Category: mobile

The modern mobile app needs a revamp
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The modern mobile app needs a revamp

Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. Last week, I wrote about Apple’s App Store controversy, which I’m kind of revisiting this week through the lens of how Apple’s WWDC announcements tease a change to what apps fundamentally look like in the future. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get…

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The Lord of the Rings Mobile Game Sounds Like an Epic Trash Pile
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The Lord of the Rings Mobile Game Sounds Like an Epic Trash Pile

Chinese mobile developer NetEase is partnering with Warner Bros to produce a The Lord of the Rings mobile game. The game is going to be a strategy title that “will unlock new opportunities for players to explore the iconic settings and characters of Middle Earth”. Like all mobile games, this ‘strategy’ title is going to…

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Mobile safety app Parachute’s new feature prevents anyone from turning off your live-streamed video
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Mobile safety app Parachute’s new feature prevents anyone from turning off your live-streamed video

Mobile safety app Parachute is today rolling out a new feature that will prevent an unauthorized person who grabs your iPhone to stop it from recording live video, even if they attempt to turn off the phone entirely. The timely update arrives amid the nationwide George Floyd protests against police brutality and the systemic racism…

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Mobile payments firms in India are now scrambling to make money
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Mobile payments firms in India are now scrambling to make money

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of India’s most valuable startup, Paytm, posed an existential question in a recent press conference. “What do you think of the commercial model for digital mobile payments. How do we make money?” Sharma asked Nandan Nilekani, one of the key architects of the Universal Payments Infrastructure that created…

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Yahoo Mobile is a $39.99 unlimited phone and data plan
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Yahoo Mobile is a $39.99 unlimited phone and data plan

As a cell phone plan, Yahoo Mobile seems pretty straightforward — there’s just one pricing tier, where you pay $39.99 per month for unlimited calls, data and mobile hotspot usage. But you may be wondering why Yahoo is getting into the phone business. It makes more sense when you recall that Yahoo is owned by Verizon,…

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Mobile Gaming Has Become a Monolith
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Mobile Gaming Has Become a Monolith

A new report has shown that mobile gaming has grown to become a huge industry. $41.5 billion was spent in gaming apps within a single year. This massive revenue surge isn’t necessarily a good thing for the games industry. It has been a long time since mobile gaming was considered the boogeyman of the gaming…

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Call of Duty Mobile Storms to Record 100 Million First-Week Downloads
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Call of Duty Mobile Storms to Record 100 Million First-Week Downloads

According to data compiled by analyst outfit Sensor Tower, Activision’s latest foray into the mobile gaming space, Call of Duty Mobile, racked up no less than 100 million global downloads in its launch week. Source: Call of Duty Mobile/ActivisionBest First-Week Launch Ever These figures give Call of Duty Mobile the venerated accolade of the best…

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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO
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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO

Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion has listed in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market, a Transsion spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.  Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa under its Tecno brand. The company has also started to support venture funding of African startups. Transsion issued 80 million A-shares at an opening…

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