Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

    Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

    Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance, Google is paying a ton of money to remain the default search engine on iOS. As CNBC first reported, according to a Bernstein analyst, Google could pay as much as $3 billion a year just to remain the default option in… Read More

  • Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

    Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More

  • Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

    Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

    The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices. Read More

  • YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

    YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

    YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts, Android Police reports. For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less… Read More

  • Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see. This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director… Read More

  • How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

    How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

    Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues. Read More

  • Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipse

    Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipse

    Google is using a astronomical event to debut its newest Android operating system update: Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC – which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York. Android O will get a full reveal at that time, which seems like kind of a weird time to do it since a lot of… Read More

  • Hands on with Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone

    It’s a pretty captivating pitch: Andy Rubin, one of the guys who founded Android (and who lead the project within Google for eight years!) has a new company… and he’s building an Android phone. The “Essential Phone,” as it’s known. I’ve been carrying around an Essential Phone for a few days now. Here’s what I think so far. Read More

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