3D scanning app Polycam gets backing from YouTube co-founder

Polycam, an app that uses a smartphone’s sensors to capture 3D scans of objects, is raising cash from prominent investors, including Adobe and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Polycam today annou

Beamer buys Userflow to build a consolidated product engagement platform

It’s M&A season in a tough tech jobs market. This morning, Beamer, a Boulder, Colorado-based company developing tools for businesses to reach users through their apps (e.g. via push notifica

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

Amazon adds Matter Casting to its smart displays and TVs

Amazon might never formally endorse AirPlay or Google’s media-casting tech. But the company will be the first to support Matter Casting, the video- and audio-beaming feature of the Matter smar

Samsung’s new smart home features include household maps with ‘AI characters’

Samsung wants to make the smart home smarter — if your home’s a Samsung home, that is. During its CES 2024 keynote in Las Vegas tonight, the company announced a range of additions to &#821

RIP? Third-party podcast app Castro appears to be dead, company goes quiet

The once popular third-party podcast app Castro had seemingly shut down this weekend, after earlier saying that it was “actively seeking a new home” for its product. The announcement had f

This app lets restaurants and coffee shops charge to use the bathroom

Thanks to bans on pay toilets dating back to the 1970s, folks in the U.S. have become accustomed to enjoying free public restroom access pretty much anywhere their travels take them. Depending on the

RepeatMD lands capital to grow its aesthetics and wellness booking business

Traditionally, the aesthetics and wellness industry — med spas, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, weight loss clinics, OBGYNS and so on — have leaned on in-person consultations and ad hoc

Threads now lets users opt out of having their posts appear on Facebook and Instagram

In response to user feedback, Instagram’s Threads will now let users turn off automatic sharing of their Threads posts to other apps, including Instagram and Facebook — a move that had not

Appetite wants to help you and your friends discover, plan and book a meal out

Appetite, an app for discovering and booking restaurants, is aiming to streamline the process of planning nights out with friends and family. After beta testing the app with 14,000 users, the startup

Aampe aims to personalize app marketing with algorithms

Aampe, a marketing automation platform for mobile apps, recently closed a $7.5 million funding round led by Matrix India and Peak XV, the company announced last week. Bringing Aampe’s total rais

TikTok confirms small test of an ad-free subscription tier outside the US

Soon, you might be able to watch TikTok ad-free. Mostly. And for a price. As first reported by Android Authority, code within the TikTok app indicates that TikTok might begin to test an ad-free subscr

Mesh, which helps people manage their digital assets, raises $22M

Mesh (formerly Front Finance), a startup developing a service to help customers transfer and manage digital assets like crypto, has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round led by Money Forward

eBay rolls out a tool that generates product listings from photos

eBay is rolling out a new AI tool for marketplace sellers that can generate a product listing from a single photo. Available in the eBay app for iOS to start, with the Android app to follow in the com gets unfriended: Daily transactions drop 95% as hyped decentralized social app loses steam

It may be time to put to rest yet another effort to build a social network on a blockchain: The number of transactions on decentralized social network has cratered after less than 20 days

Remember Amazon’s Clubhouse competitor? That’s okay — neither does almost anybody else

At the height of the COVID-19 health crisis, when many of us — forced by quarantine rules and social distancing guidelines — were locked indoors and away from public spaces, Clubhouse, the

Wayfair’s new app uses generative AI to transform your space

Generative AI is good for more than marketing copy and anime-style avatars — or so Wayfair wants you to think. Today, Wayfair launched a new app with a cutesy name, Decorify, that lets customers

OpenAI’s ChatGPT app can now search the web — but only via Bing

ChatGPT on mobile can now surf the web. But only via Bing. Today, OpenAI announced that subscribers to ChatGPT Plus, the premium version of the company’s AI-powered chatbot, can use a new featur

SnapCalorie taps AI to estimate the caloric content of food from photos

While working at Google, Wade Norris wanted to create a project that could positively impact people’s lives. He co-founded Google Lens, Google’s computer vision-powered app that brings up info

How Uber is trying to create ‘stickiness’ for its app

Ride-hailing is back. But Uber’s looking to become more than a one-stop shop for booking rides. Growth — through products and expanded consumer groups — was the connecting thread at Uber&#82
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