Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Android’s Smart On-Body Unlock Function Could Eliminate A Longtime Headache

    Android’s Smart On-Body Unlock Function Could Eliminate A Longtime Headache

    Android users are beginning to see an option for on-body detection in version 5.0 and up, which lets you unlock your device once, and then have that unlock grant you continued access without having to re-enter your pin, so long as the smartphone or tablet never leaves your person. It’s just a convenience feature, and one that can be optionally enabled to let you more easily access… Read More

  • YC Graduate GiveMeTap Offers Free Water And Footfall Data For Stores, And It Helps Africa

    YC Graduate GiveMeTap Offers Free Water And Footfall Data For Stores, And It Helps Africa

    Despite the growth in reusable water bottles, keeping them refilled is tough. Ironically, consumers either end up buying a plastic bottle of water, are forced to use a toilet to refill, or feel obliged to buy something from a store before asking for a refill of water. GiveMeTap is a new graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator with a rather clever idea. It sells and produces stainless steel… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 10: 13-inch MacBook Pro And Apple TV

    TC AppleCast 10: 13-inch MacBook Pro And Apple TV

    This week, we reviewed the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and we liked it. A lot. Apple’s MBP line is now the best value for money for anyone who wants to really be able to do work on the road, bar none, and the 13-inch size has great portability. But we can’t help but wonder what’s next for the MacBook Pro lineup, in light of the big changes signalled by the… Read More

  • Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers — borrowing from the well-thumbed Amazon playbook of deep discounts to drive usage. Now, a new feature it wants to launch looks like it could be its biggest disruptive storefront promotion yet. The company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked”… Read More

  • 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Review

    2015 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Review

    Apple has updated the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with some major improvements, including fifth-generation Intel Core processors, Iris 6100 graphics cards, PCIe-based flash storage that can manage up to twice the transfer speeds of the previous generation, an extra hour of battery life and faster RAM. Read More

  • SlideMail Is An Intelligent Email App For The Rest Of Us

    SlideMail Is An Intelligent Email App For The Rest Of Us

    A new email application launching today called SlideMail is designed to help those of us with bad email habits sort through our inbox, while also intelligently organizing our messages and alerting us to important meetings and other events. While other email apps focus on presenting power users with a “priority inbox” containing their most important emails, SlideMail’s take is… Read More

  • Twin Prime Lands $9.5M To Make Your App Just Work

    Twin Prime Lands $9.5M To Make Your App Just Work

    You know when you’re looking at your phone and you see five bars and you think you’re golden. Then you try to do something and the app you’re using is just hanging in spite of the bars. Twin Prime, a company that came out of stealth this week, and announced $9.5M in funding, wants to solve that problem. It’s working with app developers to make sure that you don’t… Read More

  • Medium Now Lets You Write Posts From Its iOS App

    Medium Now Lets You Write Posts From Its iOS App

    Popular blogging platform and publisher Medium has announced that the latest update to its iOS app will finally let users compose posts from their iPhone or iPad. It’s a feature that many fans of the platisher (publorm?) have been begging the company for from day one. It’s landing in the wake of another recent update, which let you start writing an outline or short post in an… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More

  • Pebble To Seed $1M Among Pebble Time Smartstrap Projects It Deems Worthy

    Pebble To Seed $1M Among Pebble Time Smartstrap Projects It Deems Worthy

    The Pebble Time Kickstarter for Pebble’s second-generation smartwatch has exceeded all expectations, but the company is still revealing more about the upcoming device: Today, it’s announcing a $1 million fund to support the development of smartstraps, the add-on accessories that are open to hardware makers and that will add functionality to Pebble Time via add-on sensors, batteries… Read More

  • Mobile Web Surfers Again Facing Unexpected Redirects To App Store, Native Apps

    Mobile Web Surfers Again Facing Unexpected Redirects To App Store, Native Apps

    Remember the early days of web surfing? You’d be happily browsing through your favorite sites, clicking links – then, boom! – your screen was littered with pop-up advertisements! The problem became so prevalent, people began installing pop-up blocking software on their PCs as a solution to the ongoing annoyance. Today, as users make the transition to mobile, a new irritation… Read More

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