Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last November. That makes Messenger the fastest growing app of 2015, according to Nielsen, and it… Read More

  • MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    I’m in Las Vegas for this whole week, which means two things. One, I hate myself. Two, I’m constantly out at restaurants, which makes it even harder than usual to eat healthily. MyFitnessPal, the popular nutrition and fitness app that was acquired by Under Armour last year, is unveiling a new feature today that should help. The app already allows you to log your meals at… Read More

  • Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram’s answer to Snapchat’s Live Stories isn’t just for holidays and big events any more. Internally, they’re known as Spotlight Compilations — vertical slideshows of the best videos related to a theme, like “Dynamic Duos – Odd Couple Animal Videos” or “Ramped Up – Rad Skateboarding Videos.” They appear in the Spotlight… Read More

  • Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    The location aware app Foursquare, and its check-in sidekick Swarm, seemingly kills my phone’s battery. I mean, whenever I get within a block of the TechCrunch office, it lets me know all of the wonderful places around me that I can grab a coffee or whatnot. I even tweeted about how annoying the drain is: Foursquare should pay for my iPhone battery pack. — drew olanoff… Read More

  • Netflix Shares Spike 9% As It Moves Into 130 New Countries

    Netflix Shares Spike 9% As It Moves Into 130 New Countries

    Netflix shareholders seem to be in a good mood today — no doubt thanks to the company saying it will launch in 130 new countries. Shares of Netflix spiked immediately after CEO Reed Hastings made the surprise announcement at CES 2016 today, and have continued to climb. Shares are up around 9 percent right now and continuing to climb, clearly showing a lot of confidence in the company… Read More

  • Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    You don’t care who delivers dinner or drives you home as long as it gets done fast. That’s the idea behind Assist, a chat bot that aggregates APIs to let you text to interact with GrubHub, Eat24, Postmates, Uber, Lyft, OpenTable, StubHub, and more. Just message Assist on Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram or even SMS and you get texted back a menu of options like “Get a… Read More

  • Snapchat Stops Selling Animated Selfie Lenses To Focus On Free Rainbow Puke And Ads

    Snapchat Stops Selling Animated Selfie Lenses To Focus On Free Rainbow Puke And Ads

    Buy your rainbow puke, heart eyes, or demon face Snapchat selfie lenses now, because then you’ll get to keep them after Snapchat shuts down its lens store this Friday. Today Snapchat announced it will no longer sell the $1 ways to animate your mug so it can focus on advertising, including sponsored lenses branded with movies or products. You’ll still be able to choose from 10… Read More

  • Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Attempting to steal a bit of thunder away from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Apple announced this morning a record-breaking holiday season for its App Store, with over $1.1 billion spent on apps and in-app purchases in the two weeks ending January 3. Apple says it broke records for both traffic and purchases during this time. In addition, it wasn’t Christmas Day… Read More

  • Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots

    Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots

    M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel, and more, sources with direct knowledge of the SDK confirm. The Chat SDK allows developers to create bots that users can send text messages… Read More

  • Intel Says Its Button-Sized Curie Will Ship In Q1, Costing Under $10

    Intel Says Its Button-Sized Curie Will Ship In Q1, Costing Under $10

    Computing devices are getting smaller by the day, and today at CES in Las Vegas Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich announced new details about one of its big (little?) efforts in the space. Curie, Intel’s button-sized wearable hardware module that was first unveiled a year ago, will begin shipping this quarter and will cost less than $10, he said. Amidst flashy demonstrations involving… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea

    Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea

    As you know, reports are surfacing about Twitter’s interest in potentially monkeying around with the number of characters you can tweet…or share along with a tweet. 5,000? 10,000? Well, certainly more than the current 140 characters. As the day went on, Twitter’s stock hit an all-time low ($21.89) on the news that this change might be coming along, and its CEO Jack Dorsey took… Read More

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