Apps

  • An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch owners actually be interested in actively reading news, shopping or playing… Read More

  • Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by… Read More

  • Two New Apple Watch Apps, Knock And oneID, Let You Unlock Your Mac From Your Wrist (And More)

    Two New Apple Watch Apps, Knock And oneID, Let You Unlock Your Mac From Your Wrist (And More)

    As mobile developers rush to release applications compatible with Apple’s new wearable device, the Apple Watch, many are still wondering what sorts of app experiences make sense for the small wrist-borne screen versus that of the smartphone. To some extent, where the Apple Watch really shines is with “invisible” apps – paying for items with Apple Pay, or using the Watch… Read More

  • Amazon Shuts Down TestDrive, The Appstore Feature That Let You Try Apps Before Downloading

    Amazon Shuts Down TestDrive, The Appstore Feature That Let You Try Apps Before Downloading

    Amazon is shutting down TestDrive, one of the differentiating features of the Amazon Appstore which allowed consumers to test out new applications ahead of purchase. The feature was introduced back in March 2011 alongside the launch of the Appstore itself, where it then utilized a browser-based emulated instance of Android running in the cloud. This let consumers control an application… Read More

  • Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle

    Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle

    Following its acquisition of live streaming app Periscope, Twitter has been actively fighting to make sure its service beats that of independent competitor Meerkat, which had a slightly earlier start. In recent weeks, Twitter has made changes to cut off Meerkat’s access to Twitter’s social graph, and even began pushing celebrities and publishers to stop using Meerkat. Those… Read More

  • Tumblr 4.0 Arrives On iOS With Better Blogging Tools, Filtered Search, And A New Widget

    Tumblr 4.0 Arrives On iOS With Better Blogging Tools, Filtered Search, And A New Widget

    Tumblr this morning has begun to roll out a sizable update to its iOS application with the release of Tumblr 4.0. The new application, which also now appears under a revamped app icon, includes a number of features previously available only on desktop, like the ability to create secondary blogs on the fly or submit to submission blogs, for example. Meanwhile, other additions are… Read More

  • Google Play’s New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps

    Google Play’s New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps

    Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being “family-friendly.” The new designation will eventually make its way to Google Play, though the company is not yet revealing the specifics around how this group of apps will be made… Read More

  • Lyve Lets You Build Shared Photo Albums With Friends – Or Anyone Else Nearby

    Lyve Lets You Build Shared Photo Albums With Friends – Or Anyone Else Nearby

    Collaborative photo albums is the startup idea that just won’t die. Today, photo-sharing and organization app Lyve is rolling out a new feature which will allow anyone to create photo albums with others in their same location, whether that’s at a wedding, a concert, a festival, a party, or anything else. With “Mix,” as this new addition is called, users will be able… Read More

  • Revenue Gap Between iOS And Android Apps Grows, Thanks To China

    Revenue Gap Between iOS And Android Apps Grows, Thanks To China

    Due to Android’s sizable market share, Google Play apps have historically led iOS apps in terms of the number of downloads, while iOS apps have consistently beat out Google Play apps in revenue. But according to new data out this morning from app store analytics firm App Annie, that gap is still widening – in a large part due to iOS’s growth in China. As of Q1 2015, iOS… Read More

  • MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    A startup that wants to encourage kids to get excited about science and engineering, MudWatt, is now selling an affordable, fun (and, yes, a bit messy), science kit by way of Kickstarter that allows children to make electricity using just mud and electrodes. After the bacteria bloom in the mud, the kit can be used to power simple electronics, including a clock, thermometer and buzzer… Read More

  • Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS application that no longer requires users to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad in order… Read More

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