Apps

  • Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google’s consumer-facing chat application Allo, a successor of sorts to Gchat, is today available on the web for desktop users. The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advantage of features like stickers, “smart replies” for one-tap responses, and Google Assistant integration, among other things, has been in the works for some time. In February 2017, Google… Read More

  • Huddle is a mental health app that aims to be a safe space to share with peers

    Huddle is a mental health app that aims to be a safe space to share with peers

    Dan Blackman’s father was a well-known man in the community of his small Pennsylvania town. He was a lawyer, ran a good business and everyone liked him and liked drinking with him. His dad died a few years ago from a combination of liver and lung cancer. His dad was what they call a functioning alcoholic. “It wasn’t until I started talking to my family a bit more that I… Read More

  • Minibar Delivery alcohol marketplace picks up $5 million in funding

    Minibar Delivery alcohol marketplace picks up $5 million in funding

    Minibar Delivery , a marketplace for wine, beer and spirits, has today announced the close of a $5 million funding round led by Corigin Ventures, with participation from Female Founders Fund, Winklevoss Capital, LaunchCapital and RiverPark Ventures. Minibar Delivery launched back in 2013, trying to give liquor stores an ecommerce outlet and users the ability to buy booze with the click of… Read More

  • GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number

    GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number

    GoDaddy may be best known for its web domain registry (a business that’s been in the headlines recently), but it’s also moving into the voice and telephone business, starting with last year’s acquisition of FreedomVoice. Today the company is launching a new app called SmartLine, aimed at addressing a basic need of small businesses — more and more of them (86 percent… Read More

  • Wave hello to Kano’s latest learn-to-code tool, a gesture controller

    Wave hello to Kano’s latest learn-to-code tool, a gesture controller

    Author note: Abel Owen is Ingrid’s nine-year-old son. These are mostly his words; Ingrid just helped type them a little faster. I use computers and the Internet all the time and really like them. They are an important part of modern life. And it’s pretty cool to know how they work. So when my mom asked me to help her review some Kano products I was like, “Yes! Let’s do… Read More

  • Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stitches together everyone’s concert videos

    Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stitches together everyone’s concert videos

    Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram by turning everyone’s quick video clips from concerts into a much more watchable music video you control. Snapchat “Crowd Surf” uses artificial intelligence machine learning technology to analyze when lots of people are all recording the same musical performance at the same time. It can then lace together… Read More

  • Benchmark: We should have sued Kalanick sooner

    Benchmark: We should have sued Kalanick sooner

    The saga between the powerhouse venture firm Benchmark  and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continues. Following last week’s lawsuit revelation, Benchmark penned a public letter to Uber employees explaining why it is taking legal action against Kalanick, who remains on Uber’s board and controls two other, empty board seats. Read More

  • Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Two years ago, Google launched universal app campaigns to make it easier for developers to easily promote their iOS and Android apps across its various platforms. This has turned out to be such an effective service — thanks in large part to the company’s advances in machine learning — that Google is moving all app install campaigns to UAC over the rest of this year. Read More

  • Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Poncho, the betaworks-backed weather service, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Ventures. Poncho launched out of betaworks the same year as Giphy and Dots, and uses SMS and email to bring the news to you in an entertaining way. The premise is simple. Instead of having users seek out their own information via weather apps and being bombarded with numbers like… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

    TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

    TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less than a month away at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This year’s lineup includes a stellar group of speakers, including Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann, Golden State Warriors superstar forward (and also investor) Kevin Durant, Forerunner Venture’s Kirsten Green and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun. Read More

  • Snapchat now lets you Pikachu yourself

    Snapchat now lets you Pikachu yourself

    Snapchat is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to introduce a new Pikachu filter to the app. The official Pikachu filter applies the electric mouse’s trademark rosy cheeks, pointy ears, black nose and big eyes to faces in the app, and when users open their mouth the iconic Pikachu cry rings out as an animated version of the characters leaps into frame. The Pikachu filter is a… Read More

  • Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

    Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

    Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its IPO at $17 and then reaching highs of $27, the company has fallen to less than half that. After losing 14 percent of its value in a single day’s trading, Snap closed Friday at $11.83. Read More

  • Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

    Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

    Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for developers to enhance their own interfaces. Read More

  • SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

    SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

    SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss stays as chief product officer. Read More

  • Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

    Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

    Sleeperbot, which has raised about $2M in seed funding from Birchmere VC and Expa, and boasts hundreds of thousands of users, calls itself Slack for sports. It’s essentially an app (and website) that lets sports fans have conversations around different subjects they’re passionate about. These discussions happen in channels – some of which are created by the company and… Read More

  • Popular writing app Ulysses switches to subscription model

    Popular writing app Ulysses switches to subscription model

    Ulysses is one of the most popular apps for writers. It lets you write, edit, organize, sync and export all your writing in a single, unified interface. That’s why it’s interesting to see that it is switching to a subscription-only business model. I’ve already written about Ulysses a few times. It’s a rock-solid, well-designed writing app for iOS and macOS. It relies… Read More

  • Snap sold fewer than 42K Spectacles, down 35% in Q2

    Snap sold fewer than 42K Spectacles, down 35% in Q2

    Snap’s Spectacles sunglasses may prove to be more of a fad than a must-have device. Snap revealed during its call following weak Q2 earnings that it generated $5.4 million in “Other” revenue, which would equate to around 41,500 pairs of its Spectacles camera sunglasses at a $130 price point. Read More

  • Snap founders won’t sell shares despite plummeting price

    Snap founders won’t sell shares despite plummeting price

    Snap has an awful Q2 earnings report… but at least its dancing AR hot dog was viewed 1.5 billion times. To prove their confidence, co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have agreed not to sell any shares this year, and the company will withhold shares they’re owed to pay for any necessary taxes. Of course, there are only five months left in the year, so this isn’t exactly… Read More

  • Snap sinks as Q2 growth and revenue fall short

    Snap sinks as Q2 growth and revenue fall short

    Snap’s Q2 earnings report was another failure on a long, downward path for the social media company as user growth slowed under the pressure of Instagram. Read More