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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Adds Analytics And Android Support

    Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Adds Analytics And Android Support

    Taplytics, a Y Combinator-backed A/B testing service for mobile apps, is announcing two big additions today — support for Android apps and an analytics product called Taplytics Insights. Service like Taplytics allow developers to test variations of their app interface and code, and to make those changes without going through the App Store approval and update process. There are a number… 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

  • Moto Phones | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto X

    The Moto X (2nd gen) is a welcome addition in a world full of big phones. It’s relatively slim and compact and, just like its predecessor, comes with options for customization for the back panel. But going beyond that, the $500 phone comes unlocked and is spec’d to impress, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Plus, it… Read More

  • Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    In the race to become one of the top tableside tablet providers, Silicon Valley-based E la Carte has just scored another notable restaurant deal to follow that of the Applebee’s win from last year: the company says today that it’s preparing to install its tablets at over 200 U.S. Johnny Rockets locations starting next month. The deal was struck after a relatively brief… Read More

  • Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s a 9-inch slate, built by HTC — a company that’s an unusual choice, given the ample field of OEMs available. The Taiwanese gadget-maker got out of the tablet game a few years ago, but now it’s back with a 9-inch Nexus special that looks kind of like an oversized Nexus 5, albeit with an brushed-metal aluminum rim in place of the… Read More

  • Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google… 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

  • Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Wants To Become Your Phone’s Default WiFi Manager

    Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Wants To Become Your Phone’s Default WiFi Manager

    Instabridge, an Android app that wants to replace your phone’s default Wi-Fi manager and give you access to a crowdsourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots, has bagged a $1 million seed round. Funding is being led by European VC Creandum, with participation from GP Bullhound, and a number of angel investors, including Niall Murphy (former CTO of TheCloud), Scott Bannister and Felix Hagnö… 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

  • Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly is demoing on stage at Disney’s Accelerator Demo Day, but it’s not the company it was when it entered the program. The startup has renamed itself to “Smart Toy,” which better encompasses its vision of interactive toys with computing intelligence beyond just its initial product, which was also called Ubooly. But it’s also no longer a startup – or at… 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

  • Teen Social Network Let Raises $600K

    Teen Social Network Let Raises $600K

    Let, a teen social networking app with a focus on gamification, is announcing that it has raised $600,000 in seed funding. That’s not a huge amount of money, but the funding is interesting in the context of Let’s history. When I first met founder Pascal Lorne a few months ago, he told me that when when he launched the Let app in fall 2013, it wasn’t reaching the right… Read More

  • Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    No one feels special for following their favorite musician on Facebook or Twitter. Social media has become impersonal mass media. But Phonio wants to make the celebrity-fan connection as intimate as a call with your best friend. Phonio launches today to let stars ring the cell phones of all their fans at once and talk to them, heart-to-hearts. Celebs offer up their Phonio phone numbers that… Read More

  • Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    CardBlanc, a new e-commerce application targeting millennial spenders officially launched today, introducing a financial platform for easier mobile checkout combined with social activity similar to what you’d see on sites like Pinterest or Wanelo. The effort, which involves an iOS app and virtual payment card backed by PayPal, aims to turn product discovery into real-world purchases… Read More

  • Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    French personal health tech company Withings already tracks your sleep and activity using its wearable monitors, but they do so with less than stellar accuracy. A new addition to the Withings lineup, The Withings Aura, provides a finely tuned sensor for sleep tracking that you don’t have to remember to wear to bed or activate, as well as a nightstand companion that provides power, but… Read More

  • Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo, a service that launched last year to allow for fast, anonymous video calling via the web, is now coming to mobile, starting with today’s debut of an iOS application. On the iPhone and iPad, the new app is less focused on anonymity, and more on being able to quickly call another person without having to go through a sign-up process or adding people to your contacts. Read More

  • The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    While I came around to the iPhone 6 Plus and its unique allure, as told in a post from a couple of days ago, Apple’s big smartphone still isn’t the easiest to use when typing one-handed. Specifically, it’s tricky to get to the requisite punctuation needed to properly express oneself. A new app, helpfully called “One Handed Keyboard,” eliminates this annoyance, with… Read More

  • Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    If Skype was invented today, what would it look like? This morning, a small team within Skype is attempting to answer that question with the launch of a new video messaging application called Skype Qik, which reimagines how the Skype experience would work if Skype had been built for mobile first. Instead of focusing on live video calls and instant messaging-like chats, Skype Qik is… Read More

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