Apps

  • Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    You know what no one wants to do? Join a brand’s standalone social network. The problem is that it took Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane four years, multiple founders, and over $14 million to figure that out. According to four sources with intimate knowledge of the company, Backplane was in free fall for years. A bloated burn rate, mismanagement, and internal squabbles led to a… Read More

  • Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile app search company Quixey, which has been focused on solving the challenges with app discovery, and counts among its customer base names like Ask.com and Sprint, confirmed today it has raised $60 million in a strategic Series C1 funding round led by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba. Other investors in the round included SoftBank, GGV, Goldman Sachs. To date, this additional… Read More

  • HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    For those of you who haven’t used it yet, HotelTonight allows users to book same-day hotel rooms from their smartphones, at discounted rates. Or, if you’re not quite as comfortable with waiting until the last minute, the company launched a seven-day reservation system last fall. Read More

  • A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    Canonical has finally got skin in the mobile game, putting its first Ubuntu phone on sale in Europe last month. It’s been showing off that mid-tier device, made by BQ, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, along with a more premium smartphone made by Meizu, which will be released later this year — targeting the Chinese market. Read More

  • Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

    Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

    Apple’s streaming music service, which will be a totally overhauled version of Beats but with iTunes branding and tighter integration with Apple’s own devices and software, will make its official debut in June, likely at WWDC. A source with knowledge of the company’s current plans tells TechCrunch June 8 is the target launch date, at least for an official… Read More

  • Trucker Path Raises $1.5M From Renren To Help Truckers Truck Better

    Trucker Path Raises $1.5M From Renren To Help Truckers Truck Better

    Trucker Path is a mobile app that helps truckers find truck stops, parking spots, rest areas, scales, DOT weigh stations, truck washes and more. At first, this may sound pretty banal, but the company has bigger plans that go far beyond these kinds of map-centric tools. To do so (and to enter the growing Chinese market) Trucker Path has raised $1.5 million from Chinese holding company and… Read More

  • Office 2016 For Mac Preview Now Available, No Office 365 Subscription Required

    Office 2016 For Mac Preview Now Available, No Office 365 Subscription Required

    Microsoft already told us Office 2016 for Mac was coming, but the public preview is out now as a free download, without any Office 365 subscription required. The updated software includes support for Retina displays, as well as iCloud syncing, and has a look and feel more in tune with the versions of Office currently available on Windows and mobile. Office 2016 for Mac includes redesigned… Read More

  • Gmail App Now Offers Reply And Archive From Notifications On iOS

    Gmail App Now Offers Reply And Archive From Notifications On iOS

    Gmail has a new update out for iOS, which brings lots of new iOS 8-friendly features, including two that are great productivity additions: the ability to reply to and archive emails directly from incoming notifications. The reply function kicks you into the Gmail app right into a compose window replying to the email you received, and the archive function makes it go away, without any… Read More

  • With Men And Their Fashion Choices, École Wants To Wear The Pants In The Relationship

    With Men And Their Fashion Choices, École Wants To Wear The Pants In The Relationship

    Men’s fashion is a growing industry, with traditional retailers and startups alike offering more diverse product and delivering that product in new ways. The latest startup to join the new herd of up-and-comers catering to men and their sartorial needs is École, which launches today out of New York. First and foremost, École is a shopping experience that helps men make purchasing… Read More

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