Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • WhatsApp Says It’s Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients

    WhatsApp Says It’s Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients

    Quite a few reports circling the web this week appear to indicate a tightening of WhatsApp’s policy toward the usage of third-party WhatsApp client applications. That is, word has it that those using an unofficial app will be banned from WhatsApp for life. However, that’s not exactly the case, WhatsApp explains. In fact, there’s been no larger policy shift since we last… Read More

  • Apple Watch Sounding More Independent In Latest Leak

    Apple Watch Sounding More Independent In Latest Leak

    The Apple Watch will offer a lot more independent features than were previously announced, according to a new leak from the generally accurate 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. The wearable is set for an official unveiling Monday, but Gurman’s report highlights some heretofore unknown features from sources with hands-on experience, including longer continuous and mixed-use battery life… Read More

  • Corgi For Feedly Puts News Right On Your Android Phone’s Lock Screen

    Corgi For Feedly Puts News Right On Your Android Phone’s Lock Screen

    There are a growing number of startups taking advantage of Android’s flexibility to deliver content directly to the smartphone’s lock screen, enabling things like alerts, ads, and even messaging – without requiring users to first unlock their phone and launch an app. A new startup called Corgi, available now on Google Play’s store, is one of these new efforts, as it… Read More

  • Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

    You know what no one wants to do? Join a brand’s standalone social network. The problem is that it took Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane four years, multiple founders, and over $14 million to figure that out. According to four sources with intimate knowledge of the company, Backplane was in free fall for years. A bloated burn rate, mismanagement, and internal squabbles led to a… Read More

  • Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile app search company Quixey, which has been focused on solving the challenges with app discovery, and counts among its customer base names like Ask.com and Sprint, confirmed today it has raised $60 million in a strategic Series C1 funding round led by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba. Other investors in the round included SoftBank, GGV, Goldman Sachs. To date, this additional… Read More

  • HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    For those of you who haven’t used it yet, HotelTonight allows users to book same-day hotel rooms from their smartphones, at discounted rates. Or, if you’re not quite as comfortable with waiting until the last minute, the company launched a seven-day reservation system last fall. Read More

  • A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    Canonical has finally got skin in the mobile game, putting its first Ubuntu phone on sale in Europe last month. It’s been showing off that mid-tier device, made by BQ, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, along with a more premium smartphone made by Meizu, which will be released later this year — targeting the Chinese market. Read More

  • Gmail App Now Offers Reply And Archive From Notifications On iOS

    Gmail App Now Offers Reply And Archive From Notifications On iOS

    Gmail has a new update out for iOS, which brings lots of new iOS 8-friendly features, including two that are great productivity additions: the ability to reply to and archive emails directly from incoming notifications. The reply function kicks you into the Gmail app right into a compose window replying to the email you received, and the archive function makes it go away, without any… Read More

  • Lastronaut iPhone Gameplay Video

    Lastronaut Is A Totally Free, Totally Addictive Endless Running Game For iPhone

    Endless runners are pretty much perfect for mobile devices, because they’re easy to get into and great for short play sessions. A new iPhone game in that genre from a Toronto-based developers Darrin Henein and Stephan Leroux called Lastronaut may be the best currently available endless runner for those looking for value: it’s totally free, with no ads or in-app purchases… Read More

  • Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin, the mobile application that began as a secure organizer for personal documents and other information captured by your smartphone’s camera, is today making a larger move to compete in the private mobile messaging space with the launch of Mustbin 2.0. The new app is now offering a solid handful of features that differentiate it from many competitors, including the ability… Read More

  • Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

    Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

    Wondering how to make a Moscow Mule or a Margarita? Google this morning is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you how to make any cocktail, offering step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and even serving suggestions like type of garnish or drinkware. The addition is one of many ways that Google is trying to turn its search service into more of a virtual assistant for… Read More

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