Apps

  • OK Cupid revamps to be less like Tinder, more political

    OK Cupid revamps to be less like Tinder, more political

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day (ugh, sorry), dating app OK Cupid is getting a makeover. Psych!  Just kidding, the company is introducing a new version of its mobile app today, but OK Cupid’s full redesign won’t actually roll out until March. Though the timing of the announcement is clearly manufactured, the overhaul itself is fairly significant. In addition to getting… Read More

  • Yik Yak is back with a college Slack called Hive

    Yik Yak is back with a college Slack called Hive

    Yik Yak crashed and burned after raising $73.5 million… then laying off most of its employees as users ditched its anonymous message board app. But now Yik Yak appears to be taking another shot at the college demographic with an app for chatting up people with the same classes, major or interest. Last week, an app called Hive appeared in the app stores. It was built by Richard Guy… Read More

  • Facebook is pushing record labels to let you soundtrack your videos

    Facebook is pushing record labels to let you soundtrack your videos

    How can Facebook and Instagram make their amateur videos more interesting than those you see on Twitter or Snapchat? A killer soundtrack. That’s why Facebook is now pressing record labels even harder for a licensing deal. Successful negotiations could allow users to either edit popular music into their creations or record clips with popular music in the background without their… Read More

  • The next big gold rush Crunch Network

    The next big gold rush

    As we look to the next evolution of our digital ecosystem, it seems certain that virtual goods will play a much larger role. From vanquishing new breeds of digital monsters to defining a modern asset class, virtual goods will enable new experiences and redefine traditional ones. Indeed, this new gold rush will create opportunities for the enterprising prospector and shovel-seller alike. Read More

  • Musical.ly drops its fourth app, a video messenger called Ping Pong

    Musical.ly drops its fourth app, a video messenger called Ping Pong

    Musical.ly, the tween and teen focused lip-syncing app, has just dropped another app onto the App Store. Days ago, the company launched a video messaging app called Ping Pong on the App Store, in what appears to be a test ahead of a public debut. This is the fourth app for the rapidly growing Shanghai-based startup, whose flagship app had over 100 million users as of last fall, and whose… Read More

  • Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists

    Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists

    Google Maps is today rolling out a new feature to all users on iOS and Android devices that will allow you to make lists of places that you can star, save and share with friends. There are three different lists types built in at launch – “Favorites,” “Starred Places,” and “Want to Go” – the latter which is designed to serve as a personal… Read More

  • Attack of the apps Crunch Network

    Attack of the apps

    Mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. Read More

  • Crunch Report: Prince returns to Spotify

    Today’s Stories  Prince returns to Spotify and Napster this weekend WhatsApp now supports two-step authentication Amazon’s Tap speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor Credits Written and hosted by: Anthony Ha
    Edited by: Joe Zolnoski
    Filmed by: Matthew Mauro
    Teleprompter: Tomas… Read More

  • Messaging app Wire now has an external audit of its e2e crypto

    Messaging app Wire now has an external audit of its e2e crypto

    Encrypted messaging app Wire has now published an external audit of its crypto protocol, Proteus, and the implementation of the protocol across its various apps. Read More

  • Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    With the rise of algorithmic stock trading it’s gotten harder and harder for humans to actually trade strategically. However, now that Trump’s chaotic twitter feed can make or break a company with a single mention, you can easily trade against positive or negative sentiment and make a little money in the process! An app, called Trump2Cash, is partially tongue in cheek but quite… Read More

  • WeChat users in China can now gift friends a Starbucks coffee via chat

    WeChat users in China can now gift friends a Starbucks coffee via chat

    Starbucks is furthering its push into China after it consummated its partnership with Tencent to introduce coffee gifting via WeChat, China’s top messaging app. WeChat, which recently revealed it has 768 million daily users, has evolved from being a basic chat app like WhatsApp into a platform that includes e-commerce, taxi-hailing, payments and more. Gifting is already hugely popular… Read More

  • Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Now that Snapchat‘s parent Snap has signalled its intention to go public (in early March, is the date that we’ve heard through the grapevine), it’s stepping up a gear to show that its business is definitely worth $25 billion. Snapchat’s pitch: it is much more than just a place for 158 million, mostly American consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 to dip in and… Read More

  • Peanut is a Tinder-like app for making new mom friends

    Peanut is a Tinder-like app for making new mom friends

    Being a new parent can become an isolating experience, where you’re thrust into a world of playdates over happy hours – a change that can lead to dwindling time spent with friends who share a different schedule and set of priorities. A new app called Peanut, now available on iOS, wants to help. The app connects moms with others like them, who are nearby and interested in… Read More

  • Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    As Jawbone continues to work towards a pivot, the Up device maker also continues to talent that may not be core to its future. In the latest departure, Kelvin Kwong, who had been the Jawbone’s director of product management, has joined Big Health, maker of the Sleepio sleep improvement program, as VP of product management. Alongside that, Dr Jenna Carl is now the startup’s… Read More

  • Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

    Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

    Twitter’s advertising business is stalling, but the company is trying to focus on some flashes of improvement among the service — which it’s attributing to product changes, and not just to major events like presidential debates or the President’s usage of Twitter. There were some questions as to whether President Donald Trump’s usage of Twitter would be something… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter

    Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter

    As Twitter’s growth continues to stall and increasingly becomes an issue, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s double-time running both Twitter and Square has become a big question mark — and Dorsey says he’s staying the course. “This focus, and this team, allows me and gives me a lot of confidence I can continue to focus on the meaningful things at both companies and we… Read More

  • Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter may have re-oriented itself and laid off part of its workforce to streamline its business, but it still doesn’t look like it is bringing in enough money to keep Wall Street happy. Here is the biggest data point from the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report: according to the company, advertising revenue totaled $638 million, which was down slightly year-over-year. A… Read More

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