Lauren Forristal

Lauren covers media, streaming, apps and platforms at TechCrunch.

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Locker organizes your shopping links into virtual wish lists and collages

After years of copying and pasting shopping links into spreadsheets and taking screenshots of products to share with her friends and family, Kristine Locker finally decided to launch a social shopping

Grifin’s new model can automatically invest your money as you shop

Investing app Grifin today officially launched its anticipated investing model called “Adaptive Investing,” which enables you to automatically invest in your favorite brands that you frequently sh

Empowerly secures $15M for its college counseling services

Empowerly, an edtech startup that specializes in college counseling and career guidance services, raised $15 million in a recent funding round led by Conductive Ventures, the company announced today.

YouTube dominates TV streaming in US, per Nielsen’s latest report

Nielsen today released its January report on viewing usage across linear TV and streaming, which revealed that YouTube is once again the overall top streaming service in the U.S., with 8.6% of viewing

Apple Music introduces a monthly version of Replay

Apple Music just debuted a monthly version of its Replay experience, Apple’s yearly recap that shows users their top songs, artists, albums and more. Starting today, users can now see their monthly

What’s next for STIRR, the free streaming service Thinking Media just acquired

Broadcasting company Sinclair recently sold off its free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service STIRR to Thinking Media, a startup that provides cloud-based streaming solutions for FAST and over-th

Podcasters can now upload their RSS feed to YouTube

Podcast creators can now submit their RSS feed to YouTube and YouTube Music, the company revealed in a video uploaded to its Creator Insider channel. It was previously announced in August that support

Threads tests the ability to save posts as it continues to compete with X

Instagram Threads is getting a highly requested feature that puts it in closer competition with X/Twitter. The text-based social networking app is experimenting with the ability to save posts, allowin

Tinder’s new warnings inform users when they’re potentially being inappropriate

Tinder is introducing new user warnings to tell young singles when they’re not being respectful and need to improve their behavior. The updates are rolling out globally in the coming weeks and targe

Apple Vision Pro: Here are the first apps you should download

Apple releases its ambitious Vision Pro headset to consumers today, February 2. There are over 600 apps and games currently available on the visionOS store, with more to come. Although Netflix and Yo

Apple’s Vision Pro is here: These are some of the most exciting indie apps and games

With the Vision Pro currently available, many consumers are curious about Apple’s AR/VR headset and the apps that come with it. While some are from companies you recognize — Disney+, Max, TikT

Google Maps experiments with generative AI to improve discovery

Google Maps is introducing a generative AI feature to help you discover new places, the company announced today. Using large language models (LLMs), the new feature analyzes the over 250 million locat

Podcast app Castro now owned by indie developer Bluck Apps

Nearly two months after Castro, the third-party podcast app, announced it was seeking new ownership, the company revealed today that it has officially been bought by Bluck Apps, an independent app stu

StreamAlive picks up $1.58M to build engagement tools for livestreams

StreamAlive, an audience engagement application for livestreams, virtual meetings and in-person events, secured $1.58 million in pre-seed funding, the company announced today. From webinars, livestrea

Studio’s new online school for musicians uses AI to create custom curriculums

MasterClass rival Studio launched today its first AI-powered online school for musicians, songwriters and producers to learn from top artists in the industry, create new songs, get feedback from like-

PadSplit, a marketplace for affordable shared housing, surpasses 10K+ units

PadSplit aims to address the lack of supply, access and affordability in the rental market with its co-living marketplace designed specifically for lower-income workers, which includes flexible commit

Zoom debuts its app for Vision Pro, featuring digital personas, 3D files and more

Ahead of the launch of Apple’s Vision Pro on Friday, Zoom revealed today its upcoming visionOS app, which is set to release on February 2. The new app brings capabilities such as “persona” suppo

Apple Podcasts to get auto-generated transcripts in iOS 17.4

Among the changes in iOS 17.4 is support for auto-generated transcripts in the Apple Podcasts app, making it easier for listeners to follow along to their favorite shows. Transcripts will only appear

Klarna introduces $7.99 ‘Klarna Plus’ subscription plan as it approaches an IPO

Swedish fintech company Klarna announced today its first subscription plan, “Klarna Plus,” for $7.99 per month, featuring benefits like no added service fees when using Klarna’s One Time Card, d

Etsy launches ‘Gift Mode,’ a new AI-powered feature that generates 200+ gift guides

Etsy today launched “Gift Mode,” an AI-powered feature designed to match you with tailored gift ideas based on specific preferences. Gift Mode is essentially an online quiz that asks about who you
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