Wednesday, April 23, 2014

apps

Albumatic Photo Sharing App Is Raising $4.5 Million, Says SEC Filing

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Albumatic, the latest venture photo-sharing from Devon Gundry and Vine investor Adam Ludwin, is raising a $4.5 million round in funding, according to a Read more »

Apple Adds In-App Purchase Notice To Free Apps With Paid Upgrades, Could Curb Accidental Spending

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Apple has made a tweak to the way it shows that free apps that have in-app purchases, the Guardian noted today. Read more »

TestFlight And Burstly Launch FlightPath, Closing The Loop For Mobile Devs With Post-Launch Analytics

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For many app developers, TestFlight was a ray of sunshine that offered desperately needed beta testing tools in the early days of the App Store. Read more »

Try-Before-You-Buy App Demo Platform AppSurfer Lets You Test Apps On Facebook; Debuts An Android App Of Its Own

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AppSurfer, an Indian startup working to bring Android applications to the browser so users can “try before they buy,” is today launching an Android application which lets users browse, test, then install Read more »

Glide Lets You Video Chat Live Or Watch Recorded Video Calls Later

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As Vine celebrates a full two months on the App Store, other video-centric apps are making their public debut, not least of which is Glide. Read more »

Singaporean-Finnish Startup Nonstop Games Raises $2.9M For Core Gaming On iOS, Android

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Nonstop Games, a Singaporean-Finnish gaming company (yes, really), just picked up $2.9 million from two Scandinavian venture firms, Creandum and Lifeline Ventures, to build out core games for iOS and Android. Read more »

Philadelphia Startup SnipSnap Finally Brings Its Mobile Coupon Clipping App To Android

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The team at SnipSnap has been quietly plugging away on an Android version of its popular mobile coupon app for what seems like ages now, but the wait for all you cost-conscious Android devotees is over. Read more »

Line: We're A Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just A Free Calls Messaging App

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Line, an app made by South Korea’s Naver Corp., which has grown rapidly, amassing over 100 million users since its launch in summer 2011, is typically labelled as a messaging app – and compared to the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype because it offers free calls Read more »

Smartwatch Developers Rejoice! Pebble Will Release Proof-Of-Concept Watchface SDK In Early April

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After much fanfare the Pebble smartwatch made the leap from fanciful concept to full-fledged product earlier this year, but now that units have started to ship and people have started to wear them, what’s Pebble’s next step? Read more »

Dennis Crowley Of Foursquare On Social Search, Platforms And Rivals

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TechCrunch interviewed Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley a couple of weeks ago during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (referenced Read more »

Foursquare Aims At A Moving Target As It Tries To Close Another Round Of Funding

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This year’s SXSWi did not herald the next Big Thing in tech, as some guessed it wouldn’t, but it wasn’t always this way. In 2010, a year when people were a bit more optimistic about the new new thing, Foursquare was the boss. Read more »

Early Vine Use Sees Video App Rising On iOS While Cinemagram, Viddy, Socialcam All Decline

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Call it a fad, call it the Twitter effect, or call it another example of when it pays not to be the first mover, but it looks like two monts out of the gate, Twitter’s short-form video-sharing app Vine is picking up users like they’re going out of style. Read more »

CBS Brings Ad-Sponsored Streaming TV To iPhone And iPad; Social Integration, Android & Windows 8 Support Still To Come

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CBS is today introducing a new iOS application for iPad and iPhone, which brings its television programming to mobile devices, offering full episodes for streaming a week after they originally air. Read more »

Cobook 2.0 Arrives, Bringing An Auto-Updating, Universal Address Book To iPhone

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Cobook, a Mac contact management app that made its way over to the iPhone back in December, is today launching version 2.0 of its service which introduces a new feature called “Livecards.” This feature d Read more »

Dropbox Revamps Its Desktop Clients With A New Menu And A Bigger Focus On Sharing

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The cloud storage buffs at Dropbox have spent quite a bit of time optimizing the service for mobile devices (and mobile developers Read more »

More Layoffs And Downsizing At Vostu, South America's One-Time Frontrunner in Gaming

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Vostu, the onetime darling of the social gaming world in South America, appears to have just had a fresh round of layoffs over the last few weeks. Read more »

With 26.5M Daily Users, Denmark's Kiloo Pioneers New Ways of Producing Mobile Games

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One of the sleeper hits on the charts over the last year has been a tiny game out of Denmark called Subway Surfers. It’s a runner game like Imangi’s Temple Run that has a character named Jake riding train tracks and dodging trains. Read more »

Zaarly Shutters Its Reverse Craigslist Marketplace, Goes All In On Virtual Storefronts As Co-Founder Exits

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When Arrington first introduced the world to the concept of Zaarly two years ago, my first thought was “a fast, mobile way for me to request booze delivery on demand? Read more »

Facebook Barely Poked Snapchat, Active Usage Data Shows

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After initially missing the boat on mobile-photo sharing and then having to turn around and plunk down nearly $1 billion for Instagram, Facebook wasn’t going to let a hot app (and potential existential threat) emerge too quickly again. Read more »

Chatting Is Great, But GroupMe’s Mobile Apps Now Let Users Split Payments, Too

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While the folks at GroupMe have spent some time exploring the world outside group messaging, they certainly haven’t given up on refining the formula that made them Read more »

Now 18M Users Strong, Edmodo Makes Its First Acquisition In Root-1 To Become The App Market For Education

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After spending years working as technicians at public schools, Jeff O’Hara and Nicolas Borg launched Edmodo in 2008 to address what they had come to see as a huge gap in the teacher-student relationship: The need for a better, safer way for teachers to connect and communicate with their st Read more »