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The best iPhone apps (April 2020)

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world. Bring out the best in yours with these top 100 apps.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Of Everything


Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app

There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A new effort looks like the most comprehensive, well-organized and credibly backed yet — and it has been developed in part by Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann. Silbermann and a team from Pinterest enlisted the help of high school friend, and CRISPR gene-editing pioneer / MIT and Harvard...
Tags: Health, Android, TC, Apps, Crowdsourcing, Pinterest, Biology, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, United States, Photo Sharing, Cornell, Operating Systems


Disney debuts its streaming service in India for $20 a year

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $19.5) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a dozen markets where Disney+ is currently available. Subscribers of the revamped ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Hbo, Media, Abc, John Oliver, India, Disney, Narendra Modi, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Fox


Disney debuts its streaming service in India

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $20) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a dozen markets where Disney+ is currently available. Subscribers of the revamped st...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Hbo, Media, Abc, India, Disney, Tech, Apple TV, Fox, Netflix, Premier League, New Delhi


IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life

What do you do if you’re an event discovery startup and suddenly it’s illegal to attend events? You lean into the cultural shift and pivot. Today, $11 million-funded calendar app IRL is morphing from In Real Life to In Remote Life. It will now focus on helping people find, RSVP for, plan, share, and chat about virtual events from livestreamed concerts to esports tournaments to Zoom cocktail parties. Coronavirus could make IRL relevant to a wider audience because before an event “only mattered if...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Netflix, Talent, Robinhood, Greylock, Google-calendar, Irl, Josh Elman


Google's Art App Now Turns Your Selfies Into Famous Masterpieces

In what promises to be an excellent way to kill a solid 10 minutes, the Google Arts & Culture app has been updated with a new Art Transfer feature that will apply the look of countless famous paintings and artists to your own photos using machine learning techniques.Read more...
Tags: Google, Art, Apps, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Artists, Machine Learning, Ai, Neural Networks, Google Arts And Culture


Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors

Time spent in mobile apps has been surging, as people stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak have been turning to apps to do their shopping, manage their finances, find new exercises, work from home, and stay entertained. According to new data from App Annie, released today, Q1 2020 was the largest-ever quarter in terms of consumer spend on apps. In addition, the average weekly time spent in apps and games worldwide was up 20% year-over-year in the quarter, based on an analysis of Android...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, South Korea, Games, Japan, Youtube, China, India, Disney, Tech, Brazil, App Stores, App Annie, Puzzle Simulation Action Simulation


Google to shut down its India-focused Q&A app Neighbourly

Google is shutting down Neighbourly, a Q&A social app that it launched in select parts of India two years, the company has informed users. The app, developed by company’s Next Billion Initiative, aimed to give local communities an outlet to seek answers to practical questions about life, routine and more. At the time of the app’s launch, Google told TechCrunch that it believed that an increase in urban migration, short-term leasing and busy lives had changed the dynamic of local communities and ...
Tags: Google, Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, App Annie


Google is shutting down its Neighbourly app

Google is killing another one of its experimental apps — Neighbourly. The company said it’s shutting down the app on May 12, as the project didn’t take off as expected. The search giant first unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in the Indian city of Mumbai to let you explore your neighborhood with help from local experts. Later in November, it expanded its base to a few more cities in the country. However, it failed to gain traction, likely because it simply didn’t have enough users to delive...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, India, Mumbai


YouTube ‘Shorts’ is Google’s answer to TikTok, says report

Since TikTok exploded in popularity over the last year or two, some YouTubers have made a transition over to the platform. According to The Information, it seems YouTube is looking to reclaim some of those creators by launching its own TikTok rival feature called ‘Shorts.’ According to the report, Shorts will live within the regular YouTube app and will include “a feed of brief videos posted by users.” Thanks to the company’s stockpile of licensed music, users will be able to use these as backin...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Tiktok


In a significant change, Apple customers can now buy or rent titles directly in the Prime Video app

Amazon has made it easier for Apple customers to buy or rent movies from its Prime Video app with a recent update. Before, customers using the Prime Video app from an iOS device or Apple TV would have to first purchase or rent the movie elsewhere — like through the Amazon website or a Prime Video app on another device, such as the Fire TV, Roku, or an Android device. Now, Prime Video users can make the purchase directly through the app instead. The changes weren’t formally announced, but q...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Media, Germany, Siri, Tech, Rentals, U S U K, Prime Video, Apple TV 4K Amazon, Netflix Tinder Spotify


“Content network effect” makes TikTok tough to copy

Many TikTok videos don’t start from scratch, so neither can its competitors. TikTok is all about remixes where users shoot a new video to recontextualize audio pulled from someone else’s clip, or riff on an existing meme or concept. That only works because TikTok’s had time to build up an immense armory of content to draw inspiration from. Creators will find themselves unequipped trying to get started on TikTok copycats including Facebook Lasso, and Instagram Reels which is testing in Braz...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Youtube, Tech, Brazil, Zuckerberg, Facebook Instagram, Remixes


Nextdoor updates its app to allow businesses to link to fundraisers, gift cards and more

Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor is rolling out a few changes focused on supporting local businesses. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many businesses to close their doors, sometimes for good, while others are struggling to stay afloat. As a result, many Nextdoor users have been posting on the app asking how they can help support their favorite businesses during this time. These new updates will allow them to do just that — by buying gift cards from local businesses, donating to fundr...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Facebook Pages, Restaurants, Tech, Businesses, Social Network, Opentable, Local Business, Nextdoor, SMB, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Resource Center


Mobile app spending to double by 2024, despite economic impacts of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on the mobile app industry and that will continue in the years to come. According to a revised 2020-2024 market forecast from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, a sizable increase in app downloads for industries like remote work and education will lead to a large surge in app installs for the early part of 2020 and beyond, despite other decreases in downloads for ride-sharing and fast food apps. However, the expected economic downturn ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, China, India, Tech, Ios Apps, Android Apps, Brazil, App Stores, App Store, Latin America, Taiwan China, Sensor Tower, COVID-19


Uber Eats beefs up its grocery delivery offer as COVID-19 lockdowns continue

Uber Eats has beefed up grocery delivery options in three markets hard hit by the coronavirus. Uber’s food delivery division said today it’s inked a partnership with supermarket giant Carrefour in France to provide Parisians with 30 minute home delivery on a range of grocery products, including everyday foods, toiletries and cleaning products. The service is starting with 15 stores in the city, with Uber Eats saying it plans to scale it out rapidly nationwide “in the coming weeks”. In Sp...
Tags: Food, Uber, Apps, Europe, UK, Australia, France, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Supermarkets, United Kingdom, Brazil, Food Delivery, Retailers


Royals, ministers or even Boy George: Houseparty becomes isolation app of choice

A social app once the preserve of teens is proving a vital way to beat the Coronavirus bluesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike any real-life get-together, you can never be sure who you will bump into in the kitchen – and in much the same way people are now discovering government ministers, famous musicians, and even members of the royal family when using the Houseparty app.While Zoom has quickly risen to prominence for business meetings, and Microsoft’s Teams functi...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Boy George, Coronavirus outbreak


Investors tell Indian startups to ‘prepare for the worst’ as Covid-19 uncertainty continues

Just three months after capping what was the best year for Indian startups, having raised a record $14.5 billion in 2019, they are beginning to struggle to raise new capital as prominent investors urge them to “prepare for the worst”, cut spending and warn that it could be challenging to secure additional money for the next few months. In an open letter to startup founders in India, ten global and local private equity and venture capitalist firms including Accel, Lightspeed, Sequoia Capital, and...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Zomato, Sequoia Capital, New Delhi, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Bangalore, SAIF Partners, Accel


The best video-editing apps for iOS and Android

Smartphone video footage demands quick, pro-level editing. Here are the best video editing apps available.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Photography, Trends, Best Of, Video Editing App, Tier 4


These Weather Apps Are Great Alternatives to the Apple-Owned Dark Sky

Dark Sky just announced it has been acquired by Apple, and with the sale come a few big problems for fans of the hyper-local weather app. First of all, the Android app is going away altogether—for obvious reasons. You can continue to use it until July 1, and subscribers will be refunded any money they’ve spent on a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Apps, Weather, Lifehacks, Dark Sky


Family-friendly Spotify Kids app launches in the U.S., Canada and France

Last fall, Spotify debuted a standalone Kids application, aimed at bringing kid-friendly music and stories to Spotify Premium Family subscribers, initially in Ireland. Today, that app is being made available broadly in the U.S. Canada and France, the company announced on Tuesday. The Kids app is still considered a “beta” as it arrives in these new markets, Spotify says. However, it’s been expanded with more songs, stories and other content since the original beta tests began. The app is largely ...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Media, Abc, France, Tech, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Party, Youtube Kids, Disney Music Group, Alex Norstrom, Spotify Premium Family, Pinkfong


Disney+ to launch in India on April 3

Disney said on Tuesday that it will launch its streaming service, Disney+, in India on April 3. The service, available globally in about a dozen markets, will launch in India on Hotstar, one of the most popular on-demand streaming services in the country that is also owned by Disney. The company said it is raising the yearly subscription cost of the combined entity, Disney+Hotstar, to Rs 1,499 ($20), up from Rs 999 ($13.2) that it previously charged for its most premium content on Hotstar. TechC...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Asia, Media, Entertainment, John Oliver, India, Disney, Narendra Modi, Tech, Showtime, Ipl, New Delhi, Oliver, Hooq, Hotstar


Uber co-founder Garrett Camp steps back from board director role

Uber co-founder Garrett Camp is relinquishing his role as a board director and switching to board observer — where he says he’ll focus on product strategy for the ride hailing giant. Camp made the announcement in a short Medium post in which he writes of his decade at Uber: “I’ve learned a lot, and realized that I’m most helpful when focused on product strategy & design, and this is where I’d like to focus going forward.” “I will continue to work with Dara [Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO] and the ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Apps, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, StumbleUpon, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Camp, Garrett Camp, Dara, Ryan Graves, Dara Khosrowshahi, Personnel, Khosrowshahi, Expa Labs


Facebook deletes Brazil President’s coronavirus misinfo post

Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook made the decisive choice to remove a video shared by Bolsonaro on Sunday where he claimed that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places.” That’s despite the drug still undergoing testing to determine its effectiveness for treating COVID-19, which researchers and health authorities have not ...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Government, Tech, BBC News, Policy, Brazil, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Fact Checking, Trump


We must consider secure online voting

Amelia Powers-Gardner Contributor Share on Twitter Amelia Powers-Gardner is county clerk of Utah County in Utah and was sworn into office in January 2019. Chris Walker Contributor Chris Walker is county clerk of Jackson County in Oregon. First appointed in 2008, Chris was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. The list of states delaying primaries and elections is quickly increasing, wi...
Tags: Apps, Column, Utah, Elections, Voting, Congress, Oregon, Government, Tech, Policy, United States, Iowa, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, Chris, Electronic Voting


Facebook Messenger preps Auto Status location type sharing

Facebook Messenger could soon automatically tell your closest friends you’re at the gym, driving, or in Tokyo. Messenger has been spotted prototyping a ported version of the Instagram close friends-only Threads app’s Auto Status option that launched in October. The unreleased Messenger feature would use your location, accelerometer, and battery life to determine what you’re up to and share it with a specific subset of your friends. But instead of sharing your exact coordinates, it overlays an...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Aol, Tokyo, Location Sharing, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Robby Stein, Instagram Threads, Facebook Messenger emoji status


Muzmatch adds a button to video chat with a match’s dad

Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch is getting (slightly) involved with video: It’s adding a button to enable users to request a video chat with a prospective match’s father. If the user impresses on camera, the dad can grant a ‘Dad Verified’ badge to add to their profile — as an added layer of parental vetting for a community that’s seriously focused on finding a life partner. YC backed Muzmatch has been building out a community-sensitive approach to app-based swipe-to-match ‘dating’ for Muslims fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, UK, US, Tech, Dating, Muslim, Dating Apps, Yc, Muzmatch, Shahzad Younas, Video Dating


Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Europ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Video, Microsoft, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ios Apps, Italy, Android Apps, Hangouts, Video Conferencing, App Annie


Video conferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing, and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth, as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Eur...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Video, Microsoft, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ios Apps, Italy, Android Apps, Hangouts, Video Conferencing, App Annie


This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

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 saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “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 big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Social, Gaming, Apps, Instagram, Cdc, Tech, Smartphones, Monetization, Growth, App Annie, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


What designers can learn from Candy Crush’s brilliant UX

One of the best ways to improve as a designer is to study the greats. There’s no doubt that Candy Crush is one of the best selling mobile games of all time, but how does its UX hold up? Consistency Consistency is one of the best ways to get your users comfortable with your product. If they know what to expect from screen to screen it will cut down on confusion. Candy Crush is consistent in its style. Sticking with a bright, playful tone that can be seen across the fonts, sound effects, animation...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Candy Crush, Design & Dev, Syndication



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