Apps

This Week in Apps: Twitter’s edit button, BeReal clones, Trump’s Truth Social gets blocked

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app...

AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.

A red-headed woman stands on the moon, her face obscured. Her naked body looks like it belongs on a poster you’d find on a hormonal...

India’s central bank gives lenders November-end ultimatum to comply with new digital loan rules

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given lenders until the end of November to implement adequate systems and processes to ensure that new and...

Later Cam brings the nostalgia of analog photography to your smartphone

Photo-sharing app Dispo brought back the nostalgia of an analog camera by letting people see the images they snap a day later. Now, a new...

ChromeOS is testing keyboard controls for Android games

ChromeOS users can already access a lot of Android games through Google Play, but many of them are made with a touchscreen interface in mind....

Google will allow alternative payment systems for Play Store in more countries

Google announced today it’s expanding the user choice billing program for Play Store — which lets users choose alternative payment systems for in-app purchases —...

Gadgets News

India plans to speed up testing and safety approvals for electronic devices

India is planning to speed up testing and safety approvals of electronic devices including smartphones and earbuds to reduce their time to market. Currently, it...

Ring adds a Wi-Fi intercom add-on to its lineup

Amazon today announced the addition of Ring Intercom to its list of smartphone offerings. The product is designed to be an add-on to existing apartment...

Firewalla launches the Gold Plus, its new 2.5 Gigabit firewall

Firewalla, maybe the only company that can say that its hardware firewalls have something of a cult following, today announced the latest addition to its...

What we expect from Apple’s iPhone 14 event

Don’t you hate it when they give everything away in the headline? So, a belated spoiler warning that, indeed, the iPhone 14 is almost certainly...

JBL’s new earbuds have a case with touchscreen, because we don’t have enough displays

Tired: JBL announced the Tour PRO 2 earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC). Wired: The case has a touchscreen. That’s right. In the off-chance you...

Finally, an underwater messaging app

Don’t you hate it when, after going just 5 or 10 meters underwater, you lose signal completely? Now this vexing limitation of modern technology is...

Mobile News

It’s Saturday, and the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are still at Black Friday prices

Even though Black Friday is over, and we’ve seen pretty much all the Black Friday deals have ended, it seems a few retailers are still...

This Apple Watch Ultra Black Friday deal hasn’t ended yet

There are still some Black Friday deals floating around even after the shopping holiday has ended, but we’re kind of surprised that the Apple Watch...

AirPods Pro still at their lowest-ever price following Black Friday

If you’ve been looking forward to Apple Black Friday deals, the good news is that some of them remain even after the end of the...

The 60% off Audible Black Friday deal doesn’t end until Cyber Monday

Bookworms and audiobook lovers can still take advantage of one of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon, which drops the price of an Audible...

This incredible $99 iPhone Black Friday deal is still available today

The shopping holiday is now over, but some excellent Black Friday deals remain such as this deal from Walmart on the iPhone SE that’s one...

There’s still time to get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for $1

Even though the majority of Kindle Black Friday deals are over, there are still a few going around, including supplementary deals like this one on...

Social

ZineOne raises cash to help e-commerce companies predict customer behavior

In-session marketing, a form of inbound marketing that attempts to analyze and influence web and app users’ purchasing decisions, is often challenging to implement. With...

Mantle is 3D-printing manufacturing tooling

Mantle is launching a new series of $350,000 machines that can 3D-print the mold inserts that are used to produce injection-mold plastics. It’s hard to...

Open-source password manager Bitwarden raises $100M

Bitwarden, an open-source password manager for enterprises and consumers, has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by PSG, with participation form Battery...

Cymulate snaps up $70M to help cybersecurity teams stress test their networks with attack simulations

The cost of cybercrime has been growing at an alarming rate of 15% per year, projected to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025. To cope with...

One startup’s solution to the carbon-offsetting mess: downgrade the ‘middle-men’ resellers

As well as the traditional carbon offset resellers and exchanges such as Climate Partner or Climate Impact X the tech space has also produced a...

Solar-powered carmaker Lightyear raises $85M and gears up for production

Lightyear, a Dutch startup developing a long-range solar-powered car, today announced that it has raised €86 million ($85 million) as it prepares to begin production...

Software News

With changing definition, Meta becomes India’s largest media company

Many, including the company itself, argue that Meta is not a media firm.“But the ubiquity of the internet has changed the definition of a media...

These are the sports deals at risk if FTX goes bankrupt

These are the sports deals at risk if FTX goes bankrupt FTX Crypto: Tom Brady is In. Are you?FTX assembled a who’s who of sports...

Artificial intelligence means anyone can cast Hollywood stars in their own films

These paid tools generally prevent the direct appearance of celebrities in their outputs. But users are finding workarounds with the arrival of free, open-source AI...

A dating app subscription isn’t actually a bad idea at a time of high inflation

Why are people paying for dating apps?Looking for love doesn’t exactly qualify as an essential item. But shelling out a few hundred dollars over a...

Twitter rival Mastodon is trending on Twitter

Twitter rival Mastodon is trending on Twitter This idea isn’t exclusive to Mastodon. When he was still CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey started a decentralized...

TikTok’s updated data privacy policy does little to settle nerves

By the digits: TikTok is huge1 billion: active users worldwideAdvertisement136.5 million: TikTok users in US, its biggest market67%: Share of American teens who use the...

Startups

ZineOne raises cash to help e-commerce companies predict customer behavior

In-session marketing, a form of inbound marketing that attempts to analyze and influence web and app users’ purchasing decisions, is often challenging to implement. With...

Mantle is 3D-printing manufacturing tooling

Mantle is launching a new series of $350,000 machines that can 3D-print the mold inserts that are used to produce injection-mold plastics. It’s hard to...

Open-source password manager Bitwarden raises $100M

Bitwarden, an open-source password manager for enterprises and consumers, has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by PSG, with participation form Battery...

Seedstars Africa Ventures appoints new partner to back more founders in the continent

Seedstars Africa Ventures, the pan-African early-stage fund for startups, has appointed Bruce Nsereko-Lule as its new general partner, to help it deploy more capital and...

Solar-powered carmaker Lightyear raises $85M and gears up for production

Lightyear, a Dutch startup developing a long-range solar-powered car, today announced that it has raised €86 million ($85 million) as it prepares to begin production...

Agritech company Cropin launches its cloud platform to digitize the agricultural industry

Backed by investors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CDC Group, Cropin is set on digitizing the agricultural industry. Today, the company announced...

Technology

39 top early Cyber Monday 2022 deals at Best Buy: TVs, laptops, tech sales

To find the best deals, we scoured the entire Best Buy website, searching through thousands of various products to bring you the best deals. We...

Behind the voice: an interview with TikTok’s text-to-speech actress

As a radio host for Canada’s 91.5 The Beat, Kat Callaghan struggled to keep her role as TikTok’s new text-to-speech voice under wraps. When her...

Frontier Airlines shut down its customer service phone line

Frontier, the budget-friendly airline that charges for everything from in-flight snacks to carry-ons, is looking to cut costs even more by doing away with its...

24 best early Cyber Monday 2022 smartphone deals: Top iPhone and Android sales

Current price: $800Original price: $1000If there's one thing holding foldable phones back from achieving mainstream acceptance, it's the price. Fortunately, Samsung's latest shape-shifting handset, the...

51 best Amazon early Cyber Monday deals 2022: Fire TV, Echo, Fire tablet sales

Current Price: $130Original Price: $270Enjoy open-ear audio with these hands-free, Alexa-enabled smart glasses. You can get up to two hours of talk time, Alexa interactions,...

The Genki Covert Dock Mini lets me put an entire gaming system in my purse

Friday afternoons growing up meant a trip to the video store. It was an utter thrill, like a little weekly Christmas, where my mom would...

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