Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Relcy Is Building A PageRank-Style Mobile App Search Engine With $9M From Khosla And Sequoia

    Relcy Is Building A PageRank-Style Mobile App Search Engine With $9M From Khosla And Sequoia

    As our connected world becomes more focused around mobile devices, we are increasingly app-centric, eschewing the wider mobile Internet in favor of individual, native programs that fulfil specific purposes. The trend, however, poses a problem: these small walled gardens make it hard for us to find information unless we know specifically where to look. A new startup called Relcy is now working on… Read More

  • Apple Rolls Out iTunes Pass For In-Store iTunes Account Top-Ups

    Apple Rolls Out iTunes Pass For In-Store iTunes Account Top-Ups

    Apple has a new way to load up your iTunes account with funds, and it makes use of Passbook – just hit the “Redeem” button in the iTunes Store and when you’re in an Apple Retail location, you can call up your iTunes Pass in Passbook and an Apple sales associate can scan it, take a payment via card or cash, and your iTunes balance will be updated right away. The… Read More

  • Soundwave Focuses On Group Messaging And Playlists In Bid To Become Music’s Water Cooler

    Soundwave Focuses On Group Messaging And Playlists In Bid To Become Music’s Water Cooler

    Soundwave, the mobile app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, to help you discover more and better music, is rolling out a significant update today that sees it manoeuvre to try to become the ‘water cooler’ of what people are listening to right now. Read More

  • Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space under the Snapchat name. After being tipped… Read More

  • BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 launch, and for its new BlackBerry Passport hardware, and today that means a new feature reveal: The company detailed BlackBerry Assistant on its official blog today, and the feature looks unsurprisingly like Siri and Cortana for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The Assistant features the now-omnipresent… Read More

  • Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM. This ‘Netflix for ebooks’ would compete with existing… Read More

  • Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Plug Metromile’s free gizmo into your car and you can stop overpaying for car insurance if you’re amongst the 70% of people who drive under 10,000 miles a year. Today Metromile expands its per-mile car insurance to California following success disrupting traditional insurance in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois. It’s also revamping its free app that can tell you if something… Read More

  • Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon, you’re sitting outside at a café in Paris. You see this beautiful person who is about to leave, and you get a warm fuzzy feeling. Unfortunately, you don’t have time to introduce yourself, they’re already gone. Until now, the only thing you could do was maybe post something in the missed connections section of Craigslist or the… Read More

  • Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

    Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

    Google has teamed up with Udacity to make available a free course in Android development available to all – complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and forums. The course is called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” and it provides everything you need to learn how to make an Android app step-by-step; provided, that is, you already have a basic… Read More

  • Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Microsoft Hits Go On Windows Phone 8.1 For Lumia Handsets

    Starting today, Nokia Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8 will begin to receive Windows Phone 8.1 along with a Nokia-sourced updated called Cyan. Microsoft recently purchased Nokia’s hardware assets. The 8.1 update will land in pieces, depending on the carrier in question. Windows Phone 8.1, announced in April, brings a number of updates to Microsoft’s mobile platform, including… Read More