Silicon Beach Launch List: Oct. 30


Edmunds: Car shopping website of Santa Monica launched an Apple TV app. The Edmunds TV app will stream automotive content, including car reviews, consumer advice and road tests.

Pod Inc.: Manhattan Beach’s Pod has launched a private and secure communications platform. The POD website lets users chat in real-time, share a broad range of content and delete the communication trail at any time with an “Abort” feature.

Snapchat: Venice’s Snapchat has added “Speed Modifiers” features to its app. The features lets Snapchat users run their videos in slow motion, fast-forward or rewind.

Edtwist: Santa Monica’s Edtwist has launched to the public. The educational platform is designed to give students, schools, libraries and NGOs a social platform to share research notes.

Vrse: In collaboration with Apple Inc. and the band U2, Vrse has made a virtual-reality music video named “Song for Someone.” The music video can be viewed with the Vrse app, Google Cardboard or a virtual reality headset.

Changebowl: Venice charity app Changebowl has launched. The app tracks bank and credit-card purchases and rounds the price to the nearest dollar. Users can then donate the difference to the charity of their choice.

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