Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Apple just dropped another iOS 10 public beta for you crazy testers

    Apple just dropped another iOS 10 public beta for you crazy testers

    That didn’t take long. Just a day after releasing the third iOS 10 developer beta, the second public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. The second public beta of macOS Sierra was also released today. And of course, you won't have to pay $99 a year for a developer account. But things are still rough at this stage so I wouldn’t recommend installing it on your main… Read More

  • Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

    Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

    If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And it is now available on iOS for $19.99 as well. Scrivener is a flexible and powerful writing app that makes it easier to write long-form stuff — think about it as a sort of writing studio. Read More

  • Square quietly sets up for a UK launch, now takes payments in pounds on Square Register

    Square quietly sets up for a UK launch, now takes payments in pounds on Square Register

    The UK is sometimes called a nation of shopkeepers, and soon mobile payments company Square may be putting that to the test in the search for new business. Square Register — the company’s point of sale app used by merchants to manage their inventory, make invoices and take payments from customers — has quietly started to allow users to make payments in the UK, in UK pounds. Read More

  • Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around three years, and had been available on iPad for a year. With its iPhone… Read More

  • Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

    Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

    As Pokemon Go moves into the real-world partner marketing business with McDonald’s, one might wonder what businesses potentially stand to gain the most from association with Niantic’s world dominating location-based collect’em game. Well, Red Robin should plan a Squirtleburger™, if data gathered by location analytics firm Placed is any indication. The company used info… Read More

  • Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase,” Facebook’s head of adtech said about Snapchat today. While Facebook tries to collect as much data about users as possible to prove its ads work, Snapchat has tried to avoid being creepy, despite that hindering its potential… Read More

  • Reco thinks books are better when they’re recommended by people you trust

    Reco thinks books are better when they’re recommended by people you trust

    I still love books, and I still have a fair amount of trouble finding new ones to read that I’ll actually enjoy. Helping with discovery is the idea behind Reco, a new mobile app from Canadian bookseller and retailer Indigo, which provides users with a social network based around books, and people’s love thereof. “We have a kind of obsessive focus on who our customers are… Read More

  • Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating articles that load more quickly, particularly on mobile. (They also can be sped up by loading from Google’s cache.) At the time the program was announced, Google said it would… Read More

  • Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But what will be the fate of this red-hot social product? We’ve heard Prisma is in talks with investors about raising funding, but it might make more sense as an acquisition for Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. When… Read More

  • Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards for iOS, its first app that can be used for learning virtually anything that involves memorization: vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and stats (I’m… Read More

  • Bloomberg Beta raises a second $75 million fund

    Bloomberg Beta raises a second $75 million fund

    When the partners at Bloomberg Beta — a $75 million seed investment fund — sit down to review how they’re doing, they say they don’t first look at the valuation of their portfolio. Instead, they first take a look at how the founders in the fund are grading them as investors and partners. While paper valuations are always important for any firm, a key metric Bloomberg… Read More

  • Snapchat now lets you use Bitmojis in chat or on snaps

    Snapchat now lets you use Bitmojis in chat or on snaps

    Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March. The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn’t clear. Today, Snapchat finally acknowledged the acquisition and revealed how it would integrate Bitstrips’ product: Users can now send their Bitmoji to each other either in chat or in snaps. We saw… Read More

  • Google launches final Android Nougat Developer Preview

    Google launches final Android Nougat Developer Preview

    Google today released the fifth and last preview Android Nougat before the scheduled final release later this summer. According to the company, this preview includes the latest version of the Android Nougat emulator to do apps final testing, the final N APIs, the latest system behaviors and UI and the latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and pre-installed apps. As far as… Read More

  • Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

    Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

    Finally there’s a better way to gain followers on Snapchat. The app refuses to tell you who to watch. There are no suggested user lists, no leaderboards, no little buttons everywhere begging you to add someone new. You’ve had to go out and find your own people to follow. Until now. Alongside the recent launch of Memories, Snapchat quietly added a new feature it didn’t… Read More

  • Apple releases new betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and yes, even tvOS

    Apple releases new betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and yes, even tvOS

    Dear developers, today is update day. Apple just released the third beta for the next major iteration of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS — that’s a lot of megabytes. The third developer betas squash bugs and tweak new features as the final versions of these operating system updates will be released in the fall. If you’re currently testing iOS or macOS through the public beta… Read More

  • Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

    Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

    Getting people to download apps on their phone is hard enough. Getting to use them and return is even harder. And getting valuable users who spend money in the app or take other actions that the developer wants to encourage, is the most difficult task of all. Today, Facebook announced plans to attack that latter problem with the debut of more advanced ad targeting options for mobile app… Read More

  • Casual games go pro as Doodle Jump announces plans for an e-sports league with Skillz

    Casual games go pro as Doodle Jump announces plans for an e-sports league with Skillz

    How about some mobile games news that isn’t about Pokemon Go? Lima Sky has committed to launching an e-sports league and new edition of their wildly popular Doodle Jump mobile game, according to the company’s Chief Operating Officer Matt Turetzky. Lima Sky, which was founded seven years ago, has amassed 200 million unique downloads for its Doodle Jump games across every platform. Read More

  • Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Earlier this month, the first Pokémon Go malware was spotted in the wild, but the app was not much of a threat to users as it never made it into the official Google Play store for download. The same cannot be said of a new group of dangerous applications targeting Pokémon Go users by promising cheats, tips, and other functionality. Despite their innocuous-sounding titles, the apps… Read More

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