SmartNews Launches in the US on iOS, Android

SmartNewsPopular 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.

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Tango Music Pix: Create Image Slideshows on iOS, Android

Tango Music PixMobile 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.

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PlaceUs Releases Location Sharing App on Android

Alohar Mobile has announced the launch of its location-sharing platform PlaceUs on Android devices. The app gives families, friends and other personal social groups the ability to share their locations and real-world activities with others, as a way to keep all necessary people in the loop of one’s life. The app automatically tracks the places a user visits, and sends notifications to connections when arriving at or departing from a location.

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Takes Launches 1-Click Video Creation Platform on Mobile

TakesTechnology 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.

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WalletUp Launches to Help Users Make the Best of Credit Card Rewards

WalletUpWallaby 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.

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Video Creation Platform Vemory Acquires Video Editing App Splice

Photo organization and video creation platform Vemory has announced its acquisition of video editing app Splice. The acquisition will see Vemory expanding Splice’s own features, while also integrating Splice’s video editing technology into the Vemory video creation platform. Splice will continue to operate as a separate app.

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audioBoo Relaunches as audioBoom, Releases Updated iOS App

audioboom 650audioBoo 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.

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Music Discovery App WhoSampled Launches on Android

Music discovery app WhoSampled has launched on Android devices, giving users access to a mobile database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes, with the goal of helping users understand the “DNA” of the music they listen to. In the app, users can browse their favorite songs and discover whether or not they contain content sampled from another song, or simply browse musicians to see how influential their music has been to the rest of the industry.

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Findery Launches Event Discovery, Storytelling App on Android

findery 650Location 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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gDecide Launches Private Decision-Making App on iOS

gDecide has announced the official launch of its self-titled, private decision-making social network on iOS devices. After a lengthy beta period, the app has been redesigned to better appeal to all consumers who may need a hub for asking questions and making decisions among their friends, family members and colleagues. With gDecide, users can create questions and share those with friends from a single place, without the need to send separate emails to each person, post public Facebook posts or send individual Facebook messages, post questions on Twitter, and so on.

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