Mobile

  • 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

  • Pokémon Go arrives on the Apple Watch

    Pokémon Go arrives on the Apple Watch

    Following an erroneous report claiming that Niantic’s plans to bring Pokémon Go to the Apple Watch were canceled, the company today put those rumors to rest with more than a mere statement: it has now launched the Apple Watch version of its popular game. The new smartwatch app lets you more easily play Pokémon without having to always pull out your phone. Instead, you can tap to… Read More

  • Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana, a travel companion that organizes your plans and sends personalized trip alerts, is now making its app free to challenge rivals like TripIt, Google Trips and others. First launched two years ago, Pana had previously focused on its paid subscription service for individuals and companies needing a 24/7 travel concierge — a move that may have limited its potential market. The… Read More

  • Super Mario Run sees 37 million downloads, $14 million in revenue in first 3 days

    Super Mario Run sees 37 million downloads, $14 million in revenue in first 3 days

    Nintendo’s investors haven’t been happy with the performance of the new iPhone game, “Super Mario Run,” which has led to falling share prices over concerns with the game’s payment model. However, the game has still eked out a respectable share of downloads and revenue, according to new data from app intelligence firm App Annie. Looking back at the game’s… Read More

  • Momento’s new app turns your own photos into GIFs you can decorate and share

    Momento’s new app turns your own photos into GIFs you can decorate and share

    One of the more clever apps to launch on the iMessage App Store is Momento, an app that automatically turns your photos into GIFs for easy sharing. Now this app is available in a standalone format to all iPhone and iPad users, outside of iMessage. It also arrives with an expanded feature set, including the ability to decorate your photos with filters, stickers, text, and other effects… Read More

  • Google brings its upgraded keyboard app Gboard to Android

    Google brings its upgraded keyboard app Gboard to Android

    Google today officially announced that it’s rebranding its Google Keyboard application for Android users to “Gboard,” the name sported by its newer keyboard app that sports a fully integrated Google Search engine, emoji and GIF search, and more. The keyboard’s Android launch had been spotted earlier this week by a number of media sites and blogs, who had… Read More

  • Next Entertainment wants to make it possible to live stream for a living

    Next Entertainment wants to make it possible to live stream for a living

    A Taiwan-based startup called Next Entertainment has raised $25 million in an outsized Series A round of funding for apps that make it possible to live stream for a living. The company’s founder and CEO, Andy Zhong, is no stranger to tech and new media. He previously started FunPlus, a social gaming company acquired by a Chinese conglomerate, Zhongji, in 2014 for $960 million. In… Read More

  • Mario arrives as Pokemon Go peaks, with declining downloads, falling revenue

    Mario arrives as Pokemon Go peaks, with declining downloads, falling revenue

    The phenomenal mobile hit Pokémon Go has peaked, just as the anticipated Nintendo title Super Mario Run hits the App Store, vying for mobile users’ attention and the chance to best Pokémon’s record-breaking numbers. According to new data from App Annie, Pokémon Go has seen declines in both downloads and revenue over the past several months, though it’s still highly… Read More

  • Skype begins testing an all-in-one app on Android offering native phone calls, SMS support & more

    Skype begins testing an all-in-one app on Android offering native phone calls, SMS support & more

    A new Skype application dubbed “Skype Mingo” has been spotted in the wild, offering Android users the ability to use Skype as the native calling app and contacts manager for their smartphone, while still being able to take advantage of Skype features like chat, file and photo sharing, video calls, and its new bots. The app, still in alpha testing according to Google Play, was… Read More

  • Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Stash, a mobile application that aims to make investing easier for those who aren’t as financially experienced, has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced today. The round, which follows the startup’s $9.25 million Series A just this August, was led by prior investor Valar Ventures, with participation from Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital, and Entrée… Read More

  • Instagram now lets you bookmark posts for later viewing

    Instagram now lets you bookmark posts for later viewing

    Instagram will now let you save your favorite posts from its service for later viewing via a new bookmarking button that appears below the posts in your feed. The idea is that there are times you’ll encounter content you’ll want to revisit – including, perhaps, a product you want to buy from one of Instagram’s advertisers. By tapping the bookmarking button, you’ll… Read More

  • Apple’s new TV app goes live on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad

    Apple’s new TV app goes live on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad

    Apple’s new TV application is now available to all users, thanks to the iOS and tvOS updates rolling out today. The app, first introduced this fall, offers Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users a single destination to access the TV shows and movies from across the apps you have installed on your devices, while also helping you keep track of favorites programs, search across apps… Read More

  • Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers has officially launched on mobile. As TechCrunch reported last month, Yahoo’s experimental app code-named Yahoo Hive had been rebranded as Yahoo Answers Now — a move that indicated Yahoo’s plans to bring its desktop Q&A site to the App Store. However, at the time, the app still required an invite in order to test it out — that restriction… Read More

  • Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana gets a revamp on Android and iOS

    Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana gets a revamp on Android and iOS

    In the battle of the virtual assistants, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, the latter hasn’t had much success off the Windows 10 platform — its iOS app is ranked No. 1,295 on the top charts, for example. In an effort to give its assistant broader appeal, Microsoft is today announcing a redesign of its smartphone application, which is now focused on… Read More

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