Apps

  • Ridejoy Brings Its Ridesharing Service To The iPhone, Wants To Be Your Roadtrip Matchmaker

    Ridejoy Brings Its Ridesharing Service To The iPhone, Wants To Be Your Roadtrip Matchmaker

    While collective consumption has really taken off in the last year thanks to the Airbnbs and Ubers of the world, carpooling and ride-sharing have been around a bit longer. But for the last few years, a number of ride-sharing startups have been making headway in areas where carpooling traditionally has lacked, like safety — the biggest obstacle standing in the way of mass adoption for… Read More

  • Targeting The Long Tail, Human Demand’s New Platform Lets You See Which Apps Are Running Your Ads

    Targeting The Long Tail, Human Demand’s New Platform Lets You See Which Apps Are Running Your Ads

    A startup called Human Demand is coming out of stealth today to enter the ever-growing mobile advertising industry with a new platform to help developers acquire more users. Its radical ideas: transparency and control. On Human Demand’s exchange, developers can see where their mobile ads are running down to the very app in which they appear. And they can then opt off of the apps where… Read More

  • Six Really Useful Apps For NYC

    Six Really Useful Apps For NYC

    Like everyone else in New York, I tend to have strong opinions on what places my friends (and foes) should or should not frequent while in NYC. While I don’t claim to know everything about this city and what treasures, I’ve learned a thing or two about differentiating the good from the awesome and bad over the last 6+ years. A recent influx of friendly faces from San Francisco… Read More

  • Evermeeting Aims To Streamline Your Boring 4:30 All-Hands

    Evermeeting Aims To Streamline Your Boring 4:30 All-Hands

    If you hate meetings as much as I do, and I’m a misanthropic anthrophobe so I hate them a lot, then you’ll be glad to see that Evermeeting, a new iOS app, could be a good fit. Evermeeting does one primary thing – it helps record meetings and assign tasks and notes to various constituents. The app allows you to create and share an agenda, create attendee lists, and… Read More

  • With Wee A B See, Wee Society Launches A Lifestyle Brand, Not Just A Children’s App

    With Wee A B See, Wee Society Launches A Lifestyle Brand, Not Just A Children’s App

    Wee Society, a new effort emerging from a┬ásmall design and branding studio based in San Francisco, has just published its first app, a children’s interactive book called Wee A B See. And it’s the first of many products – not just apps – which this new company plans to produce. Now, you may not have heard of Office, as the studio is called, but you probably have come… Read More

  • Answer Underground Aims To Be A Mobile-Focused Quora For Education, Hits The iPad This Week

    Answer Underground Aims To Be A Mobile-Focused Quora For Education, Hits The iPad This Week

    There are some 3.7 billion web searches every month for education-related topics. However, ask a student how easy it is to find answers to their burning academic questions, and they’ll probably just roll their eyes. Sure, there’s Wikipedia, Google (and Google Scholar), Khan Academy and there are even Q&A sites like Yahoo Answers or Answers.com. While Khan is great for videos… Read More

  • Former Oracle, SAP Execs Land $5.5M For DIY App Development Platform AnyPresence

    Former Oracle, SAP Execs Land $5.5M For DIY App Development Platform AnyPresence

    With the consumerization of enterprise and BYOD in full swing, big companies are being pressed into finding better ways to give their customers (and their employees) access to a robust yet user-friendly mobile experience — across mobile platforms. Looking to bring a little fresh air to the enterprise mobile market, former SAP, Oracle and Siebel Systems execs teamed up to launch… Read More

  • 5 Reasons Why The Enterprise Is Not So Boring After All

    5 Reasons Why The Enterprise Is Not So Boring After All

    I get this question a lot: Why do you cover enterprise? People always look puzzled when they ask me this question. It’s like they are trying to see deep into my soul. Who is this man who loves enterprise coverage? Is he just dull? Ha! If you think I am dull, so be it. I’ll gladly keep covering the enterprise. Read More

  • 230 Million People Played Games On Facebook.com In The Last 30 Days

    230 Million People Played Games On Facebook.com In The Last 30 Days

    Doug Purdy, Facebook’s Director of Developer Products, just announced that 230 million people played games on Facebook.com in the past 30 days and that 8 of the 10 top grossing iPhone apps are integrated with Facebook. This is an interesting bit of news when thinking about actual user interaction with the service and what third party developers could expect to see when building for… Read More

  • Eat The Rich: The App Economy’s Middle Class Is Booming…And So Is The Poor

    Eat The Rich: The App Economy’s Middle Class Is Booming…And So Is The Poor

    In the mobile application ecosystems offered by the iOS and Android platforms, there’s now a booming “middle class” of mobile application developers, according to new data from analytics firm Flurry. Even the long tail is benefiting – something that goes counter to traditional industry trends, which tend to see wealth established at the top as an industry matures. Read More

  • W3i: App Marketing Costs On The Rise, Jump 56% On iOS, 70% On Android Since January

    W3i: App Marketing Costs On The Rise, Jump 56% On iOS, 70% On Android Since January

    It’s no secret that the mobile app landscape has become extremely competitive. Over the last few years, this has led to an incredible amount of innovation and progress, but the cost of visibility — of acquiring new users — is also on the rise. In fact, Fiksu found that the cost of acquiring users hit a record high in December. While December is a critical month for app… Read More

  • TechCrunch PSA: Olwimpics Blocker Blocks The Olympics

    TechCrunch PSA: Olwimpics Blocker Blocks The Olympics

    If you’re like me, you never real got into spectator sports. Maybe it was the jock-induced swirlies or maybe it was the pointlessness of ball-based games, but I couldn’t give two shot puts about the Olympics. Thankfully, there’s the Olwinpics Blocker from FFFFF.at. Read More

  • Why Platform Clouds Need to Be More Like App Stores

    Why Platform Clouds Need to Be More Like App Stores

    The app store model, pioneered by companies like Handango and popularized by Apple, has become the preferred method for distributing software on everything from desktops to post-PC devices. We’re also seeing this model in the cloud, mostly through software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, such as the Google Apps Marketplace. But what’s been missing so far is a platform-as-a-service… Read More

  • VINCI Launches First Kid-Focused App Library, Woos Developers With 75% Rev Share

    VINCI Launches First Kid-Focused App Library, Woos Developers With 75% Rev Share

    Like many parents, Dan Yang was fascinated by her young daughter’s obsession with her iPhone. As she went through the process of planning the best way to introduce her to technology, apps, and games, she quickly became frustrated with the lack of educational technology made specifically for children. Unlike many parents, however, Yang is an entrepreneur and optical engineer, so she did… Read More

  • Study: The Top Words Used In Mobile App Titles On iOS

    Study: The Top Words Used In Mobile App Titles On iOS

    Wondering about which words are the most commonly used in mobile app titles? So was Appsfire, apparently. The company just shot us over the results of a study it ran to determine the top words developers are using in app titles today. While some of the results are obvious (“app” clocks in at number 8 – kind of redundant, don’t you think?), there are still some… Read More

  • Boom! Snicker, Snicker: Spy vs. Spy Comes To The iPhone

    Boom! Snicker, Snicker: Spy vs. Spy Comes To The iPhone

    If you were a gamer from a simpler era, you’ll remember Spy Vs. Spy with nostalgia. The game, based on the Mad Magazine comic, featured two spies trying to collect items in an embassy while booby trapping desks, doors, and safes for the other player to trip over. The mechanics are simple. As the black or white spy, you move through the rooms looking for a secret briefcase, a key, a… Read More

  • City Chatter Looks To Compete With Highlight, Sonar By Pairing Group Chat With Social Discovery

    City Chatter Looks To Compete With Highlight, Sonar By Pairing Group Chat With Social Discovery

    Yet another mobile social local app has entered the fray to compete with the likes of Highlight and the rest, and it’s called City Chatter. The app is meant to be the “antisocial” network, according to the email pitch we received, though I’m not quite sure how that could be the case as one of the main features is group chat among those in your vicinity. It’s… Read More

  • Droplings Is A Little App That Makes It Easier To Share Dropbox Files

    Droplings Is A Little App That Makes It Easier To Share Dropbox Files

    It’s actually quite hard to send a public link to someone in Dropbox. You have to dump the file, find it, sometimes right click and sometimes jump over to the website, and then grab the right link. Thankfully, Droplings improves things immensely. To use Droplings, you simply drag a file to the tiny drop in the corner of your OS X screen. The file is uploaded automatically and a public… Read More

  • Checkmark Brings Better Geofenced Reminders To iPhone, Mac Version In The Works

    Checkmark Brings Better Geofenced Reminders To iPhone, Mac Version In The Works

    Checkmark is yet another one of those buzzy iPhone apps which people were talking about, blogging about and raving about, even before it officially launched. And today, it launched. It’s hard to resist taking a look at it, when even weeks before its debut, people were saying this is the “reminders app Apple should have made.” Wow, is it really that good? Read More

  • The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies

    The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies

    The Washington, D.C.-based think tank Future of Privacy Forum (“FPF”)┬áreleased a study this week detailing the current state of mobile app privacy policies as of this past month, June 2012. The report found that many app developers are now responding to the increased pressure from U.S. regulators on this issue, and have now introduced privacy policies for their applications as well… Read More