Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Snaps raises $6M to expand its marketing platform for messaging apps

    Snaps raises $6M to expand its marketing platform for messaging apps

    Snaps has raised $6 million in Series A funding for what it calls its Conversational Marketing Cloud. By that, it’s referring to a suite of tools that allows businesses to promote themselves through messaging. CEO Christian Brucculeri said Snaps is differentiated by its “write once and deploy everywhere approach,” allowing marketers to build things like chatbots and emoji… Read More

  • Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs $18M for its smart caller ID technology

    Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs $18M for its smart caller ID technology

    Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning analytics on a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether… Read More

  • Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. Read More

  • Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees

    Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees

    As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple of weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6 percent of its staff as part of “a company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities.” Blue Apron was one of the big — and most anticipated — consumer IPOs of the year, but it’s also now one of the companies that… Read More

  • eBay is having a pretty bad day

    eBay is having a pretty bad day

    eBay is not having a great afternoon after posting a pretty ho-hum third quarter that fit roughly in line with analyst estimates, but perhaps not seeing the kinds of leaps that Wall Street is looking for heading into the fourth quarter. The company said it added an additional 2 million active buyers and now says it has 168 million global active buyers. But even with buyer numbers as large as… Read More

  • Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

    Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

    Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it’s testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google accounts, including those from Outlook (including Hotmail or Live), Yahoo, and elsewhere. The announcement, which was sent out via a tweet from the… Read More

  • Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service

    Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service

    Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories – including a fairly popular “chat fiction” app Tap, a rival to Hooked – is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application. The option, called Wattpad Premium, will remove the ads from Wattpad’s otherwise free app – a feature users have been requesting… Read More

  • Pinterest opens up search advertising in its Ads Manager

    Pinterest opens up search advertising in its Ads Manager

    Pinterest began rolling out targeted ads based on searches for its partners earlier this year, giving it another moment in time to catch potential customers as they try to sniff out new things they might buy — and now everyone else will get a piece of that. The company said it is adding search ads to its Ads manager today, letting businesses target customers searching for potential… Read More