Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter may have re-oriented itself and laid off part of its workforce to streamline its business, but it still doesn’t look like it is bringing in enough money to keep Wall Street happy. Here is the biggest data point from the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report: according to the company, advertising revenue totaled $638 million, which was down slightly year-over-year. A… Read More

  • Facebook can now replace your weather app

    Facebook can now replace your weather app

    Facebook is rolling out a useful new feature that puts a full weather forecast inside its mobile app and desktop site. The feature is accessible from News Feed or the mobile app’s “More” menu — the section that links you to areas like Friends, Events, Groups, Pages and other key Facebook features like On This Day or Saved items. Within the Weather section, you can view… Read More

  • Facebook Lite hits 200M users as low-bandwidth world revenue skyrockets

    Facebook Lite hits 200M users as low-bandwidth world revenue skyrockets

    Facebook’s stripped-down but speedy Lite app is growing fast and adding countries so it can keep connecting people and building the company’s business in the low-bandwidth world where revenue increased 52% this year. Facebook Lite launched in June 2015, it rocketed to 100 million monthly users by March 2016, and now it’s doubled in size to 200 million users, Mark Zuckerberg says. Read More

  • Pinterest users can now jump to other products within an image

    Pinterest users can now jump to other products within an image

    Pinterest is looking to continually decrease the friction from finding something they’re interested in and drilling further into newer products and ideas, and it now has another product to try to close that gap. The company today said it’s launching a new feature that allows users to find and jump to additional products within a photo they’re currently viewing. So, for… Read More

  • Pinterest adds visual search for elements in images and through your camera

    Pinterest adds visual search for elements in images and through your camera

    Pinterest said today it’s launching three new products today that will point out specific elements in pictures — whether viewed live through a camera or through a typical image search — and use them as a jumping point for search. All of these are designed to keep Pinterest coming back over and over to discover ideas based on images. Pinterest has been increasingly trying… Read More

  • Flipboard revamps its approach personalized news with new “Smart Magazines”

    Flipboard revamps its approach personalized news with new “Smart Magazines”

    Flipboard is releasing a big update today, which introduces “Smart Magazines” — a new way for people to find news stories and other content tied to their interests. CEO Mike McCue said the big goal behind this update was to answer the question, “How can we modernize the notion of magazines?” Like many print magazines, these Smart Magazines are meant help you dive… Read More

  • Facebook Safety Check now lets locals find and offer Community Help like shelter

    Facebook Safety Check now lets locals find and offer Community Help like shelter

    Instead of sending thoughts and prayers to crisis victims, Facebook now lets you share food, transportation, and shelter. You know…things that will actually help. Today Facebook is expanding its Safety Check that allows friends to declare they’re safe after a disaster with the launch of “Community Help”. The feature adds a page to Safety Check where locals can offer… Read More

  • Chatbooks raises $11.5 million to put photo printing on autopilot

    Chatbooks raises $11.5 million to put photo printing on autopilot

    Photo-printing services abound online, from dotcom-era brands like Shutterfly to services launched through the years by Apple, Amazon, Costco and Walgreens. Startups keep cropping up, too — no surprise given the number of photos people take and share these days, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and social media. Now, one photo-printing startup called Chatbooks has raised… Read More

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