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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...

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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.

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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.

The Daily Tablet Newspaper Lays Off Third of Staff

August 1, 2012 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Daily, a digital-only news publication championed by News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.

Google Maps Smithsonian's 17 Museums for Visitors

July 11, 2012 7:23 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest museum complex is being mapped room by room through a partnership with Google Inc.

EU Launches New App for Passengers' Rights

July 5, 2012 7:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it has launched a new smartphone application which allows air and rail passengers stranded in the EU due to cancellations or delays to immediately check on their legal rights regarding rebates and compensation.    

Waze Hits 20M Users

July 5, 2012 7:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even as Apple preps the release of its own maps and turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6, social traffic and navigation app Waze announced today via its official blog that it has 20 million registered users, with 10 million signing on in the past 6 months.

Report: Mobile Web Tops Apps for Retail

March 9, 2012 7:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumers more often turn to a company's mobile website than to an app for shopping, according to a report conducted by Nielsen...

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