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  • Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

    It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China. And in Europe, there is another player that is making headway. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in Europe,” according to CEO Shahar Waiser. TechCrunch sat down with him for a video interview… Read More

  • Investors realize Nintendo didn’t develop Pokémon Go and shares plummet

    Investors realize Nintendo didn’t develop Pokémon Go and shares plummet

    Nintendo’s shares plunged after the company said late Friday that the worldwide success of Pokémon Go will not significantly impact its financial results. Nothing Nintendo disclosed about the ownership of the game was new information, but markets were shocked anyway. The stock sank 18 percent to 23,220 yen at the close in Tokyo, the maximum one-day move allowed by the exchange… Read More

  • Dashlane brings an enterprise password management tool to mobile devices

    Dashlane brings an enterprise password management tool to mobile devices

    The popular password management utility Dashlane is going after the larger enterprise market today with the announcement of a new tool that will allow mobile employees to switch access between both their personal passwords, as well as those assigned to them by their workplace, in the company’s mobile app. The tool, which is known as “Spaces,” first launched on the desktop… Read More

  • Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Cellular data can be expensive and Wi-Fi is often free. Thankfully it seems Google Maps will soon work on just Wi-Fi. Google has yet to announce this option. Users are reporting the additional mode is found in the settings of Google Maps and replaces the “Offline areas” option. Once activated, Google Maps will load the majority of the data through Wi-Fi signals, though, as a… Read More

  • Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, live streamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The live streams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they’re logged into Twitter or not. Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports. (The Rally… Read More

  • Pokemon Go to get more Pokemon, trading, and customizable PokeStops

    Pokemon Go to get more Pokemon, trading, and customizable PokeStops

    Pokemon players will eventually be able to fill out their collections via trades, which is very good news for people eyeing region-specific Pokemon like Australia’s Kangaskhan from the other side of the world. Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed at a San Diego Comic Con panel that Niantic is indeed working on adding trading (and new training features) to their game, as well as… Read More

  • Clinton launches app designed to gamify campaigning

    Clinton launches app designed to gamify campaigning

    For better or worse, preaching the gospel of your candidate no longer requires leaving the couch. As anyone who’s cracked open a social media account over the past year can corroborate, the platforms are lousy with campaign slogans, incriminating links and, um, spirited discussions. In the lead up to next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary… Read More

  • Dots & Co. Tweaks The Dots Game Franchise

    Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion

    Dots & Co., the follow-up to the popular puzzle games Dots and Two Dots, launched on iOS and Android earlier this week. If reading about the new game isn’t enough for you, you can watch me try it out in the video above. In many ways, Dots & Co. should feel pretty familiar to fans of the previous games. Your goal is to clear as many dots as you can by connecting dots of the… Read More

  • Pokémon Go is doing a lot of good, here are 3 surprising ways

    Pokémon Go is doing a lot of good, here are 3 surprising ways

    “What are they doing?” That was the question an older woman, probably around 70 or so, asked me yesterday. She was pointing to a group of 18-ish boys and girls near a YMCA, the biggest (and, so far, only) Pokestop in the city where I live. Without exception, the teens were all staring at their smartphones. “They’re playing Pokémon Go,” I replied. The lady… Read More

  • Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. Read More

  • Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

    Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

    Cola, a messaging app that integrates apps into chats, is opening up its developer kit today to enable anyone to build new apps. The updated version available today comes with 12 “bubbles” that are essentially applications that run inside the messaging app. Users can share weather and flight information, gifs, and more without creating accounts with individual tools. The… Read More

  • Pandora struggles to find new footing as music streaming becomes commoditized

    Pandora struggles to find new footing as music streaming becomes commoditized

    Pandora, in a story we’ve seen before with many other maturing companies, is facing an existential crisis. The company now finds itself fighting for its life against competition from the core platforms its service exists on: Android and iOS. Both of them — and Amazon as well — have launched their own music-streaming products, and they’re baked into the core experience. Read More

  • Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

    Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

    Poke failed. Slingshot failed. But Facebook is still trying to mimic Snapchat with a new Stories-style feature it’s been testing called “Quick Updates”. These 24-hour ephemeral updates are buried in a special part of the app, and won’t show up in News Feed or on your profile. We received these screenshots from our reader Tiffany Zhong of Binary Capital who is one of… Read More

  • PayPal ticks up 2% on earnings, Visa partnership

    PayPal ticks up 2% on earnings, Visa partnership

    PayPal reported earnings after the bell on Thursday, showing $2.65 billion in revenue for the quarter, when analysts were expecting $2.6 billion. Adjusted earnings per share was also in line with Wall Street estimates at 36 cents. Shares ticked up 2 percent in after-hours trading, in part because of a Visa announcement that was timed with earnings. The new partnership with Visa emphasized… Read More

  • Moovit helps you catch ’em all in Pokemon Go

    Moovit helps you catch ’em all in Pokemon Go

    Moovit wants to help you catch ’em all and catch the bus at the same time. It’s integrated with Pokemon Go to make it faster to catch a Grimer. (For the uninitiated, that’s a Pokemon creature, not a subway train.) If you’ve got the Moovit app or want to download it for iOS or Android, you can type in “PokeStops” in the app’s Trip Planner. This will… Read More

  • GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

    GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

    GoldieBlox, the educational toy, book and game maker best known for its line of engineering toys aimed at young girls, is expanding its digital footprint today with the launch of its first paid application: GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding. As the name implies, the new app’s goal is to teach children, ages four and up, the fundamentals of coding through a puzzle-filled game. The… Read More

  • Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google has begun to further tap into the power of the crowd in order to improve its Google Maps application, the company announced this morning. This is being done through the introduction of a number of features that will allow users to more easily share location details, as well as confirm edits suggested by others. Many users had already seen these changes rolling out, but today Google… Read More

  • BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

    BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

    BBC does radio well, and now Americans can experience the full effect of the UK broadcaster’s audio content expertise with the iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android. The app contains all of BBC’s radio feeds, including Radio 1 through 6, as well as the World Service. It also has offline support for BBC podcasts, and curated collections of past content. The app was… Read More

  • Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Fresh off its $16 million funding round from earlier this spring, popular airfare prediction app Hopper is moving beyond simply helping travelers figure out when to fly in order to snag the best deal. With the launch of Hopper 3.0, out this morning, the app will now also make personalized recommendations regarding how to adjust your trip plans to save more money, as well as point users to… Read More

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