Apps

  • Pandora is laying off 7% of its US workforce

    Pandora is laying off 7% of its US workforce

    Pandora said it would lay off around 7 percent of its U.S. workforce, excluding Ticketfly, by the end of the first quarter this year in an announcement that it would beat the guidance it set for the fourth quarter in 2016. Pandora now has more than 4.3 million paid subscribers, which at the end of the year is a flash of good news for a company desperately in need of some. Pandora has had… Read More

  • Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

    Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

    Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphones inspired a new wave of language learning apps like Duolingo, OKPanda, or Lingua.ly, to name a few. But the CEO of Lingo Live, Tyler Muse, asserts it’s not possible to become fluent at… Read More

  • The mobile app gold rush may be over

    The mobile app gold rush may be over

    Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent over last year, for example — that growth is slowing. And many… Read More

  • Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

    Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

    A startup that refuels your car wherever it’s parked, Yoshi Inc. has raised $2.1 million in a new round of venture funding to expand its gas delivery service into new towns, and to add different auto-related services to its menu. According to CEO and co-founder Nick Alexander, “Anything you usually need to get done at a gas station or auto shop, we want to bring to you at a… Read More

  • Betaworks’ Voicecamp is looking to give voice-powered startups $125K each

    Betaworks’ Voicecamp is looking to give voice-powered startups $125K each

    Betaworks startup studio is today announcing the second in its line of accelerator camps in the form of voicecamp. And no, this won’t make you a better chorus member. Earlier this year, betaworks launched botcamp as a way to better understand and fuel growth of the chatbot space. With today’s announcement, betaworks wants to apply the same model to a new vertical with… Read More

  • Google’s Toontastic storytelling app for kids goes 3D

    Google’s Toontastic storytelling app for kids goes 3D

    Two years ago, Google bought Launchpad Toys, the company behind the popular Toontastic kids app for iOS that allows you — whether you are a kid or not — to easily tell your stories through animations. Today, Google is launching the first major new version of Toontastic for Android and iOS since it acquired the company. With this update, Toontastic is going 3D, though not in… Read More

  • AI-fueled Synqq app update lets you use your voice to add notes and calendar entries

    AI-fueled Synqq app update lets you use your voice to add notes and calendar entries

    If there is one thing we learned last week at CES, it’s that the power of voice is coming soon to a device near you — even your fridge. Synqq released an update in the iOS App Store this week, that brings voice and artificial intelligence to its calendar and notes app. What’s more, the app works with Apple’s AirPod wireless headphones, introduced last summer, giving… Read More

  • Smize! Tyra Banks emojis are here

    Smize! Tyra Banks emojis are here

    She’s a supermodel, TV producer, entrepreneur, educator…and now you can add emoji character to the list. The tireless Tyra Banks is announcing her latest project, TyTyMoji, which just launched in the iTunes store. The new app means your favorite Tyra moments from “America’s Next Top Model” and more will be encapsulated in stickers that you can send your friends… Read More

  • Uber now suggests destinations based on your calendar

    Uber now suggests destinations based on your calendar

    Uber’s calendar integration is now going live, surfacing destination suggestions based on meetings and events you have scheduled, provided you’re okay with giving the Uber rider app access to your device’s native calendar service. The integration works by suggesting your next meeting place as a one-tap destination option in an icon on the primary Uber app screen. It’s… Read More

  • GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    Bootstrapping London-based startup GigRove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times. Read More

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