Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi

    Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi

    It’s not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore. Best to text them first. That’s why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger. Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and 15 other countries. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no… Read More

  • Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno. These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos. Alongside the new filters, Instagram is also adding support for emoji in hashtags, letting you tag your photos with those tiny pictographs that have come to dominate text conversations, and click on them to find… Read More

  • Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    A new study out this morning upsets the traditional thinking that iOS applications make more money for mobile developers when compared to those that run on Android devices. Instead, after taking into account the large number of non-Google Play Chinese Android app stores in existence, advisory firm Digi-Capital found that not only did Android dominate download volumes in 2014, it also made… Read More

  • Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay’s ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today. Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and with Discover, it will reach the overwhelming majority of cardholders in the U.S. Discover was the last noteworthy holdout from the service. Apple Pay with Discover will work the same way it does… Read More

  • Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year, but since then rumours have bubbled up now and again that the firm is planning to return to the mobile space. Citing anonymous sources, Re/code recently lit the touch-paper on a round of new stories floating this idea. It reported that the firm was plotting more mobile moves, spearheaded by Nokia Technologies, the division which handles… Read More

  • An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch owners actually be interested in actively reading news, shopping or playing… Read More

  • BlackBerry In Consultation Period To Close Swedish Operations [Updated]

    BlackBerry In Consultation Period To Close Swedish Operations [Updated]

    Earlier this week smartphone maker BlackBerry confirmed it acquired Israel’s WatchDox to build out its security software business, but it looks like it may be downsizing elsewhere. According to reports from Swedish news sites, BlackBerry is closing down its software design operations in Sweden — a business that grew out of its acquisition of UI startup The Astonishing… Read More

  • Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by… Read More

  • With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just tap on your… Read More

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