Mobile

  • Cheap Airfare Finder Hopper Hits Android, Now Books Tickets With Just A Few Taps

    Cheap Airfare Finder Hopper Hits Android, Now Books Tickets With Just A Few Taps

    Hopper, a travel application launched earlier this year with the goal of helping you pay less for airfare by telling you the best time to buy tickets, is out today with a new version that will actually help you book tickets yourself without leaving the app. Because it was initially sending traffic to third-party websites outside its own service, the company says it was unable to track whether… Read More

  • Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow, the clever if somewhat geeky app aimed at iOS power users that helps you automate frequent tasks you perform on your iPhone or tablet, like ordering an Uber to your next event, making a GIF from your photos, creating reminders that alert you when you arrive at a particular destination, playing a favorite album, and much more, is out this morning with a notable update. The app now… Read More

  • Apple Pay For Everyone! PayAnywhere Mobile Reader Hits Apple Stores in September

    It doesn’t happen that often, but once in a while I find myself in the wild without my wallet and really need to buy something. Because I absolutely never leave the house without my iPhone, I’ve gotten used to finding the nearest Walgreens, or Whole Foods, or Petco – or some other retailer that accepts Apple Pay – in order to buy what I need. And most of the time I… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg is like your friend with a truck. The… Read More

  • Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a handful… Read More

  • Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

    Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

    Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many files as you’d like, with no file size limits, while also not counting against your data… Read More

  • Slower Smartphone Growth Expected In 2015 As China’s Market Matures

    Slower Smartphone Growth Expected In 2015 As China’s Market Matures

    Analysts at IDC have lowered their projections about how much they expect the smartphone market to grow in 2015. Earlier this year, IDC said shipments would grow at 11.3 percent year-over-year, but today’s report says that figure is being revised to just 10.4 percent growth instead. Both numbers represent a dramatic drop from the 27.5 percent growth the market saw in 2014, the firm… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook Moments, the social network’s recently launched photo-sharing app that aims to address the problem of getting friends to send each other the photos they’ve been hoarding on their own phones, is expanding to video. The app received its first major update today since its mid-June debut, and will now automatically create a video of your shared photos which you can… Read More

  • Bash For iOS Makes It Easy To Organize Hangouts With Friends

    Bash For iOS Makes It Easy To Organize Hangouts With Friends

    A group of high school friends, now UC Berkeley engineers, have created an app called Bash to make it easier for friends to organize hangouts, meetups and other events. Launching today on the App Store following a small beta test on the UC Berkeley campus, the idea with Bash is to offer a less cumbersome alternative to using text messages or emails to organize these sorts of… Read More

  • United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

    United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

    No matter how advanced phone mapping technologies have become, stepping into an airport takes you back several decades into the era of physical maps. With no other way for unseasoned travels to get around besides large map kiosks, airport navigation has long been due for an upgrade. As a part of its new, updated app launching later today, United Airlines is integrating intelligent… Read More

  • Wildcard Debuts A News-Reading App Designed For The Mobile Age

    Wildcard Debuts A News-Reading App Designed For The Mobile Age

    Besides messaging, snapping photos, and checking the weather, news reading has become one of the top activities done on mobile phones. It’s so popular, in fact, that Apple is introducing its own native News app in iOS 9, due out this fall. But not without some competition in the marketplace. The latest contender to enter the arena is Wildcard, a news app with a unique look and feel… Read More

  • Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits Crunch Network

    Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits

    The payments industry, facing the risk of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and various types of credit card fraud, has begun incorporating various types of biometric technology to enhance security and prevent breaches. As recently reported, MasterCard is launching a facial recognition payment service based on “selfies” taken on a smartphone. Read More

  • Google Maps’ “Night Mode” Feature Makes It Easier To Navigate In The Dark

    Google Maps’ “Night Mode” Feature Makes It Easier To Navigate In The Dark

    A new update to the Google Maps iOS application promises to make it easier to navigate when it’s dark outside, potentially reducing the risk associated with using the app while behind the wheel. (Not that you should be actively using the app while driving, but…admit it, you’re probably guilty of this.) In the latest release, the app has introduced a feature called… Read More

  • Children’s Magazine Highlights Is Moving To Mobile With Help From SF-Based Startup Fingerprint

    Children’s Magazine Highlights Is Moving To Mobile With Help From SF-Based Startup Fingerprint

    You probably remember flipping through Highlights magazine as a child, perhaps while in the waiting room of your doctor’s office. But now, this longest-running children’s magazine of 69 years is attempting to make an impact on mobile. The company has partnered with San Francisco-based startup Fingerprint to help transition the brand – and the activities that were once… Read More

  • Fashion Startup Everlane Arrives On Mobile With An App Catering To Its Biggest Fans

    Fashion Startup Everlane Arrives On Mobile With An App Catering To Its Biggest Fans

    Everlane, the fashion shopping site focused on selling high-quality apparel at lower prices than traditional designer retail, has today made the move to mobile. The company has now launched its first native smartphone application with the launch of Everlane on iOS, which allows shoppers to browse and buy its luxury items right from their phone. Read More

  • Pixar Alum-Led ToyTalk Teams Up With Mattel To Let Kids Chat With “Thomas The Tank Engine” And Friends

    Pixar Alum-Led ToyTalk Teams Up With Mattel To Let Kids Chat With “Thomas The Tank Engine” And Friends

    Though some adults still feel awkward about having conversations with their smartphone’s mobile assistant, like Siri, kids today seem to have no qualms about chattering with our virtual helpers. My daughter, for example, thinks of Siri as just another one of iPad’s toys. She also regularly instructs me to “ask Google” for the answer, and hits up our smart speaker… Read More

  • Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Subway Teams Up With PayPal On Mobile Payments

    Ordering your food or beverages by smartphone and then paying for it via an app is quickly becoming the new normal. Starbucks already allows for this across thousands of its stores in the U.S. Meanwhile, Burger King and Firehouse Subs announced integrations with MasterCard’s MasterPass digital payment solution just this week, and Taco Bell’s own mobile ordering solution is powered… Read More

  • Report: Recent App Store Algorithm Change Points To Crackdown On “Keyword Stuffing”

    Report: Recent App Store Algorithm Change Points To Crackdown On “Keyword Stuffing”

    Last week, we noted a recent change to the App Store’s algorithm, which appeared to have more heavily impacted iPad app developers, and ultimately resulted in ranking changes for some subset of app publishers. Now, we have more evidence that supports the theory that the recent changes to app rankings were actually an adjustment to the algorithm, as opposed to a glitch or a test on… Read More

  • Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    To keep the playing field level and fair for all app developers, Apple on occasion changes the way its App Store ranking algorithm works, the fallout of which can impact developers’ standings in the App Store charts, which ultimately can impact their visibility, downloads, and revenue. Around a week ago, it appears that Apple yet again tweaked the way its rankings worked, but this… Read More

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