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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. 

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop...

Crittercism Lands $30M in New Funding, Hits 1B Active Users

April 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Crittercism today announced another $30 million in funding to expand its quickly growing...

Mozilla's Eich to Step Down Amid Same-Sex Marriage Row

April 3, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his post amid...

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Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

NYT Bringing Paid Subscription to New Mobile App

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Times said in a statement that NYT Now is a new subscription plan created for an audience seeking more content than is currently available for free but at a lower price than the full news report. The company also rolled out Times Premier, which is a higher-tier plan that brings more content to readers. 

Mozilla Appoints Brendan Eich to CEO Role

March 24, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mozilla today announced that its board has appointed its current Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Eich, to the role of CEO, effective immediately. Eich was a Mozilla co-founder and was heavily involved in every aspect of Mozilla’s development starting from the original idea in 1998. 

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Turkey Blocks Twitter over Graft Recordings

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption. Turkey in the past blocked access to YouTube, but it is the first ban on Twitter...

Alibaba Investment Gives Tango Reason to Dance

March 20, 2014 11:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tango is joining the conga line of mobile messaging services that have turned into hot commodities as more people use them to communicate and share photos, music and other content. China's Alibaba Group is making the latest big bet on the trend with a $215 million...

March Madness and BYOD Are Double Bonus at Work

March 20, 2014 9:18 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote...

Microsoft Takes on Evernote with Free OneNote Software for Mac

March 18, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.

Friday Flick: MBT, Wireless Week Talk Watson at MWC

March 7, 2014 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, MBT discusses the latest on new manufacturing hubs, as well as a partnership for batteries. We'll also talk about the near-perfect supercar, IBM's Watson super computer moving to mobile, and a look at the AllSee gesture technology. 

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Iceland Startup Finds Success with Trivia App

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Jenna Gottlieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favor of California's Silicon Valley. The company, Plain Vanilla, on Thursday launches the Android version of QuizUp...

MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S.,  although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.

MWC: Sony Launches Xperia Phone with Ultra-HD Video Recording

February 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately for $82, while the Z2's built-in camera can capture...

MWC: Mozilla Courts Developers with New Firefox OS Tools and Devices

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona.  The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.

WhatsApp Deal Highlights Suite of Similar Apps

February 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps. Hundreds of millions of people have downloaded such apps to their smartphones and tablets to chat and share photos and videos for free, making them potent rivals to Facebook.

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Review: Mobile App Shows Where to Find Friends

February 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just end up being another creepy example of how digital devices are making it easier for our whereabouts to be tracked by just about anyone, including strangers.

'Candy' Crush Saga' App Maker King Digital Plans IPO

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

Slidejoy Targets Lockscreen in Win-Win for Brands, End Users

February 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A square inch on a smartphone homescreens is perhaps some of the most valuable advertising real estate available. A company called Slidejoy hopes to make that real estate a little more accessible to brands. Slidejoy, which recently launched on Android, offers users money for allowing brands to advertise on their phone's lock screen. 

Bye Bye Birdie: Flappy Bird Creator Pulls App from App Store

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Tran Van Minh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.

Review: NBC Successful in Bringing Games to Mobile

February 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.

Investors 'Like' Facebook 4Q as Mobile Drives Growth

January 29, 2014 4:57 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's quarterly earnings and revenue grew and surpassed expectations as the company expanded the number of users and the amount of money it makes on mobile ads. Facebook Inc. earned $523 million, or 20 cents per share, in the October-December quarter.

Facebook Tests Ads in Third-Party Apps

January 23, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook Wednesday said it would begin testing advertisements in some third-party mobile applications. The move is part of the company's overall effort to start making money off the large number of users who log into the social networking site on their smartphones. 

T-Mo Goes After Banking Fees with Mobile Money Product

January 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.

Texting God: Professor Uses Mobile to Gauge Spirituality

January 20, 2014 9:29 am | by John Christofersen, Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Connecticut Professor Bradley Wright has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now? And he'd like the answers in real time, launching a website that sends texts to smartphones that it's time for participants to take the twice-daily survey.

Apple Will Refund at Least $32.5M in App Case

January 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids while playing on mobile phones and other devices...

Yahoo's Mayer Stresses Mobile, Acquisitions in CES Keynote

January 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is leaning more heavily on its recent acquisitions of technology and talent as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to attract more traffic and advertising to the Internet company's services. Mayer unveiled the latest steps in her effort to accelerate Yahoo's lackluster revenue growth during an hour-long presentation at the International CES...

Apple’s 2013 App Store Sales Top $10 Billion

January 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple today announced that customers dropped more than $10 billion at its App Store in 2013. The company revealed that more than $1 billion of those sales alone came during December. Apple revealed in a press release that iOS developers have now made more than $15 billion on the App Store.

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