Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Lyft starts selling $20 physical gift cards at Starbucks

    Lyft starts selling $20 physical gift cards at Starbucks

    On demand ride provider Lyft is getting physical – creating actual gift cards with $20 in ride credit that people can buy beginning today at participating Starbucks stores across the U.S. The cards also come with a $5 Starbucks gift card as a free bonus, and Lyft passengers will also start being able to earn Starbucks Reward Stars by riding. This isn’t Lyft’s first tie-up… Read More

  • Facebook will bypass web adblockers, but offer ad targeting opt-outs

    Facebook will bypass web adblockers, but offer ad targeting opt-outs

    Facebook is making the HTML of its web ads indistinguishable from organic content so it can slip by adblockers. But in exchange for taking away this option for controlling ads from people, its allowing them to opt-out of ad targeting categories and Custom Audience customer lists uploaded by advertisers. Today all desktop users will see an announcement atop the News Feed explaining that while… Read More

  • Shyp’s business efforts ramp up with bulk shipments and new pricing

    Shyp’s business efforts ramp up with bulk shipments and new pricing

    For the past two years, Shyp has been ramping up its efforts to appeal to businesses as a go-to, more simplified shipping service. That started off with a big partnership with eBay to help sellers ship their products. And that’s continuing today with a new model for business shipments that caters directly toward sellers looking to move a large number of products. Starting today, Shyp… Read More

  • Tilt dives into one-to-one payments

    Tilt dives into one-to-one payments

    Here’s a sentence you might not have expected to read: a service built around crowdfunding is building in a one-to-one payments option in what might be one of the most increasingly crowded spaces in the U.S. That’s what Tilt, an app geared toward crowdfunding events like parties or travel plans, is hoping will make its service even more sticky and a one-stop destination for… Read More

  • FireChat brings private group chat to its off-grid messaging service

    FireChat brings private group chat to its off-grid messaging service

    FireChat, the messaging service from Disrupt Battlefield finalist Open Garden that allows you to chat with people around you even when there is no regular Internet connection, is getting a major update today. This new version of FireChat introduces private group chats on top of its existing private one-on-one chats and public chatrooms. Read More

  • The Apple Maps launch fiasco led to the iOS public beta program

    The Apple Maps launch fiasco led to the iOS public beta program

    In an interview with Fast Company, Apple executives looked back at the launch of the Maps app and its current state. The company has been hard at work on improving the mapping app, and it’s interesting to see the learnings from the launch fiasco. In particular, Apple Maps bugs led to today’s public beta program for major iOS releases. The year was 2012. Scott Forstall introduced… Read More

  • Pokémon Go crosses $200M in global revenue one month into launch

    Pokémon Go crosses $200M in global revenue one month into launch

    While bugs and feature complaints are still causing a decent amount of negativity among users, Pokémon Go continues its upward trajectory in terms of overall revenue. App analytics platform Sensor Tower reveals that the game now have over $200 million in net revenue from players based on their estimates. The spending frenzy in Go compares favorably to in-game revenue generated by other… Read More

  • Tecla’s tech makes Pokémon Go more accessible for wheelchair users

    Tecla’s tech makes Pokémon Go more accessible for wheelchair users

    Toronto-based B corporation Komodo OpenLab thought Pokémon Go using its Tecla product, an assistive hardware device designed to make it easier to use smartphones, tablets and users for people who might not generally be able to interact with these gadgets, including, for example, wheelchair users with spinal injuries or multiple sclerosis. As you can see from the video above, the Tecla… Read More

  • Facebook snatches up team from Eyegroove, a musical selfie app

    Facebook snatches up team from Eyegroove, a musical selfie app

    The team from a startup called Eyegroove, a “musical selfie” app, has joined Facebook. According to a message on the company’s website, most of the small team who worked on the app will now be focused on building new experiences for Facebook users that will help them to “create, share and connect.” Founded in late 2013, the Eyegroove application was the… Read More

  • Pokémon Go drives a surge in smartphone backup battery sales

    Pokémon Go drives a surge in smartphone backup battery sales

    Early on in the Pokémon Go hype cycle, there were signs that players were driving a significant uptick in sales of backup batteries, like the Mophie units you may be familiar with that offer USB connections for topping up mobile devices while you’re away from an outlet. Now, research from analytics firm NPD Group goes beyond early anecdotal evidence to show that in fact, unit sales… Read More

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