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Facebook Messenger ditches Discover, demotes chat bots

Chat bots were central to Facebook Messenger’s strategy three years ago. Now they’re being hidden from view in the app along with games and businesses. Facebook Messenger is removing the Discover tab this week as it focuses on speed and simplicity instead of broad utility like China’s WeChat. The changes are part of a larger Messenger redesign that reorients the People tab around Stories as Facebook continues to try to dominate the ephemeral social media format it copied from Snapchat. The Pe...
Tags: Social, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Apps, Developer, China, US, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Ads, Redesign, Facebook Back


Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously

It wasn’t a fad. Yolo became the country’s No. 1 app just a week after launch by letting teens ask for anonymous replies to questions they posted on Snapchat. But nine months later, Yolo is still in the top 100 iOS apps and has 10 million active users. Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators while revealing a smart new feature for spinning up anonymous group chats, powered by $8 million in fresh funding. “What we are trying to build is a new kind of network where there’s a fluidity to ident...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Safety, Developer, Funding, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Zynga, Paris, Anonymity


How to Heart React on Facebook Messenger

F acebook Reactions are an apt way to quickly express your feelings and emotions for a certain message on Messenger. Users can choose from seven reactions and send them just by holding an individual message. Heart-Eyes emoji, the first in order, represents a smiling face with heart eyes. It is probably one of the most used reaction to convey feelings of love and affection. Facebook is testing Heart reaction in Messenger Messenger Reaction – Heart Eyes vs Heart That said, it appears that F...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Blogging, Facebook Messenger, Emoji, How To's, Reactions


Rolls-Royce’s Whispers App Offers Customers Exclusive Experiences, Products And Each Other

Double-R owners engage with the brand and its partners through a luxurious new community platform Owners of a Rolls-Royce from 2003 onward now have access to their own online community, Whispers, that connects them to content, experiences and products, other owners and company employees. All owners are welcome to join, but if you sell your (only) Rolls you’ll have to give up your membership in the …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Design, Technology, Shopping, Cars, Tech, E-commerce, Automotive, Luxury, Experiences, Rolls-royce, RR, Experiential


Spotify’s new iOS design makes it easier to navigate

Spotify is rolling out a new design for its mobile app today, starting with iOS. Though the changes are relatively minor – don’t expect a major redesign – they should make the app a little simpler to navigate. The key aesthetic change is that Spotify is foregoing text on its buttons for larger, more prominent buttons. This makes the app a little more accessible and language-independent while looking a little cleaner too. For example, instead of the big ol’ ‘shuffle play’ button that would appear...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Spotify, Insider


Spotify tries making its app easier to use in latest update

After recently tweaking its design to better showcast podcasts, Spotify today announced it’s giving its entire mobile experience a refreshed look-and-feel. Starting initially with the iOS app, both Spotify Free and Premium users will notice the app has a more consistent, streamlined look, new in-app icons, changes to how cover art displays, and more. The new app has a simpler, universal Shuffle Play button which now saves you a click by letting you tap once to start shuffling songs and playing t...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Design, Tech, Ios Apps


Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns

Big tech’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has intervened to flag transparency concerns about a Facebook election reminder feature — asking the tech giant to provide it with information about what data it collects from users who interact with the notification and how their personal data is used, including whether it’s used for targeting them with ads. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch it has paused use of the election reminder feature in the European Union while it works on addressing the ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Privacy, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, General Election, San Diego


How to Get Your Android Phone Working As Seamlessly with Windows as iPhones Work with Macs

One of the benefits of going all-in on Apple hardware is that everything works so seamlessly (most of the time): Photos from your iPhone appear on your Mac, you can switch between the desktop and mobile when working on documents, video calls can be made from anywhere, and so on. A similar sort of integration can be…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Windows, Desktop


3 years later, Google Earth finally works on Firefox, Edge, and Opera

After nearly three years of waiting, Google Earth finally works on browsers other than Chrome, including Firefox, Opera, and the Chromium-based Edge. “After six months of a public beta, we are now making Google Earth accessible on Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers,” Earth software engineer Jessi Beck and lead manager Jordon Mears announced in a blog post. “This was made possible by moving Google Earth for Chrome onto WebAssembly (Wasm), the W3C web standard for bringing native code to the web.” ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Google Earth, Google Earth for Chrome, Firefox Opera, Jessi Beck, Jordon Mears


Amazon all set to enter India’s food delivery market

Weeks after Uber exited India’s food delivery market, conceding defeat to local giants Swiggy and Zomato, a new player is gearing up to challenge the heavily-backed duopoly: Amazon. The e-commerce giant plans to enter the Indian food delivery market in the coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The launch of the service, which would be offered as part of Amazon’s Prime Now platform, could happen as soon as next month, we are told. In the run up to the launch, the e-comm...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Zomato, Bangalore, Diwali, Prosus Ventures


Storytelling community Wattpad now lets you personalize adult content options

Wattpad, the online storytelling community that’s home to some 80 million monthly users, has successfully tapped into the power of crowdsourcing to help uncover the next potential hits for media companies, including Netflix, Hulu, NBCU, Sony Pictures Television and others worldwide. It even launched its own YA book line to bring its online stories to a wider audience of young adults. Now, Wattpad is making a change to its app to better embrace its adult readers. The company is adding an option t...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Reading, Storytelling, Stories, Personalization, Adult, Wattpad, Filters, Adult Content, Mature, Netflix Hulu NBCU Sony Pictures Television


On-demand tutoring app Snapask gets $35 million to expand in Southeast Asia

Snapask, an on-demand tutoring app, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding. Earmarked for the startup’s expansion in Southeast Asia, the round was led by Asia Partners and Intervest. Launched in Hong Kong five years ago, Snapask has now raised a total of $50 million and operates in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Its other investors have included Kejora Ventures, Ondine Capital and SOSV Chinaccelerator (Snapask participated ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Education, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Malaysia, Vietnam, Tutoring, OCR


Smithsonian Institute just released 2.8 million high-quality images for free

Smithsonian Institute has just released a massive trove of 2.8 million high-quality two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to the public domain. Which means you can download them free of charge. These images were sourced from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. These images are a record of some famous artifacts such as Muhammad Ali’s celebrated headgear, a portrait of Ida B. Wells, and an early contract for the legendary BB King and...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Smithsonian, Muhammad Ali, Smithsonian Institute, Ida B Wells


Vimeo’s new app helps small businesses create professional social videos

Vimeo signaled last year its plans to move further into the social video creation and editing space with its acquisition of short-form video editor Magisto. Today, the company is unveiling the results of its work in the months following the deal’s close with the debut of Vimeo Create. The new app includes a set of video creation tools aimed at small businesses and marketers looking to tell their stories using social video, but who lack the resources, time or budget to invest in video producti...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Apps, Video, Small Business, Marketing, Tech, Vimeo, Social Video, Lightricks, Facetune, SMB, Magisto, Video Editor, Video App


Apps To Help You Travel With Others

Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Apps To Help You Travel With Others When traveling to a new and unfamiliar destination, there are now a number of apps to help you connect to people with similar interests, or those who may be in similar lifestyle situations.   There’s Huggle, which connects you to people who may be visiting the same places you are — ranging from gyms to libraries... The post Apps To Help You Travel With Others appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
Tags: Travel, Apps, Peter Greenberg, The Essentials


WhatsApp is bringing dark mode to desktop (but you can’t use it yet)

WhatsApp wants you to have a consistent experience across platforms — so it’s bringing dark mode to desktop. The Facebook-owned messenger appears to be working on a dark theme for the Web version of its app, serial WhatsApp leaker WABetaInfo has noticed. The current implementation is pretty rough around the ages from the looks of it, though, so it might take some time to smooth out the kinks. [Read: Instagram now supports dark mode on iOS 13 — here’s how to enable it] Here’s what you can expect:...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps


App Samurai closes a $2.4M Series A funding round led by 212 Ventures

App Samurai, a platform to market mobile apps, has closed an investment of $2.4 million in Series A funding, led by 212 Ventures and co-invested by Collective Spark, 500 Startups and Degerhan Usluel. It’s now raised a total of $4.6 million which will be used to develop the mobile advertising group’s product portfolio and global expansion.   Founded in 2016, the App Samurai Group is used by app makers to grow their apps by using a portfolio of products including a user acquisition platform (App S...
Tags: TC, Apps, Europe, Tech, Mobile Advertising, Adjust, Mobile App, Appsflyer, Kochava, App Samurai, Degerhan Usluel, App Samurai Group, Traffic Guard Scalarr Forensiq Machine


YouPorn’s new site looks exactly like TikTok— but it’s porn

The 34th rule of the internet says: “If it exists, there is porn for it,” and the hottest internet trend right now is arguably TikTok. So, it makes sense that, a major adult entertainment site has developed a porno version of the video-centric social media platform. YouPorn, a site owned by porn giant Mindgeek, announced a new site called SWYP. While the company is not making short adult videos, it’s providing a way for users to scroll through existing videos just like TikTok.Arguably the hottes...
Tags: Startups, Apps


Top 5 Marketplace Apps in 2020

Online marketplaces have now become the go to spots for people looking to quickly get rid of something they do not need or buy products. Many retailers have gotten to create reliable marketplace apps due to the opportunity it offers for expanding their customer base. It’s a win-win situation, people get to buy stuff without ever leaving the house, and businesses get a wider range of customers. The same thing goes for second-hand markets, where people are trying to sell something they do not need...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Etsy, Ebay, Sales, Facebook Marketplace This


Venmo prototypes a debit card for teenagers

Allowance is going digital. Venmo has been spotted prototyping a new feature that would allow adult users to create a debit card connected to their account for their teenage children. That could potentially let parents set spending notifications and limits while giving kids more flexibility in urgent situations than a few dollars stuffed in a pocket. Delving into children’s banking could establish a new reason for adults to sign up for Venmo, get them saving more in Venmo debit accounts where...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Finance, Tech, Paypal, Financial Services, Debit Cards, Venmo, Mastercard, Revolut, Greenlight, Wong, Step


Facebook’s Creator Studio gains a mobile companion

Facebook’s Creator Studio has added a mobile companion. The insights dashboard for creators and publishers, which debuted globally in August 2018, is now available as a mobile app for both iOS and Android. Similar to the desktop hub, the Creator Studio app allows users to track how their content is performing across Facebook Pages, as well as publish, schedule and make adjustments to posts, respond to fan messages and more. Facebook Director of Entertainment for Northern Europe Anna Higgs took t...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Video, London, Facebook Pages, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Mobile Apps, App Store, Creator Studio, Anna Higgs, YouTube Studio, LadBaby


Here’s how to update KORG’s wireless nano controller, and use it with iOS 13 (and more)

In case you missed it, in November, KORG fixed issues with their portable Bluetooth MIDI controllers/keyboards and iOS 13. Wireless operation works with desktop OSes, too – and it’s really cool. Firmware updates I know can be a bit scary, and it’s possible some owners of the KORG wireless devices didn’t even know that there was a fix (or that you can do this, for that matter)! So it’s worth sharing this video KORG posted at the end of last week. iOS changes have kept developer...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Music, Bluetooth, Keyboards, Windows, Tech, Gear, Wireless, Music Tech, Korg, OTG, KORG Gadget, macOS


Lightspeed leads Laiye’s $42M round to bet on Chinese enterprise IT

Laiye, a Chinese startup that offers robotic process automation services to several major tech firms in the nation and government agencies, has raised $42 million in a new funding round as it looks to scale its business. The new financing round, Series C, was co-led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lightspeed China Partners. Cathay Innovation, which led the startup’s Series B+ round and Wu Capital, which led the Series B round, also participated in the new round. China has been the hub for ...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Gartner, Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia, Lightspeed, Natural Language Processing, RPA, UiPath


Here’s How to Turn Off Game Notifications on Facebook

I nstant Games on Facebook are fun and a good way to entertain yourself. At the same time, they can be really annoying as all the games on Facebook tend to bombard users with frequent notifications and messages. Fortunately, you can get over this annoyance by simply turning off push notifications for games. Below you can find the necessary steps to stop game notifications on Facebook as well as Messenger app. Gaming Notifications on Facebook Turn Off Facebook Game Notifications on iPhone a...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Games, Blogging, Facebook Messenger, Notifications, How To's, Optionally, Facebook You, Instant Games, Facebook Turn Off Facebook, Thug Life Ludo Club


BharatPe raises $75M to help Indian merchants accept digital payments and secure working capital

BharatPe, a New Delhi-based startup that is enabling hundreds of thousands of merchants to accept digital payments for the first time and also providing them with access to working capital, has raised $75 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale its business in the nation. The Series C round for the one-and-a-half-year-old startup was led by New York-headquartered hedge fund Coatue Management and existing investor Palo Alto-based fintech investor Ribbit Capital . VC firm Amplo,...
Tags: Apps, Asia, New York, India, Funding, Tech, Palo Alto, World Bank, Payments, New Delhi, UPI, Online Lending, Freecharge, Ribbit Capital, Coatue Management, Insight Partners


TSA Stops Employees From Making TikTok Posts

(WASHINGTON) — The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, months after news reports that the U.S. government launched a national security review of the app, which is popular with mi...
Tags: Apps, News, Washington, Senate, China, Uncategorized, Tsa, Department Of Homeland Security, Schumer, U S government, New York Sen Chuck Schumer, Onetime, David Pekoske, Tiktok, The Transportation Security Administration


5 Pitfalls to Avoid to Succeed at Android App Development

With the ever-growing smartphone user community, apps have become an integral part of everyone’s life. With Android acquiring a share of approximately 83% of the entire smartphone market globally, Android app development is a very lucrative career option for developers starting off in the market. If you’re a newbie or seasoned developer, we’ve compiled this quick Android app development guide to help you avoid the pitfalls that plague rookie developer. Here are the 5 pitfalls to avoid in Android...
Tags: Apps, Sales, Android App Development, Pushing Market Research and Analysis


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


Still Waiting On Your Winnings From HQ Trivia? Apparently, You're Not Alone

When HQ Trivia abruptly announced it was penniless and shuttering last week, players of the once-viral live game show app wondered what the news meant for any winnings they’d yet to cash in. For many, that question continues to remain unanswered, according to a recent Digital Trends report.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, App Store, Trivia, Digital Trends, HQ Trivia


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