Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

    Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

    Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have released a full report on a new attack vector that affects Android up to version 7.1.2. The exploit, called Cloak & Dagger, uses Android’s design and screen behaviors against users, effectively hiding activity behind various app-generated interface elements that lets a hacker grab screen interactions and hide activity behind… Read More

  • Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

    Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

    Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons — giving smartphone users located-locked pings to fix onto to know where they are. Read More

  • Xiaomi’s new Mi Max 2 smartphone claims a two-day battery

    Xiaomi’s new Mi Max 2 smartphone claims a two-day battery

    Fresh from announcing the Mi 6, its latest flagship smartphone, last month, Xiaomi gone and unveiled another new phone. The Mi Max 2, announced today at an event in Beijing, will be available in China from June 1 priced upwards from RMB 1699, that’s around $247. Xiaomi claims it sold over three million of the original Mi Max, which is headlined by its big screen. The main selling… Read More

  • Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app

    Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app

    Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up in a more surprising place: Amazon’s mobile app. Following a recent update, Amazon has added support for stickers within its iOS app’s camera feed – the feature that allows you to search for… Read More

  • Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

    Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

    You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers. Meanwhile, Facebook is giving more exposure to Trending Topics on mobile. Rather than only… Read More

  • Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

    Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

    Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was another private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More

  • Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car

    While Sphero has released a whole lineup of robotic, Internet-connected toys, it remains best-known for its BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today it’s launching its next Disney tie-in — Ultimate Lightning McQueen. This is a car that you can control from your iPhone or Android, based on the Owen Wilson-voiced character from Pixar’s Cars franchise. (Cars 3 is… Read More

  • Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

    Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

    Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as it continues to bulk up and woo advertisers with a different pitch from Facebook and Google. Pinterest has had to make the argument to advertisers that its 175 million users behave differently on Pinterest when compared… Read More

  • Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

    Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

    Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, CEO John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read More

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