Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm launches a games studio

    Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm launches a games studio

    Whenever a new developer and compute platform comes along — whether that’s the mobile phone or a VR headset — games are quick to follow as one of the first ever use cases. That’s the case now with Blackstorm, a development platform that’s geared toward different platforms like Messengers and the browser that can easily be accessed without having to download a… Read More

  • Hello launches a voice-enabled Sense bedside sleep tracker for $149

    Hello launches a voice-enabled Sense bedside sleep tracker for $149

    With Alexa and Google Assistant are gunning for control over the general voice-driven experience with technology, that might open doors for some more targeted verticals that are centered around voice. It’s not an unheard of strategy — building services and tools around specific experiences rather than trying to do it all at once has been an effective approach for many startups… Read More

  • Instapaper premium goes free for all users

    Instapaper premium goes free for all users

    Following its acquisition by Pinterest in August, Instapaper’s premium version will now be to all users, the company said today. As part of the acquisition, Instapaper’s team would begin working on Pinterest’s core experience. But the company also said that the app would live on as a separate entity and continue to get updates from the Instapaper team at Pinterest. Now, under… Read More

  • Instagram tests shoppable photo tags

    Instagram tests shoppable photo tags

    Instagram wants you to shop without always having to interrupt your scrolling with a browser window. That’s why today it will start showing shoppable tags on photos from 20 retail brands like Kate Spade and JackThreads to iOS users in the US. The retailers tag products in their photos, which are hidden behind a “Tap to view products” button. After selecting their product… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

    Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

    Silicon Valley’s most talkative investor will bring his enterprise experience and connections to the makers of UberConference. Office cloud communications startup Dialpad today announced that Marc Andreessen is joining its board of directors. “The company’s hit its stride” Andreessen tells TechCrunch. He calls DialPad “A complete cloud, mobile business… Read More

  • Brad Garlinghouse takes over as CEO of payments startup Ripple

    Brad Garlinghouse takes over as CEO of payments startup Ripple

    After running Ripple for around four years and overseeing the company’s growth through around $94 million in financing, CEO Chris Larsen will be stepping down. Larsen will become executive chairman of the company — a common move in CEO transitions. But COO Brad Garlinghouse, previously CEO of Hightail as well as a former AOL and Yahoo senior executive, will be taking over the role… Read More

  • Pokémon Go gets a big revenue boost from its special Halloween event

    Pokémon Go gets a big revenue boost from its special Halloween event

    Pokémon Go had its first special in-game event this Halloween, and the results are promising for people hoping Niantic will run more in the future: Revenue was up 2.3 times from the week before, according to app analytics firm SensorTower, and daily revenue on October 29, in the middle of the event, was at its highest overall level since September 10, according to analytics provider App… Read More

  • Convergence crosses the pond Crunch Network

    Convergence crosses the pond

    Imagine a world where you buy mobile phone, data, voice and television services from a single provider. A world where you don’t worry about running out of wireless minutes, exceeding text message limits or running up roaming charges. A world where you talk, text and stream video on an iPad, TV, laptop or mobile phone, seamlessly using the same user interface and applications across… Read More

  • Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts

    Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts

    Google today announced it’s rolling out a new detection and filtering system on the Play Store to crack down on those developers who use illegitimate means to boost their apps’ rankings in the store’s top charts. This will affect apps that use methods like fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings, the company noted. While Google already had technology it… Read More

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