Category: Apps

Spotify is developing tools that would let users remix songs, screenshots show

Spotify is working on mixing tools that would allow users to remix songs on the streaming service, according to screenshots captured by tech veteran and app researcher Chris Messina. While music aficionados use software like Adobe Audition or Ableton Live to create mixes of their favorite songs, the new capabilities would allow people to do […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meta is testing an AI-powered search bar in Instagram

Meta is pushing ahead with its efforts to make its generative AI-powered products available to more users. Apart from testing Meta AI chatbot with users in countries like India on WhatsApp, the company is also experimenting with putting Meta AI in the Instagram search bar for both chat with AI and content discovery. The search […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

WhatsApp trials Meta AI chatbot in India, more markets

WhatsApp is testing Meta AI, its large language model-powered chatbot, with users in India and some other markets, signalling its intentions to tap the massive user base to scale its AI offerings. The company recently began testing the AI chatbot, until now available in limited markets including the U.S., with some users in India, many […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

X is removing ability to hide checkmarks for premium users

Last year, Elon Musk-owned social network X rolled out a feature for paid users to hide their checkmarks from others. Now, the company is sending notifications to users saying that the feature will go away soon. Just like a lot of decisions taken by X, there is no definite timeline as to when the hide […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

OpenAI makes ChatGPT ‘more direct, less verbose’

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s viral AI-powered chatbot, just got a big upgrade. OpenAI announced today that premium ChatGPT users — customers paying for ChatGPT Plus, Team or Enterprise — can now leveraged an updated and enhanced version of GPT-4 Turbo, one of the models that powers the conversational ChatGPT experience. This new model (“gpt-4-turbo-2024-04-09”) brings with it […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

TechCrunch Minute: TikTok and Meta’s latest moves signal a more commodified internet

The Internet’s mega-platforms are slowly merging into a great blob of sameness, and even the hottest companies in the world are not immune from the trend. TikTok’s winning strategy to focus on short-form, vertical video has found fans amongst other Internet platforms, and now TikTok is taking a page from its rivals books, reportedly borrowing […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Alternative browsers report uplift after EU’s DMA choice screen mandate

A flagship European Union digital market regulation appears to be shaking up competition in the mobile browser market. It’s been a little over a month since the Digital Markets Act (DMA) came into application and there are early signs it’s having an impact by forcing phone makers to show browser choice screens to users. On […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Google brings AI-powered editing tools, like Magic Editor, to all Google Photos users for free

Google Photos is getting an AI upgrade. On Wednesday, the tech giant announced that a handful of enhanced editing features previously limited to Pixel devices and paid subscribers — including its AI-powered Magic Editor — will now make their way to all Google Photos users for free. This expansion also includes Google’s Magic Eraser, which […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Truecaller launches a web client for its Android users

Truecaller has launched a web version of its eponymous caller ID application that brings a range of features including SMS and chat mirroring, call notifications, and number search functionality to the desktop. Initially, the web version, called Truecaller for Web, will only be made available to Android users in India, the company said, but it […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Poe introduces a price-per-message revenue model for AI bot creators

Bot creators now have a new way to make money with Poe, the Quora-owned AI chatbot platform. On Monday, the company introduced a revenue model that allows creators to set a per-message price for their bots so they can make money whenever a user messages them. The addition follows an October 2023 release of a […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Dyson’s new AR feature shows where you have (and haven’t) vacuumed

If this had been announced exactly a week prior, it would have been easy to mistake for some corporate April Foolery. Dyson, however, assures us that augmented reality vacuuming is real and coming in June — slightly belated for spring cleaning, sadly. When it launches over the summer, CleanTrace will be available for the Dyson […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meta’s X competitor Threads invites developers to sign up for API access, publishes docs

After opening its developer API to select companies for testing in March, Meta’s Twitter/X competitor Threads is now introducing developer documentation and a sign-up sheet for interested parties ahead of the API’s public launch, planned for June. The new documentation details the API’s current limitations and its endpoints, among other things, which could help developers […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple changes App Store rules to allow retro game emulators globally

Apple updated its App Store rules Friday to allow emulators for retro console games globally with an option for downloading titles. However, the company warned that the developers are responsible for making sure that they follow copyright rules. Android users can already access a ton of emulators to play old classics on their devices. Apple’s update […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

X makes Grok chatbot available to premium subscribers

Social network X is rolling out access to xAI’s Grok chatbot to Premium tier subscribers after Elon Musk announced the expansion to more paid users last month. The company said on its support page that only Premium and Premium+ users can interact with the chatbot in select regions. Last year, after Musk’s xAI announced Grok, […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Snapchat turns off controversial ‘Solar System’ feature by default after bad press

Less than a week after The Wall St. Journal reported on how a Snapchat feature dubbed “solar system” was adding to teens’ anxiety, the company has responded by adjusting how the feature works. The ranking system for paid subscribers today shows you how close you are to your Snapchat friends by displaying your position in […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Retro, an actually good photo-sharing app for BFFs, launches collaborative journals

As big social apps are optimizing for maximum engagement using algorithmic feeds and personalized content recommendations, Retro wants to go in the opposite direction: The company is launching a new feature called journals. It’s a flexible way to share photos with your favorite people and create visual records of whatever matters in your life. So […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

X rolls out support for posting Community Notes in India ahead of elections

Weeks before the national elections in India, Elon Musk-owned X said it is rolling out support for posting Community Notes — the company’s crowd-sourced fact-checking program — in the key overseas market. The first set of contributors from India will start posting notes from today and more will be accepted over time, X said. The […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Oura launches a new Labs section to test out new features

Smart ring manufacturer Oura is introducing a new section in its app called Oura Labs to test out new features and get user feedback. As part of this rollout — currently available only on iOS — the company is launching Symptom Radar, which tracks strain markers on your body to detect an onset of changing […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

@Potus just joined the fediverse via Instagram Threads

The fediverse — the name for the social network made of interconnected servers, like Mastodon and others — just got another boost of legitimacy Tuesday as the @Potus (President of the United States) account on Instagram Threads shared its first federated post. The account operated by Biden’s team published a message regarding the president’s support […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Odd Ball, the ball-shaped music instrument, is adding new gestures so you can become a house DJ

Odd Ball is a company that makes fun electronic bouncy balls that let you generate MIDI sounds by tapping or bouncing them. The company is adding new gestures to its device — including spin, twist, move, shake, and air throw — so you can generate sounds in a new way. With the most recent app […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

TikTok is bringing its dedicated STEM feed to Europe

As TikTok continues to face increased pressure in the U.S. and the U.K., the company is signaling its commitment to fostering educational content on its app. The company announced on Tuesday that it’s expanding its dedicated STEM feed across Europe, starting in the U.K. and Ireland, after first launching it in the U.S. last year. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Microsoft to unbundle Office and Teams globally following years-long criticism

Microsoft will introduce a new version of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscription service that excludes Teams, unbundling a suite following scrutiny from the European Union regulator and complaints from rival Slack. The move follows Microsoft agreeing to sell Office 365 suite sans Microsoft Teams offering in the EU and Switzerland last year. The company […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Google Podcasts is shutting down soon, users urged to move to YouTube Music

Google is shutting down its Podcasts app in the U.S. in a matter of days. The company has begun warning the app’s users they will need to migrate their subscriptions to YouTube Music by April 2 to follow and stream their favorite shows going forward. Users who don’t make the move immediately will still have […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

What is Elon Musk’s Grok chatbot and how does it work?

You might’ve heard of Grok, X’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. It’s a chatbot and, in that sense, behaves as you’d expect — answering questions about current events, pop culture and so on. But unlike other chatbots, Grok has “a bit of wit,” as X owner Elon Musk puts it, and “a rebellious streak.” Long story […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Google hints that Apple is set to support RCS by this fall

Google briefly showed a section on the new Google Messages page claiming that Apple is set to roll out Rich Communication Services (RCS) support for iPhones this fall. This indicates that the iPhone maker is likely to extend RCS support in with the upcoming iOS 18 update. The page, spotted first by 9to5Google, had details […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…