Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion

 Dots & Co., the follow-up to the popular puzzle games Dots and Two Dots, launched on iOS and Android earlier this week. If reading about the new game isn’t enough … Continue Reading →


Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

 Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has … Continue Reading →


Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in its first week ever

 Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has … Continue Reading →


Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

 Cola, a messaging app that integrates apps into chats, is opening up its developer kit today to enable anyone to build new apps. The updated version available today comes with 12 … Continue Reading →


Pandora struggles to find new footing as music streaming becomes commoditized

 Pandora, in a story we’ve seen before with many other maturing companies, is facing an existential crisis. The company now finds itself fighting for its life against competition from the … Continue Reading →


Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

 Poke failed. Slingshot failed. But Facebook is still trying to mimic Snapchat with a new Stories-style feature it’s been testing called “Quick Updates”. These 24-hour ephemeral updates are buried in … Continue Reading →


GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

 GoldieBlox, the educational toy, book and game maker best known for its line of engineering toys aimed at young girls, is expanding its digital footprint today with the launch of its … Continue Reading →


BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

 BBC does radio well, and now Americans can experience the full effect of the UK broadcaster’s audio content expertise with the iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android. The app … Continue Reading →


Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

 Fresh off its $16 million funding round from earlier this spring, popular airfare prediction app Hopper is moving beyond simply helping travelers figure out when to fly in order to … Continue Reading →


Number26 is now a true bank as it now has a full banking license

 Berlin-based startup Number26 is trying to reinvent the bank. This might sound crazy, and that’s why the startup has processed step by step. After partnering with Wirecard for the banking … Continue Reading →


What the Pokémon Go hype train means for Nintendo’s value

 There’s been much talk about Nintendo suddenly creating an enormous amount of value for itself with the release of Pokémon Go, perhaps one of the most successful game launches of … Continue Reading →


Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

 Warby Parker is offering its very first Snapchat-exclusive product — limited sunglasses that are only available for purchase to its Snapchat followers. The eyeglass retailer said it just shared a Snapchat … Continue Reading →


Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

 Laugh.ly, a startup that’s something like a Pandora – but for comedy – is today launching into public beta. Via its website and forthcoming mobile application, users can stream stand-up sets … Continue Reading →


The medium is the Messenger

 Messenger’s milestone is just the latest in a series of big numbers for messaging apps. WhatsApp hit a billion users in February; Line, which had the most successful IPO of any … Continue Reading →


Apple just dropped another iOS 10 public beta for you crazy testers

 This didn’t take long. Just a day after releasing the third iOS 10 developer beta, the second public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. The second public … Continue Reading →


How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion users

 Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in twenty months to reach the one billion user mark five … Continue Reading →


Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

 If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And … Continue Reading →


Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

 Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with … Continue Reading →


Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

 As Pokemon Go moves into the real-world partner marketing business with McDonald’s, one might wonder what businesses potentially stand to gain the most from association with Niantic’s world dominating location-based … Continue Reading →


Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

 “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase”, Facebook’s head of ad tech said about … Continue Reading →


Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating … Continue Reading →


Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

 Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But … Continue Reading →


Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

 Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards … Continue Reading →


Bloomberg Beta raises a second $75 million fund

 When the partners at Bloomberg Beta — a $75 million seed investment fund — sit down to review how they’re doing, they say they don’t first look at the valuation … Continue Reading →


Snapchat now lets you use Bitmojis in chat or on snaps

 Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March. The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn’t clear. … Continue Reading →


Army Special Operations Command reportedly ditching Android for iPhone in the field

 While the ordinary proving ground of the smartphone may be the mean streets of the city, devices are to be found on the field of battle, too — and if … Continue Reading →


Google launches final Android Nougat Developer Preview

 Google today released the fifth and last preview Android Nougat before the scheduled final release later this summer. According to the company, this preview includes the latest version of the Android Nougat … Continue Reading →


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Softbank Is Betting $32 Billion on ARM That the Internet of Things Will Pay Out

Can ARM do in IoT what it did in mobile? SoftBank sure seems to think so. The post Softbank Is Betting $32 Billion on ARM That the Internet of Things … Continue Reading →


Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

 Finally there’s a better way to gain followers on Snapchat. The app refuses to tell you who to watch. There are no suggested user lists, no leaderboards, no little buttons everywhere … Continue Reading →


Apple releases new betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and yes, even tvOS

 Dear developers, today is update day. Apple just released the third beta for the next major iteration of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS — that’s a lot of megabytes. The … Continue Reading →


Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

 Getting people to download apps on their phone is hard enough. Getting to use them and return is even harder. And getting valuable users who spend money in the app … Continue Reading →


Casual games go pro as Doodle Jump announces plans for an e-sports league with Skillz

 How about some mobile games news that isn’t about Pokemon Go? Lima Sky has committed to launching an e-sports league and new edition of their wildly popular Doodle Jump mobile … Continue Reading →


Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

 Earlier this month, the first Pokémon Go malware was spotted in the wild, but the app was not much of a threat to users as it never made it into the … Continue Reading →


Why the top 5 tech companies are dead set on AI

 At nearly every major technology event for the past five years we’ve been given at least one “wow” moment — when one of the big players would unveil some sort … Continue Reading →


How Pokemon Go did what these 3 hype-heavy startups couldn’t

 Pokemon Go has been continuing its global rollout fairly slowly, with a lacuna in Canada just this past Sunday, and even without an official debut in some key markets like … Continue Reading →


Health startup Lifesum raises $10M round led by Nokia Growth Partners

 What do you get if you combine the broad trends of smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things, an individual desire for control and healthcare costs for society? You get VCs investing … Continue Reading →


Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

 Immediately, a startup that built mobile sales tools, will be shutting down at the end of the month, while part of the team will move on to cloud-monitoring company New Relic. According … Continue Reading →


Encrypted comms company Silent Circle closes $50M Series C

 Encrypted comms company Silent Circle, which also makes a security-focused Android smartphone called the Blackphone, has announced it’s closed a $50 million Series C round of financing, led by Santander … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go’s retention rates, average revenue per user are double the industry average

 New data released this morning on the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go shows that the popular game isn’t only the biggest in U.S. history – it’s also breaking records when it comes … Continue Reading →


US, NSF to put $400M into Advanced Wireless Research Initiative for 5G networks

 As President Obama approaches the end of his tenure in the White House, his team is launching a wireless networking research project that it hopes could be part of his … Continue Reading →