Apps

  • Applications For The NYC Pitch-Off Close Tomorrow!

    Applications For The NYC Pitch-Off Close Tomorrow!

    Attention New Yorkers! Applications for the NYC Meetup + Pitch-Off will be closing in 24 hours (ish) so if you’d like to pitch your company to the coolest judges in the land (TBA next week), you really shouldn’t waste another minute. Here’s the plan, Stans: Participants will be afforded exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product to a panel of kick-ass judges, to be followed… Read More

  • Live Media Group’s New App Will Stream The Tomorrowland Festival This Weekend

    Live Media Group’s New App Will Stream The Tomorrowland Festival This Weekend

    Tomorrowland, the annual music festival in Belgium that draws over 400,000 people from 200 different countries, has partnered with Live Media Group to stream this weekend’s concert via a native app and desktop platform. Nowlive, the technology powering the stream, lets users switch between different views from around the festival, or watch them all at once in grid views. The service… Read More

  • Keep Your Apps Playful Crunch Network

    Keep Your Apps Playful

    Computer software and apps are our modern-day toys. Whether it’s a hot dating app or a system for planning molecules (a true story), interface designers must treat the process of creating a new app as if they were creating a new toy. I’m calling it “playification,” and I believe it’s a must-have tool for anyone in our industry. Read More

  • Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    To keep the playing field level and fair for all app developers, Apple on occasion changes the way its App Store ranking algorithm works, the fallout of which can impact developers’ standings in the App Store charts, which ultimately can impact their visibility, downloads, and revenue. Around a week ago, it appears that Apple yet again tweaked the way its rankings worked, but this… Read More

  • Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Mobile savings app Ibotta, which got its start by targeting millennial shoppers who no longer seek out and clip paper coupons, has been working to re-think the role smartphones can play when it comes to shopping in the offline world. To date, that’s largely involved submitting receipts and scanning barcodes in order to save on in-store purchases, including those from grocery stores. Now… Read More

  • YouTube’s New App Plays To Creators

    YouTube’s New App Plays To Creators

    Yes, we love videos of cats falling, but YouTube’s content creator network has blown up over the past few years. There’s some really great content being created by budding superstars. coughPewDiePiecough. Today, the company released a new version of its app (Android first, and iOS soon) that helps feed content from those superstars to their fans. The app now has a new subscription… Read More

  • Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new “self-destructing” email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the… Read More

  • Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years

    Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years

    It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what’s in front of you. It was called a “frontback.” We launched Frontback two years ago, it’s been the highlight of our lives! Sadly, we're winding down on August 15th http://t.co/7Vb7IZuoyo — F. della Faille (@fredd) July 23, 2015 Now it’s called… Read More

  • Annoyed By Mobile Sites That “Ask” You To Download Their App? You’re Not Alone

    Annoyed By Mobile Sites That “Ask” You To Download Their App? You’re Not Alone

    Your team has spent many months perfecting your mobile app, so of course you want people to download it. You want to get your app high up in the app store charts. I get it. Totally. However, you (and a lot of companies) have gotten overly aggressive with how you go about “suggesting” that we download your app. Read More

  • Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Spotlight Stories, a mobile app featuring immersive, 360-degree animated films originally developed by Motorola ahead of its 2011 Google acquisition, has now made its way to iOS devices. The app had been available on Android phones since fall 2013, when Google first introduced the new mobile storytelling format to consumers. Read More

  • Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

    Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have linked musical taste to thinking style, with possible implications for how future algorithms might better tailor music recommendations. Not to mention the flip side: how music streaming services could psychologically classify their users, based on what they like to listen to. Read More

  • Line Launches Lightweight Version Of Its Chat App For Emerging Market Android Phones

    Line Launches Lightweight Version Of Its Chat App For Emerging Market Android Phones

    Line, the mobile messaging company from Japan, is borrowing a strategy from Facebook after it launched a lightweight version of its service for Android devices in emerging markets. The service counts 205 million monthly active users, but over half of those are located in just three countries: Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. With this new app, Line is hoping that a smaller and less bloated version… Read More

  • Sen. Al Franken Urges Federal Probe Of Apple Music

    Sen. Al Franken Urges Federal Probe Of Apple Music

    Apple’s hefty fees on in-app subscription services are being called into serious question. In a letter addressed to both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, Sen. Al Franken called on federal regulators to look into possible Apple Music antitrust violations in the music streaming market. Franken pointed to a number of non-competitive guidelines that he… Read More

  • De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    The administration of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is dropping plans to cap the number of new drivers added by Uber and similar services. Under a new agreement, the city will conduct a four-month study on how these services affect traffic congestion in New York. The deal, which does not preclude the possibility of driver caps in the future, was first reported in The New York Times and… Read More

  • Gigster Does The Dev Dirty Work To Turn Your Idea Into An App

    Gigster Does The Dev Dirty Work To Turn Your Idea Into An App

    Got a startup idea? That and some cash is all you need to get a fully functional app built for you by Gigster. Launching today, Gigster is a full-service development shop, rather than a marketplace where you have to manage the talent you find. Just go to Gigster’s site, instant message with a sales engineer, tell them what you want built, and in 10 minutes you get a guaranteed quote for… Read More

  • Dropbox Acquires Clementine, An Enterprise Communication Service

    Dropbox Acquires Clementine, An Enterprise Communication Service

    Dropbox has acquired Clementine, an enterprise communication service, today according to a blog post on the company’s page. Clementine focuses on internal communication, such as conference calls and chat services that aren’t connected to a personal phone number. It’s an important area for the workplace, given that more and more people are connecting their work software… Read More

  • Twitter’s Answers Service Gets An Update To Provide Better App Performance Tracking

    Twitter’s Answers Service Gets An Update To Provide Better App Performance Tracking

    Ahead of Twitter’s upcoming developer conference Flight, Twitter’s Answers service — which provides developers with a real-time display of events happening with their apps — is getting a big update that provides developers with a more robust way to track their apps. Previously, it focused on a few moments, such as sign-ups, but Twitter senior director of platform… Read More

  • DCM Closes Second Android Fund With $100 Million

    DCM Closes Second Android Fund With $100 Million

    Global early stage investor DCM Ventures has successfully closed its second, $100 million Android-focused fund that the firm had begun raising late last year. Like its predecessor, the second Android Fund dubbed (creatively) “A-Fund II”, will continue to invest in startups building apps for Google’s mobile operating system. Read More

  • Adblock Plus Talks Content-Blocking And The Tricky Shift To Mobile

    Adblock Plus Talks Content-Blocking And The Tricky Shift To Mobile

    Adblock Plus has built a business out of helping web users ditch overly annoying ads and other unwanted digital content on the desktop by taking money from companies willing to conform to its “acceptable ads” manifesto in order to be whitelisted and have their marketing let through the gate. Downloads of its desktop extensions remain at a “steady clip” of millions per… Read More

  • Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Since live streaming from mobile phones came roaring back in the era of social media, major celebrities have been courted by platforms like Meerkat and Periscope for their crowd pulling power. Now another one of those stars is putting his money where his mouth is. David Beckham, the well known athlete and megabrand, has become a founding investor in a new British startup which plans to take… Read More

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