Mobile

  • First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, a previous TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company which offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform… Read More

  • Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Nokia, are counting on the “next billion,” or users in developing countries who are just getting access to the Internet, to fuel their future growth. Despite increasing access to technology, including the rapidly growing penetration of inexpensive mobile devices, there are still several major obstacles to Internet access… Read More

  • BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter. The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More

  • Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. Bolt, a new app from Instagram, is expected out this week, we’re hearing. Meanwhile, the original Bolt’s founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring Instagram to reconsider its name choice to avoid… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    Everyone’s favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it’s calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Android operating system, the new site has an updated layout that’s easier to read and navigate. News of the site’s debut… Read More

  • Chrome Android Beta Gets Single Sign-In For Google Sites And New Material Design Looks

    Chrome Android Beta Gets Single Sign-In For Google Sites And New Material Design Looks

    Google has a hit on its hands with Material Design in my opinion, which is why it’s great to see it already making its way into some products ahead of Android L’s general consumer launch. Today, Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android with some new features, including single sign-in for Gmail, Maps and Search so long as you’re signed into Chrome, but also introducing… Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business – and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month. Read More

  • Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App

    Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App

    Google has launched an official Google Analytics app for iPhone, providing the same data you’re used to from your web dashboard on your mobile device, including visits, sources, page views and user behavior insights. The app also offers Real Time reports, which provides monitoring of site activity as it unfolds. The Real Time analytics may be a killer feature for this mobile app, as it… Read More

  • Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

    Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

    Salesforce.com today announced a new mobile reports and dashboards tool that runs on their mobile Salesforce1 platform. The goal of the product is to give salespeople access to information on the go, presented to them in a customized fashion to meet the unique needs of each individual user. Salesforce customers have told them, it’s great to have access to data at their desks, but very… Read More