Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Alphabet Becomes The Most Valuable Public Company In The World

    Alphabet Becomes The Most Valuable Public Company In The World

    Today was a huge day for Alphabet — the first day it finally broke out its “other bets” in its earnings report — and boy did the company not disappoint. The company smashed expectations on both ends, bringing in $21.3 billion in revenue and earnings of $8.67 per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of $8.09 on $20.8 billion in revenue. And with that, Alphabet… Read More

  • Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Korea’s Kakao is making a big change to Path eight months after acquiring the social app. Path people can now message each other inside the app, rather than having to open the separate Path Talk app. It could be a move to invigorate users, and streamline the product. While building an entire companion app for chat worked for Facebook, splintering users between Path and Path Talk might… Read More

  • 3D Touch Opens A New Dimension Of User Interaction Crunch Network

    3D Touch Opens A New Dimension Of User Interaction

    We spend so much time touching our devices — but what if they could touch us back? Apple’s recent leaps with 3D Touch technology show that this could soon be a reality. Feel a surface texture, communicate with braille, even play an instrument — the tactile capabilities of future technologies are set to transform our digital experiences. Read More

  • To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    Until now, Facebook ranked stories in News Feed with an emphasis on what you click, Like, comment on and share. But thanks to insights from new qualitative surveys where users gave each feed story one to five stars, Facebook is now leaning heavily on a second signal — what you want to see. That could reduce the visibility of stories with sensational headlines, or that overtly beckon you… Read More

  • Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29, a media company catering to a younger, female demographic, has today launched its first-ever mobile application, called Refinery29 This AM. The idea with the new application is to deliver a round-up of curated news stories to readers, meant to be viewed first thing in the morning. Says the company, these stories will be presented on eight different cards in the app, and will focus… Read More

  • Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on… Read More

  • Jolla Confirms The Sailfish Tablet Is Dead

    Jolla Confirms The Sailfish Tablet Is Dead

    Hardware is always hard. But if you’re playing at the margins of a mobile ecosystem dominated by Android and iOS, well, it’s best described as a bloodbath. To wit: Finland’s Jolla, which makes its own mobile OS Sailfish and — previously — its own mobile devices too, has confirmed that its crowdfunded tablet is being canned. Read More

  • Audience Measurement Consolidates As ComScore Closes $768M Rentrak Acquisition

    Audience Measurement Consolidates As ComScore Closes $768M Rentrak Acquisition

    Some more consolidation in the online measurement and analytics space: today comScore has announced that it has closed its $767.7 million deal to acquire Rentrak in an all-stock deal that brings together Rentrak’s TV and cinema audience tracking business with comScore’s business covering Internet and mobile audiences to better compete against the likes of Nielsen. The deal was… Read More

  • Telenor Jumps Into Ad Tech, Acquires Tapad For $360M

    Telenor Jumps Into Ad Tech, Acquires Tapad For $360M

    Verizon isn’t the only carrier that wants to ramp up in ad tech to complement (and offset) its legacy business. Today, Norway-based Telenor announced that it has acquired Tapad, a New York-based cross-device retargeting startup co-founded by two Norwegians, Are Traasdahl and Dag Liodden, for $360 million “on a debt and cash-free basis.” The price covers 95% of the… Read More

  • Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos. Just last week, Live… Read More

  • Windows Phone Is An Ex-Platform

    Windows Phone Is An Ex-Platform

    Microsoft announced its Q2 2016 results yesterday, reporting strong performance for its cloud business and leading to a stock bump in the wake of the news. Its Surface tablet hardware business also performed well. However it’s an entirely different story for the unloved phone-making business — that albatross around Satya Nadella’s neck… Read More

  • The App Ecosystem’s New Status Quo Crunch Network

    The App Ecosystem’s New Status Quo

    Americans spent more time using smartphone and tablet applications in 2014 than they did mobile and desktop web combined. With nearly four billion smartphones projected to be in use by 2020, the platform shift to mobile is well underway. Read More

  • Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Slidejoy, a startup that rewards users for putting news and advertising on their Android lockscreens, has unveiled a more comprehensive newsreading experience. Co-founder Sanghoon Kwak led the development of the new Trends feature, and he said that previously, if you were reading news on Slidejoy, you saw one article at a time, and they came from about a dozen publishers. Read More

  • Apple Pay Is Coming To ATMs From Bank Of America And Wells Fargo

    Apple Pay Is Coming To ATMs From Bank Of America And Wells Fargo

    Both Bank Of America and Wells Fargo are working on integrating Apple Pay into their ATMs, according to a source familiar with the teams on the projects. Engineers at both companies have been placed on multi-month assignments to build the Apple Pay options. I’ve confirmed the identity of at least one engineer who publicly lists themselves as a Bank Of America employee. Wells… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Education Startup LearnSprout

    Apple Acquires Education Startup LearnSprout

    Apple has acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, Bloomberg reported a bit ago and we have just confirmed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. LearnSprout is a three-year-old, San Francisco-based software startup whose online data insights help K-12 educators track students’ performances. The company had raised $4.7 million from investors across two rounds, including… Read More

  • Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Get ready for the big Live streaming showdown. Finally we’ll see who’s approach wins: Twitter and Periscope with a separate app and replays that can only be watched for 24 hours, or Facebook Live with its feature integrated into the popular social network and allowing replays to live on permanently. After 5 months of tweaks and slow rollouts, today Facebook is opening its Live… Read More

  • Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat is ready to colonize the web with profile URLs that deeplink into its app and let you instantly follow someone. That makes it simple to add friends and celebrities so you fill your feed with content that keeps you coming back. By swiping down from the Snapchat camera to the profile screen, hitting ‘Add Friends’, and then selecting ‘Share Username’, you can… Read More

  • Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    In October, Yahoo introduced a brand-new version of its email app designed for the way people access their inbox on mobile devices, which included things like swipe gestures, easier access to attachments, integration with social services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and more. Today, the company is rolling out its first major update to that app since its debut, with a handful of… Read More

  • Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora today rolled out a series of new features that, again, are aimed at making the streaming music service more competitive with the likes of Spotify and other competitors. As you may recall, the company recently introduced “thumbprint radio” – a way for the service to create a mix of user favorites and recommendations, which seemed a shot against Spotify’s… Read More

  • Accel Leads $10M Series A For JobToday’s Service Industry Hiring App

    Accel Leads $10M Series A For JobToday’s Service Industry Hiring App

    Can a smartphone messaging app replace the age-old CV in the service industry sector? That’s the premise driving European startup JobToday, which is targeting the fast flow of service and blue collar workers with a mobile app that aims to speed up and simplify the hiring process. It’s today announcing a $10 million Series A round, led by Accel, along with participation from… Read More