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Singapore’s micromobility startup Beam raises $26 million

Beam, a Singapore-headquartered micromobility firm that offers shared e-scooters, has raised $26 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Sequoia India and Hana Ventures led the two-and-a-half-year-old startup’s Series A financing round, while several more investors from Asia Pacific region participated, Beam said without disclosing their names. The startup has raised $32.4 million to date, a spokesperson told Te...
Tags: Transportation, Apps, Asia, Australia, Singapore, India, Funding, Tech, Asia Pacific, Transport, Sequoia Capital, Scooter, Beam, Sequoia Capital India, Yulu, E-scooters


This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy

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   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three 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 had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x highe...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, Australia, France, China, India, Tech, Qatar


Google’s Android Studio 4.0 is a major upgrade for the app development tool

Google has launched Android Studio 4.0, adding a host of new features to the app development environment. The most eye-catching of the upgrades is a souped-up Motion Editor, Android’s interface for creating MotionLayout animations in apps. In previous versions of Android Studio, developers had to manually create and modify complex XML files to design their animations. The new Motion Editor generates the XML files for you, allowing you to create complex animations through a simply click-and-drag ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Design & Dev, Android Studio


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


Uber UK launches Work Hub for drivers to find other gig jobs during COVID-19

Uber UK has launched a Work Hub for drivers to view a selection of temporary work opportunities with other companies as a way to supplement pandemic-hit ride-hailing earnings during the coronavirus crisis. The Work Hub sits within the Uber driver app and displays offers of work from third party providers — including jobs that involve using a car to make deliveries — offering alternative gigs to drivers whose earnings have been affected by weak demand for ride-hailing during the COVID-19 pande...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Europe, UK, Collaborative Consumption, US, Tech, Chicago, South Africa, United Kingdom, Gm, Hermès, Ocado, Gig Economy, Eastern Europe, Adecco Group


Some of the Best Apps Do Just One Thing, But Do It Very Well

Not every app on your phone has to be a jack-of-all-trades hub that covers everything from smart home devices to text messaging. Sometimes apps can just do one simple job and do it very well to earn a place on your home screen. These are some of our current favorites.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science


Google’s latest experiment encourages social distancing through AR

Several months into this pandemic, you can no doubt already eyeball six feet/two meters with the best of them. But if you’re still having trouble — and happen to have an Android device handy — Google’s got you covered, I guess. The latest project out of the company’s Experiments With Google collection, Sodar is a simple browser-based app that uses WebXR to offer a mobile augmented reality social distance. Visiting the site in Chrome on an Android handset will bring up the app. From there you...
Tags: Health, Google, Apps, Cdc, Tech, Ar, Augmented Reality, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Chrome moves to automatically block abusive notification requests

You won’t have to endure annoying notification popups from random sites when using Chrome for much longer. Google has announced it’s cracking down on sites that abuse notifications starting from Chrome 84, which will drop on July 14. Sites with intrusive notifications and permission requests will be filtered under a “quieter notifications UI,” which will also warn users that the site might be trying to trick them. “Abusive notification prompts are one of the top user complaints we receive about ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps


Twitter now lets you schedule tweets — here’s how

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Earlier this month, we reported that Twitter is rolling out a ‘schedule tweet’ option to some users. Now, the social network is making the feature available for all desktop users, so you can set tweets to be published at a time of your choosing. The company said that apart from scheduling, it will also allow users to it will also let you save drafts of your tw...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Basics


Hulu is testing an official Watch Party feature (for some viewers)

In this era of social distancing, online watch parties — watching online content in sync with friends — have become commonplace, but doing so usually requires specialized third party services. It seems that might start to change; Hulu is now testing an official Watch Party feature of its own. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available on the desktop. No mobile apps, no TV apps. Worse, it’s only available to users who are signed up for Hulu‘s ‘No ads’ tier. Considering I don’t know anyone who a...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Hulu, Insider, Watch Party


YouTube finally adds built-in timestamps with ‘Chapters’

One of the most annoying things about YouTube is trying to find the right time for the specific content you’re looking for, especially in long videos. It’s become something of a tradition for a good samaritan to comment with the requisite timestamps, but YouTube is now making such crude methods a thing of the past. Starting today, YouTube is officially rolling out a ‘Chapters‘ feature that lets creators embed timestamps right into the video progress bar. 0:00 We heard you and added Video Chapter...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Youtube, Insider


Google makes sharing Plus Codes easier in a push to simply addressing system globally

Two years ago, Google unveiled Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don’t have clear addresses. The company said today it is making it easier for anyone with an Android device to share its rendition of an address — a six-digit alphanumeric code. Google Maps users on Android can now tap the blue dot that represents their current location to view and share their unique six-digit coordinate with friends. Anyone with the code can look it...
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Asia, London, India, Tech, Logistics, Google Maps, What3words, CJ Delhi India Google


Google makes sharing Plus Codes easier in a push to simplify addressing system globally

Two years ago, Google open-sourced Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don’t have clear addresses. The company said today it is making it easier for anyone with an Android device to share its rendition of an address — a six-digit alphanumeric code. Google Maps users on Android can now tap the blue dot that represents their current location to view and share their unique six-digit coordinate with friends. Anyone with the code can loo...
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Asia, London, India, Tech, Logistics, Google Maps, What3words, CJ Delhi India Google


Instagram finally offers creators a chance to get paid

Instagram today revealed that, at long last, it’s rolling out a few ways for its creators to earn money directly from their posts. The platform is currently testing both ads for IGTV and a subscription service for those who use Instagram Live. It’s a start, at least. Ads on IGTV have been in the works for a few months now — we first heard of them back in February. The ads will be about 15 seconds long, and will appear after you click the “Watch IGTV Video” button from a preview. The company will...
Tags: Startups, Apps, IGTV


Your AI Chatbot Therapist Isn’t Sure What It’s Doing

In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum created Eliza, the first psychotherapy chatbot. Eliza’s programming was relatively simple: Engage the user by detecting keywords in their statements and reflect this information back at them as an open-ended prompt. (A user might say “I’m sad,” to which Eliza could respond, “I’m sorry to…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Apps, Science, Therapy, Eliza, Joseph Weizenbaum, Therapy Bots, Ai Therapy


Meditation and mindfulness apps continue their surge amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in downloads of mental wellness, and specifically, those focused on meditation, dealing with anxiety, and helping users fall asleep. According to a from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the world’s 10 largest English-language mental wellness apps in April saw a combined 2 million more downloads during the month of April 2020 compared with January, reaching close to 10 million total downloads for the month. The charts were dominated by market...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, New York, Kaiser Permanente, Tech, Meditation, App Annie, Meditopia


Appeals court rules in favor of Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter in anti-conservative bias suit

The same day Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten to regulate or shut down social media sites, the U.S. appeals court in Washington D.C. dismissed a lawsuit accusing top tech companies of silencing conservative voices. Filed in 2018 by nonprofit Freedom Watch and rightwing gadfly Laura Loomer, the suit accused Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Google of stifling first amendment rights. The suit alleged that four of tech’s biggest names “have engaged in a conspiracy to intentionally and willfu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Policy, Donald Trump, Trump, Apple Facebook Twitter, Google Apple Facebook, Freedom Watch, Loomer, Trevor McFadden


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


Quibi inches towards usability by adding AirPlay streaming support

When it launched in April, Quibi carried the express mission statement of offering short form videos designed to watch on-the-fly. The service’s narrow focus rubbed a lot of potential subscribers the wrong way, with many requesting a more traditional method for watching the service’s series. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges Ultimately, Quibi’s launch was a disappointing one, with founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blaming the COVID-19 pandem...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Hbo, Tech, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Airplay, Tom Conrad, Quibi


Quibi inches toward usability by adding AirPlay streaming support

When it launched in April, Quibi carried the express mission statement of offering short-form videos designed to watch on-the-fly. The service’s narrow focus rubbed a lot of potential subscribers the wrong way, with many requesting a more traditional method for watching the service’s series. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges Ultimately, Quibi’s launch was a disappointing one, with founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blaming the COVID-19 pandem...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Hbo, Tech, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Airplay, Tom Conrad, Quibi


Fujifilm’s new app makes it easy to turn your camera into a webcam

Fujifilm is making it easier to turn your camera into a webcam — if you use Windows that is. The Japanese camera-maker has released a new piece of software, called Fujifilm X Webcam, which converts X Series and GFX cameras into webcams. It’s an excellent solution for anyone looking to flex on their colleagues’ fuzzy, cheap-ass webcams during their next Zoom call. All you need is the right camera — pretty much GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, or X-T4 — and a USB cable; ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Fujifilm, GFX, Plugged


ChatableApps launches its hearing assistance app

ChatableApps is launching its hearing assistance app on iOS today, with a wider Android release to follow shortly. Backed by Mark Cuban, and based on the work of auditory neural signal processing researcher Dr. Andy Simpson, the app removes background noise in near real-time so that one-to-one conversations can be heard more clearly. And, unlike other solutions on the market, its makers say it works with any modern smartphone and standard earbuds. Early “pre-clinical” trials of the Chatable app ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, Tech, DSP, Andy Simpson, ChatableApps, Giles Tongue, Brendan O'Driscoll


Google removes millions of negative TikTok reviews amid backlash in India

ByteDance’s TikTok app, which has gained hundreds of millions of users in India with its short-form videos, is facing criticism in its biggest overseas market after disturbing videos surfaced on the platform. Phrases such as BanTikTok, DeleteTikTok, and BlockTikTok have trended on Twitter in India in the past three weeks after numerous users expressed disgust over some videos that were circulating on Chinese giant ByteDance’s jewel app. Users unearthed and shared numerous recent TikTok ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Social, Startups, Apps, Asia, India, Snapchat, SnapDeal, Madras High Court, Apptopia, Bytedance, Tiktok, Faizal Siddiqui, TechCrunch Outrages


YouTube Kids app is now available for Apple TV

YouTube Kids, the video platform’s version of its service that lets families set age categories, viewing timers and other controls, is now available on Apple TV. Country availability is listed here, with more to be added later. YouTube says that safety controls still need to be set through the mobile version of the app. YouTube Kids is meant to give children a safer alternative to YouTube, where even Restricted Mode can let through violent content and other things parents and caretakers don’t...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Video, Children, Entertainment, Youtube, Tech, Apple TV, Streaming, Federal Trade Commission, Youtube Kids, Ftc, YouTube Kids Videos on YouTube Kids


Twitter Adds Fact Check to Trump's Conspiracy Theories on Voter Fraud

Twitter, amid a controversy over its inaction on Donald Trump’s baseless tweets asserting that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is a murderer, has for the first time begun attaching fact-checking links to some of the president’s posts.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, Social Media, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Scarborough, Voter Fraud, Least U Could Do


Microsoft brings Edge’s hidden Surf Game to everyone

Back in February, Microsoft hid a nifty little surfing game into its Edge browser, which started out as an easter egg to celebrate the browser‘s new logo. (Get it? Like surfing the web?) At the time, it was only available to users on the canary and dev builds of the browser, but now, it is available for anyone to try. To give it a go, first make sure you’re on the latest version of Edge. (You can go to Settings> About to check for updates). Once updated, simply type in ‘edge://surf’ in the addre...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Microsoft, Insider


Facebook launches CatchUp, an audio-only calling app that shows who’s ready to chat now

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people. While there are a number of group chat apps available to users today, what makes CatchUp unique is that the calls it enables are audio-only, not video, and it flags when users are available. In addition, CatchUp won’t need a Facebook account to use the service — the app works with your pho...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Tech, Houseparty, NPE Team, Apple Watch app Kit Bump


Spotify removes cap from users’ libraries, letting you save unlimited songs, albums and podcasts

Spotify announced this morning it’s removing the content cap on the app’s “Your Library,” allowing users to now save an unlimited number of songs, albums, and podcasts to their collection of favorites. The change addresses a top user complaint since 2014 which, to date, had received over 12,500 votes on Spotify’s Community Ideas Exchange forum. Though an average user may only have a few hundred or a few thousand saved songs, some have preferred a larger library. But before today, Spotify enfo...
Tags: Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Streaming


Apple fixes bug that stopped iOS apps from opening

Apple has now resolved the bug that was plaguing iPhone and iPad apps over the weekend, causing some apps to not launch at all. The issue was related to a bug with Apple’s Family Sharing system, it appears, as users reported error messages which said “This app is no longer shared with you,” and directed them to buy the app from the App Store in order to still use it. Following this issue, users on Sunday said they were seeing dozens of pending app updates for their iOS devices, some of which eve...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Apps, Bugs, Tech, Ios Apps, App Store, App Updates


India’s contact tracing app is going open source

India said it will publicly release the source code of its contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, in a relief to privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology, made the announcement on Tuesday, dubbing it as “opening the heart” of Aarogya Setu app, which has amassed over 114 million users in less than two months — an unprecedented scale globally, to a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Apps, Asia, Congress, Government, India, Tech, Mit, New Delhi, Github, Amitabh Kant, BJP Govt, Sawhney, Ajay Prakash Sawhney