Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic is removing a big hurdle in its photo digitizing process — putting albums in the mail. YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative back in 2014. The idea is to recruit a freelance workforce of so-called Legacy Makers who help families digitize their photos. Through digitization, the company says it can preserve memories and make it easier to share those pictures… Read More

  • Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Pinterest. Instagram. Tumblr. The future of the web is visual, but how does anyone make money on that? By understanding what’s in the images people post and connecting them to where you can buy what you see. That’s Curalate’s job. The image recognition marketing startup just raised $27.5 million led by NEA, bringing it to $40 million in total funding. Read More

  • Siftery, A Database Of What Services Companies Are Using, Raises $4M

    Siftery, A Database Of What Services Companies Are Using, Raises $4M

    When companies have to pick what kinds of services they want for their operation — like marketing or human resources — they can easily be paralyzed by choice. That’s why Vamshi Mokshagundam and Ayan Barua decided to start Siftery, a database of sorts where companies list their software stacks. The company just raised $4 million from Felicis Ventures, Founders Fund, and… Read More

  • Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    $0.32. That’s the tiny amount Facebook used to earn off each user in the developing world at the beginning of 2012. It was understandable. Many of the citizens of India, Brazil, and Mexico don’t have a lot… Read More

  • Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager isn’t just a doctor-on-demand service anymore. We’ve mentioned the New York City-based company as part of a broader group of startups aiming to bring doctors to patients’ homes, and to be clear, you’ll still be able use the app to set up medical house calls. Now, however, that’s just one part of a broader experience. Read More

  • 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

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