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Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Flurry, an indication that the price isn't big enough to affect Yahoo's finances.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

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Apple Echoes U.S. Tracking Explanation in China

July 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience. 

Mobile Phone Sales Will Reach 1.9B in 2014

July 7, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

Frontier, Zipwhip Bring Texting to Landlines

July 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional telecom and broadband provider Frontier is adding texting fucntionality to its business landline numbers. Frontier has turned to Zipwhip for the technology that allows its business landline numbers to become text messaging channels.

Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

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Walmart Slashes iPhone Prices Ahead of Fall iPhone 6 Launch

June 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The reduced prices come as Apple and its partners might be trying to get rid of existing inventory before a fall launch of the iPhone 6. A recent report from the International Business Times claims that Apple has set a September 19 release day for the iPhone 6. 

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

T-Mobile Selling Prepaid iPhones Through Apple Retail Stores

June 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today further aligned itself with Apple's products by offering its prepaid service on iPhones through Apple reail stores.  The Uncarrier Thursday said that customers can now purchase and activate an iPhone with T-Mobile service in more than 250 Apple stores. 

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

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Report: Apple's 'iWatch' Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has been under pressure to release new products, as investors question whether the company that popularized the smartphone and the tablet computer is still able to innovate following the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products coming this year, but the company hasn't provided details.

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Trial, Free Music Streaming

June 18, 2014 9:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We’re a mobile Internet company competing against utilities, so it’s no wonder we’re faster than they are,” Legere said in a statement. “We’re out there doing it while the other guys are still scheduling a meeting to talk about doing it. And there’s one more thing you can bank on. We won’t stop.”

BlackBerry Signs Deal for Access to Amazon Appstore

June 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has signed a licensing agreement with Amazon to give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore. With the release of the BlackBerry 10.3 this fall BlackBerry users will be able buy apps, music, movies and more directly from Amazon. BlackBerry World will stay in place but as of July 21, BlackBerry’s native app storefront will close its video and music sections.

Report: AT&T to Be Exclusive Carrier for New Amazon Phone

June 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has landed the exclusive carrier rights for Amazon’s new smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is expected to announce its new smartphone at an event Wednesday in Seattle. Reports and teasers from the company suggest the phone will feature 3D imaging that uses eye-tracking technology instead of glasses.

Amazon Boasts App, Developer Numbers Ahead of Smartphone Launch

June 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that its Amazon Appstore, which is a currated grouping of apps from Google Play that run on the company's Android-based Fire OS, has reached 240,000. While that's a far cry from Apple's Apple Store's 1.2 million apps, Amazon does offer many of the major apps available across platforms. 

Windows Phone Still Chanting, 'Developers, Developers, Developers!'

June 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone. 

Infographic: World Cup Goes Mobile

June 16, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Like seemingly every other major sporting event, the 2014 World Cup will viewed on and enhanced by the mobile phones. According to a new report from online security firm Avast, two out of three U.S. soccer fans will use their smartphone or tablet to enhance their World Cup experience.

Study: Android Users Spending More Time on Their Devices

June 13, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said in statement that three big categories are social, communication, and browsing, which account for nearly a third of the time spent. "Our analysis on the top 25 apps across each of the categories shows games and lifestyle segments are among the most vulnerable...

MobileIron Raises $100M with IPO

June 12, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MobileIron said it would use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. The company also said it may use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement its business. 

SwiftKey App Goes Free, Adds Premium In-App Purchases

June 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Swiftkey Keyboard today announced that it is doing away with the $3.99 price for its app. In a press release, the company noted that the shift comes alongside an update to the app that introduces dozens of new free and premium keyboard themes. 

App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

Amazon Should be the One Moving Its Event

June 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If priorities were in the right place, though, it would be Amazon working around T-Mobile’s schedule. Amazon’s (probably) phone will show off some cool tricks but after the show, it’s still just another Android smartphone. Amazon is an interesting player with a strong ecosystem but it won’t become a major disruptor in the smartphone space on day one.

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