Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Flipboard is following the launch of its “smart magazines” by boosting the role of videos. It’s not that videos were totally absent from the news app before this, but they usually showed up as an accompaniment to articles — not exactly prominent placement when compared to the beautiful treatment that Flipboard would often give photos. Now, CEO Mike McCue said videos… Read More

  • Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr today is launching a new app, called Cabana, which allows a group of friends to video chat and watch videos together, in real time. The app is being introduced under the Tumblr brand, and will cater to the type of users who frequent Tumblr’s blogging service – teens and young adults – but it’s not currently designed to interoperate with Tumblr’s product… Read More

  • Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

    Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

    Snapchat is adding a new way to use its app that brings its popular filters beyond faces. The new ‘World Lenses’ add augmented reality elements to any scene you can capture with your camera, placing 3D objects you can actually walk around with your smartphone’s camera, which is actually a lot closer to what we used to mean when we said “augmented reality” in… Read More

  • PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal is joining forces with Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning – an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available as a payment method in the Android Pay service, which will allow U.S. users to pay… Read More

  • Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    We know smartphone cameras have become good enough for casual photographers, but what about the pros? Well, magazines like Billboard and Condé Nast Traveler have recently published covers that were photographed on an iPhone, and now Bon Appétit is joining their ranks. This is basically the final step in bringing smartphone photography into the Condé Nast-owned food magazine. After all… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Uber Might Have To Support In-App Tipping

    Today’s Stories  New York’s Taxi commission to propose in-app tipping requirement for Uber Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia Facebook issues statement after murder suspect shares video of shooting in Cleveland Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines… Read More

  • Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections

    Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections

    Instagram will make its bookmarking feature more useful, the company announced this morning, with the introduction of “collections.” The new feature will allow users to organize the posts they save into private groupings for easier access. The addition may further challenge Pinterest, which also favors image bookmarking and the ability to save items to particular boards. When… Read More

  • Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

    Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

    Google has reached a settlement with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex had originally filed, claiming Google had violated local competition rules. The case revolved around how Google had required handset makers to pre-load their devices with Google apps and services in order to also gain access the Google Play… Read More

  • LeEco pulls the plug on its EcoPass video service as stories of US struggles mount

    LeEco pulls the plug on its EcoPass video service as stories of US struggles mount

    LeEco’s coming to America tale has been fraught with one bad piece of press after another. The company added to the laundry list this week by announcing that it formally pulled the plug on its EcoPass content package earlier this month. Read More