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  • The New Foursquare | Hands On

    This Is The New Foursquare

    After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making its biggest change to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand suns. Earlier this summer, Foursquare announced that it would be splitting its main app into two… Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh, the recommendations app that helps find the best stuff to do in your city, is today launching a brand new branch of the service dedicated to restaurants. With the introduction of Sosh Concierge, Sosh will now give users same-day access to exclusive restaurants that are hard to book with on late notice, or perhaps that don’t take reservations at all. Sosh already provides ticketing… Read More

  • Drop Wins the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off

    Drop, The Location-Based Messenger, Closes $1.25M From Atlas Ventures, Spark Capital

    Drop Messages, the winner of the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off, has today announced the close of a $1.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures and Spark Capital. The location-based messaging platform has also introduced a new version of the app alongside the announcement. Drop Messages, for those of you who haven’t heard yet, is an app that lets you leave or send messages to people who… Read More

  • Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    It’s clear that anonymity, in one way or another, is going to be a part of our digital future. But the folks over at JustLeak.it have looked to the past for inspiration in this brave weird new world. Leak is a web service that lets you send anonymous emails to people. Just put in a recipients’ email, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.)… Read More

  • No. Just… No.

    No. Just… No.

    This is never something I thought I’d have to explain, but I’m realizing that for some people who are new to the internet, the rules here may not be clear. Read More

  • NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

    NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

    In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft. The Sideline Viewing System is meant to help coaches and players study their opponents in realtime from the sideline, which… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Xiaomi, Sony, And 3D Printers

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Xiaomi, Sony, And 3D Printers

    This week, we took a hard look at Xiaomi’s movements in the market, as well as the new Sony RX-100 Mark III camera. And as usual, we’re still fascinated with the happenings in the 3D printing world. Read More

  • Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

    Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

    As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is one interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school. That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most interesting finding was that 91 percent of college students prefer to take notes by hand. Almost all… Read More

  • Hatchery Launches A Marketplace For Artisanal Food Makers

    Hatchery Launches A Marketplace For Artisanal Food Makers

    Hatchery launched in October 2013 to bring artisanal ingredients to customers from all over the world. Like many subscription box companies that have come before it, the startup packaged together a bunch of fun ingredients each month and sent it to users as a “Tasting Box.” Today, however, the company is shifting its model to use the Tasting Box as an added marketing tool with… Read More

  • Wedding Startup Loverly Hires Peggy Fry As President, Joanne Wilson Joins The Board

    Wedding Startup Loverly Hires Peggy Fry As President, Joanne Wilson Joins The Board

    Loverly, the online platform for planning your wedding, has today announced that Peggy Fry will be joining the team as Chief Operating Officer. Fry comes from Add This, an advertising business focused on building a brand through viral online sharing, where she was president. Before her time there, Fry was Vice President at Netflix from 2005 to 2007, and a Vice President at Aol from 1997 to… Read More

  • Resy, The App That Lets You Buy A Reservation, Eats Up $2 Million In Seed Funding

    Resy, The App That Lets You Buy A Reservation, Eats Up $2 Million In Seed Funding

    Resy, a New York-based restaurant reservations app looking to go up against OpenTable, has just announced that it has secured $2 million in seed funding to make sure you don’t have to wait to sit in the best restaurants in the city. The round was led by Vayner/RSE and Lerer Ventures, with participation from TomsCapital/Panarea Capital, A-Grade Holdings, Slow Ventures, Ken Austin, and a… Read More

  • Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

    Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

    Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowd-funding platform has been laser focused on building out its mobile presence. In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently that if Indiegogo were launching today, it would be a mobile-first company. So it should come as no surprise that Indiegogo is ready to launch an iOS mobile… Read More

  • Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Choose Your Room With Your Phone

    Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Choose Your Room With Your Phone

    Hilton Hotels is taking a page out of the airline playbook, giving users more control over the experience through their smartphone. The hotel chain has recently introduced a way for users to choose their room on their smartphone, and promises to roll out smartphone-powered door keys to the majority of their hotels by 2016. Using the new Hilton HHonors app (yes, that name needs work) or the… Read More

  • The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device. But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch? Read More

  • Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

    Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

    Ever since they disrupted the glasses industry, Warby Parker hasn’t seen much competition from other startups. Until now. Frameri, a new brand focused on giving you some optical bang for your buck, is today launching to the public. The company has raised a $750k seed round. Read More

  • Tinder Moments | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Tinder Moments

    Last month, Tinder launched Moments. It’s a new feature that lets users send photo blasts to all of their matches. The photos don’t last forever, but they’re a much better ice breaker than “hey.” That said, we took a close look at the feature for Fly or Die. Read More

  • Apple To Buy Swell For $30 Million, Per Report

    Apple To Buy Swell For $30 Million, Per Report

    In what appears to be a summer shopping spree, Apple is reported to be buying Swell, a radio app much like Pandora but focused on talk radio. The deal is said to be worth approximately $30 million. Read More

  • #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More

  • Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    A parent company isn’t all that different from a real parent. They feed you, and give you money. They give you advice (sometimes more strictly than others). And, yes, they embarrass you. Speaking of, today our proud parent company Aol, with vast experience in the retail, online retail, online business, has launched an online storefront for its brands, including TechCrunch. Welcome… Read More