Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

    Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

    Alistair Goodman, CEO of mobile marketing company Placecast, said location data is the “next frontier” when it comes to ad measurement and verification. For example, Goodman pointed to a study by Factual and the Mobile Marketing Association that found that 40 percent of marketers are concerned about the quality of location data. He said there are a number of different… Read More

  • Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile Crunch Network

    Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile

    Despite an early lead with Windows Mobile and Windows CE — and spending billions on Nokia’s mobile business — Microsoft has been on its heels in the mobile device market since the one-two punch of iPhone and Android launching in 2007. The introduction of x86-compatible ARM chips and the rise of progressive web apps could drive a return to the mobile market for Microsoft. Read More

  • Apple paid Nokia $2 billion as part of a patent lawsuit settlement

    Apple paid Nokia $2 billion as part of a patent lawsuit settlement

    After a quick fight, Apple and Nokia settled a patent lawsuit back in May. But the two companies didn’t comment on the value of this settlement. While terms of the deal are still undisclosed, Nokiamob first spotted that Nokia announced that it has received a $2 billion upfront cash payment from Apple (€1.7 billion). This seems like quite a lot of money, but Nokia won’t get $2… Read More

  • Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Chat fiction apps are among some of the most popular in the App Store, thanks to their highly engaged, largely teenage to young adult fan base who enjoy reading thrilling stories told in the form of text messages. Today, one competitor in this space, Wattpad, is rolling out an upgrade to its chat stories to differentiate its app from others, and further addict its readers. The company is… Read More

  • Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO

    Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO

    Dropbox may be taking another step in its very slow shuffle toward an IPO, and is now working with Goldman Sachs to prepare documents that could be filed as soon as this year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The company is expected to hire Goldman Sachs as the lead advisor of the IPO process, according to the report. Read More

  • Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

    Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

    Approximately 2 million people have installed the YouTube TV app, Google’s live TV service aimed at a younger generation of cord cutters, as well as those who never signed up for traditional pay TV in the first place. That download figure comes from app store analytics firms Sensor Tower and App Annie, which both also noted that installs are evenly split between iOS and Android devices. Read More

  • Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

    At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each participant. Essentially it’s a Babel fish, though admittedly a rough draft of one. Read More

  • Twitter is having a very bad day

    Twitter is having a very bad day

    Twitter reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it did not go over well. As a result, the stock is down more than 12% in trading today — which is a very Twitter thing to happen, so to speak. Here’s the chart, which could pretty much be summed up with a 😐: Today also wiped out most of the gains that it accrued year to date. Twitter’s last report was a rare… Read More

  • BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

    BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

    Here’s a sentence I never expected to write: BuzzFeed is making its first smart appliance, the Tasty One Top, available for pre-order. It sounds a little weird for a digital media company to try to sell you a fancy hot plate, but this is part of BuzzFeed Product Labs, which was created last year following the acquisition of e-commerce startup Scroll. The team’s goal is to… Read More

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