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Twitter finally shuts down its abandoned prototype app twttr

Twitter is shutting down its experimental app twttr, which the company had used publicly prototype new features back in 2019. The app was first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019, then launched to testers that March. Its primary focus had been on trying out new designs for threaded conversations, including things like how to branch replies, apply labels and color-code responses, among other things. Some of those tests eventually turned into Twitter features and the twttr...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Tweets, Social Media, Tech, Development, Kayvon Beykpour, Sara, Xie, Sara Haider, Suzanne Xie, Twttr, Sara Beykpour, Lightwell Work


Android’s winter update adds new features to Gboard, Maps, Books, Nearby Share and more

Google announced this morning Android phones will receive an update this winter that will bring some half-dozen new features to devices, including improvements to apps like Gboard, Google Play Books, Voice Access, Google Maps, Android Auto, and Nearby Share. The release is the latest in a series of update bundles that now allow Android devices to receive new features outside of the usual annual update cycle. The bundles may not deliver Android’s latest flagship features, but they offer steady im...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Smartphones, Emoji, Waze, Google-Maps, Android Auto, Eta, Google Play Books, Voice Access, Gboard, Google Play Books Now Google


iPhones can now automatically recognize and label buttons and UI features for blind users

Apple has always gone out of its way to build features for users with disabilities, and Voiceover on iOS is an invaluable tool for anyone with a vision impairment — assuming every element of the interface has been manually labeled. But the company just unveiled a brand new feature that uses machine learning to identify and label every button, slider, and tab automatically. Screen Recognition, available now in iOS 14, is a computer vision system that has been trained on thousands of images of ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Apps, Mac, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Voiceover, Bigham, Jeff Bigham, Screen Readers, Screen Recognition, Chris Fleizach


PhonePe raises $700 million, becomes a separate entity

PhonePe, the crown jewel in Flipkart’s acquisition by Walmart, is “partially” spinning off, the Bangalore-based financial services firm said on Thursday. To kick off its new journey, the firm said it has secured $700 million in a new financing round. This round, the name of which was not disclosed, was led by Walmart with participation from some existing investors, PhonePe said. The new round gave PhonePe, which was founded by three former Flipkart employees, a post-money valuation of $...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Flipkart, UPI, Bangalore, Paytm, Sameer Nigam, Phonepe, Flipkart Group, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Google Pay


Daily Crunch: Apple announces its best apps of 2020

Apple releases its annual best apps list, a self-driving truck startup raises $350 million and the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets emergency approval in the United Kingdom. This is your Daily Crunch for December 2, 2020. The big story: Apple announces its best apps of 2020 There were different winners — all selected by App Store editors — for different devices. Home workout app Wakeout! was named the iPhone App of the Year, Disney+ was the Apple TV App of the Year and the productivity a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Disney, US, Tech, Earth, United Kingdom, Loon, Mac App, Jonathan, Virta, Virta Health, Tiktok, Daily Crunch


Wellory raises $4.5M for its ‘anti-diet’ nutrition app

Wellory, a startup that bills itself as taking an “anti-diet approach” to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $4.2 million in funding. The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA Player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others. Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who was previously the head of customer success at WayUp) told me that she struggled with dieting i...
Tags: Health, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Sean Rad, Funding, Tech, Wayup, Hochman, Story Ventures, Wellory, Harlem Capital Tinder, Justin Mateen Ground, Up Ventures NBA


Jio Platforms backs SF-based AR gaming startup Krikey

Jio Platforms, the biggest telecom operator in India and which has raised over $20 billion from Facebook, Google and other high-profile investors this year, is leading a financing round of a San Francisco-based startup that develops augmented-reality mobile games. Jio has led the Series A fundraise of Krikey, founded by sisters Jhanvi and Ketaki Shriram, the Indian firm said on Wednesday. They did not disclose the size of Krikey’s Series A round, but Jio said Krikey has raised $22 million to dat...
Tags: Apps, Asia, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Reliance Jio, Facebook Google, Jio, Haptik, JioSaavn, Akash Ambani Director of Jio, Jio Platforms, Krikey, Jhanvi, Ketaki Shriram


The best Android apps (December 2020)

Finding all the best Android apps for your device can be a time-consuming task. We've rounded up our top 100 apps, with something for every occasion.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Android Apps, Buying Guides, Best Android Apps, Best Mobile Apps


Home energy evaluator WattBuy raises $3.25M in series A

WattBuy, a web app for helping homeowners predict and understand energy usage raises more money as climate change's role in real estate continues to grow.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Climate Change, Radio, Venture Capital, Wildfire, Floods, Carbon Footprint, Series A, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Fund-raising, Wattbuy, Climatecheck, Floodzones


Apple releases its ‘Best of 2020’ App Store winners and most downloaded apps of the year

Apple today released its highly anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of 2020. As in previous years, App Store editors selected the winners based on factors like the app’s quality, creative design, usability and use of Apple technology, among other things. The “Best of 2020” winners this year include a number of apps that helped people transition to a life spent at home. For example, home workout app Wakeout! won iPhone App of the Year, while Zoom snagged the top spot as the iPad...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Apps, Hong Kong, Australia, Tech, Nba, Minecraft, App Store, Delhi, Beirut, Plague Inc, Mac App, Phil Schiller, Trump


Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed

People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app’s screen, Google Maps is introducing its own news feed. Technically, Google calls its new feature the “Community Feed,” as it includes posts from a local area. However, it’s organized as any other news feed would be — a vertically scrollable feed with posts you can “Like” by tapping on a little thumbs up icon. The feed, which is found with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Food, Facebook, Apps, Business, Maps, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Tech, Ios Apps, News Feed, Businesses, Android Apps, Google-Maps, Google News


US shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year’s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according . The firm estimates that U.S. consumers downloaded approximately 2.8 million shopping apps on November 27th — a figure that’s up by nearly 8% over last year. However, this number doesn’t necessarily represent faster growth than in 2019, which also saw...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Google Play, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Business, Shopping, Marketing, US, Tech, Nike, Walmart, E-commerce


U.S. shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year’s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according . The firm estimates that U.S. consumers downloaded approximately 2.8 million shopping apps on November 27th — a figure that’s up by nearly 8% over last year. However, this number doesn’t necessarily represent faster growth than in 2019, which also saw...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Google Play, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Business, Shopping, Marketing, Nike, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping


Google Play’s Best of 2020 Awards highlight the stressful year it’s been

Continuing its annual tradition, Google today announced its Best of 2020 awards — the company’s list of the best apps, games, movies and books for the year. Not surprisingly, the top apps picked by both Google Play users and editors reflect the stressful year that 2020 has been, with a top sleep app, Loóna, winning the title of “Best App” of 2020. Meanwhile, Google Play users picked streaming service Disney+ as their choice. Loóna is a fitting app to win the award this year. The sleep aid promis...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Games, Disney, Barack Obama, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Ted, Allie Brosh, Loona, Loóna Google Play, Krusty Cook, Brawlhalla Bullet Echo GWENT, Tochi Onyebuchi Solutions


Singapore-based mental health app Intellect reaches one million users, closes seed funding

Theodoric Chew, co-founder and chief executive officer of mental health app Intellect Intellect, a Singapore-based startup that wants to lower barriers to mental health care in Asia, says it has reached more than one million users just six months after launching. Google also announced today that the startup’s consumer app, also called Intellect, is one of its picks for best personal growth apps of 2020. The company recently closed an undisclosed seed round led by Insignia Ventures Partners...
Tags: Health, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Mental Health, United States, Carousell, Singapore Australia


A tween tries Apple’s new ‘Family Setup’ system for Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device — a parent of a “tween” who’s allowed to freely roam the neighborhood (but not without some sort of communication device) — I put the new Family Setup system for the Apple Watch through its paces over the past couple of months. The result? To be frank, I’m conflic...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Family, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Netflix, Chromebook, Nintendo, Apple Watch, Tweens


Salut raises $1.25M for its virtual fitness service

This morning Salut, an app-based service that allows fitness trainers to host classes virtually, announced that it has raised $1.25 million in a new financing event. The round was led by Charles Hudson, an investor at Precursor Ventures. Founder Matthew DiPietro, formerly of Twitch, told TechCrunch that Salut soft-launched in mid-September, with a wider release coming today. DiPietro thought up the concept behind Salut before the pandemic hit, he said during an interview, but after COVID-19 appe...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Tech, Matthew DiPietro, Peloton, DiPietro, Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures, Salut, Virtual Group Fitness Instructor V GFI


This Week in Apps: Snapchat clones TikTok, India bans 43 Chinese apps, more data on App Store commission changes

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications, and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People now spend three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a  $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those wi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Washington, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Developers, Snapchat, Nintendo, Microsoft Office


India sets rules for commissions, surge pricing for Uber and Ola

Ride-hailing firms such as Ola and Uber can only draw a fee of up to 20% on ride fares in India, New Delhi said in guidelines on Friday, a new setback for the SoftBank-backed firms already struggling to improve their finances in the key overseas market. The guidelines, which for the first time bring modern-age app-based ride-hailing firms under a regulatory framework in the country, also put a cap on the so-called surge pricing, the fare Uber and Ola charge during hours when their services se...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Asia, Government, India, Softbank, Tech, Bangalore, Ola, India NEW DELHI, RedSeer, Ujjwal Chaudhry


Rock-star programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding

“Hi, I’m Rivers from the band, Weezer,” Rivers Cuomo says with a slight smile and a wave. He turns away from the camera for a bit, before launching into his best infomercial pitch. “Imagine you’re on tour, and you’re sitting in your dressing room or your tour bus. You’re backstage. You have stage fright, you’re stressing out. You’re pacing back and forth. And then on top of that, your tour manager is constantly calling you, asking you logistical questions.” As far as internet pitch videos go, it...
Tags: Google, Python, Apps, Spacex, Microsoft, Entertainment, Tech, Paypal, Harvard, Demos, Cuomo, Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, Igor Stravinsky, Pixies, Pinkerton


Rockstar programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding

“Hi, I’m Rivers from the band, Weezer,” Rivers Cuomo says with a slight smile and a wave. He turns away from the camera for a bit, before launching into his best infomercial pitch. “Imagine you’re on tour, and you’re sitting in your dressing room or your tour bus. You’re backstage. You have stage fright, you’re stressing out. You’re pacing back and forth. And then on top of that, your tour manager is constantly calling you, asking you logistical questions.” As far as internet pitch videos go, it...
Tags: Google, Python, Apps, Spacex, Microsoft, Entertainment, Tech, Paypal, Harvard, Demos, Cuomo, Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, Igor Stravinsky, Pixies, Pinkerton


Gift Guide: 5 solid tech gifts to help decrease stress and increase sleep

Welcome to Techcrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. Even in a normal year, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing hellscape. In 2020, though — honestly, it’s hard to say what manner of climactic finale this historically rough year might have on tap. In honor of the one of the most epically rotten years on record, we’ve cobbled together a li...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Hardware, Sleep, Withings, Tech, Stress, Muse, Bose, Calm, Dreamlight, HBO Max With, Gift Guide 2020, Withings Sleep, Withings Health, Dreamlight Zen


Highland 2 is very fast on the new Macs

Highland 2.9 runs natively on Apple’s speedy new M1 processor, the chip in its latest Macs. Naturally, we wanted to see how much faster it runs on the new hardware. The challenge is that Highland 2 is already very, very fast. It’s hard to find an operation that takes long enough to measure with a stopwatch. So we went back to an earlier challenge, looking at how long it takes to open Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Weighing in at more than 500,000 words, this plain text document is 4,132 pages long w...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Microsoft, Highland, Tolstoy, Screenwriting, Intel MacBook Air


Slack’s stock climbs on possible Salesforce acquisition

News that Salesforce is interested in buying Slack, the popular workplace chat company, sent shares of the smaller firm sharply higher today. Slack shares are up just under 25% at the moment, according to Yahoo Finance data. Slack is worth $36.95 per share as of the time of writing, valuing it at around $20.8 billion. The well-known former unicorn has been worth as little as $15.10 per share inside the last year, and worth as much as $40.07. Inversely, shares of Salesforce are trading lowe...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Salesforce, Slack, Yahoo Finance, Mueller, Constellation Research, Holger Mueller


Tiger Global invests in India’s Unacademy at $2 billion valuation

Unacademy, an online learning platform in India, has added two more marquee investors to its cap table. The Bangalore-based startup, which focuses on K-12 online education, said on Wednesday it has raised new funds from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group. The funding round, which is between $75 million to $100 million in size (according to a person familiar with the matter; Unacademy has not disclosed the figure), valued the four-and-a-half-year-old startup at $2 billion, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Edtech, Tiger Global Management, Bangalore, Shashi Tharoor, Scott Shleifer, Gaurav Munjal


Police case filed against Netflix executives in India over ‘A Suitable Boy’ kissing scene

Netflix, which has invested more than $500 million to gain a foothold in India in recent years, is slowly finding out just about what all could upset some people in the world’s second-largest internet market: Apparently everything. A police case has been filed this week against two top executives of the American streaming service in India after a leader of the governing party objected to some scenes in a TV series. The show, “A Suitable Boy,” is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Ind...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Entertainment, India, BJP, Tech, Netflix, Hindu, Madhya Pradesh, Mira Nair, Gaurav Tiwari, Vikram Seth, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Monika Shergill, Narottam Mishra, Ambika Khurana


Pinterest tests online events with dedicated ‘class communities’

Pinterest is getting into online events. The company has been spotted testing a new feature that allows users to sign up for Zoom classes through Pinterest, while creators use Pinterest’s class boards to organize class materials, notes, and other resources, or even connect with attendees through a group chat option. The company confirmed the test of online classes is an experiment now in development, but wouldn’t offer further details about its plans. The feature itself was discovered on Tuesday...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Events, Social Media, Tech, Creators, Zoom, Classes, Online Classes, Wong, Online events, Jane Manchun Wong, Story Pins


YouTube suspends and demonetizes One America News Network over COVID-19 video

YouTube today confirmed that it has suspended right-wing cable channel One America News Network (OAN or OANN for short). The penalty comes after a violation of YouTube’s stated COVID-19 misinformation guidelines. As a result, the network will be barred from posting new videos for a week, while its existing videos will also be demonetized for that period. A spokesperson for the Google-owned video service offered the following statement to TechCrunch: Since early in this pandemic, we’ve worked ...
Tags: Google, Apps, Youtube, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Fox News, Trump, America News Network, One America News Network, YouTube Partner Program, America News, OAN, OANN, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Fortnite adds a $12 monthly subscription bundle

Fortnite’s free to play model has no doubt been a big driver in the battle royale title’s stratospheric success. Epic clearly hasn’t had much issue monetizing the game. While revenue slipped last year, it still managed to pull in a massive windfall of $1.8 billion (down from an even more staggering $2.4 billion). The company has had no shortage of investments, though it could always use some extra cash for…reasons. Today, the publisher announced a new model designed to deliver reoccurring paymen...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Apps, Tech, Epic, Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite


Proxyclick visitor management system adapts to COVID as employee check-in platform

Proxyclick began life by providing an easy way to manage visitors in your building with an iPad-based check-in system. As the pandemic has taken hold, however, customer requirements have changed, and Proxyclick is changing with them. Today the company announced Proxyclick Flow, a new system designed to check in employees during the time of COVID. “Basically when COVID hit our customers told us that actually our employees are the new visitors. So what you used to ask your visitors, you are now...
Tags: Mobile, Cloud, Apps, Enterprise, Tech, Mobile Apps, Blondeau, Proxyclick, Gregory Blondeau, COVID-19, Visitor Management



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