Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook Moments, the social network’s recently launched photo-sharing app that aims to address the problem of getting friends to send each other the photos they’ve been hoarding on their own phones, is expanding to video. The app received its first major update today since its mid-June debut, and will now automatically create a video of your shared photos which you can… Read More

  • Mapstr Maps Out The Next Steps For Its App That Keeps Track Of Your Favorite Places

    Mapstr Maps Out The Next Steps For Its App That Keeps Track Of Your Favorite Places

    French startup Mapstr just released version 1.0 of its nifty map app, but it’s already thinking about the next steps. The company just raised $800,000 from angel investors and is working on a set of new features for the coming months. As a reminder, Mapstr is a bookmarking service for places. It’s a hybrid between a map app and a note-taking app, and it works really well if you want… Read More

  • Cyanogen OS Lands On Two New Smartphones, Targeting EMEA

    Cyanogen OS Lands On Two New Smartphones, Targeting EMEA

    The Cyanogen flavor of open Android, which is pushing a more customizable version of Google’s mobile OS — helped along by some $115 million in funding in its coffers, including an $80 million round back in March — has landed on two new smartphones heading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read More

  • Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013 Crunch Network

    Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013

    It’s been party time for mobile, with massive growth and disruption helping VCs to raise huge funds, entrepreneurs to raise massive rounds, and valuations to skyrocket. With 89 mobile Internet unicorns now worth almost $1 trillion, it’s no surprise that folks from Silicon Valley to Shanghai are asking what’s going on with return on investment. Read More

  • Bash For iOS Makes It Easy To Organize Hangouts With Friends

    Bash For iOS Makes It Easy To Organize Hangouts With Friends

    A group of high school friends, now UC Berkeley engineers, have created an app called Bash to make it easier for friends to organize hangouts, meetups and other events. Launching today on the App Store following a small beta test on the UC Berkeley campus, the idea with Bash is to offer a less cumbersome alternative to using text messages or emails to organize these sorts of… Read More

  • Uber Tests Bus-Style Discounted “Smart Routes”

    Uber Tests Bus-Style Discounted “Smart Routes”

    Uber lets us trade money for time. But the cheaper the rides, the more people who will use Uber. That’s why it’s testing a way to let you pay less money for a little less convenience and a little less time saved. I recently spotted a new option in UberPool in San Francisco, and Uber now confirms it’s testing what it calls “Smart Routes.” Read More

  • This Technology Monitors Our Cellphones To Calculate Wait Times At Airports

    This Technology Monitors Our Cellphones To Calculate Wait Times At Airports

    There are plenty of things that I don’t like One of them is waiting. For just about anything. I’m not alone. The airport is one of those places where hours upon hours can disappear…just while waiting. A company called BLIP Systems wants to let us know where we stand, while we stand, at the airport (most notably, JFK in NYC). Sounds good to me. But the way that they’re… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches First Public Beta Of Cortana For Android

    Microsoft Launches First Public Beta Of Cortana For Android

    After a private beta and a few leaks, Microsoft today launched the first public beta of its Siri- and Google Now-like Cortana personal assistant for Android. Microsoft describes the Cortana app as a “companion to your Windows 10 PC” that extends the service’s functionality across any device you carry (which, of course, implicitly acknowledges that you’re very unlikely… Read More

  • Google Maps Tests A New Feature That Collects Users’ Foodie Photos

    Google Maps Tests A New Feature That Collects Users’ Foodie Photos

    Though services dedicated to photos of food – like Foodspotting or Forkly, for example – have exited the scene (as well as consumers’ collective consciousness) over the years, snapping photos of your delicious dinner still remains a popular activity. Now Google is looking to capitalize on this ongoing trend with a new feature in Google Maps that encourages users to share… Read More

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