Category Archives: Apps

Dating apps are embracing video

 Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More

StdLib just raised $2 million to connect businesses via APIs

 Keith Horwood wants to be known in tech circles as an agent for good, and he seems to be working toward that end with StdLib, his roughly two-year-old startup that abstracts away infrastructure using “serverless” architecture, allowing developers to write everything from simple functions to complex business logic, then deploy their code as scalable, fully­ documented web APIs. Read More

Yahoo Mail rolls out a rebuilt, redesigned service, including a new ad-free option

 Following its Verizon acquisition, Yahoo today is rolling out a revamped and rebuilt Mail application for its 225 million monthly active users. The update includes a new design, feature set, and technology stack, as well as a new subscription plan for desktop and mobile called Yahoo Mail Pro. The news is part of several changes ahead for Yahoo, under its new corporate parent  – Oath,… Read More

App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

 The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 billion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 tillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016. These figures… Read More

Justin Kan’s video Q&A app Whale gets Tinder-style swipes in major redesign

 Whale, the Q&A app backed by Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, has got a major update and refreshed design that makes it easier to discover video content on the service. The iOS-only app launched in October 2016, pivoting from a music app after Kan was inspired by Chinese Q&A service Fenda. The goal was to enable users to ask questions or get advice from subject matter experts, such as… Read More

Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

 Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was always possible to hail a ride and specify another pickup point if you wanted to, but the new feature really streamlines the process, allows both rider and driver to contact one another directly and still makes sure the requester is the one who foots the bill.… Read More

Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

 Are you excited about trying out the new features coming up with iOS 11. If that’s the case, Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 11. It is now available to download for everyone. You don’t need to pay $99 for a developer account to download it. But remember, it is still a beta. While the company still plans to release the final version of iOS 11 this fall, Apple is… Read More

iOS 11 turns your iPad into a completely different machine

 I’ve been playing with a beta version of iOS 11 on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for the past few weeks. While the final version of iOS 11 is not coming until later this fall, Apple just launched the public beta. Here’s a preview of what you can expect. If you’re using an iPad, get ready to be disoriented by the update because the iPad simply doesn’t work the same way. Apple… Read More

Medical bill advocacy startup Better pledges all of its revenue towards relieving medical debt

 Put aside whatever shred of healthcare decency the Senate happens to be ripping out at the moment and take a look at Better, a startup helping people deal with out-of-network medical bills. The startup has just pledged 100 percent of its revenue towards relieving those stuck in serious medical debt — at least until this fall. Better raised $1.1 million in funding from Initialized… Read More

Plaid puts out a ‘request for startups’ in nine underserved fintech sectors

 Plaid wants to make it easier for financial services companies to serve consumers and businesses, but it sees significant holes in the fintech ecosystem. As a result, the company has issued a Y Combinator-like “request for startups” to tackle particular issues where it believes significant innovation is lacking.  Read More