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Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

Visa, MasterCard Offer More Phone Payment Options

February 19, 2014 10:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Visa and Mastercard announced separately on Wednesday, that they will give merchants and banks more options for incorporating NFC payment systems into their mobile apps. The hope is that the move will make it easier for more people to use their phones to pay for things. 

MWC: Why Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Matter to the Wireless Industry

February 3, 2014 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.

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T-Mo Goes After Banking Fees with Mobile Money Product

January 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.

Ex-Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to Take Reins at GlobalFoundries

January 8, 2014 12:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, today announced that its board hired Sanjay Jha as its new CEO. Jha was formerly CEO of Motorola's handset division prior to the smarpthone maker being bought by Google. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Qualcomm.  

Flurry: Turkey Day Gives App Use a Boost

December 6, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sitting around at home over the holidays is no longer about playing pinochle with Aunt Gertie. People now have smartphones, and a bevy of time-killing apps installed on them to while away the hours.App analytics firm Flurry today released...

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

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Groupon Trims 3Q Loss, Revenue Lags Street View

November 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Groupon Inc. whittled its losses during the third quarter, but weak revenue growth underscored the challenges facing the online daily deal service as it tries to morph into a more comprehensive destination for Internet bargain hunters. As part of its expansion efforts, Groupon announced Thursday...

Holiday Season 2013: Capitalizing on Mobile and the Cloud

November 6, 2013 11:13 am | by Michael Masterson, Director, Solution Strategy, Compuware APM Business Unit | Articles | Comments

As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

CTIA Adds 7 New Members to 2014 Board of Directors

October 16, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA today announced its 38-member board at its final standalone MobileCon conference in San Diego. CTIA is in the process of transitioning from 2 shows a year to just one Super Mobility week. The first edition of that event will be held in Sept. of next year in Las Vegas. 

Isis, Jamba Juice Offering Free Drinks to Lure Mobile Wallet Users

October 16, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis and Jamba Juice have announced a tasty partnership to jumpstart usage of Isis’s NFC Mobile Wallet: one million free smoothies. "Jamba Juice is committed to supporting new and existing customers in an ultra-mobile retail world," Jamba Juice CEO James White said in a statement. 

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Four New Names Inducted Into the Wireless Hall of Fame

October 16, 2013 10:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) Tuesday celebrated 30 years of wireless, while honoring four individuals with a place in the wireless hall of fame. The event attracted a considerable constituency from the wireless industry, including the CEOs of Sprint, AT&T Mobility and Verizon.

Oracle CEO Snubs Big Crowd to Watch America's Cup

September 25, 2013 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority.

Millennial Gets FTC Approval for $224M Jumptap Acquisition

September 20, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile advertising firm Millennial Media says it has recieved regulatory approval of its acquistion of Jumptap from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Millennial described the review of the deal by the FTC as "quick and orderly" and the companies are now confident the transaction will be completed. 

Flurry Taps Bob Komin as Chief Financial Officer

September 16, 2013 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

App Analytics firm Flurry has appointed Bob Komin as Chief Financial Officer. The company also announced that its reach has crossed 1.2 billion unique monthly smartphone and tablet devices. Most recently, Komin comes off a stint as CFO at Ticketfly and previously as COO and CFO at Linden Labs. 

Twitter Titillates Users, Investors with IPO Tweet

September 13, 2013 9:09 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Twitter, the short messaging service named after chirping birds, is finally ready to migrate to Wall Street. Fittingly enough, the company resorted to a tweet to titillate its more than 200 million users and a flock of potential investors with its long-awaited plans to pursue an initial public offering of stock.

PayPal App Adds More Mobile Wallet Features

September 6, 2013 8:47 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

PayPal is updating its mobile app, adding features such as the ability to place an order ahead of time and pay with it while at the restaurant table. The move comes as eBay Inc.'s subsidiary works to expand beyond processing payments for online purchases.

Sprint Eliminating 800 Customer-Service Jobs

August 28, 2013 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint is eliminating about 800 customer service jobs because fewer people are calling its centers, the company said Tuesday. With growth in other parts of the business, however, Sprint said it expects the company's work force to remain at about 40,000...

Report: In-Home Mobile Use, iPad Drive Ad Conversions

August 14, 2013 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new survey from AOL, in conjunction with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, says mobile advertising is very effective, with iPads leading in-home conversions. According to the survey, fully 65 percent of mobile conversions were on tablets...

Millennial Media Acquires Jumptap, Shares Dive on 2Q

August 14, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After reporting dissapointing second quarter earnings that sent shares into a 26 percent dive, Millenial Media yesterday announced that it has agreed to aquire smaller mobile advertising rival Jumptap. Under the terms of the agreement, Jumptap shareholders will receive approximately 24.6 million shares...

Report: U.S. Consumers Slow to Shop on Mobile

July 16, 2013 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New research released today shows that shoppers in the United States are not adopting mobile shopping as fast as those in other countries. According to a report from Havas Worldwide, in partnership with Market Probe International, just 16 percent of US online consumers have used...

Aquto Offers Users Data for Engagement

July 16, 2013 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new company called Aquto today announced a unique business model that will offer consumers additional mobile data in exchange for engagement with brands. Aquto’s deployment begins in Europe with eligible Vodafone subscribers, with additional partnerships to be announced throughout 2013...

Roaming Challenges for the Global Enterprise

June 13, 2013 4:22 pm | Webinars

Does your organization have employees that frequently travel internationally, and who need to be connected to their office, colleagues and customers anytime – anywhere - to be productive? If so, you’ve no doubt experienced the bill shock when...

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