Instagram Launches A Redesigned Android App That’s Faster And Better On More Devices

Instagram has launched version 5.1 of its app on Google Play today, with a redesign that makes for a much speedier, resource-light experience. Your profile should load in half the time, according to an official blog post announcing the news, and the whole app is half as large after the update. The app also has a new visual look, with “simplified visuals” across the experience that… Read More

Original Post By Google News Darrell Etherington

Mobile Shopping App Paytm Challenges E-Commerce Rivals In India, As Smartphone User Base Explodes

India’s nearly 100 million smartphone users are beginning to shop online at a pace that the country’s biggest e-commerce companies such as Flipkart and Snapdeal are expecting the mobile traffic to surpass their desktop user base anytime this year. And as these e-commerce marketplaces shift their models to woo customers buying on mobiles, Paytm — a mobile shopping app —… Read More

Original Post By Google News Pankaj Mishra

If WhatsApp Is Worth $19B, Then WeChat’s Worth “At Least $60B” Says CLSA

Heads turned when Facebook forked out $19 billion for messaging service WhatsApp in February, and eyes popped when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was probably worth even more. Now, analysts over at Crédit Lyonnais Securities Asia have taken up the baton on outsized messaging app valuations: it says that WeChat, a Chinese competitor owned by Tencent, is worth “at least $60 billion,” because… Read More

Original Post By Google News Ingrid Lunden

TechStars-Backed Codementor Launches To Provide Programmers With One-On-One Help

Codementor, an open marketplace for one-on-one programming help, is now open to the public after finishing a three-month stint at TechStars Seattle. The site connects users with experts in a wide range of programming languages for situations ranging from emergency debugging to more in-depth tutoring. Read More

Original Post By Google News Catherine Shu

Responsive Website Builder Webflow Raises $1.5 Million From Khosla, Tim Draper & Others

Webflow, the Y Combinator-backed startup aimed at making it easier for creative professionals to visually design and host their own responsive websites, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The round, which comes at a time when the company has grown its user base from 10,000 last summer to now nearly 100,000, includes participation from Khosla Ventures, Tim Draper, various angels, and, of… Read More

Original Post By Google News Sarah Perez

Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit, Sashimi. Like its previous units, the company is experimenting with native ads on mobile. Sashimi is very reminiscent of Facebook or Twitter ads in your timelines, except that the company is working with multiple third-party developers. Sashimi ads promote third-party apps. These ads are automatically generated from the app name, icon… Read More

Original Post By Google News Romain Dillet

Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it. The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if your a touch masochistic. Captain Philips, Dallas Buyers Club, and the Bridge on the… Read More

Original Post By Google News Matt Burns

Facebook Sets New All Time High This Morning, Topping $72 Per Share

Another day, another record high for Facebook. This morning the social company ticked up around 0.6%, topping an up market, and re-cresting the $72 mark comfortably, a level that it barely tasted yesterday. What’s driving Facebook? The larger markets are also broadly higher, but the company’s day is likely still driven by its positive analyst note yesterday. UBS raised its price… Read More

Original Post By Google News Alex Wilhelm

CloudMagic’s Email Application Now Lets You Compete Your Work Right From Your Inbox

CloudMagic, the makers of a personal search app which in February changed direction to become a search-focused email application instead, is out this morning with a significant update. The company is introducing a new feature called “cards,” which let you do more with your email messages, by allowing you to complete workflows in your inbox. These could include things like updating a… Read More

Original Post By Google News Sarah Perez