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Apple Launches Music Service Today

June 30, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Potential customers are being offered a three-month trial subscription. After that, subscribers can choose between a $9.99 per-user charge, or a...

Microsoft Sheds Some of Its Ad Business, Mapping Service

June 30, 2015 10:14 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has been saying he wants to focus more on the company's core...

Apple Clears App Store of Confederate Flag

June 26, 2015 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The move comes days after Apple CEO Tim Cook called on people in a tweet to honor the victims of...

Box, IBM Partner on New Enterprise Solutions

June 24, 2015 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The news marks an expansion of IBM's existing partnerships. In July of last year, IBM announced...

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Spotify Bolsters War Chest as Apple Launches Streaming Service

June 10, 2015 9:26 am | News | Comments

Music streaming company Spotify said Wednesday it has gotten a new investment from a Nordic telecoms company as it looks to compete globally, particularly with...

Google Unveils New 'Android M' Operating System

May 28, 2015 3:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer or early fall, around the same time that Apple is expected to release the latest overhaul of the iOS software...

Google's Android Pay Takes on Apple at the POS

May 28, 2015 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Android Pay is a streamlined payment tap-to-pay solution that works on contactless POS systems. Users don't need to open the app to use...

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Deezer CEO Talks Upside of Streaming

May 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

In October, Deezer bought San Francisco podcast aggregator Stitcher, and in January it scooped up the right to serve the 2 million...

AT&T Snuggles Up to Hulu Content

May 13, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As worded in a press release, the partnership appears a bit obtuse, promising a kind of merging of Hulu's content through AT&T's suite of apps, however redundant that functionality may be given Hulu's existing tablet, smartphone and smart TV software.  

Biz Stone Talks 'Super' Life After Twitter

May 13, 2015 10:39 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Stone is hoping his latest change in direction pays off as he heads down a new path at Jelly Industries, a San Francisco startup he launched shortly after leaving Twitter three years ago.

Facebook Hires Ex-FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

May 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of global public policy, told the Wall Street Journal that Martin has already proved invaulable in Facebook's mission to connect the world. 

Review: iCloud Photos, Flickr Best for Managing Mobile Photos

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Help comes from Yahoo and Apple. Yahoo's Flickr and Apple's iCloud Photo Library will automatically transfer photos and videos to your online account, so you get a backup and more space on your device.

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Internet of Things Should End Pervasive High Tech Secrecy

May 12, 2015 2:35 pm | by Sami Luukkonen | Articles | Comments

Clinging to a culture of secrecy stifles innovation. And it makes companies more vulnerable to other companies -- such as competitors -- that openly share information with each other. 

Uber Navigates Bidding War for Nokia's Maps Division

May 8, 2015 10:57 am | News | Comments

The bidding war is on, as Uber tries to beat out Germany's three biggest auto manufacturers, which are preparing an approximately $2.2 billion bid to buy HERE from Nokia. 

Nintendo Forecasts Turnaround on Smartphone Apps

May 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo did an about-face recently and said it's entering smartphone games, a segment it brushed off for years as irrelevant, insisting on the appeal of its game machines.

App Annie Acquires Canadian Competitor Mobidia

May 7, 2015 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As part of the acquisition, Mobidia’s team of 30 joins App Annie. Mobidia’s Vancouver headquarters will also become App Annie’s 12th global office, App Annie Canada. 

Twitter Shares Sink as Earnings Leak Early

April 28, 2015 4:57 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some reports say the earnings leaked out. Bloomberg News cited research firm Selerity, which tweeted the results and said the report was "sourced" from...

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Amazon Kills Appstore TestDrive Service

April 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In a post on the company's blog, Amazon said that due to the increasing use of 'free to play' business models, it has seen a significant decline in customers...

Schools Struggle To Curb Abuse by Smartphone

April 2, 2015 7:06 am | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

Just this week, a 16-year-old from Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Florida, was arrested for posting about a bomb threat on Twitter because "she was angry and did not want to go to school," according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Study: Ad-Supported Apps Come with Hidden Costs

April 1, 2015 1:47 pm | News | Comments

According to new research from William Halfond and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, mobile apps with ads use an average of...

Facebook Adds New Features to Messenger

March 25, 2015 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Messenger will also be adding the ability to display store receipts and shipping information to help consumers keep track of their interactions with...

Microsoft Expands Mobile Partnerships with Samsung, Other OEMs

March 23, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to a press release, Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android devices and will secure those apps through a...

IBM Study Highlights Security Flaws in Enterprise Apps

March 19, 2015 10:35 am | by Jacob Meister, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The new research suggests the average company tests less than half of apps for vulnerabilities, while 33 percent never test the mobile apps prior to their release.

Adobe Profits Up as Subcribers Move to Cloud

March 18, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Adjusted for one-time items, the maker of Photoshop and Illustrator software said profit came to 44 cents per share in the latest quarter, beating Wall Street expectations.

Facebook Integrates Payments with Messenger App

March 18, 2015 9:10 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Services including PayPal, its Venmo unit and the disappearing-photo app Snapchat let you beam money to friends and family using smartphones linked to bank accounts or credit cards.

Nintendo Finally Commits to Bringing Games to Mobile

March 17, 2015 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

After years of resisting the pull to go mobile, Nintendo Tuesday announced a partnership with DeNA Co. to develop mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. 

Google Seeks Revenue Boost with Ads in Google Play

February 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The advertising expansion announced Thursday will provide Google with a new opportunity to profit from its Android software, the world's most widely used...               

Facebook Hits 2M Advertisers, Launches iOS Ad Management App

February 24, 2015 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The app will allow advertisers to monitor current ads or create new ones. It also tracks performance of existing ads...                            

Yahoo Courts Developers With New Toolkit

February 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Besides that, Yahoo also is trying to plant its search engine inside other apps so it can display ads alongside...

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