Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

    An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

    TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But with the new update in iOS 11, that no longer seems to be a problem. Read More

  • Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

    Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

    Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”. Now Facebook is doing just that. Today it started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as… Read More

  • Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

    Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

    The Essential Phone has arrived, a bit later than originally announced. The first smartphone from the new company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is now available to order, via Essential’s own site, Best Buy, and Sprint. The phone is still listed as a pre-order in all three spots, with shipping information to be conveyed later, but this is the closest people have been able to get… Read More

  • Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

    Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

    Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier phones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset. Read More

  • Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

    Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

    Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignominiously. But Ofo, one of several Chinese giants in the space, is the third company to launch in the city in a month. It’s the company’s first foray in the States. Read More

  • Apple could guide you around your city using augmented reality

    Apple could guide you around your city using augmented reality

    ARKit is one of the biggest changes in iOS 11. Under the hood, Apple is about to transform the iPhone into a very capable augmented reality device. Felix Lapalme‏ has been looking at assets in the Maps app package to find out if the company is going to leverage augmented reality for turn-by-turn directions. On July 22nd, he dug around a beta version of iOS 11 and found this mysterious 3D… Read More

  • Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

    Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

    Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services. As the company becomes increasingly focused on mobile and discovery centered around photos, users will start expecting the kinds of behaviors that exist on other services to exist on Pinterest. Read More

  • 45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day

    45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day

    Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features. Now instead of just posting a soulless “HBD” or “Happy Birthday!” on someone’s wall with no personal message… Read More

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