“Ambient Location” Didn't Work, So Business Networking App Intro Pivots To Mobile Group Management
It’s fair to say that the “ambient location” craze has passed. Several of the mobile apps intent on connecting people with friends and other recommended users nearby are still struggling to find mainstream adoption. Some, like Glancee and Glassmap have sold. Others, like Kismet, have moved into new product categories. And today, the business-focused networking app Intro, is pivoting. Gone are the “ambient location” features which once alerted you to nearby users based on things like geotagged tweets or check-ins. With the new version, the company has shifted the focus solely to making one-to-one introductions between members of LinkedIn or Meetup groups. Explains co-founder Anthony Erwin, the decision to make this switch came from observations of user behavior. The best and most powerful introductions the app enabled were those where the members were each in the same group already. 90 percent of the time when an intro was created and members would connect, they cited being in ...
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 Is… Enigma!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. This year’s crop of Disrupt NY Battlefield startups has been one of our strongest yet, but out of the 30 that entered the fray only seven would go on to the final round. HealthyOut, Enigma, Floored, Glide, HAN:DLE, SupplyShift, and Zenefits emerged from the pack as our seven finalists, and their respective teams were faced with another challenge. They had to take the stage one more time to present and face even more intense scrutiny from our judges, Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha, Allen & Co. managing director Nancy Peretsman, SV Angel managing partner David Lee, KPCB partner Chi-Hua Chien, CrunchFund partner (and TechCrunch founder) Michael Arrington, and TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon. Our judges sequestered themselves backstage at the Manhattan Center for quite some time, but they eventually settled on one ambitious startup. Disrupt NY Battlefield winner: Enigma Enigma, founded by Marc DaCosta, Hicham Oudghiri, Jeremy Bronfmann, and Raphaël ...
Vtok Aims To Bring Google Voice And Video Chat To iOS
Vtok goes beyond just enabling iOS users to send messages to their connections logged in to Gmail or Google Apps, with many of the features people love about the service. That means voice and video chat first and foremost, but it also includes a number of other features.
After patent dispute loss Apple changes iOS 6.1 VPN feature
In a new support document, the company explains that the secure connection will no longer be initiated by default in iOS 6.1. A recent patent lawsuit brought by VirnetX had ended in Apple having to pay a hefty fine
Google Translate For Android Gets Offline Mode With Support For 50 Languages
Google Translate is a very useful tool for when you are travelling internationally but sadly, that’s also the time when you are least likely to have an always-on connection to the Internet. Obviously, there are a number of offline translation apps available, but if you are partial to Google Translate and you use an Android phone, you’ll be happy to hear that the latest version of the Google Translate app for Android (2.3+) now lets you download offline language packages for about fifty languages. You can now simply select [Offline languages] in the app menu and see all the language packs available for download. You just need to download the language packs for the two languages you want to translate between and you are good to go. Google notes that these packs are “less comprehensive than their online equivalents,” but even a smaller dictionary is more useful than not having one at all. Google also offers a Translate app for iOS, but it’s not clear when (or if) this version will ...