Apps

StudySmarter books $15M for a global ‘personalized learning’ push

More money for the edtech boom: Munich-based StudySmarter, which makes digital tools to help learners of all ages swat up — styling itself as a...

Instagram adds a captions option for Stories and soon, Reels

Instagram is making its video Stories and Reels more accessible with the launch of a new “captions sticker” that will allow users to watch without...

Twitter acquires distraction-free reading service Scroll to beef up its subscription product

Twitter this morning announced it’s acquiring Scroll, a subscription service that offers readers a better way to read through long-form content on the web, by...

Indian online teaching platform Teachmint raises $16.5 million

An Indian startup that began its life after the global pandemic broke last year said on Tuesday it has concluded its third financing round as...

alt.bank, Brazil’s latest fintech targeting the unbanked, raises $5.5M

It looks like everyone and their mother is trying to reinvent the Brazilian banking system. Earlier this year we wrote about Nubank’s $400 million Series...

Sony announces investment and partnership with Discord to bring the chat app to PlayStation

Sony and Discord have announced a partnership that will integrate the latter’s popular gaming-focused chat app with PlayStation’s own built-in social tools. It’s a big...

Gadgets News

Peloton’s leaky API let anyone grab rider’s private account data

Halfway through my Monday afternoon workout last week, I got a message from a security researcher with a screenshot of my Peloton account data. My...

Cognixion’s brain-monitoring headset enables fluid communication for people with severe disabilities

Of the many frustrations of having a severe motor impairment, the difficulty of communicating must surely be among the worst. The tech world has not...

Sony announces investment and partnership with Discord to bring the chat app to PlayStation

Sony and Discord have announced a partnership that will integrate the latter’s popular gaming-focused chat app with PlayStation’s own built-in social tools. It’s a big...

Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’

After a steady stream of studio acquisitions in late 2019 and early 2020, Facebook has been a little quieter in recent months when its come...

Apple sales bounce back in China as Huawei loses smartphone crown

Huawei’s smartphone rivals in China are quickly divvying up the market share it has lost over the past year. 92.4 million units of smartphones were...

UK’s IoT ‘security by design’ law will cover smartphones too

Smartphones will be included in the scope of a planned ‘security by design’ UK law aimed at beefing up the security of consumer devices, the...

Mobile News

These stylish smart sunglasses shade your eyes with adjustable tinted lenses

With summer on the way, the amount of time you’ll spend outdoors — and the number of rays you catch — will probably go up....

These stylish smart sunglasses shades your eyes with adjustable tinted lenses

With summer on the way, the amount of time you’ll spend outdoors — and the number of rays you catch — will probably go up....

Twitter rolls out improved ‘reply prompts’ to cut down on harmful tweets

A year ago, Twitter began testing a feature that would prompt users to pause and reconsider before they replied to a tweet using “harmful” language...

Google launches Agent Assist for Chat in preview

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Google today launched Agent Assist for Chat in public preview, an...

Speech recognition system trains on radio archive to learn Niger Congo languages

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. For many of the 700 million illiterate people around the world,...

The gaming industry’s ‘duty of care’ in keeping players safe

On the last day of GamesBeat Summit last week, leaders from Roblox, Fair Play Alliance, and Accenture discussed the issue of digital civility, and what...

Social

Facebook’s Oversight Board throws the company a Trump-shaped curveball

Facebook’s controversial policy-setting supergroup issued its verdict on Trump’s fate Wednesday, and it wasn’t quite what most of us were expecting. We’ll dig into the...

Facebook launches Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone

Facebook is launching a new section of its app designed to connect neighbors and curate neighborhood-level news. The new feature, predictably called Neighborhoods, is available...

Twitter rolls out improved ‘reply prompts’ to cut down on harmful tweets

A year ago, Twitter began testing a feature that would prompt users to pause and reconsider before they replied to a tweet using “harmful” language...

The gaming industry’s ‘duty of care’ in keeping players safe

On the last day of GamesBeat Summit last week, leaders from Roblox, Fair Play Alliance, and Accenture discussed the issue of digital civility, and what...

Facebook’s hand-picked ‘oversight’ panel upholds Trump ban — for now

Facebook’s content decision review body, a quasi-external panel that’s been likened to a ‘Supreme Court of Facebook’ but isn’t staffed by sitting judges, can’t be...

For Trump and Facebook, judgement day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an...

Software News

Facebook launches Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone

Facebook is launching a new section of its app designed to connect neighbors and curate neighborhood-level news. The new feature, predictably called Neighborhoods, is available...

Peloton’s leaky API let anyone grab rider’s private account data

Halfway through my Monday afternoon workout last week, I got a message from a security researcher with a screenshot of my Peloton account data. My...

For Trump and Facebook, judgement day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an...

Microsoft launches Power BI Goals to help manage productivity

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. At its virtual Business Applications Summit, Microsoft today announced the launch...

Even with the PS5 shortage, Sony’s PlayStation had a record year

Sony’s video game business had its most profitable year ever, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic turning seemingly everyone in the world into gamers. That was...

DevOps orchestration platform Opsera raises $15M

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Opsera, a continuous orchestration platform for DevOps, today announced that it...

Startups

Una Brands launches with $40M to roll up brands on multiple Asia-Pacific e-commerce platforms

Una Brands’ co-founders (from left to right): Tobias Heusch, Kiran Tanna and Kushal Patel One of the biggest funding trends of the past year is...

Chime has agreed to stop using the word ‘bank’ after a California regulator pushed back

Chime can apparently call itself the “fastest-growing fintech in the U.S.,” but it has agreed to stop referring to itself as a “bank,” per a...

Applications for the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off in July are open

Early stage startups – now is your time to shine at the TechCrunch Early Stage event on July 8 and 9. This is part two of...

Supercell likes Metacore’s games so much it just gave it another $180M credit line

Metacore, a Finnish mobile games company, seems to have an amazing ‘relationship’ with Supercell, another (quite successful) Finnish mobile games company. Back in September 2020,...

Beyond the fanfare and SEC warnings, SPACs are here to stay

Matt Johnson Contributor Matt Johnson is CEO and co-founder of QC Ware, a quantum computing software company. Matt was a managing director in private equity...

Despite gains, gender diversity in VC funding struggled in 2020

People have been discussing the importance of expanding opportunities for women in venture capital and startup entrepreneurship for decades. And for some time it appeared...

Technology

Facebook’s ‘Neighborhoods’ looks a whole lot like Nextdoor

Facebook is launching a new feature today to help you keep in touch with your local community: Neighborhoods. It’s essentially the social network’s take on dedicated...

Instagram now lets you add captions to your Stories

Instagram is today adding a small but incredibly welcome feature: you can now add subtitles to your Stories. And in a very Instagram-y move, you...

Disney finally made a retractable lightsaber that looks legit

Even for the most casual Star War fans like myself, the dream of one day owning a lightsaber that actually, you know, looks like a lightsaber...

Prime has never been more important to Amazon

It took Amazon 13 years to reach its first 100 million subscribers to Prime, the company’s benefits-loaded membership program. It took just three years to add...

Employee stock ownership has arrived on Africa’s startup scene

Finding, attracting, and retaining top talent is a big challenge for tech startups in Africa.In the early years of Sokowatch, an e-commerce platform for informal...

How to find your nearest vaccination center in India with WhatsApp

Story byIvan Mehta Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes...

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