To Serve Its Growing Mobile Audience, ModCloth Arrives On iPhone
Indie and vintage clothing site ModCloth has arrived on the iPhone, following the launch of the iPad native application earlier this year. The move comes at a time when the e-commerce company reports seeing tremendous growth on mobile, with mobile devices serving a quarter of its traffic today. To its credit, ModCloth has moved quickly to meet that demand – CEO Eric Koger even now says that the company is pushing to become “mobile-first,” in terms of development. “All of our development is mobile first now,” he explains. “Early on, we realized there was this huge opportunity to innovate the experience of shopping for fashion and building it with a community-first mentality,” says Koger. “In 2008, we started development of our own platform and made technology development a core competency for ModCloth. And with the incredible rise of the iPhone and mobile platforms, we’re now doing all of our development mobile-first.” While an iPad version of the online shop makes ...
Instagram’s Kevin Systrom To Join Us For Disrupt NYC 2013
In case you’re not vigorously refreshing our Disrupt NY events page like we are, TechCrunch Disrupt is coming up. We’re receiving a record number of Startup Battlefield applications and watching the last batch pour in before the deadline on Monday. We’ve also started to announce some of amazing special guests and speakers: Tickets for this year’s show can be found here. From pivot to iconic acquisition, there is perhaps no recent Valley success story more symbolic than that of Instagram and its cofounder Kevin Systrom. His saga, and the fact that he’s a sharp cookie, are why we’re delighted to have this Crunchies 2013 Founder Of The Year joining us on the Disrupt NYC stage. Systrom will be headlining along with previously-announced speakers Fred Wilson, Ken Lerer, Ben Lerer, Roelof Botha, Ron Conway, David Lee, and Kevin Ryan. Stay tuned for more updates and remember, if you want to apply for Startup Battlefield, do so before Monday, February 25th. More info on applying ...
PayPal Unveils New Android SDK, Available To US Developers May 15
An anonymous reader writes "PayPal on Monday announced a new Android SDK that tries to make it easier for developers to accept in-app payments on Google's mobile platform. The company says the software development kit will be available for US developers on May 15. The Android debut comes just over two months after the mobile SDK for iOS, which supports iOS 5+ on all varieties of iPhone and iPad screen sizes and resolutions. At the time, PayPal said an Android flavor was coming, and now it has delivered: its SDK will support version 2.2, meaning Froyo (released in May 2010), and above."
Beyond Verbal Gets A $2.8M Seed Round To Develop Voice Recognition That Decodes Emotions
With the introduction of Siri on the iPhone 4S in 2011, voice recognition, not exactly a new innovation, suddenly took center stage with consumers. But before that, and especially since then, there has been a rush of developments to meet the demand for ever better, more responsive technology across smartphones, tablets, computers, phone services and whatever else will come next. Beyond Verbal, a startup based out of Israel, claims that it has developed a way to take computer-based voice recognition one step further, by creating software that is able to detect not just the words, but the emotional nuances of a voice to decipher how a person speaking is feeling. Today, it's announcing its first round of funding, $2.8 million led by the newly-launched Genesis Angels, to roll out its patented technology commercially.
Microsoft Says It Has Sold More Than 100M Windows 8 Licenses, 250M App Downloads In Last 6 Months, Blue Coming “Later This Year”
By most accounts, Windows 8 isn’t all that popular, but according to Microsoft’s latest numbers, the company has now sold more than 100 million copies of the latest version of its desktop operating system. In January, the last time Microsoft provided updated numbers for Windows 8, the company said that it had passed the 60 million mark. Windows 8 users are also getting used to using the Windows Store, it seems, as the total number of downloads for the first six months has now passed 250 million. The number of apps in the store, Microsoft’s CFO and CMO Tami Reller said in a canned interview with Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc today, has increased 6x since launch and 90% of the apps are downloaded at least once every month. Given that the Store didn’t have all that many apps in it when Windows 8 launched, a 6x increase doesn’t sound all that big, but Reller argues that this means Windows 8 has “already passed what iOS had in store, in its first year of app development.” ...