Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs

    Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs

    The U.S. is leading the world in mobile gaming, accounting for 20 percent of all sessions played. That’s the word from a new industry report on the mobile gaming landscape, released this week from Flurry. That puts the U.S. ahead of markets including India, China, Brazil and Russia, it found. However, gaming sessions are dropping, even as the money to be made in games climbs, and the… Read More

  • SEGA’s new SEGA Forever collection brings classic games to mobile for free

    SEGA’s new SEGA Forever collection brings classic games to mobile for free

    SEGA is bringing some of your favorite games to mobile in new, free-to-play formats that include ads as a way to drive revenue, support offline play and other more modern features like cloud saves. The games can also be rendered ad-free with a one-time $1.99 purchase, which is a really good deal given the pedigree of some of these titles, and what you might pay elsewhere to get re-released… Read More

  • Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be able to keep up. One company, Samsara, is working on just those kinds of sensors and products to… Read More

  • Apple releases new iPhone ad focused on the ‘Memories’ feature

    Apple releases new iPhone ad focused on the ‘Memories’ feature

    Apple first introduced the “Memories” tab in iOS 10. This feature automatically scans your photo library and creates smart albums depending on the date, location and content of the photos on your device. For instance, iOS is going to put together an album about your last vacation in Moscow, or an album of your kids growing up. Your iPhone can also generate emotional videos by… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Wardrobe lets you try on and return clothes free

    Amazon Prime Wardrobe lets you try on and return clothes free

    Amazon’s latest perk for Prime members could make us more stylish by letting us buy everything that catches our eye and return what doesn’t fit. Today Amazon revealed Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which is currently in beta, but you can sign up to be notified when it launches. Read More

  • Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

    Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

    One of the first times Ross Hoffman met Headspace CEO Rich Pierson when talking about a role running the company’s business, Pierson was not talking a lot about business. Instead, he was peppering Hoffman with questions about himself, telling stories about users, and talking about work ethos. The business questions came later, of course, but that kind of introduction and vetting for… Read More

  • Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays

    Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays

    A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, and now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechCrunch what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the free tier.” Instead of appearing as obvious ad banners… Read More

  • Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Amazon is taking a huge bite out of the fresh food business with its bid for Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. But even though this is a deal between two companies, it’s not just the two of them being touched by it. The intersection between the food and tech industries has been playing out for years now, sprouting dozens of food startups; efforts from large tech companies to move… Read More

  • Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels is starting act like a TV provider. The service, which allows Prime members to subscribe to over-the-top premium networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and others, now allows you to log into some of the networks’ standalone streaming apps, as well, starting with HBO and Showtime. That is, instead of entering in your cable or satellite TV credentials to gain access to… Read More

  • Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More

  • Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Scopely just announced that it has raised $60 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a firm led by former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis (AOL owns TechCrunch), which targets startups outside Silicon Valley and New York. (Scopely is headquartered in Los Angeles.) Revolution’s Donn Davis is joining Scopely’s board of directors, while… Read More

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