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Urban Airship Advocates ‘Good Push’ Practices

May 31, 2012 7:04 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Urban Airship, the Portland, Ore. based startup focused on brands big and small, is sharing results today of its first Good Push Index that shows the kind of retention lift that push notifications deliver to mobile apps. Not surprisingly, users

Gartner: 2012 Mobile Payment Transactions to Hit $171B

May 29, 2012 6:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Gartner today released research that projects worldwide mobile payment transaction values will surpass $171.5 billion in 2012, a 61.9 percent increase from $105.9 billion in transactions seen in 2011. The number of mobile payment users will reach 212.2 million in

From Sticks to Carrots: Policy Control to Policy Engagement

May 26, 2012 6:35 am | by Chris Goswami, Director of Marketing and Communications, Openwave Mobility | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps one of the most incisive quotes ever on customer care was from an executive at KDDI whose mantra to his own staff was: “unless it all works … it doesn’t work”. How appropriate for all those people in so many industries across the world who claim to be great at their jobs, but it’s not their fault if their colleagues in an adjacent department are lousy at theirs...

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Review: HTC One X Reveals Refined ‘Bloatware’ Strategies

May 25, 2012 6:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Also called "crapware" or "bloatware,” pre installed software on Android phones can come across as tacky advertising, cluttering up the home screen on a shiny new gadget. Some of those apps and widgets are laughable, some are helpful and some

Jury: Google Didn't Infringe on Oracle patents

May 24, 2012 7:14 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices. Wednesday's verdict comes about two weeks after the same jury, with

Report: Android Malware Up 1,200 Percent in Q1

May 23, 2012 7:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dan Hesse might have been right on the money when he told Jim Cramer during a carrier roundtable at CTIA Wireless earlier this month that he thought security would be a major issue this year. According to McAfee's Q1 Threat

Report: LinkedIn Site Improves, But Load Times Increase

May 22, 2012 7:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Keynote Systems’ May 2012 News & Portal Index shows LinkedIn’s mobile properties took a drop in performance after the company integrated a mobile site into their repertoire, instead of automatically redirecting to either the mobile app or web browser. In

Sidecar Launches with ‘Smarter’ Calling

May 22, 2012 6:53 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

A newly revamped startup, launching today and founded by some former industry execs, is banking that its version of smarter calling for smartphones will revolutionize the way people use their phones. A bit more specifically They want to enable smartphone

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Facebook’s Future Dependent on Mobile

May 18, 2012 7:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As Facebook today offers what is being billed as the largest tech IPO in history, one question looms Can the company figure out how to monetize mobile?   In Facebook's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), its mobile strategy

Surveys Delve into Mobile Habits

May 17, 2012 9:18 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Two studies were released today addressing the mobile habits of consumers, and both of them seem to have something to do with “killing time” or otherwise entertaining oneself while waiting for something else. MocoSpace, which bills itself as the “leading

Viacom, Time Warner Cable Settle Dispute over App

May 17, 2012 6:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom, the parent of pay TV networks MTV and Comedy Central, has settled a dispute with Time Warner Cable over whether its subscribers can watch shows like "Jersey Shore" on mobile devices while at home. The

Report: App Use on the Rise

May 16, 2012 6:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With the continued upswing in smartphone adoption, so goes the app market, according to new research from Nielsen. Roughly a year ago, Nielsen summarized the state of smartphones at the Appnation conference and found that less than 40 percent of

Isis Adds American Express to Mobile Wallet

May 11, 2012 7:25 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Isis added more plastic to its mobile wallet yesterday when it signed up American Express to its contactless payments platform.

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Facebook Intros App Center

May 11, 2012 7:11 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Facebook this week launched the App Center to give developers another way to grow their social apps. In coming weeks, Facebook users will be able to access the App Center on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps.

Rovio to Launch New Game

May 11, 2012 7:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish mobile game developer Rovio has announced it will launch a successor to its immensely popular wingless birds franchise "Angry Birds" in the next few months.

First News Briefs for May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 6:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and CTIA are again sparring over the spectrum crunch. The NAB instigated the latest bout after it published a letter to the co chairs of the House Federal Spectrum Working Group questioning the veracity

Neustar Expands Into LBS

May 9, 2012 1:20 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Neustar may be best known in the telecommunications industries because it enables portability of phone numbers. But the company now is using the trust and neutrality it has built up over the years with operators to develop other business uses,

CTIA: OTT Services as Next Battleground

May 9, 2012 6:06 am | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS—Panel discussions at CTIA Wireless conventions are invariably hospitable and friendly. But there was an underlining tension Tuesday at the Executive Forum panel that found carriers and Internet companies on the same stage. On the carrier side was Brad

At CTIA: Making Money with Mobile Web & Apps

May 8, 2012 5:39 am | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS—One of the more intriguing questions at Monday’s 5th annual Mobile Web & Apps preshow conference at CTIA Wireless 2012 was one that didn’t get answered. Josh Rochlin, CEO of the 3 year old mobile technology company Xtify, moderated

OpenMarket Debuts Push Notifications Services

May 7, 2012 5:23 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

OpenMarket today announced its Push Notifications services, an expansion of its mobile messaging capabilities, for businesses that want to go beyond SMS and engage with consumers via smartphone applications. It’s a significant development for the company and the time is

Possible Jury Impasse Looms in Oracle-Google Trial

May 4, 2012 6:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google. A question posed late Thursday in a note from one of the 12 jurors

LG Beta Program Takes to the Clouds

April 30, 2012 6:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LG Electronics is setting up shop on the cloud, with the beta opening of LG Cloud service on May 1. LG promises “seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices,” in much the same way

Microsoft Buys into B & N Nook Business

April 30, 2012 6:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a contentious history of patent wrangling between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft, the two companies today announced that Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, forming a new subsidiary, Newco. The formation of

Hubbub Over Content Rights Greets Google Drive

April 27, 2012 6:40 am | by Michel Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google CEO Larry Page recently wrote that he hopes to show the company is "deserving of great love." But the Internet search leader may need to win more trust, based on the suspicions swirling around Google Drive, a new online

Google Launches Storage Service for Personal Files

April 25, 2012 7:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is hoping to build the world's largest digital filing cabinet in the latest attempt to deepen people's dependence on its services. The Internet search leader began its pursuit of the audacious goal Tuesday with

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