Facebook is working on ‘time well spent’ features for its app
One of the unexpected trends of 2018 is the sight of technology companies actively trying (or, if you’re feeling cynical: actively trying to be *seen* to be trying) to persuade people to stop using their products as much....
June 25, 2018
HumOn refines its pitch to video creators with AI composition
When South Korean startup HumOn was a winner in 2017’s Midemlab startups contest, its focus was a consumer app that let people hum into their smartphone, then turned it into a proper song for them. Now the company appears...
June 18, 2018
Report: US iPhone app spending grew by 23% in 2017
Sensor Tower is the latest research firm putting out numbers on the apps market for 2017, this time focusing on iPhone app spending in the US. It claims that the average amount spent per active iPhone in the US was $58...
April 16, 2018
Fruit Punch Music promises to be ‘Spotify for kids’
On a recent family road-trip, while skipping the *many* tracks currently in Spotify’s Top 50 chart that have explicit lyrics, we wondered again why the streaming service hasn’t ever offered a ‘radio edits’ mode for...
April 16, 2018
Yxng Bane gets a ‘shoppable’ music video with startup mysnapp
The idea of a crossover between music videos and online shopping has been floating around for a long time – it seemed a logical extension of product-placement deals if fans could buy what they were watching in a video. Nobody...
April 4, 2018
Live Music Loyalty wants to create a ‘concert community’
The latest startup trying to create a business out of gig-goers social-media habits is Live Music Loyalty. The New Jersey-based company has launched a free iOS app billed as a “concert photo community” that encourages...
March 28, 2018
Die Fantastischen Vier launch an augmented-reality video app
German hip-hop group Die Fantastischen Vier is the latest example of an artist exploring the potential of augmented reality (AR) technology. The band have launched a free iPhone app called Tunnel AR, which is an interactive...
March 6, 2018
Vero shoots up the App Store charts as Instagram alternative
Vero isn’t a new app: it launched in in July 2015 as a way for people to share photos and other content with friends and the wider world, with an emphasis on privacy and the promise of no advertising. Two and a half...
February 27, 2018
Mobile games developer Supercell made $2.03bn in 2017
Finnish mobile games firm Supercell has published its financial results for 2017, revealing that it made $2.03bn of revenues, and a profit of $810m. The twist: the company did that without even releasing a new game that...
February 19, 2018
Like app resembles Musical.ly but with more AR features – and ‘BOOM’ effects
We can’t resist an app pitch that includes the phrase “revolutionary 4D magic coming” with a man in a cape flying out of a smartphone screen. The app is called Like, and it’s the latest social music/video app that...
February 12, 2018
Chamillionaire launches Convoz video-messaging app
Having conversations through the medium of 15-second video clips, which may or may not include ending up getting a video back from Snoop Dogg and/or Chamillionaire? There’s an app for that! It’s called Convoz, and...
February 12, 2018