Apps

  • Internet of Elephants uses AR to get up close to endangered species, turns their migrations into a game

    Internet of Elephants uses AR to get up close to endangered species, turns their migrations into a game

    Wildlife conservation groups have made a lot of strides in raising awareness of animals whose populations or natural habitats are endangered, and what we can do to help. Now a startup out of Kenya is tapping into advances made in augmented reality, mapping and app-based games to further the cause. Internet of Elephants, a startup based out of Nairobi, is building an app-based game of the same… Read More

  • Uber adds live location sharing and more for easier pickups

    Uber adds live location sharing and more for easier pickups

    Uber has added some updates to its rider app designed to make the pickup process easier in time for the busy holiday travel season. The biggest change is probably that you can now do live location sharing within the app, letting you temporarily share with your driver exactly where you are – all within your control from the main Uber screen. This should help avoid those moments when… Read More

  • Artland is a social art market that connects galleries and buyers

    Artland is a social art market that connects galleries and buyers

    Danish startup Artland is building a social marketplace for the art world and its key players: Galleries and professional collectors, while also hoping an app-based approach helps onboard a new generation of art buyers. Read More

  • Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

    Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

    Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent,” and now it’s giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to broadcasts, a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger… Read More

  • Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators

    Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators

    Either you’re one of 250 million monthly Imgurians, or you probably have no idea what Imgur is. But those who are part of the addictive image-sharing community know there’s been one feature at the top of the request lists forever: favorite folders. Today, Imgur fulfills the wishes of the masses with the official launch of favorite folders. Read More

  • Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

    Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

    Instagram really wants the developing world on Stories. They won’t be able to use Instagram’s augmented reality masks or share videos, but starting today mobile web users can post to Instagram Stories. Previously, mobile web users could only view Stories, which have to be created in Instagram’s native apps. But now users can snap photos, overlay text captions, and share them… Read More

  • Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

    Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

    Hitlist, an app that serves up bargain-priced flights and travel deals, has finally winged its way to Android after years on iOS and the web. The service is simple: you tell it where you live and it will sort through millions of deals from travel partners to find you discounted flights to nearby destinations that you can go ahead and book from your phone. A more sophisticated feature… Read More

  • Duolingo can now help you learn Chinese

    Duolingo can now help you learn Chinese

    Earlier this year, Duolingo launched its Japanese course, which marked the first time the popular language learning service offered support for an Asian language. Since then, it’s also launched support for Korean and starting today, you can use the services mobile and web apps to learn Chinese (or, to be more precise, Modern Standard Mandarin), too. The company notes that a Chinese… Read More

  • Google Maps got a redesign

    Google Maps got a redesign

    Google Maps is getting an upgrade. The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant. That means gas stations when you’re driving or more prominently featured train and bus stations if you’re riding the rails or hopping on mass transit. Read More

  • Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

    Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

    Twitter says that it’s making progress on its plan to review its authentication system, which it’s conducting in the wake of backlash against the social network verifying the account of a white supremacist rally organizer. As a result, it’s going to change how it treats verification of accounts, and will unverify some users “whose behavior does not fall within”… Read More

  • Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies

    Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies

    At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school market with apps like the now defunct Lifestage. But… Read More

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