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15 Ideas That Will Make You Reconsider Virtual Reality

What can virtual reality be when you forget about video game cliches? These experimental apps ponder that question.

We've heard a lot of talk about virtual reality, but what will people actually do with it, other than make a more immersive Call of Duty sequel? Right now, Oculus and Samsung are …

Virtual Reality

Recruit Acquires Majority Stake In European Hair And Beauty Marketplace Wahanda For $171M

Wahanda, the European hair and beauty marketplace, has seen an exit of sorts. Japan’s Recruit Holdings, which already owned 10 percent of the London-based startup, has acquired a further 70 percent share for £112.5 million (~$171m), in a deal that sees Wahanda’s other backers cash out.

These include …

Europe

Paribus Can Save You Money When Online Prices Drop

A new startup called Paribus, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, wants to help online shoppers get money back when prices drop. Today’s consumers know that prices change more often on e-commerce sites than they do in brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon alone makes roughly 80 million price …

Money

HeyLets, A Personalized Location Discovery App, Raises Seed Funding

With the number of location discovery apps out there already, the question might not be “Where should we go?” but “Why make another one?”

The developers of HeyLets, however, believe there is still room to stand apart by delivering more personalized recommendations to people based on their interests …

Seed Funding

21 of the Best iOS Apps from April 2015

April was a busy month for iOS apps, with clever new ways to mashup your photos, get a hand-drawn selfie delivered to your door or, err, book bus tickets. Also, Mattel’s Magic 8 Ball arrived.

We’ve gathered the best new and updated apps below to save you some time. It’s split across a few pages to …

Software

Split Lets You Split The Bill Fairly, Not Equally

There are a number of apps out there that are made to help you split a bill at a restaurant, but even super ubiquitous ones like Venmo don’t offer a truly seamless experience. At today’s Disrupt NY Hackathon, Venmo software engineer and developer evangelist Cassidy Williams built an app that makes …

Software

Arctuition’s ArcSite Modernizes The Early Stages Of Engineering With The iPad

Arctuition is hoping to take advantage of the iPad’s portability, flexibility and range of input options to bring meaningful improvements to an area of CAD and engineering that has remained primarily low-tech.

When engineering projects kick off, especially in the consulting engineering field …

Engineering

Google may be giving developers a big reason to choose Android over the iPhone

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Even though Android is the largest computing platform in the world, it still falls behind the iPhone in one specific area.

New apps still usually launch on iOS before they make their way to Android, with buzzy livestreaming apps Meerkat and Periscope being the latest …

Google

500 Startups Aims To Be The Largest VC Shop In The World

Dave McClure, the founding partner of 500 Startups, wants his investment shop to be the biggest venture capital shop in the world and is confused that the firm is now larger than 500 startups. It’s more like 1,000 startups, he said.

What might be hubris coming from any other investor is a simple …

Venture Capital

CodersClan Wants To Make Code Outsourcing Better, Raises $820K Seed Round

CodersClan started out as a marketplace for easily outsourcing small coding tasks. Now, the company is setting its sights on allowing its customers to request full development projects and it’s announcing that it has raised an $820,000 seed round to fuel its expansion. Investors in this round …

Stack Overflow

Volkswagen’s Apple Watch App Will Notify You When Your Teen Driver Speeds

German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service has offered a variety of the standard “smart” features car manufacturers have built into their mobile apps since …

Volkswagen

Automated Savings Startup Digit Raises $11.3M From General Catalyst

It’s only been a few short months since automated savings startup Digit opened to the public, but it’s already garnered serious interest from consumers who want more money in their bank accounts, as well as investors who think the service could eventually be a huge hit.

Digit operates a simple …

Startups

Meet the app that wants to help you have better sex

If the insane popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey" has taught us anything, it's that people are curious about exploring sex even if they're too embarrassed to acknowledge it.

That's where PlsPlsMe comes in. It's a new app designed to provide you and a partner a safe and research-based way to explore …

App Store

This Gadget Lets You Text and Use Apps While Driving, Without Looking at Your Smartphone

Ding. You get a new notification on your phone. You want to check it. No, you need to, really badly, but you’re driving. Ah, screw it. You glance down, away from the road, and you check the darn thing anyway. It’s a potentially deadly decision millions of people make multiple times a day, one that …

Phones

Apple's Secret Army Of Watch Evangelists

So far Apple's roll out of the Apple Watch has been par for the course, at least for an Apple debut. By that I mean, the Apple Watch is following a well-trodden, multi-stage path.

Stage 1: Apple introduces revolutionary product after teasing markets for months about the novel product.

Stage 2: …

Marketing

Delivery Hero Eats Up Turkey’s Yemeksepeti For A Record $589M

Delivery Hero, the billion-dollar takeout food service based in Berlin, is making another big acquisition as it continues to scale up its business worldwide. It’s buying Turkey’s Yemeksepeti for $589 million in a cash and shares deal that will also see investor General Atlantic becoming …

Delivery

Linqapp, Which Lets You Get Real-Time Language Answers From Real People, Launches On iOS

The last time I enrolled in a Mandarin language program was back in 2007, light years away in terms of technology. I considered myself lucky because I had a Besta CD-618 electronic dictionary and a weekly language partner to answer questions about slang and other words that weren’t in my (very dry) …

Language

Apple Watch’s hidden port can be used for charging

Apple Watch owners may have noticed there’s a tiny port hidden inside the groove of the bottom band connector. Before the watch’s release there was some speculations whether the port just be used for diagnostics, but the Reserve Strap have discovered third-parties can use it to recharge the …

Apple Watch

Will UberEATS And UberRUSH Drive Company Value?

Uber isn’t just about picking up people and delivering people. No, according to reports, Uber drivers are, or soon will be, delivering restaurant meals and purchases from merchants, as well.

Uber has launched UberEATS in Chicago and New York after testing the food delivery service in Barcelona and …

Restaurant

Microsoft is first to let you flip the middle finger emoji

Technically Incorrect: One glorious part of Windows 10 is the middle finger emoji, something that has been missing from iOS and Android.

Technically

Microsoft Windows

The IDF’s Best of the Best: Krav Maga Competition

The IDF’s most elite soldiers battled it out to see who is the best of the best in Krav Maga.

The IDF’s top units including Sayeret Matkal, Duvdevan …

Martial Arts

Weight Watchers Acquires 5-Minute Fitness App Hot5

Weight loss company Weight Watchers continues its recent acquisition spree with the purchase of Hot5. The startup will join a couple of other mobile apps Weight Watchers has bought to help its customers get in shape.

Hot5 originally launched in August 2013 and moved to a subscription model enabling …

Fitness

12 ways to make your iPhone's battery last longer

Your iPhone's battery can never last long enough.

We use our phones for everything these days, from snapping photos to browsing the web, watching videos, and even making the occasional phone call.

All that activity can definitely drain your battery quickly, but luckily there are a few practices that …

iOS Apps

Google acquires Timeful time management iOS app to improve Gmail, Calendar, & more

Google today announced that it’s acquiring Timeful Inc, the company behind the Timeful app that offers a central location for time management, calendar functions, to-do list and scheduling features.

While the company confirmed that you will be able to continue downloading the Timeful app from the …

Google

May the 4th be with you: Apple offers collection of iOS & Mac app discounts for Star Wars Day

To celebrate Star Wars Day— yes, that’s why everyone keeps saying “May the 4th be with you” today— Apple is offering a number of discounts on apps and in-app purchase content from Disney, Konami, and others.

Below we’ve put together links for all of the Star Wars App Store content on sale today, …

Star Wars

"My rocky first 24hrs with the ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ" in Technology Musings

I’m an insufferable asshole, and I’m here to complain about my brand new $350 luxury watch that so far hasn’t lived up to my insanely high…Continue …

Phones

How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content.

Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering.

You often needed a special QR code reader app which might …

Barcodes

With Gruberie, Your Waiter Doesn’t Need To Take Your Order

One of the hacks from our Disrupt NY Hackathon already has a customer: in less than 24 hours, Gruberie set up a site, built an app, and convinced a local diner to install Gimbal beacons so they could test their service in the real world.

When you walk into a restaurant that supports the service, you …

Waiter

Retale, The App That Puts Weekly Store Circulars On Your Smartphone, Raises $12 Million

It used to be that when shoppers were interested in learning about the latest sales from their favorite local stores, they would turn to the printed circulars that came with their newspaper subscriptions. But in the mobile age, people aren’t relying on newspapers as much to get their daily news, …

Best Buy

File-Sharing Service Droplr Is Going Freemium

File-sharing service Droplr is adopting a freemium business model starting tomorrow. Instead of paying $4.99 per month just to try the service, you’ll be able to download clients on a variety of platforms and immediately share screenshots, images, and video recordings of your desktop directly with …

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