Poor famous, beautiful people: They can’t even get a good date using tried and tested methods like swiping right. Matchmaking app Tinder has high-profile users including Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan and Josh Groban, but the startup’s CEO Sean Rad explained to The Hollywood Reporter that these people aren’t necessarily fielding an endless stream of matches. Users of the app just… Read More
As part of what is predominantly an Android security issue, a CTO and consultant has discovered a vulnerability in WhatsApp encryption that could allow another app to access and read all of a user’s chat conversations within it. Bas Bosschert, the CTO at DoubleThink, has posted his own formula for accessing WhatsApp chats, and confirms that the vulnerability still exists after yesterday’s big… Read More
The photo-sharing juggernaut rumbles on. Dubble, a photo-sharing iOS app that launched last October, has expanded its feature-set to beef up the social networking side. Its Dubble’s largest update since launch. Specifically, the v1.2 update adds the ability for Dubble users to like and comment on each others’ shots, and add other users as favourites so they see their activity in a new… Read More
Shervin Pishevar was just six years old when the bombs from the Iran-Iraq War started to fall in 1980. His father, a high-ranking television executive, felt the family was in danger during the Iranian Revolution and so they left for the U.S. where he ended up driving taxis to make ends meet. But in America, the Pishevars persevered, and then they prospered. Now Shervin Pishevar, who was one of… Read More
An Upcoming Anonymous App Called Cloaq Promises A New Way To Post & Share, No Email Or Phone Number Required
A team of engineers, who have asked to not be identified by name, are working to develop a new platform for anonymous posting called Cloaq (pronounced “cloak”). This upcoming web and mobile platform, they tell me, will combine the anonymity of apps like Secret and Whisper, with the ease-of-use of more public platforms for sharing, like Twitter, Medium or WordPress. (Oh, and no,… Read More
Twitter is down. I repeat, Twitter is down.
According to the API status page, Downforeveryoneorjustme.com, and tests within the TechCrunch staff, the service is experiencing some serious performance issues. Read More
Heads turned when Facebook forked out $19 billion for messaging service WhatsApp in February, and eyes popped when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was probably worth even more. Now, analysts over at Crédit Lyonnais Securities Asia have taken up the baton on outsized messaging app valuations: it says that WeChat, a Chinese competitor owned by Tencent, is worth “at least $60 billion,” because… Read More
Today WhatsApp, Facebook’s new $19 billion messaging darling, has released an update to the Android version of the app.
Among a few new privacy-related features, the update also brings with it an interesting new feature that lets users pay for their friends’/families’ subscriptions, regardless of the platform. Read More
Twitter, a big hit with news junkies and those in the media industry, has been working to widen that scope to bring in more mainstream users, as well as those with other special interests. The latest group to be tapped are culture vultures: between March 24 and 30, Twitter will dedicate a week to museums across Europe and the UK, with hundreds of galleries signed up to produce special content for… Read More
Shopify has compiled data from its platform merchants to determine how much value commerce sites get from social media engagement, and put the results into a massive infographic. If, like me, you find infographics tedious and antithetical to meaningful analysis, then you’ll be happy to see I pulled the most interesting tidbits out of the giant graphic for a closer look. It’s… Read More