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Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in India

Facebook Avatars, which lets users customize a virtual lookalike of themselves for use as stickers in chat and comments, is now available in India, the social juggernaut’s biggest market by users account. The American firm said Tuesday it had launched Avatars to India as more social interaction moves online amid a nationwide lockdown in the world’s second largest internet market. The company said Avatars supports a variety of faces, hairstyles, outfits that are customized for users in India. ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Australia, India, Snapchat, Xiaomi, New Zealand, New Delhi, Messenger Facebook, Bitmoji, Avatars, Facebook Avatars


Salesforce announces a new mobile collaboration tool for sales called Anywhere

Even before the pandemic pushed most employees to work from home, sales people often worked outside of the office. Salesforce introduced a new tool today at the Trailheadx Conference called Salesforce Anywhere that’s designed to let teams collaborate and share data wherever they happen to be. Salesforce VP of product, Michael Machado says that the company began thinking about the themes of working from anywhere pre-COVID. “We were really thinking across the board what a mobile experience woul...
Tags: Travel, TC, Cloud, Apps, Enterprise, SaaS, Salesforce, CRM, Machado, Salesforce Salesforce, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Trailheadx Conference, Salesforce Anywhere, Michael Machado


Facebook tests Forecast, an app for making predictions about world events, like COVID-19

Forecast, a new project from Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is launching today to build a community around predictions. The iOS app will allow users to ask questions and then use in-app points to make predictions about what might happen in the future. Users can also create, discuss and view these crowdsourced predictions. At launch, only invited participants in the U.S. and Canada will be allowed to make predictions and engage in conversations, while the app is in beta testing. But the...
Tags: Travel, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, US, Canada, NPE Team, COVID


Spotify tests in-app offers, an interactive ad format for podcasts

Spotify is testing a new, more interactive ad format designed for podcasts: the in-app offer. Instead of prompting listeners to remember a coupon code or visit a specific website address, the in-app offer allows users to redeem an offer at a time that’s convenient for them. This is done by way of a visual reminder within the Spotify app which displays the sponsors on the podcast episode’s page. Below the podcast and description, a new section titled “Episode Sponsors” will appear, allowing li...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Media, Podcasts, Germany, Advertising, Ads, Harry, Ad Tech, Consumer Electronics Show, Kim Kardashian West, Joe Rogan, DC Warner Bros, Joel Withrow


Live from Apple’s virtual WWDC 2020

This WWDC is going to be one to remember — if not because of the news it makes, then certainly the show itself. As with the rest of the industry (and world, for that matter), Apple’s been first to go entirely virtual for the first — and possibly last — time. Beyond that, there’s bound to be plenty of news worth tuning in for. Here’s what we’re expecting out of the event. At the top of the list, is Apple’s long awaited push into ARM processors. There’s plenty of OS-related news, as well, with ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Ios, Apps, Hardware, Events, macOS, Wwdc 2020


Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote live right here

Apple is holding a keynote today on the first day of its developer conference, and the company is expected to talk about a ton of software updates. WWDC is a virtual event this year, but you can expect the same amount of news, in a different format. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that the company plans to unveil new versions of its operating systems. Get ready for iOS 14 and ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, New York, London, Intel, Macbook, Paris, Apple Events, Wwdc, Watch Apple, Safari Microsoft, Wwdc 2020


UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This means its future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contract to an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones


Apple says its App Store facilitated $519B in commerce in 2019

Amid increasing antitrust scrutiny by U.S. regulators, Apple announced an update on its App Store ecosystem. While the company normally shares some App Store metrics during its WWDC keynote, it’s today detailing the results of a new study that claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated half a trillion ($519 billion) in billings and sales globally in 2019. This is a new and broader figure than has been previously reported, as it includes all transactions the App Store facilitates, not just those ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, Japan, Etsy, China, Tech, Netflix, Commerce, New York Times, Mlb


Snapchat redesigns its app with new action bar

Snap is unveiling some important changes for Snapchat at its Snap Partner Summit. The navigation has been rethought with a new action bar at the bottom that lets you access Snap Map and Snap Originals in just a tap. Snap Map is also getting some brand new features to compete head-to-head with Google Maps. A new banner called ‘Happening Now’ is also being rolled out to all users in the U.S. with a curated selection of stories at the top of the Discover tab. Snap has been testing the new des...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Snapchat, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, Snap, Snap Map, Snap Map Snap Map


’60 Minutes’ producers launch a ’10 minute or less’ Quibi series in bid to attract younger viewers

After teasing the series’ arrival for some months, Quibi is finally ready to launch its take on 60 Minutes for the social media generation. What that mainly means is content tailored to the shortened attention spans of viewers on top which the service has hung all of its hopes, dreams and $1.8 billion. The new take on the America’s oldest newsmagazine goes under the banner  ’60 IN 6’ — slightly confusing, given that its producers are committing to a broader definition of short form content at...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Minnesota, Nbc, Entertainment, Minneapolis, America, Bbc, Al Sharpton, Naacp, 60 Minutes, Floyd, Wesley Lowery, Quibi, George Floyd


Walmart’s Flipkart rolls out voice assistant to make shopping easier

Flipkart is rolling out a voice assistant feature to its platform to make it easier for consumers to shop as the Walmart-owned e-commerce giant looks to expand its reach in the nation. The AI-powered voice assistant currently supports grocery category, called Supermart, but a company spokesperson told TechCrunch that Flipkart will soon be extending it to other verticals. The feature began rolling out to Android users on Tuesday, and the company says it is working on bringing it to its iOS ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Walmart, New Delhi, Flipkart, Alexa, Bangalore Flipkart, Manish Kumar, General Merchandise and Furniture


Virtually drive through cities

If you miss your daily drive to work or just want to cruise around listening to your favorite radio station, tune in to this new app. The Drive and Listen desktop application immerses you in city life across the globe by following along a virtual driver while getting the latest local updates on the radio. You can make your way up Park Avenue rocking out to “I Want to Break Free” or bob up and down the hills of San Francisco while NPR informs you on the latest. While the 4K footage is pre-rec...
Tags: Travel, Apps, San Francisco, App, Driving, Npr, All, Park Avenue, Radio Stations, Drive And Listen, Erkam


Facebook launches Collab, a mix-and-match app for making collaborative music videos

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is rolling out yet another new app today called Collab after having just launched a new group audio calling app, CatchUp, on Tuesday. With Collab, the focus has now returned to video, and specifically, the concept of watching, mixing, and matching original videos together, beginning with music. In Collab, creators can either record their own musical arrangement or swipe to discover arrangements to build a composition, or a “collab.” While there are some e...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Video, Music, Digital, Social Media, Ios Apps, Collaboration, Musicians, Collab, NPE Team, Instagram Facebook Stories, TikTok Dubsmash Triller


Spotify Kids app rolls out blocking, listening history features for parents

Spotify is expanding the capabilities of its parental controls on its Spotify Kids app, aimed at children ages 3 and up on a parent’s Spotify Premium Family plan. Before, parents could only select whether the child was directed to the experience for younger or older children. Now, they’ll be able to specifically block content from their child’s account when accessing the chid’s listening history. These features had been hinted at when Spotify Kids made its U.S. debut in March. At the time, Spoti...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Family, Music, Japan, Kids, Media, Parents, Children, Music Streaming, Pin, Tiktok, Spotify Premium Family, Spotify Kids


Consider these things when renting a car

Renting a car doesn't have to be stressful or overly expensive. Here's how to simplify your rental experience.
Tags: Travel, Apps, Cars, Trends, Smartphone, Airport, Car Rental


Amazon gives away a free year of live and on-demand cooking classes on Food Network Kitchen app

Amazon is bringing a year’s worth of free, live and on-demand cooking classes to tens of millions of Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet owners across the U.S., thanks to an expanded collaboration with Discovery’s Food Network Kitchen. The subscription service launched last fall as a flagship app for Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show, bringing daily live classes, step-by-step cooking videos, on-demand video, home delivery of ingredients, and more to Echo devices owners. While the Echo Show was the fir...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Cooking, Apps, Media, Discovery, Bobby Flay, Food Network, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV, Live Streaming, Alexa, Cooking Classes, Bobby, Food Network Kitchen, Quarantine


Moshi, a sleep and mindfulness app for kids, raises $12M Series B led by Accel

“If your kids aren’t sleeping, you aren’t sleeping,” says Moshi founder and CEO Ian Chambers. As mindfulness apps grow increasingly popular among adults, Moshi is looking to bring mindfulness and meditative techniques to children. The app today announced the close of a $12 million Series B financing led by Accel, with participation from Latitude Ventures (the follow-on sister fund to LocalGlobe) and Triplepoint Capital. Bill Roedy, former MTV CEO, also participated in the round. As part of th...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Apps, Entertainment, Funding, Mtv, BAFTA, Patrick Stewart, Smith, Chambers, Accel Partners, Accel, Michael Acton Smith, Goldie Hawn, Mind Candy


Facebook Messenger launches Mac & Windows apps

Facebook Messenger is finally getting desktop apps almost 9 years after its debut. After seeing over a 100% increase in desktop browser audio and video calling, Messenger today releases its Mac and Windows desktop apps. They bring the same features as the browser version, but make it easier to keep your chat threads handy than having Messenger buried in one of many tabs. “We’re all looking for more ways to be together even while we’re physically apart” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes. Fa...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Video Chat, Zoom, Group Video Chat, Screensharing


China’s Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement

Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some of its long-term investors financed the deal. The investors were granted newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Pinduoduo representing approximately 2.8% of the company’s total outstanding shares. The capital raise comes weeks after t...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, China, Funding, Shanghai, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, David Liu, Pinduoduo, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19


New York Public Library free books

To keep readers satiated throughout the coronavirus crisis that has closed all of its branches, the New York Public Library has an app that allows anyone with a NYC library card to check out books in its collection. Over 300,000 books are available via the library’s app, and it’s accessible for anyone with an iOS or Android device. The app, called SimplyE, will allow you to read books on your phone or tablet. But just because the reading is virtual doesn’t mean you won’t still have to wait i...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Books, Nypl, Libraries, New York Public Library, All


Amazon follows Netflix’s lead, reducing streaming quality in Europe

Following moves by Netflix and YouTube, Amazon announced today that it, too, will be throttling streaming bitrates in Europe in an effort to conserve bandwidth. The online giant confirmed the move in a statement to TechCrunch, writing, We support the need for careful management of telecom services to ensure they can handle the increased internet demand with so many people now at home full-time due to COVID-19. Prime Video is working with local authorities and Internet Service Providers wher...
Tags: Travel, Health, Amazon, Apps, Europe, Entertainment, Youtube, Eu, European Union, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Youtube Amazon, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Around is the new floating head video chat multitasking app

You have to actually get work done, not just video call all day, but apps like Zoom want to take over your screen. Remote workers who need to stay in touch while staying productive are forced to juggle tabs. Meanwhile, call participants often look and sound far away, dwarfed by their background and drowned in noise. Today, Around launches its new video chat software that crops participants down to just circles that float on your screen so you have space for other apps. Designed for laptops, A...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Funding, Godaddy, Facebook Messenger, Video Chat, Ryan Hoover, Garry Tan, Credo Ventures


Quit Genius raises $11M Series A to expand into opioid, alcohol addiction treatment

QuitGenius, the YC-backed startup that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help folks quit smoking and vaping tobacco products, has today announced the close of am $11 million Series A round. The new funding was led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. Quit Genius was built by doctors — Yusuf Sherwani (co-founder and CEO), Mazof Ahmed (co-founder and COO), and Sarim Siddiqui (co-founder and head of product) — who met on the f...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Apps, Funding, Yc, Octopus Ventures, Sherwani, Quit Genius, Yusuf Sherwani, Sarim Siddiqui, Y Combinator Startup Health, Mazof Ahmed, Sherwani Sherwani


YC-backed Giveaway is a peer-to-peer marketplace that uses virtual currency

YC-backed Giveaway lets folks give away their unused or unnecessary items in a marketplace. Unlike other buy/sell or donation platforms, Giveaway uses a virtual currency on the platform to reward people for listing their products for free on the app. Users earn Karma coins each time they list an item on the website. Folks can then use that Karma to claim items listed on the app. The first person to try to claim an item offers zero Karma for the item. From there, a countdown begins, allowing othe...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Austria, Belarus, Giveaway, Yc, Russia Ukraine Kazakhstan, Artem Artemiuk Siarhei Lepchankou, Siarhei Stasilovich, United States Artemiuk Giveaway CEO, Karma Giveaway


YC-backed Snapboard is a no-code platform for building internal tools

No code tools are on the rise, and a YC-backed company called Snapboard is looking to join the fight. Snapboard, led by solo founder Calum Moore, started when Moore decided to build one product a week for a year as a personal challenge. In the second week, he realized just how many apps and services it took not only to build the product, but to post about it on social media. He wanted a way to manage all those apps and tools from one dashboard. So he built Snapboard. Snapboard allows users to ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Yc, Moore, Airtable, Snapboard, Calum Moore, Shopify Dropbox Google Analytics


TFLiving, with $4.8M in seed funding, wants to be the Uber for amenities

TFLiving, looking to bring amenities to residential and commercial spaces, has today announced the close of a $4.8 million seed financing led by Camber Creek. Courtside Ventures, and other strategic investors, also participated in the round. TFLiving uses technology to connect service providers, like massage therapists, yoga instructors and dog walkers, with property managers and their residents. The service allows residents to sign up for classes or services, as well as request other community ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Wirt, Camber Creek, Recent Funding, Tfliving, Camber Creek Courtside Ventures, Devin Wirt


Spotify rolls out a more personalized home screen to users worldwide

Spotify has been slowly rolling out a redesigned mobile app in small sections — first with an update to podcast pages, then to other parts of the experience. Today, the company is revamping the most critical part of the Spotify app: the Home screen. Now, when Spotify users launch the app, they’ll notice the new home screen greets them depending on what time of day it is with a “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” or “Good Evening,” for example. But the screen’s content and recommendations will also...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, Pandora, Streaming, Streaming Music, Personalization, Spotify Pandora


Airbnb and three other p2p rental platforms agree to share limited pan-EU data

The European Commission announced yesterday it’s reached a data-sharing agreement with vacation rental platforms Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor — trumpeting the arrangement as a “landmark agreement” which will allow the EU’s statistical office to publish data on short-stay accommodations offered via these platforms across the bloc. It said it wants to encourage “balanced” development of peer-to-peer rentals, noting concerns have been raised across the EU that such platform...
Tags: Apps, Europe, Internet, Berlin, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Eu, Barcelona, European Union, Culture, Tourism, Paris, Amsterdam, Commission, Portland, European Commission


VSCO’s new editing tool Montage lets you edit and layer both photos and video

VSCO, a popular photo editing app (and Gen Z meme), is continuing to shift its focus to video. Last month, the company finally gave its creators the ability to publish their video edits to the VSCO feed alongside their photos. And today VSCO is rolling out a more powerful and complex video editing tool called Montage. Already, VSCO allowed users to apply photo-like edits to their videos by doing things like applying filters or adjusting the exposure, for example. But Montage is an entirely diffe...
Tags: Travel, Social, Apps, Video, Social Media, Ios Apps, Android Apps, Vsco, Video Editing, Montage, Video Editor, Tiktok, VSCO Studio


NYC Regulators Sue Airbnb Software Partner Guesty, Accusing It of Illegal Business Model

The New York City government has been battling short-term rental service Airbnb, which has been blamed for an explosion in illegal hotels that have helped drive housing scarcity and rising rent in the city, for years. Now it’s suing Guesty, a concierge service and Airbnb preferred software partner that the city…Read more...
Tags: Apps, New York, Science, Technology, Crime, NYC, Hotels, New York City, Law Enforcement, Airbnb, Rentals, Guesty, Short Term Rentals



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