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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...

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. 

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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...

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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...

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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...

Tamagotchi Returns: Electronic Pet Reborn as App

February 14, 2013 9:25 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Tamagotchi is re-hatching as an app. Bandai America Inc. and Sync Beatz Entertainment are hoping to revive the electronic pet craze of the 1990s with a new mobile app launching Thursday for Android devices. The app duplicates the egg-shaped plastic toy...

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...

Yahoo CEO Plans to Prune Company's Mobile Apps

February 13, 2013 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer thinks the Internet company will be able to please more people with fewer smartphone applications. Mayer told an audience of investors during a Tuesday presentation that she thinks Yahoo...

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...

The Keynote Dec. - Jan. Mobile News and Portal Index

January 21, 2013 9:38 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Happy New Year! Another year arrives and with it another Keynote Mobile News and Portal Index to review. We’ve talked a lot in the past about how some of the leading mobile news sites can improve their performance by paying attention to key best practices for site...

EBay's 4Q Performance Caps Company's Best Year Yet

January 17, 2013 9:47 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

EBay finished last year with a flourish as bargain-hunting holiday shoppers flocked to its Internet shopping mall and digital payment service to help lift the company's fourth-quarter earnings above analyst projections. The results announced Wednesday served as the exclamation point on the best year...

Tip of the Thumb: Apps that Made the Homescreen

January 16, 2013 12:45 pm | Articles | Comments

In the past, I've finished the year with a look at my iPhone and the apps that have proven they have staying power. This year, I decided to look at what pieces of software have made their way to my homescreen. These apps earn their chunk of beachfront property...

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