If you're a fan of our TechCrunch app, then you're already aware just how awesome it is to have all the latest tech news with full Crunchbase integration at your fingertips. Problem is, no-one wants to lug around a device in their back pocket, not even that brand new iPad Mini you just bought. We have good news. Today, TechCrunch is proud to announce the roll out of the all-in-one tech research tool to iPhone.
'But wait', we hear you say, 'the TechCrunch app is so killer because I can dig up lots of information on trending tech stories and use Crunchbase to check out the companies and key players behind those stories. I can follow the social buzz from other tech writers, cache stories for offline reading later and spend hours of my day down the tech rabbit hole. Even with the 4 inch screen on my iPhone 5, there's just no way you packed all that in.'
Yes, yes we did.
We even added video to the home screen so you can quickly watch the latest videos from TechCrunch TV. It's available for iOS right now. Download it here.
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Social video is blowing up, but no one's thought to build a really cool game around it yet, and that's a huge, huge mistake. That's why we built the world's first turn-based game using short-form social video: Clucks.
Clucks is a turn-based game that uses twelve second videos to let players challenge their friends to guess a word they are describing (think Taboo). Players record a twelve second video describing the word, with five 'forbidden' words they're not allowed to use. Their opponent must guess the word being described while their reactions are recorded to create a fun action-reaction video that players can share with their friends.
Oh, and just to keep people from cheating and saying one of the "forbidden" words, Clucks is the first game to use Nuance's Dragon voice recognition software to keep players honest. If you cheat, the Donkey-police will come in and take away some points (which are called "clucks").
Don't have any friends? For solo players, we created the "Barnyard" - a repository of pre-recorded clues that a player can watch and guess against without having to play against anyone.
We're the first to partner with social video giant Viddy on a game like this, giving players the ability to post game videos to the Viddy community of more than 40 million active users.
By leveraging the fun of short-form videos, integrating Nuance's Dragon voice recognition to deter cheating, and partnering with Viddy to enable sharing, we have created a first-of-its-kind app that's fun and different.
Get Cluckin' with a free download from the iTunes app store by clicking here or learn more about how the game works by watching the video below.
A 20-foot bright green MapQuest-branded balloon, 3-D map pins and a spin-to-win wheel were hard to miss yesterday in Times Square, where more than half-a-million people pass by every day. In addition, a free wifi "hotspot" made it easy for passersby to download MapQuest's apps and start exploring. MapQuest's local offerings stayed in the "lime" light as day turned to dusk and the Taste of Times Square Festival got under way. Nearly an additional 100,000 folks stopped by the nation's top tourism attraction and were delighted to find such a great way for discovering New York.
Next stop for the MapQuest Summer Activation Tour: The company's hometown Denver, where the balloon, map pad, spin-to-win wheel and now-famous fedora giveaways will be seen by 15,000 music aficionados at the funk festival, Westword Music Showcase on June 23.
about.me now has an app for the iPhone. Built in collaboration with the AOL Mobile team, the app helps ensure your online identity goes wherever you go by delivering the about.me experience as well as access to exclusive mobile features that take advantage of location awareness. The new "Check Out" option lets you view pages of nearby users who are also using the feature, making it easier to connect meaningfully with new acquaintances offline.
More key features of the app include the ability to:
Create your own about.me page
Browse "Featured" and random pages and then email the user or share their page
Search and add pages to your "Favorites" list
View and update your own page
These join existing Web features that let you:
Link to disparate social media pages (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Add discovery tags to help find like-minded people
Late last year, theMapQuest Labs team launched mqVibe, which positioned the neighborhood as the foundational context for local discovery on a national level. By converting MapQuest's 15 years of data including where people are, what they are looking for, and where they are going, theycreated a baseline for a ranking system, which would get further refined in real-time as users voted and interacted with the system.
Given the scale of MapQuest, the team wasable to provide profiles of more than 50,000 neighborhoods, 27,000 cities, and 50,000 hotspots, essentially covering the entire U.S. Each neighborhood page showcases local restaurants, stores and businesses in ranked order by the most popular, which saves you from having to comb through thousands of not-helpful reviews to find the best.
Over the weekend, the teamadded a new batch of functionality to mqVibe including a new contextual search function and local influence and expertise-based algorithms making it more useful for giving you the local expert opinion of where to go and what to do.
As you may have seen, mqVibe is at SXSW showcasing all of these great new functionalities. If you are, too, download the mqVibe iPhone app to find the details on our flash mobs, street-corner giveaways and other cool stuff we're doing in Austin or follow #mqvibe on Twitter! Learn more about the latest mqVibe updates by reading the MapQuest Blog.