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Uber Exec May Have Used App to Snoop on Reporter

November 20, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Uber Technologies confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by...                  

Facebook Creates App Especially for Groups

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook is...

WhatsApp Seeks to Evade Surveillance with High-End Encryption

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WhatsApp, the...

Review: Apple's iOS 8 Offers Diverse New Set of Keyboard Apps

November 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With iOS 8, typing...

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Review: 'Lollipop' Android Upgrade Full of Flavor

November 13, 2014 9:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

I tested Lollipop on Google's new Nexus 6 phone, which comes out this week, and I can only hope that as other phones get the upgrade...                    

Verizon Offers Free Goodies on Nov. 26 "Connection Day"

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Big Red has launched a landing page where anyone, regardless of which carrier they're on, can sign up for...

Spotify Connect Makes a Mobile Device a Remote Control

November 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Espinel was referring to the global footprint of Spotify’s music streaming platform, now launched...

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Shazam: Second-Screen Not Happening the Way You'd Expect

November 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies...           

Microsoft's Dual-SIM Lumia 535 Comes Sans Nokia Branding

November 11, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft Tuesday revealed the first of its smartphones to launch without Nokia branding. The Lumia 535 comes bearing...                                 

Facebook's 3Q Gets Big Boost from Mobile Ads

October 29, 2014 9:32 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly...                 

New Google App Aims to Revamp Email

October 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to...                        

AT&T's New Smart Limits Still Won't Let Me Cap My Son's Data

October 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After posting a recent grumbling piece about AT&T having done away with a key feature of its family controls program--namely the ability to cap...             

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Chinese Mobile Wallet Alternative Comes to U.S.

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The move will let U.S. retailers tap into the estimated 500 million Chinese online shoppers who spent $298 billion online in 2013.                                                                                

Facebook Launches 'Audience Network' for Mobile Ads

October 7, 2014 11:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Coined Audience Network and debuted back in April at the company's f8 conference, the mobile ad platform is a new way...                                                                                  

WhatsApp Now Worth $21.8B as Facebook Acquistion Closes

October 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The price that Facebook was willing to pay raised eyebrows when the buyout was announced Feb. 19, though analysts agreed that landing the popular site made sense...                                                                         

EU Gives Facebook Go Ahead for $19B WhatsApp Buy

October 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Friday the deal may go ahead because consumers will continue to have...                                                                                          

Path App Facilitates Direct Texts to Businesses

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

A product of its acquistion of TalkTo, Path has inserted the ability for users of its messaging app to text businesses with questions about everything from dinner reservations to their operating hours.                                     

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Facebook Using LTE Broadcast to Streamline App Updates

September 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, said that in terms of helping support the frequent updates to Facebook’s mobile platform, Parikh saw LTE Broadcast as uniquely equipped to handle the massive amounts of data transmission that goes along with that process.

Apple Pulls HealthKit Apps Over iOS 8 Bug

September 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apps like MyFitnessPal and CARROT Fit, which had released updates that would work with HealthKit, were forced to pull those apps. Apple said that it expects new versions of those apps that will connect with HealthKit to be available by the end of the month. 

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

Google Picks Up City-Guide App Maker Jetpac

August 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired app-maker Jetpac, which analyzes photos from social networks to create city guides. A post on Jetpac’s homepage said that the company will be removing apps from the App Store in coming days and ending support for them on September 15. 

Foursquare Revamps App with New Features

August 18, 2014 8:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people tell friends where they are. You can check in to a restaurant, a movie theater, rides in a theme park or even the "hot dog man" at Penn Station. The more you check in, the more points, badges and mayorships you earn. They mean little in the real world, but users have competed fiercely for such honors.

New Facebook Tracking Aimed at Helping Advertisers Understand Mobile Habits

August 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur.  

WeChat Parent Company Tencent Posts $949M Profit

August 13, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tencent's online games revenue rose 7 percent over the previous quarter, driven mostly by higher revenue for smartphone games integrated with WeChat. Revenue from social networks rose 15 percent over the previous quarter, also driven by mobile services.

Facebook Messenger: Myth Vs. Reality

August 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The fear and confusion stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device's camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Here's what Facebook's mobile messaging app does and doesn't do.

Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

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