push notifications

  • OneSignal raises $7M for its free push notification tools

    OneSignal raises $7M for its free push notification tools

    Push notifications are one of the main ways we connect with our apps —  but according to OneSignal CEO George Deglin, most of the tools for managing those notifications are too expensive without offering the features that developers need. Deglin’s company started out as a Y Combinator-backed mobile developer called Hiptic Games. It was as a game developer that he said he first… Read More

  • AI on your lock screen Crunch Network

    AI on your lock screen

    For the last 10 years, news feeds have been the main way — the mainstream user interface — to discover interesting and relevant digital content. Today, news feeds, from Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest, are surfacing the interesting news and moments from your social network and favorite sources. This is about to change. Read More

  • Amazon Pinpoint helps developers keep users coming back to their apps

    Amazon Pinpoint helps developers keep users coming back to their apps

    As developers build apps, the hard part becomes not only attracting sufficient audience to justify the exercise, but also finding ways to keep that audience engaged and coming back to your app. Today, Amazon announced a new tool called Amazon Pinpoint designed to let developers send highly targeted push notifications, that can help them stay connected to the audience. Amazon CTO Werner… Read More

  • Twilio’s new Notify API helps developers reach users across SMS, push notifications and messaging apps

    Twilio’s new Notify API helps developers reach users across SMS, push notifications and messaging apps

    Twilio today announced the launch of a new API that allows developers to orchestrate the push notifications, text messages and chats they want to send to their users. While Twilio previously offered some push notification services, this is the first time the company offers a unified API for sending push notifications and text messages, as well as chat messages, to popular chat apps… Read More

  • Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital India and returning investor Accel Partners. The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for developers and a new engagement platform. Along with a previous seed round from Accel, this brings… Read More

  • Parse Rolls Out A/B Testing For Push Notifications

    Parse Rolls Out A/B Testing For Push Notifications

    Facebook subsidiary Parse is rolling out Parse Push Experiments, a new feature aimed at marketers and developers whose apps use the Parse SDKs that lets them A/B test different messages and times for push notifications that go out to mobile devices. Read More

  • For Two New Apps Called “Push” And “Drop,” The Push Notification Is The App

    For Two New Apps Called “Push” And “Drop,” The Push Notification Is The App

    Two new applications, Drop and Push, want to save you from having to download multiple news apps or browse dozens of websites just to keep up with the topics that interest you. But what makes these two apps different, when compared with news aggregators or other mobile news readers (aka RSS readers), is that they primarily function via push notifications. Read More

  • Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Stories are a huge hit, with the photos and videos you post to your profile now more popular than Snap messages. But they’re still easy to forget about since they’re pull and not push — they aren’t sent to friends directly and don’t generate alerts. You had to seek them out. Until now. Snapchat confirms to me it’s started “sometimes”… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

  • Roost Takes On Twitter, RSS With A Platform For Web-Based Push Notifications

    Roost Takes On Twitter, RSS With A Platform For Web-Based Push Notifications

    A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Roost wants to succeed where RSS readers perhaps failed with the introduction of a new service that lets consumers subscribe to websites using browser-based push notifications. However, unlike a browser plug-in system such as PageMonitor, for example, Roost is based on an upcoming standard for web push, which is built into Safari and is coming soon… Read More

  • Fanout Emerges From Private Beta, Provides Real-Time Push Service

    Fanout Emerges From Private Beta, Provides Real-Time Push Service

    Fanout, a company that has been in private beta since its inception in 2011, will be available to the general public this week. According to company founder Jason Karneges, Fanout provides real-time data push, which ensures content is delivered to a device without delay or requiring a refresh. Read More

  • Mobile Marketing Startup Kahuna Raises $11M From Sequoia

    Mobile Marketing Startup Kahuna Raises $11M From Sequoia

    Kahuna, a startup that helps marketers test and automate their push notifications, is announcing that it has raised $11 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. The company launched last fall (announcing at the time that it had raised $2 million in seed funding), and it says its customers now include Yahoo, trivia app QuizUp (whose makers are also backed by Sequoia), 1-800-Flowers… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Mo' Beta Blues

    Gillmor Gang: Mo’ Beta Blues

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — welcome the summer solstice with a dip in the gene pool. With Google Glass two months new and iOS7 in developers’ hands, the stage is set for the unification of app notifications across OS and device. Microsoft releases Office for the iPhone, and Facebook Snapchat’s Instagram. But to… Read More

  • Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome

    Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome

    At last year’s I/O, Google launched its Cloud Messaging push notification service for Android. This week, it extended this service to Chrome and Chrome OS, which, Google says, allows Chrome apps and extension developers to wake up their apps remotely and/or send alerts to users. Read More

  • Microsoft & Urban Airship Team Up To Offer Push Messaging On Windows 8 And Windows Phone 8

    Microsoft & Urban Airship Team Up To Offer Push Messaging On Windows 8 And Windows Phone 8

    Following Monday’s reveal of Windows Phone 8, the most recent update to Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system, backend service provider Urban Airship is announcing that it has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to be the preferred provider for push messaging services on the new platform. Read More

  • New Twitter Apps Are Here: Push Notifications From Your Favorite Tweeters, Better Expanded Tweets, More

    New Twitter Apps Are Here: Push Notifications From Your Favorite Tweeters, Better Expanded Tweets, More

    Twitter is adding more features for iOS and Android today, allowing users to receive push notifications from tweeters they select, giving users the ability to expand tweets on their phone, improving search results and supposedly providing a better user experience for events. The major upgrade is push notifications. While users could previously receive updates by SMS, they can now adjust… Read More

  • Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Real-time push notification service Boxcar, currently available on both iOS and Mac OS X, has just closed on a $150,000 seed round with Kima Ventures, bringing its total raise to date to $211,000. The additional funding will be used to grow the company’s consumer-facing services, expand to other platforms (Android in 2 months! Windows Phone!) and will aid in the company’s… Read More

  • Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Here’s a funny story: Urban Airship, a backend service provider for mobile developers, recently discovered that its push notifications offering works on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire…by accident. Although the company makes an Android push client called Helium, it had no clue that those notifications would also work on Amazon’s Kindle Fire out of the box. The company only… Read More

  • The Little Red Dot.

    The Little Red Dot.

    I see it right there, staring me in the face. It’s like a laser beam burning a hole in my retinas. I can’t help but click. That damn iOS notification red dot gets me every time. And things are about to get much worse. I’ve been addicted to Push Notifications since their inception with iOS 3 — and that’s in spite of the fact that they’ve more or less sucked… Read More