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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...

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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...

Facebook: Audit Finds Privacy Practices Sufficient

April 25, 2013 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook says that an independent audit found its privacy practices sufficient during a six-month assessment period that followed a settlement with federal regulators. Facebook Inc. said it submitted the findings to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday evening...

Aereo Brings Service to Boston

April 23, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a big win in the appelate courts, Aereo today said it will bring its live streaming of the broadcast networks to mobile devices in the Boston area. According to a press release, consumers who have pre-regesitered with Aereo will receive an invitation to join the service beginning May 15...

Facebook Bringing Limited Home Experience to iOS App

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

Rumors that Facebook has been in talks with Apple and Microsoft about getting its new Home product on those operating systems prove at least slightly overblown. According to Facebook, the company will be updating its iOS app to include...

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Review: Home Shields You from Non-Facebook Tasks

April 12, 2013 10:06 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I got my first smartphone in 2010, I checked Facebook obsessively. But over time, the novelty wore off and opening Facebook's app to check photos, links and posts from friends turned into a chore. In a sense, I'm the ideal target for Facebook's new Home app...

MasterCard Launches New Digital Wallet Called MasterPass for Mobile, Web Purchasing

April 11, 2013 9:30 am | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For those who hate the tedious process of filling out billing and shipping information every time they make an online purchase, MasterCard is rolling out a new digital wallet product called MasterPass, which works on computers, tablets and smartphones...

Broadcasters Display Mobile TV Dongles at NAB Show

April 11, 2013 8:41 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The key weapon in TV broadcasters' fight with Internet video upstart Aereo is something inelegantly known as a dongle. The miniature TV antenna picks up free, mobile broadcast signals. It attaches to iPhone and iPad power ports and extends about 7 inches...

App Downloads Rise 11 Percent Quarterly, Hit $2.2B in Revenue

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

App downloads across the four leading digital storefronts totaled more than 13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking an 11 percent increase quarterly. Without revenue sharing taken into account, that total was enough to post $2.2 billion in revenue for all stores combined.

App-Enabled Accessories Abound at the Apple Store

April 9, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

There's a special section over at Apple's online store devoted entirely to “app-enabled accessories.” These items include extravagances like a Wi-Fi enabled scale that shoots its data straight to the iPhone, or a flying drone  that can be controlled right from your very own iOS device...

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Broadcasters Worry About 'Zero TV' homes

April 8, 2013 9:13 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and...

Facebook Finds Middle Ground with New Home App

April 4, 2013 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rumors of a Facebook phone were brought to a head with today's much-hyped announcement from the social network. The results fall somewhere between a piece of hardware for Facebook to call its own and an actual operating system. Facebook today unveiled a new...

Eyes on Facebook Mobile Event as Company Evolves

April 4, 2013 9:01 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 Facebook is unveiling a new Android product Thursday, a move that comes as a fast-growing number of its 1.06 billion users access it on smartphones and tablet computers. Advertisers are not far behind. Though mobile ads have been a big concern for Facebook's...

Why Operators Need to Make Mobile the Center of Customer Experience

March 29, 2013 9:10 am | by Dominic Endicott, Partner at Nauta Capital | Articles | Comments

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) face a dilemma: they fund the networks and subsidize many of the devices that power the digital landscape, and yet they are mostly marginal players in new digital ecosystems such as social networks, search, app-stores, apps, video distribution... Dominic Endicott is a partner at Nauta Capital. 

PlayPhone, Verizon Partner on Social Gaming Storefront

March 26, 2013 8:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social gaming provider PlayPhone today announced that it's partnering with Verizon Wireless on a social-optimized game-centric storefront that will come preloaded on Verizon's Android phones. Scott Prather, senior director of business development at PlayPhone...

Ahead of the Bell: Adobe

March 20, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Adobe Systems rose 6 percent before Wednesday's opening bell after the software maker reported strong first-quarter results. Citi analyst Walter Pritchard backed his "Buy" rating for Adobe, saying that a surprisingly strong bump in subscriptions did not adversely affect the company's top line...

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello Leaving

March 19, 2013 9:16 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Monday that its CEO, John Riccitiello, will step down on March 30. The company has named Larry Probst as executive chairman while it searches for Riccitiello's replacement. Probst has been chairman...

Monitoring Your Kids on Facebook? That's so 2009

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile device...

Review: Despite Flaws, Voice Search Has Potential

March 7, 2013 9:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I never thought I'd be telling my phone what to do. But I often find myself talking to various digital assistants — Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android devices — to request driving directions, restaurant recommendations and answers...

BlackBerry Developer Support Still Shaky as Netflix Bows Out

March 5, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's all about the apps for any mobile platform hopeful and it seems BlackBerry 10 just continues to prove that it can't attract the heavy hitters. In the wake of Yahoo! reporting yesterday that it will kill support for its dedicated BlackBerry app, Netflix says it too is steering clear of the platform...

Yahoo! Kills BlackBerry App, Other Services

March 4, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of CEO Marissa Mayer's extensive revamp of Yahoo!, the company says it will be streamline its mobile offerings, eliminating apps, including its Blackberry offering. Jay Rossiter, executive vice president of Platforms for Yahoo!, said in a blog post...

Mozilla Touts Carrier, OEM Support for Firefox OS at MWC

February 25, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The mobile Firefox OS from non-profit browser-maker Mozilla might have seemed a longshot to even make it to market, much less garner the kind of carrier support the company has announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain. Mozilla has announced 18 carrier...

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