photo apps

  • Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

    Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

    Computer vision and clever imaging technology remain hot areas in consumer and enterprise apps, and today Microsoft is picking up talent and tech from a startup called Swng Technologies to give it some IP and talent in this department. Swng announced the news itself, and Microsoft’s VP heading up Skype, Amritansh Raghav, also made a little announcement, too. The amazing folks at… Read More

  • Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft is rolling out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app, Microsoft Pix, that aims to give Prisma and others like it some new competition. While the app was originally designed to enhance your iPhone photos by tweaking things like color, exposure and other variables, the newly updated Microsoft Pix will now let you have a little more fun with your photos, too – this time… Read More

  • Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 billion valuation. Sources with knowledge of the deal say the social media giant is in the… Read More

  • Forq automatically shares your food photos with the world

    Forq automatically shares your food photos with the world

    Forq is on a mission to collect your food photos (they call them “snackshots”) on its Instagram-like app. Today, the company is launching out of beta with new functionality, including an option to let the app scan your iOS camera roll for food photos. If it finds any, it can upload them for you as drafts, so no bite goes to waste. Read More

  • Two new apps, Daycap and VideoSlam, help you create GIFs and videos to remember your day

    Two new apps, Daycap and VideoSlam, help you create GIFs and videos to remember your day

    Two recently launched applications, Daycap and VideoSlam, make it easy to summarize your day in the format of videos or GIFs, which can then be shared out to social media. Do you need these apps on your iPhone? No. Are you totally going to download them on your lunch break because it’s Friday, they sound fun, and those TPS reports can wait? Yep! Daycap The first application… Read More

  • Google Acquires Odysee, An App For Private Photo/Video Backup And Sharing, Team Joins Google+

    Google Acquires Odysee, An App For Private Photo/Video Backup And Sharing, Team Joins Google+

    Google may be soon adding more offline and private sharing features to its Google+ Photos service. It has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that let users automatically back up photos and videos taken on their cameras or tablets to their home computers. It also let users set up private, automatic sharing with other people, and it had an API for integrating the service with other… Read More

  • Tango Teases “Music Pix,” A Social App For Making Instant Photo Slideshows

    Tango Teases “Music Pix,” A Social App For Making Instant Photo Slideshows

    Tango, the mobile messaging platform that raised a massive $280 million from Alibaba earlier this year, has quietly rolled out a new photo-sharing application called Tango Music Pix. The app lets you share your photos along with a song, in order to create 30-second customized slideshows. Read More

  • FoKo Expands “Enterprise Instagram” Product To Desktop

    FoKo Expands “Enterprise Instagram” Product To Desktop

    FoKo, the enterprise photo sharing applications that gives companies a private Instagram-like experience, has announced a new desktop version to share items such as CAD drawings, which might not be available from a smartphone. Up until now, FoKo has been strictly a smartphone app, but co-founder Eric Sauve said customers were demanding the ability to share pictures that might not be available… Read More

  • Custom T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Launches Partnership Program

    Custom T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Launches Partnership Program

    Snaptee, the iOS and Android app that lets users design and order their own custom T-shirts, has launched a new revenue-sharing program for photo-editing and design app developers. The startup’s first beta partner is Manga Camera, a popular app that turns photos into comic book-like graphics. Read More

  • Mobile Photo And Video Platform Mobli Signs Up To The New NASDAQ Private Market

    Mobile Photo And Video Platform Mobli Signs Up To The New NASDAQ Private Market

    On the heels of raising a $60 million round at a $1 billion valuation in November 2013, Instagram competitor Mobli today is announcing another finance move: it is joining the NASDAQ Private Market, the U.S. stock exchange’s new marketplace aimed at private companies that are either trying to raise money or provide liquidity for existing investors, and want to turn to a wider pool of… Read More

  • Everpix, The Cloud-Based Photo Startup, Is Shutting Down

    Everpix, The Cloud-Based Photo Startup, Is Shutting Down

    When it comes to photo-oriented web services, for every slam-dunk success like Instagram, there seem to be quite a few Color-like shutdowns. And today, another photo startup is hitting the deadpool. Everpix, the San Francisco startup that launched its cloud-oriented photo storage and sharing platform at SF Disrupt in 2011, announced today it is shutting down. Starting now, new sign-ups and… Read More

  • Kodak Alaris Calls To App Developers With New Print API That Sends Photos To Target & Elsewhere

    Kodak Alaris Calls To App Developers With New Print API That Sends Photos To Target & Elsewhere

    Kodak may have filed for bankruptcy, but its brand and business carries on. Today, the Kodak Alaris group is launching a new service for mobile app developers, which will allow them to integrate an API into their apps so customers can print their photos to a number of retail locations. At launch, these include Bartell Drugs in the U.S. as well as all Target stores nationwide, while in Europe… Read More

  • Instagram Denies 25% Holiday User Drop From TOS Backlash, And Here Are Real Explanations For A Usage Dip

    Instagram Denies 25% Holiday User Drop From TOS Backlash, And Here Are Real Explanations For A Usage Dip

    Sure, it’s not unlike the New York Post to be sensationalist. But in this case it misinterpreted data to suggest Instagram was hit harder by backlash to its terms of service changes than it actually was. Combined with it being a quiet-ish holiday news week, I am taking a story it published today on a 25 percent drop in Instagram users with a little more than a grain of salt. Read More

  • Trey Ratcliff Talks About The Austin Photo Walk at SXSW 2012

    Trey Ratcliff On The Rise Of Social Photography [TCTV]

    Trey Ratcliff, the travel photographer known for popularizing HDR (high dynamic range) photo techniques online through his very popular Stuck In Customs blog and more recently his own apps and Google+ page, hosted a photowalk in his hometown of Austin, Texas this week during the South By Southwest Interactive conference. Watch him talk to TechCrunch TV about his one piece of advice for… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Chute Launches A Twilio For Photos

    Y Combinator-Backed Chute Launches A Twilio For Photos

    We’ve heard a lot about photo-sharing apps over the last year or two, and although the launch of a new social photo app may result in eye-rolling by some, images are becoming an ever-more important medium for communication. As our lives, products, and communications become increasingly visual, content producers, app developers, and site owners alike all have to ramp up their services to… Read More

  • Technology Advancing Art: Photo Apps Are The Folk Art Of Our Generation

    Technology Advancing Art: Photo Apps Are The Folk Art Of Our Generation

    Around 2004-2005, puzzled non-tech journalists continually asked me why people were using MySpace — this was before social networking was a common phrase, before moms & dads were using social sites, and before Facebook was open to the public. Back then I would answer something like “MySpace is email with pictures, on steroids.” It was the simplest way for me to try… Read More

  • PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    Several iPhone app developers have teamed up to launch PhotoAppLink, a new open source initiative that aims to simplify photo editing by tying multiple photo-editing apps together. As you know, there are an incredible number of photo editing apps in iTunes today, and often, each especially excels in one particular area. For example, converting photos to black and white, cropping, compositing… Read More