Lauren Forristal

Lauren covers media, streaming, apps and platforms at TechCrunch.

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Promova’s new feature helps people with dyslexia learn a new language

Promova, the language learning app with more than 11 million users, today launched “Dyslexia Mode,” which uses a specialized typeface called Dysfont so people with dyslexia can learn a new languag

Wattpad ditches ‘Paid Stories’ for a freemium model

After launching its “Paid Stories” program in 2019, the social storytelling platform Wattpad is now replacing it with a new freemium model called “Wattpad Originals” that gives authors the bes

Review: Tablo DVR gives users a major upgrade with its free ad-supported TV offering

Tablo has always been a niche product, Grant Hall, founder and CEO of parent company Nuvyyo, admitted to TechCrunch. However, as more cord-cutters become frustrated with streaming services raising the

The Dungeons & Dragons DLC for Minecraft includes dice rolls, magic missiles and more

Minecraft just dropped its newest DLC for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) players to enjoy. In partnership with D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast and Everbloom Games, the DLC takes players on an

Off-price fashion shopping app Yaysay gives users 30 minutes per day to shop

Yaysay, an AI-powered shopping app, launched in beta today to gamify off-price shopping and bring the experience to mobile. Created by Casper co-founder Philip Krim, Yaysay combines concepts from soci

Tubi to launch content discovery tool powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4

Tubi, the Fox-owned free ad-supported TV streaming service, is testing a new mobile feature powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 that will allow users to ask content-related questions and discover new TV shows

Storybutton wants to redesign the radio for Gen Alpha podcast listeners

Storybutton, a new audio player for kids, aims to be the go-to alternative to screened devices for the 12 and under set. Created by kid-friendly podcaster Jim Jacob (“Mr. Jim”), Storybutton wants

TeachMe.To lands $2M to connect beginner athletes with local coaches

TeachMe.To, a sports coaching platform for beginner athletes, secured $2 million in seed funding, the company exclusively told TechCrunch. The funding will be used to scale the platform, launch a new

AI startup Gizmo raises $3.5M by using gamified quizzes and flashcards to make learning fun

Gizmo, a generative AI learning startup that uses gamified quizzes to engage learners, raised $3.5 million in seed funding.

YouTube Studio to give creators a generative AI tool to suggest video topics

During today’s YouTube event, CEO Neal Mohan revealed that the platform is testing a new generative AI-powered tool in YouTube Studio that suggests video topics, making the brainstorming process

Former Meta AI VP debuts Sizzle, an AI-powered learning app and chatbot

Founded by the former vice president of AI at Meta, Jerome Pesenti, Sizzle is a free AI-powered learning app that generates step-by-step answers to math equations and word problems. The company recent

Amazon Devices Event 2023: Everything you need to know about Alexa, Echo, Fire TV and more

Amazon reveals generative AI plans, new Alexa features, Echo devices, Fire TV news, a new eero Wi-Fi system and more.

Amazon introduces ‘Eye Gaze on Alexa’ so you can use the Fire Max 11 tablet with your eyes

During Amazon’s Devices event, the company introduced a new Alexa feature that aims to support users with mobility or speech disabilities. “Eye Gaze on Alexa” will be available later thi

Fitbit overhauls its app with visual refresh and simplified user experience

Google announced that its redesigned Fitbit app — which features a new three-tab structure for easier access to curated health and fitness content, easily glanceable stats and more — is ro

Startup Tezza takes on VSCO with easy-to-use photo and video editing tools

Photo editing tools are becoming essential for content creators who want to establish their brands and stand apart from other creators. Tezza, the photo and video editing app founded by husband-and-wi

Google wants to map more of the world’s roads with expansion of ‘Road Mapper’ volunteer community

Google announced today that it is opening access to more contributors to participate in Road Mapper, a tool where you can add missing roads to Google Maps in areas of the world that need it most. The

Outschool launches an AI-powered tool to help teachers write progress reports

Outschool, the online learning platform that offers kid-friendly academic and interest-based classes, announced today the launch of its AI Teaching Assistant, a tool for tutors to generate progress re

These iOS 17 apps bring interactive widgets to your iPhone Home Screen

Apple announced iOS 17 back in June at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with many small enhancements such as machine learning–powered autocorrect, an easy way to create stickers, and a Stan

Carrot Weather for iOS 17 can now deliver its weather updates in your own voice

Apple’s iOS 17 update arrives today, and many apps are rolling out updates to support the new features. One app in particular is Carrot Weather, the weather app that delivers hilarious daily forecas

TikTok and Billboard team up to launch a top 50 song chart

TikTok and Billboard are partnering to launch an official TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart that tracks the most popular songs on the short-form video-sharing app, the company announced today. The chart w
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