Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Serious privacy flaws discovered in Glow fertility tracker app

    Serious privacy flaws discovered in Glow fertility tracker app

    There are scores of startups making fertility tracker and family planning apps today, but a Consumer Reports investigation has singled out Glow Inc. for serious security and privacy flaws. First, Consumer Reports’ team was able to access very personal information including data and comments about users’ sex lives, history of miscarriages, abortions and more, through a privacy… Read More

  • Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

    Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

    The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices. The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly practical hardware solution for tracking posture, helping with diagnosis and possibly treatment of diseases that affect balance. Read More

  • Pokémon Go’s paying user base has reached a plateau

    Pokémon Go’s paying user base has reached a plateau

    Pokémon Go may be the most downloaded app in its first week post-launch ever, and is said to be raking in some $1.6 million daily on iOS alone, but a new report out on Friday suggests that the popular game’s paying user base may have already shrunk. According to data from Slice Intelligence, the app’s paying users peaked mid-July when the game had 56 percent more paying players… Read More

  • Dating apps attach themselves to the Pokémon craze

    Dating apps attach themselves to the Pokémon craze

    Pokémon Go may be the perfect dating app: you’re out in the real world, have an immediate way to start a conversation with an attractive stranger and, clearly, the two of you already share a common interest. These facts have not been lost on the makers of actual dating applications, however. A good handful of matchmaking services have now tied themselves to the Pokémon craze in an… Read More

  • PokeFit gives Pokemon Go a real-time fitness dashboard on Android

    PokeFit gives Pokemon Go a real-time fitness dashboard on Android

    Pokemon Go is definitely big enough to start generating its own ecosystem, and one new Android app hints at how far things could go beyond simply crafting a better Pokedex. PokeFit gives PoGo trainers a dashboard overlaid on their game screen to track play time, distance travelled, steps walked and energy burned. Read More

  • SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

    SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

    A new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram ruled over mobile games in the first six months of 2016. Because Pokémon Go was released in the U.S. on July 6, that wildly popular new title didn’t even show in the… Read More

  • White Noise 7 is out, and wants to be like Instagram for restful sounds

    White Noise 7 is out, and wants to be like Instagram for restful sounds

    When software developer Todd Moore wrote up the code for his now-famous White Noise app in 2008, it was a side project to him and one of the first mobile apps go live on the Apple app store. The app quickly climbed to the No. 1 spot in the Health and Fitness category, and has remained a top pick for years. At this point, Moore said, the White Noise app sees between half-a-million and a… Read More

  • Alphabet’s huge Q2 shows its ads business may not be so challenged after all

    Alphabet’s huge Q2 shows its ads business may not be so challenged after all

    While Alphabet’s core advertising business has often been questioned as the net value of its ads has been in decline, there’s one thing that’s hard to argue — it’s still one of the biggest technology businesses in the world, and it’s still growing. And it’s growing very quickly. Alphabet reported a second quarter that continued tech’s hot… Read More

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