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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.

Facebook Taps PayPal President to Lead Messaging Division

June 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Marcus joined PayPal in 2011 as vice president of mobile, responsible for leading PayPal’s mobile payments business, before taking on the role of president the following year. EBay, PayPal's parent company, said in a statement that Marcus will leave the company on June 27. 

RadioShack 1Q Hurt By Falling Mobile Sales

June 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is trying to update its image and compete with the rise of online and discount retailers. Long known as a destination for batteries and obscure electronic parts, RadioShack has sought to remake itself as a specialist in wireless devices and accessories. But growth in the wireless business is slowing, as more people have smartphones and see fewer reasons to upgrade.

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SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

The Tyranny of Apple’s New Headphone Scheme

June 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know. 

Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch Needs a Purpose

June 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Lifeband marks the entry of LG Electronics Inc. into the fledgling market of wearable gadgets and follows smartwatches from Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and others. LG started selling the Lifeband in the U.S. last month for $150. It will be available in parts of Asia and Europe in coming weeks.

iOS’s Walled Garden is Cracking, for Better or for Worse

June 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

My developer friend said if Apple keeps this up, he was hopeful that by iOS 9, he won’t even have to jailbreak. If that feeling even partially resonates through the developer and jailbreaker community, then Apple’s made a huge step toward opening its doors to the outside world. But the inverse effect must be considered. If the hurdles for developers are shrinking, the learning curve for the common end-user might be getting steeper.

Microsoft Slashing Prices on Windows Tablets, Smartphones

June 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to report from the Wall Street Journal's Digits, Microsoft hopes to bring prices for mobile devices running its software below the $200 mark. The report cites comments made by Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners Nick Parker during a keynote at the annual Computex conference. 

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Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Articles | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

Apple Continues Work to Meld iOS and OS X

June 2, 2014 3:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A number of enhancements to the company's desktop platform make it not only look more like iOS, but also make it behave more like an iPhone. For instance, OS X "Yosemite" will allow end users to place and receive phone calls directly from their Mac laptops and desktops through a connection with their iPhones. Macs will also be able to field actual text messages from Android phones. 

Apple’s iOS 8 Shows Up with UI Tweaks, HealthKit, HomeKit

June 2, 2014 3:08 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cook praised developers for helping to drive 75 billion downloads from the App Store before promising that developers will now have the ability to bundle apps together for purchase and add video previews. Additionally, Apple announced a beta-test service called TestFlight that allows developers to invite beta-users to try out their applications.

Apple Hopes to Impress with WWDC Keynote

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Monday's keynote is expected to focus on the software that runs Apple's mobile devices and Mac computers. Apple typically rolls out its latest gadgets at separate gatherings timed to the holiday shopping season. The developers conference is where the Cupertino, California, company provides the first glimpse of software updates coming to those gadgets.

Does Mobile Have a Seat at Your Boardroom Table?

June 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Mobility Services | Articles | Comments

The impact that mobile devices are having today is perhaps best exhibited by the consumer, who is turning to these devices to shop, interact with friends and conduct business. Case in point, on Cyber Monday, mobile sales accounted for more than 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of just over 55 percent year-over-year. 

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Game Maker Glu Looks to Raise $30M with Stock Offering

May 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Glu expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $27.8 million from the sale. The company said it will use the funds for general company purposes, as well as the possible acquisition of, or investment in, companies, technologies, products or assets that complement Glu’s business.

Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

AT&T Android Phones to Come with Uber Integration

May 28, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Uber is a mobile application that connects users with a driver. Drivers arrive curbside and riders can track the arrival of their ride from the app. Payment is billed to the user's credit card, PayPal account, or Google Wallet at the end of the trip. 

Report: Apple Targets July to Begin 'iWatch' Production

May 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According a report from Business Insider that cites research notes from Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities, the new watch will feature a round face similar to Motorola's recently unveiled Moto 360. Apple is apparently confident it's going to cell a lot of the devices. 

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 2:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.

PCIA: We Have a Long Way to Grow

May 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Our entire investment is based on, ‘We have a long way to go,’” commented Ben Moreland, president and CEO of Crown Castle International, during an executive roundtable that included representation from the three major tower companies in the United States. 

Rebtel Spins Out Sinch for In-App Communications

May 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We plan to democratize in-app communications with Sinch," Sinch CEO Andreas Bernström said in a statement. "Rebtel was a pioneer in offering free and super-cheap voice services to consumers, and now Sinch is giving developers the best way to add a free communication layer to their apps.” 

Millennial Media Jumps 9% on CEO's Stock Buy

May 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The last time the company's stock jumped was on news of previous CEO Paul Palmieri had resigned from his post as CEO and Barrett would be taking over. Barrett comes from Yahoo! where he most recently served as the Web portal's chief revenue officer.

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

Facebook Plans Campaign to 'Friend' Small Business

May 6, 2014 9:35 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company's operating chief and "Lean In" author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users' pages.

Amazon Service Allows Consumers to Order Products Via Twitter

May 5, 2014 3:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Under the program, users must link their Amazon.com account with their Twitter account. Then they need to add the hashtag #AmazonCart when replying to a tweet that has an Amazon product link. The product will then be automatically added to their shopping cart.

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