Category: Apps

MoviePass temporarily suspends service to improve its mobile app – TechCrunch

MoviePass is temporarily suspending its service, starting on July 4, in order to finish working on improvements to its mobile app, the company announced today. The hiatus comes after a difficult year for the cash-burning company, and as Regal, the second-largest movie theater chain in the United States, is reportedly preparing to launch its own
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Friend portability is the must-have Facebook regulation – TechCrunch

Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, other regulations just leave us trapped with a pig in a fresh coat of lipstick. That’s why as the FTC considers how many billions
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Twitter’s latest test focuses on making conversations easier to follow by labeling tweets – TechCrunch

Twitter continues to experiment with ways to make conversations on its platform easier to follow. In addition to its prototype app twttr, which is testing threaded replies, the company also recently tested labeling replies to highlight those from the “original tweeter” – meaning it would show when the person who first tweeted a post then
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Rela, a Chinese lesbian dating app, exposed 5 million user profiles – TechCrunch

Rela (热拉), a popular dating app for gay and queer women, has exposed millions of user profiles and private data because a server wasn’t protected with a password. Rela disappeared from app stores in May 2017 after it was reportedly shut down by Chinese regulators, though the government never confirmed it took action. But the
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Apple TV+ makes Facebook Watch look like a joke – TechCrunch

Apple flexed its wallet today in a way Facebook has scared to do. Tech giants make money by the billions, not the millions, which should give them an easy way to break into premium video distribution: buy some must-see content. That’s the strategy I’ve been advocating for Facebook but that Apple actually took to heart.
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PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app – TechCrunch

If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO
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Blind users can now explore photos by touch with Microsoft’s Seeing AI – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Seeing AI is an app that lets blind and limited-vision folks convert visual data into audio feedback, and it just got a useful new feature. Users can now use touch to explore the objects and people in photos. It’s powered by machine learning, of course, specifically object and scene recognition. All you need to
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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages – TechCrunch

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains your direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended. Security researcher Karan Saini found years-old messages found in a file from
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