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  • Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Google-owned navigation app Waze is expanding its ride-sharing ambitions with the launch of a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay area which will allow employees of select companies to carpool to and from work via Waze’s carpooling service. This program is similar to the service Waze began testing last year in Tel Aviv, Israel, via an app called “RideWith.” The app… Read More

  • Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google is not giving up on its social ambitions, it seems, despite its failures with Google+. The company announced this morning a new social app called Spaces, which focuses on group sharing. The app allows small groups of users to tap into other Google services, including Google Search, YouTube and Chrome, in order to post links and share content without having to move in between apps. They… Read More

  • Google launches Gboard, an iOS keyboard that lets you search without a browser

    Google launches Gboard, an iOS keyboard that lets you search without a browser

    Google this morning launched a new application for iOS devices called Gboard that puts the power of Google search directly into your mobile device’s keyboard. This keyboard had been rumored to be in development earlier this year, and it appears the original reports were accurate. Not only does the app allow for an easy way to use Google search, it also offers swipe-based typing and… Read More

  • Google Photos takes on Facebook Moments with improvements to shared albums

    Google Photos takes on Facebook Moments with improvements to shared albums

    Following Facebook Moments’ expansion to the EU and Canada earlier this week, Google is launching new features on its own photo-sharing service, Google Photos, aimed at making its app both more competitive with Moments and more social. Read More

  • Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s new icon is pink. Well, it’s pink and purple and yellow and orange. It’s definitely different. And that’s not all the company has changed today. Instagram this morning is rolling out a radical redesign of its mobile application, which not only includes this new, brightly colored app icon but also a revamped user interface that does away with color in favor of… Read More

  • Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Last week’s App Store issues caused headaches for users who, for several hours during the morning on May 5th, were unable to surface apps using keyword searches. This affected top apps like Uber, Spotify, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and many others, as well as apps from smaller developers. Now we know what sort of impact that outage had on the affected applications. According new analysis… Read More

  • Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook announced this morning that its private photo-sharing application, Facebook Moments, is now available in all countries worldwide, thanks the launch of a new, modified version in the EU and Canada. While the U.S. and other international versions of the application take advantage of facial recognition technology to suggest which friends to share with by identifying who appears in… Read More

  • Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    A company called Laugh.ly wants to make streaming sets from the best comedians as easy as streaming music on Pandora. Though not yet available to the public, Laugh.ly’s iOS application will allow users to follow both big-name comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, among others, as well as emerging stand-up comics looking for a way to grow and monetize their… Read More

  • B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    When B.J. Novak, best known for exec producing, writing and starring as Ryan on “The Office,” teamed up with Dev Flaherty to create a mobile application that allowed people to create lists and share them with others, they gave it a playfully anti-tech name: “The List App.” But following its late-2015 debut, more than 150,000 users have signed up to create some… Read More

  • Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed to protect users’ privacy – it removes ad blockers, for example – but it’s also marketed towards those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, such as on… Read More

  • MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 hackathon, a team of engineers from MasterCard teamed up to create an app that can help travelers visiting a foreign country better understand what food is being described on a menu. Just by pointing their phone at the restaurant’s menu, the app will recognize the text and translate that into an image of the food item in question which is then overlaid… Read More

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