The latest to join the cadre of startups offering tools for more private sharing outside of Facebook’s massive footprint is not, in fact, another startup, but rather another media giant: Disney. Citing its “rich heritage in storytelling,” Disney’s Interactive division, best known for games, sites, and virtual worlds like “Where’s My Water?,” “Temple… → Read More
Blink, a new mobile application for ephemeral messaging, is debuting today on the Apple App Store allowing users to text, plus share photos, and soon videos, with other friends as well as with groups. The app represents a spin-off from the same technology which also powers social friend finder, Kismet. Though the company says it has no plans to shut down Kismet at this time, its current focus… → Read More
In recent months, the iOS App Store has filled with “smart” calendars like Sunrise, Tempo, and Cue, for example, but despite its name, a new Tel Aviv-based startup called Calendo isn’t trying to directly compete with these types of applications. Instead of better managing your calendar for you, Calendo wants to help you fill it by making sure that you don’t miss out on events you would have… → Read More
Palo Alto-based Wanderable, a 500 Startups-backed company designed to help couples create wedding registries filled with “honeymoon experiences” instead of just gifts, is now available on the iPhone. With the new app, a couple can create their registry on the go, view and track the gifts they receive, and then snap photos to accompany thank you notes which are sent out directly from the app… → Read More
In our state of continued information overload, and because of the growing number of services which we have to check in order to keep up with the information that matters to us, things get missed by even the most active social media users. A new startup called Slim wants to change that, and is today launching an iOS application which allows you to discover and be alerted to the most important life… → Read More
Larky, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based startup focused on helping users take better advantage of discounts and benefits from various clubs or members-only organizations like AAA, AARP, as well as health insurance providers, credit card companies, and more, is today announcing a seed round of $650,000. The round, which officially closed in late 2012, was led by North Coast Technology Investors, and… → Read More
Cobook, a Mac contact management app that made its way over to the iPhone back in December, is today launching version 2.0 of its service which introduces a new feature called “Livecards.” This feature does what everyone wants address books to do these days – automatically update their contacts with the most current information. → Read More
Founded in late 2011, 100Plus set out to tap into the growing popularity of the Quantified Self movement to create a personalized, mobile health prediction platform to help Average Joes like you and me stay active and get healthy. Like some of today’s better known activity and health trackers, like Fitbit, Jawbone’s Up and RunKeeper, 100Plus wants to leverage our ever-present mobile devices to… → Read More
As Peter Csathy wrote recently, mobile video does indeed present a huge market opportunity, but it’s one that few (if any) startups have gotten right, and it’s a much harder nut to crack than many seem to realize. Streamweaver, a Nashville-based startup that launched back in September, hopes to stand out from the crowd by making the whole mobile video experience more social and collaborative. For… → Read More
Shutterfly, the photo and personal publishing company founded in 1999, is today making good on its September acquisition of Penguin Digital, with today’s launch of a new iPhone application for photo prints and gifts. The app has been completely redesigned from the version released a few years ago, and now includes everything from photo uploads and storage to mobile ordering of prints and gifts… → Read More
Dish.fm is a new restaurant recommendation mobile application, launching today, which focuses on helping users find the best dishes at their local eateries. Initially, the company had gone the Foodspotting route, debuting an early version of the app this summer which relied on crowd-sourcing techniques to fill its database with photos and reviews. But just a month after the app went live in the… → Read More
Storytree, the 500 Startups-backed company originally focused on capturing and sharing family memoirs online and via mobile, is today announcing a new application called SimplePrints. Inspired by Storytree’s previous efforts in preserving memorable moments, the new app allows you to build photo books using your iPhone photos or those stored online. → Read More
Buffer, the social media manager that allows you to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, is today launching a redesign of its service on both web and mobile. The updates, six months in development, are meant to increase focus on analytics and third-party integrations, encouraging users to post to Buffer across the web, instead of visiting the website itself. → Read More
Cobook, which has long offered a contact management app alternative to Mac OS X’s default address book, is today finally available on mobile with the debut of its iOS application. Like its desktop counterpart, the new app creates a unified address book by syncing your iPhone contacts with data from social networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. → Read More
The proliferation of smartphones has made it incredibly easy for us to take numerous photos and record videos, but it has also left us to deal with massive media archives stored on our devices. When you need to locate one specific photo, or find those you shot at a given event, it can be difficult. A new mobile application called Flayvr, aims to help with this by automatically organizing photos… → Read More
You may be more beautiful than the the future love child of Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart, but bad skin can ruin it all. That said, there’s a new beauty app launching on the Apple App Store to help you find the best possible skincare products for your unique skin.
Dubbed mySkin, the app essentially lets you check which skincare products work best for your skin before you ever lay down… → Read More
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 8… → Read More
Everloop, the social network for children under 13, is planning to launch a mobile application, making it one of the first companies to attempt a mobile, social network just for kids. The app, arriving in the third week of June, will translate the desktop experience to the small screen, beginning with iOS (iPhone & iPod Touch) before heading to other platforms like Android.
Any.DO, the gorgeous to-do app for Android, has finally made its way to the iPhone and the web today. Developed by the team behind Taskos, one of the most popular to-do list applications on the Android Market, Any.DO launched last November backed by $1 million in angel funding, making a few iPhone users (ahem *clears throat*) jealous of something on Android for a change.
This is kind of handy – and just in time for TechCrunch Disrupt. The team at Lemon Labs just launched a new app called “Hashtag App,” which lets you follow Twitter hashtags on your iPhone or iPad. But there are a bunch of apps for that, including Twitter itself, you say? Very true. That’s why Hashtag App kicks things up a notch and supports Instagram hashtags as well. Fun! → Read More
Social magazine Flipboard may have to think up a new tagline for itself, as tonight the company is rolling out an update which greatly expands its focus beyond text-based content to also include audio. The rollout features integrations from NPR, PRI (Public Radio International) and social sound platform, SoundCloud.
Also of note, Flipboard is launching its third localized edition with the… → Read More
KLIK, the real-time, facial recognition iPhone camera app from Face.com, has released its official 1.0 version today. (The previous version, which debuted in January, was a beta). The production version of the app includes significantly enhanced recognition capabilities as well as – you guessed it! – photo filters. (Sigh, thanks Instagram.)
Despite hopping on the photo-filtering bandwagon… → Read More
Simple (formerly known as BankSimple), the startup with $13.1 million in funding to build a better banking experience for customers, has today introduced its first mobile application, surprisingly ahead of its public launch. Operating in private beta/invite-only mode for now, co-founder Joshua Reich says that anyone with a Simple account can now use the app, which had been limited to TestFlight… → Read More
Fresh on the heels of its hot $2 million seed round from Kapor Capital, Menlo Ventures, 500 Startups, Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage fund, Eric Ries, Paul Buchheit, Jawed Karim, and others, YC-backed messaging startup SendHub is debuting its much-anticipated iPhone application today. The new app brings the services SendHub previously offered on the web to the mobile platform, including the… → Read More
Hey look: another private, micro social networking service has just launched. From Alt12 Apps, which moms know better as the maker of the BabyBump app, there now comes a new mobile-only private social networking service for parents called Kidfolio. The app, which is celebrating its public release today, offers parents tools for private sharing – mainly photos of children – which can be organized… → Read More
Shopping discovery service Zoomingo, which helps you find nearby sales using your mobile phone, is out with a new iPhone app that introduces a gamification element to its platform. Local shoppers are now being encouraged to share the unreported sales they spot in the wild as well as rate those spotted by others.
By playing the new “Hot or Not” game within the app to rate deals, shoppers earn… → Read More
There are a fair amount of third-party iPhone email clients out there, but few ever received the kind of reception that Sparrow for iPhone got a few weeks ago. Sadly, though, unless you have a jailbroken iPhone or use a third-party service like Boxcar, you won’t be able to get push notifications for new emails from Sparrow – but this could soon change. → Read More