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Aircall Grabs $2.75 Million For Its Powerful Phone Customer Support Service For Teams

French startup Aircall just raised a $2.75 million round led by Balderton Capital, with FundersClub and business angels also participating. As a reminder, Aircall was part of our Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2015, started at eFounders and attended 500 Startups’ acceleration program. It …

Startups

'Knock Knock' Is A New App That Could Maybe, Finally, Kill The Business Card

Because exchanging contacts is still a hassle in the smartphone era<p>We all want simpler exchanges of information when meeting new people in person. Yet even in the smartphone era, the humble business card arguably remains the best way. But Knock Knock, a new app launching today, seeks to change that …

Mumbai-Based Fitternity Raises $1M Seed Funding To Match Users With The Right Workouts

Fitternity, a discovery platform for workout classes and other fitness services based in Mumbai, has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Exfinity Venture Partners.<p>The company’s search platform, which lets users book free trials with exercise classes, personal trainers, and nutritionists, is …

Startups

Make Chrome and Firefox faster with just one click

If you're anything like me, you keep a lot of browser tabs open. And unless your PC is a serious powerhouse, that can choke performance across the whole system.<p>In my case, trying to run more than 8-10 tabs in Google Chrome results in a noticeable performance hit. And this on a reasonably speedy …

Software

A once-hot startup that raised $4 million and rejected a $40 million Twitter acquisition just shut down

The once-hot selfie app let users take a picture with the front camera and back camera. The app then merged both photos into a single image.<p>The company took off after taking the stage at Tech Crunch Disrupt SF in 2013 and revealing that it had more than 200,000 downloads in a month — including …

Canadian city app has a voice assistant powered by Watson

Watson can beat human Jeopardy players, help people cook, critique their writing -- and apparently, it can even help the citizens of Surrey, British Columbia with their everyday life. Software developer Purple Forge has tapped into the supercomputer's capabilities to give the Canadian city's app …

This tiny Irish tech startup thinks it can defeat Apple’s new ad-blocking plan

Safari is roughly 25% of all internet browsers, and the nightmare scenario for web site owners would be if all those users discovered just how much better and faster the web is once you block all the ads. With iPhone and Apple users suddenly not seeing ads, many publishers could go out of …

Amazon, Walmart rival Jet.com launches new e-commerce model

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Marc Lore's ambition is as spectacular as his view of the sparkling Manhattan skyline.<p>From new headquarters on the Frank Sinatra side of the Hudson River, the former Quidsi founder's latest venture – Jet.com – plans to take on online shopping's biggest players, from Amazon to …

eCommerce

Create your own private disappearing chatroom with hack.chat

There are a dozen-odd ways to chat with people these days, from IM to Twitter direct messages to apps like Slack, Snapchat and GroupMe.<p>If you want to create your own with no more fuss than typing in a unique URL in your web browser, though, you can’t go wrong with hack.chat, a new, bare-bones, …

Voting by phone, computer: Not coming anytime soon

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Voting from a phone, tablet or desktop computer is probably still years away, according to a report on online voting released Friday.<p>While some voting technology is already in use -- such as electronic voting machines, apps to register to vote and online information to find …

MIT researchers have found a way to make rotten software fresh again

It turns out software and fruit have something in common: they both can rot. But while a banana that’s been sitting out too long can’t turn fresh …

New apps are helping smartphones to recognize images

"OK, this one is pretty cool," said 6-foot-tall Omar Tayeb as he held his left hand in front of himself and snapped it with his iPhone.<p>He didn't move the phone away. He left it there as an app detected each of his fingernails and proceeded to paint each one. On the phone's screen, Tayeb's nails …

Apple TV Confirmed as Central Hub for Remotely Controlling HomeKit-Enabled Accessories

Apple has added a new support document on its website (via <i>iFun.de</i>) that confirms the third-generation Apple TV or later can be used to control HomeKit-enabled accessories when you are away from home using an iOS device.<p>After signing in with the same Apple ID on an iOS device and Apple TV, users can …

I/O Spotlights Google’s Machine Learning Smarts

Few will argue that this year’s I/O keynote was Google’s flashiest yet. If you were expecting people to jump out of blimps to bring you a new version of Google Glass, the event surely left you disappointed. Instead, Google used its relatively low-key keynote to announce an evolutionary update to …

Android News

NVIDIA Introduces AndroidWorks To Streamline Game Development For All Android Devices

NVIDIA has been a big proponent of Android for the last few years. From the original SHIELD Portable, to the just released SHIELD Android TV, and even concept devices like Google’s Project Tango, NVIDIA has invested considerable resources to optimize both its hardware and software for Google’s …

Game Development

Qwilr Gets Seed Funding To Turn Business Documents Into Attractive Websites

Qwilr is a tool for anyone who has sent out a PowerPoint deck they spent hours creating, only to wonder if anyone is even going to bother downloading it. The platform makes it easy to turn business documents into webpages, which in turn gives users access to analytics and other helpful tools.<p>The …

Google Docs

QuizUp Just Turned Into A Social Network

QuizUp is now a social network, by every stretch of the imagination.<p>Following a massive update today, the trivia game that trail-blazed through the App Store in 2013, is now introducing true social functionality on a core level.<p>QuizUp originally hit the scene after forging a deal with Lionsgate to …

Design Platform Canva Raises $6 Million, Expands To Businesses With “Canva For Work”

Creating professional graphics is not a skill set that everyone has, but online design platform Canva wants to change that. In mid-2013, the company debuted a service that allows anyone to more easily create graphics, including slideshows, invitations, handouts, posters, infographics, Facebook …

Jobscan Helps You Write Better Resumes

If you apply for a position at a large company, there is a chance that a human won’t even look at your resume. Many human resources department now use application tracking software (ATS) to help them sift through hundreds of applications.<p>While this saves them time, it means that promising …

Employment

9 Tips for Faster Wi-Fi Streaming

The cable plan you signed up for promised up to 300Mbps of blistering Internet speed, but reality has proven to be somewhat different. You’re barely …

Wi-Fi

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

5 simple internet safety tips from one of Google's information security engineers

Before Google hired him as its very first, full-time security engineer for its Chrome browser back in 2009, he'd already had experience working for IBM, the NSA, and the US Marine Corps.<p>As one of Google's tech lead managers for Chrome, he's now responsible for making sure the browser stays secure …

Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops

Despite a lacklustre start, Chromebooks are becoming relatively popular in the super-budget end of the portable market. This has worried Microsoft for some time. After all, with a Google-centric experience, not to mention an operating system in the form of Chrome OS, there’s little if anything to …

Instapaper gets faster than ever in latest update

If you haven’t used Instapaper for awhile, it might be time to dig the app out again. It’s just received a great new update to version 6.2, adding some slick features like speed reading, the ability to tweet screenshots of text, and more.<p>Pushed live today by the dev team at Betaworks, the Instaper …

These Are the First 24 Apple Watch Apps

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch don’t begin for another two weeks and sales don’t begin for four, but the App Store team has already approved two …

Apps

Add labels and recurring reminders in Google Keep

Google Keep, the note-taking platform available online and for Android users, is now two years old. Updates have been making their way to the service at a snail's pace, but thankfully, they're still coming.<p>While color-coding, checklists and voice actions have been around since the beginning, Google …

Facebook app accidentally reveals its F8 news: Messenger as a Platform, Parse for IoT

That sound you hear is dozens of Facebook PR staffers slowly banging their heads against their desks this morning.<p>Later this morning, Facebook is holding its F8 developers conference in San Francisco. But whatever carefully orchestrated plans it had for unveiling news went out the window when the …

'Fantastical 2' Launches for Mac With Yosemite-Style Redesign, Full Calendar Window

Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated <i>Fantastical 2</i> for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing <i>Fantastical</i> for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features.<p>Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with <i>MacRumors</i> about the new <i>Fantastical 2</i> update for Mac, and he told us that …