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Maintaining the Network: Staying Ahead of Data-Hungry Applications

July 22, 2014 2:27 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how mobile applications are consuming the network and how operators, vendors and developers can respond to demand. Through testing and monitoring, operators can be clear on how an app will use its data connection before it even reaches the network.

Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc....

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The...

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10...

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Frontier, Zipwhip Bring Texting to Landlines

July 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional telecom and broadband provider Frontier is adding texting fucntionality to its business landline numbers. Frontier has turned to Zipwhip for the technology that allows its business landline numbers to become text messaging channels.

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

Amazon Boasts App, Developer Numbers Ahead of Smartphone Launch

June 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that its Amazon Appstore, which is a currated grouping of apps from Google Play that run on the company's Android-based Fire OS, has reached 240,000. While that's a far cry from Apple's Apple Store's 1.2 million apps, Amazon does offer many of the major apps available across platforms. 

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Windows Phone Still Chanting, 'Developers, Developers, Developers!'

June 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone. 

Infographic: World Cup Goes Mobile

June 16, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Like seemingly every other major sporting event, the 2014 World Cup will viewed on and enhanced by the mobile phones. According to a new report from online security firm Avast, two out of three U.S. soccer fans will use their smartphone or tablet to enhance their World Cup experience.

MobileIron Raises $100M with IPO

June 12, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MobileIron said it would use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. The company also said it may use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement its business. 

SwiftKey App Goes Free, Adds Premium In-App Purchases

June 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Swiftkey Keyboard today announced that it is doing away with the $3.99 price for its app. In a press release, the company noted that the shift comes alongside an update to the app that introduces dozens of new free and premium keyboard themes. 

App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

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Facebook Taps PayPal President to Lead Messaging Division

June 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Marcus joined PayPal in 2011 as vice president of mobile, responsible for leading PayPal’s mobile payments business, before taking on the role of president the following year. EBay, PayPal's parent company, said in a statement that Marcus will leave the company on June 27. 

Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch Needs a Purpose

June 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Lifeband marks the entry of LG Electronics Inc. into the fledgling market of wearable gadgets and follows smartwatches from Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and others. LG started selling the Lifeband in the U.S. last month for $150. It will be available in parts of Asia and Europe in coming weeks.

Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Articles | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

Does Mobile Have a Seat at Your Boardroom Table?

June 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Mobility Services | Articles | Comments

The impact that mobile devices are having today is perhaps best exhibited by the consumer, who is turning to these devices to shop, interact with friends and conduct business. Case in point, on Cyber Monday, mobile sales accounted for more than 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of just over 55 percent year-over-year. 

Game Maker Glu Looks to Raise $30M with Stock Offering

May 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Glu expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $27.8 million from the sale. The company said it will use the funds for general company purposes, as well as the possible acquisition of, or investment in, companies, technologies, products or assets that complement Glu’s business.

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AT&T Android Phones to Come with Uber Integration

May 28, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Uber is a mobile application that connects users with a driver. Drivers arrive curbside and riders can track the arrival of their ride from the app. Payment is billed to the user's credit card, PayPal account, or Google Wallet at the end of the trip. 

PCIA: We Have a Long Way to Grow

May 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Our entire investment is based on, ‘We have a long way to go,’” commented Ben Moreland, president and CEO of Crown Castle International, during an executive roundtable that included representation from the three major tower companies in the United States. 

Rebtel Spins Out Sinch for In-App Communications

May 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We plan to democratize in-app communications with Sinch," Sinch CEO Andreas Bernström said in a statement. "Rebtel was a pioneer in offering free and super-cheap voice services to consumers, and now Sinch is giving developers the best way to add a free communication layer to their apps.” 

Millennial Media Jumps 9% on CEO's Stock Buy

May 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The last time the company's stock jumped was on news of previous CEO Paul Palmieri had resigned from his post as CEO and Barrett would be taking over. Barrett comes from Yahoo! where he most recently served as the Web portal's chief revenue officer.

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

Facebook Plans Campaign to 'Friend' Small Business

May 6, 2014 9:35 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company's operating chief and "Lean In" author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users' pages.

Amazon Service Allows Consumers to Order Products Via Twitter

May 5, 2014 3:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Under the program, users must link their Amazon.com account with their Twitter account. Then they need to add the hashtag #AmazonCart when replying to a tweet that has an Amazon product link. The product will then be automatically added to their shopping cart.

Facebook Continues Mobile Focus with New 'Audience' Mobile Ad Network

April 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook today unveiled a mobile ad network, as well as a number of other new features that it hopes will appeal to mobile developers. The ad network, which is called Facebook Audience, was announced Wednesday at the social network's F8 developer conference. 

Twitter Stock Down Amid User Growth Concerns in 1Q

April 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that it had a loss of $132.4 million, or 23 cents per share, in the January-March quarter. That compares with a loss of $27 million, or 21 cents per share, a year ago when Twitter was still privately held. Adjusted earnings were $183,000, or roughly breakeven on a per share basis.

Baidu Profit Up 24% on Strong Ad Revenue, Mobile Growth

April 25, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Baidu Inc., operator of China's most popular Internet search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit jumped 24.1 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. Profit rose to 2.5 billion yuan ($407.8 million) in the three months ending March 31, according to the Beijing-based company. Revenue rose 59.1 percent to 9.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billio

Facebook Buys Fitness Tracking App Moves

April 25, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook is adding a fitness tracking app to the company's store of acquired companies. Moves, a self-desribed "all-day activity diary for smartphones", announced yesterday that Facebook had agreed to acquire the company and app. 

SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

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