Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook Messenger On Android Hits 1…Billion…Downloads

    Facebook Messenger On Android Hits 1…Billion…Downloads

    Only two companies have apps with over 1 billion Google Play downloads, and the other is Google. Today Facebook proved just how big a business replacing SMS can be, as its leader David Marcus announced Messenger has now been downloaded over 1 billion times on Android. It joins Facebook and WhatsApp, and Google’s Gmail, YouTube, Search, and Maps in this very exclusive… Read More

  • Apple Stops Ignoring Women’s Health With iOS 9 HealthKit Update, Now Featuring Period Tracking

    Apple Stops Ignoring Women’s Health With iOS 9 HealthKit Update, Now Featuring Period Tracking

    Apple will at last address a glaring oversight with regard to its Health application and its usefulness to women: in iOS 9, the app will support the ability for women to track their reproductive health. Yes, finally: Apple is making period tracking a built-in feature for the iPhone. Announced briefly at yesterday’s WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering… Read More

  • June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    What happens when you put a bunch of people who have worked at Apple, GoPro, Path, Google, and so on, in a room and ask them to design an oven? The answer, apparently, is June: a countertop smart oven that will cost around $1,495 and ship next spring. It’s about the size of a microwave and designed to operate more like a smart device than a typical oven. It sits on your counter and… Read More

  • Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Tile, the square-shaped lost item tracker that attaches to everything from bikes to bags to key chains and more and then helps you locate those items if lost or stolen through a mobile app, has now raised an additional $3 million. The new funding comes from Khosla Ventures, and is an extension to the $13 million Series A Tile raised last fall to fund its international expansion and Android… Read More

  • eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    Ebay today is launching its first attempt at building a smartwatch experience for users of the Apple Watch with the debut of a new app that allows both buyers and sellers to receive updates and alerts related to items they’re tracking on eBay’s marketplace. The company has previously tested similar concepts with apps for competing smartwatch platforms, including Samsung Gear… Read More

  • MapQuest Confirms It’s Using Mapbox To Overhaul Its Product

    MapQuest Confirms It’s Using Mapbox To Overhaul Its Product

    AOL-owned MapQuest has confirmed a big product and brand overhaul for its mapping product, including a partnership with developer mapping platform Mapbox to improve the product’s performance. We reported these updates were incoming last month. Read More

  • Apple’s WWDC Keynote In 90 Seconds

    Apple had a lot to announce at its Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, and it was easy to miss big news as it happened during the two-hour-plus keynote. We’ve summed it up right here, with links to our coverage if you want to know more. Off the bat, Apple announced Mac OS X El Capitan. While it doesn’t come with a visual overhaul like last year’s Yosemite update… Read More

  • Apple Revives Ping As “Connect,” Letting Artists Share A Feed Of Music, Videos And Social Media

    Apple Revives Ping As “Connect,” Letting Artists Share A Feed Of Music, Videos And Social Media

    Apple wants to be the way you socially connect to musicians, not Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Spotify. As a tab in its new Apple Music on-demand streaming service, Apple is launching Connect, a feed showing music, videos, photos, and notes posted to a social media feed. Apple hopes that if it can own that relationship, fans won’t risk severing it by quitting Apple’s streaming… Read More

  • Apple Stresses User Privacy At WWDC

    Apple Stresses User Privacy At WWDC

    Apple is continuing to put blue water between itself and data-mining mobile rivals such as Google by engineering its services with a clear focus on user privacy. At Apple’s WWDC developer conference today, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi showed off an update to its Siri voice assistant, called Proactive, which will offer some Google Now-esque predictive… Read More

  • iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    Apple capped off its announcement of new features in iOS 9 with information about timing — the public beta will become available in July, followed by a full launch this fall. Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

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