Apps

  • Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Last week’s App Store issues caused headaches for users who, for several hours during the morning on May 5th, were unable to surface apps using keyword searches. This affected top apps like Uber, Spotify, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and many others, as well as apps from smaller developers. Now we know what sort of impact that outage had on the affected applications. According new analysis… Read More

  • Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook announced this morning that its private photo-sharing application, Facebook Moments, is now available in all countries worldwide, thanks the launch of a new, modified version in the EU and Canada. While the U.S. and other international versions of the application take advantage of facial recognition technology to suggest which friends to share with by identifying who appears in… Read More

  • Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    A company called Laugh.ly wants to make streaming sets from the best comedians as easy as streaming music on Pandora. Though not yet available to the public, Laugh.ly’s iOS application will allow users to follow both big-name comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, among others, as well as emerging stand-up comics looking for a way to grow and monetize their… Read More

  • B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    When B.J. Novak, best known for exec producing, writing and starring as Ryan on “The Office,” teamed up with Dev Flaherty to create a mobile application that allowed people to create lists and share them with others, they gave it a playfully anti-tech name: “The List App.” But following its late-2015 debut, more than 150,000 users have signed up to create some… Read More

  • Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed to protect users’ privacy – it removes ad blockers, for example – but it’s also marketed towards those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, such as on… Read More

  • MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 hackathon, a team of engineers from MasterCard teamed up to create an app that can help travelers visiting a foreign country better understand what food is being described on a menu. Just by pointing their phone at the restaurant’s menu, the app will recognize the text and translate that into an image of the food item in question which is then overlaid… Read More

  • Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, expertly designed app lets you create custom maps for your upcoming trips, so you… Read More

  • Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    A new mobile application called Earny has launched with the goal of getting you your money back. That is, the app connects with your email and Amazon accounts in order to track your online purchases and find your e-receipts, then price check those items to see if you got the best deal. If it finds a lower price, Earny will request a refund on your behalf and the difference (minus the… Read More

  • Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    You may remember Launcher as the once-banned iOS widget that Apple booted from the App Store after its approval, then months later allowed back in. The problem Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget provider — the app by itself didn’t offer any standalone functionality beyond widget configuration. Today, Launcher is out with its… Read More

  • Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to switch off the automatic, default setting then choose either a higher or… Read More

  • Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    While there are a number of mobile apps that serve as a panic button of sorts – alerting friends or family when you feel you’re in danger – last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon winner Witness resonated with the event’s audience because it also promised a way to discreetly record incidents of civil disobedience and police brutality at a time when… Read More

  • Casey Neistat’s video app Beme has finally left beta and is now on Android

    Casey Neistat’s video app Beme has finally left beta and is now on Android

    When Casey Neistat launched his new social networking app Beme last Summer, nothing was really ready yet. The product was underdeveloped, the team understaffed, and users weren’t exactly sure why they needed a version of Snapchat where the only main difference was that you had to cover the iPhone’s proximity sensor to record. But none of this really matters when you have a… Read More

  • Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Smartphone users shoot a lot of video, but turning those videos into something special still takes a lot of work. A newly launched app called Videorama aims to solve that problem by offering a powerful video editor that’s also super simple to use. In other words, you don’t need to be a video pro in order to do things like trim videos, add text overlays, music, or special… Read More

  • EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    Productivity app maker EasilyDo is best known for its smart assistant for iPhone that lets you do things like organize your travel plans, track shipments, update your contacts, create personalized email alerts, and more. Now the company is taking some of its best features to a just-launched email application that has this assistant feature built in. In addition, the new EasilyDo Mail app… Read More

  • Welcome to the post-app world? Crunch Network

    Welcome to the post-app world?

    As instant messaging and voice control takes off, it increasingly seems that apps are not the solution for everything. Read More

  • Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

  • A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants… Read More

  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone relaunches Jelly as a human-powered search engine

    Calling it an “un-pivot,” Biz Stone is bringing back Jelly, the Q&A app he created in 2013. Launching today, the new and improved Jelly remains close to its roots, but with an added twist. This time, everything is anonymous so you can ask what you really want to know. Referring to the new Jelly an “on-demand search engine,” Stone said that one lesson he learned… Read More

  • Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it’s now displaying if an app contains advertisements. This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch. The change… Read More

  • New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    After Facebook’s stellar quarter, which sees users spending massive amounts of time on its mobile apps, including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, the company announced this morning it’s bringing this popular trio of apps to Windows 10. Facebook and Messenger are now rolling out to Windows 10 on the desktop and Instagram is arriving on Windows 10 mobile. As you may expect… Read More