Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Bar Roulette routes your Uber to a random bar nearby

    Bar Roulette routes your Uber to a random bar nearby

    Want to go party the night away but not sure where to go? Bar Roulette’s brand new iOS app has you covered. Press a button to summon an Uber, and it will take you to a bar picked from the highest-rated bars on Yelp and Foursquare. The twist? The app won’t tell you where you are going until you arrive. It aims to break you out of your routines and add a bit of adventure to your life. Read More

  • Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Amid news that Apple Music is getting a makeover come this summer, Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university. That means in the U.S. Read More

  • Sean Parker’s Airtime acquires WebRTC video chat wizards vLine

    Sean Parker’s Airtime acquires WebRTC video chat wizards vLine

    It takes some serious engineering magic to build low-latency group mobile video chat and simultaneous content viewing. That’s why Sean Parker’s recently relaunched video chat room app Airtime acquired vLine, which offered video chat infrastructure to SaaS companies. Founded in 2010, vLine was backed with $1.5 million from Kleiner Perkins and Harrison Metal. vLine’s team will… Read More

  • Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    You may remember Launcher as the once-banned iOS widget that Apple booted from the App Store after its approval, then months later allowed back in. The problem Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget provider — the app by itself didn’t offer any standalone functionality beyond widget configuration. Today, Launcher is out with its… Read More

  • YouTube VP Matt Glotzbach graduates to CEO role at Quizlet

    YouTube VP Matt Glotzbach graduates to CEO role at Quizlet

    Quizlet, the makers of popular web and mobile study tools, hired a new CEO, Matt Glotzbach, former Vice President of Product Management at YouTube. Glotzbach led the creation of YouTube’s music subscription service, and fan-funding business platforms. But Quizlet will not be his first education-focused initiative. A 12-year Google veteran, he was part of the founding team of Google apps… Read More

  • Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to switch off the automatic, default setting then choose either a higher or… Read More

  • Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

    Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

    Drawbridge, a startup that helps businesses identify when a single person is using multiple devices, has raised $25 million in Series C funding. Every time I write about Drawbridge, I’m contractually obligated to mention that the company is backed by two of the best-known venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For this round, Drawbridge went back… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands… Read More

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