Mobile

Accessing Facebook in Safari can increase iPhone 6s Plus battery life by 15 percent

According to The Guardian’s technology reporter Samuel Gibbs, uninstalling Facebook’s battery draining iOS app and accessing the mobile Facebook interface through the Safari browser can boost an iPhone 6s Plus’s battery life by as much as fifteen percent.

Gibbs cited his own testing, which has revealed that Facebook’s mobile application continues to drain the life out of an iPhone’s battery even when it isn’t being actively used.

Google reportedly working on a brand new messaging app to take on Facebook

As reported on by The Wall Street Journal two days ago, citing people familiar with the matter, the Internet giant Google is allegedly working on a brand new messaging app to take on the growing popularity of apps for keeping in touch, namely Facebook-owned Messenger and WhatsApp.

In addition to messaging capability, the app is said to put a big emphasis on so-called chatbots, smart personal assistants that will scour the web and other sources to answer a question.

Yahoo Mail 4.0 is out: revamped UI, smarter search, multiple mailboxes, rich compose & more

Yahoo today launched a thoroughly redesigned Mail app for the iPhone and iPad which brings out a number of interesting feature additions and enhancements.

The new, much-improved Yahoo Mail 4.0 features password-free sign-in, way smarter search, contacts management, rich compose, the ability to use multiple mailboxes from services such as Outlook.com, Hotmail and AOL Mail, to name just a few.

Google accelerates mobile pages

Google has been working with a small group of publishers for weeks on news articles that load almost instantaneously on smartphones, doing away with long loading times that eat up your battery and consume resources.

The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project went live today with mobile-optimized content from more than two-dozen participating publishers. These stories are searchable via mobile Google Search like regular searches.

Upon tapping on a link in Google search results, these article appears on your iPhone’s screen almost immediately, like magic. It’s a really cool glimpse of what mobile web should have been from the onset and we have a few examples you can check out yourself right now.

Apple overtakes Samsung as China’s top mobile brand in awareness and loyalty

Zooming past its biggest rival Samsung, Apple has officially emerged as China’s #1 mobile brand in both awareness and loyalty, according to the latest consumer survey conducted by the China Brand Research Center’s.

The research firm’s 2014 China Brand Power Index polled a whopping 13,500 Chinese across 30 cities, aged 15 to 60, from August 2013 to January 2014.

According to CNET, Samsung’s focus on market share rather than customer satisfaction and loyalty has contributed to its fall from the top spot it had previously held in China since 2012.

Facebook testing Graph Search on mobile with ability to resurface old content by keyword

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, in a bid to help folks resurface content that may otherwise be buried is reportedly testing a new feature that would let people using its mobile apps search through old posts from friends by keyword, Bloomberg reported Friday.

There’s no word on when Facebook’s 1+ billion users who predominantly access the service on smartphones and tablets can expect to use Graph Search on mobile, though the report makes it clear the feature’s been in closed testing for quite some time now.

Phil Schiller points to new mobile security report criticizing Android

Phil Schiller doesn’t tweet very often. But when he does, he tends to make good use of his 115,000+ followers. Early last year the executive tweeted a link to an Android-slamming mobile malware report, and today he’s pointed to another report that highlights Android’s security flaws.

This afternoon, Schiller tweeted a link to Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report, which was released last week. The report notes that overall vulnerabilities are the highest they’ve ever been (since tracking began in 2000), and that 99% of all mobile malware is targeted at Android devices…

Google revamps mobile News site with new design, improved navigation and more

Google today announced that it’s making a number of new changes to its mobile Google News site. Well, the changes have already been made, and News readers on Android and iOS devices should start seeing them over the next few days.

Among the changes are an improved overall look-and-feel, making it easier to read and track separate stories, and the ability to customize the web application by changing the theme from light to dark, adjusting the font size, and more…

Google redesigns mobile site with slide-out navigation bar, it’s pretty dope

Google is rolling out a revamped mobile experience on smartphones as we speak. It’s pretty slick as Google has finally adopted the design language used across its other web properties. The company really hit the ball out of the park in terms of design: the refreshed site features a black navigation bar which slides in and out of view smoothly, akin to the Facebook app.

Matter of fact, it almost feels like a native app. Knowing it’s been ages since Google updated its Search app on the iPhone, the prettified mobile site will certainly better serve your needs. My favorite capability has to be the ability to navigate Google’s most popular services with ease, all without losing track of content at hand…

Apple posts new iAd promo video flaunting Land Rover’s success

Apple’s iAd platform got off to a rocky start back in 2010, and has struggled to impress advertisers ever since. It’s tried slashing ad prices, and upping developer revenue share, but it still feels like an afterthought to other avenues.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a viable option. And to prove that, Apple just posted a new promotional video for its iAd service, touting the success seen by luxury auto-maker Land Rover, as it’s utilized iAd in a new campaign…

MobileTerminal update finally lands in Cydia

Fans of the popular MobileTerminal utility for jailbroken iOS devices will be happy to hear that the frustration is finally over. After a several-month absence, an iOS 5-compatible version of the tool is now available in Cydia.

This means that you can forget about going through the tedious 5 step process of manually installing the app’s .deb file every time you want to get MobileTerminal on your device. The package is now just a tap away…