ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers

ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers

 ipsy, a subscription service that delivers a collection of products to its users every month, has spent the last six years building up a community with millions of people obsessed with beauty products. And now that the company has more than 3 million subscribers — with a $10 per month subscription cost — it’s ready to get a little bit more aggressive by getting directly… Read More

Instagram adds face filters to live video

Instagram adds face filters to live video

 Instagram is making its face filters available for live video streaming through the app, the company announced today. Instagram had introduced face filters, which add visual effects to detected faces, back in May, but until now it was only available on video and images captured first and then posted to your Instagram Story after the fact. All existing face filters are now available for live… Read More

Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

 There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More

Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

 Snapchat doesn’t technically have a developer platform, but that hasn’t stopped other startups from taking advantage of its new feature for attaching links to your Snaps and Stories. Sarahah was the first, allowing people to ask fellow Snappers for open-ended anonymous feedback. But the problem is that those requests could be met with cyberbullying.
Polly is a new teen sensation… Read More

Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

 Identify the traits of your top performing employees and hire people like them, but without the discrimanatory bias of traditional recruiting. That’s the promise of Pymetrics, an artificial intelligence startup that today announced $8 million in new funding on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Pymetrics’ goal is “making the world a fairer place” by dismantling hiring… Read More

Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

 Snap wants its ads to open to something interesting rather than a boring mobile website. Today Snap announced 14 new ad Creative Partners that will help build custom games, interactive videos, gyroscope-powered epxeriences, lead generation campaigns, and pre-loaded Instant Apps as destinations for Snapchat ads. They’ll also help connect advertisers to influencers, despite Snapchat… Read More

You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

 Facebook is making it easier for users to access their Instagram profile directly from within the Facebook app. The company confirms it’s rolling out a new addition its main navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. This option appears just below the link to your personal profile in Facebook’s app, and above the links to any Facebook Pages you may… Read More

Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app

Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app

 Target is adding an improved indoor mapping component to its mobile app, designed to help shoppers find their way through stores and locate the products they need, the retailer announced this morning, referring to the feature as a “GPS for your shopping cart.” Instead of simply showing a static map, or noting the aisle number where a product can be found, the new Target… Read More

Wall Street dings Apple after some reported LTE connectivity issues on the new Watch

Wall Street dings Apple after some reported LTE connectivity issues on the new Watch

 There are a lot of reports hitting the ‘net this morning in reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3, which indicate that there are some LTE connectivity issues — causing Apple to take a small dip this morning and a speed bump in its march to $1 trillion. Shares of Apple fell around 2.5% this morning, which for Apple is a pretty substantial ding for the company despite the deceptively… Read More

Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB

Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB

 With the release of iOS 11, Apple is making it slightly easier for iOS device owners to download larger apps over a cellular connection by increasing the download limit. Before, Apple would require users to switch to Wi-Fi to download an app over 100 MB in size, which includes many games as well as Apple’s own suite of iWork applications. Now, that limit has increased to 150 MB. The… Read More




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