Apps

  • HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May, Still Remains Strong

    HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May, Still Remains Strong

    HBO’s premium content finally became available in April without requiring customers to have a cable or satellite TV subscription, thanks to the launch of the standalone streaming service HBO NOW. For the first time since its debut, app store analytics firm App Annie has analyzed the performance of the new application in terms of its ability to attract paying customers who are willing… Read More

  • Apple’s Beats 1 Radio Starts Broadcasting At 8 AM PT On June 30

    Apple’s Beats 1 Radio Starts Broadcasting At 8 AM PT On June 30

    Apple is set to begin broadcasting its Beats 1 24-hour live radio station at 8 AM PT on June 30, according to Apple Music Senior Director and former Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers. Read More

  • Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Tools

    Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Tools

    Amazon has provided a strong answer to a desire I expressed only yesterday for broader software and hardware support for Alexa, its virtual assistant, and Echo, the speaker hardware that is the first platform wherein Alexa can be found. Today, Amazon announced an Alexa API set to let third-party developers easily build support for the system into their own apps; Alexa Voice Service, for… Read More

  • Here’s How To Use Siri Commands On iOS Devices With HomeKit Accessories

    Here’s How To Use Siri Commands On iOS Devices With HomeKit Accessories

    The first HomeKit accessories launched earlier this month, just ahead of Apple’s WWDC event (at which Apple also announced new HomeKit features coming in iOS 9). Now, additions to Apple’s HomeKit support page tell users how to use Siri, the voice-powered assistant included on iOS devices, to control their HomeKit devices, including thermostats, smart outlets, lights and… Read More

  • Jumptuit Makes Sure All Your Content Are Belongs To You

    Jumptuit Makes Sure All Your Content Are Belongs To You

    Do you ever find yourself searching for a specific photo or song, only to realize it’s either stuck on a different device or hidden away in one of your many cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive? Launching today, Jumptuit is an app that will give users a single access point for accessing content across all of their devices and storage services. The app, which… Read More

  • Apple Researching Geofencing Tech That Could Make Errands Easier

    Apple Researching Geofencing Tech That Could Make Errands Easier

    Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that could make it easier to manage shared household tasks like picking up groceries or remembering to grab a bottle of wine on the way home. The patent request describes a way in which one user can grant access to their location data to another, sort of like how they currently can in Find My Friends, but with additional features that can… Read More

  • Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

    Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

    Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, and includes participation from prior investors Index Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry… Read More

  • Yeplive Brings Landscape Video And Web Comments To The Live Streaming Fight

    Yeplive Brings Landscape Video And Web Comments To The Live Streaming Fight

    The live streaming app battle may not have much room for many offerings besides early mover Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to try. There’s still some hype left in the bottom of that particular barrel, and Yeplive is hoping to scoop it up by offering some features notably omitted from any of the other current offerings. Yeplive is… Read More

  • HubSpot Takes Its CRM Tool Out Of Beta

    HubSpot Takes Its CRM Tool Out Of Beta

    HubSpot, a company best known for its marketing tools, took its CRM product out of beta today. According to the firm, some 60,000 companies used the tool during its beta period. The product is free, but HubSpot’s sales “acceleration” tool, Sidekick, will run you $50 per seat, per month. Read More

  • Dropbox Now Has More Than 400 Million Registered Users

    Dropbox Now Has More Than 400 Million Registered Users

    Dropbox said today that it now has more than 400 million registered users — a jump from the last public figure about its user base in May last year. Previously, the company had said it had 300 million users. The company didn’t say how many of them are monthly active users, but it still shows that Dropbox’s registered user base at the very least continues to grow. Read More

  • Snapchat Wants To Be How Youngins Watch The Election

    Snapchat Wants To Be How Youngins Watch The Election

    Maybe Snapchat can make ‘the youth’ care about politics. It’s certainly going to try. Snapchat is hiring a ‘Content Analyst – Politics & News’ “to cover the 2016 presidential race and other news events for Snapchat” through its Our Stories feature. If Snapchat can create compelling election content, it could better host lucrative political ads. Read More