Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations.  Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More

  • Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation Crunch Network

    Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

    As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers… Read More

  • SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

  • Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber has hired the duo behind a spectacular hack earlier this year that involved taking remote control of a Jeep Cherokee. Wired writer Andy Greenberg experienced this firsthand. He wrote that he was driving on a St. Louis highway when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a laptop 10 miles away to make the radio, air conditioning and windshield wipers go haywire. Then they cut the… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the… Read More

  • ReBoard Is An iOS Keyboard With Third-Party App Shortcuts

    ReBoard Is An iOS Keyboard With Third-Party App Shortcuts

    ReBoard is a just launched iOS keyboard app from an indie dev team in India that’s targeting productivity-focused folk, by adding the ability to reach out to other apps right from the keyboard. So instead of having to double tap out of whatever messaging app you’re using to go hunt for that YouTube link, for instance, you can do a look up right from the keyboard. Read More

  • iZettle Gets $67M To Expand From Mobile Payments To Small Business Financing

    iZettle Gets $67M To Expand From Mobile Payments To Small Business Financing

    European mobile payments player, iZettle, is expanding into what amounts to small business loans — announcing a capital advance product, called iZettle Advance, which will be available to select iZettle customers who need funds to grow their own businesses. So it’s basically moving onto even more of the territory where traditional banks fear to tread. Read More

  • Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it… Read More

  • OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

    OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

    Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million. After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next generation MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad called Fates… Read More

  • The Next iPhone May Come With Animated Wallpapers

    The Next iPhone May Come With Animated Wallpapers

    It would appear that the next-gen iPhone may come with some added flare. Sources told 9to5mac that the UI for the iPhone 6S may come with animated wallpapers, not unlike the animated watch faces that shipped with the Apple Watch. Those sources said that animated wallpapers could include animated fish in a koi pond, as well as ‘colorful arrays of smoke.’ Given that most… Read More

  • Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow, the clever if somewhat geeky app aimed at iOS power users that helps you automate frequent tasks you perform on your iPhone or tablet, like ordering an Uber to your next event, making a GIF from your photos, creating reminders that alert you when you arrive at a particular destination, playing a favorite album, and much more, is out this morning with a notable update. The app now… Read More

  • HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is getting a fun update — from now until September 8, users can enter a contest to visit to the Los Angeles set of Silicon Valley while the HBO show shoots its third season. To compete, you’ll need to redeem the code “HBONOW” in the HotelTonight app. Even if you don’t win, you can still swipe right or tap the globe… Read More

  • Apple Pay For Everyone! PayAnywhere Mobile Reader Hits Apple Stores in September

    It doesn’t happen that often, but once in a while I find myself in the wild without my wallet and really need to buy something. Because I absolutely never leave the house without my iPhone, I’ve gotten used to finding the nearest Walgreens, or Whole Foods, or Petco – or some other retailer that accepts Apple Pay – in order to buy what I need. And most of the time I… Read More

  • Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    I can’t wait to see @alex crying tears of joy when Twitter finally releases a standalone Twitter DM app. This day hasn’t come yet, but it doesn’t mean that third-party developers aren’t already working on it. Meet Direct Messenger, an unofficial iOS messaging app for Twitter DM. This app packs a couple of nifty features, but also shows why we seriously need an… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • Apple Patents Earbuds With Noise-Canceling Sensor Smarts

    Apple Patents Earbuds With Noise-Canceling Sensor Smarts

    Apple continues looking at ways to improve its earbuds — including potentially ditching the iconic white cables which had such a starring role in iTunes ads, back in the day. According a patent published this week, Cupertino is eyeing up making wireless earbuds which also incorporate bone-conduction technology in order to improve voice communications. Read More

  • Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Earlier today, Rovio said it would lay off 260 employees. This was fascinating news to the Internet, given Rovio’s status as one of the vanguards of mobile gaming as the iPhone and Android exploded. But in reality, all games eventually fade into obscurity, and even viral phenomenons like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Candy Crush Saga and FarmVille become distant memories among the… Read More

  • Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg is like your friend with a truck. The… Read More

  • Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features. Read More

  • Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a handful… Read More

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