Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Flurry Analytics Rolls Out Support For Apple Watch

    Flurry Analytics Rolls Out Support For Apple Watch

    Yahoo announced this week that it’s adding support for Apple Watch analytics to its free mobile analytics service Flurry, which the company acquired last year. For those developers who are building apps for the Apple Watch ecosystem, it’s important to understand how users are engaging with these new small-screen applications, as user behavior and the metrics that matter are likely… Read More

  • Rewind’s New App Lets You Create Photo Timelines That Disappear After A Day

    Rewind’s New App Lets You Create Photo Timelines That Disappear After A Day

    Spotted this week at TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley, was the newly launched social photo-sharing app Rewind. As its name implies, the idea with this app is to give you and your friends a way to look back on your most recently shared photos and posts, which you can do quickly by sliding your finger to scroll through Rewind’s “timeline” feature. But the twist… Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    This past week’s Disrupt NY 2015 conference was my first opportunity to use the Apple Watch at a multi-day event, and considering Disrupt is always essentially a non-stop workfest for us here at TC, from morning well into night, it’d be hard to find a better real-world test case to see how the Apple Watch performs in this type of setting. In short, events throw into bas-relief… Read More

  • Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads

    Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads

    Facebook is combining its lucrative app install ads with deep linking so a specific in-app purchase page opens once the app downloads. The result is a powerful new tool for direct marketers that sell products and services through apps. Direct marketing is popular on the web where users can see an ad for a specific product and quickly open it in a new browser tab to make a purchase. But on… Read More

  • Zero-Fee Stock Trading App Robinhood Nabs $50M From NEA To Go Global

    Zero-Fee Stock Trading App Robinhood Nabs $50M From NEA To Go Global

    In case you thought paying $7 to $10 to trade a stock in the US was bad, it costs $65 in Australia. So now that its zero-fee stock trading app is thriving stateside with hundreds of thousands of users, Robinhood is planning to go international, starting in Australia. A $50 million Series B cash infusion from NEA will fuel that expansion, as well as hiring and development of… Read More

  • Mark Pincus Is Back — And His Vintage Management Style Might Be, Too

    Mark Pincus Is Back — And His Vintage Management Style Might Be, Too

    About two years ago, Mark Pincus brought on former Xbox executive Don Mattrick to run the company, and he took a step back. This was actually a tremendous surprise to the industry. Pincus has a reputation of being a bit of a micro manager and is not often able to delegate responsibility or empower his lieutenants. It was seen as a change in direction for Zynga, which became one of the most… Read More

  • Nate Mitchell Backstage Interview | TC Disrupt NY 2015

    Oculus Confirms Gear VR Consumer Launch On Track For Later This Year

    The Oculus Rift is heading to consumer hands in Q1 of 2016, but that won’t be the first official consumer VR hardware launch that Oculus takes part in: Oculus’ VP of Product Nate Mitchell told me backstage at Disrupt NY that it is indeed still on track to deliver a consumer Gear VR unit in conjunction with Samsung, timed for later this year. Mitchell confirmed that those plans… Read More

  • RockYou Buys Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven

    RockYou Buys Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven

    Gaming and advertising company RockYou has acquired mobile ad network PlayHaven from startup studio Science Inc. PlayHaven actually changed hands last fall, when Science bought it from Upsight, the company created from the merger of PlayHaven and Kontagent. By acquiring a mobile ad network, CEO Lisa Marino said RockYou can do a better job of making money from mobile games like Kitchen Scramble… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Developer Platform To Differentiate From Periscope

    Meerkat Launches Developer Platform To Differentiate From Periscope

    How did it feel getting cut off by Twitter with just 2 hours notice? “It sucked” says Meerkat founder Ben Rubin. That’s why it’s determined to treat developers with more respect. In the nine weeks since Meerkat launched, 37 developers have built companion experiences to the livestreaming apps on its unofficial, private API, including stream discovery, automatic uploads… Read More

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