Mobile apps

Will SXSW Reveal the Next Technology Trend?

SXSW opened up big doors for Twitter, but do all businesses that get accolades at the festival go on to greatness? We look back at past award winners to see how they fared.

Walmart's Mobile Payment Test: Checking Out 'Scan and Go'

Walmart is testing a new mobile checkout system. With Scan and Go, customers will be able to scan items with their smartphones as they shop, then pay quickly at kiosks, skipping the checkout line. But the program could be less about making it easier for shoppers to pay, and more about getting you to spend more.

5 Tax Apps for Filers on the Move

From getting organized, tracking your donations, finding credits, getting quick tax-term definitions, and even filing for an extension, you can quickly and easily navigate through your tax needs on the go with these mobile apps.

Retailers Push Back Against Extreme Couponing Trend

Memo to extreme couponers: Some retailers, particularly supermarkets and drugstore chains, are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. To save their bottom lines, they're setting limits on just how much all your coupon cleverness can save you.

Amazon Offers Price Check App Users a 1-Day Bonus

In a one-day ploy to get consumers in the holiday shopping spirit, on Dec. 10, Amazon.com, will reward shoppers who use its Price Check mobile app with a 5% discount (of up to $5) on three qualifying products.

7 Free Apps That Saved Us an Instant $68.14

You paid a lot for your iPhone, so why not use it to earn back some of that dough? Here are seven apps -- all free -- that can save you hundreds of dollars a year, on gas, groceries, and goods sold online. We took them for a test drive and slashed our shopping tab by nearly $70.

Distracting Young Drivers? There Are Lots of Apps for That

Distracted driving has been a growing problem since cellphones came into wide use. Now, new research shows that among the young, the proliferation of mobile devices and the explosion of apps they have spawned have made the problem much worse.

Apple Apps Revenue is Up, But its Market Share's Down

Apple more than doubled its revenue from its mobile-device applications last year, though its global share of that market slipped slightly as applications for Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Google's Android mobile-computing platform chipped away at Apple's leadership, according to a report released Tuesday.

Best Sunscreen? There's an App for That

The nonprofit Environmental Working Group has launched an iPhone app that's a sunscreen shopper's guide, helping buyers navigate the confusing list of chemicals in the products and their varying efficacy in protecting skin. It joins an array of mobile apps providing skin-care advice on the go.