Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Building an app isn’t just coming up with an idea and then coding (or finding someone to code it for you). There’s a lot involved in the end-to-end process that you wouldn’t necessarily think about when you’re idly dreaming about making one yourself. Developer David Smith, who created the much-loved Pedometer++, as well as Emoji++, Feed Wrangler and many more, has created… Read More

  • Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    If you’ve ever wanted to contribute photos or videos to your local newscast, you might get your chance soon, thanks to a new startup called Fresco News. There have been lots of other experiments in crowdsourced journalism, but CEO John Meyer (pictured above) said Fresco has some key differences. Read More

  • TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    The Apple WWDC 2015 keynote is just days away, so we discuss what you can expect to see at that special presentation. Basically it’s going to be a whole lotto iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, with a healthy heaping of Apple Watch and Watch OS thrown in. Beyond that, there are probably a few surprises in store. We go into detail about what we expect to see regarding Proactive, Home and HomeKit… Read More

  • NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    Online video news company NowThis Mediasays it has seen dramatic growth, going from 1 million video views a year ago, to 50 million earlier this year, to 200 million in May. That’s a lot of eyeballs, especially for a startup that’s less than three years old and has a team of 35 people. In fact, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Products Athan Stephanopoulos (who joined through… Read More

  • iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    Services like Pandora, Spotify and whatever Apple is working on tend to get most of the headlines, but iHeartRadio says it has been building a big audience of its own — specifically 70 million registered users. The streaming music service was created by radio giant Clear Channel, which rebranded as iHeartMedia last year. iHeartRadio allows users to listen to live radio stations, as well… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

    What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

     This year’s kick-off event at WWDC will likely have a developer focus, given the nature of the event, but there will plenty for everyone to pay attention to, especially if you’re a fan of iOS, OS X or the latest new Apple device: The Apple Watch. Here’s a roundup of what’s likely to go down at WWDC this year, along with a few far-out wishes and some cold water… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

    Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

    Facebook is removing the confusing, slightly creepy always-on location sharing feature in Messenger for a more explicit, one-time way to share where you are or will be. Location will no longer be a “second class citizen”, Messenger Head Of Product Stan Chudnovsky tells me. Instead, Messenger has big plans for GPS features, saying “What we’re launching is the foundation… Read More

  • Facebook Lite Is A Stripped Down Android App For The Developing World

    Facebook can be painfully slow on weak network connections or prohibitively expensive on stingy data plans that are common in India, Africa, and Southeast Asia. So today, Facebook is launching a bare-bones, low-resolution version of its Android app that works well on crummy networks or outdated phones, and burns much less data than its normal smartphone apps. It will roll out today in Asia… Read More

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