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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Vemory Automatically Compiles Video Memories From Your Social Media Photos

    Vemory Automatically Compiles Video Memories From Your Social Media Photos

    It seems like everyone and their mom is making video montages. A year in the life of a baby from England. A year in the life of that new SNL actor Brooks Wheelan. But it takes quite a bit of dedication to actually edit those videos to perfection. That’s where Vemory comes in. Read More

  • Cross-Platform Development Platform Xamarin Raises $54M Series C

    Cross-Platform Development Platform Xamarin Raises $54M Series C

    Xamarin, the popular service for building cross-platform native applications, today announced that it has raised a $54 million Series C round led by a combination of new and existing investors. As far as we are aware, that’s the largest round ever raised by a mobile app development platform. The company tells me that the biggest new investor in this round is Insight Venture Partners. All… Read More

  • Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

    Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

    Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt in standard taxis vs. Uber’s black car focus, but has since… Read More

  • Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll

    Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll

    With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter’s video sharing app has always required users to film new content directly within the app, using Vine’s once-unique hold-to-record feature. Now, Vine users can… Read More

  • Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

    Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

    Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you’re actually using at the time, says the company, while your other devices, including PCs, tablets or smartphones, will remain silent. Read More

  • OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More

  • Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing economy apps offer services that complement other apps… Read More

  • Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app… Read More

  • Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of 7 inches or larger are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities — and getting increasing traction the Asia/Pacific region… Read More

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on to in… Read More

  • Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. The Lux trades programmable colors for a cheaper… Read More

  • Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Fresh out this morning is a tablet optimized version of OneNote for Android, and several new features to OneNote for Windows. OneNote for Android tablets — you can snag it here — contains what Microsoft calls “handwriting support,” more formatting options, and interface tweaks to better suit larger tablet screens. In keeping with Microsoft’s cross-platform… Read More

  • HitchBOT Shows That Robots Can Trust Humans With Cross-Canada Journey

    HitchBOT Shows That Robots Can Trust Humans With Cross-Canada Journey

    A project cosponsored by a group of Canadian universities, startups and Microsoft Azure has resulted in a robot named HitchBOT successfully making its way across Canada, beginning its journey in Halifax on the country’s eastern coast and ending in Victoria, British Columbia on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The project saw a rudimentary robot depending completely on strangers willing to… Read More

  • PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps

    PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps

    Mobile commerce today is still challenging with complicated checkout flows that see users bouncing between screens, and having to tap out their personal information on tiny screens and keyboards. PayPal today is hoping to change that with the release of a new product called One Touch for merchants and app developers. Read More

  • Verizon Video Reveals The HTC One M8 With Windows Phone

    Verizon Video Reveals The HTC One M8 With Windows Phone

    A new video just launched on Verizon’s YouTube channel reveals what we pretty much knew was coming: HTC has created a Windows Phone-powered version of its flagship HTC One M8. The previously Android-only phone will be available with Windows exclusively on Verizon at launch. It packs HTC’s signature UFocus feature which takes advantage of the M8’s dual camera setup, and… Read More

  • Asus Teases Its Smartwatch Launch For September 3

    Asus Teases Its Smartwatch Launch For September 3

    Earlier this year at Google I/O, we reported that Asus was working on its own Android Wear smartwatch, to be launched in September with a lower price point than existing options. Today, Asus posted a teaser on Twitter revealing that it will indeed be introducing something new at IFA in Berlin on Sept. 3, and the graphic suggests it will indeed be a smartwatch. Something #Incredible is going… Read More

  • Uber Corner Store Turns The Transit App Into A Delivery Service For Daily Staples

    Uber Corner Store Turns The Transit App Into A Delivery Service For Daily Staples

    Uber has launched ‘Corner Store,’ an experimental service rolling out first to DC area customers that offers pick up and delivery services on-demand instead of just transportation. Corner Store works by letting users request daily staples like toothpaste, over the counter medicine, health and beauty supplies and over 100 more items right from the Uber app. The test of… Read More

  • For A Little While, I Felt Like The Richest Man In Lyft-Ville

    For A Little While, I Felt Like The Richest Man In Lyft-Ville

    Here’s a fun way to start your weekend: Getting a message from Lyft about the fact that you have $1,275 worth of free ride credits. No, that’s not a typo, and yes, that’s really a message that I got on Firday evening. Now technically, I knew about those credits already, because after the “will they/won’t they” drama of Lyft’s launch in New York, I was… Read More

  • Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

    Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

    With Whisper and Secret raising millions of dollars to build anonymous services, all kinds of apps are popping up that let you share things without attaching your identity. While most of the apps emerging try to build a community by letting you scroll through streams of anonymous messages, some developers are creating apps that let you reach out directly to people in your contacts. Read More

  • Sympler Aims to Make Video Remixing Easier

    Sympler Offers An Easy Way To Create Fun, Music-Centric Videos

    Co-founders Ben Jenkins and Alexander Kane swung by the TechCrunch office recently to show off Sympler, their new video app for iOS. Asked why the world needs yet another app for creating videos on your iPhone, Jenkins argued that “the ones that are out there aren’t really helping people do it.” Specifically, apps like Vine and Instagram don’t tackle video editing… Read More