mobile apps

  • YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids, the app offering a curated selection of age-appropriate videos sourced from YouTube, is launching its own original programming, the company announced today. The four new shows are a part of the YouTube Red subscription service, and were created with the kids’ app in mind. This is also the first time that YouTube Red has invested in creators who are making original… Read More

  • Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice

    Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice

    Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food and drinks just by speaking. This includes being able to modify their drink order, as if they were speaking with a barista in real life. Additionally, the company is launching a skill for the… Read More

  • Ludacris partnered with a startup founder to launch Slang N’ Friendz

    Ludacris partnered with a startup founder to launch Slang N’ Friendz

    Rapper and actor Ludacris has teamed up with startup founder Edwin Benton to launch Slang N’ Friendz, a mobile word game for iOS and Android. “I thought it was a perfect partnership just because hip hop is a genre that is known for creating slang and some of that slang even making it into the dictionary or having double entendres or things of that nature,” Christopher… Read More

  • The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    Confirming reports from earlier this month that a Google Voice update was in the works, Google today has launched a refreshed version of its VoIP calling service on mobile and the web. Largely, the update is about giving the product a more modern look-and-feel, after having not received a major upgrade in years. But the relaunch also includes a few new features, like support for… Read More

  • Google for Android gets new feature to deal with inconsistent internet connections

    Google for Android gets new feature to deal with inconsistent internet connections

    As more of the world’s population comes online for the first time, so Google is focusing on making the web and its services more accessible. That means smaller sized apps for budget devices with limited space, and offline support to help deal with intermittent, spotty or weak internet connections. Read More

  • Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. The company announced this morning it’s introducing a new way to seek out lists on its app, through the launch of list search. This is a surprisingly late addition for the… Read More

  • The mobile app gold rush may be over

    The mobile app gold rush may be over

    Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent over last year, for example — that growth is slowing. And many… Read More

  • Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

    Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

    Microsoft today unveiled the newest addition to its Office 365 suite with the debut of an application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. The program was originally introduced in… Read More

  • Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    DoubleDutch, a startup providing mobile apps and analytics for events and conferences is downsizing again. The company has just announced another round of layoffs, affecting roughly 40 percent its workforce, TechCrunch learned and DoubleDutch confirmed. Around 70 positions were eliminated, including those in senior leadership roles. DoubleDutch’s CFO, CCO, VP of Customer Success and… Read More

  • Time’s AI-powered time tracking app will help you stop procrastinating

    Time’s AI-powered time tracking app will help you stop procrastinating

    Do you like making lists of things to do, but then end up failing to accomplish the items you’ve laid out? A new application aimed at those with a tendency towards procrastination can help. Instead of a simple checklist or time tracker, Time, as the app is called, lets you more obsessively micro-manage the tasks at hand with a color-coded timer that changes from green to yellow to red as… Read More

  • Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Kids TV network Nickelodeon already has solid footing in the digital space with its lineup of over 40 preschool apps and games and its own streaming service, Noggin. Now, the entertainment brand is making its move into e-books. The company has just launched its first ever reading app aimed at kids, which brings interactive stories from their favorite Nick characters to the iPhone and… Read More

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