Mozilla today launched a new browser for Android. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Google Play. In December 2015, Mozilla launched Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS.
Link: Mozilla launches Firefox Focus for Android
Once upon a time, there was a world where apps didn’t exist and people had to survive without them. What would happen if these inventions were suddenly taken away from people? Apple created a video to bring this fantasy into a reality, imagining what people would do if they couldn’t use their phones for everything.
Link: Apple Imagines A World Without Apps
Keypr is one of the companies bringing hotels into the modern age of cloud services, keyless entry, and mobile apps. And the Los Angeles company is announcing today it has raised $19 million in a first round of funding. Karlani Capital led the round, with strategic investors including former Starwood executive Simon Turner and former CEO of Bally Technologies, Richard Haddrill.
Link: Keypr raises $19 million to build mobile and cloud-based services for hotels
Earlier this month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple revealed its first big push into the augmented reality and virtual reality spaces, with a new ARKit developer framework and high-performance iMacs with native support for VR content creation.
On Monday, research firm IDC published…
Link: AR/VR Headset Shipments Forecast to Hit 100 Million Units By 2021, Buoyed By Apple, Microsoft, and Others
Mobile ordering is fast becoming a must-have offering for retail chains built on quick customer service. But as several first movers in mobile ordering have shown, balancing digital services with in-store experiences can be challenging. Shake Shack earlier this year took a unique approach as it prepared to launch a mobile application that enables consumers to order and pay from their iPhones.
Link: Shake Shack’s secret sauce for getting mobile apps right
A Silicon Valley cyber security startup came across some sensitive voting records left unprotected by a political consultant hired by the Republican National Committee to research voters. Mountain View-based Upguard found personal information for about 200 million voters that had been exposed for nearly two weeks.
Link: Cyber Security Startup Finds Unprotected Voter Data
Spoiler warning – Discussing full episode ahead
Note – If you’ve watched the episode already, you might want to skip to my comments section for each app that was showcased. Everything before that is mostly a recap with some of my feelings added.
After a fairly enjoyable first ever episode of…
Link: Planet of the apps S01E02