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

Best Prime Day Deals: Prime Early Access sale deals are here

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is coming everyone! Wait, didn’t we already have a Prime Day event earlier this year? We sure did. Astute observers will...

Google is paying a historic $85 million fine after illegally tracking Android phones

Google will be paying Arizona $85 million in a settlement over a 2020 lawsuit that claimed the company was illegally tracking Android users for targeted...

Twitter now lets you put GIFs, images, and videos in one tweet

Tired of not being able to put a fun GIF together along with a photo in your tweets? Twitter is breaking down that limit, announcing...

The Apple Watch SE is down to only $249 at Amazon today

The Apple Watch SE is seeing a massive discount at Amazon today, one that brings its price all the way down to just $249, making...

Quick! Amazon is having a rare Kindle e-reader sale today

Digital bookworms should turn their attention to Amazon today, as the retail giant has some impressive Kindle deals taking place. Numerous Kindle models are seeing...

The Pixel 6 gave Google momentum — now the Pixel 7 has to keep it

As Google gears up to launch the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, it’s worth noting that the company’s Pixel line has never been more...

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

Hackers have forced Fast Company to disable its site while it attempts to repair a major breach

Business news website Fast Company has been offline for nearly 11 hours after the company decided to block access following a series of hacker attacks...

Never mind Elon Musk: Twitter’s bots are actually good

With Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter hanging in the legal balance, bots—automated twitter accounts that, in Musk’s words, inspired him to purchase the...

Twitter shareholders will take Elon Musk’s dumb joke money, thank you very much

Twitter shareholders voted to approve billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social-media company, a predictable outcome in an otherwise bizarre and...

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...

Google blocks Truth Social from the Play Store, will Apple be next?

Google’s decision to block the Truth Social app’s launch on the Play Store over content moderation issues raises the question as to why Apple hasn’t...

Facebook is shutting down its Nextdoor clone next month, following tests in the U.S. and Canada

Meta today confirmed it’s shutting down Neighborhoods, its Nextdoor clone launched last year to standardize the way neighbors connect and share local news and information...

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

Google Celebrates ‘Scooby-Doo’s’ Velma Coming Out as Lesbian With Gay Pride Easter Egg

Google is showering Velma with confetti and gay-pride flags after the longtime member of the “Scooby-Doo” crew has officially been confirmed as a lesbian. In...

The iPhone 14 Plus proves the Pro Max really is for pros now

Pros Early battery life is great Still has strong performance Cameras are impressive Cons eSIM growing painsFor the past couple of years, Apple's iPhone lineup...

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review: a big deal

This is the new iPhone that most people want. It’s not the iPhone with the neat new display features or a high-resolution camera. It’s the...

Blizzard gives most Overwatch 1 players a pass on verifying phone numbers to play Overwatch 2

In terms of the connection issues and long queues for entry that are keeping many of us stuck at the loading screen (Login queues, server...

Samsung says it will develop chips with ‘human-like performance’

Samsung System LSI president Yong-in Park talked up the tech giant's effort to develop more advanced processors at its Tech Day event in California on...

What is Elon Musk’s X, the “everything app”?

Getty ImagesEarlier this week, Elon Musk did an about-face in negotiations with Twitter, putting his $44 billion acquisition offer back on the table. He also...

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