Mobile

  • Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google’s flagship mobile application is getting a big makeover today, with a focus on making it easier to separate the things you need to know about – like upcoming appointments or flights -from the things you’re interested in, like news, sports, and entertainment. The app still maintains its previous card-style design, but it now offers two different sections to better… Read More

  • Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

    Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

    Netflix’s decision to introduce an in-app subscription option in its iOS app over a year ago has helped the streaming service steadily gain more subscribers, and surge up the Top Grossing charts in the Apple App Store. Back in November of last year, the app hit the Top Grossing chart for the first time, reaching the No. 9 position. Today, Netflix has reached another milestone, as the… Read More

  • Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

    Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

    E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next Keyboard, InstaMatch, and Wake Alarm. Prior to the deal, the team had also worked with… Read More

  • Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    With Trusted Contacts, Google is launching a new personal safety app for Android today that allows others to ping you for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The idea here is that you define who these trusted contacts are and by doing so, you allow them to see where you are when they ping you. The twist here is that you can always decline to share… Read More

  • Mischief managed: 5 hackathon hacks for Potter fans inspired by the Marauder’s Map

    Mischief managed: 5 hackathon hacks for Potter fans inspired by the Marauder’s Map

    Great news, Potter fans: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is no longer the only place in the world where you can find a working Marauder’s Map, the magical piece of parchment that let Harry Potter and others track the movements of people as they went around the Hogwarts campus and its many public and secret passageways. This weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

    Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

    Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up — whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying or because the topic itself is sensitive — like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More

  • Hardbound’s app uses visual stories to catch you up on the day’s news and more

    Hardbound’s app uses visual stories to catch you up on the day’s news and more

    Instead of killing time on your phone playing games or browsing Facebook, the recently launched application Hardbound aims to help you fill your spare minutes by learning something new instead. The months-old app introduces its own visual and interactive format for mobile storytelling, allowing you to tap through interesting mini-stories covering science, history, technology, business and… Read More

  • Spotify brings soundtracks to Starz’ video streaming app

    Spotify brings soundtracks to Starz’ video streaming app

    Before the streaming era, if you found yourself watching a movie or TV show with a great soundtrack, you may have gone out later to buy the CD. These days, at best, you may remember to look up the soundtrack on iTunes or a streaming service like Spotify. But the premium TV network Starz has a different idea: in partnership with Spotify, it’s putting soundtracks directly into its… Read More

  • Yahoo brings its Q&A site to mobile via a new app, Yahoo Answers Now

    Yahoo brings its Q&A site to mobile via a new app, Yahoo Answers Now

    Yahoo has quietly launched a native mobile app for Yahoo Answers, one of the web’s largest Q&A sites which attracts over 3.1 million U.S. monthly visitors. The app, which was previously being tested under a different name, Yahoo Hive, was rebranded to Yahoo Answers Now at the beginning of the month. Like the web version, Yahoo Answers Now lets you view, ask, answer and track… Read More

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