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Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

Google Picks Up City-Guide App Maker Jetpac

August 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired app-maker Jetpac, which analyzes photos from social networks to create city guides. A post on Jetpac’s homepage said that the company will be removing apps from the App Store in coming days and ending support for them on September 15. 

Foursquare Revamps App with New Features

August 18, 2014 8:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people tell friends where they are. You can check in to a restaurant, a movie theater, rides in a theme park or even the "hot dog man" at Penn Station. The more you check in, the more points, badges and mayorships you earn. They mean little in the real world, but users have competed fiercely for such honors.

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New Facebook Tracking Aimed at Helping Advertisers Understand Mobile Habits

August 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur.  

WeChat Parent Company Tencent Posts $949M Profit

August 13, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tencent's online games revenue rose 7 percent over the previous quarter, driven mostly by higher revenue for smartphone games integrated with WeChat. Revenue from social networks rose 15 percent over the previous quarter, also driven by mobile services.

Facebook Messenger: Myth Vs. Reality

August 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The fear and confusion stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device's camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Here's what Facebook's mobile messaging app does and doesn't do.

Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

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Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

Maintaining the Network: Staying Ahead of Data-Hungry Applications

July 22, 2014 2:27 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how mobile applications are consuming the network and how operators, vendors and developers can respond to demand. Through testing and monitoring, operators can be clear on how an app will use its data connection before it even reaches the network.

Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Flurry, an indication that the price isn't big enough to affect Yahoo's finances.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

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Frontier, Zipwhip Bring Texting to Landlines

July 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional telecom and broadband provider Frontier is adding texting fucntionality to its business landline numbers. Frontier has turned to Zipwhip for the technology that allows its business landline numbers to become text messaging channels.

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

Amazon Boasts App, Developer Numbers Ahead of Smartphone Launch

June 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that its Amazon Appstore, which is a currated grouping of apps from Google Play that run on the company's Android-based Fire OS, has reached 240,000. While that's a far cry from Apple's Apple Store's 1.2 million apps, Amazon does offer many of the major apps available across platforms. 

Windows Phone Still Chanting, 'Developers, Developers, Developers!'

June 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone. 

Infographic: World Cup Goes Mobile

June 16, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Like seemingly every other major sporting event, the 2014 World Cup will viewed on and enhanced by the mobile phones. According to a new report from online security firm Avast, two out of three U.S. soccer fans will use their smartphone or tablet to enhance their World Cup experience.

MobileIron Raises $100M with IPO

June 12, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MobileIron said it would use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. The company also said it may use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement its business. 

SwiftKey App Goes Free, Adds Premium In-App Purchases

June 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Swiftkey Keyboard today announced that it is doing away with the $3.99 price for its app. In a press release, the company noted that the shift comes alongside an update to the app that introduces dozens of new free and premium keyboard themes. 

App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

Facebook Taps PayPal President to Lead Messaging Division

June 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Marcus joined PayPal in 2011 as vice president of mobile, responsible for leading PayPal’s mobile payments business, before taking on the role of president the following year. EBay, PayPal's parent company, said in a statement that Marcus will leave the company on June 27. 

Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch Needs a Purpose

June 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Lifeband marks the entry of LG Electronics Inc. into the fledgling market of wearable gadgets and follows smartwatches from Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and others. LG started selling the Lifeband in the U.S. last month for $150. It will be available in parts of Asia and Europe in coming weeks.

Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Articles | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

Does Mobile Have a Seat at Your Boardroom Table?

June 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Mobility Services | Articles | Comments

The impact that mobile devices are having today is perhaps best exhibited by the consumer, who is turning to these devices to shop, interact with friends and conduct business. Case in point, on Cyber Monday, mobile sales accounted for more than 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of just over 55 percent year-over-year. 

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