Apps

  • Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vines just got bigger with a higher quality video upgrade today. A new post on the company blog announced a technical change that allows Vine users to upload the higher-resolution 720p HD video to the app. That’s a significant improvement from the 480p resolution. Video is increasingly viewed on mobile devices and across the web. Facebook rolled out the ability to embed video on other… Read More

  • Tumblr’s Mobile App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr’s Mobile App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for iOS, posts that link to those sites as well as DoSomething.org will now automatically be given buttons that let others “Buy,”… Read More

  • Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    With Twitter’s much more polished live-streaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated with recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like. It’s also trying to neutralize… Read More

  • The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

  • Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of information, like a phone number or email, is today launching out of beta with a new twist. Read More

  • Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook has launched its first home-made apps for its Messenger Platform after Sound Clips (iOS/Android), Selfied (iOS/Android), Strobe (iOS/Android) and Shout (iOS/Android) went live. Stickered, an existing app that lets you plaster photos with stickers, has also been retooled for Messenger. Read More

  • Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup… Read More

  • Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last year, generating a lot of interest and notoriety for its gossipy, eponymous app, and then almost as quickly disappearing off the… Read More

  • Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option

    Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option

    Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has today launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader (video below), which highlights a single word at a time for a more focused and efficient reading experience. The update also brings with it faster saving of articles from mobile… Read More

  • Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to… Read More

  • Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The second day of F8 included the open-sourcing of native mobile app development tool React Native, a preview of a giant new unmanned aerial vehicle for delivering Internet to remote areas… Read More

  • Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different take on the concept: instead of trying to compete with LinkedIn directly, its service offers… Read More

  • Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    There’s a lot of talk about how social media has become the new watercooler for discussing TV’s funny, crazy, or otherwise memorable moments. What’s been more hit-or-miss, however, is finding the actual footage that everyone’s talking about. Sure, networks are putting more and more clips online, but it’s still only a fraction of what’s actually broadcast. Read More

  • Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller is a storytelling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler. Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. Users can create Steller stories based around an event, a party, or their own creative… Read More

  • Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Real estate startup Zumper, which offers tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters, has today released a new mobile application that allows users to fill out their rental applications – including pulling their Experian credit report – right from their iPhone. The company, which says it’s now seeing over a million monthly visits from web and… Read More

  • We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

    We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

    We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards. In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning them into collages or art for their bedroom walls. In today’s digital age, teen girls… Read More

  • Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    If American Idol was mobile-first, it’d be Chosen. Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman with $6.5 million in funding, Chosen launches the invite-only beta of its battle of the bands app today on iOS. But what’s special about Chosen is you don’t have to be a musician to play. The game puts you in the judge’s seat to record scathing (or… Read More

  • How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    Hotels have sophisticated pricing engines to tell them how much their rooms should cost. Airbnb hosts don’t, or at least didn’t until Beyond Pricing. The startup’s tool plugs into your Airbnb listing, and uses signals about future demand to automatically reprice your room on the fly. Beyond Pricing will charge a 1% fee of people’s Airbnb rate, but can help hosts make 10%… Read More

  • The World In ‘Scope

    The World In ‘Scope

    Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls. Consumer apps are much the same. Whether it’s photo-sharing, anonymity or live streaming, it seems that a confluence of apps all doing similar things at the same time is a natural occurrence. Read More

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