Mobile

  • Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin, the mobile application that began as a secure organizer for personal documents and other information captured by your smartphone’s camera, is today making a larger move to compete in the private mobile messaging space with the launch of Mustbin 2.0. The new app is now offering a solid handful of features that differentiate it from many competitors, including the ability… Read More

  • Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Blackberry was once the big dawg in mobile phones. It was in the hands of practically every knowledge worker on the planet, but its days of dominance began a precipitous drop after Apple brought the iPhone to market in 2007 and Android followed in 2008, and today it’s a tiny blip on the smartphone marketshare radar. That’s why it’s interesting that a new company, Silent… Read More

  • Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    A pair of Twitter vets today launched a handy mobile application called OneShot that makes it easier to share screenshots of text to Twitter, along with your comment and a link to the page in question. The new app also optionally allows you to crop the image, highlight a selection of text, and even add a brightly colored background to make your screenshot stand out better when displayed in… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Keyboard Obsession

    Microsoft’s Keyboard Obsession

    Microsoft has a little problem and it’s time we all admitted it. We have to gather the family in the living room, sit down Microsoft in the comfy chair and have a little heart to heart. Everybody can see it, except Microsoft — and it could be time for an intervention. It’s the keyboard thing, Microsoft. Enough already. Design your software to take advantage of a touch screen. Read More

  • Apple-IBM Partnership Sprouts Latest Set Of Apps At Mobile World Congress

    Apple-IBM Partnership Sprouts Latest Set Of Apps At Mobile World Congress

    When Apple and IBM announced a partnership last year, more than a few jaws dropped, but the two have been working together to create a new wave of enterprise-friendly apps — and announced the latest round to come out of the affiliation today at Mobile World Congress. At first glance, the meeting of these two companies may seem a case of technology making strange bedfellows, but they… Read More

  • YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

  • Google Starts Testing Mobile App Ads In The Google Play Store

    Google Starts Testing Mobile App Ads In The Google Play Store

    Google announced this morning the launch of a pilot program which will allow mobile application developers the ability to advertise their apps directly within the Google Play store. These ads, which will initially be made available to advertisers already running search ads on Google.com, will also only be shown against Google Play search results. That is, they won’t just randomly appear… Read More

  • Nickelodeon Unveils “Noggin,” A Mobile Subscription Service For Preschoolers Arriving In March

    Nickelodeon Unveils “Noggin,” A Mobile Subscription Service For Preschoolers Arriving In March

    Nickelodeon today unveiled its new mobile streaming subscription service called Noggin, which will be aimed at preschoolers and priced at $5.99 per month when it launches next month. Parent company Viacom had previously announced the forthcoming service’s arrival in January, noting also that it would not require households to have a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to access… Read More

  • Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

    Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

    Layer, the company making it possible for developers to add rich messaging capabilities to their apps without having to build their own infrastructure from the ground up, is today making its service available to the public, following its beta period that began with its TechCrunch Disrupt win back in 2013. In addition to today’s launch, Layer is also introducing a new product called Atlas… Read More

  • Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Last year mobile browser company Opera launched Opera Max, a data-compressing Android app that let users save money on their mobile data. Now, to drive more usage of the product, Opera is adding another feature to Max: apps you can use for free. App Pass, as the service is called, is aimed first at users in emerging markets, where smartphone adoption is booming, but the average smartphone… Read More

  • Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short video with just a tap, even allowing you to add colorful filters on top of the message… Read More

  • ArmorText Raises $2 Million For Its Secure Mobile Messaging Service For Enterprise

    ArmorText Raises $2 Million For Its Secure Mobile Messaging Service For Enterprise

    A company called ArmorText, which is developing a secure messaging client for the enterprise designed to meet the needs of those in regulated markets, has just raised nearly $2 million in outside funding. The round, which is still ongoing, may top that number when it fully closes. Leading the round for the Washington D.C.-based startup was the micro fund Cervin Ventures. Other private… Read More

  • Salesforce Wave Analytics Tool Makes The Move To Mobile

    Salesforce Wave Analytics Tool Makes The Move To Mobile

    When Salesforce.com launched Wave, its nascent analytics product last fall at Dreamforce, it did what it always does with new products. It put out a basic product to get things going and then it kept working. Today it announced several new tools that bring all the analytics goodness of Wave to a mobile device. Anna Rosenman, director of product marketing at Salesforce.com, points out… Read More

  • Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

    Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

    Families today often have more photo-taking devices than family members, which has led to the problem of people having massive numbers of photos and videos, none of which are properly organized and shared. A Boston-based startup called Lineage Labs, launching today and backed by $4 million in seed funding, is working on a solution. It’s introducing a product called “Bevy,”… Read More

  • One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to formulate a plan for the next wave of computing. Microsoft is the quintessential… Read More

  • With Treat’s Shutdown, Shutterfly Exits The Mobile Greeting Card Business

    With Treat’s Shutdown, Shutterfly Exits The Mobile Greeting Card Business

    Shutterfly, the publishing company that operates a number of online and mobile brands associated with personal photo printing, is now shutting down Treat, its online and mobile greeting card service. The Treat application first launched back in April 2012, and later in the year arrived on mobile devices before getting an overhaul in 2013. The app allowed users to customize greeting cards… Read More

  • Wanderu Lets You Book Bus And Train Tickets From Your iPhone

    Wanderu Lets You Book Bus And Train Tickets From Your iPhone

    Wanderu, a travel startup that’s like a Kayak.com but for bus and train tickets instead of flights, is today making its service available for the first time as a mobile application. Launching first on iOS, the new app allows travelers to quickly find, price out, and then book tickets to their preferred destination, optionally saving their personal information along the way as well as… Read More

  • Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

    Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

    Quantified-self enthusiasts – those who are somewhat obsessed with using technology to better understand themselves, their daily habits and personal trends – have been fortunate to have a wide variety of niche apps to choose from for measuring everything from athletic activity, to travel time, and even time you’ve spent using your smartphone on a given day. But for the most… Read More

  • ScreenPop, Backed By $3.2 Million, Lets You Message Friends From Your Phone’s Lockscreen

    ScreenPop, Backed By $3.2 Million, Lets You Message Friends From Your Phone’s Lockscreen

    Locket, the makers of a mobile application that brings personalized news and other stories to your Android phone’s lockscreen is out today with a new lockscreen-based messaging application called ScreenPop. The new app, which grew to 15,000 users during two months of beta testing, is designed to allow anyone to send photos, doodles, emoji and more after just a quick swipe on their… Read More

  • Kanvas’s Mobile Photo Sharing App Lets You Make Your Own GIFs, Flipbooks And More

    Kanvas’s Mobile Photo Sharing App Lets You Make Your Own GIFs, Flipbooks And More

    Kanvas, a photo-sharing app designed to allow self-expression and creativity via simple tools for editing and enhancing photos, is relaunching today on the iOS App Store with a new version that the company likens to what a “mobile-first Tumblr” would look like, if it had been started today. Today the app, which has also just topped a million installs, offers the ability to post… Read More

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