Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • HTC’s next phone will be squeezable

    HTC’s next phone will be squeezable

    HTC has confirmed rumors that its upcoming new smartphone — the U — will be squeezable. That doesn’t mean the Taiwanese firm is about to ship a rubber device. Rather, the phone’s metal frame will include embedded sensors that enable its owner to control settings and make gestures by squeezing its sides or swiping up and down on them. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?

    Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program
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  • Figure 1, a knowledge-sharing app for doctors, launches sponsored content

    Figure 1, a knowledge-sharing app for doctors, launches sponsored content

    Since its launch in 2013, Figure 1, a photo- and knowledge-sharing app for medical professionals, has focused on “traction” that is winning over new users and keeping them around. The app now boasts registered users in 190 countries, with three-quarters of U.S. med students using Figure 1. Today, the Toronto- and New York-based startup revealed how it has begun to generate revenue. Read More

  • Snap’s anti-developer attitude is an augmented liability

    Snap’s anti-developer attitude is an augmented liability

    Facebook just invited outside developers to help it build an augmented reality content platform. Snapchat banned outside developers in 2015 and has never had a real platform. Read More

  • Xiaomi’s Mi 6 puts iPhone 7 camera tech into a $360 phone — and there’s no headphone jack

    Xiaomi’s Mi 6 puts iPhone 7 camera tech into a $360 phone — and there’s no headphone jack

    Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship smartphone — the Mi 6 — today at an event in Beijing, having skipped Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s largest annual event where it announced the Mi5 last year. There’s plenty at stake with this new device, given that Xiaomi suffered a sales slump last year with CEO Lei Jun admitting that the company has entered a… Read More

  • Instagram on Android gets offline mode

    Instagram on Android gets offline mode

    80% of Instagram’s users 600 million users are outside the US, so it needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan. Today at F8, Instagram announced it’s built support for using most of its features without Internet access. Much of this functionality is now available on Android, which is the preferred device type in the… Read More

  • Everything Facebook launched at both days of F8 and why

    Typing with telepathy? Hearing through your skin? An augmented reality developer platform? These are just a few of the launches and demos Facebook showed off at the social network’s big F8 conference. Here’s an updated breakdown of each major announcement from both days of F8 and why they’re important to you and Facebook. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook Launches Camera Effects Platform

    Today’s Stories  Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything Steve Ballmer’s new project sheds light on U.S. Government spending Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed
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  • Facebook Messenger launches group bots and bot discovery tab

    Facebook Messenger launches group bots and bot discovery tab

    Facebook today launched two powerful ways for people to find Messenger bots to use, addressing the discovery problem that’s plagued the platform’s 100,000 developers. Read More

  • Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify will be launching a bot for Facebook Messenger users that lets friends discover and share music directly in their chats. The bot, which takes advantage of Facebook’s soon-to-launch chat extensions, includes search tools, music recommendations, and sharing functionality for sending 30-second song clips to friends that can either be listened to within Messenger, or launched in… Read More

  • SeatGeek raises $57M to acquire ticketing software company TopTix

    SeatGeek raises $57M to acquire ticketing software company TopTix

    SeatGeek is announcing a deal to acquire TopTix for $56 million. While SeatGeek has made acquisitions before, this is its biggest, and the company funded the deal by raising a $57 million Series D led by Glynn Capital. (Previous investors Accel, Causeway Media Partners, Haystack Partners, Mousse Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures also participated.) Read More

  • A disappointing debut for Samsung’s smart assistant, Bixby

    A disappointing debut for Samsung’s smart assistant, Bixby

    Last week Samsung announced that the Galaxy S8 would ship without Bixby Voice control. It seems unlikely that little bombshell will dissuade anyone from buying the new flagship. It is, after all, a great piece of hardware, as detailed in our recent review. Still, it’s a notable disappointment for one of the phone’s key selling points and a stumble for a feature that’s… Read More

  • 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

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