Apps

  • It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions

    It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions

    Is it over for paid mobile apps? That’s the general thinking these days, as the App Stores fill up with “good enough” alternatives to paid apps, while major publishers game the charts with free offerings that make millions which can then be used for their ongoing user acquisition efforts. That’s one of the reasons why the top charts of the App Store have gotten so… Read More

  • With Launch of iOS App, 99dresses Goes Mobile-Only For Dress Swapping Goodness

    With Launch of iOS App, 99dresses Goes Mobile-Only For Dress Swapping Goodness

    99dresses, the Y Combinator-backed startup that gives women the ability to hit “refresh” on their wardrobes as often as they like through clothing swaps, has gone mobile exclusive with the roll out of its new iOS app. With the relaunch, the startup has fundamentally reworked the virtual currency system on which its swaps operate, the previous version of which didn’t do as well… Read More

  • Study: Children Reading Fewer Books, Down 8% From 2012

    Study: Children Reading Fewer Books, Down 8% From 2012

    The Harry Potter series is wildly entertaining, but so is Angry Birds, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube Justin Bieber re-enactments, texting, Halo, The Disney Channel, Transformers 3, and a consumer flying drone. Books have a lot more competition these days, and a new study from Nielsen Books suggests that digital fun is starting to crowd out the habits of occasional readers. Specifically… Read More

  • Rent The Runway Begins Mobile Push With The Launch Of Its First App

    Rent The Runway Begins Mobile Push With The Launch Of Its First App

    Rent the Runway, the site that has been leasing designer dresses to women at a fraction of retail price since 2009, is launching its first mobile app today. With the understanding that their target customer is an on-the-go kind of woman and that usage is increasingly taking place on phones, a newly redesigned mobile site will follow next week. “People aren’t necessarily renting… Read More

  • Petcube Opens Kickstarter Campaign To Let People Play With Their Pets Remotely

    Petcube Opens Kickstarter Campaign To Let People Play With Their Pets Remotely

    To combat the horrifying dearth of cute cat videos on the Internet, a startup called Petcube has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to manufacture a sleek box, tricked out with a laser pointer, wide angle camera lens, a speaker and Wi-Fi, that allows people to play with their pets remotely. Pet owners set up the cube in their homes and then use Petcube’s app speak to their furry… Read More

  • Discovr Delivers Total iOS 7 Overhaul For Its Music Discovery App With Streaming And Social Features

    Discovr Delivers Total iOS 7 Overhaul For Its Music Discovery App With Streaming And Social Features

    Discovr is one of those apps that has managed considerable success on the basis of doing one thing very well, in a number of different ways. The Australian startup behind the Discovr apps, Filter Squad, was founded in 2011 and since they’ve had strong numbers across four apps, including Discovr Apps, Discovr People, Discovr Movies, and its first, Discovr Music. That last one gets a… Read More

  • Apple Froze App Store Rankings On Friday, And Odd Behavior Continues

    Apple Froze App Store Rankings On Friday, And Odd Behavior Continues

    In the last three years, the only times Apple has ever frozen its App Store rankings has been over the holidays. So it’s interesting to note that the company actually froze rankings for a total of eight hours on Friday, and things still aren’t quite back to normal in terms of the store’s usual behavior and ranking results. The change to the App Store could possibly… Read More

  • Five Sites That Put The Human Back In Personalized Shopping

    Five Sites That Put The Human Back In Personalized Shopping

    I visited the e-commerce recommendation site StyleSeek this morning and started scrolling through their new arrivals in women’s clothing — and grew more and more surprised at how much I liked everything. That was until I remembered that I had done their onboarding quiz a month ago and that their algorithm was actually just generating the items according to my answers. Read More

  • Google Wallet Comes To iOS After Dropping NFC Requirement On Android

    Google Wallet Comes To iOS After Dropping NFC Requirement On Android

    Earlier this week, Google rolled out a new version of the Google Wallet app for Android, which dropped the requirement that phones had to feature NFC technology for in-store payments to run the app. Now that this requirement has been dropped and Wallet has a new focus on loyalty cards, coupons and offers, the company is also bringing it to iOS today. Read More