Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    With Trusted Contacts, Google is launching a new personal safety app for Android today that allows others to ping you for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The idea here is that you define who these trusted contacts are and by doing so, you allow them to see where you are when they ping you. The twist here is that you can always decline to share… Read More

  • Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around you

    Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around you

    Wandered.space is a service for those moments when you want to explore the area around you, but don’t know where to go. It was created this weekend at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London hackathon by a team of three coworkers from Seattle-based Azuqua. One of them, Skyler Hartle, told me that they were inspired by their visit to London and decided to create something that would help… Read More

  • Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the room

    Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the room

    Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. Well, that works, but it could be better. So at the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon, a few developers in the United Kingdom built an app to make sure everyone’s at the same part in the song. Read More

  • Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

    Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More

  • Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More

  • Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Back in February, seismologists at UC Berkeley released MyShake, an app that passively monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway. In the months since its introduction, the app has outperformed its creators’ expectations, detecting over 200 earthquakes in more than ten countries. Read More

  • Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures moves into video game publishing

    Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures moves into video game publishing

    Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind films including Zero Dark Thirty and Her, is launching a new division focused on video game development and publishing. Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and has developed a reputation for writing relatively large checks for arty, director-driven films — though it’s also faced… Read More

  • iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    A few months ago, iHeartRadio announced that it would be adding paid subscriptions for on-demand music. Today it’s releasing more details about its plans — and launching beta versions of those paid offerings. iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has its roots in traditional radio (it owns 858 stations), and until now, the app was largely a way for you to listen to radio on… Read More

  • Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously reported, Skillz enables developers to turn mobile games into tournament-playable titles without writing a ton of new code. Its technology operates as a… Read More