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Report: ABC to Offer Live Stream on Mobile Devices

May 13, 2013 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ABC will be the first of the major broadcasters to offer live streaming of its programming over mobile devices, according to a report from the New York Times. A subsidiary of Walt Disney Company, ABC will roll out the service in New York and Philadelphia later this week. The new service will be available only to cable 

Slacker Radio Boasts 3.5 Million Users on Mobile

May 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Digital music provider, slacker, might be the poster child for the merits of relaunching a product. Since the company's February 13th launch of its completely redesigned digital music service Slacker now reports six million new listeners have joined...

Device Innovation Is Passé: Why UE Is King in 2013

May 8, 2013 10:48 am | by Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire | Articles | Comments

It’s getting increasingly difficult for smartphone and tablet makers to “shock and awe” the media and the buying public with groundbreaking, “never before seen” hardware. While each high-profile device launch brings hardware advancements over previous models...

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Facebook Milks Its Mobile Push in 1Q

May 2, 2013 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

If Facebook Home, the company’s new people-first overlay for Android, further confirms Facebook’s commitment to mobile, than the company’s first quarter numbers show that commitment paying off. While Facebook’s annual EPS held steady at $0.09, the company managed to boost its revenue 38 percent over the first quarter of 2012 to $1.46 billion. Its adjusted profits saw an increase too, rising 7 percent annually to $219 million.

Physical by Smartphone Becoming Real Possibility

May 2, 2013 8:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading...

Keynote Mobile News and Portal Index: Delivering Video on Mobile News Sites

May 1, 2013 10:46 am | by Venkatesh Giri, Keynote Mobile Expert | Articles | Comments

We all know more online users are now accessing news via their smartphones - and not just via the traditional news sites we monitor in our Mobile News and Portal Index, but also via social media. As we’ve seen with recent news events...

Google Now Update Hits iOS App

April 29, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google continues to make inroads on iOS today with the launch of an update to its Google Search app. The company today announced it was adding Google Now functionality to its iOS app. Google Now is a kind of virtual assistant akin to Apple's Siri...

GGI Makes Mobile Games as Social Change

April 26, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

As good as giving back can make you feel, people could still use a little extra encouragement to be charitable. Global Gaming Initiative gets that and the company has gone ahead and made a game of it, literally. GGI’s first mobile game, “Sidekick Cycle”—developed by IT Matters and arriving on iOS devices in June—is equal parts downhill racer and charitable simulation.

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Samsung to Block Access to App Store in Iran

April 26, 2013 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified them that they will no longer have access to the company's online store as of May 22. The move is seen as part of international sanctions on the country over its disputed nuclear program...

AVG Android App Hits 70M Downloads, Investors Cheer 1Q

April 25, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

AVG Technologies, which offers Internet and mobile security, is hitting a chord with Android users. The company said today that its flagship mobile product, AVG AntiVirus Free for Android has surpassed 70 million downloads on Google Play...

Zynga Reports Lower 1Q Revenue, Shares Fall

April 25, 2013 9:36 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Zynga Inc.'s surprise profit in the first three months of the year got overshadowed by a revenue decline, a drop in the number of users and a lower-than-expected second-quarter forecast. The online game maker's stock fell more than 10 percent in extended trading Wednesday after the first-quarter results came out...

Facebook: Audit Finds Privacy Practices Sufficient

April 25, 2013 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook says that an independent audit found its privacy practices sufficient during a six-month assessment period that followed a settlement with federal regulators. Facebook Inc. said it submitted the findings to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday evening...

Aereo Brings Service to Boston

April 23, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a big win in the appelate courts, Aereo today said it will bring its live streaming of the broadcast networks to mobile devices in the Boston area. According to a press release, consumers who have pre-regesitered with Aereo will receive an invitation to join the service beginning May 15...

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Google’s Schmidt: More Than 750M Android Phones in Use Globally

April 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt estimated the global number for Android phones in use today at around 750 million. He added that Google sees 1.5 million sales or activations worldwide of Android phones every day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, Schmidt estimated that Android phones in use worldwide would top one billion later this year and pass two billion by 2014.

Facebook Bringing Limited Home Experience to iOS App

April 17, 2013 9:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rumors that Facebook has been in talks with Apple and Microsoft about getting its new Home product on those operating systems prove at least slightly overblown. According to Facebook, the company will be updating its iOS app to include...

Review: Home Shields You from Non-Facebook Tasks

April 12, 2013 10:06 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I got my first smartphone in 2010, I checked Facebook obsessively. But over time, the novelty wore off and opening Facebook's app to check photos, links and posts from friends turned into a chore. In a sense, I'm the ideal target for Facebook's new Home app...

MasterCard Launches New Digital Wallet Called MasterPass for Mobile, Web Purchasing

April 11, 2013 9:30 am | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For those who hate the tedious process of filling out billing and shipping information every time they make an online purchase, MasterCard is rolling out a new digital wallet product called MasterPass, which works on computers, tablets and smartphones...

Broadcasters Display Mobile TV Dongles at NAB Show

April 11, 2013 8:41 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The key weapon in TV broadcasters' fight with Internet video upstart Aereo is something inelegantly known as a dongle. The miniature TV antenna picks up free, mobile broadcast signals. It attaches to iPhone and iPad power ports and extends about 7 inches...

App Downloads Rise 11 Percent Quarterly, Hit $2.2B in Revenue

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

App downloads across the four leading digital storefronts totaled more than 13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking an 11 percent increase quarterly. Without revenue sharing taken into account, that total was enough to post $2.2 billion in revenue for all stores combined.

App-Enabled Accessories Abound at the Apple Store

April 9, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

There's a special section over at Apple's online store devoted entirely to “app-enabled accessories.” These items include extravagances like a Wi-Fi enabled scale that shoots its data straight to the iPhone, or a flying drone  that can be controlled right from your very own iOS device...

Review: HTC One Impresses but Software Disappoints

April 9, 2013 8:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ready for the battle of the phones? This year's crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First out is the HTC One, a handsome, powerful animal that should do well this year...

Google's Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 8:52 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle...

Broadcasters Worry About 'Zero TV' homes

April 8, 2013 9:13 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and...

Facebook Finds Middle Ground with New Home App

April 4, 2013 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rumors of a Facebook phone were brought to a head with today's much-hyped announcement from the social network. The results fall somewhere between a piece of hardware for Facebook to call its own and an actual operating system. Facebook today unveiled a new...

Eyes on Facebook Mobile Event as Company Evolves

April 4, 2013 9:01 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 Facebook is unveiling a new Android product Thursday, a move that comes as a fast-growing number of its 1.06 billion users access it on smartphones and tablet computers. Advertisers are not far behind. Though mobile ads have been a big concern for Facebook's...

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