Apps

  • Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results

    Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results

    Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are. The service resembles Path Talk’s direct messaging platform with local businesses, but incorporates its service right into… Read More

  • Designers Ditch Perfectionism For Instant Feedback With Wake

    Designers Ditch Perfectionism For Instant Feedback With Wake

    “How does this look?” That was a surprisingly difficult question to get an answer to until now. Today, Wake launches the private beta of its tool that lets design teams privately share their works in progress. Wake’s web and iOS interfaces make it super quick to post an image to a team’s Wake feed and get comments. Built by a former Facebook designer, Wake already… Read More

  • The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank. The show now has a history of being able to move the market when it comes to turning apps that would otherwise be also-rans into mobile hits –… Read More

  • Former Obama Campaign, Threadless CTO Eyes Mobile Commerce With New Startup Modest

    Former Obama Campaign, Threadless CTO Eyes Mobile Commerce With New Startup Modest

    Harper Reed, who led Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 as its CTO, is back in the startup game. He’s focusing on mobile commerce by making it easy for smaller retailers to build free mobile apps or create beautiful shopping experiences on smartphones. Backed by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Greylock Partners, 500 Startups and Base Ventures, the new startup is named Modest. Read More

  • Yo Tries To Make Itself Useful With Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources

    Yo Tries To Make Itself Useful With Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources

    “It was just a way to annoy your friends” Yo co-founder Or Arbel tells me. His minimalist messenger hit 3.5 million users at its peak thanks to the mainstream press’ sudden fascination with an app that only let you send people the word “Yo”. Most of those users quickly evaporated because Yo wasn’t very useful. Yet. But today Yo launches what Arbel says was… Read More

  • Waffle House Partners With “Sharing Economy” Delivery Service Roadie

    Waffle House Partners With “Sharing Economy” Delivery Service Roadie

    A recently launched mobile application called Roadie, which connects those who need to ship something quickly with drivers who are already going in that same direction and are willing to haul the cargo for a small fee, has today partnered with Waffle House restaurants. The restaurant chain will be promoting the app across its 1,750 location in 25 states, and will serve as the first of… Read More

  • Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Media management software Plex is making big strides after eking out a niche for itself as an app beloved by a dedicated but specialized audience for years. The app now has presence on two of the three major modern home consoles, and its debut on those platforms included a re-thinking of its approach to content discovery. A new version of the app coming today for Roku continues the work… Read More

  • Facebook, Now With Over 2 Million Active Advertisers, Launches Ads Manager App For iOS

    Facebook, Now With Over 2 Million Active Advertisers, Launches Ads Manager App For iOS

    Facebook today rolled out a new mobile application designed to help the company’s now over 2 million active advertisers manage their ads from their smartphone. The app, called Facebook Ads Manager, is initially available on iOS, and allows its users to create and edit ads, track spending, view ad results, receive ad-related notifications, and more. These notifications can alert… Read More

  • Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Last year mobile browser company Opera launched Opera Max, a data-compressing Android app that let users save money on their mobile data. Now, to drive more usage of the product, Opera is adding another feature to Max: apps you can use for free. App Pass, as the service is called, is aimed first at users in emerging markets, where smartphone adoption is booming, but the average smartphone… Read More

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