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  • Workwell wants to make your corporate intranet suck less

    Workwell wants to make your corporate intranet suck less

    If you’ve been working for a large company, chances are that your intranet sucks. It takes too much time to find the right information, it’s not tailored for mobile and it doesn’t integrate well with the services you actually use. French startup Workwell is a mobile intranet that you’ll actually like. It seems like a tough task, but so far Workwell is ticking all the… Read More

  • Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB

    Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB

    Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves in headsets and devices to shoot content will give it a stronger position in the space as (and if!) it continues to expand to more applications and users. Now TechCrunch has learned that as part of that effort, it’s also made an acquisition. Samsung quietly bought a New York-based startup called VRB, which… Read More

  • Headspace’s revamped app helps busy people turn meditation into a habit

    Headspace’s revamped app helps busy people turn meditation into a habit

    After years of struggling to make it part of my daily routine, I’ve started to suspect that if I were mindful enough to remember to meditate, then I probably wouldn’t need to meditate in the first place. To get the attention of people who, like me, spend more time thinking about meditating then they do actually meditating, Headspace has launched a new version of its app with… Read More

  • Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More

  • Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the… Read More

  • Should WhatsApp let you disable URL previews?

    Should WhatsApp let you disable URL previews?

    Another reminder that if you want perfect security or privacy online you shouldn’t expect every single bell & whistle of tech-enabled convenience to be handily on tap…  Read More

  • Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

    Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

    Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring short-form video series to the app. However, unlike the original videos found on Snapchat – an app that’s often the next step up for the tween-age Musical.ly audience – these shows are designed to be interactive. That is, the shows… Read More

  • Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft is rolling out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app, Microsoft Pix, that aims to give Prisma and others like it some new competition. While the app was originally designed to enhance your iPhone photos by tweaking things like color, exposure and other variables, the newly updated Microsoft Pix will now let you have a little more fun with your photos, too – this time… Read More

  • Spotify tops 140M users, revenue jumps over 50 percent

    Spotify tops 140M users, revenue jumps over 50 percent

    Spotify has been doing well on the revenue front, growing that aspect of its business by over 50 percent last year. The streaming music company reeled in $3.3 billion in revenue in total, as reported first by Recode, and spelled out in financial filings filed on Thursday. The company’s user base also grew to 140 million total people on the service, across both free and paid tiers, up… Read More

  • Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

    Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

    How should Facebook decide what’s allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms? Facebook wants your feedback on the toughest issues it’s grappling with, so today it published a list of seven “hard questions” and an email address — hardquestions@fb.com — where you can send feedback… Read More

  • Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

    Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

    In an effort to better cater to newcomers, Twitter once again is redesigning its app across mobile, desktop and the web. The revamp isn’t a radical departure from its prior look-and-feel or user experience – unlike when it introduced its own stories-like feature called Moments, for example, or when began reordering the tweets in your timeline. Instead, the update involves a series… Read More

  • Trucker Path just lined up $30 million in debt to lend to the truckers on its platform

    Trucker Path just lined up $30 million in debt to lend to the truckers on its platform

    Trucker Path, a  three-year-old, Mountain View-based platform that helps connect drivers, brokers, shippers, and carriers, has just lined up $30 million in debt funding so it can start loaning some of those truckers money right after they deliver their freight. It’s seemingly a win-win. It means truckers needn’t wait 30 to 60 days to get paid by the vendors who hire them. In… Read More

  • Plex can now play local video files on Android, no media server required

    Plex can now play local video files on Android, no media server required

    Personal media player software maker Plex says it’s now easier for mobile users on Android to play any video file saved on their device within its app. The move will enable it to better challenge VLC, an app users have historically turned to in order play a wider variety of video file formats. The new feature is entering a public beta today, and will support local playback of a number… Read More

  • YC-backed Py is a Duolingo style learn-to-code app

    YC-backed Py is a Duolingo style learn-to-code app

    Teaching people to code in bite-sized, gamified chunks delivered via mobile app is Py’s mission. The fledgling startup is the brainchild of two friends and college computer science majors who found themselves repeatedly asked for advice on how to learn to Read More

  • Patreon launches Snapchat clone just for creators’ paid subscribers

    Patreon launches Snapchat clone just for creators’ paid subscribers

    Ads aren’t enough to support professional online content makers. So Patreon is equipping them with new ways to organize, measure, and entertain fans who use its platform to pay them a monthly subscription fee for special access. With 1 million patrons paying an average of $12 per month to 50,000 creators, Patreon is on track to send musicians, comedians, journalists, videographers, and… Read More

  • Box introduces desktop app Box Drive

    Box introduces desktop app Box Drive

    Box just made it a little easier to access your files while you’re at your computer. The company is introducing Box Drive, a desktop application that works on Windows and MacOS. People will be able to credit, edit, find and share files without pulling up a web browser. This is the “final frontier,” CEO Aaron Levie told TechCrunch. With Box Drive, you’ll have… Read More

  • The chat fiction apps that teens go crazy for

    Have you ever heard of chat fiction apps? If not, then you’re probably not a teenager. These digital book alternatives, which are presented as text messages, have been dominating the app charts for the past few months. The format may seem a little strange for people who are used to paperback books, but at least young people are reading. These are the popular ones. Hooked Hooked is the… Read More

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