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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Cricket's Muve Music Hits 1 Million Customers

January 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cricket Communications' on-demand Muve Music service has logged over 1.1 million customers. The service, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2010, has been a successful value-add for the prepaid carrier... 

Apple App Store Hits 40 Billion App Downloads

January 7, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps from the iTunes App Store, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone. According to a press release, the App Store has over 500 million active accounts, which recorded a record-breaking December with over two billion...

Samsung Continues Evolution of ChatON to Version 2.0

December 27, 2012 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung today announced the launch of version 2.0 of ChatON, the company’s Over-the-Top (OTT) messaging service. Much like Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products, ChatOn allows users of the service to connect with others via voice, video...

First News Briefs for December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Facebook announced a faster Facebook app for people who use Android devices. Facebook for Android 2.0 is twice as fast when looking at photos and opening your Timeline and quicker to launch. Facebook rebuilt several of Facebook for Android's core features in native code...

Review: New Google Maps Boasts Big Improvements

December 14, 2012 9:26 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Like a lot of people, I was happy and relieved to see Google Maps return to the iPhone. I'd been frustrated with the Apple mapping software that had replaced it three months ago. For one thing, it didn't have public transit directions, a feature important for New Yorkers like me... 

Google Maps App Back on iPhone

December 13, 2012 11:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new native Google Maps app for iOS devices went live in Apple's App Store today, bringing some relief to those suffering Apple's own flawed maps app included in iOS 6. While iPhone and iPad users operating on iOS 6 have been able to access...

Amazon Launches Kindle Content Service for Kids

December 5, 2012 9:58 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a subscription service for children's games, videos and books aimed at getting more kids to use its Kindle Fire tablet devices. Amazon.com Inc. plans to announce Wednesday that the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service will be available in the next few weeks as part of an automatic software update...

Facebook Updates Messenger for Android

December 4, 2012 12:25 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SMS took another hit today, as Android users will now be able to sign up for Facebook Messenger with only a name and phone number. The update to the OTT service opens up direct messenging, photo sharing and more to users still holding out on diving into social networking...

ISIS, USA Technologies Trial NFC in Vending Machines

December 3, 2012 11:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

USA Technologies (USAT) today announced a partnership with ISIS to enable up to 7,500 vending machines in Austin and Salt Lake City to accept mobile payements via USAT’s NFC-enabled ePort technology and ePort Connect service. According to a press release, the technology will work with the sis Mobile Wallet product. 

VZW Will Shutter Apps Store

November 6, 2012 5:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said yesterday it will close its application storefront, Verizon Apps.

Nuance Evolves Dragon Virtual Assistant

October 24, 2012 7:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Apple has never confirmed that Nuance's technology is behind Siri, many believe Siri is nothing more than a Dragon in an administrative assistant's business suit.

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