Apps

  • Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    ToyTalk, the makers of kids entertainment applications for iPad, has just released its first paid application with the launch of a character-driven touch and play app called SpeakaLegend. But the team may have even bigger news on the way in the form of licensing deals for its speech recognition tech with some of the best-known children’s brands, we hear. This startup is a fascinating… Read More

  • Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes may be a product of the analog era, but they continue to stick around – literally, that is – covering walls, windows, monitor screens and more, remaining an office worker’s go-to-tool for small scribbles, quick thoughts, and ideas. Now the company behind Post-it, 3M, is hoping to port Post-it notes to the small screen, with a new mobile app that lets you… Read More

  • SurveyMonkey Makes Its First Investment, Leads Mobile App CRM Solution Provider Apptentive’s $5.3M Series A

    SurveyMonkey Makes Its First Investment, Leads Mobile App CRM Solution Provider Apptentive’s $5.3M Series A

    Apptentive, a company offering in-app feedback tools that allow developers to engage an app’s users, communicate directly, request reviews and more, has now closed on $5.3 million in Series A funding. In an unusual turn, the new funding round was led in part by SurveyMonkey, and will see Damon Cronkey,VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for SurveyMonkey, joining… Read More

  • Price-Tracking Service Nifti Switches Gears, Launches Social Polling App Cinch

    Price-Tracking Service Nifti Switches Gears, Launches Social Polling App Cinch

    Pricing tracking and alerts service Nifti is testing the waters with a new application called Cinch (no, not Klout’s advice-giving app also called Cinch, but very close.) In fact, Nifti’s new app is practically a variation on Klout’s earlier arrival, as Klout’s Cinch is about asking for recommendations and Nifti’s Cinch is about asking for opinions. That is… Read More

  • SimilarWeb Debuts An All-In-One Analytics Suite For Web, Mobile Web And Apps

    SimilarWeb Debuts An All-In-One Analytics Suite For Web, Mobile Web And Apps

    SimilarWeb, a startup taking on web measurement services like Alexa and comScore, is now expanding its intelligence platform to include the world of native mobile apps and mobile web, in addition to desktop web. The move brings some much-need competition to the space where industry leader App Annie now dominates, having already bought out its closest rival through the acquisition of Distimo… Read More

  • Branch Metrics Raises $3 Million From NEA For More Intelligent Deep Links That Make Apps Work Like The Web

    Branch Metrics Raises $3 Million From NEA For More Intelligent Deep Links That Make Apps Work Like The Web

    Palo Alto-based Branch Metrics has just raised $3 million from NEA and others to address a series of challenges affecting the mobile app ecosystem today. The company has come up with an advanced “deep linking” technology for app developers, which allows for a more powerful means of sharing content from within apps, referring or inviting others to install apps, and more. The… Read More

  • Launcher Adds Shortcuts To Favorite Apps And Common Actions To iOS 8’s Notification Center

    Launcher Adds Shortcuts To Favorite Apps And Common Actions To iOS 8’s Notification Center

    A new iOS application called Launcher is taking advantage of iOS 8’s expanded feature set in a unique way. With the updated version of Apple’s mobile operating system, developers can now create interactive widgets that sit in iOS 8’s Notifications Center. But currently, most apps that have rolled out widget support are offering support for their own applications alone. Read More

  • Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform

    Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform

    Some big news today for Red Hat, the open source company that provides a platform for application development and other platform as a service solutions: It is buying FeedHenry, an Ireland-based provider of a platform for mobile app developers, specifically for enterprises to build apps. In a statement on the acquisition, Red Hat says it will be paying €63.5 million ($82 million) in cash… Read More

  • iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

    Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to… Read More

  • Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest… Read More

  • Sesame Lets You Order Themed Gift Sets From Your iPad

    Sesame Lets You Order Themed Gift Sets From Your iPad

    Web and mobile gifting service Sesame, which lets you browse and order themed gift sets online or from your iPhone, has now rolled out to iPad. The updated application lets you get a better feel for the gifts you’re ordering, by including “unboxing” videos that show how the gifts were packaged and what they look like in real life. In addition, “hot spots” now… Read More