Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Civilization VI lands on iPad

    Civilization VI lands on iPad

    In case you wanted something engrossing to keep you distracted from family squabbles this holiday, a special gift just arrived: Civilization VI, which is now available as a $30 purchase for iPad via the App Store. The world building simulation game is possibly the most ambitious and expansive ever to hit the iPad, and it has hefty spec requirements to match – you’ll need at least… Read More

  • Apple revises its controversial guidelines on template-based apps

    Apple revises its controversial guidelines on template-based apps

    Apple today announced it’s amending the App Store guideline that banned apps created using templates and other app generation services. When the company revised its policies earlier this year, the move was meant to reduce the number of low-quality apps and spam. But the decision ended up impacting a much wider market. Read More

  • Snap and Twitter now have roughly the same market cap

    Snap and Twitter now have roughly the same market cap

    While we won’t call this a huge watershed moment per se, something nominally interesting in the world of Weird Social Media Things happened this morning: Snap and Twitter are now worth the same based on their market caps. With some small moves on both companies’ shares, both companies are now hovering around $18.7 billion in market cap. There are some extra mechanics that go into… Read More

  • Dating app Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’

    Dating app Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’

    Most dating apps match users then leave it up to them to initiate their chat. When Bumble launched, however, it broke new ground by having women make the first move. Today, Hinge is introducing its own take on how conversations on dating apps should be handled with a new feature it’s calling “Your Turn.” The idea with “Your Turn” is that it lets users decide… Read More

  • Apple will reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018

    Apple will reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018

    Apple is said to be working on a way to allow developers to build apps that work with touchscreen input on iPhone and iPad, and with mouse and trackpad on Mac devices, to be implemented next year, according to Bloomberg. The system would unify development environments for both of Apple’s main computing platforms, iOS and macOS, allowing them to target all devices with a single app instead… Read More

  • Stitch Fix is crashing after its first-ever earnings report

    Stitch Fix is crashing after its first-ever earnings report

    Stitch Fix’s first earnings report is not going well for the company, as its shares went into a tailspin after a significant run up over the past month following its IPO when it delivered its results its most recent fiscal quarter. Stitch Fix, a personalized apparel company that ships a box of recommended items that users can buy or send back, closed up just 1% on its first day of… Read More

  • SendBird raises another $16M to help developers add chat functions to a service

    SendBird raises another $16M to help developers add chat functions to a service

    If you go to any company’s website these days, you’re probably starting to see some chat functionality more and more often — and for good reason, as it’s a quick way for those companies to get in touch with their potential customers. And SendBird, which launched in February this year out of Y Combinator, has tried to quietly begin eating up this space by giving… Read More

  • Instagram launches an alpha testing program on iOS and Android

    Instagram launches an alpha testing program on iOS and Android

    Are you an early adopter? Okay, but are you a really early adopter who likes to test new, experimental things even if it means you’ll experience crashes and bugs? Then you may be interested to know that Instagram has launched Alpha testing programs on iOS and Android aimed at those who want to test pre-release versions of its popular photo-sharing app. Instagram has been running an… Read More

  • Former Nike CFO Don Blair joins Dropbox’s board of directors

    Former Nike CFO Don Blair joins Dropbox’s board of directors

    As Dropbox continues its inevitable march toward an IPO, it’s going to look to bring in people with a lot of experience handling the operations of larger public companies — and it’s getting one today. Dropbox today said it is adding former Nike CFO Don Blair to the company’s board of directors. Blair will be joining the audit committee, the company said, and comes in with… Read More

  • Musical.ly launches $50 million ‘creator fund’ to build out its community

    Musical.ly launches $50 million ‘creator fund’ to build out its community

    In November, the popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly announced its acquisition by Chinese social media giant Toutiao, owned by Bytedance, in a deal sources said was valued at $800 million to $1 billion. Today, the acquisition has completed, with Musical.ly officially joining Bytedance, the companies said. In addition, Musical.ly announced the launch of a $50 million “Creator Fund”… Read More

  • Used car marketplace Shift appoints a co-CEO alongside George Arison

    Used car marketplace Shift appoints a co-CEO alongside George Arison

    Toby Russell was one of the first people to get Shift founder George Arison into used cars — and now he’s going to be running his company alongside him as Shift said today it is appointing Russell co-CEO of the company. Arison said he was naming Russell co-CEO of the used car marketplace to help split off the role into what each executive would be best at, with Russell handling a… Read More

  • Twitter is soaring today as its stock hits a high for the year

    Twitter is soaring today as its stock hits a high for the year

    Twitter is finally having a good day on Wall Street as it heads into the final weeks of the year, and this time around it may be a result of a little bit of optimism from investors. There were two big moves for the company today: first, Twitter said it would begin enforcing new rules related to how it handles hateful and abusive content on the platform, which is a problem that has been… Read More

  • Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

    Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

    Reddit today is giving its mobile apps a major upgrade – the first since their launch last year, when the company decided to take back control over the official Reddit experience on mobile – an experience that had long been available mainly through third-party clients. Today’s updated apps introduce a number of new features focused on media consumption – including how… Read More

  • Open Garden wants to give you tokens for sharing your internet connection

    Open Garden wants to give you tokens for sharing your internet connection

    Open Garden launched its mesh networking platform at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2012. Since then, the company has gone through a few iterations and found unexpected success in its Firechat offline messaging service. Now, it’s ready for the next step in its evolution. The company now wants to make it easier for anybody with an Android phone to share their Wi-Fi connections with anyone who… Read More

  • Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year

    Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year

    Netflix had a pretty good year by very Netflix-y standards: it added a ton of subscribers; its international growth plans seem to be playing out as hoped; it cleaned up in the Golden Globe nominations, and users are watching a ton of Netflix. While the company has continued to show growth with its existing strategy — investing a ton in its original content strategy in the hope that… Read More

  • Dog-walking app Wag may be raising a huge round of funding

    Dog-walking app Wag may be raising a huge round of funding

    It looks like Wag may get another huge injection of cash following a big financing round earlier this year, according to a report by Recode, and also based on what we are hearing. We had heard a bit ago that Wag was looking to raise around $100 million, which the Recode report also suggests. But it now looks like Softbank is in talks to invest around $300 million in the dog-walking app. Read More

  • Fitbit is having a bad day

    Fitbit is having a bad day

    Fitbit is, again, not having a good day after spending the year in mostly middling status as it looks to prove there’s a market for fitness trackers and its own smartwatch. The culprit today: a Wall Street firm slapped a “sell” rating on the company’s stock, which often results in a rejection of its potential and sparks a sharp drop-off in the company’s share value. Read More

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