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England’s new contact-tracing app has a big distance problem

A revamped version of England‘s troubled contact-tracing app is beginning trials today, but the new system has got problems of its own. The app uses Bluetooth to detect if people have recently been close to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19. The government says the system’s “designed with user privacy in mind so it tracks the virus, not people.” Unlike the previous version, user data will stay on the phone rather than go to a central database. The app also includes a range of new featur...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Apps, UK, England, Neural


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages off its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


Google makes it easier to find hotels with free cancelation amid coronavirus

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is changing a lot. People are staying home more, and because of various restrictions, international travel is limited. But in case you’re traveling, Google is unveiling new tools to help you with your bookings and flight planning. These new features include the percentage of flights and hotels operating in the place you’re traveling to and a filter to search for hotels that offer free cancelations. [Read: How to delete your LinkedIn account] Som...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps


Apple said to soon offer subscription bundles combining multiple of its services

Apple is reportedly getting ready to launch new bundles of its various subscription services, according to Bloomberg. The bundled services packages, said to be potentially called ‘Apple One,’ will include Apple services including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and iCloud in a number of different tiered offerings, all for one fee lower that would be lower than subscribing to each individually. Bloomberg says that these could launch as early as October, which is when the new ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Amazon, TC, Apps, Tech, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Itunes, Computing, Icloud, Apple Music, Subscription Services, Webmail, Apple Inc


ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok in a move to potentially save the popular video app’s fate in its biggest market by users, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The two companies began conversations late last month and have yet to reach a deal, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the talks are private. TikTok’s business in India, where it had amasse...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Helo, Financial Times, Gaana, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Mishra


Personal training sessions come to ClassPass

As the coronavirus hampers the fitness industry, leading to a rapid evolution toward digital classes, ClassPass is pressing onward with its product roadmap, albeit a bit ahead of schedule. The company, which has raised more than $500 million from investors such as General Catalyst, Thrive, GV, Temasek, Apax Digital and L Catterton, is introducing personal training sessions via a partnership with Fyt. “We’ve been thinking about adding personal training to the platform for quite a while now, and t...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Tech, Classpass, Catterton, FYT, Temasek Apax Digital, Kinsey Livingston, David Huang Fyt, Huang We


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


Report: TikTok Collected Persistent IDs From Android Phones in Apparent Violation of Google Policy

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that Donald Trump’s administration is incoherently threatening to ban from the U.S. and may be gearing up for a court fight in response, quietly collected persistent identifiers from Android devices for 15 months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Advertising, Cybersecurity, Ads, Donald Trump, Bytedance, Tiktok


TikTok exploited Android security vulnerability to grab MAC addresses, maybe for ad tracking, no way to opt out — stopped in November, WSJ reports

“The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies” The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday that TikTok exploited an Android vulnerability to obtain user MAC addresses, possibly for ad tracking, with no ability to opt out. They stopped the practice in November, 2019, WSJ reports: The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of enc...
Tags: Google, Security, Apps, Post, Technology, News, Mac, White House, China, Beijing, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Pompeo, Steve Herman, Bytedance


‘Stalkerware’ phone spying apps have escaped Google’s ad ban

Several companies offering phone-spying apps — known as “stalkerware” — are still advertising in Google search results, despite the search giant’s ban that took effect today, TechCrunch has found. These controversial apps are often pitched to help parents snoop on their child’s calls, messages, apps and other private data under the guise of helping to protect against online predators. But some repurpose these apps to spy on their spouses — often without their permission. It’s a problem that the ...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Security, Apps, Privacy, Tech, Companies, Computing, World Wide Web, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Stalkerware, Coalition Against Stalkerware


How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America In May 2020, Intel announced its purchase of Moovit, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Apps, Column, Entrepreneurship, Israel, Tech, Intel, Colombia, Automotive, Chile, M&a, Brazil


The best TikTok alternative apps for Android and iOS

With a U.S. ban imminent, we've rounded up the best TikTok alternatives to keep you dancing to the rhythm.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Tiktok


TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

More worries for TikTok: A European data watchdog that’s landed the biggest blow on a tech giant to date — slapping Google with a $57M fine last year (upheld in June) — now has an open investigation into the social video app du jour, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokeswoman for France’s CNIL told us it opened an investigation into how the app handles user data in May 2020, following a complaint related to a request to delete a video. Its probe of the video sharing platform was reported earl...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Apps, Europe, Privacy, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Data Protection, Cnil, Gdpr, DPC, General Data Protection Regulation


Google’s Lookout app for vision-impaired now scans food labels and long documents

Google has updated its Lookout app, an AI toolkit for people with impaired vision, with two helpful new capabilities: scanning long documents and reading out food labels. Paper forms and similarly-shaped products at the store present a challenge for blind folks and this ought to make things easier. Food labels, if you think about it, are actually a pretty difficult problem for a computer vision system to solve. They’re designed to be attention-grabbing and distinctive, but not necessarily hig...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Disabilities, Google Lookout


Google rolls out virtual business card in India to take on LinkedIn

Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to bring more of LinkedIn functionalities into its search engine. The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special “affinity” people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown to...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, India, Linkedin, Tech, Lauren Clark


Google rolls out virtual visiting card in India

Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine. The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special affinity people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown tow...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, India, Google Search, Linkedin, Tech, Clark, Lauren Clark


Singapore’s trade finance startup Incomlend raises $20M led by Sequoia Capital India

Incomlend, a Singapore-headquartered startup that operates a trading platform to connect exporters and importers with investors, has raised $20 million in a new financing round, it said on Tuesday. Sequoia India, the India and SEA investment arm of the storied U.S. headquartered venture firm, led the Series A round in four-year-old Incomlend. The CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics firms, also participated in the round. Incomlend’s invoice trading platform is solving...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Europe, Finance, Singapore, India, Funding, Tech, Sea, Sequoia, North Asia, CMA CGM Group, Sequoia India, Sequoia Capital India, Europe Southeast Asia, Abheek Anand


Google Again Delays Kill Date for Chrome Apps, Which Are Somehow Still Around

Google is giving its little-used Chrome apps functionality—which many users might not even remember exists—a reprieve from its execution date.Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Apps, Science, Technology, Web Browsers, Chrome Apps


Apple watchOS 7 preview

Of the big three Apple operating systems, watchOS arguably gets the least love. That goes double in a year that sees macOS getting its biggest overhaul in recent memory. On the whole, the Apple Watch’s software is often overlooked, as smartwatch users tend to focus attention on the addition of new hardware sensors and the like. Still, watchOS 7, out today in public beta, brings a number of key additions, as Apple looks to keep from getting too complacent in its spot high atop the list of smar...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Wearables, Asia, Hardware, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Apple Watch, Huawei, watchOS, Siri Shortcuts, Brian Heater That, Brian Heater Hand


Beware bankers talking TikTok

The next few weeks is going to be a critical time for ByteDance-owned TikTok. The company is weeks away from a ban signed by President Trump, and while the company is expected to sue the U.S. federal government this week to block it, clearly the company’s future has at least storm clouds on the horizon. Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat That has led to massive speculation about who might purchase TikTok and save it from its precarious s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Microsoft, Government, Softbank, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Policy, Tencent, Trump


mmhmm, the virtual presentation software from Phil Libin, launches its Beta 2

mmhmm, the latest project from Evernote founder Phil Libin and All Turtles, has today announced the launch of the mmhmm Beta 2. The 100,000-strong waitlist of people who have requested access are getting their invite to the platform today. Also part of the beta 2: a handful of new features for the video presentation software. Most notable among them is Co-Pilot. Co-Pilot allows two users to “drive” the presentation simultaneously, with one user speaking and visible and the other running the c...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Evernote, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Mike Krieger, Phil Libin, All Turtles, Kevin Hartz Eventbrite, Mmhmm, Co Pilot Co Pilot, Human Capital Biz Stone Jana Messerschmidt ANGELS, Digital Garage Precursor Ventures Kevin Systrom, Linda Kozlowski Blue Apron Julia


Broadcast your next listing: HomeRover is moving the bar for livestream tours

The Android and iOS app HomeRover allows multiple parties to view, screenshot and make a list of what they want to see in real time.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Opinion, Marketing, Service, Mobile Apps, Radio, Teams, Open House, Select, Video Apps, PROPtech, Virtual Home Tours, Video Software, Tech Reviews, Real Estate Technology Reviews


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but (and this is a key point) th...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok and WeChat parent Tencent

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days. INBOX: @realDonaldTrump has sig...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Google to roll out its digital learning platform to 23 million students and teachers in India’s Maharashtra state

Google has partnered with one of the largest states in India to provide its digital classroom services to tens of millions of students and teachers, the search giant said today, as it makes further education push in the world’s second largest internet market. The company, which recently announced plans to invest $10 billion in India, said it had partnered with the government of western state of Maharashtra that will see 23 million students and teachers access Google’s education offering at no...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Tech, New Delhi, Sanjay Gupta, Maharashtra, CBSE, Uddhav Thackeray, Google India, Maharashtra Government, G Suite for Education Google, Central Board of Secondary Education


macOS 11.0 Big Sur preview

I honestly can’t remember when I first started writing about the mobile creep in macOS. It has happened little by little, update after update. My earlier fears that it would fully surrender to the influence of iOS have thus far not come to fruition, but the iPhone’s operating system continues to be the clearest indicator of future desktop updates. It’s clear, of course, why one of Apple’s OSes would   borrow so liberally from another. The iPhone has been top dog at the company for well over ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Apps, Tech, Intel, Notification Center, Launchpad, Control Center, Big Sur Apple


Robinhood’s Q2 soars

Robinhood’s huge, two-part Series F round came partially in Q2 and partially in Q3. The app-based trading platform announced the first $280 million  in early May, valuing the company at around $8.3 billion, up from a prior price tag of around $7.6 billion. Then in July, Robinhood tacked on $320 million more at the same price, raising its valuation to around $8.6 billion. While it has long been known that savings and investing apps and services are seeing a boom in 2020, precisely what caused ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Finance, Tech, Robinhood, Exchange, Charles Schwab, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch


Mode raises $33M to supercharge its analytics platform for data scientists

Data science is the name of the game these days for companies that want to improve their decision making by tapping the information they are already amassing in their apps and other systems. And today, a startup called Mode Analytics, which has built a platform incorporating machine learning, business intelligence and big data analytics to help data scientists fulfil that task, is announcing $33 million in funding to continue making its platform ever more sophisticated. Most recently, for exampl...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Enterprise, Microsoft, Big Data, Tech, Hp, Analytics, Data Science, Cto, Yammer, Foundation, Looker


TikTok announces first data center in Europe

TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court last month that put international data transfers in the spotlight, dialling up the legal risk around processing data outside the bloc. TikTok said the forthcoming ...
Tags: Security, Social, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Russia, India, Disney, US, Social Media, Tech


The best Android apps (August 2020)

Create a phone productivity hub for work, school, and chores, then kick back with well-deserved entertainment.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Android Apps, Buying Guides, Best Android Apps



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