Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

    “The secondary ticket market is a murky place – think touts, fake tickets and online fraud,” says Dingo co-founder Paul Roiter. His startup, which offers a so-called fan-to-fan ticketing app for iOS that lets you sell unwanted tickets, is hoping to change that. Read More

  • Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster launched a couple of years ago as a Netflix-style service for e-books, charging $9.95 a month for unlimited access to a library that has grown to more than 1 million titles. Today it’s expanding that model by launching its own e-book store. To be sure, if you just want to buy e-books one-by-one, I hear there are a few places where you can already do that. However, co-founder and… Read More

  • MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    Major League Baseball had a nice little opening day for itself yesterday as record numbers of people accessed games through live and on-demand video streams. In fact, a total 60 million people came through the virtual turn-styles using MLB.com, MLB.TV, the MLB At Bat mobile app and MLB.com-controlled social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The streaming numbers were up 60 percent… Read More

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Phones | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge

    The Samsung Galaxy S6, and its much prettier twin the Galaxy S6 Edge, are due on the market shortly as two of the most hotly anticipated Android phones out there. But do they live up to all the hype? John Biggs reviewed both devices and came away significantly impressed with the upgraded design, especially that of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The specs on the devices are nearly identical: 5.1-inch… Read More

  • Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball is a new iPhone app from Studio Neat, prolific fun guys and makers of cool things ranging from the Glif smartphone tripod mount, to the Cosmonaut stylus, to the Neat transparent ice cube making set. The app is thematically in keeping with their most recent product, including the ice kit and the Simple Syrup Kit, providing a repository and sharing tool for cocktail recipes so you… Read More

  • Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp’s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app. You might have heard of a similar startup called Magic that recently blew up. But Magic… Read More

  • Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram has a couple of new photo editing tools available in its mobile applications, out today on Android and coming soon to iOS: Color and Fade. Color lets you adjust the tone of both the highlights and shadows of your pics, adding a different cast to light for moody effects. Fade lets you wash out colors altogether, getting a more muted effect reminiscent of low-fi prints, with… Read More

  • Amazon Instant Video Finally Comes To Android Tablets

    Amazon Instant Video Finally Comes To Android Tablets

    Amazon Instant Video is a surprisingly solid Netflix-competitor — particularly if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, which makes much of the content free. Until today, though, the service had one glaring fault: if you wanted to watch it on an Android tablet that wasn’t Amazon’s Fire HD, you were pretty much out of luck. That fault is finally fixed. Read More

  • Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, a video sharing application which is a lot an Imgur for video, as it also has a strong connection with the Reddit community, has raised $3.2 million in new funding, the company is announcing this morning. Investors in the seed round include Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, First Round, Lowercase Capital, SV Angel, Mucker… Read More

  • Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo’s new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99. The newest piece of hardware from Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density on a 6-inch display, which matches the screen on the $199.99 Kindle Voyage in terms of resolution, and which should mean extremely crisp, pixel-free rendering of… Read More

  • Xiaomi Expands Its Online Retail Channels In India And Inks First Offline Sales Deals

    Xiaomi Expands Its Online Retail Channels In India And Inks First Offline Sales Deals

    Xiaomi is broadening its horizons in India with news that its Mi devices will soon be available through two of the country’s major e-commerce sites, and offline retailers for the first time. Read More

  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface 3

    Microsoft is back at the well with a new Surface device, the Surface 3. If you’re familiar with the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year, you understand the Surface 3: It’s like the Pro 3 but smaller and less expensive. The new Surface will cost you $499 at base, a sharp discount from the lowest-tier Surface Pro 3 which tips the scale at $799. Microsoft hopes that it can… Read More

  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More

  • Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

    Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

      In the largest funding round to date for a Thiel Fellow project, Ritesh Agarwal has raised $25 million from Lightspeed, Sequoia and others to build a branded budget hotel network across India. Called OYO Rooms, the company partners with property owners across India and makes sure that their facilities meet a baseline of requirements from linen quality to breakfast to Internet access for… Read More

  • Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to give software developers an easy way to… Read More

  • Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    When Google announced that Haier and Hisense were about to launch $149 Chromebooks — the most affordable Google-powered laptops yet — I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How much computer, after all, can you expect to get for $149? I’ve now had a chance to spend a few days with the Hisense Chromebook and the answer is: more than you probably expect. Read More

  • Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    While some among the handful of startups exploiting the revenue-generating opportunities that come from using an Android phone’s lock screen as an advertising medium have since refocused their efforts, one of the early movers in this space, Slidejoy, has just closed on its first round of funding. With $1.2 million in outside investment, Slidejoy will now continue to develop its app… Read More

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