Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    Photo-sharing service EyeEm is announcing today that it is partnering with Foursquare and The Huffington Post to get photos taken by its users in front of more people with the introduction of two new competitions in its iOS and Android apps. Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    The conundrum of mobile is you either use one convenient app that is mediocre at doing many things, or you have to discover and hop between a flotilla of single-purpose apps. Vurb wants to solve this for mobile search by aggregating utility from top third-party apps so you can make decisions rather than click links. Today the 2014 Disrupt NY Battlefield winner announced it’s raised a… Read More

  • Zillow Expands Its Mortgage Services With Mobile Pre-Approvals

    Zillow Expands Its Mortgage Services With Mobile Pre-Approvals

    Unless you are buying a house in cash, you pretty much have to have a mortgage pre-approval letter from your bank before you even start house hunting. That’s typically something you would go to the bank for, but a number of mortgage services now also allow you to go through this process online. Online real estate site Zillow has long offered mortgage comparison services and a… Read More

  • Peter Molyneux’s Godus Game Can Make You A Mobile Deity On iOS Right Now

    Peter Molyneux’s Godus Game Can Make You A Mobile Deity On iOS Right Now

    Wacky game creator Peter Molyneux took to Kickstarter to fund the development of Godus, a god sim and Populous spiritual successor designed for mobile back in 2012. Now, after an early access launch late last year, it’s finally available to all for free on the App Store. The iPhone and iPad-optimized game lets you experience the joy of creation and the enthralling sting of destruction as… Read More

  • Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    “It makes what’s on Snapchat look old”. That’s the glowing review one teen gave Sup, a new app that lets you video stream your life to a friend 10-seconds at a time. But the hook is that they tell you what direction to turn or walk, morphing you into a video game they’re playing. Built by the fled founders of Yahoo acquisitions Stamped and Milewise, and backed… Read More

  • JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    Founded in 2006 when Anthony Eskinazi was just 23 years old, ParkatmyHouse seemed ever so slightly crazy at the time. Who would rent out their unused private drive way or church car park over the Internet? It turned out plenty of people would, and long before smartphone apps came along to make the whole process simpler, Eskinazi was plugging away at his vision, making it the UK’s… Read More

  • Three Ways For Retailers To Survive The Amazon Fire Crusade

    Three Ways For Retailers To Survive The Amazon Fire Crusade

    On July 25 Amazon began shipping its Fire phone, which includes Firefly, software that instantly recognizes products you can directly purchase on Amazon. Hot on the heels of this announcement was the news that Amazon released a beta version of its mobile wallet, Amazon Wallet, which will allow users to save gift cards to their device. For traditional retailers, Amazon has long been the… Read More

  • Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Directr, an app that we’ve covered a few times since its launch back in 2012, has just been snatched up by Google. In an age of ultra-brief videos, Directr existed to help users and businesses shoot videos that were a bit longer than your average Vine — think ads, or promo clips, or family holiday videos. Read More

  • Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    News broke today that Microsoft is offering employees in China a Lumia 630 device to leave the company voluntarily. Microsoft’s mass layoffs are not going over smoothly in China. Reports of protest have cropped up, with workers reacting in anger about the company’s impending job cuts that will eventually total 18,000 across the company. When Microsoft purchased most of… Read More

  • Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More

  • Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

    Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

    London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals navigate public transport by mapping their location dynamically and providing audio cues to direct them through stations and onto trains via an app. Read More

  • The New Foursquare | Hands On

    This Is The New Foursquare

    After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making its biggest change to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand suns. Earlier this summer, Foursquare announced that it would be splitting its main app into two… Read More

  • The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Is Ready For Its Closeup

    The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Is Ready For Its Closeup

    Android Wear is already out in the wild, on peoples’ wrists and theoretically in their hearts, but the Moto 360, the round-faced smartwatch that has caught the eye of many a fashion-conscious consumer, is supposed to be coming something this month, and a new leak suggests it’s just about ready for prime time. The images come from Italian blogger Luca Viscardi (via AndroidWorld.it)… Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

    Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

    Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all non-U.S. litigation. The announcement came late Tuesday in a release first reported by the Financial Times. In the joint statement, the two tech giants said they “…have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States.” Read More

  • Sprint To Replace CEO, Drop Bid For T-Mobile Amid Tough Regulatory Climate

    Sprint will drop its efforts to buy T-Mobile amid a hostile regulatory climate and financing difficulties. The prospect of lowering the number of major mobile carriers in the United States from four to three proved unpopular among U.S. regulatory bodies. In addition to walking away from its merger efforts, Sprint will reportedly appoint a new CEO tomorrow, according to Bloomberg. The two… Read More

  • Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    A company known as Zip Phone is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the limited number of cellular minutes that come with their smartphone’s voice plan. That’s a more common problem outside of North America where unlimited calling plans are prevalent, though these consumers can still benefit from Zip Phone… Read More

  • Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh, the recommendations app that helps find the best stuff to do in your city, is today launching a brand new branch of the service dedicated to restaurants. With the introduction of Sosh Concierge, Sosh will now give users same-day access to exclusive restaurants that are hard to book with on late notice, or perhaps that don’t take reservations at all. Sosh already provides ticketing… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Event Said To Be Happening Sept. 9

    Apple’s iPhone Event Said To Be Happening Sept. 9

    Apple is said to be preparing for a September 9 iPhone event this year, at which we’ll likely see the next generation iPhone devices, according to Re/Code’s John Paczkowski. The date would be in keeping with past iPhone launches, and early reports suggest we’ll see the company reveal larger-screened iPhone devices on that day. Typically, Apple holds its event and then… Read More

  • Nymi’s Beta SDK And Device Emulator Go Live In Advance Of Consumer Launch

    Nymi’s Beta SDK And Device Emulator Go Live In Advance Of Consumer Launch

    The days of the password are numbered – increasing security risks and requirements mean that old-fashioned alphanumeric passwords are just plain impractical long-term, and already startups like Bionym are looking to create their replacement. The company’s Nymi heartrate authentication wristband is set to ship soon, but for now, developers can get started building software for it… Read More