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This Week in Apps: HQ Trivia’s dramatic death, Android 11, Apple mulls a more open iOS

Welcome back to This Week  in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, App Stores, App Annie, Colin Kroll, HQ Trivia, This Week In Apps


Four States Use A Flaw Filled Mobile Voting App

Four States Use A Flaw Filled Mobile Voting App Creating a secure voting application is near to impossible.  WIth hackers right on the tails of technology working to thwart every advantage, it will be a long while until we can create an app that could assure the authenticity of our elections.  Dif...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Apps, Politics, Elections, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Government, Sem, Malware, Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Mobile Phones, Hacking, Hackers


Gett: Israeli taxi app sued for service used to avoid Arab drivers

Gett Jerusalem representative recorded allegedly saying option is for people who only want Jewish driversHuman-rights lawyers in Jerusalem have sued Gett, an Israeli taxi-hailing app, for providing a service they allege was designed to give customers the option to practically guarantee they would not get an Arab driver.A global firm that also works with black cabs in the UK, Gett offers users in the holy city the choice to request a taxi that is not driven on the Sabbath, the weekly Jewish day o...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Israel, Race, Jerusalem, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Gett


Join Google and Delete Cheetah Mobile's Spammy Apps From Your Android

Google recently announced it banned for using aggressive advertising practices. that many were published by relatively popular developers like Cheetah Mobile, which had 45 apps available on the Play Store—some with billions of downloads—before being banned. Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Apps, Advertising, Android Apps, Ads, Lifehacks, Cheetah Mobile


Quibi’s streaming service app launches in app stores for pre-order

Quibi, the mobile-only streaming service from Jeffrey Katzenberg, is now open for pre-orders. The company declined to fully show off its app only a month ago during demos of its “TurnStyle” technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it appears the app is ready nonetheless. Quibi is now listed on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play, where it’s been given a pre-order date of April 6, 2020 — the date Quibi’s new service goes live. The app was actually published to the app stor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Las Vegas, Streaming Video, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, App Annie


As Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade, Robinhood preps social trading

Before it was worth $7.6 billion, the original idea for Robinhood was a stock trading social network. At my kitchen table in San Francisco in 2013, the founders envisioned an app for sharing hot tips to a feed complete with a leaderboard of whose predictions were most accurate. Once they had SEC approval, they pivoted towards the real money maker: letting people buy and sell stocks in the app, and pay to borrow cash to do so. Now seven years later, Robinhood is subtly taking the first steps ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Finance, San Francisco, Tech, M&a, SEC, Morgan Stanley, Robinhood, Stock Trading, Vlad Tenev, Etrade


Twitter adds a button so you can thread your shower thoughts

Hold that tweet — and add another one. Twitter is adding a new feature for mobile users to make it easier to link dispersed ‘shower thoughts’ together — and another thing styleee. Per 9to5Mac, the feature — which Twitter tweeted about yesterday — is slowly rolling out to its iOS app. (At the time of writing we spotted it in Europe.) The feature lets you pull down as you’re composing a tweet to add to your previous tweet by creating a thread or seeing a ‘continue thread’ option. Tapping on a ...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Europe, Tweet, Tweets, Social Media, Tech, Jack, Microblogging, Threads, Romain Dillet


Gmail’s new search filter feature will make it easier to find an email

Despite Google’s dominance and expertise in search-related algorithms, it’s often hard to find a particular email in Gmail. The company is now trying to solve this problem with a new filter feature called “Search Chips.” Here’s how it works: After you search for an email with a keyword, you’ll see filter buttons on top of the search result such as “Has attachment,” “Exclude chats,” and a date picker. You can even pick the type of attachments such as text, PDF, or image. These buttons or “Chips” ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Microsoft


Top 4 Out of the Box Online Food Delivery Business Ideas For Restaurant Startups

For those who want to run a successful food online food delivery startup, food profit margins have always been a concern and this is why it is important to get multiple incomes for your startup. Also, one of the main Read more… The post Top 4 Out of the Box Online Food Delivery Business Ideas For Restaurant Startups appeared first on Internet Marketing, Guest Post, B2B Marketing, Latest Technology, SEM, SEO Tips.
Tags: Apps, Business, Technology, Marketing, Seo, B2b, Digital Marketing, Online Food Delivery, Foods & Culinary, Food Delivery Business, Food Delivery Startups, Restaurant Startups


How companies are working around Apple’s ban on vaping apps

Apple banned vaping apps in November 2019. Since then, the company has said very little about its decision, leaving many companies upset and confused about its blanket prohibition. Three months later, companies are working around Apple’s ban. Here’s how they’re doing it. Apple’s wide-sweeping ban on vaping affected apps from Juul, Pax and many others, including apps that calculate electrical resistance because they can be used to build vape components. It appears to have hit the cannabis indu...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, TC, Apps, Smoking, Tech, Smartphone, Cannabis, Juul, Centers for Disease Control, Pax, DaVinci, Electronic Cigarettes, Juul Pax


Android 11 tries to make floating chat bubbles a thing again

When Google first began teasing Android 10 last year – then still known as Android Q – it led us to believe the company would begin to use floating bubbles as an alternative or supplement to the standard notification shade. These bubbles allow you to interact with notifications or continue conversations easily while within other apps, and can be moved around the screen for convenient access. Unfortunately, it seems the feature was not ready for prime time and it was ultimately hidden away in the...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps


Microsoft brings combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint app to iOS

It was just a couple of days ago that Microsoft publicly introduced its super-handy combined Office app to the Google Play Store. The app packs Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF tools, and a variety of features into a single app instead of forcing you to download a separate one for each utility. At the time, we wondered why the app wasn’t on iOS, but now it seems the Play Store may have simply jumped the gun – just two days later, the app is now available on iOS and Microsoft has officially announced...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Microsoft


Google launches the first developer preview of Android 11

With the days of desert-themed releases officially behind it, Google today announced the first developer preview of Android 11, which is now available as system images for Google’s own Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 2. As of now, there is no way to install the updates over the air. That’s usually something the company makes available at a later stage. These first releases aren’t meant for regular users anyway. Instead, they are a way for developers to test their applications and ge...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, TC, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Machine Learning, Api, Operating System, Operating Systems, Pixel, Blackberry Priv


Facebook backs Indian education startup Unacademy

Unacademy, one of India’s fastest growing education startups, has just received the backing of a major technology giant: Facebook. The social juggernaut has participated in the four-year-old Indian startup’s Series E financing round, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. General Atlantic is leading the round, the size of which is about $100 million, the sources said. It wasn’t immediately clear to us exactly how big of a check Facebook has cut, but a source said it was under $2...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, General Atlantic, Ggv Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Facebook India, Gaurav Munjal


Mozilla launches VPN service in beta for Android, Windows 10 and more

Mozilla, the makers of the famous Firefox browser, is entering the VPN market space with the launch of their beta VPN android app. The paid VPN service is developed in partnership with Mullvad and will use the WireGuard protocol to secure its connections. Mozilla is currently making this beta an invite-only service for the VPN. While the final VPN version will be a paid service, currently at $4.99 per month, Mozilla will also offer a free Firefox Private Network’s browser-level protection...
Tags: Firefox, Android, Apps, News, US, Blogging, Mozilla, Vpn, Firefox Private Network, Mozilla VPN, Mozilla VPN Beta, Mullvad, Mullvad VPN


Facebook uses its ad policies to block apps that compete with its dating service

Facebook Dating was always doomed to be as dystopian and inhumane as a speech from Mark “I’m not a robot, I swear it” Zuckerberg, but who could have guessed that the company would consider cheating and hookup sites its direct competition. The creators of an app called #Open recently started a petition demanding Facebook stop its censorship campaign against sex-positive dating apps. Facebook denied its app several times because it lets users identify as being in a couple, polyamorous, or in an op...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, Insights, Tech, Zuckerberg, Mark, Maile Manliguis


Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria

“I don’t feel good about that. That sucks” Chrys Bader-Wechseler reflects when asked about the bullying that went down on the anonymous app Secret he co-founded in 2013. After $35 million raised, 15 million users, and a spectacular flame out two years later, the startup was dead. “S ince I left secret I feel alive and aligned with my values and my purpose again.”  But there was one bright side to Secret letting you post without a name or consequences. People opened up, got vulnerable, and...
Tags: Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Funding, Tech, Secret, Ryan Hoover, Cto, Headspace, Santa Monica, McDonald, Sean


Pandora’s new Apple Watch app lets you leave your iPhone behind

Support for standalone streaming has come to Pandora’s Apple Watch app. The company today announced the official launch of its new, standalone app for Apple Watch that lets you listen to music and podcasts on the go, even without your iPhone. The launch makes Pandora the first major third-party — meaning, first besides Apple Music — to offer a standalone app for Apple Watch. To be clear, Pandora is not the first non-Apple music service to offer an Apple Watch app. Spotify notably debuted its ...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Spotify, Music, Tech, Pandora, Streaming, Streaming Music, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Apps, Apple Music, Pandora Premium, Pandora Plus, Pandora s Apple, Apple Watch app Spotify, Soundcloud Napster Deezer


SoundCloud mobile app is now an equal citizen – including enabling uploads

SoundCloud have been gradually adding or restoring features to mobile users – and now uploading is available on iOS (and soon, Android). I remember at some point, the fear of things like instant SoundCloud uploads was that users would dump a ton of horrible music on the service. But that really misses the point of a lot of why a lot of people presumably want this. (Well, plus, horrible music is not really something that can be avoided – let’s focus on where the good stuff goes.) Uploads ...
Tags: Ios, Facebook, Apps, Music, Berlin, Tech, Web, Soundcloud, Upload


Spotify mimics Apple’s design with new podcast show page updates

Spotify’s ongoing investments in the podcast-streaming side of its business helped boost podcast listening on its service by 200% last year. But today, only 16% of Spotify’s monthly listeners are engaging with podcats — a number the company today hopes to nudge higher by redesigning the podcast side of its streaming app. The new layout now makes it easier to view information about podcasts and improves discovery of new shows. In particular, Spotify has given podcast show trailers a more prominen...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Media, Podcasts, Tech, Podcasting, Streaming, Streaming Music, Consumer Electronics Show


Facebook prototypes tabbed News Feed with Most Recent & Seen

Facebook may make it easier to escape its ranking algorithm and explore the News Feed in different formats. Facebook has internally prototyped a tabbed version of the News Feed for mobile that includes that the standard Most Relevant feed, the existing Most Recent feed of reverse chronological posts that was previously buried as a sidebar bookmark, and an Already Seen feed of posts you’ve previously viewed feed that historically was only available on desktop via the largely unknown URL facebo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Facebook News Feed, Facebook Algorithm, Jane Manchun Wong


E-scooters are just as safe as cycling, but that’s not saying much

A study just released by an intergovernmental group has found that using an e-scooter is no more dangerous than cycling. The study, from intergovernmental organization the International Transportation Forum (ITF), says fears over e-scooter safety “have been exaggerated.” What’s more, the ITF says that if alternative forms of transport like bikes and e-scooters get people out of cars it will make the roads safer further still. [Read: The UK is finally ready to discuss legalizing e-scooters, with ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, UK, Cars, Tech, World, ITF, International Transportation Forum ITF


Facebook asks for a moat of regulations it already meets

It’s suspiciously convenient that Facebook already fulfills most of the regulatory requirements it’s asking governments to lay on the rest of the tech industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels lobbying the European Union’s regulators as they form new laws to govern artificial intelligence, content moderation and more. But if they follow Facebook’s suggestions, they might reinforce the social network’s power rather than keep it in check by hamstringing companies with fewer resource...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Advertising Tech, Government, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Al Qaeda


HQ Trivia hosts final drunken quiz after investors pull plug: 'My dogs are going to starve!'

The app sensation has drawn millions of players and awarded $6m in prize moneyOnline quiz app HQ Trivia, which at its peak was played by more than 2 million people a day, has hosted its last game – with inebriated hosts awarding a total prize pool of US$5.Described as a “final drunken hurrah”, the app’s last broadcast was watched by 28,000 people after the company told employees last Friday it would shut down due to lack of funding. Continue reading...
Tags: Apps, Games, Technology, Media, US, Social Media, Culture, Digital Media, Quiz and trivia games


Voodoo Games thrives by upending conventional product design

Will Robbins Contributor Share on Twitter Will Robbins is an early-stage investor at Contrary. Voodoo Games is one of the most interesting startups alive today. In mid-2018, it had 150 million MAUs and raised $200 million from Goldman Sachs, yet I’ve never heard anyone mention the company. That might be normal for an obscure enterprise SaaS play, but Voodoo is consumer-facing through and through. Quantitative success aside, V...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Apps, Column, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Voodoo, Will Robbins, Voodoo Games


Leveraging TikTok for growth

Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. Once you have a product, distributing it becomes the next challenge for any entrepreneur. At TRASH (one-tap video editing), we looked to TikTok ...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Column, Asia, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Tech, Beijing, Winnie, Qvc, Hannah Donovan, Tiktok, Charli D'Amelio, Geneviève Patterson


How TikTok decides who to make famous

Read part one of this post, “Leveraging TikTok for growth,” on TechCrunch. Leveraging TikTok for growth Part 2: The TikTok System So what do we mean when we say “then, the post is reviewed by an AI?” TikTok is the most extensive content moderation system that has ever existed. The 411 on content moderation To make that claim, we need to understand the status quo in moderation today. Content moderation was one of the first product problems of user-generated content that computer-vision s...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Insta, Tiktok, Wikipedia These systems


Google confirms it again removed alleged spying tool ToTok from Google Play

In December, The New York Times reported a popular messaging app called ToTok was actually a spying tool used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to track users’ conversations, location, and social connections. The app was removed from the Google Play store in December, while Google investigated, then reinstated in early January. Google now confirms the app has again been removed, but this time declined to comment as to why. The site 9to5Google first noticed ToTok had again been pulled...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Security, Apps, Tech, New York Times, United Arab Emirates, Annie, North America, App Annie, Totok, Middle East Europe Asia Africa


The best Android apps (February 2020)

There are thousands of great Android apps. Turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades with our 100 favorite.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Of Everything


Hate Those Robocalls? This Service Lets You Sue Them for Up to $3,000 Per Annoying Call

Until now, the majority of us might have simply hung up on robocallers. However, there’s now a way to get back at the companies who torment you with endless robocalls that ask you for your information or try to sell you stuff. The solution is called Robo Revenge, a service that lets you sue the unwanted caller for up…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Robocalls



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