Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

    Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Alrawi”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known as the Ghost Security Group, which Fortune reports had previously flagged ISIS… Read More

  • Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    At this point, we’ve probably all heard (or experienced!) the scenario where you’re walking past a store and your phone buzzes to alert you about nearby deals. The challenge, though, is sending a message that’s actually interesting, useful and maybe even exciting, rather than annoying. Nevin Jethmalani, co-founder and CEO of Notify Nearby, said he’s had that… Read More

  • iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. Apple will still be offering free radio, however. The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than the Beats Music app, which was recently… Read More

  • F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    As many noted when Apple released its beta version of iOS earlier this week, one of the mobile operating system’s newest features, a nighttime reading mode with reduced blue light emissions, looked awfully familiar. The ability to adjust the screen brightness on iOS devices is something software maker F.lux has been developing for years. Its technology, which even briefly worked on… Read More

  • Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases

    Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases

    Promo codes are coming to Google Play! Android developers will finally be able to market their applications, as well as distribute copies of paid apps for free, and more, by way of promo codes – a feature Apple has supported for years. Thanks to a new option spotted in the Google Play Developer Console, it appears that app makers will now be able to distribute codes for both apps and… Read More

  • MicSwap Turns Your iPhone Into Rock And Roll

    MicSwap Turns Your iPhone Into Rock And Roll

    If it’s been a long time since you’ve rock and rolled and it’s been a long lonely time since you did the stroll, it might be time to model some old-fashioned microphones on your iOS device. An app, MicSwap, makes it easy to do just that. Two musicians, Gary Levitt and Rob Behnke, created the app to offer microphone modeling for mobile devices. It can mimic famous mics –… Read More

  • KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe, a startup that could ensure you never get locked out again, has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The company allows you to scan your key, either via mobile app or at an in-store kiosk, creating a digital copy. It can then ship you a key when you want a copy, or you can have one printed instantly at a kiosk — pretty handy if you get locked out. KeyMe doesn’t just… Read More

  • BT Buys Its Way Back To Being A Major UK Carrier As $19BN EE Merger Gets Cleared

    BT Buys Its Way Back To Being A Major UK Carrier As $19BN EE Merger Gets Cleared

    A major piece of consolidation in the UK comms network landscape has today been green lit by the Competition and Markets Authority, with the body approving the £12.5 billion ($19BN) acquisition of mobile carrier EE by incumbent telco and broadband provider BT after a 10-month investigation. BT and EE confirmed they had reached an agreement on an acquisition last February. For BT, best… Read More

  • Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Amidst concerns over the gaming mechanics of a popular buzzy app called Stolen, its creators Hey Inc. has decided to shut down. They tweeted out the news today. Basically, the app allowed you to “own” peers with Twitter accounts, whether they signed up for the service or not. It was meant to be a fun game, but rubbed many people the wrong way. We've decided to shut down… Read More

  • Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff

    Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff

    Despite $61 million in funding, Zoosk is getting swiped to death. A source told TechCrunch the dating startup is laying off a huge chunk of its staff, and now the company confirms over 40 people will be let go. That’s one-third of the whole company. The mobile era has not been kind to the old-school web dating app. Founded in 2007, Zoosk found success by building extensions for… Read More

  • The GoProblem

    The GoProblem

    Action cameras are like tablets. Lots of people want ONE. But very few need to constantly update to the latest model. I suspect this is why GoPro’s sales are slowing, it’s reduced sales forecasts, and it had to lay off 7% of its employees this week. It’s hitting market saturation. Many of the people likely to buy a GoPro already have one and don’t need… Read More

  • Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Following yesterday’s news of its planned support for group calling on mobile, Skype just launched an integration with Microsoft’s mobile email and calendar application, Outlook. In the updated iOS app, a new setting allows you to turn on a “Skype Meeting” option when you’re either creating or editing an event within Outlook. By doing so, Outlook… Read More

  • Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    When you think about virtual reality, you probably think about visuals and imagery and immersive far-off places. However, the key to a really fantastic immersive experience is not only what you see, but what you hear. And not just what you hear, but how you hear it. Google announced today that its Cardboard SDKs for Unity and Android now support spatial audio. Read More

  • mParticle Raises $15M To Help Mobile Marketers Manage Their Data

    mParticle Raises $15M To Help Mobile Marketers Manage Their Data

    At first glance, mParticle might seem to be focused on a pretty specific niche — helping mobile app-makers consolidate their data. But the New York City startup counts companies like Airbnb, SeatGeek, Soulcycle and Spotify among its customers, and it recently raised a $15 million Series A. The funding was first revealed in a regulatory filing last month and officially announced… Read More

  • Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Skype announced today the launch of free group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 mobile devices. The feature has been available for a couple of years on the desktop, for both Mac and PC, but had yet to make its way to mobile. Read More

  • Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    According to a report by Re/Code, Google is doubling down on virtual reality, with its VP for product management, Clay Bavor, dropping his responsibilities for other apps like Gmail and Drive to focus solely on Cardboard and VR. Bavor has been with Google for over 10 years, so trusting this budding unit with him is a massive signal that Google is in it to win it as far as VR goes. Its success… Read More

  • 100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, has played around in the outskirts of Twitter, with nothing more than a screenshot and link being shared when you see a stream pop up in your timeline. That changes today as Periscope gets fully baked into the iOS version of Twitter and coming soon for Android and web. You might be asking “what took so long?” but since Periscope… Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    After an aggressive response to his company, T-Mobile, being called out for being anti-net neutrality on its new “Binge On” product by the EFF, CEO John Legere has backtracked a bit. In case you missed it, he flippantly asked “Who the fuck is the EFF?” during a Twitter Q&A last week. EFF supporters told him. In droves. Here was his apology today, which is, of… Read More

  • Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Just like the Super Bowl, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl has become a tradition in my household. Every single year we’re treated to the most fluffy, cuddle-up-to-ity pups of all time. This year, Puppy Bowl XII will have a ton of extras in 360 degree video. Long live virtual reality. This year, the event will feature 84 puppies from 44 rescues across the United States and will… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s Sub-$150 Redmi 3 Gets A Full Metal Body And Much Larger Battery

    Xiaomi’s Sub-$150 Redmi 3 Gets A Full Metal Body And Much Larger Battery

    Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 3, the latest version of its budget smartphone. The five-inch device, which sports a full metal body for the first time and a new diamond lattice design, goes on sale January 12 for 699 CNY, that’s around $107 and is the same price tag as its predecessor. Read More

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