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  • Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More

  • Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Trying to figure out what film I want to watch at home from the thousands I can pick on various VOD services is a pain. The only thing more annoying is trying to find one that my husband and I can both agree we want to watch (love you, Marc). A app presented today at TC’s Disrupt Hackathon called Movie Nights has created a way to solve that problem: it lets two parties enter either… Read More

  • Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles

    Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles

    Tinder’s interface for quickly filtering people you might like to date from those you definitely don’t is being applied to all sorts of other sorting tasks. We’ve had multiple Tinders for shopping, for instance. And here at the Disrupt Europe 2014 hackathon in London we’ve just seen a Tinder for news stories, called Newsly, presented on stage. Read More

  • Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Travel, Retail And Media Are 3 Industries Taking Over The App Store

    Mobile apps have come a long way since Apple launched the App Store in 2008, with over 5 million apps available across the leading app stores. While many factors have contributed to the growth, the ability to reach a global audience with a relatively small upfront investment has certainly been a significant contributor. The potential ROI if an app is successful is huge — just ask… Read More

  • One Year In, Keepy Reaches 500K Users And Introduces Video To Its Family Timelines

    One Year In, Keepy Reaches 500K Users And Introduces Video To Its Family Timelines

    One year since launch, Keepy is announcing that more than 500,000 users are sharing content with their families on its service. In a phone call with TechCrunch, Keepy CEO Offir Gutelzon said that the company hit the 500,000 figure within the last few weeks. He also gave numbers on how the company is doing at bringing in international users and getting its families to convert to its premium… Read More

  • Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

  • Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher — to give users of Google’s mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer. Read More

  • Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Read More

  • OS X Yosemite Review: Apple’s Mac OS Gets A New Look And Killer Mobile Crossover Features

    OS X Yosemite Review: Apple’s Mac OS Gets A New Look And Killer Mobile Crossover Features

    Apple’s new desktop operating system is out today, and the final version of the major software update includes lots of changes for your Mac. It’s still OS X, though – Yosemite hasn’t gone so far afield that people used to Mavericks or Mountain Lion will feel adrift, but it comes with some impressive new additions and feature tweaks that make the overall experience of… Read More

  • Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian. The Guardian says that during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with Whisper, it discovered that the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even… Read More

  • GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its first steps into the digital realm with the debut of a new iOS application – the company’s first – GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, as well as a “digital playground” called Bloxtown.com. The new app works as… Read More

  • Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are… Read More

  • BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media. The BBC today started a new account on Facebook-owned WhatsApp to update people with the latest information about Ebola. The BBC says its service is aimed primarily at reaching WhatsApp… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    The online shopping experience is usually one of comparison: You visit numerous sites to find the best deal. Today, e-commerce negotiation site Greentoe puts a spin on that process with an iOS app that lets you name the price you’re willing to spend on that camera or watch you’ve had your eye on. With the app, you search or flip through categories to find the item you are… Read More

  • Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    It doesn’t look like Facebook’s Paper app for iOS ever caught on with users, but many developers looked toward it as an example of what a modern mobile app could look like. To write Paper, Facebook developed a wide variety of proprietary libraries, and it’s slowly making some of them available to outside developers. Earlier this year, for example, Facebook open sourced the… Read More

  • Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Who says the iPad isn’t for creation? Design platform Canva, which first launched last summer to offer an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface anyone can master, has now brought its technology to the iPad. Today, the company is debuting its first mobile application with Canva for iPad – an app that includes access to over a million stock photographs, graphics and fonts that can… Read More

  • Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    iBeacon, the Bluetooth Low Energy technology that is being used by businesses to push offers and other messages to customers’ smartphones when they are in the physical vicinity of a small pinging device, is starting to see some decent traction. Businesses like Shopkick (recently acquired by SK planet for $200 million) have now rolled out some 7,500 of the devices across its retail… Read More

  • Messaging App Line Finally Launches An iPad App

    Messaging App Line Finally Launches An iPad App

    Asian messaging giant Line, which has built a substantial business selling stickers and in-app games purchases to an engaged multi-million strong user-base of its free core app, has finally released a dedicated iPad app. It already had a desktop client, and multiple smartphone apps. Read More

  • Uber-For-Weed Startup Meadow Lights Up In San Francisco

    Uber-For-Weed Startup Meadow Lights Up In San Francisco

    You can really see where David Hua’s food blogger cred shines with his new medical marijuana startup Meadow. In the app, there is just close-up after close-up of bud. That’s because as a longtime medical marijuana user, he has an almost weed sommelier-like care and taste in finding quality product. Read More