Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Samsung’s Metal-Edged Galaxy Alpha Is Its Most iPhone-A-Like Handset Ever

    Samsung’s Metal-Edged Galaxy Alpha Is Its Most iPhone-A-Like Handset Ever

    Samsung has announced a new metal-edged flagship smartphone that takes its design language a step closer to the iPhone — and gives it something to fend off competition from surefooted Android startup Xiaomi. Read More

  • YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    Over the last few years, technology has steadily worked its way into the concert-going experience. Apps make the ticket purchasing experience a simple affair, while the endless flood of social data gives promoters and bands the ability to target their marketing efforts at those most likely to enjoy their particular style. Read More

  • Bolt Vs. Bolt: A Speedy, New Photo Messenger Debuts Using A Familiar Name

    Bolt Vs. Bolt: A Speedy, New Photo Messenger Debuts Using A Familiar Name

    There’s another Bolt on the App Store that isn’t Instagram’s experimental photo messenger, and it competes in the same photo messaging space. How will Instagram parent company Facebook react to this new Bolt? Even Bolt’s creator, Nick Bicanic, better known as the founder of mobile dating app Flikdate, doesn’t quite know. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    It’s a big day in the Windows world, with Microsoft rolling out a grip of security patches, updates for Surface tablets, and new capabilities for Windows 8.1 as part of its August update. Regarding the security fixes, nine security updates are part of the package, addressing what Microsoft calls “37 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” Read More

  • Uber Is About To Launch An API

    Uber Is About To Launch An API

    Uber wins when you hit the “Request A Ride” button, so shouldn’t it try to put that button everywhere? It seemed like a smart plan, so I did some digging and now sources confirm to me that Uber plans to launch an API soon. Google Maps was just the start. While it’s not clear what the exact functionality will be, the Uber API could potentially let partnered developers… Read More

  • OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    In this week’s episode of totally batshit crazy things some brands do to get attention, OnePlus (the maker of a new smartphone called The One) is kindly offering a bump on the waiting list for women who are willing to enter the equivalent of an online beauty contest. Because I literally can’t bring myself to describe a contest that is so demeaning towards women and generally… Read More

  • Let’s Get Over Ourselfies

    Let’s Get Over Ourselfies

    It just became even easier to take selfies at inappropriate times. LINE is set to launch a new app just for selfies. Its key feature? It doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one will notice when you’re surreptitiously snapping a closeup of yourself. The messaging company’s latest app, called B612, only uses the front-facing camera on your phone and “makes the process… Read More

  • Beanstock Media Acquires Mobile Publishing Startup Onswipe

    Beanstock Media Acquires Mobile Publishing Startup Onswipe

    Ad tech company Beanstock Media is announcing that it has acquired Onswipe, a startup that allows publishers to create tablet- and smartphone-optimized versions of their websites. Onswipe founder and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Baptiste suggested that bringing the two companies together will allow them to create “an end-to-end technology stack for publishers” by combining… Read More

  • Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    In the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, Tinder has some positive news to share around a recent hire. Jerry Heinz, former head of Engineering at Amazon, has recently joined Tinder as VP of engineering, overseeing the team of thirty as the mobile dating app continues to scale. Heinz led the effort around Amazon AppStream, and before that was the general manager for Test Drive, which was… Read More

  • Foursquare | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The New Foursquare

    As you might have noticed, Foursquare made some big changes this summer. The first was the introduction of a new check-in based social app called Swarm, and the second hit last week with the debut of the brand new Foursquare. Read More

  • Peel Delivers A DISH And DirectTV Smart Remote For iOS – No New Hardware Required

    Peel Delivers A DISH And DirectTV Smart Remote For iOS – No New Hardware Required

    Peel originally launched as a hardware/software combo to bring smart remote features for your TV to the iPhone, but that was a few years ago, and the company has since focused more on building software, with a mobile app that provides social TV viewing features and personalized recommendations. The startup has been working with Android devices with built-in IR blasters to unite its social… Read More

  • Meetup Becomes A Messaging App

    Meetup Becomes A Messaging App

    On mobile, everything wants to be a messaging app – even Pinterest, it seems. But in Meetup’s case, the addition of a new Messages feature makes sense. Most people are familiar with Meetup as being the long-time online home for local community groups that organize outings and other activities like hikes or biking trips, cooking classes, playdates for the kids, and much more. But… Read More

  • How Apple’s HealthKit Could Offer General Wellbeing As A Platform Advantage

    How Apple’s HealthKit Could Offer General Wellbeing As A Platform Advantage

    Apple’s HealthKit is coming in iOS 8, and reports about the current beta version of the software paint it mostly as an empty vessel waiting for developers to build hooks that connect their data to the hub, and leverage the data volunteered by other apps and the user to inform their own health and fitness software. But Apple isn’t just waiting to see what people will build; behind… Read More

  • Apple’s Next iPad Could Sport Anti-Reflective Coating For Easier Daylight Use

    Apple’s Next iPad Could Sport Anti-Reflective Coating For Easier Daylight Use

    Apple has a new iPad that has just gone into production, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The next Apple tablet will reportedly will reportedly come in both 9.7-inch (iPad Air) and 7.9-inch (iPad mini) flavors, per the news network’s sources, and will be equipped with a new anti-reflective coating that should make it easier to read in bright light situations. The new iPads could… Read More

  • Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%). That means the app is more popular than Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr among the millennial demographic, which comScore… Read More

  • Parenthoods Debuts A Mobile Social Network Just For Moms And Dads

    Parenthoods Debuts A Mobile Social Network Just For Moms And Dads

    Becoming a parent is an amazing, life-changing experience, but it can also be one that’s isolating and lonely – especially if your pre-baby social activities involved spur-of-the moment invites, happy hours, and nights out on the town. Parenthoods, a new Y Combinator-backed mobile platform, wants to help with the social isolation parenthood can bring by offering a community for… Read More

  • OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable, which first announced its mobile payments pilot program this February in San Francisco, is about to speed things up. The company said this morning that it’s now expanding its mobile payments service to a number of restaurants in New York and plans to introduce payments to 20 more cities before the end of 2014. Read More

  • Acer’s Tegra K1-Powered Chromebook Boasts Up To 13 Hours Of Battery Life

    Acer’s Tegra K1-Powered Chromebook Boasts Up To 13 Hours Of Battery Life

    Acer is doing a new Chromebook, and they’re doing it up big! The new hardware is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, which the graphics and chip-maker has been promoting as a graphics-friendly chipset for Android smartphones and tablets, but this is the first time it’s powering a Chromebook. The K1 allows Acer to deliver a huge amount of battery life with impressive… Read More

  • Fanmode Lets Sports Fans Share Their Emotions From The Couch To The Stadium

    Fanmode Lets Sports Fans Share Their Emotions From The Couch To The Stadium

    Sport is an emotional business. But, as it stands, there arguably exists a disconnect between fans watching at home or in the many sports bars around the world, and those who are actually at the stadium during a game — as I was yesterday for the Community Shield football, as a guest of Fanmode, a newly launched startup that has set out to solve this ‘problem’. Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

    Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

    Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the device that can replace multiple pieces of Apple kit, including the MacBook and the iPad. Its latest ad spots for its Windows 8 marquee device target the MacBook directly, invoking the classic Apple Mac vs. PC ads with their visual style but focusing more on specs. Two of them feature just two guys chatting with each other naturally (read: not at… Read More