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The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2 – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-20T17:34:07+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new report this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it

Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-20T14:30:51+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more between apps. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, an Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join. While many companies already let you

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-20T08:21:23+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to. Originally, users could forward messages on

Samsung and Xiaomi had record smartphone shipments in India – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-19T19:59:15+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

India has quickly become ground zero for the smartphone wars. Last year, the country surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s No. 1 smartphone market, and manufacturers are falling over themselves to plant a flag. Samsung and Xiaomi have been the two biggest winners in recent quarters, battling it out for the top

And now, here’s a ‘Trumpy Cat’ augmented reality app from George Takei – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-19T05:38:40+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

Anyone who follows George Takei on Twitter can tell you that Star Trek‘s original Sulu is not a fan of President Donald Trump. But he’s found a new way to express that criticism — not just in tweets, interviews and op-eds, but also in an augmented reality app called House of Cats. The

The Galaxy Note 9 is leaking out all over the place – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-19T00:32:43+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

The Galaxy Note 9 won’t be announced until August. You wouldn’t know it by reading the internet, however. Every nook and cranny of the upcoming phablet has been bared for the world, in a series of leaks over the past several weeks. Sure, not all of them will pan out, but plenty have

Samsung rumored to be releasing a folding screen smartphone in early-2019 – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-18T16:20:38+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Samsung’s working on phone with a folding screen. And it’s arriving soonish. You’d be entirely forgiven if you rolled your eyes at that one, or at the very least took the whole thing with a sufficiently massive grain of salt. This particular rumor has been

Instagram is building non-SMS 2-factor auth to thwart SIM hackers – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-17T23:59:21+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

Hackers can steal your phone number by reassigning it to a different SIM card, use it to reset your passwords, steal your Instagram and other accounts, and sell them for Bitcoin. As detailed in a harrowing Motherboard article today, Instagram accounts are especially vulnerable because the app only offers two-factor authentication through SMS

Sharecuts is creating a community for sharing Siri Shortcuts – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-17T20:55:27+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

With the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple is introducing a new app called Shortcuts that will allow users to build custom voice commands for Siri that can be used to kick off a variety of actions in apps. While some apps will directly prompt users to add a Shortcut to Siri, the

An app that uses AI to help you improve your basketball shot just raised $4 million – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-17T14:46:47+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Mobile|

Let’s be real: you are most certainly never going to be as good as Steve Nash, Chris Paul, James Harden — or really any professional NBA player. But it probably won’t stop you from trying to practice or model your game around your favorite players, and spend hours upon hours figuring out how to