• IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units

    IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units

    As Apple rides a cresting wave in the stock market with its market cap now dancing around $700 billion, a dark cloud moves in from IDC. The analysts report today that full-year iPad shipments will decline for the first time in its history, amid a sluggish market overall for tablets. Apple — which ironically now offers more models of its iPad tablet than ever before — will… Read More

  • Tumblr Rolls Out Mobile App Install Ads In The Form Of Shareable Sponsored Posts

    Tumblr Rolls Out Mobile App Install Ads In The Form Of Shareable Sponsored Posts

    Tumblr this morning is rolling a new mobile-only ad unit called “Tumblr Sponsored Apps” which will allow app publishers to target the social blogging service’s largely Millennial and heavily mobile audience with creative posts designed to drive users to the iTunes App Store and Google Play to download new applications. App install ads, as these units are commonly called… Read More

  • Feastly, A Marketplace For Dining Experiences, Raises $1.25M

    Feastly, A Marketplace For Dining Experiences, Raises $1.25M

    Feastly, a startup that connects diners with chefs offering unique food experiences outside of restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $1.25 million in seed funding. We first wrote about the company in April, describing it as an “Airbnb for dinner.” Basically, it’s a site where chefs (who need to be approved by the Feastly team) can offer things like this… Read More

  • Chromecast Adds Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn And More

    Chromecast Adds Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn And More

    Google continues to build out its lineup of content partners for the Chromecast streaming media device. This time, partners include Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, and TuneIn, providing a good mix of comedy, kids and radio/podcast content for direct broadcast to your TV or display. Other new channels include EPIX, YuppTV and Encore, which add additional TV and movie content… Read More

  • Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    The two co-founders behind AppGratis are working on a new project for mobile developers. Batch Insights is a push notification aggregator that will let you search, filter and manipulate notifications from thousands of popular apps. This service is a good way to benchmark your competitors when it comes to push notifications. “With Batch Insights we’re on a mission to index all… Read More

  • Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’ Tapp is a 100 character text and emoji tool that allows you to send… Read More

  • Alexa Competitor SimilarWeb Raises $15M To Expand Into Mobile Analytics, App Engagement Insights

    Alexa Competitor SimilarWeb Raises $15M To Expand Into Mobile Analytics, App Engagement Insights

    Online, and now, mobile measurement service SimilarWeb has raised $15 million in Series D funding from prior investors Naspers and angel investor Lord David Alliance, chairman of clothing catalog retailer N Brown Group, as the company prepares to expand its capabilities in terms of measuring mobile application data, including app engagement metrics. To date, Tel Aviv-headquartered… Read More

  • VigLink Acquires Content Promotion Startup LinkSmart, Adds Another $2M In Funding

    VigLink Acquires Content Promotion Startup LinkSmart, Adds Another $2M In Funding

    VigLink just announced that it’s acquiring Boulder, Colo.-based startup LinkSmart. Aside from the obvious connection of having “link” in both company names, VigLink founder and CEO Oliver Roup pointed to LinkSmart’s focus on helping online publishers promote to their own content, whether it’s an important article or a sponsored story. That complements… Read More

  • The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House

    The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House

    Nifty, a hardware startup which has previously turned heads which it’s clever SD card (the MiniDrive) designed to expand the memory of ultra books like Macbook Air’s, has come up with a new product. The XOO Belt is a designer belt that will charge a smartphone. Launched recently on IndieGoGo, it packs 2,100mAh of power – enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 with power to… Read More

  • Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps

    Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps

    Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps. Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there. Read More

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