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Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK BetaDigital%20chief-of-staff%20app%20Accompany%20raises%20%2420M%20and%20launches%20a%20UK%26nbsp%3BBetaamy-chang-accompany-3-of-5matthewlynleyaccompany app better

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000

(image)  Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago. The app had been in the works for a while, and now that it’s finally out the door, it’s time to step on the gas — so it’s launching in the U.K. in a beta. Chang’s bet is that there’s a slot for an app that… Read More


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Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & moreShopify%20acquires%20digital%20studio%20Tiny%20Hearts%2C%20makers%20of%20Wake%20Alarm%2C%20Next%20Keyboard%20%26amp%3B%26nbsp%3Bmoretiny-heartssarahintampafrenzy-kith

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:01:13 +0000

(image)  E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next Keyboard, InstaMatch, and Wake Alarm. Prior to the deal, the team had also worked with… Read More


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Are smartwatches winding down?Are%20smartwatches%20winding%26nbsp%3Bdown%3Fwearables-businessjohn

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:41:14 +0000

(image)  With the coming destruction of Pebble and the announcement by Motorola that it doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” you would be excused for thinking the smartwatch world is contracting. This is correct, but this is not the end of for wearables. Apple sold 1.1 million Apple Watches in 2016, 73% less than it sold in 2015. The… Read More


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Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergenciesGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20Trusted%20Contacts%20app%20lets%20you%20share%20your%20location%20in%26nbsp%3Bemergenciesscreenshot_20161204-214847-2fredericlardinoisa_trans-1f_transh_trans

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:14 +0000

(image)  With Trusted Contacts, Google is launching a new personal safety app for Android today that allows others to ping you for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The idea here is that you define who these trusted contacts are and by doing so, you allow them to see where you are when they ping you. The twist here is that you can always decline to share… Read More


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Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around youWandered.space%20helps%20you%20explore%20the%20cool%20spots%20all%20around%26nbsp%3ByouWandered Spaceanthha

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:27:29 +0000

(image)  Wandered.space is a service for those moments when you want to explore the area around you, but don’t know where to go. It was created this weekend at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London hackathon by a team of three coworkers from Seattle-based Azuqua. One of them, Skyler Hartle, told me that they were inspired by their visit to London and decided to create something that would help… Read More


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Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the roomAmplify%20lets%20you%20play%20synchronized%20songs%20across%20every%20phone%20in%20the%26nbsp%3Broomdisrupt hackathon amplifymatthewlynleyamplify hackathonimg_0088

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:04:21 +0000

(image)  Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. Well, that works, but it could be better. So at the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon, a few developers in the United Kingdom built an app to make sure everyone’s at the same part in the song. Read More


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Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost ModeCopy%20and%20paste%20trick%20could%20unlock%20iOS%2010%20devices%20in%20Lost%26nbsp%3BModeactiv_lock_bypassdevin

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:38:28 +0000

(image)  Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More


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Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.Beddit%203%20knows%20if%20you%26%238217%3Bve%20been%20sleeping.%20It%20knows%20if%20you%26%238217%3Bre%26nbsp%3Bawake.beddit-ios-apphajejanBeddit 3 is the third generation sleep tracker from the Beddit companyBeddit 3's sensor feels and looks like a strip of cloth that runs across your mattress. It tracks respiration rate, heart rate, and movement.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:46 +0000

(image)  Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More


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Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and smallEarthquake-sensing%20mobile%20app%20MyShake%20captures%20hundreds%20of%20temblors%20large%20and%26nbsp%3Bsmallmyshake-globalheatmap-20160929devinmyshake_screen

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:13:26 +0000

(image)  Back in February, seismologists at UC Berkeley released MyShake, an app that passively monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway. In the months since its introduction, the app has outperformed its creators’ expectations, detecting over 200 earthquakes in more than ten countries. Read More


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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures moves into video game publishingMegan%20Ellison%26%238217%3Bs%20Annapurna%20Pictures%20moves%20into%20video%20game%26nbsp%3BpublishingEdith Finchanthha

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:29:19 +0000

(image)  Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind films including Zero Dark Thirty and Her, is launching a new division focused on video game development and publishing. Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and has developed a reputation for writing relatively large checks for arty, director-driven films — though it’s also faced… Read More


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iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a monthiHeartRadio%20launches%20on-demand%20music%20plans%20starting%20at%20%244.99%20a%26nbsp%3BmonthiHeartRadio offline listeninganthhaiHeartRadio Plus

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:23:01 +0000

(image)  A few months ago, iHeartRadio announced that it would be adding paid subscriptions for on-demand music. Today it’s releasing more details about its plans — and launching beta versions of those paid offerings. iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has its roots in traditional radio (it owns 858 stations), and until now, the app was largely a way for you to listen to radio on… Read More


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Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournamentsSkillz%20wins%20two%20new%20patents%2C%20is%20now%20helping%20brands%20sponsor%20e-sports%26nbsp%3BtournamentsSkillz-Ivin-TClorakolodnytcSkillz CEO and founder Andrew Paradise

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:08:35 +0000

(image)  Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously reported, Skillz enables developers to turn mobile games into tournament-playable titles without writing a ton of new code. Its technology operates as a… Read More


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Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymouslyDusk%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20app%20lets%20you%20live%20stream%26nbsp%3Banonymouslydusk-iossarahintampascreen696x696screen696x696-1screen696x696-2screen696x696-3screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-4-00-20-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-30-at-4-00-40-pm

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:14:53 +0000

(image)  Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up — whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying or because the topic itself is sensitive — like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More


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Hardbound’s app uses visual stories to catch you up on the day’s news and moreHardbound%26%238217%3Bs%20app%20uses%20visual%20stories%20to%20catch%20you%20up%20on%20the%20day%26%238217%3Bs%20news%20and%26nbsp%3Bmorehardbound-iossarahintampaimg_1443img_1447img_1450img_1452img_1441img_1443img_1445img_1450

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:25:24 +0000

(image)  Instead of killing time on your phone playing games or browsing Facebook, the recently launched application Hardbound aims to help you fill your spare minutes by learning something new instead. The months-old app introduces its own visual and interactive format for mobile storytelling, allowing you to tap through interesting mini-stories covering science, history, technology, business and… Read More


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Oura Ring raises €5 million to take its smart jewelry mainstreamOura%20Ring%20raises%20%E2%82%AC5%20million%20to%20take%20its%20smart%20jewelry%26nbsp%3Bmainstreamoura_sleeplorakolodnytcThe Oura Ring and mobile app.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:56:29 +0000

(image)  A Finnish startup called Ōura Ring has closed a series A round of €5 million to ramp up production of its smart, health-monitoring jewelry. Oura Ring’s Series A backers included MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito, Jaan Tallinn who was Skype’s founding engineer and a cofounder of Kazaa and the Future of Life Institute, along with other finance professionals and tech entrepreneurs… Read More


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Yahoo brings its Q&A site to mobile via a new app, Yahoo Answers NowYahoo%20brings%20its%20Q%26amp%3BA%20site%20to%20mobile%20via%20a%20new%20app%2C%20Yahoo%20Answers%26nbsp%3BNowyahoo-answers-nowsarahintampayahoo-hivescreen696x696screen696x696-1screen696x696-2screen696x696-3

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:36 +0000

(image)  Yahoo has quietly launched a native mobile app for Yahoo Answers, one of the web’s largest Q&A sites which attracts over 3.1 million U.S. monthly visitors. The app, which was previously being tested under a different name, Yahoo Hive, was rebranded to Yahoo Answers Now at the beginning of the month. Like the web version, Yahoo Answers Now lets you view, ask, answer and track… Read More


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Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm’s first showcase instant games launch on FacebookPost-App%20Store%20developer%20platform%20Blackstorm%26%238217%3Bs%20first%20showcase%20instant%20games%20launch%20on%26nbsp%3BFacebookeverwing instant gamesmatthewlynleypuzzle bobble blitz

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:25 +0000

(image)  In Ernestine Fu’s future, you shouldn’t have to wait more than a few seconds to launch a game or an app to connect with a friend. In fact, a few seconds might even be too long. That’s what prompted the birth of Blackstorm, a development platform that has the tools to build high-fidelity applications — the same you might get from an app in the App Store — in HTML5… Read More


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How a former model decided to launch an app to tackle mental illnessHow%20a%20former%20model%20decided%20to%20launch%20an%20app%20to%20tackle%20mental%26nbsp%3BillnessPhotographer: Riccardo Lugermad+44(0)7507660395info@lugermad.commike-butcher

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:00:56 +0000

(image)  Mental health is one of the buzzwords of the moment, especially now Royalty like Prince William and Duchess Katherine have been championing it, along with Kid Cudi, Cara Delevingne and others saying that they would be open to sending their children to counselling. One in five people have suffered from depression, one in two will suffer some other mental disturbance in their lifetimes. If… Read More


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Canary’s smart security camera now works with Apple TVCanary%26%238217%3Bs%20smart%20security%20camera%20now%20works%20with%20Apple%26nbsp%3BTVcanary-image-4sarahintampacanary-image-2canary-image-3canary-image-5

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:09:34 +0000

(image)  Security camera company Canary has today addressed one of the few complaints customers had with its product: there wasn’t an easy way to watch your camera’s feed on your TV’s big screen. That has now changed with the launch of a new version of the Canary app, which adds support for Apple TV. This lets you view the live stream from your camera on your television, as well… Read More


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