Apps

  • 8 Apps That Save You Money On Your Groceries

    Call it #RealWorldTech: the following eight mobile apps can help you save money on your groceries – even if you don’t have time to clip coupons. The latest, of course, comes from Groupon which has been steadily expanding beyond the daily deals space. But it’s only one of now many apps that not only tell you where to find savings, but actually pay you back for buying… Read More

  • Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps

    Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps

    A new mobile application called Snowball, launching today, is going to give iPhone users Android envy. The app serves as a universal inbox for your many mobile messaging clients, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, Snapchat, Google Hangouts and more, and appears right on your Android homescreen in a format that resembles the small, circular “Chat Heads” icons introduced… Read More

  • Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App

    Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App

    Google’s Chromecast is the most popular “connected device” – or so infers a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which analyzed the top apps associated with connected devices across both iTunes and Google Play in the U.S. Google’s Chromecast app was in spot #1, in terms of downloads, followed by Fitbit, DirectTV, HP ePrint, Kodak Kiosk Connect… Read More

  • Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes

    Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes

    WeatherSphere, the company behind the #1 Paid weather application on iOS, and maker of three of the Top 10 Paid weather apps as well as three of the Top 20 Grossing weather apps, has been acquired by the E.W. Scripps Co. The portfolio of apps will live on following the deal’s closure, and will complement Scripps’ existing StormShield paid weather application. Term of the deal are… Read More

  • “Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

    “Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

    Mobile startup Frankly has been steadily growing its user base amid a wave of self-destructing messaging apps with an app that lets you send text messages to other users that disappear after 10 seconds. Today, the company is announcing it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private Capital, Stanford-StartX Fund and SK Planet. Frankly had previously raised $6 million from SK Planet… Read More

  • Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    A mobile application called Cirqle – no, not that Circle or that one either – launched last year as a way for users to share and collaborate on photo and video collections in groups, both public and private. Now Cirqle is rolling out version 2.0 on Thursday, which introduces an interesting new feature: offline mode. That means users can now share and collaborate on photo sets… Read More

  • Backed By $9.5 Million, Curbside Launches A Mobile Shopping App For Same-Day Pickup, Not Delivery

    Backed By $9.5 Million, Curbside Launches A Mobile Shopping App For Same-Day Pickup, Not Delivery

    A number of companies today are experimenting with same-day e-commerce, including Amazon, Google, eBay, Instacart and others – but for most, the focus has been on same-day delivery. A new shopping startup called Curbside, backed by $9.5 million in seed and Series A funding, instead wants to become the go-to solution for same-day pickup from local stores. That is, it’s combining… Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. The deal, we’re hearing from multiple sources, is a talent acquisition falling into the “single-digit” millions. [Update: We’re hearing now that the deal may actually better than this. Word is the deal is actually in the double-digit… Read More

  • Roughly Half Of Users Are Finding Apps Via App Store Search, Says Study

    Roughly Half Of Users Are Finding Apps Via App Store Search, Says Study

    The battleground for app discovery in the leading mobile app stores, iTunes and Google Play, has more to do with where an app ranks in the search results, than where it ranks in the charts. Or at least that’s what a new study from ad attribution and analytics company TUNE is saying, citing data that shows how around half of mobile users found the last app they downloaded via app… Read More

  • Dash Launches Chassis, An API To Build The “Internet Of Cars”

    Dash Launches Chassis, An API To Build The “Internet Of Cars”

    Dash was one of the earliest and most design-focused apps to offer direct connectivity to your car via their OBD-II port, which is designed to provide mechanics with detailed stats and information. Now, the app is expanding beyond its own software with the Chassis API, a connected car platform that gives other developers access to fuel consumption and efficiency data, driving stats like… Read More

  • Here’s The 3 Reasons Europe Green-Lighted Facebook’s $19B WhatsApp Deal

    Here’s The 3 Reasons Europe Green-Lighted Facebook’s $19B WhatsApp Deal

    The EU has approved Facebook’s landmark $19 billion acquisition of messaging startup WhatsApp — determining that the two are “not close competitors”. In a statement confirming the clearance, it highlights three key areas where it believes the two do not create an anticompetitive environment for other players in this space: consumer communications services… Read More

  • Marketing Automation For Mobile Company Appboy Grabs $15 Million More

    Marketing Automation For Mobile Company Appboy Grabs $15 Million More

    Appboy, a marketing automation company for mobile apps has raised $15 million in Series B funding, in a round the company says was “oversubscribed.” Early Marketo investor InterWest Partners led the round, and is joined by existing investors Icon Venture Partners, Blumberg Capital, T5 Capital and IDG Ventures. As a part of the new funding, InterWest General Partner Doug… Read More

  • Navdy Raises $6.5M For Its In-Car Heads-Up Display Platform

    Navdy Raises $6.5M For Its In-Car Heads-Up Display Platform

    Hardware startup Navdy has raised a $6.5 million seed funding round for its connected car tech, which focuses on the heads-up display it created. The company had closed the funding officially before it ever began its pre-order campaign, which has netted the startup $2.4 million in committed orders since it began on August 5. The company closed the funding on August 1, and the round… Read More

  • Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    A personalized news reading app, Pipes, is now offering summaries of news stories to save mobile readers time while trying to catch up on-the-go. This is a big shift for the app, which launched earlier this year to offer a more mainstream-friendly way of consuming news and other topical information from a variety of sources, without having to understand the technicalities of using RSS or… Read More

  • LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    Better late than never? LinkedIn this morning announced it has at last rolled out the first-ever iOS app for SlideShare, the presentation and content-sharing platform it acquired back in 2012. The new app was built using Swift and is optimized to work on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Online consignment shops operate in a crowded market these days with a range of stores offering everything from eBay-like, peer-to-peer sales of clothes bought at The Gap and Target to high-end stores where luxury goods are authenticated, approved and sold on your behalf. One company making a dent on the latter side of that spectrum is Shop-Hers, a marketplace for luxury goods boasting… Read More

  • Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    ToyTalk, the makers of kids entertainment applications for iPad, has just released its first paid application with the launch of a character-driven touch and play app called SpeakaLegend. But the team may have even bigger news on the way in the form of licensing deals for its speech recognition tech with some of the best-known children’s brands, we hear. This startup is a fascinating… Read More

  • Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes may be a product of the analog era, but they continue to stick around – literally, that is – covering walls, windows, monitor screens and more, remaining an office worker’s go-to-tool for small scribbles, quick thoughts, and ideas. Now the company behind Post-it, 3M, is hoping to port Post-it notes to the small screen, with a new mobile app that lets you… Read More

  • SurveyMonkey Makes Its First Investment, Leads Mobile App CRM Solution Provider Apptentive’s $5.3M Series A

    SurveyMonkey Makes Its First Investment, Leads Mobile App CRM Solution Provider Apptentive’s $5.3M Series A

    Apptentive, a company offering in-app feedback tools that allow developers to engage an app’s users, communicate directly, request reviews and more, has now closed on $5.3 million in Series A funding. In an unusual turn, the new funding round was led in part by SurveyMonkey, and will see Damon Cronkey,VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for SurveyMonkey, joining… Read More

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