Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Previously known as Glam Media, the company ran the fashion site of the same name, as well as other online properties including Brash and Foodie. Last month, it brought all those sites together as Mode.com (although the individual brands still exist under the broader Mode umbrella) and launched a mobile app called Mode… Read More

  • Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac… Read More

  • Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More

  • Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple is looking into a way to provide both 3D and 2D images from the same display, without requiring any special ocular equipment like 3D glasses, according to a new patent application (via AppleInsider). The display would use gaze-tracking to serve specific images to viewers, and would be able to actually provide different images to multiple viewers at the same time. The display tech would… Read More

  • Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Google’s cloud-based Chromebooks continue carving a niche for themselves predominantly in the education sector, as a less expensive alternative for this group of users than the iPad, but also making inroads in the U.S. consumer market. Read More

  • Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    The impending sale of Nokia’s Here mapping division has put a sharp focus on the role that location and maps in particular are playing in the mobile world. And while we are seeing a number of big names emerge as potential Here suitors — they include the likes of Baidu, Uber, Facebook and more — an upstart in San Francisco is hoping to provide its own viable — and… Read More

  • Spotify Shows Off Its New Video Clips And Features For Runners

    Spotify announced the addition of video clips, adaptable songs for runners and other new features at an event earlier today. Afterwards, I met with Vice President of Product Charlie Hellman, who gave me a quick demo. The video above should give you at least a glimpse of how the new features will work. Hellman also discussed why it made sense to add new content types to Spotify. It might seem… Read More

  • Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google has introduced a new limited run of Android device accessories called ‘Edition’ cases. These cases, which come in sizes compatible with Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, also come with a live wallpaper to match which displays satellite-captured images of Earth by night and constellation pics from the night sky of your current location by night. Read More

  • Google Fixes AdMob Bug Affecting Windows Phone Apps’ Ad Revenue For Weeks

    Google Fixes AdMob Bug Affecting Windows Phone Apps’ Ad Revenue For Weeks

    A problem that led to Windows Phone app developers seeing declining ad revenue from Google’s AdMob ad network has now been resolved, says Google. Earlier this week, news emerged that a number of Windows Phone developers had seen their ad fill rates drop by a significant amount during the month, which greatly impacted their ability to generate revenue using Google’s ads in their apps. Read More

  • Domino’s Tweet-To-Order System Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

    Domino’s Tweet-To-Order System Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

    Ordering pizza by tweeting an emoji of slice to Domino’s is not as fun as it sounds. In case you missed it, in a marketing stunt expansion of its “Anyware” program, Domino’s announced earlier this month that it would soon roll out a “tweet-to-order” system that would allow anyone on Twitter to simply tweet the pizza emoji to the @dominos Twitter account to… Read More

  • Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

  • Spotify Unveils New Features For Runners, Including Songs That Change Based On Your Tempo

    Spotify Unveils New Features For Runners, Including Songs That Change Based On Your Tempo

    Spotify’s press event today wasn’t just about adding video and other content types. The company also revealed that it’s adding new features to improve the experience for anyone who listens to Spotify during their runs. To do that, Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström said Spotify will now use the sensors on your phone to detect the pace of you run. Then, when you hit… Read More

  • Mobile Optimization Startup Taplytics Has Raised $2.4M In Seed Funding

    Mobile Optimization Startup Taplytics Has Raised $2.4M In Seed Funding

    Y Combinator-incubated Taplytics is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. The startup launched last year as an A/B testing service for mobile apps, and since then it’s added features around mobile analytics and push notifications. CEO Aaron Glazer said the additions are turning Taplytics into “a full-blown mobile optimization solution.” Read More

  • Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    The leading edge of Apple Watch accessories is starting to flood in, and to prove that fact, I recently had not one, but two Watch docks arrive on my doorstep in the same day. One of those was the Mophie Watch Dock, a stand accessory from the well-respected external battery and charging case maker. There seem to be almost as many Watch stands as there are Apple Watch model and strap variants… Read More

  • Egnyte Updates Its Enterprise File Sharing Apps, Hits Up The Apple Watch

    Egnyte Updates Its Enterprise File Sharing Apps, Hits Up The Apple Watch

    Egnyte, a company that focuses on enterprise file sharing, providing an intelligent layer between cloud solutions and on-premises storage, updated its mobile apps today, adding the Apple Watch to its stack. The company’s mobile refresh includes its Android, iOS and Windows apps. Read More

  • Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google has added Tweets to its search results on mobile, via the official Android and iOS Google apps, as well as on mobile browsers. The search results can be triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches for specific accounts and hashtags, but also surface Tweets for any standard search, too. In its official blog post detailing the news, Google says this is an attempt to put… Read More

  • Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s own photo collage creator Layout is now available on Android, after launching on iOS only back in March. The app allows users to combine multiple pictures from their camera roll (or direct from the camera itself) to create a single composite image with a square aspect ratio suitable for sharing on Instagram. The app allow you to customize the layout, using a number of… Read More

  • Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    The new 12-inch MacBook from Apple is packed with cool tech, and its USB-C port is a prime example. The port allows for charging as well as data connectivity, meaning you can draw power from things like USB power banks, which are traditionally designed for phones and tablets. The Voltus, a new project launching today on Kickstarter, will charge your MacBook at the same rate as if you were… Read More

  • The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    Apple is rolling out its first software update for the Apple Watch, which brings the Watch OS to version 1.0.1. This update is designed to provide general bug fixes and performance improvements, and also adds display support for the new Emoji characters added to both iOS and OS X in recent updates. To get the new software on your Watch, you can follow the simple process detailed in… Read More

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