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Gmail on mobile gets a fresh coat of Material Design paint

Posted on: February 10, 2019, in Blog

Gmail on mobile will soon get a new look. Google today announced that its mobile email apps for iOS and Android are getting a redesign that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has […]

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Google+ for consumers will shut down on April 2nd

Posted on: February 10, 2019, in Blog

It’s no secret that Google planned to pull life support from the consumer version of Google+, its failure of a social network, in April. Until now, though, we didn’t know the exact date. That date, Google announced today, is April 2. On that date, Google will start deleting all content, including Google+ pages, photos and […]

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Meet the 20 startups in this years GCT Startup-in-Residence program

Posted on: February 9, 2019, in Blog

At the end of last year, Grand Central Tech announced plans to work with the Milstein real estate family to transform a midtown Manhattan high-rise into a tech hub called Company. And startups remain an important part of the mix — in fact, Company is unveiling a list of 20 startups participating in this year’s […]

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Facebook plans new products as Instagram Stories hits 500M users/day

Posted on: February 9, 2019, in Blog

Roughly half of Instagram’s users 1 billion users now use Instagram Stories every day. That 500 million daily user count is up from 400 million in June 2018. 2 million advertisers are now buying Stories ads across Facebook’s properties. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Stories the last big game-changing feature from Facebook, but after concentrating on […]

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Its time to pay serious attention to TikTok

Posted on: February 8, 2019, in Blog

If you haven’t been paying attention to TikTok, you haven’t been paying attention. The short-form video app hailing from Beijing’s ByteDance just had its biggest month ever with the addition of 75 million new users in December — a 275 percent increase from the 20 million it added in December 2017, according a recent report […]

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Android Group Messaging 101: The Ultimate Guide

Posted on: February 8, 2019, in Blog

Group messaging has always been available in Android. But we need a short definition of terms here. This is “group text messaging” – where the recipients are contacted through the older SMS  or MMS method and not private messaging through the internet. Group messaging is possible in Android. From my experience, I’ve seen how Android […]

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Daily Crunch: Dropbox acquires HelloSign

Posted on: February 8, 2019, in Blog

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 5. Contentsquare, the digital experience insights platform, raises $60M Series C Contentsquare offers cloud-based software that helps businesses understand how and why […]

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Crypto wallet BRD raises $15M for Asian expansion

Posted on: February 7, 2019, in Blog

Mobile cryptocurrency wallet BRD is announcing that it has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The funding comes from SBI Crypto Investment, a subsidiary of Japanese financial services company SBI Holdings (formerly a subsidiary of SoftBank). BRD said the funding will allow it to grow its product and engineering teams, and to expand in […]

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Twitters de-algorithmizing sparkle button rolls out on Android

Posted on: February 7, 2019, in Blog

After launching on iOS, Twitter is giving Android users the ability to easily switch between seeing the reverse-chronological “latest tweets” and the algorithmic “top tweets” feeds on their home page.  Twitter rolls out ‘sparkle button’ to let users hide the algorithmic feed

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Facebook to encrypt Instagram messages ahead of integration with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

Posted on: February 6, 2019, in Blog

Facebook is planning to roll out end-to-end encryption for Instagram messages, as part of a broader integration effort across the company’s messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. First reported by The New York Times, the social media giant said reworking the underlying infrastructure of its three messaging apps will allow users to talk to each other more […]

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