Popular Japanese news app SmartNews has announced its official rollout in the US, giving users a hub of information across a variety of topics, from popular news sources around the web. The app doesn’t display every news story from every outlet; instead, it uses “proprietary algorithms and real-time analysis” of web pages to determine the day’s top stories, presenting those to users three times a day.
Mobile messaging company Tango has announced the launch of its new standalone app on iOS and Android devices: Tango Music Pix. Developed by its Tango Labs group, the app focuses on music video storytelling, as users can import images and create slideshows alongside music from a catalog of over three million songs (powered by Rumblefish). Once created, users can share their videos with friends or the world on Tango and popular social media platforms.
Technology company Takes has announced the launch of its newly improved, self-titled app on iOS devices. The Takes app offers 1-click video capturing technology, which turns the process of taking still photos into that of creating videos. That is, as users begin to take a static image with the app, Takes instead records a small snippet of video, and splices these “images,” or video clips, together into an overall stream of the user’s content.
Wallaby Financial and CreditCards.com have announced the launch of their WalletUp app on iOS and Android devices. The app provides financial advice to users, and focuses on helping consumers better understand their credit card rewards programs to earn the most rewards possible with every transaction. The app provides a database of more than 2,000 credit card programs, and also works to help users decide which types of cards best fit their needs.
audioBoo has launched Version 4.0 of its audio-recording app on iOS, but this is more than an ordinary update. The app has been renamed and relaunched as “audioBoom,” complete with new features for users. The changes come after a period of recent success for audioBoom, as its service has seen a large increase in traffic in recent months. Specifically, the platform recorded 260 million page impressions in August, a month-over-month rise of 283 percent.
Location discovery platform Findery has launched on Android devices, following a successful launch on iOS in March 2014. The platform was founded by Caterina Fake, co-founder of Hunch and Flickr, and focuses on social storytelling and place discovery, as users learn about the world around them, or locations far away, via personal stories, “hidden histories” and local tips. Users can share their own experiences, notes and photos with the community, or simply browse those posted by others.
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