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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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.

Isis to Launch Oct. 22, App for T-Mobile Goes Live

October 17, 2012 7:44 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Isis has confirmed it will launch trials of its NFC-based mobile payments service in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City on Oct. 22 after delaying the summer debut of the app.

Slack Consumer Demand Top Hurdle for Mobile Wallet

October 11, 2012 11:11 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Consumer adoptions remains the single greatest hurdle to mobile payments, a group of panelists reported on the final day of CTIA’s fall conference.

Isis Scraps Summer Mobile Payments Launch

September 14, 2012 7:12 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Isis has scrapped plans to launch its NFC-based mobile wallet before summer ends next week.

Tango Expands, Adds Games, Messaging and Photo Sharing

September 10, 2012 7:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tango, a provider of the over-the-top video calling, announced additional features today including text messaging, picture sharing and an interactive gaming experience.

Mobile Wins Gold for US Audience

August 7, 2012 6:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Luckily for American audiences, NBC is providing extensive online and mobile offerings for those who want to catch Olympic action live and in real-time.

Nuance Launches Nina: Like Siri in a Suit and Tie

August 6, 2012 7:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Nuance's involvement in Apple's Siri virtual assistant has never been confirmed, the company is owning up to another enterprise-focused assistant with today's launch of Nina.

Amazon Keeps Pressure on Apple, Bolsters Ecosystem

August 1, 2012 7:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors of a possible smartphone offering to complement its line of eReaders and media tablet, Amazon continues to put pressure on Apple with its content and cloud-based offerings.

Google Firms Up Developer Rules

August 1, 2012 7:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What was once deemed the "Wild West" of apps stores, Google's Google Play appears to be refining its policies some in an effort to give the store a bit more civility.

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