Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

    Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

    If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often. Except now the company says it has raised $400 million led by Iconiq Capital… Read More

  • Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

    Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

    Florida startup Relevnt is experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it’s become unrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, when publishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google… Read More

  • 5 burning questions Blue Apron’s IPO is about to answer

    5 burning questions Blue Apron’s IPO is about to answer

    Blue Apron will be going public in short order, kicking off the second big major consumer IPO of 2017. It’s nowhere near as big as Snap, but the company at the top end of its IPO pricing will be valued at around $3.2 billion as it looks to raise nearly $600 million. The company’s IPO comes at an interesting time as we approach the midpoint for 2017, which has seen a big wave of… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

    Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by… Read More

  • YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by dynamically adapting its player to whatever video you’re… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

    Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

  • YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

    YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

    This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much it’s dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers on TVs. Read More

  • Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

    Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

    Periscope’s new Super Hearts tipping feature that launched yesterday quickly sparked a backlash from the creators it was designed to help earn money. Read More

  • Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

    Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

    Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to “build community,” as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in Chicago, where it assembled 300 admins of top Groups, Facebook is making good on Zuckerberg’s promise to give admins more tools to manage their flocks. Read More

  • Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta

    Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta

    Distracted driving has become a national safety crisis because of the rise of smartphones. With the release of iOS 11’s latest beta on Wednesday, testers can now get their hands on one of the new mobile operating system’s most important — if not most glamorous — new features: a long-needed “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. Read More

  • Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running independently, similar to how Facebook lets Instagram run independently. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is also partnering with Apple to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores. To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited… Read More

  • Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

    Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

    Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts — in-app purchase virtual goods that users buy for real money, send to creators as animated hearts that get them attention in the comment reel and that broadcasters can then redeem with Twitter for a monthly cash payout. Read More

  • Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

    Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

    Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally. Read More

  • 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

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