• Betaworks’ Latest Homescreen Update Looks To Fix App Discovery

    Betaworks’ Latest Homescreen Update Looks To Fix App Discovery

    The App Store is broken. Even though the number of apps and developers and downloads goes up each year, the browsing experience for the consumer has remained largely the same, meaning that the vast majority of apps go entirely undiscovered. This could explain why Facebook’s ad revenue from mobile apps is up more than 50 percent as of last year. Betaworks’ Homescreen app (and… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s newest iOS update is out, bringing support for over 300 new emoji, in line with the update that went out for OS X today, too. That means the new, more diverse and potentially more expressive emoticons will work across both platforms. iOS 8.3 also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements, addressing features ranging from Wi-Fi, app launching and Bluetooth to… Read More

  • Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

    Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

    Thanks to its recent acquisition of San Francisco-based food delivery startup Fastbite, Square is adding a whole new option to Caviar that will reduce the cost of meals and time customers spend waiting for them to be delivered. By doing so, it will compete more directly with local food delivery services like Sprig and Spoonrocket. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    We are back for another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, a show that John Biggs and I put on because, well, cryptocurrencies are cool and we are not. This week we dug into Senator Rand Paul’s news, while also exploring some commercial applications of blockchains, and whining about the current Bitcoin v. Blockchain debate. Just another week in bitcoin. I don’t… Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple has released OS X 10.10.3, a big update for its desktop OS that brings the new Photos app to the general user population. The update is available now via the App Store’s ‘Updates’ tab, and is a free download for all users of OS X. The update also introduces new emoji, with over 300 new characters available, as well as new Spotlight suggestions, better stability and… Read More

  • Marketo Founder Raises $10M For Engagio, His B2B Sequel

    Marketo Founder Raises $10M For Engagio, His B2B Sequel

    Jon Miller has already built a solid marketing automation tool in the form of Marketo, which went public in May of 2013 and currently has a market cap of more than $1 billion. So it makes sense for him to tackle the same space with a different product. Meet Engagio. The company, which offers account-based marketing for businesses, is not even in beta yet, but that hasn’t stopped… Read More

  • With Another $200M In The Bank, Josh James Finally Takes The Wraps Off Business Analytics Startup Domo

    With Another $200M In The Bank, Josh James Finally Takes The Wraps Off Business Analytics Startup Domo

    It’s rare that a company can hire 600 employees, raise $450 million in funding, reach $100 million in annual sales, and still say it’s in stealth mode. But Domo, the brainchild of Omniture co-founder Josh James, is no ordinary startup. The company, which was founded nearly five years ago, has quietly built a platform for collecting, normalizing and visualizing business… Read More

  • Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen’s Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet. Today, the lyric explanation startup tries to achieve its destiny with the launch of its new genius.it/ prefix that lets you add annotations to any web page. Just put the prefix before a URL like http://genius.it/techcrunch.com/author/josh-constine , highlight… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Control Your Smart Home

    Amazon Echo Can Now Control Your Smart Home

    Amazon Echo, the company’s $200 connected speaker which serves as a virtual assistant of sorts offering to play music, answer questions, and, of course, shop by voice, will now work to control the lights and other appliances in your home, too. Amazon announced today, by way of an email to current customers, that Echo has been updated to support a variety of connected devices from… Read More

  • Ad Attribution Startup Conversion Logic Raises $4M

    Ad Attribution Startup Conversion Logic Raises $4M

    Conversion Logic has raised a new round to fund its efforts to help advertisers track the effectiveness of their ads across devices and channels. The Los Angeles-based startup is announcing a $4 million seed round led by Rincon Venture Partners, with Ricon’s Jim Andelman joining the board of directors. Crosscut Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, TenOneTen, Founder Collective, and… Read More

  • The Implications Of The Seed Funding Boom

    The Implications Of The Seed Funding Boom

    Josh Kopelman wrote a great post recently highlighting the current state of the early-stage funding market. One of his main points was that the Series Seed round is becoming so easy to raise that founders aren’t being tested and thus often surprised when it becomes difficult to raise their Series A. Read More

  • Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS application that no longer requires users to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad in order… Read More

  • Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs came out of stealth today, renaming itself Vera to reflect the fact it doesn’t just protect documents on the move, but other types of data as well. The company, which has been working toward this day for some time, announced $14M in Series A funding last November. At the time, Vera was in Beta working with a small set of customers, but today it announced general… Read More

  • Sports Broadcast Wearable FirstV1sion Gets Sweat-Tested In EuroLeague Basketball

    Sports Broadcast Wearable FirstV1sion Gets Sweat-Tested In EuroLeague Basketball

    Smart garments are one of the fitness wearables Gartner recently pegged as having the “greatest potential for growth”. And lining up in that category is Spanish startup FirstV1sion, whose on-body sports wearable will be used during a broadcast of a Euroleague basketball match on Friday to deliver a first-hand player perspective of one of the teams to watching fans. Read More

  • Zazzy’s New Marketplace Lets You Design And Sell Your Own 3D Printed Jewelry

    Zazzy’s New Marketplace Lets You Design And Sell Your Own 3D Printed Jewelry

    Zazzy, an Amsterdam-based startup that allows anyone to design and customize their own 3D-printed jewelry is now launching a new marketplace that lets you sell your jewelry to others as well, instead of just buying it for yourself. The company believes the new platform, Zazzy.co, will make sense for artists and designers looking to expand their portfolios, as well as… Read More

  • Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    “The secondary ticket market is a murky place – think touts, fake tickets and online fraud,” says Dingo co-founder Paul Roiter. His startup, which offers a so-called fan-to-fan ticketing app for iOS that lets you sell unwanted tickets, is hoping to change that. Read More

  • Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One owners have a new way to get TV on their console: The game machine supports over-the-air TV now for those in the Xbox One Preview program, and in the coming months for everyone else, provided that you also pick up an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q TV tuner and an HDTV antenna. Xbox is also working with Hauppauge to make it even cheaper to get on board, with a $60 tuner panned for… Read More

  • iHeartMedia Is Bringing Programmatic Ad Buying To Its Broadcast Radio Stations

    iHeartMedia Is Bringing Programmatic Ad Buying To Its Broadcast Radio Stations

    iHeartMedia is taking another step into the digital world — the company is announcing that businesses will be able to buy ads programmatically on its broadcast radio stations. Basically, this means advertisers will be able to use automated, online tools to buy ads on iHeartMedia’s 850+ stations. (The company was known as Clear Channel before rebranding last fall and adopting… Read More

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