Apple’s return to growth was stronger than everyone expected this quarter

tim cook Wall Street and Apple had expected to return to growth this quarter following the holiday season, though it was supposed to be largely incremental. And what it wasn’t exactly a blowout, Apple still pleasantly surprised Wall Street with better results than what was expected. Apple said it sold 78.3 million iPhones — which is its main growth engine — whereas Wall Street… Read More

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Coin will shut down its product services at the end of February

coin This was all inevitable, of course. Fitbit has made its plans for Coin clear since it bought the mobile payment company back in May of last year. At the time, the wearable maker announced that it was shutting down the Coin Developer Program, though cards would remain active until their batteries finally gave up the ghost. The company has since announced via its blog that product services will… Read More

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Zenefits launches new tools for employee compliance and looks to simplify pricing

zenefits documents app Zenefits today said it would be introducing new pricing tiers in an effort to simplify them, as well as add new tools for HR managers to ensure that employees are getting their documents in and they are compliant with regulations. The new tools — and pricing — are another way that Zenefits is trying to differentiate itself as an all-in-one platform for managing employee records… Read More

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LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations

picture6 Club Penguin may be shutting down, but there’s a new social network for kids arriving today from LEGO. The company known for its physical blocks and building sets is launching LEGO Life, a safe, online space where kids can share their LEGO creations, and connect with a broader community. Available as an iOS and Android application, the social network is aimed at those under the age of… Read More

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Club Penguin is shutting down

clubpenguin Club Penguin, the Disney-owned social network for kids, announced this morning it’s shutting down. In its place, the company will launch a new product for mobile, Club Penguin Island, which has been in development over the past several years. Club Penguin Island will launch in March, while the Club Penguin game on the desktop and mobile devices will shut down on March 29, 2017. The… Read More

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Around 5-percent of ‘Super Mario Run’ downloaders end up buying the game

img_1206 Some additional insight out of today’s Nintendo earnings. The gaming giant offered some key contextual information about Mario’s recent mobile debut. The title has racked up more than 78 million downloads globally, according to the company, pulling in a respectable $53 million or so since it hit iOS in December. The company puts Super Mario Run’s conversation rate at… Read More

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Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

Radish screenshot Radish is officially launching its mobile apps for reading bite-sized chunks of serialized fiction — and it’s announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. This isn’t the first startup to experiment with new ways to deliver fiction via e-readers and mobile devices. In fact, I wrote about one of them in my very first piece for TechCrunch five years ago. But… Read More

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