ephemeral

  • Meet the 14 startups in Techstars NYC’s winter class

    Meet the 14 startups in Techstars NYC’s winter class

    The entrepreneurs in the Techstars NYC program are going to spend today meeting with investors, reporters and other folks from the tech industry — but luckily, I had a chance to do rapid-fire interviews with most of them on Tuesday. Though Techstars may be increasingly known for the industry-focused startup accelerators it creates with companies like Comcast and Target, it still runs… Read More

  • Viber now lets users set photos and videos to disappear after they’re viewed

    Viber now lets users set photos and videos to disappear after they’re viewed

    Messaging apps can amass a lot of user data over time including everything from personal photos and videos users have shared to records of who they talk to most, where they’ve been, and what online financial services they use. Over the last few years, more and more of these messaging apps began to offer end-to-end encryption to win over users who want privacy at least as much as they… Read More

  • Ephemeral is developing tattoo ink designed to disappear after a year

    Ephemeral is developing tattoo ink designed to disappear after a year

    Practically everyone who has ever considered a tattoo knows the old parental refrain of “you’ll have it forever.” It’s a fairly stark warning tinged with the regret of a generation covered in inked relics of disco and popular culture past. Some temporary solutions do exist, including the relatively recent phenomenon of the two-week tattoo (along with some other… Read More

  • Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Make room for yet another dating app. San Francisco-based Blume is hoping to entice singles into its arms with a real-time selfie feature designed to thwart catfishing. So no more being chatted up by sex-mad robots. Or wooed by forlorn hopers overselling their dating prospects with a set of out-of-date/overly processed photos. Read More

  • Privately Takes An Ephemeral Sharing Pitch To Telcos

    Privately Takes An Ephemeral Sharing Pitch To Telcos

    A Swiss spin-out startup from security firm Kudelski has relaunched its controlled social photo-sharing app, rebranding it as Privately. The earlier timebombing iOS app — called Secret.li — also let users share visually encrypted photos on mainstream social networks in an ephemeral way, choosing to have the photos disappear after a pre-set interval. Read More

  • Glimpse Pivots To Privacy-Focused Group Messaging For Teens

    Glimpse Pivots To Privacy-Focused Group Messaging For Teens

    Security-focused ephemeral messaging app Glimpse is going through some major restructuring, with one co-founder departing as the startup shifts gears from general-purpose photo and video messaging to focus on groups and teens in particular. Read More

  • Pluto Mail Lets You Set An Expiration Time For Your Emails

    Pluto Mail Lets You Set An Expiration Time For Your Emails

    Pluto Mail describes itself as “the Snapchat of email,” but the handy site does more than just make your messages disappear. It also lets you edit your emails before they are opened, see if they have been opened, and can save your messages to your Dropbox account instead of in your sent folders. Read More

  • Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat is slowly adding features on top of its highly successful ephemeral messaging platform. Today’s two new features are a good old chat interface and a new FaceTime-like video calling feature. Text messages could greatly change the nature of the app. While ephemeral photos are a great way to send something funny and start a conversation with your friends, many users sent multiple… Read More

  • The Rise Of The Ephemeralnet

    The Rise Of The Ephemeralnet

    In the aftermath of the dot-com crash, a new era for the web began to take hold – a turning point whose seismic shift was hyped under the moniker “Web 2.0.” The concept referred to the web becoming a platform, a home for services whose popularity grew through network effects, user-generated content and collaboration. Blogging, social media sites, wikis, mashups, and more… Read More