Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    With its latest update, Magzter is unveiling a more article-centric way to browse its library of digital magazines. Seems like a pretty obvious move, right? Sure, there are people who still read magazines cover to cover (says the guy whose apartment is filled with back issues of Wired and The New Yorker), but as Magzter co-founder and President Vijay Radhakrishnan put it, most of us… Read More

  • Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    Augmented Reality For Trying On Makeup Is A Booming Business

    “Sure, that looks great on a model, but how will it look on me?” Now you can find out thanks to ModiFace, an augmented reality startup that’s quietly grown to power apps for 55 of the top makeup brands like Sephora, P&G and Unilever. Read More

  • Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google confirmed it’s now running a limited promotion in the U.S. dubbed “Tap 10,” which is aimed at increasing usage of its Android Pay mobile payments service, a rival to Apple Pay and others. Some Android users are being gifted rewards like a free Chromecast or free songs, movies, or subscriptions on Google Play in exchange for using Android Pay at local stores. The… Read More

  • Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    The shift to smartphones as a preferred means of online shopping is continuing to have an impact on the e-commerce industry, according to new data released by Adobe this morning. During the 2015 holiday sales season, including both November and December, smartphones nearly doubled their share of sales over the year prior, accounting for 17 percent of sales versus tablets’ mere 11 percent. Read More

  • Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks and streaming service Spotify are expanding their relationship today with the launch of a new digital music experience for Starbucks customers which will allow them to identify songs being played in stores, then download and save those they like to a playlist on Spotify’s app. The feature, which ultimately aims to boost both Starbucks Mobile App usage and sign-ups for… Read More

  • Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

    Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

    If you want proof that Android is the operating system of emerging markets, look no further than Indus OS. The company, formerly known as Firstouch, is tweaking the Google-run operating system to the unique demands and cultures of India. And it’s raised $5 million in fresh funding to push on with its lofty target of reach one billion emerging market users. Read More

  • 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

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