Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    Hands-On With The $149 Hisense Chromebook

    When Google announced that Haier and Hisense were about to launch $149 Chromebooks — the most affordable Google-powered laptops yet — I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. How much computer, after all, can you expect to get for $149? I’ve now had a chance to spend a few days with the Hisense Chromebook and the answer is: more than you probably expect. Read More

  • Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on¬†your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: ūüíõ- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    Slidejoy Snags $1.2 Million To Put News And Ads On Android Lockscreens

    While some among the handful of startups exploiting the revenue-generating opportunities that come from using an Android phone’s lock screen as an advertising medium have since refocused their efforts, one of the early movers in this space, Slidejoy, has just closed on its first round of funding. With $1.2 million in outside investment, Slidejoy will now continue to develop its app… Read More

  • At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    The iPad turned five on April 3, and while none¬†could deny that the Apple tablet has been successful in the intervening half-decade, what’s more interesting is trying to pin down the chief cause of its continued ability to impress users and find a place in their computing workflow. I’d argue that the iPad’s primary success factor, as well as the reason behind both its… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More

  • OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

    OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

    Smartphone-maker OnePlus just released the initial version of OxygenOS, its forked version of Android Lollipop, optimized for its OnePlus One phone. News that OnePlus was working on the operating system broke in January, after a split with partner Cyanogen. Read More

  • Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    The arms race for eyeballs online has a new weapon: live video streaming, a la Meerkat and Periscope. This type of content is innately ephemeral. Blink and you’ll miss the stream. It absolutely demands you break away and gawp RIGHT NOW. It monopolizes your attention given its fleeting duration. Read More

  • Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Outside of a mobile application’s official product, there tends to exist a broader ecosystem catering the wants and unmet desires of its user community. For¬†Instagram, there are apps to¬†boost¬†your followers; Tinder users could once¬†peer into who likes them and undo¬†their accidental swipes; and dozens Snapchat apps bloomed, allowing users to automatically save incoming photos or… Read More

  • Do Something Epic With Everfest‚Äôs Festival Finder

    Do Something Epic With Everfest‚Äôs Festival Finder

    No one on their death bed says “all the things I could have owned?!” It’s “all the things I could have done?!” The world is shifting from a material culture to an experiential culture. Many of our most prized possessions like photographs and music have become digitized. We now have the Internet to find experiences, devices to capture them, and social networks to… Read More

  • Weekends Are The Best Time To Promote Most Apps, Study Finds

    Weekends Are The Best Time To Promote Most Apps, Study Finds

    According to a new report released today, the best time for mobile application developers to promote or launch a¬†new application across¬†a number of categories tends to be on a¬†weekend, as it turns out. In fact, even if you do well with a weekday release in terms of download numbers, the weekend may be the better time to run an ad campaign that promotes purchases, the report found. This… Read More

  • Microsoft Debuts Office Lens, A Document-Scanning App For iOS And Android

    Microsoft Debuts Office Lens, A Document-Scanning App For iOS And Android

    Microsoft today launched Office Lens, a mobile document scanner app that works with OneNote, for iOS and Android smartphones. The app, which allows users to snap photos of paper documents, receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards, sticky notes and more, was first launched a year ago as an application designed only for Windows Phone devices. But in conjunction with the company’s… Read More

  • HarperCollins Is Taking Aim At Amazon As Contract Lapses

    HarperCollins Is Taking Aim At Amazon As Contract Lapses

    Publisher HarperCollins is trying to go its own way as its contract with Amazon lapses this year. The company, which received the same renewal contract as the other big publishers, namely Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, seems to be holding off in order to both try its hand at online book sales and flex a bit of muscle against the Bezos book empire. HC has been fairly successful… Read More

  • Conceivable’s New App Puts A Fertility Clinic In Your Pocket

    Conceivable’s New App Puts A Fertility Clinic In Your Pocket

    For women struggling to conceive, in vitro fertilization can be a successful, but also fairly expensive, option. At approximately $15,000 per cycle, and requiring two cycles on average before it works, it’s still beyond the reach of many couples. A new app called Conceivable, launching today, is offering a different option. This subscription-based service delivered through a mobile… Read More

  • Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Software¬†Technologies¬†announced it has purchased¬†Lacoon¬†Mobile Security¬†today. Reports surfaced last month that the company was in talks to buy the Israeli company for $80M. No official price was given, but the deal is expected to close today. The move gives Check Point a mobile security piece that’s a bit different from the traditional mobile device management you see… Read More

  • Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad

    Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad

    With Slate, Adobe is launching a new text- and photo-centric storytelling app for the iPad today. About a year ago, Adobe launched Voice, its first standalone storytelling app that lets users record their own stories and then illustrate them with images (the Voice¬†app is also getting an update today, by the way). Slate takes a different (and somewhat less experimental) approach and focuses… Read More

  • Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    You might not have heard of Hudl, but it’s how 100,000 sports teams spent $30 million last year to review game tape on mobile. Hudl never raised institutional funding since starting in 2006, but it’s quietly amassed 1 billion video clips and 3.5 million users across 40 countries. Now it’s ready to trounce its competitors with a jaw-dropping $72.5 million round of funding led… Read More

  • Apple’s Big Phone Bounce Continued Into Chinese New Year

    Apple’s Big Phone Bounce Continued Into Chinese New Year

    The latest global smartphone sales figures from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel show Apple has continued to win fans in China, where its larger form factor iPhone 6 and 6 Plus played well to a phablet-loving crowd over the Chinese New Year. Read More

  • Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Have you ever wanted to have a live chat with 11 of your closest friends? Well, even before this week, you could’ve done it using video chat app Rounds — but only on iOS. Now, however, the majority of Rounds users (namely, the ones on Android) will have access to the company’s group chat feature, too. CMO Natasha Shine gave me a quick demo of the Android app last week… Read More

  • IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    IBM And Apple Release Eight More Enterprise Apps For Healthcare, Airlines And More

    Apple and IBM’s partnership that has the companies working together to produce enterprise-friendly apps has expanded yet again with the addition of eight more apps designed for iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, bringing the total number of MobileFirst apps up to now 22. The new apps are focused on the healthcare and industrial products industries, following prior announcements… Read More

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