Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Woah Nelly! Microsoft Says It’s Not Killing Off The Super Basic Nokia Handset After All

    Woah Nelly! Microsoft Says It’s Not Killing Off The Super Basic Nokia Handset After All

    Last month as well as culling some 12,500 Nokia staff new owner Microsoft took an axe to the Nokia product portfolio, apparently hacking off the entire low end of devices — leaving it to focus entirely on its Windows Phone based Lumia smartphones. However it’s now decided it is in fact committed to the very bottom end of the basic mobile phone portfolio for the long term. Read More

  • Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Meet Motionlead, a French startup that wants to make mobile ads sexy again. When the team first developed a meme reader for the iPhone, it got really frustrated with the state of mobile ads. Traditional ad banners are both ineffective and ugly. That’s how Motionlead started. “On all our campaigns, we have a click rate above 10 percent for call-to-action buttons,” co-founder… Read More

  • #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    The birth of the Read Receipt was inconspicuous enough. It started out in our work email, with easy opt-out options, and was meant to slightly increase productivity. Today, the Read Receipt is everywhere, oftentimes as a default, poking its devilish head into all parts of our life, from the mundane to the professional to the very personal. Though most people will tell you otherwise, the… Read More

  • Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista is an event-planning app that uses AI to power recommendations for things to do in London that can be realistically chained together, based on their proximity, timings and availability. Read More

  • Your Lost Android Phone Can Now Call You

    Your Lost Android Phone Can Now Call You

    Did you know that Android has a built-in mechanism for locating or locking your lost phone? Google hasn’t done the best job marketing it, but it’s actually been baked right in since Android 4.4*. Today that feature gets even better, with the addition of a trick that seems so obviously great in hindsight: your lost phone can be set to call you — and only you — as soon… Read More

  • EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    Photo-sharing service EyeEm is announcing today that it is partnering with Foursquare and The Huffington Post to get photos taken by its users in front of more people with the introduction of two new competitions in its iOS and Android apps. Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    The conundrum of mobile is you either use one convenient app that is mediocre at doing many things, or you have to discover and hop between a flotilla of single-purpose apps. Vurb wants to solve this for mobile search by aggregating utility from top third-party apps so you can make decisions rather than click links. Today the 2014 Disrupt NY Battlefield winner announced it’s raised a… Read More

  • Zillow Expands Its Mortgage Services With Mobile Pre-Approvals

    Zillow Expands Its Mortgage Services With Mobile Pre-Approvals

    Unless you are buying a house in cash, you pretty much have to have a mortgage pre-approval letter from your bank before you even start house hunting. That’s typically something you would go to the bank for, but a number of mortgage services now also allow you to go through this process online. Online real estate site Zillow has long offered mortgage comparison services and a… Read More

  • Peter Molyneux’s Godus Game Can Make You A Mobile Deity On iOS Right Now

    Peter Molyneux’s Godus Game Can Make You A Mobile Deity On iOS Right Now

    Wacky game creator Peter Molyneux took to Kickstarter to fund the development of Godus, a god sim and Populous spiritual successor designed for mobile back in 2012. Now, after an early access launch late last year, it’s finally available to all for free on the App Store. The iPhone and iPad-optimized game lets you experience the joy of creation and the enthralling sting of destruction as… Read More

  • Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    “It makes what’s on Snapchat look old”. That’s the glowing review one teen gave Sup, a new app that lets you video stream your life to a friend 10-seconds at a time. But the hook is that they tell you what direction to turn or walk, morphing you into a video game they’re playing. Built by the fled founders of Yahoo acquisitions Stamped and Milewise, and backed… Read More

  • JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    Founded in 2006 when Anthony Eskinazi was just 23 years old, ParkatmyHouse seemed ever so slightly crazy at the time. Who would rent out their unused private drive way or church car park over the Internet? It turned out plenty of people would, and long before smartphone apps came along to make the whole process simpler, Eskinazi was plugging away at his vision, making it the UK’s… Read More

  • Three Ways For Retailers To Survive The Amazon Fire Crusade

    Three Ways For Retailers To Survive The Amazon Fire Crusade

    On July 25 Amazon began shipping its Fire phone, which includes Firefly, software that instantly recognizes products you can directly purchase on Amazon. Hot on the heels of this announcement was the news that Amazon released a beta version of its mobile wallet, Amazon Wallet, which will allow users to save gift cards to their device. For traditional retailers, Amazon has long been the… Read More

  • Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone

    Directr, an app that we’ve covered a few times since its launch back in 2012, has just been snatched up by Google. In an age of ultra-brief videos, Directr existed to help users and businesses shoot videos that were a bit longer than your average Vine — think ads, or promo clips, or family holiday videos. Read More

  • Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    News broke today that Microsoft is offering employees in China a Lumia 630 device to leave the company voluntarily. Microsoft’s mass layoffs are not going over smoothly in China. Reports of protest have cropped up, with workers reacting in anger about the company’s impending job cuts that will eventually total 18,000 across the company. When Microsoft purchased most of… Read More

  • Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More