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Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:58
 A mobile application called Hopper, out today on iTunes, is using data and analysis from “billions” of flight prices in order to tell travelers when they should fly and buy tickets. The company claims that it’s able to save users as much as 40 percent on flights, and in 95 percent of cases will get you a cheaper flight or one that’s at least the same price as you would… Read More

Microsoft Wants You To Store And Manage Your Photos On OneDrive

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:52
 When Dropbox introduced Carousel, it made a bid to be the home for all your photos. Microsoft wants to make a similar pitch. Today, the company outlined new ways to import, manage and share your photos on OneDrive, its cloud storage platform. Again, it is far from the first company to do so, so we can view its efforts from a historical perspective. Read More

Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:35
 Holed up in your apartment for #Blizzard2015? Already whipped your roommate in Settlers? Binge-watching your favorite show isn’t cutting it? Well, friends, it sounds like a perfect time to get going on your application for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY. Read More

As Our Attention Spans Plummet, SOUNDS App For Instagram Music Snippets Comes To The Rescue

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:27
 Even as we hear about Snapchat expanding the ways content can be shared on their network, there are still certain content types that are missing from the messaging app and also from other platforms like Instagram. CEO Rhai Goburdhun and his team of cofounders noticed this gap and created SOUNDS to let you share 15-second snippets of music to both Instagram and, as of last week, Snapchat. Read More

With New Update, Yeti Hopes To Compete With Google In Local Search

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:10
 Yeti, an app that is essentially Tinder for places, released an update today that makes it easier for users to use the app for local searches. Previously the app generated a stack of cards showing nearby restaurants, bars and activities, such as hiking routes or bike trails. Using the same interface as Tinder, you could swipe right to indicate that you like a place, or left to discard it.… Read More

Slack Buys Screenhero To Add Screen Sharing And Voice Chat To Its Work Messaging Platform

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:01
 Slack, the enterprise collaboration service that has raised $180 million and proven to be a runaway success with 365,000 daily active users, has made another acquisition to add more functionality to its platform and position itself as a sharper competitor against the likes of Microsoft. It has bought Screenhero, a Y-Combinator alum that competes against the likes of GoToMeeting or Webex… Read More

App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 16:39
 Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year. The report includes a look at app category growth, like the expansion of mobile messaging services, mobile video streaming, “sharing economy” apps and more, as well as growth of… Read More

TL;DR, A New App From Everything.Me’s Co-Founder, Wants To Make Email More Like Messaging

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 16:24
 Messaging apps and social networks have overtaken email for many consumers as their primary way of communicating with people — with some collaboration startups like Slack specifically aiming to kill email altogether. Now a new email app hopes to reverse that trend, bringing people back into the email fold by adopting messaging characteristics. TL;DR, as the app is called, lets… Read More

RealtyShares Now Lets Investors Put Money Into Individual Real Estate Markets

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 16:00
 About a year ago, RealtyShares launched as a new way for investors to put small amounts of money into real estate projects, kind of like a “LendingClub for Real Estate.” Now the company is launching a way for them to focus on investing in specific markets around the U.S. Read More

Uber Partners With Intuit To Help Drivers Track Earnings

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 16:00
 On-demand transportation company Uber is working on ways that it could make life easier for its drivers. Earlier today, that included a partnership with Metromile to offer per-mile car insurance. And now the company is announcing a partnership with Intuit that could provide more visibility to drivers about their earnings and taxes. Yesterday we wrote about how Stripe and Intuit were… Read More

Custom Apparel Platform Teespring Acquires London-Based Fabrily To Expand Internationally

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:57
 Fast-growing custom apparel startup Teespring, which is backed by nearly $57 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, is making a move to expand its footprint globally through the strategic acquisition of European apparel platform Fabrily. Headquartered in London, Fabrily has been operating for nearly as long as Teespring, offering its mainly Western European-based… Read More

With $40M In Recent Funding, Classpass Hires Revenue And Marketing Execs

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:48
 Classpass, the NY-based company that gives users unlimited access to local fitness classes, has pulled in some new key hires moving into 2015. Zach Apter and Alex Do are joining the team as Head of Revenue Management and Head of Marketing respectively, as Classpass focuses on growing the already popular brand. Read More

Sony And Spotify Debut PlayStation Music Streaming Service, Music Unlimited To Close

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:43
 Sony is relaunching its streaming music service for PlayStation Network, and this time it’s bringing in a partner with ample expertise in streaming music services: Spotify. The existing Sony Music Unlimited service will be closed to make way for the new PlayStation Music service powered by Spotify, but Sony points out that nearly all countries that currently have access to Music… Read More

Tesco Inks Deal For Rakuten’s Kobo To Take On Blinkbox Books’ Customers, Other Assets

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:25
 Some closure in the ongoing story of retail giant Tesco offloading its digital content effort blinkbox. Assets from blinkbox Books — specifically customer accounts and existing e-book libraries — are being picked up by Kobo, the e-book division of Rakuten. Blinkbox customers are getting emails informing them of the transition, and Tesco has confirmed the details to us directly. Read More

Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:24
 New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan wants to bring more attention to some of her favorite authors. She proposes to do that with a video series in which she gets to interview some of those writers on camera and distribute those interviews on Medium. Corrigan began filming the 12-part author interview program Foreword for Medium earlier this month. Her hope is that viewers… Read More

Eventjoy’s New App For Event Goers Adds Real-Time Chat, Live Announcements And More

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:08
 Eventjoy, the event management platform and Y Combinator graduate that was quickly snatched up by Ticketmaster last fall, is today releasing a new version of its mobile application for event attendees that’s more of an overhaul than an upgrade. The new application introduces a number of unique, new features, including the ability for event attendees to chat in real-time with event… Read More

Recapping Week Two of the Silk Road Trial

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:00
 Editor’s Note: John Bush is the Editor in Chief of the Liberty Beat daily radio news service and host of the weekly Bitcoin podcast SovereignBTC. As the third week of the Ross Ulbricht trial resumes, after a snow-blanketed New York City cancelled Tuesday’s proceedings, it’s a great opportunity to get caught up with what happened in week two. To recap, Ulbricht is accused… Read More

New DJI Drone Firmware Will Prevent White House Joy Rides, Border Drug Runs

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:28
 Popular consumer drone-maker DJI is using firmware to fight some potential abuses of its hobbyist hardware, with an update that will prevent its Phantom 2-series drones from being able to fly onto the White House lawn, or carry drugs across country borders. This ones after an unauthorized drone made its way to an ignominious end on the White House land earlier this week, and after a drone… Read More

Metromile Launches Uber Car Insurance Where Drivers Only Pay For Personal Miles

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:02
 Uber covers drivers with $1 million of insurance when they’re on the job, but they still have to buy personal car insurance even if they hardly drive off-the-job. But now, Metromile and Uber have developed a seamless per-mile car insurance plan for Uber drivers that uses a cellular gadget that plugs into their vehicle’s diagnostic port. It connects with Uber to recognize when… Read More

Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:01
 There is not much to say about Insensi just yet. I met the company’s founder Ilan Abehassera in Paris two weeks ago, and he gave me a few hints about his very secretive startup. First, it’s a hardware startup based in New York. Second, he hired a team of all-star engineers. Third, he raised $2.4 million already. Abehassera previously co-founded task management platform Producteev… Read More