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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.

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...

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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...

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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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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.

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.

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.

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