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Review: NBC Successful in Bringing Games to Mobile

February 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.

Investors 'Like' Facebook 4Q as Mobile Drives Growth

January 29, 2014 4:57 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's quarterly earnings and revenue grew and surpassed expectations as the company expanded the number of users and the amount of money it makes on mobile ads. Facebook Inc. earned $523 million, or 20 cents per share, in the October-December quarter.

Facebook Tests Ads in Third-Party Apps

January 23, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook Wednesday said it would begin testing advertisements in some third-party mobile applications. The move is part of the company's overall effort to start making money off the large number of users who log into the social networking site on their smartphones. 

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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.

Texting God: Professor Uses Mobile to Gauge Spirituality

January 20, 2014 9:29 am | by John Christofersen, Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Connecticut Professor Bradley Wright has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now? And he'd like the answers in real time, launching a website that sends texts to smartphones that it's time for participants to take the twice-daily survey.

Apple Will Refund at Least $32.5M in App Case

January 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids while playing on mobile phones and other devices...

Yahoo's Mayer Stresses Mobile, Acquisitions in CES Keynote

January 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is leaning more heavily on its recent acquisitions of technology and talent as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to attract more traffic and advertising to the Internet company's services. Mayer unveiled the latest steps in her effort to accelerate Yahoo's lackluster revenue growth during an hour-long presentation at the International CES...

Apple’s 2013 App Store Sales Top $10 Billion

January 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple today announced that customers dropped more than $10 billion at its App Store in 2013. The company revealed that more than $1 billion of those sales alone came during December. Apple revealed in a press release that iOS developers have now made more than $15 billion on the App Store.

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CES: AT&T Announces Sponsored Data Initiative

January 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a new program that will allow businesses to subsidize data for end users consuming select content. The new 'Sponsored Data' program is specifically available to customers on HSPA+ and LTE devices. In a press release, the carrier describes the initiative as "similar to 1-800 phone numbers or free shipping for internet commerce."

Snapchat Says to Make App More Secure

January 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday...

Eric Schmidt's Prognostications for 2014

December 30, 2013 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares some pointed expectations for the coming year in this video from Bloomberg and key to his message is that "mobile has won." Check out just exactly how Schmidt thinks mobile will change industry and society in the coming year. 

Report: Christmas Day Still Big for App Downloads but Growth is Slowing

December 30, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The unwrapping of new smartphones and tablets, coupled with much-needed downtime, turns Christmas Day into a big annual boost for mobile application downloads. But new numbers from Flurry find that growth slowing considerably. Looking at 400,000 apps, Flurry saw Christmas Day downloads spike 91 percent as compared with the first 21 days of December.

T-Mobile's GoSmart Brand Announces Free Facebook Access

December 23, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile’s prepaid brand GoSmart Mobile Monday announced that it will offer customers free access to Facebook. The announcement makes GoSmart the first wireless provider in the United States to offer free access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger...

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Mark Zuckerberg Selling 41M Facebook Shares

December 20, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are selling a combined 70 million shares of Class A stock as the social media company prepares to join the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The offering includes more than 41 million shares from Zuckerberg, who also will buy Class B shares that carry more voting weight.

Protest Apps Bring Hi-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 10:40 am | by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

Keynote Opens Up Mobile App Testing with Project Pricing

December 10, 2013 12:54 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The time-honored tradition of testing mobile applications by calling up people you know and asking them to look at your app or mobile site on their device works to a certain degree. It’s also a good way to stay connected with friends but for a more comprehensive mobile testing solution, Keynote System’s DeviceAnywhere looks like a better route.

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...

Twitter Boosts IPO Price Range

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter's IPO could now raise more than $2 billion. Twitter Inc. says in a regulatory filing that it now plans to price its shares at between $23 and $25 each. It previously planned to sell the shares for between $17 and $20 each.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts and Growth

November 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. 

Zynga Trims 3Q Losses Under New CEO, Stock Surges

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Zynga Inc. whittled its third-quarter losses even as its revenue plunged and fewer people played its digital games. The improvement raised investors' hopes that the hobbled company might be able to regain its stride under a new CEO hired during the summer, and shares jumped 13 percent in after-hours trading.

LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

Zipwhip Opens Up Landline and Toll-Free Numbers to SMS

October 16, 2013 2:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Zipwhip spent the last five years focused on the mobile side of SMS before it realized that the two percent of text messages being sent to landlines and toll-free numbers deserved to be delivered, too. Leveraging the cloud texting technology along with the mobile, desktop and web apps it already built...

'Clash of Clans' Maker Sells Stake for $1.5B to Softbank

October 15, 2013 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell is selling a 51 percent stake to Japan's SoftBank and GungHo in a 1.5 billion deal. CEO Ilkka Paananen says the partnership will speed Supercell's goal of becoming the "first truly global games company...

HP Goes Deeper Into Mobile Apps With New Partner Ecosystem

October 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HP already has thousands of in-house mobile app developers at the disposal of their customers. So the digital customer experience partner ecosystem the company announced today is about more than just app development even if the focus is on delivering unique mobile applications for corporations...

What Does the Future Hold for OTT Rich Communication Apps?

October 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joe Lawrence, President, Voxox | News | Comments

Think of a CD-ROM, DVD, SMS, MMS and Blackberry Messenger.  Now, consider iTunes, NetFlix, Skype, YouTube, iMessenger, Twitter, Google Voice, Instagram, SnapChat, Vine and Voxox.  What’s different?  The latter are cross platform OTT apps that are cool, convenient, compelling and cost-effective.  That’s awesome, but what can we expect in the future?

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