Apps

  • For Your Pre-Fourth Celebration: The TechCrunch iPad App Just Got An Update

    For Your Pre-Fourth Celebration: The TechCrunch iPad App Just Got An Update

    Our own beloved TechCrunch app, an app that is, at least in my opinion, the best TechCrunch-based application on the Internet today, has just been updated by our handsome and well-spoken dev team. The new app includes improved comment counts, a Crunchbase map that allows you to see where your favorite startups are based, and new sharing options including Instapaper. Read More

  • BlueStacks Now Lets You Run Android Apps On Your Mac

    BlueStacks Now Lets You Run Android Apps On Your Mac

    There’s no love lost between Android and Apple users, or at least among the fanboys and fangirls. The flamewar between the passionate adopters of the top two mobile operating systems has persisted for awhile now, even in spite of our pleas for a detente. Luckily, one startup is on a mission to bridge the gap between the Open and Walled Gardens, so that we can all join hands and walk off… Read More

  • A Polyglot Path: Mobile Sharing App Adds 7 New Languages Including Traditional Chinese, UK English

    A Polyglot Path: Mobile Sharing App Adds 7 New Languages Including Traditional Chinese, UK English

    In response to Facebook’s ever-expanding social universe and the success of mobile-focused networks like Instagram, Dave Morin and company have turned Path into a more personal, mobile-centric social network. Most of the life-sharing that happens on Path takes place at home — among family and close friends. And while some users may speak one language away from home or at work… Read More

  • KitApps Launches A Mobile App “Wizard” To Simplify DIY App Development

    KitApps Launches A Mobile App “Wizard” To Simplify DIY App Development

    It’s a familiar scenario for small business owners: You want your business to have a mobile presence, ideally native on Android and iOS, but you don’t want to pay a developer an armload to build that presence. You would do it yourself (after all, 12-year-olds can do it), but there’s no point in having a mobile presence if it’s just going to look sloppy. That just hurts… Read More

  • Educational Startup KinderTown Launches KinderSights, Tells App Developers What Parents Want

    Educational Startup KinderTown Launches KinderSights, Tells App Developers What Parents Want

    KinderTown, the company that makes the ever-useful educational app store for parents, is rolling out a new service targeted towards app developers. KinderSights, as it’s called, will offer up a series of monthly reports based on KinderTown’s internal data. The reports aim to answer the question: what apps are parents looking for right now? Since April, the startup says parents… Read More

  • Cloth, The Outfit App, Will Dress You For The Weather

    Cloth, The Outfit App, Will Dress You For The Weather

    We talked about Cloth a few months ago when they launched. It’s essentially a place to store your outfits. Did you create a beautiful, backless shirt/shiny harem pants ensemble to wear while roller-blading? Cloth lets you store the specifics and a photo of yourself in that outfit for later perusal. Pretty basic and pretty cool. Not content to rest on their tulle, creators, Wray Serna… Read More

  • At Last! App Store Analytics Firm App Annie Adds Support For Google Play

    At Last! App Store Analytics Firm App Annie Adds Support For Google Play

    App Annie, the app store analytics and market intelligence firm popular among both app publishers and V.C.’s alike, is rolling out a hotly anticipated new feature today: support for Google Play (aka the Android Market). Google Play is now the fourth platform to be supported App Annie’s service, which already tracks iPhone, iPad and Mac applications and app store trends. As with iOS… Read More

  • After Seed Labs, Cvent Snags CrowdCompass For $10M To Double Down On Mobile Event Apps

    After Seed Labs, Cvent Snags CrowdCompass For $10M To Double Down On Mobile Event Apps

    It’s been an active seven days for Cvent, one of the largest event management companies in the world you’ve never heard of. The company, which offers web-based software for online event registration, management and more, has been on a mission to go beyond B2B services. Since raising $136 million last year, Cvent has re-focused on more consumer-facing event solutions, especially… Read More

  • JoyTunes Wants To Teach You To Play Real Instruments With Interactive Video Games

    JoyTunes Wants To Teach You To Play Real Instruments With Interactive Video Games

    Today at the LAUNCH Education Conference in Mountain View, an Israeli startup named JoyTunes showed off the work its been doing in an exciting and active space: The convergence of music education and video games. Co-founder Yuval Kaminka tells us that 85 percent of the population wish they had learned to play an instrument but never made it past those first few frustrating lessons. JoyTunes is… Read More

  • Camera+ Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs”

    Camera+ Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs”

    Two years ago, app developer tap tap tap launched Camera+ onto the App Store. For only a buck, users could get way more mileage out of the mobile photography experience, bringing 27 color effects and granular controls to their iPhone cameras. These features have made it one of the most popular camera apps out there. So popular, in fact, that Camera+ rang in its second birthday today with its… Read More

  • Fast-Growing App Search Engine Quixey Raises $20 Million Series B

    Fast-Growing App Search Engine Quixey Raises $20 Million Series B

    App search company Quixey is today announcing it has closed a $20 million round Series B funding. The round includes previous investors WI Harper Group, U.S. Venture Partners and Innovation Endeavors as well as new investors Atlantic Bridge, SK planet and Translink Capital, which the company says it chose with internationalization in mind. The additional capital will be primarily used to… Read More

  • Mobile Crash Reporting Solution Crashlytics Acquires FireTower.app To Expand Into Mobile Web

    Mobile Crash Reporting Solution Crashlytics Acquires FireTower.app To Expand Into Mobile Web

    Crashlytics, a Cambridge-based startup that helps developers understand why their mobile apps are crashing, has just beat out an unnamed competitor to acquire the bootstrapped startup called FireTower.app. The FireTower solution was focused not on mobile apps, but on web applications, allowing developers to find javascript errors in their websites. Now, Crashlytics will be repurposing… Read More

  • Any.DO’s To-Do List App Hits 100,000 iOS Downloads In 24 Hours

    Any.DO’s To-Do List App Hits 100,000 iOS Downloads In 24 Hours

    How hot are to-do lists? Quite hot, apparently. After Sunday’s launch of the popular Android to-do list app Any.DO on iOS and web, co-founder and CEO Omer Perchik tells us that download numbers are exploding. Try this number on for size: Any.DO saw 100,000 downloads of its iOS application in just 24 hours. And this is without the app being featured by Apple, he says. In addition to… Read More

  • Appsplit Is Crowdfunding For Apps

    Appsplit Is Crowdfunding For Apps

    If Appsplit is any indication, either crowdfunding is the future of everything or there’s a crowdfunding gold rush. I’m going to bet it’s a little of both. This new service allows programmers to crowdfund their projects. Why not use Kickstarter, you ask? Beats me, but here’s what’s up. Appsplit is first and foremost a place to put your app campaigns. You tell… Read More

  • Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    So here’s a story that hopefully will be an eye-opener for entrepreneurs and startups, while providing a painful peek into trademark harassment and the importance of due diligence. It goes a little something like this: About two years ago, software engineer Brian Hamachek decided to build an app first on Windows Mobile (how some horror stories have been known to begin), then on… Read More

  • With $5.5M From Google Ventures, Opus, Crittercism Launches An App Performance Management Solution

    With $5.5M From Google Ventures, Opus, Crittercism Launches An App Performance Management Solution

    Last summer, after graduating from AngelPad, San Francisco-based Crittercism announced that it had raised $1.2 million in seed funding from the likes of Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Opus Capital, Shasta Ventures, and AOL Ventures. Today, the startup has received further validation for its diagnostic and management tools for mobile developers, as Opus Capital, Shasta Ventures and… Read More

  • 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