Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook Yells “Sportsball!”

    Facebook Yells “Sportsball!”

    Facebook wasn’t built for sports. Its filtered, non-chronological News Feed made it tough to follow real-time chatter about the game. Twitter’s feed is great for it. But out of Facebook’s 1.55 billion users, there are a LOT of rabid sports fans who aren’t on Twitter. Facebook’s not actually trying to steal Twitter’s hardcore users as much as box it out… Read More

  • KnowMe Is A New App For Making Better Videos On Your Phone

    KnowMe Is A New App For Making Better Videos On Your Phone

    After more than a year in development, KnowMe, a new video creation and sharing platform, is launching on the iPhone. The app was created by Andrew Jarecki, the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker behind The Jinx, Catfish, and Capturing the Friedmans. KnowMe was designed from the ground up to give its users access to video editing technology that would feel less complicated… Read More

  • Apple’s First iOS App Development Center In Europe Will Be Located In Italy

    Apple’s First iOS App Development Center In Europe Will Be Located In Italy

    Apple is opening an iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe as the U.S. company explores ways to nurture mobile app developers and talent of the future from the region. The center is designed, as the name suggests, to be a place where aspiring app developers can receive training and mentorship to develop their skills and ability… Read More

  • Punch Is A Clever Lockscreen Messenger App For iPhone…That You May Never Get To Use

    Punch Is A Clever Lockscreen Messenger App For iPhone…That You May Never Get To Use

    Apple’s App Store rules are designed to maintain a level playing ground for developers and keep them from overtaking the operating system’s interface or feature set in ways Apple did not intend. But at times, the rules also bump up against innovative leaps in terms of how we could use our smartphones. Case in point: a walkie talkie-like messaging app called Punch has come up with… Read More

  • Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper is a new travel startup betting that the secret ingredient to a great travel booking experience is interacting with another human being. In other words, founders Minqi Jiang and Peter Zakin (who previously worked at Google and Venmo, respectively) are aiming to give users the experience of having a personal assistant who helps you book your flights and hotels, but via a chat interface. Read More

  • Defumblr’s Smarter Android Lockscreen Takes Cues From Apple’s “Proactive” Features

    Defumblr’s Smarter Android Lockscreen Takes Cues From Apple’s “Proactive” Features

    A new mobile application from a co-founder of Reputation.com wants to re-imagine how consumers interact with their smartphones. Instead of unlocking the device and launching apps for common actions – like replying to calls, texts and emails; making to-do lists; seeing what’s nearby; or reading the news, for example – an app called Defumblr will put this information directly… Read More

  • China Poised To Overtake U.S. & Japan In iOS Revenue Within The Next Year

    China Poised To Overtake U.S. & Japan In iOS Revenue Within The Next Year

    Apple’s lead over Google when it comes to revenue generated by the companies’ respective mobile application markets, the App Store and Google Play, has been cemented, according to a new report out today from App Annie. And this continues to be true even though Google Play is now leading when it comes to downloads, the firm found. In 2014, Google Play had a 60 percent download… Read More

  • With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Mozilla, is working on something new — a web browser that will block ads (particularly the kinds that slow performance and use personal data) while still potentially making money for publishers. Eich’s startup Brave Software isn’t making the browser available for general usage today, but it’s… Read More

  • FreedomPop Raises Another $50M, Launches “Free” Global Data Hotspot And SIM

    FreedomPop Raises Another $50M, Launches “Free” Global Data Hotspot And SIM

    FreedomPop, the startup disrupting the businesses of traditional mobile carriers by giving people ways to use mobile devices free of any charges, is today adding another sizeable round to its coffers. The company has raised $50 million to continue its global rollout beyond its home market of the U.S. and to help launch new international products. The products include a new “free… Read More

  • After Cancelling Its IPO, Deezer Raises Another $109M From Access And Orange

    After Cancelling Its IPO, Deezer Raises Another $109M From Access And Orange

    Deezer, the Paris-based music and other audio streaming service with 6.3 million users that planned but ultimately cancelled an IPO last year, has now tapped existing investors for more funding. Today the company is announcing that it has raised another €100 million ($109 million), led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries and with participation also from French carrier… Read More

  • Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016

    Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016

    The slowdown in hardware sales continues apace. Gartner today published its latest forecasts for device sales — covering PCs, tablets, ‘ultramobiles’ and smartphones — and it predicts that while end-user sales overall will continue to grow to 2.4 billion units in 2016, it will be at a snail’s pace, up just 1.9% on 2015. On top of that, those who are in the… Read More

  • Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    With its latest update, Magzter is unveiling a more article-centric way to browse its library of digital magazines. Seems like a pretty obvious move, right? Sure, there are people who still read magazines cover to cover (says the guy whose apartment is filled with back issues of Wired and The New Yorker), but as Magzter co-founder and President Vijay Radhakrishnan put it, most of us… Read More

  • Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    “Sure, that looks great on a model, but how will it look on me?” Now you can find out thanks to ModiFace, an augmented reality startup that’s quietly grown to power apps for 55 of the top makeup brands like Sephora, P&G and Unilever. Read More

  • Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google confirmed it’s now running a limited promotion in the U.S. dubbed “Tap 10,” which is aimed at increasing usage of its Android Pay mobile payments service, a rival to Apple Pay and others. Some Android users are being gifted rewards like a free Chromecast or free songs, movies, or subscriptions on Google Play in exchange for using Android Pay at local stores. The… Read More

  • Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    The shift to smartphones as a preferred means of online shopping is continuing to have an impact on the e-commerce industry, according to new data released by Adobe this morning. During the 2015 holiday sales season, including both November and December, smartphones nearly doubled their share of sales over the year prior, accounting for 17 percent of sales versus tablets’ mere 11 percent. Read More

  • Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks and streaming service Spotify are expanding their relationship today with the launch of a new digital music experience for Starbucks customers which will allow them to identify songs being played in stores, then download and save those they like to a playlist on Spotify’s app. The feature, which ultimately aims to boost both Starbucks Mobile App usage and sign-ups for… Read More

  • Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

    Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

    If you want proof that Android is the operating system of emerging markets, look no further than Indus OS. The company, formerly known as Firstouch, is tweaking the Google-run operating system to the unique demands and cultures of India. And it’s raised $5 million in fresh funding to push on with its lofty target of reach one billion emerging market users. Read More

  • ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Alrawi”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known as the Ghost Security Group, which Fortune reports had previously flagged ISIS… Read More

  • Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    At this point, we’ve probably all heard (or experienced!) the scenario where you’re walking past a store and your phone buzzes to alert you about nearby deals. The challenge, though, is sending a message that’s actually interesting, useful and maybe even exciting, rather than annoying. Nevin Jethmalani, co-founder and CEO of Notify Nearby, said he’s had that… Read More

  • iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. Apple will still be offering free radio, however. The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than the Beats Music app, which was recently… Read More

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