This Week in Apps: WWDC preview, hitting the Top Charts, Instagram’s AMBER Alerts

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

London’s Dice raises $122M at a $400M valuation for its intelligent event discovery and booking platform

COVID-19 really put the kibosh on live events in the last 18 months, but in the world of tech, it also meant that live event startups that found a way to survive and grow throughout the period got a l

Monument Valley is becoming a movie

Monument Valley, the award-winning and beautifully designed mobile puzzler from ustwo Games, is being turned into a movie, according to a report from Deadline. While the game involves a manipulating E

The sequel to the amazing Monument Valley is now available for iOS

Apple had one surprise on stage that you can check out immediately – Monument Valley 2, the sequel to the amazing, beautiful isometric puzzle game from developer ustwo launched on stage, and can be

Sway is another interactive relaxation app from ustwo

Digital design studio ustwo -- best known for its mobile gaming chops -- is doubling down on a move into mindfulness and well-being apps in recent years, with the launch of a second "interactive medit

Pause Is A Super Simple Mindfulness App From ustwo

If you're tired of all the digital demands on your time and attention, take note: there's a (new) iOS app for that... Pause is the latest release from digital design studio ustwo, aka the maker of Mon

Land’s End Is Monument Valley Maker ustwo’s First Careful Foray Into VR Gaming

How do you design a VR game that's less likely to make a player's stomach churn? Turns out you need to put some pretty strict limits on how they can interact within the alternative world you're inviti

Monument Valley-Maker Moves Into Mobile Health With Moodnotes

Q: What do you get if you cross seasoned psychological cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques with modern app design? A: Moodnotes: aka the lovechild of London-based digital product studio ustw

Monument Valley Is Bringing Ida’s Dream To All Platforms Free On June 25

Monument Valley remains one of the best mobile games of last year, and likely ranks among the better titles of all time, in terms of unique design and imaginative gameplay mechanics. The ustwo games d

Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores Review

For a mobile game to be deeply moving, but also minimal enough to satisfy the needs of a casual player, is a very, very impressive feat. Ustwo accomplished that with Monument Valley, and they’v

Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in v

Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used

Premium Not Freemium: iPad Game Monument Valley Passes 1M Downloads

Going against the freemium gaming grain, Monument Valley, the sumptuously designed, premium priced iPad game which launched back in April and snagged its makers an Apple Design Award at this year's WW

After 500K iOS Downloads, ‘iPad Game’ Monument Valley Arrives On Android

Monument Valley, an iOS game made by London-based app design studio ustwo, has launched on Android -- after racking up an impressive 500,000 downloads on the App Store in just over a month.

Monument Valley, ustwo’s Sumptuous Escher-Inspired iOS Game, Lands Globally On April 3

Monument Valley, the much anticipated iPad and mobile game from London app & design studio ustwo (maker of the late lamented antisocial photo-sharing app Rando), will be launching globally on Apri

The Short, Serendipitous Life & Untimely Death Of Antisocial Photo-Sharing App, Rando

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a piece about a new random photo-sharing app called Rando, built by a London app & design studio, ustwo -- an app that prefigured the current preoccupation for ap

Meet Monument Valley, The iPad Game Inspired By Escher That Wants Every Screen To Be An Artwork

Once in a while a game comes along that blends gameplay and aesthetic design to such a degree that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other starts. It was true of Limbo, and it also describes ex

Ustwo Spends To Keep Whale Trail Flying: From Mobile Game To E-Book To Kids’ TV Show

London-based app developer/digital UI studio ustwo's psychedelic Whale Trail mobile game has racked up more than 3.68 million downloads across Android and iOS since being released in October 2011. The

This Is The Best Ad Campaign In App History

What better way for an anti-social app to get noticed than by insulting its target audience? London-based app design studio ustwo has just put up a pair of billboards in the hipster heartland of Shore

Blip Blup Is A Minimalist Mobile Puzzle Game That Lets You Play With Pulses Of Light

After the aesthetic elegance of Dots, prepare for another injection of minimalist puzzle game beauty. Blip Blup is the new game from London-based design house and app studio ustwo -- maker of Whale Tr
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