Apps

  • Instagram’s new algorithm that puts the best posts first goes live

    Instagram’s new algorithm that puts the best posts first goes live

    If you’re looking at your Instagram today, you might notice something has changed: older posts from friends and other accounts you care about are now appearing above those that were shared more recently. Yes, the new Instagram algorithm that rearranges the order of posts to show you the “best” posts first is now going live. We already knew that the company was planning… Read More

  • PHIND’s new app will help you discover places, see if they’re buzzing

    PHIND’s new app will help you discover places, see if they’re buzzing

    A visual technology and search startup called PHIND took the stage at last year’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY to debut what it was then calling a “Shazam for places” – that is, an app that let you snap a photo to learn about the world around you. Today, roughly a year later, PHIND is launching its production version, which focuses on helping users discover new… Read More

  • Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Recently, I wrote about Wyper, the Tinder of car shopping. That prompted Andy Kim, co-founder of Wype, to contact me. His business is one letter off from Wyper, after all, so in the interest of disambiguation, here’s the scoop on the car-detailing company that is more like Uber than Tinder in the app comparison game. Wype is based in Southern California, where cars are shiny and water… Read More

  • Want your app to be #1 on the App Store? Just give away a free sandwich

    Want your app to be #1 on the App Store? Just give away a free sandwich

    Chick-fil-A just launched Chick-fil-A One, their new app that offers mobile payments, order ahead, a rewards program and more. Specifically, customers will be able to customize their order on the app before heading into the restaurant, so they can skip the line upon arrival. And the rewards system will surprise users with different menu items based on previous orders, the progress of which… Read More

  • Google tests a feature that tells you which apps to remove when you run out of room on your phone

    Google tests a feature that tells you which apps to remove when you run out of room on your phone

    Running out of room on your smartphone is a problem many mobile consumers have today, thanks to sizable photo, video, and music libraries saved on their device. That means that when these users try to download a new app, that process may fail due to a lack of disk space. Since mid-May, Google been testing a new feature that could help solve this problem. Thanks to an updated user interface… Read More

  • Get fit for summer with these workout apps

    Summer is almost here, which means… it’s time to download some workout apps! TechCrunch tested out dozens of the best fitness apps and we narrowed it down to our three favorites. Read More

  • Instagram officially announces its new business tools

    Instagram officially announces its new business tools

    Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to turn Instagram posts into ads directly from the Instagram app itself. The launch comes following a series of leaks and reports of the tools’ imminent launch, and largely confirms details we already knew — like how the profiles would… Read More

  • Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use

    Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use

    Apple’s iTunes App Store is home to over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million, but the number of apps that actually get installed and used on consumers’ devices is still quite small. We already knew that people only interacted with a small handful of third-party apps on a regular basis, and now, according to a new study on mobile app usage, we learn that about one… Read More

  • Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which today is closing in on its first million users, over half of whom are paying… Read More

  • Wyper fancies itself the Tinder of car shopping

    Wyper fancies itself the Tinder of car shopping

    The new iOS and Android app Wyper brings the swipe left-swipe right matchmaking magic of Tinder to car shopping. When I spoke with creator Aaron Rosenthal, the app had only been out of beta and available nationwide for about a week and a half, and there had already been more than 100,000 swipes. “We had the ‘Tinder for cars’ part done a year ago,” Rosenthal said… Read More

  • Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on the topics you care about. Read More

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