Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • iTunes App Store Reaches 1.3 Million Mobile Applications

    iTunes App Store Reaches 1.3 Million Mobile Applications

    At Apple’s iPhone 6 event in Cupertino this morning, the company announced that the iTunes App Store has now reached 1.3 million applications – an update from the 1.2 million mobile applications announced in June. For comparison’s sake, in June 2013, Apple announced there were then 900,000 apps available on its platform, which had then been downloaded 50 billion times. By… Read More

  • Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus

    Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus

    And it’s here. After months of rampant speculation (and an abnormally high number of apparent leaks), the new iPhone has arrived. In fact, two new iPhones have arrived — the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is right in the middle of announcing the new device as we speak, in an auditorium filled with everyone from Stephen Fry and Dr. Oz to mega stars like our own live… Read More

  • Live From Apple’s iPhone Event In Cupertino

    Live From Apple’s iPhone Event In Cupertino

    Apple is holding an event today in Cupertino that kicks off at 10 AM PT, and we’re already here at the Flint Center holding it down. Next to the theater is the giant cube-like white mystery building that Apple has constructed on the site specifically for this show, whose purpose is yet to be revealed. We’ll be posting photos and updates (with Matthew Panzarino on the keyboard… Read More

  • IsItYou Promises To Make Face Authentication Actually Work

    IsItYou Promises To Make Face Authentication Actually Work

    Facial recognition as a form of authentication, like many of the technologies that have bubbled into reality in the past few years, is something that Sci-Fi has been promising for decades. Alas, it’s… not always very good. Android’s face-based unlock mode, for example, tends to be fun for a few minutes before it just gets frustrating. Read More

  • Amazon Drops The Price Of The Fire Phone To 99 Cents

    Amazon Drops The Price Of The Fire Phone To 99 Cents

    Because nothing says “Our new product is selling great!” like dropping its price down by 99.5% two months after launch, Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone from $200 to 99 cents. Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, is now available on pre-order in the U.K. on carrier O2. The phone will ship to U.K. buyers on September 30. It’s being offered for no upfront cost for customers signing up to for a two-year £33 per month tariff on O2. Read More

  • Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product. The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team. Then it started recruiting other commerce specialists, and Recode got its hands on mock-ups of a Buy Now button. Over the summer, people started spotting those buttons… Read More

  • Authy Raises $2.3M To Help Prevent The Next Celebrity Hack

    Authy Raises $2.3M To Help Prevent The Next Celebrity Hack

    Hacking into poorly secured online accounts isn’t all that hard, as a few celebrities found out this week. One of the easiest ways to secure your accounts is by using two-factor authentication so that you have both something you know (your password) and something you have (the second, ever-changing security PIN). Authy, a Y Combinator-funded startup that specializes in two-factor… Read More

  • Facebook Highlights Its 1-Billion-Video-Views-Per-Day Reach By Adding View Counts

    Facebook Highlights Its 1-Billion-Video-Views-Per-Day Reach By Adding View Counts

    To prove to advertisers and the world that it’s not just YouTube that has massive video engagement online, Facebook today announced it now delivers 1 billion video views per day and will begin showing everyone view counts on videos posted by Pages and public figures. This could convince advertisers shifting TV ad spend to digital to look to Facebook, which recently bought video… Read More

  • Blitz Lets You Create Shortcuts To Your Favorite iOS Apps

    Blitz Lets You Create Shortcuts To Your Favorite iOS Apps

    Presenting on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco hackathon this afternoon was the team from an iOS app called Blitz, which aims to offer Notification Screen shortcuts to specific pages and functions within your iOS apps. For example, you could save a shortcut that, when tapped, would launch Google Maps with directions to your home already routed for you. Or you could tap a shortcut… Read More