Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

  • Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows… Read More

  • UberMedia connects cross-channel ad impressions to actual store visits

    UberMedia connects cross-channel ad impressions to actual store visits

    Mobile ad company UberMedia is expanding its measurement and attribution business in a big way. You may remember UberMedia as the company that owns social apps like Echofon and UberSocial. While that’s still the case, it has shifted its attention over the past few years to its mobile ad platform, which uses the apps as a source of data — and which can tell advertisers whether… Read More

  • Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

    Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they can… Read More

  • Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

    Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

    San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated pains. Shasta Ventures led the Series A and was joined by the company’s earlier backers — Cowboy Ventures and AITV. Silicon Valley Bank also invested. Read More

  • The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

    The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

    This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology and reveals some interesting insights including that the average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years of age and that tablets are kids’ device of… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome OS will soon be able to run all Android apps

    Google’s Chrome OS will soon be able to run all Android apps

    The Play Store is coming to Chrome OS, Google announced at its I/O developer conference today — and with that, you will soon be able to install and run virtually any Android app on your Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. It’s no secret that Google has been working on this project for quite a while now. You were already able to run a few Android apps on Chrome OS before, too. This new… Read More

  • Afero raises $20.3 million to secure connected devices, whether WiFi is working or not

    Afero raises $20.3 million to secure connected devices, whether WiFi is working or not

    A Los Altos startup called Afero raised $20.3 million in a new round of venture funding to secure connected devices, from toys and arcade games to medical equipment. The company’s technology works even when WiFi isn’t, employing 4GLTE and other radio sensors. Afero works with large hardware makers who install the startup’s proprietary chip in their IoT devices or… Read More

  • Android apps can now react to your environment

    Android apps can now react to your environment

    What if the apps on your phone knew where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even what the weather was like outside, and then combined this information to react intelligently to your current situation? Would that be creepy or amazing? We will soon find out, it seems. At this week’s Google I/O conference, the company introduced new tools for app developers that… Read More

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