Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

 
  • Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

    Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

    Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices. Apple’s patent… Read More

  • Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App

    Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App

    So much for trashing the Kindle. Today Samsung is announcing a new app, Kindle for Samsung, created in partnership with Amazon, that will let Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up, starting with the Galaxy S5, to buy and read content from Amazon's catalog of magazines, newspapers and books. The app will going live across 90 countries this month. Read More

  • Line Starts Letting Users Make And Sell Their Own Stickers On Its Messaging Platform

    Line Starts Letting Users Make And Sell Their Own Stickers On Its Messaging Platform

    Mobile messaging platform Line, which is gunning for a billion registered users by 2015 and is also reportedly considering an IPO later this year, has added a new feature aimed at boosting engagement on its platform. The feature could also result in it pulling in more revenue via its secondary money-maker, sticker sales. Read More

  • Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

    Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

    Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there's still a… Read More

  • Kitestring, The App That Makes Sure You Get Home Safe

    Kitestring, The App That Makes Sure You Get Home Safe

    You don't have to walk alone anymore. Rather than asking your mom, bestie, or significant other to stay on the phone with you while you walk down a sketchy street at night, you can use Kitestring. You punch in your emergency contacts, let it know when you're somewhere dangerous, and Kitestring will text you a little later to see if you're okay. Read More

  • Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To”

    Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To”

    Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy. Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you're "traveling to". Facebook's Page mentioned it today, so I asked the company which said after testing, "traveling to" is now available to all users. And it has big potential to bring Facebook valuable data. Read More

  • Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

    Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

    Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More

  • Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it's "doing a really big push around design" at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

  • Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

    Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

    Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More