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With 450M Users, Facebook Events Is Primed For A Standalone App

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook Events has hit global scale with 450 million active users, while noting that Groups now has 850 million. Facebook hasn’t shared a user count for Events in a long time, if ever.

That “global scale” he mentioned on today’s earnings call could foreshadow the launch of an …

Facebook

This App Is Cashing In On Giving The World Free Data

There are 7.3 billion people in the world. By 2020 some 6 billion will own a smartphone, yet many aren’t using these revolutionary devices to go online. “They’re using smartphones like dumb phones,” says Nathan Eagle, founder and CEO of Jana.

You’ve probably never heard of Jana, but for millions in …

Emerging Markets

Search Ads Go Live On Google Play, “Universal” Ads That Run Across Google Properties To Soon Follow

Google is today opening up a program that allows developers who are running Search app install campaigns on AdWords to advertise their apps within Google Play’s search results. In conjunction with this, Google is also launching a new conversion-tracking solution that will track when users install …

Google

iPhone 6 vs OnePlus 2: Hands-on comparison

Today we’re comparing Apples to Oranges. Well not really, but instead Apple’s iPhone 6 to OnePlus’s new flagship killer on the block. Question is, does the OnePlus 2 bring enough to the table in order to take on one of the most popular smartphones on the planet?

Apple’s iPhone 6 may be nearly one …

iPhone

A Week In, Casey Neistat’s New App Beme Has 1.1M Videos Shared

Launched about a week ago, Beme is a new video-sharing app built by viral filmmaker Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, former VP of Engineering at Tumblr and Hacker-in-Residence at betaworks. The duo raised $2.6 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and have been working on the …

YouTube

A simple developer error is exposing private information on thousands of websites

Git is a developer’s best friend… except when it’s not used properly and exposes a site’s security.

The tool is used for version control. It tracks changes to code over time, so that multiple developers can work together efficiently and roll back if they need to.

Git is also the core tool used to …

Websites

Here’s why your Twitter app is looking different

There’s a lot of hooplah on Twitter today about… well, Twitter.

The company has just started a series of tests that tweak major changes to its design on iOS, including the replacement of the ‘fav’ button with a heart which we saw on Android last month.

It appears that Twitter is performing a series …

Social Media

Lrn for iOS is the app that will get you learning to code

There are plenty of apps and initiatives designed to help you to code – Codeacademy, Code.org and Code Institute among them – but the truth is whatever approach you take, there isn’t a magic trick to mastering it.

I’ve tried lots of methods in the past and found that the biggest issue is sticking …

Learning

Google brings 360-degree storytelling to iOS

Looking for an innovative, immersive app experience to entertain your buddies with this weekend? Then you may be interested in 360-degree animated film app Spotlight Stories, which just landed on iOS after a couple of years as an Android exclusive.

Using a combination of 2D and 3D animations, the …

Storytelling

Nourish is a countertop device that’ll mix dietary supplements based on your fitness data

Nutrition is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. At least, that’s what the folks at FitNatic are trying to prove with the Nourish, a personal nutritionist, ingredient mixer and supplement store all in one, launching today on Indiegogo.

The basic concept is relatively simple – Nourish is a …

Healthy Eating

Spotify's New Discover Weekly Feature Will Create A Mixtape You're Sure To Love

Today, Spotify announced its newest feature: weekly curated playlists made special for every listener. Every Monday, the Swedish streaming service will deliver a two hour “mixtape” to every user, whether they choose to tune in or not. Called “Discover Weekly”, these playlists are an attempt to show …

Spotify

Nintendo is killing its TVii service for Wii U next month

Nintendo is shutting down the TVii service on its Wii U console next month. One of the big selling points of the Wii U when it launched in late 2012, it provides access to cable and satellite TV channels, as well as video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu.

The service, complete with its …

Nintendo

Stop your gadgets from keeping you awake at night

Staying up late with your tablet or phone can rob you of a good night's sleep. Fight back with these tips.

Have a hard time falling asleep? It might …

Tablets

The man who created the world's first self aware robot says this next discovery will change the human-robot relationship forever

The third robot stands up and proves that it is self aware.

Luciano Floridi issued a challenge to scientists to the world in 2005: prove that robots can display the human trait of self-awareness through a knowledge game called the "wise man" test. It was a venture he didn't ever see being achieved …

Robots

Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

Mobile savings app Ibotta, which got its start by targeting millennial shoppers who no longer seek out and clip paper coupons, has been working to re-think the role smartphones can play when it comes to shopping in the offline world. To date, that’s largely involved submitting receipts and scanning …

Whole Foods

iPhone App Developers Prepare to Offer You a Web without Ads

The first iPhone apps that block online ads could speed up your Web browsing, cut your data bills, and extend your battery life. A prototype ad …

iOS Apps

You can now go from Couch to 5K on Android

Clear Sky Apps has undergone a makeover recently and rebranded itself to Fitness22.

The developer is best know for its lifestyle and fitness apps like Couch to 5K Runner and Sleep Pillow Sounds, and now it’s releasing them on Android as well.

Android users can download Couch to 5K Runner and Push Ups …

Google

Pinterest on iPhone now has a simple-to-use Pin button

While Android and desktop users have been able to quickly and easily Pin items to their wall in a few taps for a while, iOS users were left out in the cold until now.

Announced in a blog post, the new build of Pinterest for iOS devices simply needs the new Pin button enabling, and it will then allow …

iPhone

I hate Snapchat but love Discover: Come at me, millennials

In the ideal world, Snapchat would be the app equivalent of ‘Logan’s Run’, with people over 30 evaporated by lasers if they attempted to use it. But we’re not in the ideal world, so I – an internet geriatric of 31 – am allowed to use it.

What I like and dislike about it will probably enrage the …

Snapchat

It’s time to stop promoting your app with interstitials on mobile browsers

Show of hands: who here likes their mobile browsing interrupted by an interstitial ad asking you to download the company’s app for a better experience?

*see zero hands raised at my home office*

That’s what I thought. Everyone understands the purpose of interstitial ads on mobile, but people rarely …

A/B testing

Google’s 360-degree movies app is now available on iOS

Google Spotlight Stories, a hub for playing 360-degree movies on your phone, has finally made its way to iOS.

The app uses your phone’s motion sensors to allow you to explore different parts of the movies by looking around anywhere in a 360-degree sphere.

To be clear, these movies aren’y exactly …

Google

How to choose the perfect app for your business

This post was brought to you by GetApp, your number one cloud business apps marketplace.

Choosing a business app is not the same as choosing a consumer app. You can’t just download and delete it when it doesn’t do what you intended it to. In fact, it’s more like starting a relationship: once you’re …

SaaS

Canadian city app has a voice assistant powered by Watson

Watson can beat human Jeopardy players, help people cook, critique their writing -- and apparently, it can even help the citizens of Surrey, British Columbia with their everyday life. Software developer Purple Forge has tapped into the supercomputer's capabilities to give the Canadian city's app …

Surrey

US senator wants feds to investigate Apple over music streaming

Al Franken is particularly concerned about whether Apple has stymied competition in the music-streaming business by controlling its own application …

Apple Music

Lifehacker Pack for iPhone: Our List of the Essential iPhone Apps

The iPhone has the largest selection of apps on the mobile side, but that means it’s also the most frustrating to find what’s worthwhile. So we’re …

iOS Apps

Mobile Success Landscape: 250 companies, $25B investment, and 15 billion-dollar startups

VB INSIGHT:

250 companies with $25 billion in investment and 55,000 employees are helping mobile developers and publishers build the right apps with the right engagement and the right monetization to win in mobile.

And, as we know in 2015, to win in mobile is to win, period.

That’s why we’ve produced …

Startups

14 Awesome Paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free download in App Store

Lumen Trails Time Tracker

Normally $19.99.

• Apple “New Year, New You” Favorite
• Apple App Store Staff Favorite

Lumen Trails is an omni tracker. It lets …

iPhone

TodoMovies 4 brings Apple Watch app and more

Movie aficionados like to keep track of what they have seen and what they need to watch, and there is no better way to do that than TodoMovies from …

Movies

Gameplay recording platform Kamcord brings live game streams to mobile apps

Kamcord, a popular platform that lets game developers add gameplay recording features to their mobile apps, is today taking its first step into live streaming. The move is a notable one as competitors such as live game streaming service Twitch, now owned by Amazon, move into the mobile space and …

Mobile Apps