Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Pandora’s “Sponsored Listening” Ad Format Exits Beta, Offering Mobile App Users An Hour Of Uninterrupted Listening

    Pandora’s “Sponsored Listening” Ad Format Exits Beta, Offering Mobile App Users An Hour Of Uninterrupted Listening

    Following the arrival of stronger-than-expected earnings last week, radio service Pandora this morning announced the expansion of its “Sponsored Listening” ad product, which is now being made available to all advertisers. The product, which was first introduced this past fall, was said previously to be scheduled for a launch in the second half of 2015. Instead of more… Read More

  • Does Ringly Have A Place In An Apple Watch World?

    Does Ringly Have A Place In An Apple Watch World?

    The first thing I thought when I opened my Ringly box was that it smelled. Bad. Like electronics that had caught on fire and were then put out in some sort of chemical bath. But the company told me that the ring I received (an early review unit sent to reporters) was part of a bad “beta batch.” More recently, they replaced it with another. It didn’t smell nearly as bad. 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

  • 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

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • Apple Just Made Another iOS 9 Beta Available To Anyone

    Apple Just Made Another iOS 9 Beta Available To Anyone

    Just a few weeks back, Apple released iOS 9 as a public beta that anyone could download — not just those people with $99 per year developer accounts. Two weeks later, they’re back with another one. The company has just released iOS 9 Public Beta 2. So what’s new in v2? Bug fixes, mostly. Speed enhancements, too. The most significant “new” thing, though, is the… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft today is introducing a new application aimed at reducing the time it takes to check and respond to email while on your smartphone. With Send, as the app is called, the idea is to make email perform more like instant messaging, as it does away with more formal email constructs – like the subject line, for example – in favor of quicker, shorter messages that you can dash off… Read More

  • Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known? Crunch Network

    Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known?

    When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, he went down in history as the ‘inventor’ of a telecommunications system that forever changed the way we interact. When Matti Makkonen – AKA ‘the Father of SMS’ – died last month, few people outside the industry had heard the name. Why is one man an icon of technology and the other relatively obscure? Read More

  • Tinder-Esque Clothes Shopping App Mallzee Swipes Another £2.5M Funding

    Tinder-Esque Clothes Shopping App Mallzee Swipes Another £2.5M Funding

    Personalised shopping app and U.K. startup Mallzee has raised new funding. The so-called ‘Tinder of fashion’ — in reference to its Tinder-esque UI that invites you to swipe right if you like and swipe left if you don’t as you shop for clothes through its mobile app — has swiped £2.5 million in additional investment. Read More

  • Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding. As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating an app where they can find content related to their interests and either book… Read More

  • “Millions and Millions” Are Already Using Apple Music

    “Millions and Millions” Are Already Using Apple Music

    Less than a month after the launch of streaming service Apple Music, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that “Millions and millions of customers are already experiencing Apple Music and the number is growing substantially every day” as part of today’s poorly-received Q3 earnings report. The question will be how many users continue to pay once their free trials expire and… Read More

  • Call Strangers On The Phone (Gasp!) With SayMore From YouTube’s Brent Hurley

    Call Strangers On The Phone (Gasp!) With SayMore From YouTube’s Brent Hurley

    Somewhere between texting and video chat, the mobile phone stopped being a phone. But there’s a special intimacy unique to simply talking to someone, and early YouTuber Brent Hurley wants to bring it back with SayMore. His new app lets you browse pre-made discussion topics, preview the profile of a conversation partner, and start a free VOIP call with them. You know, so you can just… Read More

  • JustWatch Brings Its Search Engine For Cord Cutters To iOS And Android

    JustWatch Brings Its Search Engine For Cord Cutters To iOS And Android

    JustWatch, a startup that launched earlier this year offering a search engine that helps cord cutters figure out where to watch their favorite programs and movies, is now expanding to mobile. The company has released both iOS and Android applications that help you find where to watch movies and shows, as well as discover new and popular content across a variety of services, including… Read More

  • Google Acquires Mobile App Prototyping Tool Pixate

    Google Acquires Mobile App Prototyping Tool Pixate

    Google has acquired mobile app prototyping tool Pixate today, both companies have confirmed. Pixate had raised $3.8M from Accel Partners in 2013. It had popped out of the Y-Combinator oven previously (YC S12). Here’s what the Pixate CEO Paul Colton shared on their blog about the move today: Today, I am very proud to announce that Pixate has joined Google’s design team. Pixate… Read More

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