Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd, an ad startup that helps you get discounts on your phone bill, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. We’ve written about other startups that show advertising on your smartphone lockscreen, but the Unlockd model is different in a couple of key ways. First of all, as the name implies, the ads only appear (briefly) after you’ve unlocked your phone. Read More

  • mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar allows mobile game developers to promote their games with ads that people can actually play before downloading. That means its technology needs to evolve with the games, so now it’s announcing support for force touch interactions. Also known as 3D touch, the term refers to touch interfaces that are affected by the amount of pressure applied by the user. mNectar CEO Wally Nguyen… Read More

  • Twitter integrates with Yelp for location tags in the UK and Japan, bypassing Foursquare

    Twitter integrates with Yelp for location tags in the UK and Japan, bypassing Foursquare

    A year ago, Twitter ramped up its game in location services when it announced an integration with Foursquare to provide venue suggestions when you wanted to tag where you were tweeting. Interestingly, that deal appears to have applied only to the U.S., and now that Twitter’s expanding the service, it has partnered with one of Foursquare’s big competitors, Yelp, to power it. Read More

  • Snapchat lets you Face-Swap with your camera roll, drops paid replays

    Snapchat lets you Face-Swap with your camera roll, drops paid replays

    Snapchat is done selling you stuff. As of today’s update, every snap can be replayed once, but you can no longer buy extra replays. That means people with more money can’t break the rules of Snapchat any more. Snapchat launched $0.99 replays on top of the one free one you got per day, but along with the shut down of the Lens store that launched in November and closed in January… Read More

  • Alphabet slides 5% after missing earnings expectations on revenue of $20.3B

    Alphabet slides 5% after missing earnings expectations on revenue of $20.3B

    For a split second, Alphabet was the most valuable company in the world. Not so much any more, however, with the company’s market cap continuing to slide after it reported its first-quarter earnings. Relatively speaking, shares of Alphabet are only down around 5 percent in extended trading. But for a company worth more than $500 billion, that’s erasing tens of billions of dollars… Read More

  • Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

    Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

    A new iPhone application launching today called Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo. The goal with the app is to offer something designed for mobile, that’s also more convenient than using a bank’s online bill pay feature. And more importantly, it allows bills to be paid with plastic – hence the name – as opposed to… Read More

  • Sean Parker relaunches Airtime, a video chat room for watching – together

    Sean Parker relaunches Airtime, a video chat room for watching – together

    Social networks make us lonely, and messaging feels transactional. There’s still no vibrant, real-time place to hang out with friends online. That’s why four years after Sean Parker’s chat roulette website Airtime fell flat, he’s reviving it as a mobile chat room where friends can share photos, music, and videos that they all experience simultaneously. Launching on iOS… Read More

  • Here are some great improvements that should be in iOS 10

    Here are some great improvements that should be in iOS 10

    Let’s be honest, most concept videos suck. They show you an imaginary device that looks nothing like the final product and defy the laws of physics. But some software concept videos tick all the right boxes, like this one from MacStories. Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett teamed up to create the following iOS 10 concept video. It’s a beautified wish list for the upcoming release of iOS. Read More

  • Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Mindie does with soundtracks what Instagram did with filters: It makes boring imagery interesting. And with the insane amount of video that teens are sharing, the music-video-making app seemed too useful to die when its creators shut down Mindie in December. So Mindie’s technology is getting dug out of its grave thanks to an acquisition by Shots, the selfie app turned comedy feed backed… Read More

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