Livestar first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt a few months ago. It’s a mobile app that lets you see (and write) reviews for the things you generally want reviews for – restaurants, movies, music and other apps.
Restaurant ratings guide Zagat has a new app available in the Google Play Store. Now owned by Google, the new Zagat app has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. Users can search for nearby restaurants based on different criteria like ratings, cuisine or other features. In some cases, users can even make reservations at participating restaurants. The selection is limited to U.S.
So, I used to use the "Local" app (also called Places) on Google Maps to find restaurants in the area I'm driving. With the new Maps though, although I can find restaurants and other things (I freakin' hate it's new interface), it appears you can't search for local restaurants without actually quitting Navigation.
Even in our age of Yelp and Google Places, finding the right restaurant can often be hard. In April, Hoppit launched its “ambiance search engine for restaurants” to make it easier to find a nice spot that fits not just your culinary preferences but also your mood. Today, after a bit of a delay, the company is launching its redesigned website and its iPhone app.
No one wants to read thousands of reviews. You just want answers. Luckily there’s TipSense, a new startup whose algorithm sorts big messy data sets. TipSense’s site DishTip tells you what to order at restaurants, for example, while its AppCrawlr deduces an app’s best and worst features and lays them out with competitors on a comparison chart.
The Pittsburgh-based mobile waitlisting service for restaurants, NoWait, which raised $2 million in Series A funding just over a year ago, is now rolling out its first consumer-facing product with the launch of its iOS app for restaurant goers.