Google Fit gets improved activity logging and a breathing exercise

Google Fit, Google’ s activity-tracking app for Android, is getting a small but meaningful update today that adds a few new features that’ll likely make its regular users quite happy. Some are pretty basic, like the launch of a Fit widget for your Android home screen, while others introduce new features like a breathing exercise … Read moreGoogle Fit gets improved activity logging and a breathing exercise

It’s Time to Check Which Apps Are Tracking Your Location

Screenshot: David Murphy Guess what? A bunch of apps like knowing where you are, so that their developers can then take that data, package it up for various advertising companies, and make a quick buck off of your precise whereabouts—including where you go and how long you spend there. This shouldn’t be a surprise, given … Read moreIt’s Time to Check Which Apps Are Tracking Your Location

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this … Read morePayment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

Use DollarBird for Easy, Hands-On Budgeting

Image: Derick Anies on Unsplash There’s no shortage of budgeting apps out there, but sometimes, rather than futzing with categories, charts, graphs and daily alerts that you’re over a pre-set budget or have “irregular spending” in a certain category (ahem, Mint), you just want something simple to track the money you’re spending. DollarBird fills this … Read moreUse DollarBird for Easy, Hands-On Budgeting

Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile

Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined — a figure that’s 77 percent higher than the $49 … Read moreNetflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile

Google warns app developers of three malicious SDKs being used for ad fraud

A few days ago, Google removed popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Play Store following a BuzzFeed investigation, which discovered the apps were engaging in ad fraud. Today, as a result of Google’s ongoing investigation into the situation, it has discovered three malicious ad network SDKs that were being used to conduct ad … Read moreGoogle warns app developers of three malicious SDKs being used for ad fraud

Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic

Andy Rubin’s Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. An Essential spokesperson offered the following admittedly open-ended statement, “We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product … Read moreEssential acquires email startup CloudMagic

Use These Apps for Tracking Strength Workouts

There are plenty of great apps to keep track of your running mileage, and a clear winner when it comes to cycling (Strava, duh). But it’s a bit harder to pick a winner when you’re lifting in the gym. Until recently, all the apps were clunky and hard to use. Now…well, only some of them … Read moreUse These Apps for Tracking Strength Workouts

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

Last month, Pandora announced it would soon be bringing its “Genome” technology to a new space outside of music: it would leverage a similar classification system to make podcast recommendations, too. Initially, the feature was only available to select users on mobile devices, ahead of a broader public launch. Today, Pandora says its Podcast Genome … Read morePandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

Digital movie collection app Movies Anywhere adds its first pay TV partner, Comcast

Movies Anywhere, the Disney-led movie service operated in partnership Universal, WB, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox, is adding its first pay TV partner. Starting today, Comcast Xfinity TV customers will be able to sync their accounts with Movies Anywhere in order to access their movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store alongside those from … Read moreDigital movie collection app Movies Anywhere adds its first pay TV partner, Comcast