Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple has indeed started putting Apple Watch inventory on sale for walk-in shoppers in its retail stores for the first time since the Apple Watch officially launched. Reports from this morning started coming in of stores getting stock, and now TechCrunch has verified this by going to the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre (thanks for the tip, Ian) and purchasing a strap (the 42mm… Read More

  • PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, “We Have A Lot Of Work Ahead Of Us”

    PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, “We Have A Lot Of Work Ahead Of Us”

    Digital commerce company PayPal is moving to establish itself as “more than just a button” to a global payments platform as it readies a split from parent company eBay later this year. “We’re coming into the market at a time when the financial services industry is going through some fundamental shifts,” new PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said at PayPal’s… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse, the iOS-centric app for sharing stories from your photos and videos, now lets you tag friends in stories using the familiar ‘@-mention.’ In a world (read this in the trailer guy’s voice) where daily average users has become a better indicator of traction for social apps than everybody’s favorite metric, monthly actives, Storehouse’s focus on taking time… Read More

  • Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Previously known as Glam Media, the company ran the fashion site of the same name, as well as other online properties including Brash and Foodie. Last month, it brought all those sites together as Mode.com (although the individual brands still exist under the broader Mode umbrella) and launched a mobile app called Mode… Read More

  • Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac… Read More

  • Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More

  • Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple is looking into a way to provide both 3D and 2D images from the same display, without requiring any special ocular equipment like 3D glasses, according to a new patent application (via AppleInsider). The display would use gaze-tracking to serve specific images to viewers, and would be able to actually provide different images to multiple viewers at the same time. The display tech would… Read More

  • Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Google’s cloud-based Chromebooks continue carving a niche for themselves predominantly in the education sector, as a less expensive alternative for this group of users than the iPad, but also making inroads in the U.S. consumer market. Read More

  • Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    The impending sale of Nokia’s Here mapping division has put a sharp focus on the role that location and maps in particular are playing in the mobile world. And while we are seeing a number of big names emerge as potential Here suitors — they include the likes of Baidu, Uber, Facebook and more — an upstart in San Francisco is hoping to provide its own viable — and… Read More

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