Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Everything you need to know about Apple’s huge second-quarter miss

    Okay folks, this is the big one. Last year the company brought in revenue of $58 billion — and it showed its first decline in 13 years by posting revenue of $50.6 billion for the second quarter this year, missing analyst expectations on its revenue and guidance by quite a bit. We’re parsing through all the details right now — here’s everything you need to know… Read More

  • Now some Ubers will only wait 2 minutes before charging you, not 5

    Now some Ubers will only wait 2 minutes before charging you, not 5

    Better sprint outside, because now Uber can ditch you if you’re just two minutes late for your ride, or start charging you before you get in the car. Previously, people got a five-minute grace period to get to the car after it arrived, or to cancel their trip after they sent a request. But now, Uber is telling some users to “Request When You’re Ready” or face fees… Read More

  • Wattpad sets its sights on brands, publishers and Hollywood with Wattpad Studios

    Wattpad sets its sights on brands, publishers and Hollywood with Wattpad Studios

    Wattpad, a popular site where authors can share stories with readers, is announcing its broader ambitions with the launch of a new division called Wattpad Studios. The company describes Studios as a way for Wattpad to partner with the entertainment industry, and it said the new division will operate like the multi-channel networks that work with online video creators. Wattpad Studios builds… Read More

  • 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