Apps

  • LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Bringing Home The Game Category

    LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Bringing Home The Game Category

    Virtual reality, body cameras, and the Internet Of Things are poised to change the way we watch sports. Today we saw how at TechCrunch’s 1st And Future startup competition held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles. The contest featured twelve finalists competing in three… Read More

  • Twitter May Introduce An Algorithmic Timeline And People Are Losing Their Minds

    Twitter May Introduce An Algorithmic Timeline And People Are Losing Their Minds

    Remember Twitter? Or, at least, that would seem to be the sentiment from parts of Twitter that are now shocked that the company is considering switching to an algorithmic timeline, according to a BuzzFeed report. Everyone panic! This changes everything! Twitter will never be the same. #RIPTwitter. There’s even a top trending hashtag for it. Update: CEO Jack Dorsey said in a… Read More

  • ZIRX Drops Its Consumer Valet Service To Focus On The Enterprise

    ZIRX Drops Its Consumer Valet Service To Focus On The Enterprise

    ZIRX, an on-demand valet startup, is shutting down its consumer service at the end of the month, according to an email that the company sent out to ZIRX members today. The company confirmed the move in a blog post. However, the company isn’t shutting down. ZIRX is shifting its focus to its enterprise service while shuttering its consumer valet service on February 29. In short… Read More

  • Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile, the mobile gaming company behind recent app store hits like the once-viral “Kim Kardashian” Hollywood,” and who recently took a stake in top trivia game QuizUp, is hoping it has another potential breakout title on its hands thanks to a newly announced deal with pop star, Taylor Swift. According to news unveiled this week, Taylor and Glu will work together over… Read More

  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram confirmed it’s running a test involving multiple account switching on iOS, following reports on Thursday from users who said they saw the feature go live in their app. The company would not speak to its further plans regarding a public rollout, but the news is promising. Last November, Instagram was testing the feature on Android with members of its Instagram beta… Read More

  • Airbnb Handed Over $1.3M In Tourist Taxes To The City Of Paris In Q4 2015

    Airbnb Handed Over $1.3M In Tourist Taxes To The City Of Paris In Q4 2015

    The city of Paris has disclosed that Airbnb handed over nearly €1.2 million in tourist taxes in the last quarter of 2015. The actual figure was €1.169 million euros ($1.310M), generated by 1.4 million overnight stays during this period, according to AFP. Read More

  • Keybase Introduces End-To-End Encrypted File Sharing Service

    Keybase Introduces End-To-End Encrypted File Sharing Service

    There’s promising news for individuals and organizations that deal in confidential data. Keybase, the service for sending encrypted messages, has begun to offer a file-sharing feature that is powered by end-to-end encryption, making it considerably more secure than Dropbox or other mainstream file-sharing options/ Read More

  • Introducing TechCrunch’s Brand-New Apple TV App!

    Introducing TechCrunch’s Brand-New Apple TV App!

    I’m excited to announce that TechCrunch Video has arrived on Apple TV, and now available to download in the App Store! The app features our entire VOD library as well as our growing list of live streaming events, just in time for 1st and Future this Saturday February 6th, and the 9th Annual Crunchies on Monday February 8th. TechCrunch Video is helpfully featured in… Read More

  • 3 Nearly Free Growth Hacks Crunch Network

    3 Nearly Free Growth Hacks

    “Growth hacking” is a term that people seem to think means “magically market any product or company for free.” I wrote a post called What is growth hacking? to clarify the difference between efficient, effective marketing and mythical marketing pixie dust, yet still people don’t seem to understand. Before I give you three tips for powerful, nearly free marketing… Read More

  • Tango’s New CEO Takes Its Struggling Messaging App Back To Basics

    Tango’s New CEO Takes Its Struggling Messaging App Back To Basics

    Tango’s new CEO isn’t wasting any time making changes to reverse the declining fortunes of the messaging app company. Co-founder Eric Setton, who made the jump from Tango CTO to CEO one month ago, announced this week that the company is splitting its service into two to rediscover the core chat experience that made it successful. Read More

  • You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    Foursquare is not a consumer social app business, it’s a data company. And only when it admitted that to itself and revalued as such was it able to pull in more capital and keep chugging. Today at LA’s Upfront Summit, Foursquare’s lead investor from Union Square Ventures Fred Wilson stuck up for the startup while trying to make people understand how it’s… Read More

  • The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology Crunch Network

    The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology

    “Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet,” wrote Tony Schwartz in a recent essay in The New York Times. It’s a common complaint these days. A steady stream of similar headlines accuse the ‘Net and its offspring apps, social media sites and online games of addicting us to distraction. There’s little doubt that nearly everyone who comes… Read More

  • Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    To the unassuming eye, the Amazon Echo looks like a newfangled stereo speaker, and so it’s no surprise that music is one of the more popular applications for Amazon’s connected, voice-activated, AI device. From today, music on Echo is getting a boost, with a new direct integration between Spotify and Amazon Echo. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as… Read More

  • Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Remittance has always been a shady business. Migrant workers need to send money they earn home to their families, but get hit with fine print fees so less cash comes out the other side than they might assume. Remittance companies earn extra by keeping the margin between their own made up exchange rate and the real one. Western Union is the best known remittance company, with 500,000… Read More

  • Line Integrates Bike Taxi Service Go-Jek Into Its Chat App In Indonesia

    Line Integrates Bike Taxi Service Go-Jek Into Its Chat App In Indonesia

    Messaging app Line’s ongoing efforts to be more than just a messaging app took an interesting turn in Indonesia, the world’s fifth largest country with over 250 million people, after it teamed up with popular motorbike taxi on-demand service Go-Jek. Now users in the country can summon a Go-Jek driver from inside the Line app. Read More

  • Twitter Is Testing A Dedicated GIF Button On Mobile

    Twitter Is Testing A Dedicated GIF Button On Mobile

    Twitter wants you to share more GIFs, that’s why the company is testing a new GIF button inside its mobile app. Read More

  • Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Now Facebook has its own holiday it calls “Friends Day.” On February 4th, the social network turns 12 years old. But in typical self-less Zuckerberg fashion, Mark said “rather than having this birthday that focuses on us, we should make sure that the world focuses on what’s important.” Namely, its users. So today Facebook is sending everyone a Friends Day video… Read More

  • Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram today announced that it began running its first 60-second video ads, starting with T-Mobile and Warner Brothers. Until now, the maximum length for video ads was 30 seconds, already longer than the 15-second videos users are allowed to post. Instagram tells me that “We recognize that advertisers have a variety of creative resources and want to bring more choice to help them… Read More

  • SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

    SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

    Another European startup exits to an American tech giant. Predictive keyboard app maker SwiftKey, based in London, confirmed today it has sold to Microsoft. Sources put a price-tag of $250 million on the deal, although neither SwiftKey nor Microsoft are confirming a figure. Read More

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