UK's Acoustic Stream launches $50K crowdfunding campaign for guitarist's wireless recording gadget

Penzance, UK-based firm Acoustic Stream launched a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to develop a 4-in-1 device that allows guitarists to tune their guitar, and record, stream, and share their performances to the world.

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Chicago's Threadless launches iOS app for e-commerce shop

Chicago, US-based artist community and e-commerce site Threadless launched an iOS app for its online T-shirt and hoodie business after existing exclusively on the web for a long time.

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Iowa-based app Bawte helps people organize and create inventory of belongings

Iowa, US-based iOS app Bawte helps its users organize and keep track of all their belongings by creating a catalog that sends reminders about warranty expiry and helps them take care of broken items through its free in-app live customer support service.

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New Israeli smart calendar app simplifies meeting tasks

Tel Aviv, Israel-based smart calendar app Cal added a new feature called HeadsUp that simplifies meeting and appointment tasks such as taking notes, composing minutes, and assigning tasks to attendees.

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Chinese messaging app WeChat undergoes major upgrade

With the spotlight suddenly turned on messaging apps after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, Chinese app WeChat released a major upgrade for the iOS and Android versions with new features such as real-time location sharing and chat history search.

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California-based Good Technology announces purchase of Boxtone

Sunnyvale, US-based mobile security solutions provider Good Technology announced its purchase of Columbia, Maryland-based enterprise mobility management software maker Boxtone for an undisclosed amount to boost security in joint products and widen its client base.

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BBM executive Andrew Bocking exits BlackBerry

Andrew Bocking, the Executive Vice President of BBM, exited Ontario, Canada-based smartphone and enterprise software maker BlackBerry, with the said division to be folded into Global Enterprise Solutions under the leadership of John Sims.

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Vietnamese developer removes top-ranked Flappy Bird from app stores

Hanoi, Vietnam-based game developer Don Nguyen of dotGears took down the top-ranking mobile game Flappy Bird from both iOS and Google Play app stores today, reportedly due to the various criticisms he had been receiving in connection with the game.

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New York-based flight finding app Hitlist flies out of beta to raise $500K seed round

New York City, US-based smart flight finding mobile app Hit List exited the beta phase and is currently raising around $500,000 in its seed funding round.

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London-based Togethera closes £250K in seed funding to roll out private family photo-sharing app

London, UK-based startup Togethera closed $250,000 in a seed funding round led by European and American angel investors to roll out its private family photo sharing app on Android.

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Sweden's Truecaller grabs $18.8M in Series B financing

Stockholm, Sweden-based mobile phone community Truecaller grabbed $18.8 million in a Series B financing round led by Sequoia Capital to help identify unknown phone callers and block spam calls.

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American mobile video ad startup Vungle snags $17M in Series B funding

San Francisco, California-based mobile video advertising startup Vungle snagged $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Thomvest Ventures to build monetization tools for developers of mobile apps.

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San Francisco's Boombotix pockets $4M in funding to develop mobile speakers

San Francisco, California-based mobile speaker company Boombotix pocketed $4 million in a funding round led by both new and previous investors to develop its audio products and enhance its marketing strategies.

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Fortumo Founder and CEO Rain Rannu says offering local payment options could help Android apps make more money

Rain Rannu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fortumo, said in his guest post at VentureBeat that more Android app users would pay if local payment options and not just credit cards would be offered.

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GPS app maker Telenav acquires Berlin-based startup Kobbler for $24M

Sunnyvale, US-based GPS app maker Telenav acquired Berlin, Germany-based navigation startup Skobbler in a deal valued at approximately $24 million in a combination of cash and common stock.

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