Application Platform News

Our latest news and commentary on applications, covering closed development platforms, SaaS vendors and related online services.

WeWork

WeWork sells social network Meetup to AlleyCorp, private investors

Social media platform Meetup said on Monday that shared-office operator WeWork had sold the company to a group of investors led by AlleyCorp, which funds companies in New York. 

Platform Industry: Coronavirus in Ireland and overseas

Republic of Ireland to roll out voluntary phone tracker app to tackle coronavirus

The Republic of Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health serv...

Platform News: President Donald Trump in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple works with White House to release COVID-19 app, website

Apple Inc and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app and website that will direct users to...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

Viagra, 70 cans of Coke: One man’s deliveries in locked down Sao Paulo

Few venture into the streets of Sao Paulo these days, but Erik Thiago says he will not stop working as a bike delivery man until he gets sick or the government forces him inside. 

Virtual Doctor

In coronavirus-hit France the doctor will see you now – virtually

The doctor’s surgery in Paris where Tura Milo works has closed its door to patients because of the coronavirus but the general practitioner is still doing her consultations, ...

Privacy in EU Lockdown

In Europe, the tech battle against coronavirus clashes with privacy culture

National governments across Europe are turning to technology to track the spread of the coronavirus and monitor people under quarantine, an approach that seeks to learn from Asia b...

Home Bound

Home-bound users fume as video apps do not sync with TVs

Kat Volpe laid out an exercise mat and tried to sync her iPhone with her big screen TV for a fitness class webcast on Instagram last week during New York’s coronavirus lockdo...

Airbnb

Airbnb says the US coronavirus stimulus bill could offer its hosts relief

Airbnb Inc hosts in the United States could get some relief from a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that is nearing a vote in Congress, the home-rental startup has said. 

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank criticises Moody’s after two-notch downgrade

SoftBank Group Corp on Wednesday hit out at credit ratings agency Moody’s after it downgraded the tech conglomerate by two notches to Ba3 and took the unusual step of asking ...

UK

UK-based fintech Revolut launches banking app in US

British fintech firm Revolut Ltd on Tuesday launched its banking app and debit cards for customers in the United States as it seeks to expand beyond its base in the UK and Europe. 

Online Learing

Online tutors boosting incomes as demand surges due to coronavirus lockdowns

Teacher Raven Kate De Leon is in demand, spending up to 10 hours a day at her home computer surrounded by mini cars and stuffed toys that she uses as props to inject fun into her E...

App Stores

Indoor cycling apps get leg-up from coronavirus shutdown

Cyclists deprived of their weekend ride with friends and fitness fanatics who can’t get to the gym are turning to online cycling workouts to help them stay in shape during th...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank Group’s market cap dips below domestic telco as scepticism grows

SoftBank Group Corp shares fell as much as 11.6% on Wednesday, with its market capitalisation dipping below the value of its domestic telco, as uncertainty grows over its managemen...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...