Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is designed instead to support invite delivery entirely via SMS and MMS. This means recipients will… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners. So this brings in-house one of the technologies… Read More

  • Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Dating app Tinder’s move into the subscription business seems to be paying off. According to remarks made by parent company IAC during its quarterly earnings reported this week, the company is pleased with Tinder’s penetration rates – it reached its current level of penetration quicker than IAC’s OkCupid did, in fact – and renewal rates are higher than any… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many… Read More

  • You Can Now Use Shazam, Instacart, And Other Android Apps With “Okay Google” Commands

    You Can Now Use Shazam, Instacart, And Other Android Apps With “Okay Google” Commands

    You’ve been able to use your voice (“Ok Google”) to do all sorts of stuff on Android for a while now. But said stuff has all been built-in by Google itself; third party developers haven’t really been able to tap into that functionality. Today, that changes. Read More

  • Google To Test Mobile-Optimized Web Pages In Indonesia

    Google To Test Mobile-Optimized Web Pages In Indonesia

    Google announced today that it will begin running tests of a new way to deliver search results to mobile users with slow connections. The company’s pilot trials will initially take place in Indonesia, a country where the Internet is playing a greater role in people’s lives – especially among younger users – but is still plagued by slow mobile connection speeds… Read More

  • Phablets Are Eating Phones And Tablets

    Phablets Are Eating Phones And Tablets

    It’s been increasingly evident for years: smartphone users are digging bigger phones as they do more on screens, and spend less time talking on the phone. And there’s no sign of the appetite for super-sizing mobile handsets abating — not according to a new report from Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry. Read More

  • Zero’s New Email App Can Help You Reach “Inbox Zero”

    Zero’s New Email App Can Help You Reach “Inbox Zero”

    A new mobile email application called Zero is launching today to help users power through their inboxes on the go to achieve the often sought-after state of “inbox zero.” Aimed at heavy email users who receive a lot of inbound email, an app that promises to speed up email processing by 30 percent or more sounds too good to be true. But while still far from perfect in its present… Read More

  • Airtable Launches Its API And Embedded Databases

    Airtable Launches Its API And Embedded Databases

    Two months after launching its unique organizational tool, Airtable is rolling out two new features that’ll make it easier to share your personal spreadsheet/database hybrids with others in a way they’ll find useful. In addition to sharing direct read or edit access to the relational databases you create in its app, Airtable is today letting you draw from the underlying data using… Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $2 Million To Help App Makers Attract More Users

    Mobile Action Raises $2 Million To Help App Makers Attract More Users

    Getting apps discovered in an increasingly packed app store is a challenge. This is why a number of firms have launched services to help app publishers figure out how to better optimize their app’s search result ranking when users type in various keywords, as well as gain other competitive intelligence. One such firm, San Francisco-based Mobile Action, has now closed on $2 million in… Read More

  • Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple’s iPhone is just about the best smartphone camera you can get, but a new patent application provides a good indication of how it could get even better. The patent is for a “small form factor telephoto camera (via AppleInsider) and describes how the company might make a camera with a narrower field of view, but a much higher magnification factor, as well as how such a camera… Read More

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