Silicon Beach Launch List: Oct. 16


A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

Spark Networks: Santa Monica online dating company Spark Networks, which developed and, has launched a new app named CrossPaths. The dating app shows users a “Faith Spectrum,” which helps identify a connection based on similar beliefs.

Zapstream: Live-streaming photo and video sharing app Zapstream of West Los Angeles has launched. The app allows users to broadcast live videos and pictures with special effects and sounds overlaid.

FirstLook: Santa Monica celebrity photo app FirstLook has launched. The app has access to more than 25 million celebrity images from the press pool, as well red carpet and backstage events. The company gets its images through deals with photo galleries such as Getty Images, WireImage, AP Invision and BFA.

Boingo: Wi-Fi service Boingo of Westwood has added support for mobile operating system Android 6.0. Now Boingo customers who have Android phones will be able to automatically switch between cellular networks and Wi-Fi without needing to login.

B.J. Novak: “The Office” producer, actor and writer B.J. Novak has launched “The List App,” which lets users share lists of travel recommendations, book choices lists, recipes and life musings with other users.

ComicBlitz: Billing itself the “Netflix of Comics,” ComicBlitz has launched a digital comic book subscription app. The Silver Lake company charges $9.99 a month for unlimited reading.

ChowNow: Playa Vista’s ChowNow, an online food ordering and payment platform, has partnered with Uber in a deal to use the ridesharing company’s UberRush. The partnership will allow ChowNow’s restaurant customers to use UberRush as a delivery option.

Technology reporter Garrett Reim can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @garrettreim for the latest in L.A. tech news.

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