Mobile

  • Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases kids made on mobile devices, having now dropped its appeal of last year’s ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commission in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon. The FTC’s original complaint said that Amazon should be liable for millions of dollars it charged customers, because of the way… Read More

  • AT&T’s Unlimited Plus wireless plan now includes free HBO

    AT&T’s Unlimited Plus wireless plan now includes free HBO

    AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner hasn’t yet completed, but the company is already leveraging Time Warner assets to boost its own services – first with its streaming TV service DirecTV Now, which is currently giving out free HBO, and now today it’s rolling out free HBO to AT&T’s “Unlimited Plus” wireless plan subscribers. The… Read More

  • Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity with its iOS counterpart. The update includes a visual makeover, which organizes content into a few main sections – Library, For You, Browse, and Radio – as on iOS. The Now Playing screen also… Read More

  • Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning

    Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning

    Microsoft is getting into the “fun camera app” game with a new iOS application called Sprinkles, which has now earned a featured spot in the “New apps we love” section of the App Store. The gist with Sprinkles, clearly aimed at a teen audience, is to offer a variety of traditional photo decorating tools like stickers, emoji and captions, but leverages… Read More

  • Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

    Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

    Netflix added support for offline viewing on iOS and Android late last year, and today it’s bringing the same feature to Windows 10, with the exception of Windows 10 mobile devices. Arriving now in the updated Windows 10 application, a subset of the Netflix catalog can be downloaded to your PC or tablet computer in order to be viewed when a network connection is not available. Read More

  • Scheduled is a new app that lets you schedule your text messages

    Scheduled is a new app that lets you schedule your text messages

    Want to remember to tell a friend happy birthday, good luck or congratulations? Had a follow-up question for a client that just occurred to you at 1 AM? Want to write a heartfelt thank you to be texted at a later date? Unfortunately, neither SMS nor most messaging apps – including iMessage – allow you to draft a text in advance and schedule it to be sent out on a later date. But… Read More

  • Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters on web and mobile

    Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters on web and mobile

    Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count. However, it didn’t begin testing the change with @ replies until last fall. Today, Twitter says this change to replies is rolling out to all… Read More

  • Stance’s app lets you record a message for your Congressperson, then leaves it on their voicemail

    Stance’s app lets you record a message for your Congressperson, then leaves it on their voicemail

    Want to call your senator or U.S. representative to let them know where you stand on an issue, but don’t have the time to hunt down their phone number, wait on hold, or continually redial to get past the busy signals? A new app called Stance aims to help. Instead of simply providing a way to call your reps, as many apps today do, Stance lets you pre-record your voice message to be left… Read More

  • App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year

    App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year

    Apple will lose its lead over Android in terms of revenue generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new report from App Annie, out today. However, the firm’s estimate is based on including third-party Android app stores in its forecast, not just Google Play. When the Apple App Store is pitted against Google Play alone, Apple is expected to maintain its lead through 2021, the… Read More