• 4 Million Users Strong And Apple Design Award In Hand, Pulse Grabs $9 Million Series A

    Apple doesn’t hand out a lot of design awards. When they do, it’s a pretty clear indication of the apps they feel best showcase their platforms. This year at WWDC, one of the winners was Pulse, the visual news-reading app created by Alphonso Labs. And Apple isn’t the only one taking notice of the app, so are investors. New Enterprise Associates, Greycroft Partners, and… Read More

  • Livescribe Releases Connect, Puts Ink In The Cloud

    Livescribe smartpens allow you to record and send the ink you draw or write on paper. They also record the surrounding audio so you can sync the audio with the drawings, something that’s great for students, reporters, and anyone who goes to meetings regularly. For a while, they had little apps that could run on the pen including a very cool piano app that allowed you to draw a piano and… Read More

  • With RSS Face Down In A Ditch, Lifeless, Pulse Finds A Heartbeat Beyond It

    We love the “RSS Is Dead” meme here at TechCrunch. Hell, we started it. And while RSS isn’t exactly dead as in gone, it is dead in that the vast majority of people who consume content on the web have absolutely no idea what it is and will never know what it is. But even that’s not necessarily bad news for RSS. What is bad news is that services that previously only relied… Read More

  • Here's What Pulse Will Look Like On Android Honeycomb

    Today, during their Android Honeycomb unveiling event, Google took a little bit of time on stage to mention one app: Pulse. The social news reading app began as an iPad project, but has since found a comfortable home on a wider range of devices, including Android devices. And now they’re ready to fully embrace Android tablets with Honeycomb. Co-founder Akshay Kothari notes that… Read More

  • Will 2011 See App Makers Thinking Android-First? One Developer Thinks It's Possible

    Will 2011 See App Makers Thinking Android-First? One Developer Thinks It's Possible

    Over the weekend, there was a ton of talk about 2011 being the year in which Android “explodes” onto the market. You could argue that 2010 was already that year, but plenty of numbers indicate that 2011 will be much bigger for the platform. But despite Android as a whole already outselling the iPhone, there’s little debate that amongst developers, iOS is still the platform… Read More

  • With a New Version, FLUD Hopes to Take on Pulse And Flipboard as Your iPad News Reader

    News aggregators and RSS feeds have been around for awhile now, but only with the rapid proliferation of touch technology on mobile devices and tablets, have we started moving closer to a truly appealing news feed experience. For the average web user, the traditional staid design and text-and-headline-heavy interface of the RSS feed and feed aggregators have offered user experiences to be… Read More

  • Pulse Becomes One Of The Best Ways To Browse Facebook On The iPad

    It’s perplexing to me that Facebook still hasn’t released an iPad app. And recent comments from the company suggest that they’re in no hurry to. Because of this, apps like Friendly have risen that wrap Facebook’s touch site in a cocoa skin and sell it for $0.99. They’ve undoubtedly made a killing doing that. Now the popular visual RSS reader, Pulse, is about to… Read More

  • What Should An iPad Newspaper Look Like?

    What Should An iPad Newspaper Look Like?

    News Corp is taking the iPad very seriously as a new way to distribute the news. The media giant is taking it so seriously that it is developing a new publication called the Daily which will only be available on the iPad (no print edition, no Website). News Corp is hiring 100 journalists for this iPad newspaper and is reportedly working with engineers on loan from Apple to make it shine. The… Read More

  • Pulse 2.0 Lives: Bigger, Faster, More Organized Visual iPad News Consumption

    Last May, we noted that Pulse was a “must-have news app for the iPad.” A few weeks later, no less than Apple CEO Steve Jobs agreed, showing it off on stage at an Apple event. Then the app got pulled over a content dispute. Then it reappeared. Then a competitor with big-time backing appeared, Flipboard. It’s been a crazy ride for the two Stanford grads who built Pulse. And… Read More

  • iPad Reader Pulse Teams Up With Posterous To Make You A News Aggregator

    Alphonso Labs‘ Pulse app for the iPad provides a beautiful way to read your favorite feeds. Unfortunately, compared to the newer entry Flipboard, it’s not very socially personalized. An update tonight hopes to change that. Pulse is teaming up with Posterous to create a simple way for users to create their own “Pulses.” What this means is that they can with one tap add… Read More

  • Turn Your Blog Into An iPad Web App With PadPressed

    Created by Jason Baptiste, PadPressed is a WordPress plugin that makes any WordPress blog look like a native iPad app when accessed from iPad. Bestowing upon your humble blog the iPad features we’ve come to know and love such as “swipe to advance” articles, touch navigation, accelerometer positioning and home screen icon support when you’re really jonseing for that… Read More

  • Pulse Is Now Alive And Kicking On Android

    Back in May, we first wrote about Pulse, an innovative and pretty news reading app for the iPad created by a couple of Stanford grads. Just about a month later, it hit for the iPhone as well. Today, they’re wasting little time graduating beyond the iUniverse with the launch of Pulse for Android. Pulse is essentially a better-looking and more intuitive way to read your favorite RSS feeds. Read More

  • Pulse For iPhone Lands (Screenshots)

    Remember Pulse, the awesome RSS reader application for the iPad built by a couple of Stanford grads? The app that was mentioned by Steve Jobs himself on stage at WWDC, got pulled from the App Store after a complaint from the New York Times, but was reinstated pretty quickly? Well, it was no secret that a Pulse iPhone app was coming, too, and we just got word that it’s available as of… Read More

  • Pulse Has A Pulse Once Again — It's Already Back In The App Store

    It’s amazing what an on-stage Steve Jobs mention will do. Everyone has been buzzing today after Pulse, the awesome news aggregator, was pulled from Apple’s App Store after the New York Times apparently complained about their use of content. But what’s really odd about this is that just 24 hours ago, Pulse was highlighted on stage by no less than the Apple CEO himself as a… Read More

  • Stanford Graduates Release Pulse, A Must-Have News App For The iPad

    Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, two Stanford grads who signed up for the Launch Pad class at the University’s Institute of Design (aka d.school), could have hardly chosen a better path to try their hands at startup life. The pair has gone from idea to a (very cool) digital news app for the iPad in just 5 weeks, and they’re just getting started. The application, called Pulse, is… Read More

  • Livescribe's Pulse smartpen gets an app store

    In the end, everything will have an app store. Take the Pulse smartpen from Livescribe, for example. The company, whose pen is quite cool (it records what you write and can “remember” things on page, allowing for paper-based calculators and control panels), has just launched an app store for its 2- and 4GB Pulse pens. The store offers multiple games, tools, and study aids for… Read More

  • Livescribe Plus Smartpen gets smarter

    I’ve heard so much about the Pulse Smartpen, the little pen that records what you write along with the audio around you at the time of writing, that I’ve grown curious. Who out there has used this little thinger? Is it good for students? The elderly? Members of the Spanish Inquisition? Read More

  • T-Mobile Netherlands to launch Android-powered Pulse October 12

    T-Mobile’s got a bit of a thing for Android, and they’re not afraid to show it to the world. Since the fledgling OS debuted on its G1 almost exactly a year ago (Sept. 23, 2008), T-Mobile has launched more Android handsets than all of the other carriers combined – and they’re about to add one more. Read More

  • T-Mobile introduces first pay-as-you-go Android smartphone, dubbed Pulse

    T-Mobile UK this morning announced the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android 1.5 smartphone and the third coming from the network operator. Available for £180 starting October exclusively on T-Mobile, it boasts a 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen display, the biggest yet on an Android handset, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a TeleNav-powered GPS (more specs below). The new device comes courtesy of… Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile Pulse (Huawei 8220) details revealed?

    Oh, Internet. You give it a little bit of information and a reason to dig, and some super sleuth will uncover all there is to know. Such is the case with the Huawei 8220 Android phone; once it was given a name and a carrier by the Wi-Fi Alliance’s filing for the “T-mobile Pulse”, the Android detectives were off. The latest bit of information they’ve uncovered comes from… Read More