Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Initial Apple Watch Orders Pegged At Between 5 And 6 Million

    Initial Apple Watch Orders Pegged At Between 5 And 6 Million

    The Apple Watch is coming very soon, with a launch date of April offered by none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook, so understandably, the supply chain is moving to meet initial demand. Apple has ordered between five and six million devices to be produced in preparation for the kick-off of sales, the Wall Street Journal reports today, a figure which puts Apple’s expected demand for its… Read More

  • 1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    Apple is reaping the biggest rewards right now when it comes to selling its smartphones and other devices, but the overall picture for the smartphone market in the year ahead may be a little less rosy. According to the analysts at Germany-based GfK, in 2014 there were 1.2 billion smartphones sold, up 23% on the year before and crossing the billion-unit point for the first time. But… Read More

  • Short Surfaces Quick Reads To Help You Power Through Your Saved Article Queue

    Short Surfaces Quick Reads To Help You Power Through Your Saved Article Queue

    A new app called Short from Enric Enrich, a developer at Todoist, and his friend Alex Muench aims to parse your endless queue of saved articles into something a little more manageable. Using popular services like Pocket or Instapaper that users are already working with to build up a list of reading material, Short sifts through saved items to bring out articles that require 10 minutes or… Read More

  • Rise Of The Micro-Tinders

    Rise Of The Micro-Tinders

    Different strokes for different folks. But what about different apps? Tinder brought ruthless efficiency to online dating. Yet the same way people gravitate to distinct nightlife spots depending on their style, we’re seeing an explosion of niche dating apps all based on Tinder’s familiar swipes. No matter how special you are, they’ll help you find your special someone. This… Read More

  • VLC’s Media Player For iOS Sneaks Back Into The App Store

    VLC’s Media Player For iOS Sneaks Back Into The App Store

    VLC for iOS, a popular media player application that has had a shaky history with the iOS App Store, now appears to be returning to the mobile app marketplace following its removal around the time iOS 8 launched in September 2014. The app’s developers never officially commented on the removal, beyond stating that they would be “working with Apple on a solution,” and later… Read More

  • One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to formulate a plan for the next wave of computing. Microsoft is the quintessential… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 4: The Apple Car, iOS 9 And Photos For OS X

    TC AppleCast 4: The Apple Car, iOS 9 And Photos For OS X

    Apple could be building a car, apparently, so naturally we had to talk about that. It seems likely Apple would want to anticipate a future where cars fall within a tech company’s purview, so in that regard it isn’t surprising. But Apple working on something doesn’t always equal Apple shipping something, no matter how much we may wish it were true. We also cover Photos, which… Read More

  • Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat’s newest feature could turn Our Stories into hip, visual back channels by locals for locals only. The company is currently experimenting with a version of its normally public, big event Our Stories that feature Snaps from a certain location that can only be seen by people nearby. Today it’s running one called “TGIF” that only pulls in Snaps from, and shows them… Read More

  • With Treat’s Shutdown, Shutterfly Exits The Mobile Greeting Card Business

    With Treat’s Shutdown, Shutterfly Exits The Mobile Greeting Card Business

    Shutterfly, the publishing company that operates a number of online and mobile brands associated with personal photo printing, is now shutting down Treat, its online and mobile greeting card service. The Treat application first launched back in April 2012, and later in the year arrived on mobile devices before getting an overhaul in 2013. The app allowed users to customize greeting cards… Read More

  • Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and personal privacy today, where he announced that Apple Pay will be available starting in September as a payment method for U.S. federal government services. To start, it’ll roll out for things like admission to national parks, with plans to also make it function with services like Social Security and… Read More

  • Watch Tim Cook Speak At President Obama’s Summit On Cybersecurity

    Watch Tim Cook Speak At President Obama’s Summit On Cybersecurity

    Today is President Barack Obama’s special White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University, and while a number of Silicon Valley executives will be notably absent at the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak for a 10 minute session kicking off at 10:45 AM PT (1:45 PM ET), and you can watch live above. The event runs all day, so you can watch… Read More

  • Rockbot’s Jukebox App Can Automatically Add Songs When You Walk Into The Room

    Rockbot’s Jukebox App Can Automatically Add Songs When You Walk Into The Room

    When you walk into a bar, restaurant, or other venue with Rockbot, the virtual jukebox can now add one of your favorite songs to the playlist without any effort on your part. Backed by Universal Music Group, Google Ventures, and others, Rockbot actually got its start at San Francisco’s Bar Basic, one of the go-to hangout spots for TechCrunch’s SF team. The startup has already… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store Says No To Guns But Yes To Weed

    Apple’s App Store Says No To Guns But Yes To Weed

    Apple’s definition of morality is on display this week with a couple of changes to its policies regarding App Store submissions. Apparently, Apple’s App Store is now okay with marijuana-themed applications, which were previously restricted, but it’s also now enforcing a policy requiring game developers to remove images of guns from their App Store screenshots. The… Read More

  • Samsung Could Roll Back Its Own Software And Embrace Microsoft For Galaxy S6

    Samsung Could Roll Back Its Own Software And Embrace Microsoft For Galaxy S6

    We’ve already heard reports that Samsung could be pumping the breaks on TouchWiz with its next flagship, but a new report from the generally accurate SamMobile today says that it will also be removing most of its in-house pre-loaded software from the Galaxy S6, and instead offering a host of Microsoft’s smartphone apps pre-installed. If true, this is one of the surest signs yet… Read More

  • Google Is Shutting Down Google Helpouts, Its Expert Video Chat Service

    Google Is Shutting Down Google Helpouts, Its Expert Video Chat Service

    Updated: Google is shutting down its Google Helpouts service on April 20, 2015, the service’s website has now been updated to reflect. Earlier this morning, we noticed the mobile applications for Google Helpouts, Google’s service that uses Google Hangouts video chat to connect consumers with experts online, had disappeared from both Google Play and iTunes. The apps were a later… Read More

  • Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    You know what’s more fun than swiping right on Tinder? Actually hooking up. That’s why new dating game The Catch tries to by-pass the chat phase and get you and your prospective bae to meet up. The Catch is like a digital version of the old 60’s TV show The Dating Game. It goes like this: Women set age and location preferences, browse guys’ profiles on The Catch… Read More

  • Apple Adds More Security To iMessage And FaceTime With Two-Factor Authentication

    Apple Adds More Security To iMessage And FaceTime With Two-Factor Authentication

    Apple has improved the security of FaceTime and iMessage, its voice/video and multimedia chat communication tools. The services received two-factor authentication today as an option for users to enable, meaning that even if someone uses their Apple ID email and password to enable iMessage or FaceTime on a new device, they’ll still need to use a PIN from an existing trusted device to… Read More

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones

    Hands On With The Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones

    Windows 10 is coming this year, and a Technical Preview came out today. The Preview is limited in terms of devices it can run on, and in terms of features it offers, but it’s a start, and a first look at the next generation of Microsoft’s mobile OS. I loaded it onto a Lumia 830 to see what it brings to the table, and limited though it may be, it already does a lot to improve… Read More

  • Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    *Zing* *Shring* *Bloop* No, these aren’t comic book fight sounds. They’re the new noises Facebook’s app makes as you navigate. The idea seems to be that these little tones will make browsing Facebook more fun and subtly convince you to use the app more. After discovering the sounds in the Facebook for iOS app, I asked Facebook and it confirmed the news to me, saying… Read More

  • Apple Brings Groups To TestFlight

    Apple Brings Groups To TestFlight

    Apple has introduced groups to TestFlight, the app beta testing tool it acquired with its purchase of Burstly last year. The TestFlight Groups feature allows developers to split their beta testers into easily-managed groups, to which they can send different communications regarding their app and offer separate instructions regarding what to watch out for and report back on. Actions can also… Read More

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