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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...

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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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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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...

Keynote Mobile News and Portal Index: January - February 2013

February 20, 2013 9:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

This month, the Keynote Mobile News & Portal performance index featured a number of smartphone sites that posted extremely slow response times. With that in mind, we thought we would look at how site infrastructure contributes to the performance of one of these slower sites...

Bump Updates App for Mobile to PC File Sharing

February 15, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bump today launched an updated version of its contact and file sharing app for iOS and Android that enables the apps to interact with the company's web version of Bump at http://bu.mp. In a blog post on the company's website the company explains that the new functionality wil allow everything...

Opera Acquires Skyfire for Video Optimization Tech

February 15, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Opera Software today announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Skyfire Labs, which specializes in mobile video optimization and cloud solutions for mobility. Skyfire also produces a mobile browser that allows iOS users to watch Flash-based video content on their devices...

Mailbox App Review: Return to Sender

February 13, 2013 5:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As much as it pains me to say it, the new iOS app, Mailbox from Orchestra, will not revolutionize email as we know it. In fact, it’s only a hair better than the Gmail experience it aims to improve. I've had about a week to play around with Mailbox, and I have to say...

AT&T Aims to Speed Content Delivery with Akamai Deployment

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

AT&T today announced a new Content Delivery Network for businesses that aims to provide speedy delivery of mobile apps, web pages and videos. AT&T CDN Service is available to U.S. customers as part of a previously annoucned partnership with Akamai Technologies...

First News Briefs for February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013 10:54 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Interop Technologies today announced that its Rich Communication Services (RCS) solution now supports a network address book and social presence. The network address book synchronizes a user’s contacts among different devices...

Tango Focuses on Differentiation from the Rest of the OTT Pack

February 6, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Over-the-Top (OTT) messaging and calling space is crowded. Facebook, Google and Apple have all entered the market, as have many others, including names like Tango, which was one of the first to the video calling over 3G space and has grown...

Mozilla Unveils Developer Preview Phones

January 22, 2013 11:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mozilla today unveiled some developer hardware to accompany its HTML-5-powered mobile Firefox OS, which is built entirely using open web standards. The company showed off new Firefox OS developer preview phones via its blog, saying that it's developers...

RIM Launches BlackBerry World Ahead of BB 10 Unveiling

January 21, 2013 10:08 am | News | Comments

In what appears to be more preparation for the Jan. 31 unveiling of BlackBerry 10, RIM today took the wraps off a redesign app store called BlackBerry World, previously known as BlackBerry App World. The changes are being rolled out in stages...

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