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The short, strange life of Quibi

“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.” With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service. Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly a...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Hp, Netflix, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ridley Scott, Belize, Streaming Media, Terms Of Service, Sam Raimi

California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers

A California appeals court unanimously ruled against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft on Thursday, mandating that they would indeed need to reclassify drivers operating within the state as employees. The duo have been pushing against Assembly Bill 5, which seeks to reclassify contracted, gig-economy workers as fully fledged employees entitled to all the associated benefits, […] The post California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Assembly Bill, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22

Why open ecosystems are the future of app development

We can’t get enough of our mobile apps. There were 204 billion apps downloads last year, and that number is rising in 2020.  When app stores entered the mainstream tech culture, they exposed developers to an audience of millions who were keen to adopt the innovative capabilities of their devices through the creations of third-party developers. The rapid commercialization of the app ecosystem has caused leading tech brands to restrict app innovation within their platforms, often to the detriment ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Huawei, Design & Dev

Secure Your Twitter Account Better Than Trump in Less Than 5 Minutes

There’s a report going around that President Trump’s Twitter account was hacked—again—by a Dutch security researcher who just happened to guess the correct password: “maga2020!” I think the story is absolutely bogus, but it’s still a great reminder that you shouldn’t be lazy with your social media security. Locking…Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Twitter, Social Media, Password, Lifehacks, Two Factor Authentication, Trump

Google removes 3 Android apps for children, with 20M+ downloads between them, over data collection violations

When it comes to apps, Android leads the pack with nearly 3 million apps in its official Google Play store. The sheer volume also means that sometimes iffy apps slip through the cracks. Researchers at the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC), a non-profit watchdog based out of Boston, found that a trio of popular and seemingly innocent-looking apps aimed at younger users were recently found to be violating Google’s data collection policies, potentially accessing users’ Android ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Apps, China, Boston, Tech, Alibaba, Sdk, US Department of Justice, Unity, Palfrey, Idac, International Digital Accountability Council IDAC, Unity Umeng, Quentin Palfrey

The best language-learning apps for 2020

Learning a language can be tough. Fortunately, we've found the best apps to help make learning a foreign tongue fun with lessons, quizzes, and other activities.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Best Of, Duolingo, Tier 4

ClipDrop Is Copy and Paste for the Real World

When the idea behind ClipDrop first appeared a few months ago, it seemed like magic: You could point the app at any object and then clip it out its background, creating a standalone image of anything from a plant to a coffee mug. It’s basically like copy and paste, but for anything. The app is now available in beta…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Clipdrop

TikTok rolls out a new notification system for content removals

TikTok says it has rolled out a new notification system to users worldwide that will offer more clarity around content removals. The system, which had been in testing for a few months ahead of its global release, informs a TikTok user when their video had been removed and which policy it violated. It will also offer the user the ability to appeal the decision, if they choose. Now, when a video is removed over content violations, users will be notified in-app, with the date of the post and the sp...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Tech, Lizzo, Tiktok

Coalition for App Fairness, a group fighting for app store reforms, adds 20 new partners

The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), a newly-formed advocacy group pushing for increased regulation over app stores, has more than doubled in size with today’s announcement of 20 new partners — just one month after its launch. The organization, led by top app publishers and critics including Epic Games, Deezer, Basecamp, Tile, Spotify and others, debuted in late September to fight back against Apple and Google’s control over app stores, and particularly the stores’ rules around in-app purchases...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apps, Spotify, Tech, Developers, Policy, Regulation, Itunes, United States, Coalition, Schibsted, App Stores, App-store, Advocacy, Sdk

Gen Z spends 10% more time in non-game apps than older users

A new report released today by App Annie digs into how Gen Z consumers engage with their smartphones and mobile apps. According to data collected in Q3 2020, Gen Z users spend an average of 4.1+ hours per month in non-gaming apps, or 10% longer than older demographics. They also engage with apps more often, with 20% more sessions per user in non-gaming apps at 120 sessions per month per app, compared with older groups. This app engagement data is only a view into Gen Z trends but is an incomplet...
Tags: Apps, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, France, Tech, Turkey, Brazil, Match, App Annie, Shein, PUBG Mobile, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Tiktok, Ted Krantz, App Annie App Annie

MindLabs raises £1.4 million for its new platform, a “Peloton for mental health”

Ideally, mental wellness should be considered part of a healthy daily routine, like exercise. But even exercise is difficult to turn into a regular habit. Peloton addressed physical fitness by combining smart stationary bikes with live classes and community features to create an engaging experience. Now a new startup, MindLabs, is taking a similar approach to mental wellness. Based in London, MindLabs announced today it has raised £1.4 million (about USD $1.82 million) in pre-seed investment led...
Tags: Apple, Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, England, London, Halo, Tech, ISO, Meditation, Mental Health, Muse, Zoopla

Netflix to test free weekend-long access in India

Netflix plans to give users in India access to its service at no charge for a weekend as part of a test to expand its reach in the country, a top company executive said Tuesday. The American streaming giant, which reported slow users growth for the quarter that ended in September, recently stopped offering a first-month complimentary access to new users in the U.S. But the company plans to keep experimenting with new ways to lure potential customers, said Greg Peters, COO and Chief Product Of...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Entertainment, India, Tech, Netflix, Greg Peters

Fit More Podcasts Into Your Day With This Calculator

I used to listen to an unreasonable number of podcasts—usually while commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back each day, a process that involved a lot of walking and a lot of waiting for trains. But the pandemic changed all that. I’ve been working from home since March, and my daily commute is currently only as…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Fun, Radio, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Lifehacks, Recommendations

Beam is building a web browser that gathers knowledge from your web activity

Remember Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer? Those applications from the 1990s used emphatic metaphors in their names to talk about a simple task — browsing the web. Today, nobody would say that Google Chrome is a web explorer. Browsing the web has become an effortless — and often mindless — task. You grab your phone or computer, you open a new tab and you type a few words in the address bar. Beam, a new startup founded by Dom Leca and Sébastien Métrot, is working on a brand new app that i...
Tags: Apple, Google Chrome, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, Tech, France Newsletter, Beam, Sparrow, Loren Brichter, Leca, Beam Beam

Adobe Lightroom gets a new color grading tool, auto versions, graphical watermarking and more

At its MAX conference, Adobe today announced the launch of the latest version of Lightroom, its popular photo management and editing tool. The highlights of today’s release are the introduction of a new color grading tool that’s more akin to what you’d find in a video editor like Adobe Premiere or DaVinci Resolve, auto versioning that’s saved in the cloud (and hence not available in Lightroom Classic) and graphical watermarks, in addition to a number of other small feature updates across the app...
Tags: Android, Ipad, Apps, Adobe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Chrome Os, Canon, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Lightroom, Google-chrome, Adobe Lightroom, Photo Management, Video Editor

WhatsApp might soon let you make calls from its desktop app

Video calls have increased due to the coronavirus pandemic, and companies such as Facebook and Zoom have taken full advantage of that. Earlier in the year, WhatsApp increased the group call limit from four to eight people. Now, it seems like the chat app will soon introduce the calling feature on its desktop app. According to renowned WhatsApp sleuth WABetaInfo, the company has started creating the feature in one of its test builds. The under-development feature includes support for voice and vi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Apps

Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management. “The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject t...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spacex, Instagram, Singapore, Disney, US, Tech, Ukraine, Policy, Pandora, Pakistan, Paris

TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

TikTok has been cracking down on QAnon-related content, in line with similar moves by other major social media companies, including Facebook and YouTube, which focus on reducing the spread the baseless conspiracy theory across their respective platforms. According to a report by NPR this weekend, TikTok had quietly banned several hashtags associated with the QAnon conspiracy, and says it will also delete the accounts of users who promote QAnon content. Tiktok tells us, however, these policies...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Tech, Npr, WGA, Pizzagate, Tiktok, TechCrunch Media Matters

Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

Disney announced earlier this month that it’s going all-in on streaming media. As part of this new strategy, the company is undergoing a major reorganisation of its media and entertainment business that will focus on developing productions that will debut on its streaming and broadcast services. This will include merging the company’s media businesses, ads and distribution, and Disney+ divisions so that they’ll now operate under the same business unit. As TechCrunch’s Jonathan Shieber reports, D...
Tags: TC, Apps, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Ui, Netflix, User Experience, Ux, Mars, User Interface, TechCrunch, Streaming Media, Google Adwords, Aren

Stitcher’s podcasts arrive on Pandora with acquisition’s completion

SiriusXM today completed its previously announced $325 million acquisition of podcast platform Stitcher from E.W. Scripps, and has now launched Stitcher’s podcasts on Pandora across all tiers of the streaming service. The deal brings top Stitcher titles to Pandora, including Freakonomics Radio, My Favorite Murder, SuperSoul Conversations from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Office Ladies, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Literally! with Rob Lowe, LeVar Burton Reads, and WTF with Marc Maron, among ...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Podcast, Wtf, Media, Tech, Pandora, Sirius Xm, North America, Marc Maron, E W Scripps, Midroll Media, Jim Meyer, SiriusXM, Sarah Van Mosel

Apple launches a US-only music video station, Apple Music TV

Apple is expanding its investment in music with today’s launch of “Apple Music TV.” The new music video station offers a free, 24-hour live stream of popular music videos and other music content, including exclusive video premieres, curated music video blocks, live shows, fan events, chart countdowns and guest appearances. The service doesn’t have its own dedicated app, but is instead offered as a new feature within two of Apple’s existing entertainment apps. At launch, you can watch Apple Mu...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Media, US, Tech, Apple TV, Mtv, Streaming Video, Apple Music, Apple Inc, Zane Lowe

Apple launches a U.S.-only music video station, Apple Music TV

Apple is expanding its investment in music with today’s launch of “Apple Music TV.” The new music video station offers a free, 24-hour livestream of popular music videos and other music content, including, exclusive video premieres, curated music video blocks, live shows, fan events, chart countdowns and guest appearances. The service doesn’t have its own dedicated app, but is instead offered as a new feature within two of Apple’s existing entertainment apps. At launch, you can watch Apple Mu...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Media, Tech, Apple TV, Mtv, Streaming Video, Apple Music, Apple Inc, Zane Lowe, YouTube Vevo

Ways to get kids excited about reading: 8 expert, research-backed tips

Not every kid comes out of the womb loving reading. (Or, even comes out of preschool loving reading.) No matter how much you read to your kids or encourage reading, sometimes it just doesn’t click right away. And that’s okay! After years of writing about this — let alone raising a whole lot of kids […]
Tags: Apps, Parenting, Shopping, Reading, Tips And Tricks, Preschool, Tech For Kids, Books For Kids, Tips + Tricks, Educational Kids' Activities, Reading With Kids, Tech CMP-Style

EU switches on cross-border interoperability for first batch of COVID-19 contacts tracing apps

The European Union has switched on cross-border interoperability for a first batch of COVID-19 contacts tracing apps that use Bluetooth proximity to calculate the exposure risk of smartphone users after a pilot of the system last month. National apps whose backends are now linked through the gateway service are Germany’s Corona-Warn-App, the Republic of Ireland’s COVID tracker, and Italy’s immuni app. This means a user of one of those apps who travels to any of the other countries can expect the...
Tags: Health, Apps, Europe, UK, Privacy, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, Spain, Catalonia, European Union, Italy, Commission, Northern Ireland, Luxembourg

Facebook introduces a new Messenger API with support for Instagram

Following the updates to Instagram and Messenger that delivered cross-app communication and other features, Facebook today announced its Messenger API has also been updated to allow businesses to manage their communications across Instagram, in addition to Messenger . Before today, businesses could only respond to customer inquiries through the Instagram app and through Facebook’s unified business inbox. This could work for some smaller businesses, but for larger brands with a high volum...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Shopping, Social Media, Brands, Tech, Developers, Messages, Api, However Facebook, Clarabridge, TechStyle Fashion Group, Stories Facebook

Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Monday it has lifted the ban on TikTok, 11 days after the South Asian nation’s telecom authority blocked the popular short video app in the country over problematic videos on the platform. The authority, however, warned that TikTok needs to actively moderate content on its app or else it will be permanently blocked in the nation. The telecom authority said it was lifting the ban after engaging with TikTok’s senior management, which assured it would...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Facebook Google, PTA, TechMeme, Bytedance, Tiktok

This Week in Apps: Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch 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 higher ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Google Play Store, Ipad, TC, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, La, Softbank, Tech, Walmart

NHS Covid-19 app users sent incorrect risk-level change alerts

People in England and Wales reported notifications that did not match government guidance for their areasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUsers of the NHS coronavirus app for England and Wales have reported receiving confusing notifications that the risk level in their area has changed in ways that contradict official government guidance.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Saturday it had identified and resolved the problem, which affected updates m...
Tags: Health, Apps, Politics, England, Technology, Wales, UK News, Public services policy, NHS, Health policy, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC, Coronavirus, NHS COVID

Withings BPM Connect Wi-FI Smart Blood Pressure Monitor Review Features – Smart blood pressure monitor with ECG & digital stethoscope Compatible with iOS & Android Medically accurate blood pressure & heart rate FDA-cleared Immediate results view color-coded feedback on device & in-app Automatic smartphone sync via Wi-Fi & Bluetooth All results available instantly via the free Health Mate app Secure data storage – Your data history is securely stored and readily available over time Rechargeable battery up to 6 months Metrics tracked – Bloo...
Tags: Reviews, Apps, Seo, Home Automation, Fda, Chris Voss

PearPop lets TikTok celebrities monetize by sharing shoutouts and screentime with fans

PearPop a new Los Angeles-based company, is on its way to racking up nearly 25,000 users in less than a month, and has already landed seed funding from the firm Rocket One Capital. The company’s premise is simple. Allow fans to bid for shared screen time with their favorite TikTok celebrities, and it’s one that’s attracted the attention of a few of the platform’s stars with several million followers. The company was able to hook 3,000 users with one post from Anna Shumate, a TikTok star with ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Tech, Ford, Manhattan, Mason, Markel, St Marks Place, Tiktok, Spencer Markel, Anna Shumate, PearPop