Apps

iOS 14 gets rid of the app grid to help you find the app you’re looking for

Apple unveiled the next major version iOS a few weeks ago. I’ve been playing around with beta versions of iOS 14 and here’s what you...

Apple just released the first iOS 14 beta to everyone

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS...

Coronavirus impact sends app downloads, usage and consumer spending to record highs in Q2

As the world continued to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the second quarter of 2020 became the largest yet for mobile app...

Tinder now testing video chat in select markets, including U.S.

Tinder announced this morning it will begin to test video chat in its mobile dating app with some members in select worldwide markets, including in...

Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India amid TikTok ban

As scores of startups look to cash in on the video content void that ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps has created in India,...

TikTok pulls its app from Hong Kong’s Play Store and App Store

TikTok is perhaps the most troubled app in the world right now. A week after the app was banned in India, Bytedance-owned social network has decided to...

Gadgets News

The best WiFi 6 home networking tech to upgrade your setup

Wifi 6 is here – making its way to more and more devices, with a noteworthy inclusion on last year’s flagship iPhone 11 lineup. This...

Canon’s new R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras offer big video upgrades, bird eye autofocus and more

Canon has finally fully revealed its much-anticipated R5 and R6 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and they look like very strong contenders for the field. The...

The TourBox adds a touch of tactile control to your editing workflow in a portable package

Now is a great time to be dipping back into creative projects you’ve had on hold, including editing archives of photos you promised you’d get...

Festo’s latest biomimetic robots are a flying feathered bird and ball-bottomed helper arm

You could be excused for thinking that German robotics company Festo does nothing but put together fabulous prototype robots built to resemble kangaroos, jellyfish, and...

The iRig Pro Duo makes managing advanced audio workflows simple and anywhere

Connecting audio interfaces to the various mobile and computing devices we use these days can be a confusing headache. The iRig Pro Duo, which IK...

With feature updates and new accessories, the RODECaster Pro is a podcaster’s dream come true

You might have been considering – or have already started – picking up a new hobby this year, particularly one you can do at home....

Mobile News

Apple will goose 5G sales in late 2020, but does anyone still care?

Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today. Two years ago, when Qualcomm was commercializing early 5G components as...

UiPath raises $225 million to automate repetitive back-office tasks

Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today. Robotic process automation startup UiPath today announced it has closed a...

Why Tencent is looking to buy Warframe parent company Leyou

After rumors surfaced that Sony was considering acquiring Hong Kong gaming company Leyou Technologies, the focus is now shifting to Tencent. In a note to...

Google’s AI tool lets users trigger mobile app actions with natural language instructions

Google is investigating ways AI might be used to ground natural language instructions to smartphone app actions. In a study accepted to the 2020 Association...

ProBeat: A Twitter subscription is more complicated than you think

Who does a Twitter subscription platform appeal to? Investors? Definitely. Some Twitter users? Certainly. Twitter itself? Not so much. The Twittersphere was all atwitter this...

Back to School 2020: Pause big tech purchases, plan for a happier 2021

A calm phrase like “uncertain times” doesn’t do justice to the current state of 2020’s Back to School season, which as of mid-July remains unsettlingly...

Social

ProBeat: A Twitter subscription is more complicated than you think

Who does a Twitter subscription platform appeal to? Investors? Definitely. Some Twitter users? Certainly. Twitter itself? Not so much. The Twittersphere was all atwitter this...

TikTok likes and views are broken as community worries over potential US ban

TikTok likes and views are broken for some unknown portion of the video app’s user base this afternoon. The impacted users are seeing a “zero”...

WhatsApp Business, now with 50M MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing

The global COVID-19 health pandemic has raised the stakes for businesses when it comes to using digital channels to connect with customers, and today WhatsApp unveiled...

Daily Crunch: Facebook faces blistering civil rights audit

Auditors were not impressed by Facebook’s civil rights work, Tinder tests video chat and a new nasal spray could reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission....

Twitter is working on a subscription platform codenamed Gryphon

Twitter is working on a new subscription platform under the codename Gryphon, according to two online job postings. A remote contractor position listed on LinkedIn...

Tinder now testing video chat in select markets, including U.S.

Tinder announced this morning it will begin to test video chat in its mobile dating app with some members in select worldwide markets, including in...

Software News

The TourBox adds a touch of tactile control to your editing workflow in a portable package

Now is a great time to be dipping back into creative projects you’ve had on hold, including editing archives of photos you promised you’d get...

The great stink in software pipelines

Greg Law Contributor Greg Law is the co-founder and CTO at Undo.io, a software failure replay platform provider. It’s the summer of 1858. London. The...

Clockwise CEO Matt Martin: How we closed an $18M Series B during a pandemic

Matt Martin Contributor Matt Martin is CEO and co-founder of Clockwise, a San Francisco-based software company. It all started with an email from a customer:...

Working under a tech-fueled microscope in the coronavirus era

This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: AI and Surveillance.As employees across the United States return to workplaces after...

A new study shows Trump’s anti-immigration policies will end up hurting the US

The Donald Trump administration’s planned measures to help American graduates find jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic may backfire in the long-term.Over the last couple of...

Daily Crunch: Facebook unveils its Shops e-commerce platform

Facebook and Instagram are making a bigger push into e-commerce, MasterClass raises $100 million and Microsoft launches a new project management tool called Lists. Here’s...

Startups

Announcing the second annual VentureBeat AI Innovation Awards at Transform 2020

Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today. The past year has seen remarkable change. As innovation in the...

K Fund’s Jaime Novoa discusses early-stage firm’s focus on Spanish startups

'We’re both agnostic in terms of business models and industries' Steve O'Hear @sohear / 8 hours Earlier this month, Spanish early-stage venture capital firm K...

Creandum backs Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller

Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller, has picked up $1.3 million in pre-seed funding to “kickstart” development and hiring. Backing...

Amazon’s Alexa heads Toni Reid and Rohit Prasad are coming to Disrupt

It’s hard to believe that Alexa was only announced in November 2014. In fewer than six years, the smart assistant has gone from consumer electronics...

SetSail raises raises $7M to change how sales teams are compensated

Most sales teams earn a commission after a sale closes, but nothing prior to that. Yet there are a variety of signals along the way...

Extra Crunch support expands into Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

We’re excited to announce that Extra Crunch is now available to readers in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. That adds to our existing support in the...

Technology

Sirius XM buys podcast company Stitcher for $325 million

Sirius XM agreed to acquire Stitcher for $325 million.  Sirius XM Sirius XM is buying podcast company Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million. The...

Apple begins allocating $400m out of $2.5b pledge to fight California’s housing crisis

Apple says it wants to help make California more affordable to live in. Angela Lang/CNET Silicon Valley is home to some of the richest and...

Ubisoft Forward: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and Far Cry 6 shown off

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest installment in Ubisoft's hit action adventure franchise. Ubisoft It feels like 2020 is one of the most grueling years...

Ubisoft Forward: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and FarCry 6 shown off

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest installment in Ubisoft's hit action adventure franchise. Ubisoft It feels like 2020 is one of the most grueling years...

Ubisoft Forward: Watch here for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and FarCry 6

It feels like 2020 is one of the most grueling years in a long time. Between the coronavirus pandemic, the economic ruin, the debate over...

Ubisoft Forward game event won’t address sexual harassment issues company’s facing

Gaming company Ubisoft isn't address sexual harassment issues. James Martin/CNET Ubisoft Forward, the company's game announcements Sunday, serves as the digital version of its annual...

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