Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook simplifies confusing chatbots with buttons, not text commands

    Facebook simplifies confusing chatbots with buttons, not text commands

    “What do I type?” is the big question making chatbots hard to use. So today Facebook Messenger is giving chatbot developers new “Quick Reply” buttons and persistent menu options to make their bots easier to navigate. Messenger bots can also now send videos, audio, GIFs, and files so they can encompass wider range of use cases. People can now rate bots with one to five… Read More

  • Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

    Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

    If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Apple is in discussions with Tidal about acquiring its music streaming app, which offers exclusives and early releases from big artists like Beyonce and Kanye West. The Wall Street Journal reports that the talks are still early and might not end in a deal, but Apple wants those exclusives to bolster its Apple Music streaming app… Read More

  • Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook Paper could have given publishers the reach they lost yesterday in the News Feed, but no one wanted the standalone news reading app. Facebook has pulled the Paper app from the app store and will discontinue support for existing downloads of it on July 29th, according to a message show to all user. Despite it’s eye-catching, progressive design, the experience proved unnecessary… Read More

  • How Mexico went from telecom laggard to mobile trailblazer Crunch Network

    How Mexico went from telecom laggard to mobile trailblazer

    Twenty years ago only one out of 10 people in Mexico had a telephone of any kind. Today, more than 100 million people have cell phones and, more amazingly, more than 70 percent of those are smartphones. To keep up the torrid growth, scrappy competitors are offering smartphones for every budget and plans that let users choose right from their handsets which services they want and how much they… Read More

  • Google Maps gets multi-stop directions and vacation memories on mobile

    Google Maps gets multi-stop directions and vacation memories on mobile

    Google is bringing long awaited multi-stop directions to mobile with its new summer update. Travelers can now hit as many tourist traps as they want on their cross country treks. Just like in the web version, users can swiftly rearrange the order of stops. Android users will get the feature first, followed by iOS in the near future. The summer update caps off an active week for Maps. Read More

  • Aircall launches mobile apps for its cloud phone system for teams

    Aircall launches mobile apps for its cloud phone system for teams

    Aircall just launched its mobile apps on iOS and Android out of beta. The company announced the first beta of its mobile app at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. The startup is bringing all the core features of the service to its mobile app. Read More

  • Video app Chosen doubles down on music video creation with access to 20M songs

    Video app Chosen doubles down on music video creation with access to 20M songs

    Started over a year ago by the ex-CEO of Beats Music, Chosen is a video creation app with a competitive element. Users create short clips on their phones, and can view others while swiping left or right to up vote or down vote the clip. Originally, the videos were designed to be short clips of users showcasing their musical abilities – playing the guitar, singing, or even yodeling. Read More

  • Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper founder and CEO Markus Gilles said he has a simple goal — to create “the single best video app.” We covered the company last August when it launched its first app on the iPad. Since then, it’s been acquired by millennial-focused publisher Mic, but it’s still going after that big goal — and today, it’s launching on the iPhone. Particularly… Read More

  • SmartRecruiters raises $30 million for hiring software

    SmartRecruiters raises $30 million for hiring software

    Because managing a large pool of job applicants can be cumbersome, SmartRecruiters thinks its software has the right tools to keep you organized in your candidate search. The team counts clients like Square, Atlassian and Equinox gyms, who use SmartRecruiters to manage job postings and communicate about prospective employees. Now SmartRecruiters is arming itself with a $30 million funding… Read More

  • DoorDash, going beyond food delivery, will soon bring you alcohol

    DoorDash, going beyond food delivery, will soon bring you alcohol

    DoorDash started off as a restaurant delivery company — but, like many on-demand delivery companies, its ambitions are certainly much higher than that. And it’s taking one step beyond food delivery today by adding the ability to purchase alcohol through DoorDash. While DoorDash may have already delivered food from breweries or restaurants that offer paired food, it still… Read More

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