Apple Music launches Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio, adds Spatial Audio playlists – TechCrunch

Apple Music launches Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio, adds Spatial Audio playlists – TechCrunch

Last month, Apple announced it would soon add lossless audio streaming and Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos to its Apple Music subscription at no extra charge. That upgrade has now gone live, Apple announced this morning — though many noticed the additions actually rolled out yesterday, following the WWDC keynote. The entire Apple … Read more

Kleiner spots Spot Meetings $5M to modernize walk-and-talks for the Zoom generation – TechCrunch

Kleiner spots Spot Meetings $5M to modernize walk-and-talks for the Zoom generation – TechCrunch

Trees, those deciduous entities you can occasionally see outdoors when not locked down or strapped down at a desktop ruminating on a video call, have long been the inspiration for fresh new ideas. Stories abound of how founders built companies while walking the foothills in Silicon Valley or around parks in San Francisco, and yet, … Read more

Digital comics startup Madefire is shutting down – TechCrunch

Digital comics startup Madefire is shutting down – TechCrunch

R.I.P. Madefire, a startup that recruited high-profile artists to reinvent comics for new formats and platforms. An announcement on the Madefire website states the company entered into “an assignment of benefit for creditors” (explained as “a state-level insolvency proceeding similar to bankruptcy”) earlier this month, which was then reported this morning in The Beat. As … Read more

Quiq acquires Snaps to create a combined customer messaging platform – TechCrunch

Quiq acquires Snaps to create a combined customer messaging platform – TechCrunch

At first glance, Quiq and Snaps might sound like similar startups — they both help businesses talk to their customers via text messaging and other messaging apps. But Snaps CEO Christian Brucculeri said “there’s almost no overlap in what we do” and that the companies are “almost complete complements.” That’s why Quiq (based in Bozeman, Montana) … Read more

Google Play halves commission on developers’ first $1M – TechCrunch

Google Play halves commission on developers’ first $1M – TechCrunch

Google is letting developers keep more of their Play revenue, Instagram adds teen safety features and we examine the global distribution of venture funding. This is your Daily Crunch for March 16, 2021. The big story: Google Play halves commission on first $1M Following a similar move by Apple last year, Google said that it … Read more

Fleksy co-founder is suing Apple over lost revenue resulting from App Store scammers – TechCrunch

Fleksy co-founder is suing Apple over lost revenue resulting from App Store scammers – TechCrunch

Kosta Eleftheriou, a co-founder of the Fleksy keyboard app later sold to Pinterest in an acqui-hire deal, has been calling attention to Apple App Store issues like fake reviews, ratings and subscription scams, as well as malicious clone apps, after his own app, FlickType, was targeted by scammers. Now, the developer is taking the next … Read more

Kuda raises $25M more led by Valar to become the neobank for ‘every African on the planet’ – TechCrunch

Kuda raises $25M more led by Valar to become the neobank for ‘every African on the planet’ – TechCrunch

Challenger banks continue to make significant advances in attracting customers away from the big incumbents by providing more modern, user-friendly tools to manage their money. Today, one of the trailblazers in this area, Kuda Technologies, is announcing funding to continue building out its specific ambition: to provide a modern banking service for Africans and the … Read more

YouTube’s TikTok rival launches in the US – TechCrunch

YouTube’s TikTok rival launches in the US – TechCrunch

YouTube Shorts comes to the U.S., Amazon starts testing electric delivery vans in San Francisco and new data suggests the impact of Google Play’s recent changes. This is your Daily Crunch for March 18, 2021. The big story: YouTube’s TikTok rival launches in the US The YouTube Shorts product allows users to record, edit and … Read more

OnePlus 9 arrives, sporting a Hasselblad-branded camera system – TechCrunch

OnePlus 9 arrives, sporting a Hasselblad-branded camera system – TechCrunch

Cameras have long been the battleground on which the smartphone wars have been fought. Short of any left-field innovation like folding screens or strange form factors, that looks likely to continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. Year after year and generation after generation, companies tout imaging breakthroughs to set themselves apart. It … Read more

OnePlus announces its first smartwatch – TechCrunch

OnePlus announces its first smartwatch – TechCrunch

OnePlus unveils new hardware, Apple updates its educational offerings and Facebook reveals plans for its next developer conference. This is your Daily Crunch for March 23, 2021. The big story: OnePlus announces its first smartwatch The Chinese smartphone maker announced the OnePlus Watch today, a $159 smartwatch with a minimalist design and a new operating … Read more