The difference between good and bad Facebooking

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

Advertisement “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. It does both, but…
SoundCloud resuscitates home screen with personalized playlists

SoundCloud resuscitates home screen with personalized playlists

After laying off 40% of its staff and securing $169 million in emergency funding, SoundCloud’s first product push is a much needed step in the right direction. It’s filling its home page with personalized playlists and best of collections from top genres rather than other content like it’s feed. The hope is to make SoundCloud…
Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world’s biggest crypto wallets into the App Store

Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world’s biggest crypto wallets into...

An app masquerading as MyEtherWallet.com, one of the internet’s most popular services for storing ETH and other crypto coins, has made its way to the top of the iOS App Store charts. The app rose to the number three spot in Finance category of the App Store this weekend as part of a bitcoin frenzy that…
Coinbase hits top spot on Apple’s US App Store despite struggling to handle bitcoin demand

Coinbase hits top spot on Apple’s US App Store despite struggling to handle bitcoin...

Ignoring recent price rises for a second, if you can — there’s no greater sign of bitcoin fever than an app that lets you buy the cryptocurrency becoming the most downloaded app in the App Store. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday when Coinbase, the $1.6-billion-valued company behind what is arguably the world’s best-known exchange for…
Google launches a data-friendly search app for users in emerging markets

Google launches a data-friendly search app for users in emerging markets

Google is continuing its push to make its services accessible for people with lower-end mobile devices or slow internet connections after it introduced Google Go, a data-friendly search app. The app was first spotted in beta in August — when it was known as Search Lite — and now it has been released for select…
The menopause is on our roadmap, says Clue’s Ida Tin

The menopause is on our roadmap, says Clue’s Ida Tin

Femtech startup Clue is looking at expanding the feature-set of its period tracking app to attract women outside its current younger demographic. “Menopause is a huge space,” said founder Ida Tin, speaking on stage here at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. “I’ve been submerged into this area of female health for almost a decade now and every…
Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract more visitors and earn more money to fund culture. “We wanted…
WACAO is an assistant that can summarize and translate your WhatsApp chats

WACAO is an assistant that can summarize and translate your WhatsApp chats

If you’re a heavy WhatsApp user, you know how hard it is to keep up with incoming messages – especially if you step away from your phone and group conversations for a few hours. A new assistant called WACAO (aka, Whatsapp Chat Assistant) aims to help by summarizing what you missed while you were gone.…
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay...

Apple released an iOS update in the middle of the night (Cupertino time). iOS 11.2 brings Apple Pay Cash, but the feature is not live yet. The company still needs to flip a switch on its servers to enable it. Today’s update also enables support for faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you have an…
Alibaba is buying Israeli startup Visualead’s tech to establish a Tel Aviv R&D center

Alibaba is buying Israeli startup Visualead’s tech to establish a Tel Aviv R&D center

Alibaba announced a massive $15 billion research ‘DAMO Academy’ project focused on R&D last month, and it is laying the groundwork for an office in Tel Aviv through a deal to acquire technology and talent from Israeli startup Visualead. Visualead developed a new kind of ‘dot-less’ QR code that Alibaba had used for its business in China.…

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