Helsinki, Finland-based smarter web surfing startup Futureful, which launched in the U.S. on iPad back in January — and is best described as a predictive discovery engine (rather than a traditional web browser) — has extended its reach, launching onto the iPhone with a global app. The startup has raised around $1.5 million to-date. Its main investor is Skype (and Kazaa) co-founder Janus Friis.
The earlier U.S.- and iPad-only launch was a “test-run”, says co-founder Jarno Koponen, aimed at seeing how its machine learning tech managed out in the wild. It also wanted to see how users took to its interface/UX — which dispenses with URL bars, and other traditional browsing paraphernalia, to focus on encouraging curiosity and serendipity. As part of that test run, Futureful has now updated its interface — dispensing with the original discovery ticker and opting for a new bubbles-based browsing mechanism instead.
The new interface — introduced…
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