Apps

  • 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

  • Expedia acquires travel photography community Trover

    Expedia acquires travel photography community Trover

    Online travel agency Expedia has acquired Trover, an app and website where people share their travel photos. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “At Expedia, it’s fair to say we believe in the power of travel,” an Expedia spokesperson wrote in an email to TechCrunch. “It can transform people. So an important part of our job is to inspire travelers. One way we… Read More

  • What the Pokémon Go hype train means for Nintendo’s value

    What the Pokémon Go hype train means for Nintendo’s value

    There’s been much talk about Nintendo suddenly creating an enormous amount of value for itself with the release of Pokémon Go, perhaps one of the most successful game launches of all time. Following Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s market valuation soared to more than $40 billion, passing Sony and quickly becoming one of the most valuable gaming companies in the world. This is a… Read More

  • Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering its very first Snapchat-exclusive product — limited sunglasses that are only available for purchase to its Snapchat followers. The eyeglass retailer said it just shared a Snapchat story with its followers with a unique URL where, for a limited time, they can buy “head-turning Haskell in Crystal, now with new silver mirrored lenses” for $95. (I… Read More

  • Meet Dots & Co, the latest game in the Dots series

    Meet Dots & Co, the latest game in the Dots series

    Dots, the gaming studio that brought you ultra-successful time sinks Dots and Two Dots, is today releasing Dots & Co. Dots & Co is very familiar for folks who have played Dots and Two Dots, yet it puts a greater focus on characters you meet along the way, each of which has a different ability that will help you solve puzzles. There are over 15 different game mechanics within Dots &… Read More

  • Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

    Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

    Laugh.ly, a startup that’s something like a Pandora – but for comedy – is today launching into public beta. Via its website and forthcoming mobile application, users can stream stand-up sets and other routines from over 400 of today’s leading comics, including big names like Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock… Read More

  • Apple just dropped another iOS 10 public beta for you crazy testers

    Apple just dropped another iOS 10 public beta for you crazy testers

    That didn’t take long. Just a day after releasing the third iOS 10 developer beta, the second public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. The second public beta of macOS Sierra was also released today. And of course, you won't have to pay $99 a year for a developer account. But things are still rough at this stage so I wouldn’t recommend installing it on your main… Read More

  • Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

    Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

    Experiencing the world’s art just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s newly launched Arts & Culture application which puts works of art from over a thousand museums across 70 countries into the palm of your hand. But the app goes beyond offering only static images and text – instead, it now offers tools to search art works by any keyword, browse by color, as well as… Read More

  • SwiftKey officially unwraps its emoji prediction app 🎁😆💃🔛

    SwiftKey officially unwraps its emoji prediction app 🎁😆💃🔛

    Keyboard app maker Swiftkey, which was acquired by Microsoft for $250 million in February, has officially launched its first product since that acquisition — and it’s an emoji-predicting keyboard app, called Swiftmoji. Read More

  • Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

    Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

    If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And it is now available on iOS for $19.99 as well. Scrivener is a flexible and powerful writing app that makes it easier to write long-form stuff — think about it as a sort of writing studio. Read More

  • Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around three years, and had been available on iPad for a year. With its iPhone… Read More

  • Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

    Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

    As Pokemon Go moves into the real-world partner marketing business with McDonald’s, one might wonder what businesses potentially stand to gain the most from association with Niantic’s world dominating location-based collect’em game. Well, Red Robin should plan a Squirtleburger™, if data gathered by location analytics firm Placed is any indication. The company used info… Read More

  • Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase,” Facebook’s head of adtech said about Snapchat today. While Facebook tries to collect as much data about users as possible to prove its ads work, Snapchat has tried to avoid being creepy, despite that hindering its potential… Read More

  • Reco thinks books are better when they’re recommended by people you trust

    Reco thinks books are better when they’re recommended by people you trust

    I still love books, and I still have a fair amount of trouble finding new ones to read that I’ll actually enjoy. Helping with discovery is the idea behind Reco, a new mobile app from Canadian bookseller and retailer Indigo, which provides users with a social network based around books, and people’s love thereof. “We have a kind of obsessive focus on who our customers are… Read More

  • Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But what will be the fate of this red-hot social product? We’ve heard Prisma is in talks with investors about raising funding, but it might make more sense as an acquisition for Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. When… Read More