Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Mobile savings app Ibotta, which got its start by targeting millennial shoppers who no longer seek out and clip paper coupons, has been working to re-think the role smartphones can play when it comes to shopping in the offline world. To date, that’s largely involved submitting receipts and scanning barcodes in order to save on in-store purchases, including those from grocery stores. Now… Read More

  • Annoyed By Mobile Sites That “Ask” You To Download Their App? You’re Not Alone

    Annoyed By Mobile Sites That “Ask” You To Download Their App? You’re Not Alone

    Your team has spent many months perfecting your mobile app, so of course you want people to download it. You want to get your app high up in the app store charts. I get it. Totally. However, you (and a lot of companies) have gotten overly aggressive with how you go about “suggesting” that we download your app. Read More

  • Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Spotlight Stories, a mobile app featuring immersive, 360-degree animated films originally developed by Motorola ahead of its 2011 Google acquisition, has now made its way to iOS devices. The app had been available on Android phones since fall 2013, when Google first introduced the new mobile storytelling format to consumers. Read More

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • Apple Just Made Another iOS 9 Beta Available To Anyone

    Apple Just Made Another iOS 9 Beta Available To Anyone

    Just a few weeks back, Apple released iOS 9 as a public beta that anyone could download — not just those people with $99 per year developer accounts. Two weeks later, they’re back with another one. The company has just released iOS 9 Public Beta 2. So what’s new in v2? Bug fixes, mostly. Speed enhancements, too. The most significant “new” thing, though, is the… Read More

  • De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    The administration of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is dropping plans to cap the number of new drivers added by Uber and similar services. Under a new agreement, the city will conduct a four-month study on how these services affect traffic congestion in New York. The deal, which does not preclude the possibility of driver caps in the future, was first reported in The New York Times and… Read More

  • Gigster Does The Dev Dirty Work To Turn Your Idea Into An App

    Gigster Does The Dev Dirty Work To Turn Your Idea Into An App

    Got a startup idea? That and some cash is all you need to get a fully functional app built for you by Gigster. Launching today, Gigster is a full-service development shop, rather than a marketplace where you have to manage the talent you find. Just go to Gigster’s site, instant message with a sales engineer, tell them what you want built, and in 10 minutes you get a guaranteed quote for… Read More

  • Twitter’s Answers Service Gets An Update To Provide Better App Performance Tracking

    Twitter’s Answers Service Gets An Update To Provide Better App Performance Tracking

    Ahead of Twitter’s upcoming developer conference Flight, Twitter’s Answers service — which provides developers with a real-time display of events happening with their apps — is getting a big update that provides developers with a more robust way to track their apps. Previously, it focused on a few moments, such as sign-ups, but Twitter senior director of platform… Read More

  • Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Since live streaming from mobile phones came roaring back in the era of social media, major celebrities have been courted by platforms like Meerkat and Periscope for their crowd pulling power. Now another one of those stars is putting his money where his mouth is. David Beckham, the well known athlete and megabrand, has become a founding investor in a new British startup which plans to take… Read More

  • Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft today is introducing a new application aimed at reducing the time it takes to check and respond to email while on your smartphone. With Send, as the app is called, the idea is to make email perform more like instant messaging, as it does away with more formal email constructs – like the subject line, for example – in favor of quicker, shorter messages that you can dash off… Read More

  • Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known? Crunch Network

    Why Isn’t The Inventor Of SMS Better Known?

    When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, he went down in history as the ‘inventor’ of a telecommunications system that forever changed the way we interact. When Matti Makkonen – AKA ‘the Father of SMS’ – died last month, few people outside the industry had heard the name. Why is one man an icon of technology and the other relatively obscure? Read More

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