• Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK Beta

    Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK Beta

    Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago. The app had been in the works for a while, and now that it’s finally out the door, it’s time to step on the gas — so it’s launching in the U.K. in a beta. Chang’s bet is that there’s a slot for an app that… Read More

  • Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

    Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

    E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next Keyboard, InstaMatch, and Wake Alarm. Prior to the deal, the team had also worked with… Read More

  • MIT’s DIY design system lets you make the right drone for the job

    MIT’s DIY design system lets you make the right drone for the job

    Drones are fairly off-the-shelf affairs for most people; there’s a wide range of companies making them for both commercial and consumer uses, but ultimately these are all remarkably similar. They tend to favor a quadcopter structure, and are often configured with photography in mind as a primary use. But MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab has come up with a… Read More

  • Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

    Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

    The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.” Customers use the Go app to enter the store, and once inside, some combination… Read More

  • Seeds helps developers make more money through in-app social good purchases

    Seeds helps developers make more money through in-app social good purchases

    Seeds unveiled its drag-and-drop SDK for developers to integrate social good contributions directly into their apps today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016. Seeds also announced a partnership with Amazon app store, in which Amazon markets Seeds directly to its roughly 600,000 app developers. The idea is that people are incentivized to spend money inside an app if they know it’s going to… Read More

  • Iris is an AI to help science R&D

    Iris is an AI to help science R&D

    Most startups have a pitch. The team behind Iris AI has two: right now they’ve created an AI-powered science assistant that functions like a search tool, helping researchers track down relevant journal papers without having to know the right keywords for their search. But in future their big vision is their artificially intelligent baby grows up to become a scientist in her own right… Read More

  • Seenit turns your company’s community into a film crew

    Seenit turns your company’s community into a film crew

    Let’s say you’re hosting an event. Maybe it’s a marathon or a fundraiser or a concert. You want a video recapping the event, be it for promotional reasons or just for the memories. Tradition would have you hire a film crew, but film crews — or at least, film crews alone — might not always be the best answer. They tend to be pricey — and unless you get crazy… Read More

  • LiftIgniter wants to rid the web of garbage link recommendations

    LiftIgniter wants to rid the web of garbage link recommendations

    LiftIgniter is a startup that wants to banish content recommendation engines like Outbrain and Taboola, which serve up low-grade, garbage links on websites to keep users engaged, from the internet. Read More

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