Apps

  • Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Attempting to steal a bit of thunder away from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Apple announced this morning a record-breaking holiday season for its App Store, with over $1.1 billion spent on apps and in-app purchases in the two weeks ending January 3. Apple says it broke records for both traffic and purchases during this time. In addition, it wasn’t Christmas Day… Read More

  • Tablo Brings Live Network Television, DVR Functionality To Apple TV

    Tablo Brings Live Network Television, DVR Functionality To Apple TV

    Apple’s own streaming TV service may have been delayed due to stalled negotiations, but a new app launching for Apple’s newest media player will allow you to watch both live and recorded network television programs directly on your TV’s big screen. That is, the makers of a DVR for cord cutters, the Tablo DVR, is soon releasing an app for Apple TV. The Tablo DVR itself is… Read More

  • Mobile App Usage Up 58 Percent In 2015, With Emoji Keyboards Leading The Pack

    Mobile App Usage Up 58 Percent In 2015, With Emoji Keyboards Leading The Pack

    The number of mobile addicts is increasing, according to a new report released this morning from Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry, which found that 40 percent of the 58 percent total growth in mobile app sessions came from existing users in 2015. That’s a significant increase from the prior years, the company noted, as existing users only accounted for 20 percent of growth… Read More

  • Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Once upon a time, companies built huge proprietary systems to track their customer information, content, accounting, business intelligence and every other business function you can name. These were expensive, monolithic systems that took years to implement and compatibility between systems was not a huge priority. Usually the technology choices had a lot more to do with the needs of IT than… Read More

  • Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    More consumers were unwrapping new “phablet” devices this holiday season, according to a report out this afternoon from Flurry. The big-screened form factor, whose name is a mashup of “phone” and “tablet,” accounted for 27 percent of a new device activations in the week leading up to Christmas – a doubling of its share from the year prior, and up from… Read More

  • Live Studio Turns Your Videos And GIFs Into Live Photos

    Live Studio Turns Your Videos And GIFs Into Live Photos

    A good handful of apps have emerged to expand the capabilities of Live Photos introduced in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including a tool to turn Live Photos into GIFs,  a Live Photo editor called Alive and another app known as Lively. A fourth option from an indie student developer is Live Studio which – though a slightly less-polished app overall – offers a few unique tricks… Read More

  • “App Santa” Promo Drops Prices On 20 Top iOS And Mac Apps

    “App Santa” Promo Drops Prices On 20 Top iOS And Mac Apps

    There are a number of holiday app sales now running as mobile developers slash prices in hopes of reaching potential customers who will soon be unwrapping smartphones for Christmas. But one of the better promotions, starting today, is called “App Santa” and involves a group of indie developers behind some of the most popular applications on the iOS and Mac App Stores. The group… Read More

  • We Heart It, The Image-Sharing Site Used By 40 Million Teens, Launches Its Second App, Easel

    We Heart It, The Image-Sharing Site Used By 40 Million Teens, Launches Its Second App, Easel

    We Heart It, an image bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is out now with its second mobile application called Easel. The new app is designed to complement We Heart It’s main app, as it serves as a way to quickly create images using quotes that can be shared on We Heart It’s service or elsewhere on social media, including Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and… Read More

  • Majority Of Mobile Apps In China Don’t Retain Users For More Than A Week

    Majority Of Mobile Apps In China Don’t Retain Users For More Than A Week

    China may be the world’s largest app market when it comes to downloads, but new data indicates that those download numbers aren’t translating into loyal users who return to apps on regular basis. According to a report released this morning from eMarketer, citing data from Alibaba-owned analytics platform Umeng, the majority of mobile applications launched in China struggle to… Read More

  • Lively Lets You Trim Your iPhone’s Live Photos, Pick Your Best Shot From The Video

    Lively Lets You Trim Your iPhone’s Live Photos, Pick Your Best Shot From The Video

    Since the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which introduced support for a new, animated type of photo called Live Photos, a number of apps have launched to help iPhone owners do more with those moving images, including turning them into GIFs, save storage space by deleting the Live Photos and more. Now one of the first movers in this space, Lively, has rolled out a couple of notable… Read More

  • Basket’s New App Helps You Find The Best Prices On Groceries

    Basket’s New App Helps You Find The Best Prices On Groceries

    A number of apps today let you check prices and comparison shop for things like clothing, electronics, toys, housewares, and more, but what about your everyday purchases, like groceries? Does your local store, Amazon, or Jet.com have the best deal on diapers? Is your favorite cereal cheaper this week at Target or Walgreens? A new mobile application called Basket wants to bring the same level… Read More

  • Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Last month, Tumblr rolled out instant messaging on the web, iOS and Android to a subset of Tumblr users ahead of a broader launch. Today, the company says that all users will now have access to this feature, which introduces a way to communicate directly with others on the service, in a private, chat-like interface. Originally, the product itself was fairly bare-bones – you could… Read More

  • Miss YouTube Video Responses? Vessel Brings Them Back With Launch Of “Threads”

    Miss YouTube Video Responses? Vessel Brings Them Back With Launch Of “Threads”

    Vessel, the video subscription service led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and former Hulu CTO Richard Tom, is expanding in a new direction with the launch of a feature called “Threads,” designed to encourage more social interaction between video creators and viewers. The idea, the company explains, is to allow creators to interact with fans by asking them questions, encourage… Read More

  • Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify is the world’s top streaming music service in terms of active users, downloads and revenue, according to a new music-focused report out this morning from App Annie. However, while Spotify bested last year’s top streaming music app Pandora Radio from a global standpoint, Pandora is still strong in the U.S. where it remains the number one streaming service by active users… Read More

  • Tumblr Launches A “GIF Maker” For Mobile, Promises More Tools For Creative Expression To Come

    Tumblr Launches A “GIF Maker” For Mobile, Promises More Tools For Creative Expression To Come

    Tumblr today is launching a new tool that will capitalize on its community’s love for both creating and sharing GIFs with the debut of a mobile-only “GIF Maker.” The tool, which lets you quickly turn your iPhone videos or burst photos into GIFs, will not be a standalone application, but will rather become a core feature of the main Tumblr mobile app. Read More

  • Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store’s search algorithms are returning results. Developers say that, following a series of shifts that took place beginning on November 3, app search results now appear to be more intelligent and far more relevant – especially among the top results – than… Read More

  • Vevo Follows YouTube Music’s Debut With An Upgraded Music App Of Its Own

    Vevo Follows YouTube Music’s Debut With An Upgraded Music App Of Its Own

    Following today’s launch of the anticipated YouTube Music application, music video streaming app Vevo, which distributes videos to YouTube and counts Google as an investor, is also introducing a new experience of its own. The company today is rolling out a completely revamped mobile app, initially on iOS, which reimagines the Vevo application as one that’s focused more heavily… Read More

  • Apple TV ‘Tech Talks’ Coming To Major Cities Across The Globe

    Apple TV ‘Tech Talks’ Coming To Major Cities Across The Globe

    Want to develop an app for the newly released Apple TV? Of course you do. Not sure how to get started? Apple is touring the globe for “Apple TV Tech Talks” which promise to get you rocking. You have to register by November 13th, though…so hop to it. Between December and February next year Apple is going to their stores in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino… Read More

  • Trim Will Find Your Subscriptions, Cancel Those You No Longer Want

    Trim Will Find Your Subscriptions, Cancel Those You No Longer Want

    Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Birchbox, Spotify, HBO NOW, newspapers, box of the month clubs, meal services, and more: The rise of subscription-based commerce means consumers now pay for a number of items on a recurring basis. But even a few dollars spent here and there have a way of adding up, and eating into your household’s budget. A new startup called Trim wants to help you… Read More

  • Hullabalu Raises $2.5 Million For Its Interactive Storytelling App For Kids

    Hullabalu Raises $2.5 Million For Its Interactive Storytelling App For Kids

    The iPad helped introduce the concept of interactive books, where stories are accompanied by games and other tappable animations to complement their tales. But a company called Hullabalu offers a twist. Instead of digital stories with interactive bits, kids advance the story’s progress by interacting with the world and playing with the characters. Now the company has raised an… Read More