Apps

  • 23snaps Tries Its Hand At Being The Facebook For Families

    23snaps Tries Its Hand At Being The Facebook For Families

    Another entry in the mobile-first, private social networking for families space (yes, apparently this is a thing now): 23snaps, a new iOS application that works like a mini-Facebook for posting status updates, photos and videos of your kids. The app isn’t anywhere near as dazzling as current private social network darling Path, but it’s a functional and easy-to-use alternative to… Read More

  • Distimo Launches AppLink For Mobile App Publishers, Details Strategies For App Store Success

    Distimo Launches AppLink For Mobile App Publishers, Details Strategies For App Store Success

    This month, app store analytics firm Distimo is taking a step back from analyzing the details of mobile app trends to survey the larger landscape of the app stores themselves. While some of the new entrants to the app store market have launched and failed over the past few years, others like Amazon’s Appstore, have proven to be more successful. Today, many mobile developers are… Read More

  • The TechCrunch iPad App Is Now Live

    The TechCrunch iPad App Is Now Live

    Spring has sprung and like Persephone loosed from Hades’ bonds, our iPad app is now available to all and sundry. This app is literally years in the making and we have been back and forth and up and down regarding functionality, design, and look and feel for most of this month. I’m pleased to report, however, that it is ready to go, free, and fabulous. The app connects our blog… Read More

  • Kony Solutions Nabs $15M From Insight Ventures For Its Enterprise App Development Platform

    Kony Solutions Nabs $15M From Insight Ventures For Its Enterprise App Development Platform

    Kony Solutions, the unfortunately named makers of a write once, run everywhere mobile app development platform today announced that it has closed a $15 million series C round of financing. The funding was led by New York City-based venture capital firm, Insight Venture Partners, a 17-year-old firm that has invested in companies like Tumblr, Buddy Media, Wix, Chegg, and Twitter — to name… Read More

  • WhosHere Launches Anonymous Video Chat

    WhosHere Launches Anonymous Video Chat

    As evidenced by the success of Chatroulette, people get a kick out of seeing each other (anonymously) on video. Taking that to heart, WhosHere – an app that has allowed countless people to meet and greet each other in meatspace – has launched a video chat service that lets folks connect when and where they want. The update embeds video chat into the standard text and voice chat… Read More

  • Clueful Scans The Apps On Your iPhone, Tells You Which Ones Are Doing Naughty Things With Your Data

    Clueful Scans The Apps On Your iPhone, Tells You Which Ones Are Doing Naughty Things With Your Data

    Remember address book-gate? Locationgate? I-don’t-know-what-my-apps-are-doing-on-my-phone-gate? (Oh, that last one might not be a real thing.) Regardless, we’re living in age where companies are pushing us to rethink the boundaries between what we consider private, personal information and what should be public. The resulting backlash is an overreaction(-gate) when we discover… Read More

  • Nielsen: U.S. Consumers Avg App Downloads Up 28% To 41; 4 Of 5 Most Popular Belong To Google

    Nielsen: U.S. Consumers Avg App Downloads Up 28% To 41; 4 Of 5 Most Popular Belong To Google

    With smartphone penetration now at 50 percent in the U.S., the world of apps is seeing a knock-on effect in their popularity: according to a new report from Nielsen, mobile consumers are downloading more apps than ever before, with the average number of apps owned by a smartphone user now at 41 — a rise of 28 percent on the 32 apps owned on average last year. But at the same time, there… Read More

  • Consmr Goes Mobile, Moves Closer To Becoming Yelp For The Supermarket

    Consmr Goes Mobile, Moves Closer To Becoming Yelp For The Supermarket

    Back in July of last year, we wrote about a New York City-based startup, called Consmr, which was attempting to build the Yelp, or Rotten Tomatoes of consumer goods. There’s now more web research on consumer goods than ever before, but few resources that use crowdsourced data and social integration to recommend the right product. There are cool sites like Fixya, but opportunity for a… Read More

  • comScore: Google Sites Top Facebook On Mobile; 4 Out Of 5 Mobile Media Minutes Spent In Apps

    comScore: Google Sites Top Facebook On Mobile; 4 Out Of 5 Mobile Media Minutes Spent In Apps

    Online and mobile research company comScore just released its newly rebooted and retooled Mobile Metrix report this morning, which examines mobile media usage across both apps and mobile web browsing. According to the new data, Google sites led as the top property on iOS, Android and RIM devices, reaching 96.9% of the U.S. mobile audience, followed by Facebook, Yahoo sites and Amazon sites. Read More

  • SF Climates iOS App Offers Neighborhood Specific Weather Reports

    SF Climates iOS App Offers Neighborhood Specific Weather Reports

    As a resident of NYC, I find little use for the SF Climates iOS app that all of my San Francisco-based friends (read: social media whores) are boasting over today. But a lot of you do live there, so you might find it useful. Let’s say you live in the Marina and for some reason need to go to the Dogpatch or vice versa but you’re unsure what the weather is like. Or maybe the grit of… Read More

  • Vungle Hustles Its Way Into $2M All-Star Seed Round For Mobile App Video Trailers Network

    Vungle Hustles Its Way Into $2M All-Star Seed Round For Mobile App Video Trailers Network

    Vungle, a new company that wants to help mobile developers market their apps through video “trailers,” has just raised an enormous $2 million seed round from the who’s who of Silicon Valley. The round includes Google Ventures, AOL Ventures [Disclosure: TechCrunch is owned by AOL], Crosslink Capital, SV Angel, 500 Startups, SoftTech VC, as well as several notable angels… Read More

  • Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids as well as a parent-child communication system for iOS apps, is doubling the size of its network today with the addition of a series of six new apps from French developer Happy Blue Fish Studio. The developer has chosen Fingerprint’s in-app “Mom-Comm” system (as the company calls it) to… Read More

  • Facebook Updates Android App: 1.9 Adds Photos, Message Sharing From Home Screen

    Facebook Updates Android App: 1.9 Adds Photos, Message Sharing From Home Screen

    Facebook has released an update to its Android app today that should give users of the social network on Android devices a more integrated and instant experience — and takes Facebook another step closer to making its mobile app experience more like the one people have when using the social network on the web. Specifically, the new version lets users share photos and messages direct from… Read More

  • Tiggzi’s Drag-And-Drop Mobile App Builder Goes Beyond Templates

    Tiggzi’s Drag-And-Drop Mobile App Builder Goes Beyond Templates

    There are plenty of services out there that will let you build simple mobile apps without the need to know how to program. The problem with most of these is that you quickly reach their limits once you want to build more complex apps. Tiggzi, a new cloud-based service by software engineering company Exadel, wants to provide a bridge between the world of drag-and-drop app builders and more… Read More

  • Tim Chang Managing Director at Mayfield Fund

    Mayfield Fund’s Tim Chang: The Future Is In Making Data Fun [TCTV]

    Mayfield Fund managing partner Tim Chang is going long on the idea of the “quantified self,” which is about using the latest in both hardware and software technology to keep detailed tabs of people’s daily habits in the hopes of gradually improving their lives. Chang has written a three-part series of really interesting articles about the quantified self for TechCrunch in… Read More

  • Building Smarter Apps

    Building Smarter Apps

    A new breed of mobile applications is coming. These new apps will not only “sense” the world around you, using the smartphone’s sensors like the compass, GPS, and accelerometer – they’ll also be able to combine that data with a history of your actions to intelligently determine your likes, interests and favorites. This understanding of the world, or… Read More

  • Aeir Talk Gives A Father’s Autistic Kids A Voice

    Aeir Talk Gives A Father’s Autistic Kids A Voice

    We met Joe Hill in Norfolk, Virginia last week. He had a story to tell us. He has two autistic sons who have had trouble communicating and he noticed that the world of tools for autism often overlooked a few things – aesthetics, usability, and customization, to name three. Instead of relying on ready-made utilities, Joe wanted to make something fun and cool. He created Aeir Talk. Read More

  • The Best iOS Apps To Watch On Apple TV

    The Best iOS Apps To Watch On Apple TV

    Developers don’t have to wait for a fully baked version of Apple TV to come out to get a feel for how their apps will play on the big screen. Although an eco-system for Apple TV apps does not yet exist, there are dozens of quality iOS applications that are best consumed on an HDTV via AirPlay Mirroring. Creating apps specific to the leaned-back setting of the living room requires more… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Tool Allowing Non-Developers To Build Apps

    Apple Patents A Tool Allowing Non-Developers To Build Apps

    If you think the iOS app ecosystem is big now, as it pushes some 600,000 apps available for iPhone and iPad, just imagine how big it could become if Apple made good on this newly filed patent application titled “Content Configuration for Device Platforms.” The application describes a way for non-developers to create iOS apps using a simple, graphical interface. Whoa. Read More

  • Startup Team ManCard Spreads The Testosterone

    Startup Team ManCard Spreads The Testosterone

    The first thing that popped into my mind as I interviewed Suzy Bureau about her Columbus Ohio Startup project called The ManCard was “This is all wrong. We should be shooting skeet, or tearing out drywall or fly fishing — anything but sitting in a coffee shop drinking lattes.” Despite the emasculating surroundings our conversation continued as the ebullient Ms. Bureau… Read More