you could avoid pre-roll advertisements for irrelevant products? That’s the dream that Gameit is trying to turn into a reality. The app is an ecommerce platform that only shows you an advertisement on a product that you’re interested in buying. The advertisements are recycled from the brand’s existing commercials, and then users are sent into a quick trivia game about… Read More

  • Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse, the iOS-centric app for sharing stories from your photos and videos, now lets you tag friends in stories using the familiar ‘@-mention.’ In a world (read this in the trailer guy’s voice) where daily average users has become a better indicator of traction for social apps than everybody’s favorite metric, monthly actives, Storehouse’s focus on taking time… Read More

  • Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac… Read More

  • QuizUp Hopes Social Add-Ons Will Set It Apart

    QuizUp Just Turned Into A Social Network

    QuizUp is now a social network, by every stretch of the imagination. Following a massive update today, the trivia game that trail-blazed through the App Store in 2013, is now introducing true social functionality on a core level. QuizUp originally hit the scene after forging a deal with Lionsgate to offer Twilight-based trivia to users. It blew up, and the team slowly started adding out more… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Stores In Manhattan

    Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Stores In Manhattan

    Amazon Prime Now is adding items from stores in Manhattan in a move that will make it an even closer competitor to startups like Instacart and Postmates. Previously, the e-commerce giant’s one-hour delivery service offered only goods sold through the platform. Now shoppers in the Big Apple who can’t find what they want among the tens of thousands of items listed on Amazon can… Read More

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