Mobile

  • App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    The app industry is continuing to grow, according to a new year-end analysis from app intelligence firm App Annie, out today, which found that app downloads, time spent in apps and revenue grew across the board over the course of 2016. Worldwide downloads were up 15 percent year-over-year, time spent in apps was up 25 percent, and the revenue paid to developers increased by 40… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter… Read More

  • PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    The way children watch TV is changing – shifting away from the big screen in the living room to tablets and other mobile devices. In order to better cater to the needs of this more digital audience, PBS has now launched a new 24/7 TV channel, PBS KIDS, which is available on television through PBS member stations, but also as a streaming service via the web and the PBS KIDS… Read More

  • Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. The company announced this morning it’s introducing a new way to seek out lists on its app, through the launch of list search. This is a surprisingly late addition for the… Read More

  • The mobile app gold rush may be over

    The mobile app gold rush may be over

    Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent over last year, for example — that growth is slowing. And many… Read More

  • Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    DoubleDutch, a startup providing mobile apps and analytics for events and conferences is downsizing again. The company has just announced another round of layoffs, affecting roughly 40 percent its workforce, TechCrunch learned and DoubleDutch confirmed. Around 70 positions were eliminated, including those in senior leadership roles. DoubleDutch’s CFO, CCO, VP of Customer Success and… Read More

  • Time’s AI-powered time tracking app will help you stop procrastinating

    Time’s AI-powered time tracking app will help you stop procrastinating

    Do you like making lists of things to do, but then end up failing to accomplish the items you’ve laid out? A new application aimed at those with a tendency towards procrastination can help. Instead of a simple checklist or time tracker, Time, as the app is called, lets you more obsessively micro-manage the tasks at hand with a color-coded timer that changes from green to yellow to red as… Read More

  • Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Apple last month released a new TV app in an attempt to centralize all the streaming TV options available across Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. Now, Samsung is rolling out its own take on the matter, with the launch of a trio of new Smart TV services focused on sports, music and video on demand. The services are a part of Samsung’s Smart Hub platform, which offers customers a way to… Read More

  • iPhone 7 was a top holiday gift, but Apple Watch is fading

    iPhone 7 was a top holiday gift, but Apple Watch is fading

    More iPhone 7 devices were unwrapped over the 2016 holidays compared with Google Pixel smartphones, according to new data released by analytics service Mixpanel. Specifically, in the first few days after Christmas, the number of unique iPhone 7’s increased by 12.7 percent, compared with an 8.5 percent increase for Google’s newest flagship. And when comparing iOS to Android devices… Read More

  • Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

    Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

    Mobile applications from Facebook and Google dominated the new list of the year’s top apps released today by Nielsen. Not surprisingly, Facebook again grabbed the number one spot on the list, with more than 146 million average unique users per month, and 14 percent growth over last year. In fact, Facebook scored several spots on the top 10 chart, thanks to Messenger (#2) and Instagram… Read More

  • Uber explains why it looks like its app is still tracking your location, long after drop-off

    Uber explains why it looks like its app is still tracking your location, long after drop-off

    Uber responded today to reports that its app continues to check users’ locations even when they hadn’t used the ride-hailing service for days or weeks. The company explained that the issue is being caused by the iOS operating system itself, not direct tracking by its app. Many users had realized that Uber’s app appeared to have recently checked their location, according… Read More

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