apps

Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Screenshot 2014-04-20 at 12.14.31 PM Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that’s why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn’t mean we’re comfortable doing it on Facebook. Read More

In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?

8147738593_9676a26e99_z (2) This past week, conflicting reports about Nike leaked, suggesting either big changes or outright abandonment of its high-profile Fuelband line. For those focused on the intersection of digital health, wellness, mobile startups, and wearable technologies, a move by Nike, one of the world’s most iconic brands and visible companies, will be examined under the microscope. With the news swirling… Read More

Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

messaging-apps-2 If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don’t think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally. Read More

Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

shutterstock_67933885 Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app — something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More

Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

beats-music Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More

Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

gusto-email-iphone There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 10.15.34 AM TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion valuation, according to our sources. This brings the total raised by Airbnb to $826 million. Read More

Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

851569_1386456404968603_645729474_n Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

Quixey Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out its… Read More

Zola Debuts Its iPhone App To Allow Couples To Manage Their Wedding Registries On The Go

Zola, the new wedding registry startup emerging from Gilt And AlleyCorp founder Kevin Ryan, has launched an iPhone app to allow couples to create and manage their Zola registries from anywhere. Zola, led by former Gilt employees Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi, is trying to reimagine the wedding registry for couples. It’s part content, part Pinterest-like inspiration sharing, and part wish… Read More