Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Apple just released the first iOS 10 beta to everyone

    Apple just released the first iOS 10 beta to everyone

    It’s here. The first public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. You can download it, even your neighbor can download it. And the good news is that you won’t have to pay $99 a year for a developer account. But remember, this is a beta. If you can’t wait to see iOS 10 in action, Apple’s public beta program is for you. The company wants you to try out its new… Read More

  • Audible’s new Channels audio content subscription service is a bet on a voice-powered future

    Audible’s new Channels audio content subscription service is a bet on a voice-powered future

    Amazon-owned Audible announced a new service called Channels today, one that differs from its typical audiobook business in offering more bite-size content from original content producers, as well as recordings of news stores from NYT, WSJ, The Washington Post and others. The original programming will be rolling out over time, covering comedy, investigatory journalism (think Serial) and… Read More

  • Silent Circle’s Blackphone revealed as a sales flop

    Silent Circle’s Blackphone revealed as a sales flop

    Encrypted comms company Silent Circle is being sued by its former joint venture hardware partner, Geeksphone, for not paying part of a previous agreed sale price for buying out the latter’s share in the joint venture — and lurking at the heart of the dispute are flopped sales of the Blackphone smartphone the pair developed. Read More

  • Pokémon Go has already taught me so much

    Pokémon Go has already taught me so much

    I’ve been playing Pokémon Go for most of today because no force in heaven or on earth could stop me, and here are a few things that I’ve learned about the game, myself and life as a result. The new Pokémon professor is like real, real handsome but his shoes are terrible I don’t like to move very much or at all if possible I’m still cheaper than I am lazy because… Read More

  • Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Comment reels can become cesspools, especially on celebrity social media posts that get replies by the thousands. But now Instagram is letting its new business pages take out the trash with a new Comment Moderation option. It “Blocks comments with words or phrases often reported as offensive from appearing on your posts.” Instagram confirms to me that the feature rolled out… Read More

  • Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

    Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

    The developing world can’t join the age of social video since streaming sucks up too much costly data and is sluggish on slow connections. But Facebook wants to change that with a new video download option it will start testing on July 11th with a small percentage of users in India. While on WiFi, people can sync videos to their device for offline viewing within Facebook’s… Read More

  • Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas

    Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas

    Facebook is clearly very serious about its mission to connect the world and in the process, it has launched solar-powered drones that use lasers to connect to each other and the ground, and more prosaic efforts like new antennas for covering both urban and rural areas. Today, Facebook is expanding this work with the launch of OpenCellular, a new open source hardware and software project that… Read More

  • Volkswagen throws in with LG on ‘Cross-Over’ connected car platform

    Volkswagen throws in with LG on ‘Cross-Over’ connected car platform

    Everyone’s picking teams for the coming connected car wars, and Volkswagen and LG have chosen each other. The new smart car squad announced a “memorandum of understanding” to collaborate on R&D related to a connected car platform to be developed “over the coming years” today. So what, exactly, does this partnership entail? It’s not just the premise for… Read More

  • Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Now on Tap was one of the marquee features of Android Marshmallow when Google first announced this update to its mobile operating system last year (which is now already being eclipsed by the next version: Android Nougat). It allows you to quickly find more relevant information and context about what’s currently on your phone’s or tablet’s screen when you press and hold the… Read More

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