Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Apple Stops Ignoring Women’s Health With iOS 9 HealthKit Update, Now Featuring Period Tracking

    Apple Stops Ignoring Women’s Health With iOS 9 HealthKit Update, Now Featuring Period Tracking

    Apple will at last address a glaring oversight with regard to its Health application and its usefulness to women: in iOS 9, the app will support the ability for women to track their reproductive health. Yes, finally: Apple is making period tracking a built-in feature for the iPhone. Announced briefly at yesterday’s WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering… Read More

  • June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    What happens when you put a bunch of people who have worked at Apple, GoPro, Path, Google, and so on, in a room and ask them to design an oven? The answer, apparently, is June: a countertop smart oven that will cost around $1,495 and ship next spring. It’s about the size of a microwave and designed to operate more like a smart device than a typical oven. It sits on your counter and… Read More

  • Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Tile, the square-shaped lost item tracker that attaches to everything from bikes to bags to key chains and more and then helps you locate those items if lost or stolen through a mobile app, has now raised an additional $3 million. The new funding comes from Khosla Ventures, and is an extension to the $13 million Series A Tile raised last fall to fund its international expansion and Android… Read More

  • eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    Ebay today is launching its first attempt at building a smartwatch experience for users of the Apple Watch with the debut of a new app that allows both buyers and sellers to receive updates and alerts related to items they’re tracking on eBay’s marketplace. The company has previously tested similar concepts with apps for competing smartwatch platforms, including Samsung Gear… Read More

  • MapQuest Confirms It’s Using Mapbox To Overhaul Its Product

    MapQuest Confirms It’s Using Mapbox To Overhaul Its Product

    AOL-owned MapQuest has confirmed a big product and brand overhaul for its mapping product, including a partnership with developer mapping platform Mapbox to improve the product’s performance. We reported these updates were incoming last month. Read More

  • Apple’s WWDC Keynote In 90 Seconds

    Apple had a lot to announce at its Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, and it was easy to miss big news as it happened during the two-hour-plus keynote. We’ve summed it up right here, with links to our coverage if you want to know more. Off the bat, Apple announced Mac OS X El Capitan. While it doesn’t come with a visual overhaul like last year’s Yosemite update… Read More

  • Apple Revives Ping As “Connect,” Letting Artists Share A Feed Of Music, Videos And Social Media

    Apple Revives Ping As “Connect,” Letting Artists Share A Feed Of Music, Videos And Social Media

    Apple wants to be the way you socially connect to musicians, not Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Spotify. As a tab in its new Apple Music on-demand streaming service, Apple is launching Connect, a feed showing music, videos, photos, and notes posted to a social media feed. Apple hopes that if it can own that relationship, fans won’t risk severing it by quitting Apple’s streaming… Read More

  • Apple Stresses User Privacy At WWDC

    Apple Stresses User Privacy At WWDC

    Apple is continuing to put blue water between itself and data-mining mobile rivals such as Google by engineering its services with a clear focus on user privacy. At Apple’s WWDC developer conference today, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi showed off an update to its Siri voice assistant, called Proactive, which will offer some Google Now-esque predictive… Read More

  • iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    Apple capped off its announcement of new features in iOS 9 with information about timing — the public beta will become available in July, followed by a full launch this fall. Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

  • Apple Rebrands Passbook To Wallet

    Apple Rebrands Passbook To Wallet

    Apple just introduced a few new updates to the Apple Pay service at the WWDC conference in San Francisco. Alongside adding your usual debit and credit cards, Apple Pay now lets you add store cards as well as loyalty and rewards cards. With the help of PassBook, the Apple Pay also knows exactly which card you need when you’re in a given store and presents the right option. That said… Read More

  • Yep, Apple Maps Will Include Transit Directions In iOS 9

    Yep, Apple Maps Will Include Transit Directions In iOS 9

    With the update to iOS 9, iPhone users will find transit directions in Apple Maps. So yes, city-dwellers, we can finally stop complaining about this. “Yes, it’s transit,” Apple’s Craig Federighi declared on-stage today at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. 9to5Mac had previously reported that Apple would be reintroducing transit… Read More

  • Square Will Launch An Apple Pay-Ready NFC And Card Chip Reader This Fall

    Square Will Launch An Apple Pay-Ready NFC And Card Chip Reader This Fall

    Apple today announced a new partnership for Apple Pay with Square, which will release a new card reader designed to allow small businesses to take Apple Pay payments as well as credit card chip payments, but not card swipes. Read More

  • Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Ahead of Apple’s WWDC event, analytics firm comScore released on Friday a new report detailing Apple’s mobile operating system iOS’s growth in the U.S. market. The reported noted that, in April, Apple ranked at the top smartphone manufacturer with a 43.1 percent market share, up from 41.3 percent in January. The next largest OEM was Samsung, with a 28.6 percent share, down… Read More

  • Kobalt Quietly Acquired AMRA To Launch Its Own Global Collection Group For Digital Music

    Kobalt Quietly Acquired AMRA To Launch Its Own Global Collection Group For Digital Music

    Kobalt, the London-based startup that has built big-data technology to track and collect digital music royalties from across multiple streaming platforms, is turning up the volume on its business. The company has quietly acquired and redesigned one of the main collection agencies in the U.S. — the American Mechanical Rights Agency. The new organization — which was “small… Read More

  • IAB Survey Says Yes, (Some) People Watch Longer Videos On Their Smartphones

    IAB Survey Says Yes, (Some) People Watch Longer Videos On Their Smartphones

    There’s a new survey commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau that examines mobile video consumption across the globe. Not surprisingly, many respondents said that they’re watching more video on mobile devices than they were a year ago, including 50 percent of those surveyed in the United States, and 42 percent in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Read More

  • Xprize Launches $7M Competition For Mobile Apps That Improve Adult Literacy

    Xprize Launches $7M Competition For Mobile Apps That Improve Adult Literacy

    Xprize may be best known for its efforts in space travel, but it’s also working to solve social problems here on Earth. The foundation announced a $15 million competition last fall, focused on bringing literacy to children around the world. Now it’s working with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on its second… Read More

  • Why I Cautiously Support the App Store Change Crunch Network

    Why I Cautiously Support the App Store Change

    There are very good reasons for Apple’s recent change to the App Store’s listings, especially for games, as the charts had become over-dominated by incumbents at the expense of newer developers. At the same time is this change really enough? Read More

  • How Fintech Can Disrupt Africa’s Cash-Based Economy Crunch Network

    How Fintech Can Disrupt Africa’s Cash-Based Economy

    Paying at a local coffee shop or superstore with your smartphone instead of your bank card is convenient, but not much more convenient than using a credit card. While there is significant disruption in some fintech areas, such as international money transfer by companies like TransferWise and Azimo, other innovations can seem a bit cosmetic to Western users. Read More

  • The Year That Was And Will Be In Mobile Payments

    The Year That Was And Will Be In Mobile Payments

    The many success and failures of mobile payments and related solutions witnessed so far brings home a very simple fact-one mobile-based financial solution will not cater to all markets. After all, how can it? The mobile finance space itself is so vast: you have payments, payment-related services and commerce. Read More

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