Browser maker Opera today announced that it has acquired Bemobi — a subscription-based mobile-app-discovery service with a focus on the Latin American market. Opera expects the acquisition to close in the third quarter of 2015. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. What’s a “subscription-based mobile-app-discovery service,” you ask? The way Opera describes it, Bemobi is essentially Netflix for smartphone apps that gives users unlimited access to paid mobile apps for a small weekly fee. Users pay this fee through their carriers (an important feature in countries where credit- and debit-card penetration is low). Bemobi says it currently has about 6 million active subscribers. Opera is mostly known for its desktop and mobile browsers, and thanks to this, it has an extensive network of existing relationships with carriers — many of which pre-install the company’s browser on their phones. The company hopes that the … [Read more...] about Opera Acquires Bemobi, A Netflix-Like Subscription Service For Premium Apps
Chris Maddern Contributor Chris Maddern is a co-founder of Button. Deep linking has become one of the hottest topics in mobile over the past year as dozens of startups have launched around using, improving and discovering deep links. All of the big platform companies also have projects to own “the deep linking standard” or the search index for mobile. So, what are deep links and where did they come from? What Is A Deep Link? In the most simple interpretation, a deep link is any link that directs a user past the home page of a website or app to content inside of it. e.g. linking directly to a product instead of the home page. In the context of 2015, we’re particularly interested in mobile deep links; links that can be used to open an app to a specific piece of content or action. For example the URL fb:// may open the Facebook app, but fb://profile/33138223345 opens Wikipedia’s profile in the Facebook app. Deep linking has grown up … [Read more...] about A Brief History Of Deep Linking
If you've embarked on a journey to learn a language (in or out of school), odds are you've come across a number of different apps that can help you along the way.. Of the multiple language learning apps available, Duolingo might be one of the first ones that come to mind, but relative newcomer Drops is gaining traction. But how do you choose which one will work best for your learning style? Duolingo and Drops both offer mobile apps and resources online. Users can pick from multiple languages broken up into short lessons. When you sign up for either service, the app asks you why you want to learn the new language and what level you're starting at. Ultimately, you don't have to choose between the two. Try them both out for free. So the question is -- which one to try first?DuolingoBest for a more traditional learning experienceAs a regular Duolingo user, I enjoy the app's simple, colorful interface and short, gamelike exercises. The app doesn't restrict how many languages you … [Read more...] about Drops language app vs. Duolingo: How to choose the best language learning app for you
I’ve ventured into countless pokémon gyms over the past two decades, but nothing has ever felt as thrilling as the massive stadiums in Pokémon Sword and Shield. In the past, I almost always knew what to expect: a series of small challenges followed by a battle inside a gym with a high-level trainer who is obsessed with pokémon of a particular type. And while that remains largely the same in the latest Nintendo Switch release, a newfound sense of scale turns it into something more exciting, with huge arenas filled with thousands of screaming fans while gigantic, holographic monsters do battle. This is the same Pokémon you know and love, but it’s cranked up with a bigger world and more adventurous spirit. The core structure remains virtually identical to previous games. You once again play as an aspiring pokémon trainer from a small town, with the ultimate goal of becoming your region’s champion. You have a best friend who serves as your rival … [Read more...] about Pokémon Sword and Shield are the best Pokémon games in years
The Verge went to the Gigafactory this week for the first time since the official opening in 2016. I won’t go on for too long about the experience here; we’ll publish a more in-depth look soon. (Suffice to say, it’s a big place! Who knew.) But what struck me about Reno, Sparks, and the factory itself is how it is (and isn’t) like some other really famous company towns. This Week in Elon This Week in Elon was a limited-run newsletter that is occasionally revived when there’s Too Much News. You can subscribe here. I have a mild obsession with company towns, and two, in particular, always jump to mind. The first is the community Henry Ford built around the River Rouge plant in Michigan. River Rouge was a vertically integrated plant — Elon Musk has said it was an inspiration for Tesla’s similar approach with the Gigafactory — and Ford applied this thinking to his workers, too. Ford famously pioneered a $5-a-day wage at his factories to … [Read more...] about What kind of company towns will Tesla build around its Gigafactories?