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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.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Samsung's 4Q Profit Hit by Slowing Mobile Growth

January 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings at Samsung Electronics Co. fell for the first time in two years as sales of smartphones and tablets slowed in developed countries. The South Korean company Tuesday estimated an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) for the final three months of 2013, a 6 percent decline over a year earlier.

CES: AT&T Announces Sponsored Data Initiative

January 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today announced a new program that will allow businesses to subsidize data for end users consuming select content. The new 'Sponsored Data' program is specifically available to customers on HSPA+ and LTE devices. In a press release, the carrier describes the initiative as "similar to 1-800 phone numbers or free shipping for internet commerce."

Snapchat Says to Make App More Secure

January 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday...

Eric Schmidt's Prognostications for 2014

December 30, 2013 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares some pointed expectations for the coming year in this video from Bloomberg and key to his message is that "mobile has won." Check out just exactly how Schmidt thinks mobile will change industry and society in the coming year. 

Report: Christmas Day Still Big for App Downloads but Growth is Slowing

December 30, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The unwrapping of new smartphones and tablets, coupled with much-needed downtime, turns Christmas Day into a big annual boost for mobile application downloads. But new numbers from Flurry find that growth slowing considerably. Looking at 400,000 apps, Flurry saw Christmas Day downloads spike 91 percent as compared with the first 21 days of December.

T-Mobile's GoSmart Brand Announces Free Facebook Access

December 23, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile’s prepaid brand GoSmart Mobile Monday announced that it will offer customers free access to Facebook. The announcement makes GoSmart the first wireless provider in the United States to offer free access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger...

Mark Zuckerberg Selling 41M Facebook Shares

December 20, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are selling a combined 70 million shares of Class A stock as the social media company prepares to join the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The offering includes more than 41 million shares from Zuckerberg, who also will buy Class B shares that carry more voting weight.

Protest Apps Bring Hi-Tech Flair to Thai Rallies

December 13, 2013 10:40 am | by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

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