NEWS

29
Sep

Apple Rejects Launcher, The App That Lets You Launch Other Apps From iOS 8 Notification Center

launcher-screen Apple doesn’t care for apps that let you launch other apps directly from the Notification Center, and has pulled one of the first apps to take advantage of this new functionality now available in iOS 8 from the iTunes App Store. We took a look at Launcher, the app in question, last week, and found it to be a convenient and clever way to access your favorite apps or common actions… Read More

29
Sep

CloudFlare Adds SSL To All Customers In Advance Of Google’s Focus On Security

Cloudflare Google dancers have been in a tizzy recently after the company announced that secure websites will be ranked higher in listings, a move that has made a million SEO salespeople instant experts in SSL (and improved the general security of the web.) CloudFlare, a company that launched at Disrupt, has one-upped them all, however, by offering free and easy encryption to all of their… Read More

29
Sep

Doorbot Becomes Ring, A Home Security Solution That Also Greets Your Visitors

Faceplate Options After a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $250,000 and a first-generation product that promised remote viewing of anyone coming to your front door over your home network, Doorbot is rebranding as Ring, and introduced redesigned hardware with more of a focus on home security, and a design that should help it better fit in with its surroundings and compliment existing house design… Read More

29
Sep

365Scores, An App To Keep Sports Fans In The Loop, Bags $5.5M In Fresh Funding

365Scores Israeli startup 365Scores, which offers a fully localised mobile app to keep sports fans in the loop, has scored a funding round of its own. Read More

29
Sep

UK Startup miDrive Scores £2M For Its Learn To Drive Mobile App And Instructor Marketplace

midrive-header-2 miDrive, the UK startup that offers a mobile app to help you learn to drive, has closed a £2 million Series A round, adding to the £1 million previously raised. Investors include MBM Capital Partners and Holiday Extras, while miDrive says it plans to use the money to expand its current 10-person team, and for growth here in the UK and internationally. Available for both iOS and Android,… Read More

29
Sep

This Is TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

techcrunch-radio1 Each week, John Biggs and I head over to the Sirius XM studios for a live radio show on Sirius XM 102 Indie: TechCrunch Radio. Last week, we discussed our first weeks with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While I’m more partial to the iPhone 6 (or even the 5s, in terms of size), John is truly excited about the new screen real estate on the iPhone 6 Plus, entirely comfortable with… Read More

28
Sep

Spacious Secures £500,000 Seed Round To Match London Startups To Office Space

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 13.45.37 Spacious, the London property tech startup founded by Entrepreneur First alumni Tushar Agarwal and Tom Watson, together with ex-advisor to the British Prime Minister Rohan Silva, has closed £500,000 in seed funding. Read More

27
Sep

Shoutout Aims To Be The Simplest Way To Share Photos With Friends

shoutout Shoutout is a new iOS app offering what co-founder and CEO Philip Golbraikh calls “visual texting.”
The idea, basically, is to create an environment where people don’t worry about the quality of their photos and instead treat them as “a visual representation of your message” — this is what I’m doing, this is what I’m seeing, and so on. Read More

27
Sep

With Plans of Investing $100M Next Year, Israel’s OurCrowd Forges Its Own Path in Equity Crowdfunding

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 4.43.20 PM In the fast-emerging space of equity crowdfunding, Silicon Valley insiders are pretty familiar with players like AngelList. But there’s actually a startup crowdfunding site out of Israel with a veteran team that has a good deal of momentum as well. OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Medved, has put at least $70 million to work in roughly 50 companies… Read More

27
Sep

Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

SL4 ToyTalk, the makers of kids entertainment applications for iPad, has just released its first paid application with the launch of a character-driven touch and play app called SpeakaLegend. But the team may have even bigger news on the way in the form of licensing deals for its speech recognition tech with some of the best-known children’s brands, we hear. This startup is a fascinating… Read More