YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

 YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony, which will make it easier for families with small children to… Read More

Spotify brings its “Behind the Lyrics” annotations to Android

 Over a year ago, Spotify inked a deal with music annotation startup Genius to provide the backstory to the songs you’re streaming through a feature called “Behind the Lyrics,” which pops up additional commentary as you’re listening to tracks on the service. Today, the company says the feature is finally making its way over to Android, where it will initially be… Read More

Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links

 Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party… Read More

Dave wants to save you from expensive overdraft fees

 Meet Dave: an AI dressed up in a bearsuit that’s just launched to save you from the evils of expensive overdraft fees. Hand Dave access to your checking account and the app’s machine learning algorithms will get busy crunching your spending data so the bear can warn you about pending transactions which might push you into the red and incur an expensive bank penalty. Read More

Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate

 Once derided as a silly novelty, emojis are coming into their own as a communication tool. New app Wemogee uses the ideograms to help people with aphasia, a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to read, write or talk. Read More

Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

Crunch Report April 24 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion

 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the US, and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. According to the company’s Vice President of Product, Elliot Shmukler, the company… Read More

Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

 Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem.
Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More