Grofers, An On-Demand Delivery Service For Indian Cities, Raises $10M From Sequoia And Tiger Global

Large marketplaces like Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Amazon are benefitting as India turns into one of the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce markets, but many brick-and-mortar stores are missing out on the boom. A startup called Grofers wants to help local shops by not only providing them with a mobile platform for their inventory, but also facilitating on-demand delivery within 90 minutes.

Grofers’ business strategy is ambitious, but the startup just got a vote of confidence in the form of a $10 million series A round led by Sequoia Capital (a returning investor) and Tiger Global. This brings its total raised so far to $10.5 million.

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Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

Quantified-self enthusiasts – those who are somewhat obsessed with using technology to better understand themselves, their daily habits and personal trends – have been fortunate to have a wide variety of niche apps to choose from for measuring everything from athletic activity, to travel time, and even time you’ve spent using your smartphone on a given day. But for the most part, you would have to download a handful of apps in order to log this data. Newly launched Instant 2.0, now available on Android, instead is offering a single destination for tracking nearly everything you want to record, including phone usage, app usage, fitness activity and traveling.

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Lyft Seeks To Raise Another $250 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

Car-for-hire startup Lyft is going back to investors for another round of funding. As earlier reported by the New York Times, the company is looking to raise another $250 million at a $2 billion valuation.

The funding comes nearly a year since Lyft’s last financing — a $250 million round from Coatue Management, Alibaba and Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, along with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and Mayfield Ventures. To date, the company has raised more than $330 million since being founded as Zimride back in 2007.

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Get ready for the 4GB iPhone app

iOS apps are about to get a lot bigger.

Apple doubled the size limit of iOS apps from 2GB to 4GB, the company told developers Thursday.

The increase is so app makers “can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation,” Apple said in its message to developers about the change.

The 2GB limit had been in place since the launch of the App Store in 2008 — and for game developers, upping that limit is a huge deal for game developers, upping that limit is a huge deal. As more and more studios port console and PC games to mobile devices, they’ve increasingly bumped into size constraints.

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Sportsman Tracker Raises $950k To Bring Hunters Into The Smartphone Age

Hunting is one of the oldest social activities. Even if the hunter goes out alone, there’s always a story to tell or a lesson to be learned. That’s where the Sportsman Tracker comes in. The app, which just raised $950k, aims to give hunters key information before they go out into the woods.

The Michigan-based company is today announcing that it raised just shy of a million led by Huron River Ventures and Start Garden, with additional investment from Detroit Innovate, Muskegon Angels and Karis Capital Partners.

The app provides maps, hunting and fishing locations and a way to record results from the field. The company says its proprietary algorithm will tell hunters and fishers when and where to go.

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This app tells you which friends stress you out, make you happy

Apps and wearables make it easy to track everything about your life — steps walked, hours slept, your heart rate. But a new app called pplkpr aims to quantify your relationships, collecting data about your social interactions and stripping it down to determine how you really feel when you talk to certain people.

Developers Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald launched the app (pronounced “people keeper”) to allow users to look at spikes in stress or excitement levels when interacting with others.

It might be obvious that a phone call with mom might kick your heart rate up a few notches, but biometric data could reveal a few unexpected findings, too. For example, working with one colleague could bring on more anxiety than working with another, or Friend A could leave you feeling way more happy than Friend B.

The duo conducted a week-long study with eight students at Carnegie Mellon University. Pplkpr works with any Bluetooth 4.0-enabled tracker that incorporates GPS and heart-rate monitoring, such as the Polar H7 chest band and the Zephyr HxM.

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This app tells you what to wear — based on your wardrobe and the weather

We’ve seen hundreds of apps devoted to organizing your finances or fitness. How about fashion — specifically, harnessing the power of technology to declutter your wardrobe?

ClosetSpace tackles this area by combining curated outfit suggestions with the items in your own closet, allowing you to put together a stylish sartorial system at no extra cost.

Fire up the app and you’re presented with the option of adding items to your profile, from shoes to shirts to accessories. Anything you add can be tagged with brand, fabric, size, color, price paid and where you purchased the item.

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