mobile apps

  • 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

  • Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Apple last month released a new TV app in an attempt to centralize all the streaming TV options available across Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. Now, Samsung is rolling out its own take on the matter, with the launch of a trio of new Smart TV services focused on sports, music and video on demand. The services are a part of Samsung’s Smart Hub platform, which offers customers a way to… Read More

  • Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    PayByPhone, the app that lets you pay for parking (and parking tickets) with a smartphone, has been acquired by Volkswagen Financial Services. PayByPhone is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and operates in Canada, the US, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Australia. In 2016, company processed $250 million in parking payments from 12.5 million users. Volkswagen Financial Services… Read More

  • Apple’s standalone support app hits the U.S. App Store

    Apple’s standalone support app hits the U.S. App Store

    Apple’s recently launched standalone support application is now hitting the U.S. App Store. The app, which had quietly debuted last month outside the U.S., lets you access product documentation, schedule appointments, as well as chat, email or schedule calls with an Apple Support technician, among other things. While the ability to look for nearby stores and schedule appointments at… Read More

  • Jay-Z backed JetSmarter raises $105 million to become Uber for private jets

    Jay-Z backed JetSmarter raises $105 million to become Uber for private jets

    JetSmarter has raised $105 million in Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, to build its marketplace for private jet services, according to Sergey Petrossov, the startup’s founder and CEO. The massive funding round will be used primarily for global expansion of JetSmarter in Asia and Latin America, Petrossov said, and increasing the number of routes and… Read More

  • Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

    Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

    Everyone knows the basics of how to improve their financial health: put money into savings, track your spending, reduce your debt, look for ways to save on your monthly bills, and make smart investments. Where people struggle is translating that knowledge into specific actions you can take today. That’s where an application called Albert steps into help. The startup, which has now closed… Read More

  • Call to Action lets you phone your Congressperson with just a tap

    Call to Action lets you phone your Congressperson with just a tap

    The U.S. election has inspired more people to become politically involved, and one of the most practical and direct ways to have an impact is to directly call your Congressperson to have your voice heard. However scouring .gov websites can be a little frustrating, and today’s current crop of online resources for reaching Congress are often poorly designed or hard to locate. A new… Read More

  • AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More

  • Gfresh raises $20 million to transform the way seafood is bought and sold

    Gfresh raises $20 million to transform the way seafood is bought and sold

    Seafood consumption is soaring in China, along with increases in average disposable income there. But live, edible fish and shellfish are challenging to buy, sell and transport across borders within and beyond China. As a result of the complexities in shipping live fish, and complying with health and customs regulations, tons of seafood are wasted each year, at a time when our oceans are… Read More

  • Snapsheet raises $20 million for app to help drivers file claims after a crash

    Snapsheet raises $20 million for app to help drivers file claims after a crash

    A Chicago-based startup called Snapsheet has raised a Series C round of $20 million to make life easier for people who have been through a car crash. The company’s cloud-based software is used by auto insurance providers to guide users through a photo- and information-gathering process on the scene of an accident. It is basically white labeled as a mobile app for each auto insurance… Read More

  • Lyft partners with Brookdale to bring on-demand rides to senior communities

    Lyft partners with Brookdale to bring on-demand rides to senior communities

    Lyft has struck a landmark partnership with one of the largest operators of senior living facilities in the U.S., Brookdale Senior Living. Through this partnership, Brookdale residents will be able to book a Lyft ride, on-demand or pre-scheduled via a concierge in their community, no smartphones or apps required. The rides will be billed to their rooms, and they won’t have to give… Read More

  • Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly device

    Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly device

    On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a list you can restrict to family members, for example. Of course, because of the way it needs to interact with your phone’s… Read More

  • Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need… Read More

  • Google launches a personalized travel planner, Google Trips

    Google launches a personalized travel planner, Google Trips

    Google today is launching a new mobile application, aimed at helping you better plan your vacations and other travels. Called Google Trips, the iOS and Android app pulls in a combination of data from Google Maps and crowdsourced contributions from other travelers, in order to offer a personalized travel guide that helps you keep track of your day trips, reservations, points of interest… Read More