Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Have you ever wanted to have a live chat with 11 of your closest friends? Well, even before this week, you could’ve done it using video chat app Rounds — but only on iOS. Now, however, the majority of Rounds users (namely, the ones on Android) will have access to the company’s group chat feature, too. CMO Natasha Shine gave me a quick demo of the Android app last week… Read More

  • IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    Apple and IBM’s partnership that has the companies working together to produce enterprise-friendly apps has expanded yet again with the addition of eight more apps designed for iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, bringing the total number of MobileFirst apps up to now 22. The new apps are focused on the healthcare and industrial products industries, following prior announcements… Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    You could start the next Harlem Shake-style crowdsourced video phenomenon with Facebook’s new app Riff, out today worldwide in 15 languages on iOS and Android. Shoot a video of up to 20 seconds in Riff, and give it a title that instructs others what they should add to it like “Make A Funny Face” or “Birthday Wishes For Johnny” or “Adventures Of Mr. Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The smartphone to beat this season is the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s slim, stylish, and powerful, a mashup between the previous Galaxy S series with the original iPod Touch. It’s well-made and unique, a combination rarely found in cellphones these days and it is as far from the Galaxy S5 as the T-1000 was from the original Terminator. In short, it’s pretty cool and probably the only… Read More

  • Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop¬†ecosystem is¬†launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

  • Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family… Read More

  • Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More

  • Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

    Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

    Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options for Android app developers designed to increase the number of app installations. The most notable change rolling out today is that developers can now more easily advertise their applications on the Google Display Network, including via video app promo ads. The Google Display Network today reaches 2 million publisher websites… Read More

  • Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

  • New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

    New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

    The New York Times will offer single-sentence stories on the Apple Watch, here’s what that might look like. Read More

  • Flyp Lets You Add Multiple Numbers To Your Smartphone

    Flyp Lets You Add Multiple Numbers To Your Smartphone

    Flyp is a new iOS/Android app that lets you have up to six different phone numbers simultaneously active on your smartphone. The first number is free and each additional “premium” phone number (a maximum of five) costs $2.99 per month (or $29.99 per year) to maintain. The Flyp app manages all the numbers, voicemail, text messages, and notifications. The app is live in the iOS store… Read More

  • Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    French startup Infinit just released its mobile app for both iOS and Android. In addition to providing a simple way to send files to your friends and colleagues, it is now a full-fledged AirDrop replacement as well. As a reminder, Infinit is a file-sharing service that differs from WeTransfer or CloudApp as it uses peer-to-peer technology to boost file sharing between two users. And there… Read More

  • The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud apps took the enterprise by storm, giving businesses more flexibility and power than ever before. Now, enterprise mobile is taking a… Read More

  • Gmail For Android Gets A Unified Inbox

    Gmail For Android Gets A Unified Inbox

    Google updated its Gmail app for Android today, and the most important feature is probably the addition of a unified inbox. Most of us probably manage multiple accounts and until now, you had to awkwardly switch between them in the Gmail app. To get started with this new unified inbox, you simply switch to the “All Inboxes” option in the app and you’re done. Read More

  • Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

    Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

    Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily. The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to part out the Google+ social network into its key components, and is good news for mobile photographers. Google+ has one of the… Read More

  • Drifty Grabs $2.6 Million To Turn Web Developers Into Mobile App Makers

    Drifty Grabs $2.6 Million To Turn Web Developers Into Mobile App Makers

    Drifty, a company that has been making it possible for web developers to build and publish native mobile applications that can then be published to the major app stores, including Apple’s iTunes, Amazon’s Appstore and Google Play, has now raised an additional $2.6 million led by Lightbank in Chicago. The new funding comes after the startup has seen significant uptake of… Read More

  • Adobe’s New iPad App Lets Designers Quickly Sketch Out Layout Ideas On Mobile

    Adobe’s New iPad App Lets Designers Quickly Sketch Out Layout Ideas On Mobile

    Adobe is adding another product to its growing family of tightly integrated mobile apps today. Comp CC, which is now available for the iPad, makes it easier for designers to take their design ideas for new websites, mobile apps and print from the back of a napkin (or in this case the iPad) to production. As Adobe principal product manager Will Eisley told me last week, the company¬†believes… Read More

  • The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    Repetition, it’s been said, is a sign of persistence and dedication. It’s also a sign of insanity. That’s where HTC is right now and, while it would be a fine place to be if there was no strong competition in the smartphone market (just ask Samsung), it’s not a great position for a company facing Xiaomi and other smartphone players on the prowl. And repetition is what… Read More

  • Drowning In The Live Streams

    Drowning In The Live Streams

    Phones can make us jerks. They let us ignore friends, cancel plans last-minute, and annoy those around us in public. But this month, we got a whole new way to abuse our mobile devices. Unless we can manage how we interrupt each other, it could ruin one of the most promising modern communication mediums: live streaming. Read More

  • Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections

    Mobile Marketing Trends To Follow From The Israeli Elections

    The impact of mobile and social media on every aspect of our lives is nothing new, but certain events can really shine a light on how mobile has changed our way of conduct. The presidential elections do just that. During the 2012 elections, mobile was already at the center of everything, but the smartphone industry was relatively in its diapers and smartphone shipment has since grown by… Read More

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