Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows
Anyone surprised by this? The growth of politically focused mobile apps has been booming since November, with the top five political apps receiving a combined 300,000 downloads across iOS and Android over the past three months, according to new data from App Annie. This list doesn’t include news media ..
Facebook can now replace your weather app
Facebook is rolling out a useful new feature that puts a full weather forecast inside its mobile app and desktop site. The feature is accessible from News Feed or the mobile app’s “More” menu — the section that links you to areas like Friends, Events, Groups, Pages and other key Facebook features ..
Yahoo Mail’s mobile app now does Caller ID, syncs photos
Yahoo may be a troubled company, with its multiple data breaches, SEC investigation, and delayed acquisition* proceedings, but its Yahoo Mail product still has 225 million monthly active users. Today, the company is rolling out a few changes to that service in an effort to boost adoption of the Yahoo ..
Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories
A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a different way to read stories on your phone: as text message-like chats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, a social publishing platform for authors whose community now includes over 45 million readers worldwide, who visit its site or its flagship ..
EasilyDo brings its powerful Email app to Android
EasilyDo’s simply named “Email” application is one of the most popular productivity apps on iOS, because it closely resembles the look-and-feel of Apple’s default Mail app, but comes with more powerful features. Essentially, it feels like you’ve given the Mail app an upgrade. Now EasilyDo’s ..
ChitChat is Silicon Valley’s spammiest new app
It began shortly after lunch. The texts appeared, first a trickle. It wasn’t long before the deluge began in earnest. “A friend* added you on ChitChat,” they said. “Tap here … to get it,” they said. WTF is chitchat? — Willis F Jackson III (@wfjackson3) February 4, 2017 What ChitChat ..
Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees
In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out “basic” economy fares – no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead ..
Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories
Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video stories” that were said to closely resemble Snapchat’s Stories. Deal terms were not revealed, but Tinder says ..
This app uses spectral analysis to analyze objects and their makeup
Normally, if the creators of an app claimed that it could look inside things and tell you their constituent parts, I would tell you to go peddle your snake oil elsewhere. But this app is from veteran R&D group Fraunhofer — so it may very well be the real thing. The app is called HawkSpex […]
WhatsApp tests real-time location sharing in its app
Facebook may be distancing itself from location-sharing between friends in its own app, but Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to moving in this direction. A new feature spotted in the beta version of the popular mobile messaging software shows that WhatsApp has developed a real-time location-tracking ..