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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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Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

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.

HTC Will Now Replace Broken Smartphone Screens for Free

February 18, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC today announced its Advantage guarantee, including a free one-time replacement for a cracked screen. Anyone who buys an HTC One, One Max or One Mini beginning today can rest assured that if they bust up the display in the first six months of ownership, HTC will fix it for them.

'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.

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SanDisk Rolls out Dual USB Drive for Smartphone Storage, Backup

February 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SanDisk on Tuesday annoucned a new dual-USB drive that it says is designed to transfer and backup content between mobile devices and computers. According to a press release, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android smartphones and tablets and allows users to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices.

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.

Report: HTC Exec Says Things are Looking Up

February 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chang Chialin, chief financial officer for HTC, told Bloomberg Thursday that the coming year is looking much more promising than the dismal 2013 HTC recorded. Just how bad was it? HTC's sales dropped 30 percent in 2013 and the company's shares fell a whopping 53 percent, reporting its first annual net loss ever. 

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MWC: Why Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Matter to the Wireless Industry

February 3, 2014 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.

Inq Mobile Shutters After 6 Years in Business

January 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Inq Mobile Friday announced it will shutter its business permanantly on January 31, 2014, according to a post on the company's website. Credited with making the affordable feature phone cool again, INQ came to market with the Inq1 in 2008, which featured deep integration of Facebook.

Lenovo Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor with $3B Motorola Buy

January 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Wednesday announced that Lenovo has agreed to acquire Mototola's handset division for $2.91 billion, a fraction of the $12.4 billion Google paid for the business back in 2011. According to a press release the purchase price includes $1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares.

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.

Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

Report: Apple Working on Pair of Larger iPhones for 2014

January 23, 2014 1:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will offer a pair of a larger iPhone in the second half of 2014 according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The new devices will run 4.5 and 5 inches on the diagonal, according to the report which cited people familiar with the matter.

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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