Apps

  • Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Life360, the mobile application designed for families, announced today that it has acquired the private messaging application and Y Combinator grad Couple (formerly known as Pair), based in Mountain View. Not a pure talent acquisition, Life360 sees Couple as being a potential initial entry point into its larger platform, which now counts over 55 million families using its location tracker… Read More

  • Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

    Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

    Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or, in the case when it can’t make an exact match, the app… Read More

  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead. Also new is added support for… Read More

  • Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    In recent months, Vevo has been working to extend its brand from being best-known as the provider of original music videos on YouTube to being a service for music discovery in its own right. The company in November rolled out an upgraded iOS experience as a part of this larger vision, and has today extended that experience to Android and Apple TV. Similar to the iOS version, the new Vevo… Read More

  • Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store

    Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store

    Google appears to have reversed its earlier decision to ban ad blockers from the Google Play store – a move which had seen the company pulling apps like Adblock Fast and stalling the updates for others, like Crystal’s ad blocker. Now, following an appeal from Rocketship, the developers behind Adblock Fast, Google has re-approved and republished its app to Google Play. The… Read More

  • Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile, the mobile gaming company behind recent app store hits like the once-viral “Kim Kardashian” Hollywood,” and who recently took a stake in top trivia game QuizUp, is hoping it has another potential breakout title on its hands thanks to a newly announced deal with pop star, Taylor Swift. According to news unveiled this week, Taylor and Glu will work together over… Read More

  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • App Fatigue Crunch Network

    App Fatigue

    In the 1980s and 1990s it was all about shrink-wrapped software … ah, those were the days. Software was sold on big and small pieces of plastic and shiny CDs. The 1990s brought in the wave of early Internet to the consumer. The Internet provided a new means for accessing software. You could finally download bits and pieces. But it wasn’t until early 2000 that the average… Read More

  • Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29, a media company catering to a younger, female demographic, has today launched its first-ever mobile application, called Refinery29 This AM. The idea with the new application is to deliver a round-up of curated news stories to readers, meant to be viewed first thing in the morning. Says the company, these stories will be presented on eight different cards in the app, and will focus… Read More

  • Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s foray into video has gone live on iOS a little earlier than expected. On Monday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Spotify had begun to roll out its video product to all users, beginning with its Android app this week. The iOS launch of the new “Shows” section, however, was not expected until “the next week or so,” a spokesperson told us at the time. Read More

  • Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    In October, Yahoo introduced a brand-new version of its email app designed for the way people access their inbox on mobile devices, which included things like swipe gestures, easier access to attachments, integration with social services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and more. Today, the company is rolling out its first major update to that app since its debut, with a handful of… Read More

  • Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder users will now have better chatting tools, thanks to an upgraded messaging experience in the mobile dating app. Amid a flurry of changes that began rolling out last night to the iOS application, and soon Android, Tinder added support for sending your matches GIFs. It also upgraded the size of emoji in chat and also now lets you “like” the individual messages you received from… Read More

  • Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora today rolled out a series of new features that, again, are aimed at making the streaming music service more competitive with the likes of Spotify and other competitors. As you may recall, the company recently introduced “thumbprint radio” – a way for the service to create a mix of user favorites and recommendations, which seemed a shot against Spotify’s… Read More

  • Branch Metrics Snags $35 Million More For Its Deep Linking & App Discovery Business

    Branch Metrics Snags $35 Million More For Its Deep Linking & App Discovery Business

    One of the problems in the early days of the mobile app era was that it wasn’t possible to link to the pages within apps the same way you could link to pages on the open web. But technology has adapted to solve that problem over the years, both on the part of the mobile OS platform makers themselves, as well as via third parties who today provide smarter links to the content within apps… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

    Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

    Microsoft today unveiled yet another application aimed at iOS users, with the launch of a news application that greatly resembles Apple’s own News application that comes built into iOS 9. Called “News Pro,” Microsoft’s app aims to offer readers a personalized experience by connecting them to articles that match their current interests, while also uncovering… Read More

  • “Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends

    “Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends

    A startup called VINA is launching a mobile app today that operates a lot like a Tinder, but is aimed at women seeking new friends. And no, not friends-with-benefits or boy-space-friends, but other females who share their same interests, and who have compatible personalities. To make this work, Hey! VINA, as the app is called, doesn’t just show its users pictures and profiles, but also… Read More

  • A Day After Launch, “Exploding Kittens” Tops The App Store

    A Day After Launch, “Exploding Kittens” Tops The App Store

    “Exploding Kittens,” the hugely successful Kickstarter-funded card game from ex-Microsofties Elan Lee and Shane Small along with The Oatmeal’s creator Matthew Inman, has now been translated into a mobile game. And that game is now exploding onto the App Store, too, having scored the #1 Paid App slot only a day after launching. The game, as you may recall, became one… Read More

  • Facebook Is Bringing 3D Touch To Your Timeline

    Facebook Is Bringing 3D Touch To Your Timeline

    Facebook is bringing 3D Touch to its Timeline, the company says – meaning that users of Apple’s latest devices, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, will soon be able to press on links, profiles and more, in order to preview content without having to navigate away from their current spot. This previewing feature, dubbed “peek and pop,” was introduced last fall on… Read More

  • Punch Is A Clever Lockscreen Messenger App For iPhone…That You May Never Get To Use

    Punch Is A Clever Lockscreen Messenger App For iPhone…That You May Never Get To Use

    Apple’s App Store rules are designed to maintain a level playing ground for developers and keep them from overtaking the operating system’s interface or feature set in ways Apple did not intend. But at times, the rules also bump up against innovative leaps in terms of how we could use our smartphones. Case in point: a walkie talkie-like messaging app called Punch has come up with… Read More

  • Defumblr’s Smarter Android Lockscreen Takes Cues From Apple’s “Proactive” Features

    Defumblr’s Smarter Android Lockscreen Takes Cues From Apple’s “Proactive” Features

    A new mobile application from a co-founder of Reputation.com wants to re-imagine how consumers interact with their smartphones. Instead of unlocking the device and launching apps for common actions – like replying to calls, texts and emails; making to-do lists; seeing what’s nearby; or reading the news, for example – an app called Defumblr will put this information directly… Read More

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