Mapping startup Citymaps today announced a new $6 million funding round. The company’s app, which was previously available on iOS, also launched on Android, and it expanded its previously US-centric coverage to 80 million points of interest across the world. So why would you need another mapping app? Co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine came by the TechCrunch office to demo Citymaps… Read More
Apple has added the web-based iWork, which works for anyone with an Apple ID for free on most modern browsers, to the main iCloud.com website. The previously beta-only iCloud offering makes Apple’s productivity suite accessible to anyone who either has, or signs up for a free Apple account, with full-featured office apps that allow for the creation and editing of text documents,… Read More
The Pebble Time is still going strong on Kickstarter, but Pebble is already thinking about the device’s launch in May, and is accordingly making tools available early to help both existing and new developers target the platform. A new developer preview of the Pebble SDK 3.0 is now available, and it includes a software emulator that shows you how your apps will look on the Pebble… Read More
Google Makes “Mobile-Friendliness” A Ranking Signal Worldwide, Boosts Indexed Apps In Search Results
Google today announced two notable changes that will affect the rankings of search results for users accessing Google search on mobile devices. It will now take in consideration a site’s mobile-friendliness as one of its ranking signals, and information from indexed mobile applications will also begin to influence ranking for signed-in users who have the app installed on their… Read More
Circa, a mobile news reader for iOS and Android which, to date, has focused on offering users short, easily digestible news stories that allow you to more quickly consume news while on the go, is making a notable change to its service today: it’s expanding to the web. On a new website at CircaNews.com, the company is taking its summarized news stories to the big screen in an effort… Read More
Google plans to pilot sponsored search results in Google Play in the next few weeks, offering a new way for app developers to promote themselves.
Under the program, sponsored results will include an orange “ad” tag, like you see with paid search results online. Clicking on the ads will direct you to an app instead of a website, though. In the coming weeks, Google says a “limited set of users” will see the ads from some advertisers who are already running search ads for their apps.
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Google says the program will help users discover new apps. Of course, this is also a potentially lucrative new ad business for Google as well, as Facebook has demonstrated with its own successful app install ads Read more…
If you like your erotica like you like your restaurant recommendations, i.e., crowdsourced and free, then Wattpad has an app for you: It’s called After Dark, and it’s a free app that curates content from Wattpad’s social network for readers and writers that specifically offer titillation and romance. After Dark’s stories are divided by category to help fans find the… Read More
Google announced this morning the launch of a pilot program which will allow mobile application developers the ability to advertise their apps directly within the Google Play store. These ads, which will initially be made available to advertisers already running search ads on Google.com, will also only be shown against Google Play search results. That is, they won’t just randomly appear… Read More