Friday, March 27, 2015

Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Cover subscribes to a more targeted attack on mobile payments, which has proven to be an incredibly difficult space to tackle. Rather than focus on the entire peer-to-peer space, Cover approaches mobile payments in the moment that they’re most commonly needed: when the check comes. Venmo comes in handy for peer-to-peer transactions, but that leaves everything up to the mathematical skills of the party. With Cover, payments are made directly to the restaurant and costs are figured straight from the actual bill. Cover is currently available across 240 restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and now, Los Angeles. The Cover app is totally free to use and can be found here.

As social media continues to come up with new and weird ways to give us dopamine hits — the latest is the resurgence of live streaming apps — a new startup has come up with yet another take on it all.
Pleek, is a new picture messaging app that allows users to communicate via images, and has launched on Android and iOS.
The France-based startup has somehow managed to attract some celebs including Nicki Minaj, Karim Benzema, and Vine sensation, Jerome Jarre.
It’s now garnered $600,000 in a round led by Paris-based Partech Ventures and — get this — independent sources have confirmed to TechCrunch that rap star Diddy is an angel investor in the company.
The app allows users to start an open thread to share reactions back and forth with photos and videos. Users can also add text and stickers to photos.
These archive threads can later be turned into photo collages to share over social networks or sent to friends via SMS or saved to the phone’s photo album.
Pleek Co-Founder Cyril Paglino calls it “picture messaging with a twist.”
Other Pleek features include overlay stickers (Grumpy Cat, etc.), video up to 8 seconds and Group Chat.
I can see this app appealing to the selfie generation, and especially the young demographic. It’s too early to tell if it’ll still be around in a few months, however.

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