Evernote Kills Skitch, Only Mac App Remains | Crunch Report

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are headed to China,
Evernote kills Skitch on everything but Mac, Facebook is the most used app of the year,
and more… It’s Friday, December 18th, and this is Crunch
Report. Microsoft announced today it’s buying Metanautix,
a big-data startup that came out of stealth in 2014. The company was backed by $7 million
in capital, notably incuding venture firm Sequoia, although terms of the deal with Microsoft
weren’t disclosed. Microsoft says it plans to fold Metanautix into its “data platform,
including SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.” But that’s about all we know. Target may launch its own mobile wallet as
soon as next year, according to sources speaking to Reuters. This would put Target in direct
competition with Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. It’s a lot like what Walmart
is doing with Walmart Pay, a feature within its own smartphone app, which is rolling out
in the first half of 2016. Also like Walmart, Target belongs to the retailer consortium
developing a mobile wallet to compete with Apple Pay, called CurrentC. So this points
even more toward companies moving away from CurrentC and developing their own solutions
instead. Target already has a popular app for mobile coupons called Cartwheel, which
includes its own in-store item locator, and uses beacon technology to ping consumers about
deals. Target has reportedly been in discussions with credit card companies for its mobile
wallet and is considering using scanning technology to link the wallet to point-of-sale transactions..
perhaps integrated within Cartwheel? While we’re on mobile payments.. Apple Pay
and Samsung Pay are both coming to China! The companies each struck a partnership with
China UnionPay, that’s the government-approved organization that issues all the bank cards
in the country. And after passing regulatory tests, the payment services should be live
early next year. China is already Apple’s second-largest market after the U.S., with
revenue up 99% to $12.51 billion in the most recent quarter. China UnionPay has 260 million
customers… if Apple can make inroads against mobile payment services include Alibaba’s
Alipay and Tencent’s WePay, which is available through WeChat (which is China’s most popular
messaging app), Apple’s got something here. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met
with Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma last year to discuss integrating Apple Pay
with Alipay…which has about 350 million users of its own. Now, China UnionPay isn’t
relying on Apple or Samsung to build its mobile payments strategy. It’s expanding its own
QuickPass to create bank card alternatives, like wearable devices that store encrypted
financial info. Earlier this week, its subsidiary UnionPay Network Payment announced a 10-year
joint venture with UK mobile commerce company Powa to launch PowaTag UnionPay. Apple Pay
is now available in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia, with China, iSpain, Singapore,
and Hong Kong rolling out next year. When Evernote bought popular annotation app
Skitch back in 2011, I was like, great. How’s this going to screw up the easiest way I know
how to mock up an image? Well, today Skitch is being taken back behind the shed and put
down as a standalone app everywhere but the Mac app. That means Skitch for Windows, Windows
Touch, iOS, and Android will no longer be available for download and won’t be supported
after January 22nd. Evernote is also sunsetting its reading extension “Clearly” and its Pebble
app. Evernote Food, the company’s dedicated recipe app, which was nicely done but always
felt off-brand, was shut down at the end of September. Evernote’s clearly cutting some
costs ans streamlining here during an uncertain time for the company….long-time CEO Phil
Libin and COO Linda Kozlowski both left the company this year. Facebook has held onto the #1 app installed
on U.S. smartphones based on the average number of unique users, reports Nielsen, and its
messaging app Messenger has been crowned the title of fastest-growing app of 2015. Facebook
forced users to install Messenger in spring 2014 by removing chat from its main app, and
some users were upset about that, but it worked… in 2014 Messenger use rose 242%.. and in 2015,
it grew 31% in users over 2014. Facebook itself has more than 126 million average unique users
each month, up 8 percent over last year where it was also the top app. YouTube isn’t far
behind, with 97 million average unique users each month, up 5 percent over last year. Other
app successes include Google (Search) with 95 million mobile users, Google Play with
89.7 million, Google Maps with 75.1 million, Instagram with 55.4 million, and Apple Maps
with 44.4 million, That’s the report for today. I’m Sarah
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7 thoughts on “Evernote Kills Skitch, Only Mac App Remains | Crunch Report

  1. Regarding the screenshots of the webpages used in these videos… what can we learn of the person obtaining the screenshots, based on the dynamic ads shown on the pages?

  2. Sad news about Evernote. Hopefully, the main functionality of Evernote will be left alone. The latest OneNote is a mess. Free -> a mess.

  3. Looks like very soon I will need additional dedicated smartphone for all that mobile wallets. Wallet phone? WalletPod? 🙂

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