YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video
Permalink

YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much it’s dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers…

Continue Reading →

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature
Permalink

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Hi! You are about to activate our Facebook Messenger news bot. Once subscribed, the bot will send you a digest of trending stories once a day. You can…

Continue Reading →

YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging
Permalink

YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced…

Continue Reading →

Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta
Permalink

Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta

With the release of iOS 11’s latest beta on Wednesday, testers can now get their hands on one of the new mobile operating system’s most important — if…

Continue Reading →

Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups
Permalink

Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to “build community,” as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in…

Continue Reading →

Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays
Permalink

Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

Periscope’s new Super Hearts tipping feature that launched yesterday quickly sparked a backlash from the creators it was designed to help earn money. Broadcasters discovered that if they…

Continue Reading →

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M
Permalink

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good…

Continue Reading →

SEGA’s new SEGA Forever collection brings classic games to mobile for free
Permalink

SEGA’s new SEGA Forever collection brings classic games to mobile for free

SEGA is bringing some of your favorite games to mobile in new, free-to-play formats that include ads as a way to drive revenue, support offline play and other…

Continue Reading →

Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs
Permalink

Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs

The U.S. is leading the world in mobile gaming, accounting for 20 percent of all sessions played. That’s the word from a new industry report on the mobile…

Continue Reading →

Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map
Permalink

Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map…

Continue Reading →

Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in
Permalink

Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts — in-app…

Continue Reading →

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1
Permalink

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is…

Continue Reading →

Android Pay now used for international P2P transfers, courtesy of WorldRemit
Permalink

Android Pay now used for international P2P transfers, courtesy of WorldRemit

AndroidPay, Google’s wallet for Android devices, is getting a boost in its global profile and functionality today: WorldRemit, the $500 million remittance startup connected to around 120 million…

Continue Reading →

Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war
Permalink

Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war

Facebook may be the world’s most powerful app, but it’s still just an app on Apple’s operating system. Facebook’s grand vision for augmented reality was that it would…

Continue Reading →

Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish
Permalink

Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being…

Continue Reading →

Twitter chatbots can now include buttons that push you to tweet, follow, click & more
Permalink

Twitter chatbots can now include buttons that push you to tweet, follow, click & more

Twitter today is rolling out a new feature that will allow businesses to prompt their followers to take an action beyond a simple fav or retweet. The company…

Continue Reading →

Google Play introduces ‘Android Excellence’ collections that showcase editorially selected top apps and games
Permalink

Google Play introduces ‘Android Excellence’ collections that showcase editorially selected top apps and games

At WWDC this month, Apple introduced an entirely revamped App Store that puts a much greater focus on editorial, with plans for stories about the apps, how to’s,…

Continue Reading →

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence
Permalink

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence

Amidst a tough time for Uber, CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a tragic boating accident last month that took the life of his mother. Now to grieve…

Continue Reading →

Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds phrase suggestions, a draw-an-emoji feature & more
Permalink

Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds phrase suggestions, a draw-an-emoji feature & more

Google this morning is rolling out a notable update for its smart keyboard app, Gboard, which introduces a number of new features aimed at helping you communicate more…

Continue Reading →

Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners
Permalink

Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners

To beat Facebook and Google’s duopoly, Snapchat needs advertisers to build and buy campaigns with confidence. So today it’s announcing the Snap Publisher tool for building vertical video…

Continue Reading →

Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over
Permalink

Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street — particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These…

Continue Reading →

Apple introduces iOS 11
Permalink

Apple introduces iOS 11

iOS 11 was the least surprising announcement of WWDC. Apple has announced new versions of its mobile operating system at its developer conference for years. While the final…

Continue Reading →

Apple Music hits 27M paid subs, adds MusicKit API and social listening
Permalink

Apple Music hits 27M paid subs, adds MusicKit API and social listening

Ping is still dead, but Apple Music is becoming more social, and more flexible so it can work with all your other devices or apps. This slew of…

Continue Reading →

Acast introduces programmatic ads to its podcast platform
Permalink

Acast introduces programmatic ads to its podcast platform

Acast says it’s time for podcasts to embrace programmatic advertising. With its publishing and monetization tools, Acast has already moved beyond the generally low-tech state of podcast advertising…

Continue Reading →

Taylor Swift embraces streaming, brings full catalog to Spotify and more
Permalink

Taylor Swift embraces streaming, brings full catalog to Spotify and more

After breaking up in 2014, Taylor Swift and Spotify are getting back together. To celebrate her album 1989 hitting 10 million records sold and her selling 100 million…

Continue Reading →

Apple unveils Business Chat, which brings customer service and shopping into iMessage
Permalink

Apple unveils Business Chat, which brings customer service and shopping into iMessage

Apple just unveiled Business Chat, its bid to turn iMessage into a communication platform that can compete with Facebook Messenger – and perhaps, make iMessage one of the…

Continue Reading →

Facebook will lease its first San Francisco office, for Instagram
Permalink

Facebook will lease its first San Francisco office, for Instagram

Facebook is finally getting office space in San Francisco, and is currently considering several different locations, one of which will house up to 100 Instagram employees, an industry…

Continue Reading →

Target and Cartwheel apps to merge starting this summer, mobile payments and improved maps to follow
Permalink

Target and Cartwheel apps to merge starting this summer, mobile payments and improved maps to follow

Target’s mobile app strategy will undergo a significant change, starting this summer. The retailer announced this week it will soon combine the functionality of its Cartwheel savings app…

Continue Reading →

Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators
Permalink

Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators

Apple has activated a new revenue stream that could foster communities of digital content creators around the world like those already thriving in China. Apple’s newly published update…

Continue Reading →

Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform
Permalink

Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform

Rebel has been helping marketers do more with their emails — so that those emails become interactive experiences (with capabilities like galleries and quizzes) in and of themselves.…

Continue Reading →

Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out
Permalink

Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out

It’s been a rocky road to glory for Discord, a startup whose iPad battle arena game, “Fates Forever,” earned it a top spot at our 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt…

Continue Reading →

iOS 11’s new ‘Password Autofill for Apps’ won’t work with (or replace) your favorite password manager
Permalink

iOS 11’s new ‘Password Autofill for Apps’ won’t work with (or replace) your favorite password manager

The next version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 11, is going to make it easier for you to log into your apps. The new mobile operating system’s…

Continue Reading →

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

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…

Continue Reading →

Pinterest raises $150M at a $12.3B valuation as it makes a full press into visual search
Permalink

Pinterest raises $150M at a $12.3B valuation as it makes a full press into visual search

Pinterest said today that the company has raised $150 million in additional capital at a valuation of $12.3 billion as it makes a further full-court press on its…

Continue Reading →

Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly
Permalink

Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music —…

Continue Reading →

Snap acquires Placed to prove geofilters drive store visits
Permalink

Snap acquires Placed to prove geofilters drive store visits

If Snapchat’s growth remains slow, it needs to maximize how much it can charge per ad by demonstrating they inspire purchases and physical store foot traffic. So today,…

Continue Reading →

Apple’s Business Chat will bring customer service to the iMessage platform
Permalink

Apple’s Business Chat will bring customer service to the iMessage platform

Apple is working on a way to bring businesses to the iMessage platform, in order to answer customer questions, offer customer service and even perform transactions. Though not announced…

Continue Reading →

WhatsApp embraces visuals with filters, albums, and reply shortcuts
Permalink

WhatsApp embraces visuals with filters, albums, and reply shortcuts

The camera is the new keyboard, and WhatsApp refuses to be left behind. While its sister app Instagram dukes it out with Snapchat in the west, WhatsApp is…

Continue Reading →

Lob tries to maximize snail mail efficiency with another $20M
Permalink

Lob tries to maximize snail mail efficiency with another $20M

You probably still get plenty of snail mail at your home — whether that’s wedding invitations, bills or advertisements for new credit cards. But despite all the efforts…

Continue Reading →

Pokémon GO reveals sponsors like McDonald’s pay it up to $0.50 per visitor
Permalink

Pokémon GO reveals sponsors like McDonald’s pay it up to $0.50 per visitor

Pokémon GO-maker Niantic says it has driven 500 million visitors to sponsored locations like McDonald’s Japan where gamers can score a special virtual good. But it never said…

Continue Reading →

Apple test hints that iOS 11 will be the end-of-life for outdated, 32-bit applications
Permalink

Apple test hints that iOS 11 will be the end-of-life for outdated, 32-bit applications

Ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference today, and the expected announcement of iOS 11, the company briefly removed older, 32-bit iOS applications from appearing in the App Store’s…

Continue Reading →

Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its ‘Netflix for Kids,’ with dozens of interactive, play-along videos
Permalink

Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its ‘Netflix for Kids,’ with dozens of interactive, play-along videos

Nickelodeon’s Noggin is today taking a step to differentiate Noggin from being just another “Netflix for kids” type of subscription video service.  Alongside its existing lineup of TV…

Continue Reading →

With the KEYone, BlackBerry threads the needle on retro smartphone appeal
Permalink

With the KEYone, BlackBerry threads the needle on retro smartphone appeal

The BlackBerry KEYone, which goes on sale in its home country of Canada today, is a weird device. But it’s weird not because it wasn’t designed in-house, and…

Continue Reading →

The best Meeker 2017 Internet Trends slides and what they mean
Permalink

The best Meeker 2017 Internet Trends slides and what they mean

Here are the must-read stats about what’s happening with internet adoption, smartphones, ads, e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, enterprise healthcare, China, India and startups. We’ve picked the most important slides…

Continue Reading →

Twitter’s COO explains why charging all users doesn’t make sense
Permalink

Twitter’s COO explains why charging all users doesn’t make sense

Twitter might consider adding premium subscription features to TweetDeck, but likely won’t charge all users because the reduced access wouldn’t jibe with what Twitter wants to be, according…

Continue Reading →

Yext passes its first test as a publicly traded company
Permalink

Yext passes its first test as a publicly traded company

Yext’s first earnings report as a publicly traded company seems to be a boringly pleasant one — but that’s a good thing for a company that needs to…

Continue Reading →

Meal ingredient delivery service Blue Apron is the next big consumer IPO
Permalink

Meal ingredient delivery service Blue Apron is the next big consumer IPO

Blue Apron, which delivers ingredients to cook meals in your home and was among the companies whispered to go public this year, has now filed to go public.…

Continue Reading →

Rheo, a personalized video app from ex-Apple product vets, launches on iOS and the web
Permalink

Rheo, a personalized video app from ex-Apple product vets, launches on iOS and the web

On YouTube, you have to either know what it is you watch to watch and seek it out, or you can click through the site’s suggestions of popular…

Continue Reading →

AT&T makes DirecTV Now a $10 add-on to its Unlimited Choice plan
Permalink

AT&T makes DirecTV Now a $10 add-on to its Unlimited Choice plan

Recent reports have indicated that ATT’s new streaming service, DirecTV Now, may be seeing slowing growth. But don’t count it out just yet. This week, ATT announced it’s…

Continue Reading →

Sherpa turns Instagram’s best photos into a travel guide
Permalink

Sherpa turns Instagram’s best photos into a travel guide

There are a number of places to find travel inspiration – Pinterest, Google Destinations, travel blogs or media sites like Condé Nast’s Traveler, among others. But a new…

Continue Reading →

Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent
Permalink

Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent

It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One…

Continue Reading →

Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories
Permalink

Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories

Microsoft today is launching a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration from messaging rivals, like Messenger and…

Continue Reading →

Facebook lets you add any post to albums, not just photos
Permalink

Facebook lets you add any post to albums, not just photos

Facebook is revamping its photo album feature with the ability to add videos, check-ins, text posts to albums, follow friends’ albums so you’re notified when they’re updated, and display…

Continue Reading →

Read Mary Meeker’s essential 2017 Internet Trends report
Permalink

Read Mary Meeker’s essential 2017 Internet Trends report

This is the best way to get up to speed on everything going on in tech. Kleiner Perkins venture partner Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report is essentially…

Continue Reading →

Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its “Netflix for Kids,” with dozens of interactive, play-along videos
Permalink

Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its “Netflix for Kids,” with dozens of interactive, play-along videos

Nickelodeon’s Noggin is today taking a step to differentiate Noggin from being just another “Netflix for kids” type of subscription video service.  Alongside its existing lineup of TV…

Continue Reading →

Android Pay expands to Canada
Permalink

Android Pay expands to Canada

Android Pay launched in Canada on Wednesday, with support for a number of major banks at launch, and additional banks to be added soon. The Android Pay debut…

Continue Reading →

Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone looks stunning and will cost $699
Permalink

Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone looks stunning and will cost $699

There’s been much speculation around the new project from Andy Rubin, the man responsible for developing Android, and now we have the answer. Well, part of the answer,…

Continue Reading →

Nice phone, Essential, but why is there a hole in the screen?
Permalink

Nice phone, Essential, but why is there a hole in the screen?

Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone has made its splashy, highly saturated debut, and the phone looks like a pretty stunning piece of kit in press images (most things in…

Continue Reading →

Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performance
Permalink

Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performance

Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away. The company…

Continue Reading →

Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor
Permalink

Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor

Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Check app that…

Continue Reading →

1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents
Permalink

1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents

If you travel a lot, especially internationally, a new worry being added to the pile is the threat of being forced to unlock your phone for a customs…

Continue Reading →

Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending
Permalink

Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to…

Continue Reading →

Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app
Permalink

Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app

Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up…

Continue Reading →

Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece
Permalink

Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece

Nearly two decades after the release of the original Pokémon Red and Blue in the U.S., the Pokémon company has come out with another true masterpiece. It’s called…

Continue Reading →

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads
Permalink

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads. Riley was part of…

Continue Reading →

Xiaomi’s new Mi Max 2 smartphone claims a two-day battery
Permalink

Xiaomi’s new Mi Max 2 smartphone claims a two-day battery

Fresh from announcing the Mi 6, its latest flagship smartphone, last month, Xiaomi gone and unveiled another new phone. The Mi Max 2, announced today at an event in Beijing, will…

Continue Reading →

Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation
Permalink

Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential…

Continue Reading →

Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity
Permalink

Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have released a full report on a new attack vector that affects Android up to version 7.1.2. The exploit, called Cloak Dagger,…

Continue Reading →

Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake
Permalink

Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A…

Continue Reading →

Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools
Permalink

Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as…

Continue Reading →

Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car
Permalink

Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car

While Sphero has released a whole lineup of robotic, Internet-connected toys, it remains best-known for its BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today it’s launching its next…

Continue Reading →

Zenefits introduces level-funded insurance plans and more mobile updates
Permalink

Zenefits introduces level-funded insurance plans and more mobile updates

Zenefits, in a further attempt to find its way into small businesses as a human resources management service that can outmaneuver larger and more complex platforms, is releasing…

Continue Reading →

Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations
Permalink

Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months…

Continue Reading →

Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search
Permalink

Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding the ability to recognize complete dishes to its Lens…

Continue Reading →

Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product
Permalink

Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product

Instagram’s head of product Kevin Weil came to Disrupt in New York to introduce selfie filters for Instagram Stories — read more about the new feature here. You…

Continue Reading →

Instagram tests Location Stories
Permalink

Instagram tests Location Stories

Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now. TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared…

Continue Reading →

Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone
Permalink

Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone

Watch out Siri, there’s a new kid in town. Google just announced at its I/O developer conference that its personal assistant is coming to iOS. You won’t be…

Continue Reading →

Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation
Permalink

Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation

Facebook Messenger is getting a new look. No, it’s not getting rid of its Stories feature, Messenger Day, but is instead making a series a smaller changes to…

Continue Reading →

No, YouTube’s mobile live streaming is not yet open to all – but it’s very close
Permalink

No, YouTube’s mobile live streaming is not yet open to all – but it’s very close

YouTube appears to be further opening up mobile live streaming by dropping requirements on subscriber counts in order to gain access to the feature, according to reports out today. Google,…

Continue Reading →

Android Pay to expand to new markets, add improved loyalty card features
Permalink

Android Pay to expand to new markets, add improved loyalty card features

Yesterday at Google’s developer conference I/O, the company announced upgrades to its Payment API that will make it easier for end users to switch between their multiple payment cards…

Continue Reading →

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications
Permalink

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you…

Continue Reading →

Google’s AMP now powers 2B+ mobile pages and 900K domains, loads 2x faster
Permalink

Google’s AMP now powers 2B+ mobile pages and 900K domains, loads 2x faster

As Google looks for ways to keep people using its own mobile search to discover content — in competition with apps and other services like Facebook’s Instant Articles —…

Continue Reading →

Twitter hires a new GM of revenue products
Permalink

Twitter hires a new GM of revenue products

Meanwhile, at Twitter HQ, the leadership revolving door at the entrance stops spinning clockwise for just a moment as a new face enters the building… Twitter CEO Jack…

Continue Reading →

In the car with Android in the Car
Permalink

In the car with Android in the Car

One of the areas that Google talked up regarding Android beyond phones at I/O this year was in vehicles, and Android in the Car was the main way…

Continue Reading →

Ford to add Android Auto and CarPlay to 2016 Ford SYNC 3 cars via update
Permalink

Ford to add Android Auto and CarPlay to 2016 Ford SYNC 3 cars via update

Ford is updating a large number of 2016 model year cars equipped with SYNC 3 infotainment software, adding Android Auto and CarPlay to the vehicles with a free,…

Continue Reading →

Everything Google announced at its Google I/O keynote
Permalink

Everything Google announced at its Google I/O keynote

Hi! You are about to activate our Facebook Messenger news bot. Once subscribed, the bot will send you a digest of trending stories once a day. You can…

Continue Reading →

Google has an indoor positioning tech in the works, called VPS
Permalink

Google has an indoor positioning tech in the works, called VPS

Google has announced it’s working on a service to offer detailed indoor location positioning using its Tango 3D sensing computer vision tech. “One thing we’ve seen clearly is that AR is most…

Continue Reading →

With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events
Permalink

With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events

Most of you have probably been to concerts where the sound sucked, where all of the music was blown out and you couldn’t make out a single word…

Continue Reading →

Pinterest’s visual search technology is coming to its ads
Permalink

Pinterest’s visual search technology is coming to its ads

Pinterest offers advertisers a unique opportunity for its audience of 175 million users: the ability to catch them at all points of their purchasing lifetime. Brands can advertise against…

Continue Reading →

Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”
Permalink

Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”

“I think it would frankly be silly of us if we were to say ‘Oh, see that good idea over there that’s actually fulfilling a need people have…

Continue Reading →

Watch Google’s I/O keynote live right here
Permalink

Watch Google’s I/O keynote live right here

Are you ready for some major news on all things Google? Google is kicking off its annual I/O developer conference today. The conference starts at 10 AM Pacific…

Continue Reading →

CreditHero wants to help fix credit scores for those afraid to even look
Permalink

CreditHero wants to help fix credit scores for those afraid to even look

With apps like Robinhood and services like Wealthfront for investing, and Credit Karma to check your credit score regularly, it might seem like financial services are finally getting…

Continue Reading →

Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature
Permalink

Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters” as Instagram calls them…

Continue Reading →

Symphony, a messaging app backed by Wall St, gets $63M at a $1B+ valuation
Permalink

Symphony, a messaging app backed by Wall St, gets $63M at a $1B+ valuation

Symphony, a secure messaging app that counts 15 of the world’s biggest banks among its investors and 200,000 paying customers, has raised a new tranche of funding to fuel…

Continue Reading →

BikeParking.Club connects a social network to bike locks in a city
Permalink

BikeParking.Club connects a social network to bike locks in a city

Palo Alto has a bike lock problem, and a pair of software developers and a designer took a shot at trying to solve that problem in 24 hours…

Continue Reading →

Nintendo is planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game
Permalink

Nintendo is planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game

Following up on the massive success of Pokemon GO and the, well, slightly less massive success of Super Mario Run, Nintendo is reportedly planning a Legend of Zelda…

Continue Reading →

Current launches a Visa debit card for kids that parents control with an app
Permalink

Current launches a Visa debit card for kids that parents control with an app

A startup called Current is today launching a new way for parents to dole out allowances to their kids: with an app. The company offers a Visa debit…

Continue Reading →

Snapchat users stay loyal, but Instagram could block its growth
Permalink

Snapchat users stay loyal, but Instagram could block its growth

U.S. millennials and Gen Zs aren’t entirely replacing their Snapchat addiction with Instagram Stories, according to a dozen studies and surveys commissioned or collected by TechCrunch. Yet the fact…

Continue Reading →

Snapchat’s new eraser lets you ‘Photoshop’ stuff out of photos
Permalink

Snapchat’s new eraser lets you ‘Photoshop’ stuff out of photos

It’s Snapchat’s turn to copy Instagram while also staying one step ahead of its competitor. Today Snapchat launched a slew of new creative tools, several of which mimic…

Continue Reading →

Pinterest adds visual search guides to its Lens and a new CTO
Permalink

Pinterest adds visual search guides to its Lens and a new CTO

Pinterest today is adding a new feature to its Lens — its live camera search — that will help pick apart what’s in the image and make it…

Continue Reading →