Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

    Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

    AdWeek recently reported that Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 per day to run its new “my story” ads. Some would argue that Snapchat’s unique ad format, engagement tactics, demographics and immediacy make for an interesting experimental advertising opportunity. Others say that $750,000 is a lot to spend for an advertising experiment that has limited analytics, no… Read More

  • Social Network Tsu Is Hacking The App Store’s Pay-Per-Download Rules

    Social Network Tsu Is Hacking The App Store’s Pay-Per-Download Rules

    A newer, much-debated social network called Tsu has launched a workaround to Apple’s longtime ban on “incentivized” app installs (aka pay-per-installs). Technically, users are being rewarded for creating content on Tsu and inviting others to join, but the money they earn for this activity comes from Tsu’s advertisers. That means Tsu serves as something of a middle… Read More

  • YotaPhone 2 Review: Two Screens Are Indeed Better Than One

    YotaPhone 2 Review: Two Screens Are Indeed Better Than One

    Yota Devices is a Russian company that entered the mental space of tech enthusiasts everywhere with the debut of the original YotaPhone a couple of years ago. In 2014, it launched the YotaPhone 2, a second-generation smartphone that greatly improved on the original concept. The YotaPhone 2 is a surprisingly capable, well-equipped Android smartphone – which happens to also have the… Read More

  • Workestra Turns Your Mobile Push Notifications Into Organized Tasks

    Workestra Turns Your Mobile Push Notifications Into Organized Tasks

    A new application called Workestra for iOS, Android and Windows Phone turns your push notifications from various apps and services into tasks you can “snooze” or mark as done. The idea is to offer a more inbox-like tool for managing the various updates from your apps, allowing you to better control which sorts of notifications you want to see, and which accounts you want to see… Read More

  • Xperia Z3 PS4 Remote Play Review

    PS4 Remote Play Shines On The Xperia Z3 With The DualShock 4 Game Control Mount

    The PlayStation 4 is a platform that keeps giving, thanks to frequent software updates from Sony. Remote Play for Xperia mobile devices is one such gift, and it works very well on the Xperia Z3, Sony’s latest flagship smartphone. The Remote Play app is available now via the Google Play Store for compatible Xperia devices, and anyone who as both one of those and a PS4 at home should… Read More

  • Magzter Launches Magzter Gold, Offering Unlimited Access To 2,000+ Magazines For $9.99 A Month

    Magzter Launches Magzter Gold, Offering Unlimited Access To 2,000+ Magazines For $9.99 A Month

    Startup Magzter is already selling many magazines on the web and mobile devices, but it’s been focused on traditional purchase models — buying single issues, or annual subscriptions to individual titles. Now, with the launch of a new service called Magzter Gold, the company is embracing the all-you-can-read (or watch, or listen to) subscription model popularized by Netflix and… Read More

  • HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC is said to be prepping a smartwatch for debut in March at MWC alongside its new One M9 flagship smartphone. The new smartwatch will tap into Under Armour’s fitness tracking software service, according to Bloomberg, but little else is known at this time about its design or features. The M9, however, is said to remember the M8 in terms of sign and looks, but will also feature… Read More

  • Spotify (Finally) Upgrades Windows Phone App With New Look And More Android, iOS Features

    Spotify (Finally) Upgrades Windows Phone App With New Look And More Android, iOS Features

    Spotify, which last week announced 60 million users (15 million paying) worldwide, is announcing an upgrade to its Windows Phone app that it hopes will get more owners of Microsoft-powered mobile phones to use its streaming music service. The new app features a slicker-looking black-colored theme, alongside (finally) the appearance of Spotify’s “Your Music” feature to… Read More

  • Mobile Commerce In 2015

    Mobile Commerce In 2015

    The past year has represented a tipping point in mobile commerce investment, so as we enter a new year, we wanted to take stock by updating our m-commerce market map and offering our predictions for 2015. Read More

  • Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014. This means the developers cannot create nor publish apps… Read More

  • Texting Is Familial Glue For The 21st Century

    Texting Is Familial Glue For The 21st Century

    Complex communication is one of the bedrocks of human civilization. The tools we use – voice and face muscles, smoke signals, quills and ink, emojis – start out as delivery systems for existing ideas. Without exception, those tools end up influencing the ideas themselves. For proof, look no further than the impact of technology on the nuclear family over the past hundred year Read More

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