Mobile

Ghanaian agtech Farmerline to use new funding to strengthen its infrastructure, help farmers create wealth

A McKinsey and Co. study suggests that while sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to increase (even triple) its agricultural output and overall contribution to the economy, the sector remains untapped

Skich’s new app brings social discovery to mobile game recommendations

A new startup called Skich wants to help mobile users find games to play that better match their interests. To do so, it’s created a game recommendation app that carefully toes the line in order

BeReal: Hype or hit? What to know about the Gen Z photo-sharing app climbing the charts

An app called BeReal, founded by former GoPro employee Alexis Barreyat along with Kévin Perreau, launched in December 2019 with its idea of asking users to post an unedited photo once per day after r

How Zenly made social maps cool again — and what’s next

Zenly has always felt like the small social app that could become the next big thing. But it turns out Zenly is quietly becoming a social giant without anyone paying much attention — at least until

Controlling your phone with your eyes

Eye-tracking has long been one of the those computing holy grails. Whether it’s accessibility concerns, opening up new form factors or just trying to put a novel spin on the ways we interact with ou

Bolt’s future in Tanzania uncertain after 15% service fee order

The future of Bolt, the Estonia-based ride-hailing company, in Tanzania is hanging in the balance following a new 15% service fee order that went into effect Friday last week. Bolt, Uber’s main riva

Zubale bags new capital to match gig workers with LatAm e-commerce fulfillment jobs

Now flush with new capital, the company plans to launch some embedded financial products for the independent workers using its marketplace.

Samsung is making a Pokémon phone because why not

Are you looking to buy a folding smartphone? Do you want it to be Pokémon-themed? And do you live in South Korea? If all those stars are aligned just right, do we have some good news for you: Samsung

Netflix to introduce ad-supported plans in a major shift

Netflix plans to offer cheaper, ad-supported tiers to consumers over the next year or two, the world’s largest on-demand video streaming service said Tuesday, as it looks to boost its subscriber

Netflix to launch an ‘Exploding Kittens’ mobile game tied to an new animated TV series

As part of its continued investment into expanding its mobile gaming business, Netflix today announced it will, for the first time, launch a mobile game alongside a TV series from the same franchise.

This Week in Apps: Elon bids for Twitter, WhatsApp adds Communities, Spotify goes ‘Live’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

WhatsApp to launch ‘Communities’ — more structured group chats with admin controls

Meta is throwing billions of dollars into building out the metaverse as the future of social networking, but in the near term, the tech giant is looking toward the power of messaging to connect users

Google quietly launches its awaited ‘Switch to Android’ app on iOS

Last year, reports began circulating that Google was developing a “Switch to Android” app for iOS users looking to make the jump from iPhone to a smartphone running Google’s Android

iMovie on the iPhone and iPad can now automagically generate movies

Apple is releasing an iMovie update today for iOS and iPadOS. iMovie 3.0 introduces two new major features — storyboards and Magic Movie. It is available as a free download on the App Store for any

Spotify brings live audio shows to its main app, rebrands companion app Greenroom as ‘Spotify Live’

As an earlier report had suggested, Spotify today announced it will integrate the live audio capabilities from its companion app, Spotify Greenroom, within the main Spotify streaming app. Greenroom wi

Product analytics startup Kubit lands $18M in fresh capital

Showing that the product analytics industry is alive and well, Kubit today announced that it raised $18 million in a Series A funding round led by Insight Partners, bringing its total capital raised t

Google Fi drops prices for its unlimited plans and adds more data

Google Fi, Google’s cell network provider, has dropped the pricing for its mobile plans by $5 to $10 per month, depending on the customer’s plan. The company decreased the price for its Si

YouTube tweets iOS 15+ users will get picture-in-picture feature ‘in a matter of days’ [Update: YouTube clarifies]

YouTube has been slower than most to test its picture-in-picture support for iOS; however, according to a tweet, it will be coming to the service in a “matter of days.” [Update: After prom

Spotify’s ‘Car Thing’ entertainment system gains new features and ‘add to queue’ functionality

Spotify’s $90 in-car entertainment system “Car Thing,” which went on sale to the general public in February, is gaining a number of new features. The company announced today it would

noissue acquires Tapkit to bring QR codes to sustainable packaging

Noissue, a New Zealand-based packaging platform that offers custom, sustainable packaging to businesses of all sizes, has made an acquisition that gives it a team and the tools necessary to build micr
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