Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’ Notification Center

    Workflow, the clever if somewhat geeky app aimed at iOS power users that helps you automate frequent tasks you perform on your iPhone or tablet, like ordering an Uber to your next event, making a GIF from your photos, creating reminders that alert you when you arrive at a particular destination, playing a favorite album, and much more, is out this morning with a notable update. The app now… Read More

  • HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is getting a fun update — from now until September 8, users can enter a contest to visit to the Los Angeles set of Silicon Valley while the HBO show shoots its third season. To compete, you’ll need to redeem the code “HBONOW” in the HotelTonight app. Even if you don’t win, you can still swipe right or tap the globe… Read More

  • Apple Pay For Everyone! PayAnywhere Mobile Reader Hits Apple Stores in September

    It doesn’t happen that often, but once in a while I find myself in the wild without my wallet and really need to buy something. Because I absolutely never leave the house without my iPhone, I’ve gotten used to finding the nearest Walgreens, or Whole Foods, or Petco – or some other retailer that accepts Apple Pay – in order to buy what I need. And most of the time I… Read More

  • Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    Direct Messenger Is An Unofficial Twitter DM App

    I can’t wait to see @alex crying tears of joy when Twitter finally releases a standalone Twitter DM app. This day hasn’t come yet, but it doesn’t mean that third-party developers aren’t already working on it. Meet Direct Messenger, an unofficial iOS messaging app for Twitter DM. This app packs a couple of nifty features, but also shows why we seriously need an… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • Apple Patents Earbuds With Noise-Canceling Sensor Smarts

    Apple Patents Earbuds With Noise-Canceling Sensor Smarts

    Apple continues looking at ways to improve its earbuds — including potentially ditching the iconic white cables which had such a starring role in iTunes ads, back in the day. According a patent published this week, Cupertino is eyeing up making wireless earbuds which also incorporate bone-conduction technology in order to improve voice communications. Read More

  • Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Why Angry Birds Games Aren’t Enough For Rovio

    Earlier today, Rovio said it would lay off 260 employees. This was fascinating news to the Internet, given Rovio’s status as one of the vanguards of mobile gaming as the iPhone and Android exploded. But in reality, all games eventually fade into obscurity, and even viral phenomenons like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Candy Crush Saga and FarmVille become distant memories among the… Read More

  • Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg is like your friend with a truck. The… Read More

  • Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features. Read More

  • Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a handful… Read More

  • Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    We’d been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an “assistant” within Messenger (along with others), but today we’ve gotten the details that pull it all together. This puts the company squarely in competition with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the digital personal assistant space. In a Facebook post, Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus spoke a bit about… Read More

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