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Kyocera Showcases Durability, While High-End Players Remain All Wet

December 11, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As a manufacturer of mid-range Android smartphones, Kyocera has had to get creative with how it differentiates its products. That creativity is realized in the November U.S. launch of the Kyocera Elite (Verizon). On the phone side of things, this is vanilla Android with run-of-the-mill specs thrown in for good measure. 

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

Keynote Opens Up Mobile App Testing with Project Pricing

December 10, 2013 12:54 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The time-honored tradition of testing mobile applications by calling up people you know and asking them to look at your app or mobile site on their device works to a certain degree. It’s also a good way to stay connected with friends but for a more comprehensive mobile testing solution, Keynote System’s DeviceAnywhere looks like a better route.

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Flurry: Turkey Day Gives App Use a Boost

December 6, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sitting around at home over the holidays is no longer about playing pinochle with Aunt Gertie. People now have smartphones, and a bevy of time-killing apps installed on them to while away the hours.App analytics firm Flurry today released...

Report: Tablets to Eat Up 50 Percent of PC Market in 2014

November 26, 2013 11:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sticking desktops, laptops and tablets together into the client PC market, Canalys sees tablets grabbing almost 50 percent of the total in 2014. Canalys is forecasting total tablet domination, with 285 million units to ship next year and that number hitting 396 million by 2017. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Samsung are expected to lead the charge.

Carriers Lose Out with New NFC Tech in Android

November 20, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?

Tizen Could be Good for Android

November 19, 2013 7:47 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Samsung can attract enough partnerships and a developer base to build out the Tizen ecosystem, it’s likely the company’s shift away from Android will occur and that it will be seismic. It’s hard to imagine who’ll fare worse in that divorce, but it’s nice to at least think the Android kids worldwide will get a more stable home out of it.

Motorola Unveils Budget Smartphone, Aimed at World

November 14, 2013 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

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IDC: Android Claims 81 Percent World Smartphone Market Share

November 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android grabbed an 81 percent share of the world smartphone market during the third quarter. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Google’s mobile OS hit a new high, jumping up from 74.9 percent share a year ago, and saw its shipments rise 51.3 percent annually, to 211.6 million from 139.9 million.

Twitter Boosts IPO Price Range

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter's IPO could now raise more than $2 billion. Twitter Inc. says in a regulatory filing that it now plans to price its shares at between $23 and $25 each. It previously planned to sell the shares for between $17 and $20 each.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts and Growth

November 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. 

Twitter Sets $17 to $20 Per Share Range for IPO

October 25, 2013 10:14 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.

Zynga Trims 3Q Losses Under New CEO, Stock Surges

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Zynga Inc. whittled its third-quarter losses even as its revenue plunged and fewer people played its digital games. The improvement raised investors' hopes that the hobbled company might be able to regain its stride under a new CEO hired during the summer, and shares jumped 13 percent in after-hours trading.

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LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

Zipwhip Opens Up Landline and Toll-Free Numbers to SMS

October 16, 2013 2:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Zipwhip spent the last five years focused on the mobile side of SMS before it realized that the two percent of text messages being sent to landlines and toll-free numbers deserved to be delivered, too. Leveraging the cloud texting technology along with the mobile, desktop and web apps it already built...

'Clash of Clans' Maker Sells Stake for $1.5B to Softbank

October 15, 2013 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell is selling a 51 percent stake to Japan's SoftBank and GungHo in a 1.5 billion deal. CEO Ilkka Paananen says the partnership will speed Supercell's goal of becoming the "first truly global games company...

HP Goes Deeper Into Mobile Apps With New Partner Ecosystem

October 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HP already has thousands of in-house mobile app developers at the disposal of their customers. So the digital customer experience partner ecosystem the company announced today is about more than just app development even if the focus is on delivering unique mobile applications for corporations...

What Does the Future Hold for OTT Rich Communication Apps?

October 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joe Lawrence, President, Voxox | News | Comments

Think of a CD-ROM, DVD, SMS, MMS and Blackberry Messenger.  Now, consider iTunes, NetFlix, Skype, YouTube, iMessenger, Twitter, Google Voice, Instagram, SnapChat, Vine and Voxox.  What’s different?  The latter are cross platform OTT apps that are cool, convenient, compelling and cost-effective.  That’s awesome, but what can we expect in the future?

Facebook Acquires Onavo

October 14, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social Networking giant Facebook has purchased data compression and anlaytics company Onavo. The companies did not offer financial details of the deal. According to the Onavo's official blog, the company's Tel-Aviv office will remain open for business and will become Facebook’s new Israeli office.

Nuance to Add Pair of Icahn Nominees to Board

October 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuance Communications Inc. says it's reached a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to add two of his nominees to its board. The nominees include Brett Icahn, the activist investor's son, and David Schechter, an Icahn employee since 2004.

Rdio Launches Free Listening on Mobile Devices

October 3, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.

Now at Your Library: Streaming Movies, Music

October 2, 2013 9:39 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens...

FreedomPop’s Freemium Phone Service Finally Gets its Phone

October 1, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The IP-based phone service that FreedomPop touted back in June is at last getting its first smartphone, the HTC Evo Design. FreedomPop will be selling the mid-range handset for $99—less than the $150 Boost Mobile charges—and plans to offer other Android phones before year’s end. In June, CEO Stephen Stokols said he hoped to launch devices at $99, $149 and $199 price points.

Google Releases Digital Wallet App for iPhones

September 20, 2013 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system.

BlackBerry Going OTT, Confirms Dates for BBM for Android and iOS

September 19, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has confirmed BBM, the company’s messaging platform, will be available for free download on Android starting Saturday and iOS starting Sunday. In the future, BlackBerry is expecting to add BBM Channels as well BBM Video and Voice calling to its cross-platform release. The BBM for Android requires version 4.0 and up and BBM for iOS requires version 6.0 and up.

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