Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • The New IBM z13 Is Not Your Father’s Mainframe

    The New IBM z13 Is Not Your Father’s Mainframe

    In a time when IBM has been dumping its x86 server business, and the mainframe would seem a relic of a bygone day, Big Blue took five years and invested a cool $1B to develop a new mainframe beast for the modern mobile era. You want a high-end computing system for a contemporary company, the new system dubbed the z13, is smokin’ and has been designed specifically to handle… Read More

  • Apple Watch Companion App Features Said To Include Activity Reminders, Phone Unlock

    Apple Watch Companion App Features Said To Include Activity Reminders, Phone Unlock

    A new leak of details from within the upcoming companion app for the Apple Watch claims to show some unannounced features we can expect from the wearable when it arrives sometime early this year. The dump of the app’s settings screens from 9to5Mac show panels that let users tweak how it handles Activity, Accessibility, Messages, Motion and Fitness and more on the watch, with plenty… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO based on IP it acquired from Kodak in a deal from 2013, which details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled from a smartwatch (Apple Watch fantasists should note that this patent was originally created in 2012). The Apple patent specifically seeks to address flaws identified in the design of competitors including the GoPro HD… Read More

  • Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Not since Color has a startup been as widely laughed at as the troubled Stanford payments startup Clinkle. So it’s little surprise that the company has changed the name of its app to “Treats”, as well as its direction. After seeing the company’s site had rebranded, I spoke with 23-year old CEO Lucas Duplan to find out how Treats will work. The private beta product… Read More

  • Video Selfie App Dubsmash Proves To Be A Smash Hit

    Video Selfie App Dubsmash Proves To Be A Smash Hit

    When Dubsmash founders, Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke and Daniel Taschik, created a new mobile app that lets you record a video of yourself, synced to a preselected sound clip, such as a well-known quote from a movie, they had an inkling they were on to something. But, after failing to conquer the iOS app store twice before, they couldn’t have known for certain that they had a smash hit… Read More

  • Report: Google Play’s App Store And Developer Community Grew Faster Than Apple’s In 2014

    Report: Google Play’s App Store And Developer Community Grew Faster Than Apple’s In 2014

    According to a new report out this morning from appFigures, the Google Play mobile application market surpassed Apple for the number of new apps for the first time in 2014, and its developer community growth also exceeded Apple’s for the third year in a row, now distributing apps from 388,000 different developers. Much of that growth took place in the latter half of the year, the… Read More

  • NEEO Is A Universal Smart Home Remote That Recognizes Your Hand

    NEEO Is A Universal Smart Home Remote That Recognizes Your Hand

    The smart home needs a remote, and one startup debuting on Kickstarter today thinks the smartphone isn’t necessarily the best option of that. NEEO is a dedicated device that includes a remote, as well as a brain to centralize control of your home, including your home theater equipment as well as connected gadgets like the Nest, Philips Hue and more. NEEO is a Cupertino-based startup with… Read More

  • App Annie Raises $55 Million Series D, Launches New Product For Tracking App Usage

    App Annie Raises $55 Million Series D, Launches New Product For Tracking App Usage

    App Annie, a company whose data on app downloads, rankings, app store trends and more has made it a go-to resource for anyone invested in today’s app economy, today announced a new $55 million round of Series D funding. The oversubscribed round was led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and included existing investors Sequoia Capital, Greycroft Partners and IDG Capital… Read More

  • Ten One Design Mountie Review: Your Mobile Workstation, Upgraded

    Ten One Design Mountie Review: Your Mobile Workstation, Upgraded

    The first week of 2015 was CES for me, which meant working out of a suitcase in a bizarre fantasy land hewn from hard desert rock, grit and little else. My home office is a veritable oasis of displays and screen real estate, while my mobile CES office most definitely is not. Luckily, this year, I had a review unit of the Ten One Design Mountie on hand, and it made a big difference in my… Read More

  • Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind. Sources tell us that Twitter is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use case that is unique to its home market and others like it. People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a… Read More

  • The Apple Watch Shows Up In The iOS 8.2 Beta Bluetooth Menu

    The Apple Watch Shows Up In The iOS 8.2 Beta Bluetooth Menu

    Apple has a new beta for iOS 8.2 out today, and the software contains a hint that suggests it could launch publicly alongside the Apple Watch. The mention of the Apple Watch is found in the Bluetooth menu, according to 9to5Mac, where a message at the bottom of the devices list directs users to head to a dedicated Apple Watch app in order to pair their new wearable with their smartphone. The… Read More

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