Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    StumbleUpon, an older web brand still best known for its content discovery service that helps introduce web surfers to new and interesting websites (or maybe for getting bought, then sold again, by eBay), is now taking a big step to make its app more relevant for the mobile era. In an update to the StumbleUpon iOS app out now, the company is introducing social chatting. The chatting aspect is… Read More

  • Facebook Mobile’s New Collage Design Highlights Your Best Photos

    Facebook Mobile’s New Collage Design Highlights Your Best Photos

    Not every photo is worth exactly 1,000 words. That sweet pic of you skydiving is a lot more interesting than your lunch. So today Facebook profiles on iOS and Android apps are getting a new collage design for photos that enlarges your most-Liked pics, Facebook tells me. There’s also a new “Uploads” tab that shows all the photos you posted in one place so your friends… Read More

  • mParticle Raises $1.5M, Aims To Become The Platform For Mobile Data Integration

    mParticle Raises $1.5M, Aims To Become The Platform For Mobile Data Integration

    Mobile data startup mParticle has raised $1.5 million in an additional round of seed funding. The company, which says it previously raised $4.5 million, is working to become the data integration platform for mobile developers. In other words, instead of installing a bunch of different SDKs to collect data, app developers can just integrate with mParticle. Read More

  • Mobile Ad Startup AppLovin Acquires German Ad Network Moboqo

    Mobile Ad Startup AppLovin Acquires German Ad Network Moboqo

    AppLovin is setting up its European expansion by acquiring German-based mobile ad network Moboqo. Palo Alto-headquartered AppLovin helps mobile developers find new customers by targeting ads at people similar to the existing user base, then it continues engaging those customers with personalized, retargeted ads. Co-founder and CEO Adam Foroughi told me a few months ago that the… Read More

  • Internet.org Offers $1M Prize For Apps That Make People In India Want The Web

    Internet.org Offers $1M Prize For Apps That Make People In India Want The Web

    “A recent survey that we did shows that 69% of people in India who are not connected, if you ask them why they’re not connected, what they say is that they don’t know why the Internet would useful for them”, Mark Zuckerberg explained today at the Internet.org summit in New Delhi. That’s why Internet.org is launching a contest to build apps that convince… Read More

  • Firechat Gets Verified Accounts As Usage Skyrockets During Hong Kong Protests

    Firechat Gets Verified Accounts As Usage Skyrockets During Hong Kong Protests

    Firechat, Open Garden’s mobile chat app that uses a mesh network to let you chat with the people around you even when there is no Internet connection, has seen a huge uptick in usage wherever there is a government that wants to suppress free speech. In Hong Kong, for example, the company saw 460,000 downloads in the last week and the service hosted over 5.1 million chat sessions in the area. Read More

  • Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing lessons Google provides overlaps with the company’s larger agenda. “We… Read More

  • Imgur To Convert Uploaded GIFs Into Videos

    Imgur To Convert Uploaded GIFs Into Videos

    Social image sharing site Imgur today announced Project GIFV, an internal initiative to drag the GIF format we all know and love out of the 90s and into the modern, HTML5-powered web. Going forward, the site will convert all images uploaded in GIF format to lightweight MP4 videos. Read More

  • Seriously Launches Its First Game, Best Fiends

    Seriously Launches Its First Game, Best Fiends

    About a year ago, a small portion of the Rovio executive team broke away to start their own company. Seriously. No, that’s what it’s called: Seriously. So Seriously launches and decides it wants to run the same general play as Rovio did with Angry Birds, creating an addictive game that can then turn into its own media and merchandise brand. Today, that journey begins with the… Read More

  • Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings

    Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings

    Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) related to its new Apple Pay mobile payment system, and within the document, it goes into detail about how the near field communication between the phone and the payment terminal at participating stores works. Essentially, it explains in more technical and specific terms what Apple talked about on stage at its iPhone 6 event in September… Read More

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