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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

    Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

    Flipboard, an online and mobile service that allows readers to explore content from around the web in a beautiful magazine-style layout as well as create topical, mobile magazines of their own, is today expanding its curation abilities with the debut of “Private Group Magazines.” As the name implies, these new magazines will only be visible to those members of a private… Read More

  • Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Meet Ventoura: the latest startup seeking its fortune by building a peer-to-peer platform. This one is playing in the travel space, and has just launched an app where travelers can connect with others headed to the same destination so they have some drinking buddies when they land — a la Tinder Passport. Read More

  • Drowning In The Live Streams

    Drowning In The Live Streams

    Phones can make us jerks. They let us ignore friends, cancel plans last-minute, and annoy those around us in public. But this month, we got a whole new way to abuse our mobile devices. Unless we can manage how we interrupt each other, it could ruin one of the most promising modern communication mediums: live streaming. Read More

  • Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    With Twitter’s much more polished live-streaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated with recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like. It’s also trying to neutralize… Read More

  • Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of information, like a phone number or email, is today launching out of beta with a new twist. Read More

  • Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

  • Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last year, generating a lot of interest and notoriety for its gossipy, eponymous app, and then almost as quickly disappearing off the… Read More

  • Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The second day of F8 included the open-sourcing of native mobile app development tool React Native, a preview of a giant new unmanned aerial vehicle for delivering Internet to remote areas… Read More

  • Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different take on the concept: instead of trying to compete with LinkedIn directly, its service offers… Read More

  • Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    There’s a lot of talk about how social media has become the new watercooler for discussing TV’s funny, crazy, or otherwise memorable moments. What’s been more hit-or-miss, however, is finding the actual footage that everyone’s talking about. Sure, networks are putting more and more clips online, but it’s still only a fraction of what’s actually broadcast. Read More

  • Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller is a storytelling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler. Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. Users can create Steller stories based around an event, a party, or their own creative… Read More

  • Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    If American Idol was mobile-first, it’d be Chosen. Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman with $6.5 million in funding, Chosen launches the invite-only beta of its battle of the bands app today on iOS. But what’s special about Chosen is you don’t have to be a musician to play. The game puts you in the judge’s seat to record scathing (or… Read More

  • Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App

    Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App

    F8 started with a family photo. But not of the Zuckerbergs. Of Facebook’s products. “Facebook used to be this one blue app on your phone, and now Facebook is a family of apps” said its CEO as he showed off the user counts of the different family members. Facebook Groups with 700 million. WhatsApp with 700 million. Messenger with 600 million. Instagram with 300 million. And… Read More

  • Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

    Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

    Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t cook much, and when I do, it’s usually something simple like eggs or pasta. I’d like to be more adventurous, I swear, but every time I try to follow a fancy recipe, I always end up covered in sweat and/or tears. That’s why I’m eager to try out recipes from a startup called Kitchenbowl, which is announcing today that it has raised… Read More

  • Everything You Need To Know From Today’s Facebook F8 Announcements

    Everything You Need To Know From Today’s Facebook F8 Announcements

    Today marked the first day of F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, and the company announced a ton of stuff! Some of it is bigger than others, though — so we’ve wrapped up all the most important stuff from today in one easy-to-digest list. Enjoy! Read More

  • Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Flirting can be hard, especially through a screen. But these guys never had a chance, considering they were chatting with other heterosexual male users as part of a clever technological ruse. A hack on Tinder isn’t anything new. More tech-savvy folks have actually dug into the app to automatically swipe right on every potential match, and then there are all the marketers that are… Read More

  • Facebook’s Messenger Platform Preserves WhatsApp’s Clarity Of Purpose

    Facebook’s Messenger Platform Preserves WhatsApp’s Clarity Of Purpose

    We demystified it last month, but Facebook’s $18 billion acquisition of WhatsApp should begin to make more sense to people today after the company announced that its Messenger service will become a platform for third parties — as TechCrunch first reported last week. The Messenger Platform will allow developers to deeplink their apps into Messenger, and it will also become a… Read More

  • Facebook’s Parse Launches New IoT Service, Debugging Tool And More

    Facebook’s Parse Launches New IoT Service, Debugging Tool And More

    Parse, the platform-as-a-service company Facebook acquired in 2013, today revealed a couple of new features at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco: Parse for IoT, Enhanced Sessions to improve app security, support for React and a new debugging tool. Out of these, the IoT announcement would have come as quite a surprise if Facebook hadn’t spoiled its own… Read More

  • With New Support For Mobile Ads, Facebook’s LiveRail Isn’t Just For Video Anymore

    With New Support For Mobile Ads, Facebook’s LiveRail Isn’t Just For Video Anymore

    Facebook is expanding LiveRail, the video ad platform that it acquired last year, with support for non-video mobile ads. Facebook’s Deb Liu announced the new features today while on-stage at the company’s F8 developer conference. Basically, it means that mobile publishers will be able to manage a variety of mobile ad types from within LiveRail and also improve the targeting… Read More

  • Facebook Announces Analytics For Apps

    Facebook Announces Analytics For Apps

    As if turning Facebook Messenger into a platform and laying the groundwork for virtual reality video on the News Feed weren’t enough, Facebook just announced Analytics for Apps, a new tool for marketers who want to better target campaigns based on aggregated social data. Read More

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