Mobile

  • Lazy Jar’s app makes you pay for not exercising enough

    Lazy Jar’s app makes you pay for not exercising enough

    Want to exercise more, but lack motivation? An app called Lazy Jar, aimed at Fitbit owners, may be able to help. The app actually penalizes you a monetary amount if you fail to meet the fitness goals you’ve set for yourself, in terms of metrics like steps per week, miles walked, or calories burned, for example. The idea that some people may need a little bit of an extra push to start… Read More

  • Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The streaming music service earned the number one spot on the chart of top grossing apps in Q3 2017, excluding games. It’s the first time Pandora has held that position since the third quarter of 2015. Fueling the music… Read More

  • Periscope ups payouts to broadcasters on sales of Super Hearts, adds holiday bonuses

    Periscope ups payouts to broadcasters on sales of Super Hearts, adds holiday bonuses

    Twitter’s Periscope is going after live broadcasters in a big way, as it’s now promising to give back more of their earnings from the sales of Super Hearts in their live video streams. Introduced in June, Super Hearts are in-app virtual goods that offer a form of virtual tipping. The idea is similar to Twitch’s or YouTube’s emotes, but instead of custom emoji… Read More

  • Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

    Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

    Amazon today is introducing a new feature called AR View that lets customers visualize online products in their own living space, using their smartphone camera. Launched today in the Amazon app for iOS devices, AR View offers the ability to view thousands of products for the home or office – including furniture, electronics, toys, games, home décor and more – in augmented… Read More

  • Microsoft launches a revamped version of Mixer into beta

    Microsoft launches a revamped version of Mixer into beta

    Microsoft today announced the launch of a new beta version of its mobile gameplay streaming app, Mixer, for both iOS and Android. The company says the new app features an entirely different codebase that will allow it to roll out updates more quickly, and includes a number of changes focused on improving the core user experience, content discoverability, app performance and… Read More

  • Samsung posts another record profit thanks to its chips business

    Samsung posts another record profit thanks to its chips business

    Samsung posted another record quarter, and it again has its components business to thank for more stellar results. The Korea tech giant shrugged off scandals, which include a jail sentence for its de facto leader and last year’s Note 7 saga, to record a 14.53 trillion won ($12.92 billion) profit for the recent Q3 2017 period. Revenue came in at 62.05 trillion won ($55.18 billion), up… Read More

  • Apollo for iOS is the only Reddit app you need

    Apollo for iOS is the only Reddit app you need

    Former Apple intern Christian Selig says he wasn’t happy with the selection of iOS apps for browsing Reddit, so he decided to build his own. The developer this week launched his own Reddit client called Apollo, which offers a beautifully designed browsing experience for either iPhone or iPad, as well as customizable gestures, a media viewer and more. Read More

  • U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on apps by 2020

    U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on apps by 2020

    U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on paid apps and in-app purchases by 2020, according to a new forecast out this week from Sensor Tower. The firm found that the dollar amount spent on apps and in-app purchases is continuing to increase, year-over-year. iPhone users spent an average of $63 this year, up 33 percent over 2016. Read More

  • SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV

    SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV

    SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out an update that introduces a redesign and whole new experience called “Party Mode” that lets friends play songs through your device — like at get-togethers, where everyone wants to hear their favorite music. Read More