Luan Tran's posts

Sep 7th 2012

Dinner, Drinks, and a Movie(fone)

Our idea of a perfect day includes shopping, dinner, drinks and a movie - plus maybe some other fun activities nearby. So, for all you people out there who live it up the way we do, we've built a brand new feature into our awesome Moviefone iPhone app and it's called: "Places Nearby."

With Moviefone's new "Places Nearby" feature, you can see local bars, restaurants, and retail near your favorite theaters so you can plan your whole night right from your phone (no more stumbling into places that are 'good enough.') Of course, this is in addition to all of Moviefone's other great features that let you see what movies are playing near you right now, get directions to the theater, invite friends to a movie via Facebook, SMS, and email. Moviefone also gives users the ability to purchase tickets from over 20,000 national theaters right from their mobile device.

For the serious movie buffs out there, Moviefone lets you watch "Unscripted", a completely different take on the celebrity interview where stars interview each other using questions from Moviefone fans. Of course, Moviefone also gives you trailers, exclusive premiers and Mr. Moviefone's 6 Second Reviews of all the hottest movies coming to theaters. Not to mention our extensive library of celebrity bios, photos, and filmographies along with all the latest Hollywood news and gossip to dig through while you're waiting in line for that delicious, buttery and salty movie popcorn.

The new Moviefone is available for iOS download here.

Sep 6th 2012

Introducing the Mandatory App for Aspiring VC's (Practicing VCs Need it Too)

In Silicon Valley, being a "know it all" isn't an insult, it's just a good start. You have to stay on top of every minute of the latest news and, more than that, you need to know the companies and personalities behind the next big thing in tech. You have a feed reader on your iPad? That's cute. Here's a cookie. To quote Back to the Future II, if you want to hoverboard on water, "you gotta have power!" That's why we've built the Pit Bull of tech news apps: TechCrunch 2.0 for iPad and Android tablets.

What we've built with TechCrunch isn't a feed reader, and it isn't just TechCrunch content either. Thanks to TC's full CrunchBase integration you can, at a glance, get every bit of information on the companies, key players, investors, and technologies that are making waves in tech, and it highlights relevant stories from all kinds of news sites across the Web. Long story short, it's an all-in-one tech research tool available anytime, online and offline, on any iOS or Android tablet.

Yeah, we know "all in one" is as overused as "pivot" or (dare we say) "disruptive," but when we say that TechCrunch is an all-in-one tech research tool, here's what we're talking about:
  • Trending around the Web – TechCrunch follows what tech influencers are sharing to measure the "velocity" of the hottest stories of the day from all kinds of websites. That means you stay ahead of the game, letting you know not only what's hot in the moment, but also what will be hot 5 minutes from now.
  • Full CrunchBase integration – CrunchBase is the essential reference guide for key technology companies, people, and investors in the news. The CrunchBase database is seamlessly layered on top of every news story in the new TechCrunch apps, giving you the ability to do a "deep dive" on any story.
  • Real-time tech event tracking – whether it's TechCrunch Disrupt, Google I/O, or WWDC, so much of the hottest news in tech comes out during big events. TechCrunch 2.0 lets you know what events are coming up and gives you all of the latest news, liveblogs, and more in real-time while it's going down on the ground.
  • Offline reading – For the jet-set among us, TC lets you save all the latest TC news to your iPad or Android tablet so you're never out of the loop, even if you're out of Wi-Fi. If you just want to save a single story for some Wi-Fi free reading, we also built in support for InstaPaper, Evernote, and Pocket (formerly ReadItLater).

Download the apps today for free in the iOS App Store and will be coming to the Android Marketplace this weekend.

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