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Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

3 hours agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It is a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles, and of course, advertisements. Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover ‘Editions’, which play every three or four swipes. It’s really not all that bad.… Read More

Behind the App: The Story of HabitRPG

What if you approached your life like a video game, treating your tasks as monsters to be battled and your daily goals as quests? That's the idea behind HabitRPG, a site and community designed to be a role playing game for your to-do list. Read more...

Vine Celebrates Second Year, 1.5 Billion Daily Loops

Vine’s Jason Toff, head of product, celebrated the video app’s second anniversary on Saturday with a congratulatory tweet: Having just celebrated our 2nd birthday, I’m thrilled to share that we’re now seeing more than 1.5 billion loops per day on @Vine. — Jason Toff (@jasontoff) January 26, 2015 That’s a lot of loops. Show More Summary

Fiksu: App Downloads Hit Record High in December 2014

User acquisition and marketing company Fiksu has released its indexes for December 2014, which marked a huge increase in app downloads to end the year. Its App Store Competitive index, which tracks the average number of daily downloads...Show More Summary

Vine rings in its second year by hitting 1.5 billion daily loops

3 days agoTechnology : GigaOM

Video app Vine celebrated its second anniversary Saturday, prompting product head Jason Toff to share new metrics. The company is now seeing 1.5 billion loops, or plays, a day of its…

Handle Productivity App Launches on iOS

Handle, a mobile software and cloud services company, has announced the launch of its iOS app, designed to help users organize and respond to time-sensitive obligations in their daily lives. The app combines a user’s email and calendar...Show More Summary

Avoiding Internet Surveillance: The Complete Guide

Internet surveillance has been a hot topic in recent years—we’ve talked about it extensively here at MakeUseOf, it’s been brought up on major news outlets daily, and we’ve seen a slew of new apps, extensions, and products aimed at helping you retain your privacy online. Show More Summary

The Daily Startup: Button Raises $12M to Deep Link in Apps

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

VCs Are Ripe For Smart Alternatives To Fund App Growth

With 1,600+ apps making their debuts in the app stores daily, the pressure is on app developers to stand out from the crowd and acquire users at scale. However, app developers aren’t the only ones feeling the strain. The tremendous growth of the global app economy — powered by more than 2.5 million apps in the App Store and Google Play combined — is also stretching… Read More

Funny Or Die Has A Weather App Infused With Jokes And It's Actually Pretty Impressive

Viral comedy site Funny or Die has its own weather app, and it promises to infuse some laughs into your daily weather forecasts. The app is called Funny or Die Weather, and the main draw is a daily funny weather fact that makes observations...Show More Summary

Be My Eyes App Brings Sight to the Vision Impaired

Summary: One can only imagine the challenges faced by an individual who is vision impaired. Simply navigating daily life presents a plethora of obstacles not even considered by a non-impaired person. Tasks like cooking, shopping, clothing...Show More Summary

WhatsApp cracks down on people using unofficial clients

last weekTechnology : GigaOM

WhatsApp, the dominant Facebook-owned messaging app with hundreds of millions of daily users, is banning users from its service for 24 hours because they were caught sending and receiving messages on an unofficial client that wasn't made…

Be My Eyes lets you lend your eyes to help the blind

A new non-profit app, Be My Eyes, seeks to help the blind by connecting them with people who can assist with their daily lives over live video. When downloaded the app asks if you are sighted or blind, in order to see if you’re asking for help or offering help. Show More Summary

Can your cellphone help you lose weight?

Cellphone support can help people lose significantly more weight, according to a recent study. Using one of the many mobile apps with daily text messages or videos incites the user to think about dieting and eating well, researchers said.

App Annie: $55M mo money … and massive new app usage intelligence product

App Annie just raised more money in a fourth round of financing than in its previous three. And, the company announced a major new product addition that will help app developers spy on their competitors’ vital statistics: daily users, monthly users, time spent, usage frequency, and the all-important user retention. “We have been very fast-growing, […]

Daily Deals for January 8, 2014, featuring deep discounts on Drones and the 10-For-$10 Mac App Bundle

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

Backed By Jamie Oliver, YOU-app Wants To Nudge You Into Healthy Habits

3 weeks agoTechnology : TechCrunch

YOU-app is a new iOS app by Helsinki-based startup Fifth Corner Inc. which aims to gently nudge its users into healthier daily habits in the form of, what they call, “micro-actions”. Ordinarily apps like this launch and disappear, but...Show More Summary

WhatsApp founder touts app's newest numbers: 700M monthly active users, 30B daily messages

There's a lot of zeros in this story. Jan Koum, the CEO and cofounder of WhatsApp, has rung in the new year with a Facebook post touting the messaging apps' user numbers. WhatsApp now has 700 million monthly active users, up from 600 million at the end of August Those users combine to send more than 30 billion daily messages. Show More Summary

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