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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.

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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. 

Game Maker Glu Looks to Raise $30M with Stock Offering

May 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Glu expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $27.8 million from the sale. The company said it will use the funds for general company purposes, as well as the possible acquisition of, or investment in, companies, technologies, products or assets that complement Glu’s business.

AT&T Android Phones to Come with Uber Integration

May 28, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Uber is a mobile application that connects users with a driver. Drivers arrive curbside and riders can track the arrival of their ride from the app. Payment is billed to the user's credit card, PayPal account, or Google Wallet at the end of the trip. 

PCIA: We Have a Long Way to Grow

May 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Our entire investment is based on, ‘We have a long way to go,’” commented Ben Moreland, president and CEO of Crown Castle International, during an executive roundtable that included representation from the three major tower companies in the United States. 

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Rebtel Spins Out Sinch for In-App Communications

May 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We plan to democratize in-app communications with Sinch," Sinch CEO Andreas Bernström said in a statement. "Rebtel was a pioneer in offering free and super-cheap voice services to consumers, and now Sinch is giving developers the best way to add a free communication layer to their apps.” 

Millennial Media Jumps 9% on CEO's Stock Buy

May 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The last time the company's stock jumped was on news of previous CEO Paul Palmieri had resigned from his post as CEO and Barrett would be taking over. Barrett comes from Yahoo! where he most recently served as the Web portal's chief revenue officer.

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

Facebook Plans Campaign to 'Friend' Small Business

May 6, 2014 9:35 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company's operating chief and "Lean In" author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users' pages.

Amazon Service Allows Consumers to Order Products Via Twitter

May 5, 2014 3:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Under the program, users must link their Amazon.com account with their Twitter account. Then they need to add the hashtag #AmazonCart when replying to a tweet that has an Amazon product link. The product will then be automatically added to their shopping cart.

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Facebook Continues Mobile Focus with New 'Audience' Mobile Ad Network

April 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook today unveiled a mobile ad network, as well as a number of other new features that it hopes will appeal to mobile developers. The ad network, which is called Facebook Audience, was announced Wednesday at the social network's F8 developer conference. 

Twitter Stock Down Amid User Growth Concerns in 1Q

April 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that it had a loss of $132.4 million, or 23 cents per share, in the January-March quarter. That compares with a loss of $27 million, or 21 cents per share, a year ago when Twitter was still privately held. Adjusted earnings were $183,000, or roughly breakeven on a per share basis.

Baidu Profit Up 24% on Strong Ad Revenue, Mobile Growth

April 25, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Baidu Inc., operator of China's most popular Internet search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit jumped 24.1 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. Profit rose to 2.5 billion yuan ($407.8 million) in the three months ending March 31, according to the Beijing-based company. Revenue rose 59.1 percent to 9.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billio

Facebook Buys Fitness Tracking App Moves

April 25, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook is adding a fitness tracking app to the company's store of acquired companies. Moves, a self-desribed "all-day activity diary for smartphones", announced yesterday that Facebook had agreed to acquire the company and app. 

SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop version of the Mailbox app. Mailbox, which made headlines with its long wait while in Beta as an iOS app, is aimed at more easily sorting through and organizing mail through various swipe gestures. 

Crittercism Lands $30M in New Funding, Hits 1B Active Users

April 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Crittercism today announced another $30 million in funding to expand its quickly growing business. Crittercism provides a Mobile App Performance Management (mAPM) platform for businesses to monitor how their apps are performing in the wild. 

Mozilla's Eich to Step Down Amid Same-Sex Marriage Row

April 3, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his post amid controversy over his stance on same-sex marriage. In a blog post on the company's website, Mithcell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, admitted the company had not lived up to its core values.

Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

NYT Bringing Paid Subscription to New Mobile App

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Times said in a statement that NYT Now is a new subscription plan created for an audience seeking more content than is currently available for free but at a lower price than the full news report. The company also rolled out Times Premier, which is a higher-tier plan that brings more content to readers. 

Mozilla Appoints Brendan Eich to CEO Role

March 24, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mozilla today announced that its board has appointed its current Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Eich, to the role of CEO, effective immediately. Eich was a Mozilla co-founder and was heavily involved in every aspect of Mozilla’s development starting from the original idea in 1998. 

Turkey Blocks Twitter over Graft Recordings

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption. Turkey in the past blocked access to YouTube, but it is the first ban on Twitter...

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