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Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

Mayer Pitches Mobile-First Yahoo! as 2Q Earnings Jump 46%

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Just one day from her one-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer delivered second-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations and proved she's increasing end user engagement with the company’s mobile products. Under Mayer, Yahoo has been aggressively streamlining its mobile efforts...

Baidu to Buy Mobile Apps Company for $1.9 Billion

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will buy smartphone apps distributor 91 Wireless for $1.9 billion, adding to the scramble for the fast-growing Chinese mobile Internet market. Beijing-based Baidu said it would buy 57 percent of 91 Wireless Websoft Ltd...

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Hasbro Buys 70 Pct of Mobile Game Maker Backflip

July 9, 2013 9:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As more people play mobile games, toy company Hasbro Inc. is investing in a company that develops games for smartphones and tablets. Hasbro, the company behind Monopoly, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and other toy brands, said Monday that it bought a 70 percent stake in Backflip Studios for $112 million in cash...

Beating Facebook Home: Four Tips for Carriers, Publishers and OEMs

July 2, 2013 9:07 am | by Greg Wester, Mobile Posse | Articles | Comments

Facebook Home has brought a great debate to the table. There’s no question that consumers spend more time with their mobile phones than any other device, plus new data from Nielsen Mobile Trends shows that the mobile homescreen is where consumers spend most (26%) of their time on mobile.

Apps Mix History with Technology at Gettysburg

June 28, 2013 9:26 am | by Keith Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook...

Microsoft to Unveil Latest Windows Adjustments

June 26, 2013 9:27 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners...

Biba Builds on Trend Towards OTT Dominance

June 25, 2013 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While carriers scramble to implement various unified communications services, they're being beaten and bested by third-party options that are already to market. It's Over-the-Top (OTT) services like Babi, which launched yesterday, that are meeting consumer demand right now...

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Friday Flick: Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account, users can access...

Microsoft Launches Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account...

Report: Google Offers $1.1 Billion to Acquire Mapping Service Waze

June 10, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Google is offering $1.1 billion to acquire the crowd-sourced maps company Waze, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes after earlier reports that Apple had been interested in Waze. Waze's mobile app for iOS and Android gathers map information from its 40 million users...

Verizon, NFL Expand and Extend Mobile Agreement

June 4, 2013 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The National Football League (NFL) and Verizon have announced a renewed and expanded contract to eventually bring all NFL games to Verizon Wireless customers' mobile devices. Until now, a limited nummber of games were available through the Verizon Wireless' package...

Give Locally Grows Through Gaming, Social Media

May 29, 2013 10:39 am | by Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Andrew "Bo" Young III, son of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, is carving out his own path for social change courtesy of a mobile app designed to help real families through the purchase of virtual goods.Young and California lawyer Brad Newman have launched "Giv Galaxy," an iPhone game in which players buy...

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Google's Products Dig Deeper into People's Lives

May 17, 2013 9:11 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. "Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for...  

From the Magazine: Mobile Platform Wars: What Does a Third Ecosystem Look Like

May 15, 2013 12:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Some say there’s only room for one more mobile platform, with Android and iOS helping themselves to the lion’s share of the market for the foreseeable future. If true, the only question is just who will get the crumbs. At present, it takes some effort to imagine a world where Android and iOS...

Report: ABC to Offer Live Stream on Mobile Devices

May 13, 2013 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ABC will be the first of the major broadcasters to offer live streaming of its programming over mobile devices, according to a report from the New York Times. A subsidiary of Walt Disney Company, ABC will roll out the service in New York and Philadelphia later this week. The new service will be available only to cable 

Slacker Radio Boasts 3.5 Million Users on Mobile

May 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Digital music provider, slacker, might be the poster child for the merits of relaunching a product. Since the company's February 13th launch of its completely redesigned digital music service Slacker now reports six million new listeners have joined...

Device Innovation Is Passé: Why UE Is King in 2013

May 8, 2013 10:48 am | by Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire | Articles | Comments

It’s getting increasingly difficult for smartphone and tablet makers to “shock and awe” the media and the buying public with groundbreaking, “never before seen” hardware. While each high-profile device launch brings hardware advancements over previous models...

Physical by Smartphone Becoming Real Possibility

May 2, 2013 8:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading...

Keynote Mobile News and Portal Index: Delivering Video on Mobile News Sites

May 1, 2013 10:46 am | by Venkatesh Giri, Keynote Mobile Expert | Articles | Comments

We all know more online users are now accessing news via their smartphones - and not just via the traditional news sites we monitor in our Mobile News and Portal Index, but also via social media. As we’ve seen with recent news events...

Google Now Update Hits iOS App

April 29, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google continues to make inroads on iOS today with the launch of an update to its Google Search app. The company today announced it was adding Google Now functionality to its iOS app. Google Now is a kind of virtual assistant akin to Apple's Siri...

GGI Makes Mobile Games as Social Change

April 26, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

As good as giving back can make you feel, people could still use a little extra encouragement to be charitable. Global Gaming Initiative gets that and the company has gone ahead and made a game of it, literally. GGI’s first mobile game, “Sidekick Cycle”—developed by IT Matters and arriving on iOS devices in June—is equal parts downhill racer and charitable simulation.

Samsung to Block Access to App Store in Iran

April 26, 2013 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified them that they will no longer have access to the company's online store as of May 22. The move is seen as part of international sanctions on the country over its disputed nuclear program...

AVG Android App Hits 70M Downloads, Investors Cheer 1Q

April 25, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

AVG Technologies, which offers Internet and mobile security, is hitting a chord with Android users. The company said today that its flagship mobile product, AVG AntiVirus Free for Android has surpassed 70 million downloads on Google Play...

Zynga Reports Lower 1Q Revenue, Shares Fall

April 25, 2013 9:36 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Zynga Inc.'s surprise profit in the first three months of the year got overshadowed by a revenue decline, a drop in the number of users and a lower-than-expected second-quarter forecast. The online game maker's stock fell more than 10 percent in extended trading Wednesday after the first-quarter results came out...

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