Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat clone above the News Feed

    Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat clone above the News Feed

    Instagram put a dent in Snapchat by placing its own version of Snapchat Stories atop its feed, and now Facebook is doing the same. Today Facebook launched Facebook Stories in Ireland on iOS and Android, with plans to bring it to more countries in the coming months. The feature lets you share ephemeral photos and videos in a slideshow that disappears 24 hours later. The little circles to… Read More

  • Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match is rolling out a new feature that will help its dating app customers see who they’ve crossed paths with in the real world, and say “hi” if they’re interested in chatting. The opt-in feature called “Missed Connections” takes advantage of location-based services on the users’ phones, but is designed in a way to ensure user privacy, Match… Read More

  • Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    The next version of Apple Watch’s software will let you talk to Siri via your smartwatch in order to interact with third-party applications, according to new developer documentation from Apple released on Tuesday. This will let you do things like order an Uber, send a message through a chat application, make a payment, and more. The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected… Read More

  • Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

    Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

    Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store – a feature that’s long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS 10.3 beta, when this version of Apple’s mobile operating ships… Read More

  • Airbnb is in talks to acquire social payments startup Tilt

    Airbnb is in talks to acquire social payments startup Tilt

    We’d been hearing murmurs for a while that Tilt was up for grabs and was talking to a few folks in recent weeks, and in early January we caught wind that the company may be acquired by Airbnb. It looks like the chatter was right. The Information reported today that the company is in talks with Airbnb for an acquisition, and the report jives with what we’ve heard as well. The… Read More

  • Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target’s CartWheel application has grown to some 27 million shoppers who have used it over the past three years following its debut to save over $600 million at checkout. Now, the retailer hints it may be adding mobile payments to the app, and potentially its main Target application, as well. The company didn’t confirm which of the two, or if both, would be updated to include… Read More

  • Pokémon launches Duel, a new free iOS and Android strategy battle game

    Pokémon launches Duel, a new free iOS and Android strategy battle game

    Pokémon has another official new mobile game that isn’t Pokémon GO – it’s a strategy battle game called Pokémon Duel where you collect virtual figures and fight them in an attempt to take over territory from your rival. The Duel element involves actually battling your figures, which you can select in teams of six. These individual Pokémon have stats, including how many… Read More

  • Verizon fourth quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    Verizon fourth quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    Verizon this morning reported adjusted fourth quarter earnings of 86 cents per share, on revenue of $32.3 billion. On the earnings side, that falls short of what Wall Street analysts had expected — EPS of 89 cents per share and $32.1 billion in revenue. That also marks a 5.6 percent revenue decline from the fourth quarter of 2015. Verizon said it added 591,000 postpaid wireless… Read More

  • Samsung records highest profit jump in 3 years

    Samsung records highest profit jump in 3 years

    Samsung today recorded its biggest leap in profits for three years,up 50 percent year-on-year, showing that there is far more to the company than the Galaxy Note 7 saga. Read More

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