Apps

  • Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

    Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

    Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12 months. Now, Google is launching its own take on app awards with the debut of what it’s calling the “Google Play Awards.” But while familiar in concept, Google’s version will tweak the formula somewhat from… Read More

  • Beepi lets you buy, sell and now lease a car with an app

    Beepi lets you buy, sell and now lease a car with an app

    There are lots of apps that help you research prices for buying or selling a car, and they’ll even hook you up with a dealership when you’re ready to buy. But Beepi lets you buy and sell used cars in 16 metro areas in nine states without using a dealership — or a test drive — at all. “Every company starts with a group of entrepreneurs who think something is true… Read More

  • Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

    Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

    A new iPhone application launching today called Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo. The goal with the app is to offer something designed for mobile, that’s also more convenient than using a bank’s online bill pay feature. And more importantly, it allows bills to be paid with plastic – hence the name – as opposed to… Read More

  • PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    Acorns, the investing app, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from PayPal, with participation from the Rakuten FinTech Fund. This brings the team’s total funding to $62 million. With 850,000 investment accounts, Acorns works by rounding up purchases and investing the remainder. In other words, if you buy a latte for $3.99, that penny will go into an ETF. Users trust Acorns… Read More

  • Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Mindie does with soundtracks what Instagram did with filters: It makes boring imagery interesting. And with the insane amount of video that teens are sharing, the music-video-making app seemed too useful to die when its creators shut down Mindie in December. So Mindie’s technology is getting dug out of its grave thanks to an acquisition by Shots, the selfie app turned comedy feed backed… Read More

  • Miss D is a dictionary app for the linguistically curious

    Miss D is a dictionary app for the linguistically curious

    If you’re seriously attempting to learn another language then at least one dictionary app will be a staple on your smartphone homescreen. And familiarity with its UX foibles will have long ago set your teeth on edge. Read More

  • Forq automatically shares your food photos with the world

    Forq automatically shares your food photos with the world

    Forq is on a mission to collect your food photos (they call them “snackshots”) on its Instagram-like app. Today, the company is launching out of beta with new functionality, including an option to let the app scan your iOS camera roll for food photos. If it finds any, it can upload them for you as drafts, so no bite goes to waste. Read More

  • Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    In the U.S., the online classifieds space has been dominated for years by Craigslist, despite its failure to adapt to newer technologies, including mobile. That has left room for newcomers to angle their way into the market, including big companies like Facebook, with its local selling groups, as well as smaller startups, like top-ranked shopping apps OfferUp and letgo. Ebay has also… Read More

  • Facebook sends a loud message about Messenger bots, but will we hear it?

    Facebook sends a loud message about Messenger bots, but will we hear it?

    Every time there is a conference where we get saturated coverage from a given company, we tend to buy into their vision, at least for the couple of days the company has our undivided attention. Last week, Facebook had its turn at F8 and boy, did it push Messenger and Messenger bots hard. Bots, for those of you who might be unfamiliar with them, are pre-programmed interactions you can have with… Read More

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