Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • P2P Payments App Xendit Launches In Indonesia

    P2P Payments App Xendit Launches In Indonesia

    Xendit, a money-transfer service geared toward Southeast Asian countries, is launching today in Indonesia. The company is billing itself as a more private money-transfer service that’ll beat companies like Venmo to the market in Southeast Asia. Users can transfer money within private groups, as well as chat, but it’s not about making those transactions public, co-founder Moses Lo said. Read More

  • Google’s Next Version Of Android Is Called “Marshmallow”

    Google’s Next Version Of Android Is Called “Marshmallow”

    Google has made it a thing to name its Android OS versions after food. Letter by letter in the alphabet (har har). But not just any food — food that’s really bad for you. This version, which has been called “M” until now, had its name unveiled today…. Read More

  • The Promise Of 5G Crunch Network

    The Promise Of 5G

    The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, entertainment and applications, many of us cannot remember a time when we weren’t dependent on our mobile devices and networks for most of our daily needs. Read More

  • Bar Roulette Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

    Bar Roulette Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

    The premise is simple: tap a button, get into an Uber and have no idea where you’re going. Actually, that sounds like a really awful nightmare I had once. Bar Roulette is a fun mashup built by Tyler Swartz during a hackathon that takes advantage of Uber’s API. Read More

  • Why Google Became Alphabet, Explained In 120 Seconds

    What are the pros and cons of Google reorganizing itself as Alphabet? Well, Larry gets to play with the future, Google can focus on more ambitious projects, and it could help the company retain top talent. But will the independent Alphabet company CEOs get frustrated relying on Larry for resources? Here’s everything you need to know in a quick two minute video. Read More

  • No-Fee, Stock-Trading App Robinhood Is Now On Android

    No-Fee, Stock-Trading App Robinhood Is Now On Android

    Zero-fee, stock-trading app Robinhood is now on Android. The app launched on iOS late last year and has grown to “hundreds of thousands of customers” and made over $1 billion in trades on the platform, according to the startup. Read More

  • The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Is Samsung’s Answer To The iPhone 6 Plus

    Today at a big press conference, Samsung announced two new flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and its new sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. While a Note update was highly anticipated, the S6 Edge+ is a new beast. And the best way to describe it is that its a direct iPhone 6 Plus competitor. Read More

  • Samsung Touts Video Chops With Two More Big Screen Phones

    Samsung Touts Video Chops With Two More Big Screen Phones

    As expected (and amply leaked), Samsung has today whipped back the curtain on a pair of new flagship smartphones, announcing two new phablets: the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ at press events in New York and London. The focus for Samsung here is bigger handsets that can do more with multimedia content, letting the user make use of additional screen real-estate for video editing or… Read More

  • Samsung Launches Samsung Pay In The U.S.

    Samsung Launches Samsung Pay In The U.S.

    Today at Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event, the company announced that its mobile payment feature, Samsung Pay, is launching in the U.S. in September. In many ways, Samsung Pay works like Apple Pay. It lets seamlessly pay with your phone, and it should be very easy for merchants to add Samsung Pay support. Read More

  • Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note Press Event Live Right Here

    Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note Press Event Live Right Here

    Samsung is holding a big press conference in New York at 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT, 4 PM BST). The company is expected to announce two new flagship phones — the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung S6 Edge Plus. The S6 Edge Plus is a newcomer in Samsung’s lineup. As the name suggests, we are anticipating a phablet with a curved display on the edges. Read More

  • United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

    United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

    No matter how advanced phone mapping technologies have become, stepping into an airport takes you back several decades into the era of physical maps. With no other way for unseasoned travels to get around besides large map kiosks, airport navigation has long been due for an upgrade. As a part of its new, updated app launching later today, United Airlines is integrating intelligent… Read More

  • Xiaomi Trolls Samsung With Redmi Note 2 Launch

    Xiaomi Trolls Samsung With Redmi Note 2 Launch

    Chinese mobile making upstart Xiaomi is gunning to steal Samsung’s thunder by launching a pair of phablet smartphones on the same day Samsung is due to unbox phablet-sized updates to its Galaxy Note and Galaxy S6 Edge devices. Read More

  • Google Launches New Site To Showcase Experimental Open Source Apps For Android And Android Wear

    Google Launches New Site To Showcase Experimental Open Source Apps For Android And Android Wear

    Google launched Android Experiments today, the mobile apps counterpart to its Chrome Experiments site. Just like with Chrome Experiments, the idea behind Android experiments is to showcase apps that use new and cutting-edge technology, aesthetics and interfaces. All of the apps in the Android Experiments Gallery will be open source so other developers can see how they were made. Read More

  • Get Ready For The New Nexus Phones

    Get Ready For The New Nexus Phones

    If you like your Nexus 5 but it’s starting to feel old, rejoice! It looks like Google is teaming up with not one but two Android OEMs to manufacture the next Nexus phones. Huawei is working on a Nexus 6 phablet replacement, while LG is taking care of a smaller Nexus 5-style device. Read More

  • New ATM “Shimmer” Fits Invisibly Inside The Card Slot

    New ATM “Shimmer” Fits Invisibly Inside The Card Slot

    The wily ATM hackers are at it again with a new form of card data gathering system, a “shimmer.” These super-thin card readers slide right into the card slot and are technically invisible unless you go poking around inside the ATM. This shimmer was found in Mexico and it is unclear if it was connected to a PIN pad camera or other hardware. What’s special about this unit is… Read More

  • Wearsafe Is A Connected Panic Button For The App Generation

    Wearsafe Is A Connected Panic Button For The App Generation

    At the Disrupt NY hackathon this year the winning hack was a live-streaming app called Witness whose team’s pitch was a desire to be the panic button for the mobile age. But what about sticky situations where you don’t have time to fire up an app? That’s where Connecticut-based startup Wearsafe Labs is hoping to step in, with a hardware panic button also updated for the app era. Read More

  • Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Crunch Network

    Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America

    It has been difficult to attract investors to the digital startup space in Latin America. This is because of a variety of reasons, including the lack of a track record of established VC firms in Latin America, the immaturity of the new generation of entrepreneurs and the scarcity of exit strategies in the region. Read More

  • Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

    Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

    Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their apps. Facebook says Audience Network publishers using its native ad units get… Read More

  • Wildcard Debuts A News-Reading App Designed For The Mobile Age

    Wildcard Debuts A News-Reading App Designed For The Mobile Age

    Besides messaging, snapping photos, and checking the weather, news reading has become one of the top activities done on mobile phones. It’s so popular, in fact, that Apple is introducing its own native News app in iOS 9, due out this fall. But not without some competition in the marketplace. The latest contender to enter the arena is Wildcard, a news app with a unique look and feel… Read More

  • Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones Now On Sale Globally

    Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones Now On Sale Globally

    Mobile market latecomer Canonical claims “latent demand” for its tardy but alternative smartphone OS has encouraged its OEM partner, BQ, to open up availability of its handsets to buyers anywhere in the world, not just in Europe. Read More

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