Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • What to expect for Twitter’s first-quarter results

    What to expect for Twitter’s first-quarter results

    Last quarter, Twitter’s user base (excluding SMS fast-followers) actually shrank — and this was a huge moment for the company. While there were whispers of peak Twitter circling for some time now, that looming theory was finally confirmed in the company’s fourth-quarter results. Twitter had gone from 307 million users to 305 million. Twitter, at one point a rocket-ship… Read More

  • What to expect for Apple’s second-quarter results

    What to expect for Apple’s second-quarter results

    Apple will report its second-quarter earnings, and all eyes are going to be on the company’s iPhone sales. That’s because the big question for Apple is going to be whether or not iPhone sales have hit a wall and that the company will see a year-over-year decline in revenue, marking a significant moment for the company which has traditionally steadily grown iPhone sales to generate… Read More

  • YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads

    YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads

    YouTube announced a new ad format today that’s all about brevity. In a blog post, Product Manager Zach Lupei said YouTube has been exploring formats that are better-suited for smartphone video watchers. Hence the creation of Bumper ads — video ads that are only six seconds long. The idea of a really short ad isn’t new — the name suggests that the inspiration comes… Read More

  • Remitly raises $38.5M more to take on Western Union, passes $1b transferred annually

    Remitly raises $38.5M more to take on Western Union, passes $1b transferred annually

    Remittances are a huge business, with $582 billion transferred in 2015 and $432 billion of that sent specifically to emerging markets, according to the World Bank. Today, one of the bigger startups in the field has raised some funds of its own to help it better tap the opportunity, and better rival established players like Western Union and others like WorldRemit and… Read More

  • Nokia buys France’s Withings for €170M to ramp up in health tech and IoT

    Nokia buys France’s Withings for €170M to ramp up in health tech and IoT

    Nokia’s history as the world’s biggest mobile phone maker is becoming a distant memory, but it’s not out of the gadget business just yet. To build out its health technology business, the company today announced that it has acquired Withings, makers of smart scales, activity trackers, and other health gadgets. Withings is based out of France, and with Nokia in Finland… Read More

  • Leaked Postmates financials suggest company might be doing better than everyone thought

    Leaked Postmates financials suggest company might be doing better than everyone thought

    Postmates, the delivery app, is often seen as emblematic of the struggling on-demand businesses. Countless venture capitalists have told TechCrunch that the company, despite its popularity with consumers, is doomed because its unit economics don’t add up. The costs of paying the couriers is greater than the money generated from delivery fees, according to the narrative.  And naysayers… Read More

  • Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

    Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

    Redwood City-based Naya Health has raised $3.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that is sleeker, quieter and more comfortable for moms than the devices already on the market. Investors co-leading the round were Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital, who were joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and individual angels. According to married co-founders… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard app lands on iOS

    Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard app lands on iOS

    Microsoft has released a next-word predicting keyboard as an iOS app as it seeks to tap into the popularity of the latter’s mobile ecosystem in the hopes of expanding its influence in the mobile productivity space. Read More

  • Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd, an ad startup that helps you get discounts on your phone bill, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. We’ve written about other startups that show advertising on your smartphone lockscreen, but the Unlockd model is different in a couple of key ways. First of all, as the name implies, the ads only appear (briefly) after you’ve unlocked your phone. Read More

  • mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar allows mobile game developers to promote their games with ads that people can actually play before downloading. That means its technology needs to evolve with the games, so now it’s announcing support for force touch interactions. Also known as 3D touch, the term refers to touch interfaces that are affected by the amount of pressure applied by the user. mNectar CEO Wally Nguyen… Read More

  • Twitter integrates with Yelp for location tags in the UK and Japan, bypassing Foursquare

    Twitter integrates with Yelp for location tags in the UK and Japan, bypassing Foursquare

    A year ago, Twitter ramped up its game in location services when it announced an integration with Foursquare to provide venue suggestions when you wanted to tag where you were tweeting. Interestingly, that deal appears to have applied only to the U.S., and now that Twitter’s expanding the service, it has partnered with one of Foursquare’s big competitors, Yelp, to power it. Read More

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