Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • The Huawei Watch Brings Serious Style To Android Wear

    The Huawei Watch Brings Serious Style To Android Wear

    A somewhat unlikely suspect might just have revealed the best-looking Android Wear-powered device: The Huawei Watch, from the gadget-maker of the same name, made its official debut onstage today at Mobile World Congress, and it’s easily one of the best looking devices ever to sport Google’s wearable software platform. Read More

  • TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch

    TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch

    This week Apple dropped an invite to a special event on March 9, and everyone forgot Mobile World Congress was even happening. The event will likely focus on the Apple Watch, which is set for an April retail debut, and which Apple has been talking about since it unveiled the wearable wrist computer back at its iPhone event last September. We’re expecting to get firm details on store… Read More

  • Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

    Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

    Visa announced today that it’s planning to acquire Mountain View-based TrialPay, an e-commerce payment platform which sits in between payments and advertising, providing consumers with an alternative way to pay for items by agreeing to take advantage of another merchant’s offer. For example, in mobile applications, TrialPay allows gamers to unlock premium content by agreeing to… Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special event on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the… Read More

  • Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

    Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

    Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration… Read More

  • YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

  • Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

    Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

    The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s battery life by a non-trivial amount for those times when you need your smartphone… Read More

  • Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

    Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

    Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology company that holds many patents related to cellular network connectivity, has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming violation of 41 patents that apply to both the iPhone and iPad. These include essential patents related to 2G and LTE tech… Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently has to… Read More

  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Mapping startup Citymaps today announced a new $6 million funding round. The company’s app, which was previously available on iOS, also launched on Android, and it expanded its previously US-centric coverage to 80 million points of interest across the world. So why would you need another mapping app? Co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine came by the TechCrunch office to demo Citymaps… Read More

  • Pebble Launches A Preview SDK With Color Support For The New Pebble Time

    Pebble Launches A Preview SDK With Color Support For The New Pebble Time

    The Pebble Time is still going strong on Kickstarter, but Pebble is already thinking about the device’s launch in May, and is accordingly making tools available early to help both existing and new developers target the platform. A new developer preview of the Pebble SDK 3.0 is now available, and it includes a software emulator that shows you how your apps will look on the Pebble… Read More

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