Today Yahoo refreshed the iOS application and website of its Finance service. The updates are worthy, and will help Yahoo remain relevant in the financial space, and perhaps support the continued growth of its mobile userbase. If you think that the 5 year forward PE of a company can be a one word joke, you probably use Yahoo Finance. As far as online financial sites go, it’s among the best and most used. Yahoo’s update to Finance’s Web interface and companion application is therefore a decent way to grok the company’s design vision, and vet its improving mobile chops. Briefly, the new Web interface of Finance has been dramatically cleaned up, and set up to allow users to more quickly track their personal portfolio, and drill into market movement across asset categories. Here is a screenshot I took this evening of the now prior Yahoo finance page: Not the prettiest thing. Yahoo Finance was never prized for its beauty, or layout. I personally use it because of its informational density. In the age of flat design and simpler color schemes (iOS 7 aside) Yahoo has now attached itself to market trend of simple design. At least in this product refresh. Its other properties – try to figure out what is going on here – remain aimed at other demographics. Now, to the new design. The following image is a Yahoo-provided screenshot, as I did not have access to the new website post-meeting: This is a distinct improvement. It would have been far better to have screenshots of the same moment in time of the site to compare the versions, but this is the best I can do. The most important change that Yahoo has implemented both in the new Web interface and the updated iOS applications is personalized content. As you can see in the upper left of the new design, stocks that you are following are displayed. You can select and remove stocks from that list. The content in the middle tracks your interests, which is useful. If you look at the upper right corner of the new design, you’ll see a simple, visual explanation of the strongest and worst of your personal portfolio performers. This fits into Yahoo’s larger goal of creating Internet-based experiences that help you with your repeated tasks. You care about your money, so you check its performance. So to help you quickly eyeball the dollar Continue reading
Mobile picture and video sharing platform Mobli, a competitor to other image-sharing services like Instagram, is today announcing a strategic investment that it hopes will help it catapult itself into the big leagues of mobile apps. Today, it is announcing that América Móvil, the Latin American telco giant led by billionaire Carlos Slim, is leading a new $60 million round in the company. As part of that, Mobli will get distribution with América Móvil’s millions of mobile users.
Tesla’s share price is higher than makes any logical sense, given the number of cars it makes and sells, but the stock value got a little bit of a real-world correction last night after hours as the car-maker’s quarterly results showed another quarterly loss – albeit one that still beat Wall Street analyst consensus. Tesla reported a loss of $38 million on total revenue of $431 million for the quarter, and its share price was down just over 10 percent in pre-market trading this morning. Continue reading
SwiftKey 4.3, the latest version of the word-prediction Android keyboard, is coming out of beta today to land on Google Play for general download — as a paid app for new users, or a free update for existing users.
Nipping At Spotify, Deezer Passes 5M Paying Subs, Adds ‘Hear This’ And ‘Explore’ For Music Discovery, Unveils New Mac App
Spotify may be the world’s biggest music streaming company, but rival Deezer is inching closer to its terrain: today the company revealed that it now has 5 million paying users globally and 30 million tracks on its platform; and taking a page from Spotify’s playbook, it also took the covers off two new discovery features to improve engagement on the platform. Going one step past Spotify, Deezer is also now previewing a new Mac app that will integrate the service with your offline music collection, starting first with what you keep in iTunes.
Google is making Android’s dialer smarter, and it already talked about KitKat features that add automatic caller ID for businesses that Google has in its places database. Early next year, the basic phone dialing app will also pull in your Google+ profile pic to show a call recipient via caller ID, according to Android Central. It’s an option that’s on by default, too, so long as you’ve verified your phone number through your Google account. Continue reading
Smartphones have become so commonplace in developed countries that it can be hard to imagine life without them. But the worldwide Internet penetration rate is just 39%, according to the International Telecommunication Union, and in Africa, only 16% of people are online. Mobile-cellular penetration rates are 89% in developing countries, however, with many people relying on their phones for online access. As more organizations use Internet surveys to conduct research into subjects ranging from product preferences to human rights, GeoPoll’s platform seeks to help them to reach people on featurephones or even more basic devices. Continue reading
Backed By Sequoia, Zomato Closes $37M Series D To Expand Its Restaurant Discovery Service Internationally
Zomato wants to eat Yelp’s lunch. The Indian restaurant discovery service has been chipping away at the space since 2008, mostly in its home market. Today it’s closed a $37M funding round from Sequoia Capital and existing local investor Info Edge to supersize its international expansion plans. It’s raised a total of around $55M to date. Continue reading
One of the persistent themes in pre-IPO Twitter’s S-1 filings is that the company has more users outside of the U.S., but when it comes to making money, that shifts drastically — an issue problematic enough that Twitter spells it out in the prospectus as a warning about its business. Today, however, the company launched a new India blog — a sign of how Twitter hopes to address that disparity in one market in particular — perhaps hoping that this huge market, where English is often the common denominator, could be an engine for Twitter’s international growth.
Twitter isn’t the only company joining the list of public companies tomorrow. Israeli-American website creation platform, Wix, will also be vying for its share of media attention tomorrow, as the company announced this afternoon that it will be setting its opening price at $16.50 per share — the high end of its expected $14.50 to $16.50 price range. Continue reading