App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Yearview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. (IT news)

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPadsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. (IT news)

Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phonesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  This August, Nokia, the Finnish company that remains after selling its handset business to Microsoft, rolled out new versions of its HERE mapping product to Samsung smartphones, powered by both Android and Tizen. However, at the time, the company wouldn’t provide an ETA as to when other Android devices would gain access to HERE maps. That day, as it turns out, is today. (IT news)

Taptalk CEO Onno Faber Discusses What It’s Like To Be Cloned By Facebookview story

http://techcrunch.com –  What do you do when Facebook clones your app? That’s a situation that Onno Faber, the founder of buzzy messaging app Taptalk, ran into when Facebook released Slingshot, its second effort at an ephemeral messaging app which borrowed many cues from Taptalk. Read More (IT news)

Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previewsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. (IT news)

iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneselfview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display. The screen is the key ingredient here, despite changes under the hood, and after a couple of days of use, it’s still the screen that (stating the obvious here) catches my eye. (IT news)

Google Updates Play Music With Songza-Style Functionalityview story

http://techcrunch.com –  For the first time since acquiring Songza this summer, Google is integrating the technology into its Google Play Music service. The updated service gives you access to expertly curated playlists based around date, time, weather, and what Google thinks you might be up to. Read More (IT news)

iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Availableview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s newest iMac has the best display ever on a computing device. Let’s just get that out the way right at the start: You won’t find a better screen anywhere else, period. (IT news)

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Everview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either. (IT news)

On The Heels Of Apple Pay, Jumio Launches A Card-Scanning Mobile Checkout Product For Retailers’ iOS And Android Appsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Computer vision startup Jumio, best known for its payment card and ID-scanning technologies which allow end users to hold up their cards to a mobile device’s camera to simplify the process of entering in that data on small screens, is rolling out a new product today designed to improve the mobile checkout experience for retailers. (IT news)

Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notificationsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning with the launch of redesigned user profiles, following features and notifications. (IT news)

Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problemview story

http://techcrunch.com –  In 2000, some companies had big data problems before the concept we know today even existed. Back in those days, these organizations used a concept called the data warehouse to deal with large amounts of data, and a company called Netezza formed to build an appliance to simplify data warehousing. (IT news)