Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • WeFarm’s ‘Quora for farmers’ scales up in Africa with $1.6M from LocalGlobe

    WeFarm’s ‘Quora for farmers’ scales up in Africa with $1.6M from LocalGlobe

    Agricultural tech, or agtech for short, has gradually become a fascinating vertical for startups. It’s a huge, traditional market, just waiting for the new tools provided by the cloud. In Europe, a huge food producer, it’s of particular significance. But it’s in emerging markets that it could have the biggest impact. Something like 500 million small-scale farmers around the… Read More

  • “Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

    “Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

    For people who feel that we are a little bit too connected these days, Kickstarter project Light Phone was promising a respite. It was scheduled to ship in May this year, but has seen a number of setbacks. This week, the company issued a statement. It says that while it missed its goal, it hopes to start shipping later this month. Read More

  • AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More

  • Snapchat has reportedly filed confidentially for its massive IPO

    Snapchat has reportedly filed confidentially for its massive IPO

    Snapchat appears to be moving forward in its plans to go public early next year with the company filing confidentially for its IPO, according to a report from Reuters. In recent years, companies have begun filing confidentially for their initial public offerings well ahead of revealing their financial guts in the formal IPO process. That gives a time window between the SEC getting the… Read More

  • Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

    Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

    Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive user data to a third party company based in China, according to an analysis by security firm Kryptowire. Read More

  • Google’s new app PhotoScan turns prints into digital photos

    Google’s new app PhotoScan turns prints into digital photos

    Google Photos, Google’s cloud photo storage and sharing service, aspires to be a single home to everyone’s photographs. But so far, that has only extended to the digital photos we take, as well as our personal videos. The company is today working to change that with the launch of a new tool called PhotoScan that can help you to turn printed photos into high-quality digital copies. Read More

  • Pinterest launches an ‘Explore’ section for trending topics and ideas

    Pinterest launches an ‘Explore’ section for trending topics and ideas

    Pinterest today is launching a new section of the app that is geared around surfacing trending and top ideas that’ll get additional new content in front of users. Called “Explore,” it’s a new section of Pinterest that pits its recommendation algorithms against trending content across Pinterest from publishers and other sources that’ll get content in front of… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger now works in Android Auto

    Facebook Messenger now works in Android Auto

    On the heels of Google’s announcement that its in-car infotainment platform Android Auto can now function as a standalone mobile app, Facebook today announced that it’s now rolling out Android Auto integration on Messenger. That means Android Auto users will be able to listen to and reply to texts from friends on Messenger using voice commands. Android Auto already lets… Read More

  • Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

    Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

    Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October… Read More

  • Facebook launches a unified inbox for businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Facebook launches a unified inbox for businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Facebook is unveiling a new feature that should make it easier for businesses to stay on top of conversations across Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Benji Shomair, Facebook’s global head of Pages, described the new functionality as “one of our most frequent requests.” Previously, if a businesses wanted to respond to customers on Facebook and Instagram, they had… Read More

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