BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

BMW has acquired Parkmobile, an app that provides guidance and services for those looking for parking in North America, including on-street and garage parking payments and spot reservation. BMW Group had already held a minority investment in the company, and owned its Parkmobile Group Europe affiliate, but today it increased its holdings to reach majority […]

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen ​announced ​it ​has ​introduced ​advertising measurement ​on ​YouTube’s ​mobile ​app ​through its ​Digital ​Ad ​Ratings ​service in ​the ​UK, ​France, ​and Germany. The ​service, ​which ​expands ​Nielsen’s ​current ​measurement  coverage ​of ​YouTube ​ads ​on desktop ​and ​mobile ​web  browsers, ​will ​now ​provide ​marketers ​independent ​and  comprehensive cross-device ​measurement ​of ​advertising  audiences ​on ​YouTube ​across […]

Lyft opens its ride-booking Concierge service to all businesses

Lyft opens its ride-booking Concierge service to all businesses

Lyft has finally opened up Concierge to businesses and organizations of all sizes. The program allows members to hail rides for other people, giving companies a way to offer that extra touch of service to customers, especially those who can’t call for a ride themselves due to one thing or another. Concierge launched in 2016 […]

Skype introduces Private Conversations with end-to-end encryption

Skype introduces Private Conversations with end-to-end encryption

Skype, Microsoft’s popular VoIP platform, is introducing end-to-end encryption to text messages, audio calls and file transfers made using the service, with the latest ‘Insider’ version of the platform adding support for the Signal protocol. Signal is already used by WhatsApp, Google Allo and Facebook Messenger to encrypt in-app discussions, as well as being available as […]

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix was the world’s top earning non-game mobile app in 2017, according to SensorTower’s new year-end report, with Tinder finishing second. Netflix saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510m last year according to the report, representing a 138% increase or about 2.4 times the $215m users spent in the app during 2016. Netflix was also […]

New CAMRA beer app guides people in the UK to perfect pints

New CAMRA beer app guides people in the UK to perfect pints

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has developed a new app which lets users search for their closest pint from any smartphone while reviewing the pub and sharing their activity. The Good Beer Guide app collates data from over 40,000 pubs, 10,000 beers and 2,000 breweries which have been individually visited and reviewed by thousands […]

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat has made a fundamental change to the way it works. China’s most popular social media app has always limited its posts’ visibility to the sharer’s friends, or an official account’s followers. While this closed ecosystem limits the potential for content to go viral, it has been an asset for the app’s parent company, Tencent, […]

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones. The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM chip, but hardware makers often do not unlock them. […]