Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

mobile software  Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That’s not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code by the company. There were indeed some layoffs, Nike confirmed, but it also said it’s… Read More

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Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

mobile software  Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That’s not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code by the company. There were indeed some layoffs, Nike confirmed, but it also said it’s… Read More

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Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

mobile software  Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More

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Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

mobile software  Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More

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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

mobile software  There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

mobile software  There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

mobile software  There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

mobile software  There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

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Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

mobile software  Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

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Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

mobile software  Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

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Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

mobile software  Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

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Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

mobile software  Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day”. It didn’t release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More

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App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

mobile software  Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out its… Read More

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Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

mobile software  Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just by… Read More

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Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

mobile software  Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just by… Read More

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Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps

Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS. The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App Store approval. Thanks to the Optimizely Visual Editor, no coding is required to make these… Read More

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Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps

Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS. The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App Store approval. Thanks to the Optimizely Visual Editor, no coding is required to make these… Read More

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Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

mobile software  Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it’s sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android. Read More

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Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

mobile software  Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it’s sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android. Read More

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In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

mobile software  The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the practical (calendar… Read More

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In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

mobile software  The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the practical (calendar… Read More

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Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

mobile software  Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES this year. Soon, you’ll be able to get that tech on a range of devices thanks to a new… Read More

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Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

mobile software  Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES this year. Soon, you’ll be able to get that tech on a range of devices thanks to a new… Read More

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Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

mobile software  It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to “an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter.” Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that drive app… Read More

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Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

mobile software  It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to “an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter.” Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that drive app… Read More

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Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

mobile software  If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

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Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

mobile software  If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

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Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

mobile software  Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices. Apple’s patent… Read More

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Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

mobile software  Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices. Apple’s patent… Read More

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Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

mobile software  Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there’s still a… Read More

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Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

mobile software  Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there’s still a… Read More

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Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To”

mobile software  Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy. Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you’re “traveling to”. Facebook’s Page mentioned it today, so I asked the company which said after testing, “traveling to” is now available to all users. And it has big potential to bring Facebook valuable data. Read More

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Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To”

mobile software  Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy. Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you’re “traveling to”. Facebook’s Page mentioned it today, so I asked the company which said after testing, “traveling to” is now available to all users. And it has big potential to bring Facebook valuable data. Read More

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Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

mobile software  Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More

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Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

mobile software  Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More

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Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

mobile software  For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it’s Google’s rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it’s “doing a really big push around design” at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More

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Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

mobile software  For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it’s Google’s rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it’s “doing a really big push around design” at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More

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Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

mobile software  Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

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Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

mobile software  Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

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Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

mobile software  Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More

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Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown

mobile software  Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More

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Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

mobile software  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. Creative Labs is about “unbundling the big blue app,”… Read More

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Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

mobile software  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. Creative Labs is about “unbundling the big blue app,”… Read More

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Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World

mobile software  Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More

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Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World

mobile software  Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More

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Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

mobile software  Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more.… Read More

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Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

mobile software  Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more.… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

mobile software  Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech

mobile software  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech. It’s teaming up with Blackstone to launch Axonix, a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange that has been built on technology from MobClix, whose assets were acquired by the private equity giant… Read More

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Google Releases Helpouts App For iOS

mobile software  Google introduced Helpouts last year to HELP PEOPLE OUT (yeah that’s where they got the name). The system works through Hangouts, letting people connect with experts for paid or free video chats that are about solving a specific problem, rather than just shooting the breeze with pals as we all do on Hangouts all the time. Now Helpouts is available on iOS thanks to a new app. Helpouts for… Read More

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Google Releases Helpouts App For iOS

mobile software  Google introduced Helpouts last year to HELP PEOPLE OUT (yeah that’s where they got the name). The system works through Hangouts, letting people connect with experts for paid or free video chats that are about solving a specific problem, rather than just shooting the breeze with pals as we all do on Hangouts all the time. Now Helpouts is available on iOS thanks to a new app. Helpouts for… Read More

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Hands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 Tablet, Sony’s Waterproof Wonders

mobile software  Both Samsung and HTC have new flagship Android phones out in the U.S., but Sony isn’t just sitting back and doing nothing. The company has its new 5.2-inch Z2 smartphone launching soon in select markets, including in Canada in May. The waterproof glass-encased handset has a lot in common with last year’s Z1, but goes the extra mile with new imaging options, noise cancellation features… Read More

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Hands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 Tablet, Sony’s Waterproof Wonders

mobile software  Both Samsung and HTC have new flagship Android phones out in the U.S., but Sony isn’t just sitting back and doing nothing. The company has its new 5.2-inch Z2 smartphone launching soon in select markets, including in Canada in May. The waterproof glass-encased handset has a lot in common with last year’s Z1, but goes the extra mile with new imaging options, noise cancellation features… Read More

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App Search Startup Xyo Scores Deal With Deutsche Telekom To Power App Discovery, Widgets And Install Ads

mobile software  Berlin-based app search engine and discovery service Xyo is announcing today a significant deal which will see it powering app searches in Deutsche Telekom’s own app recommendation service, TopApps. The service, the mobile operator’s alternative to Google Play, launched to U.S. users on T-Mobile several years ago, and is also live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with other markets, including… Read More

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App Search Startup Xyo Scores Deal With Deutsche Telekom To Power App Discovery, Widgets And Install Ads

mobile software  Berlin-based app search engine and discovery service Xyo is announcing today a significant deal which will see it powering app searches in Deutsche Telekom’s own app recommendation service, TopApps. The service, the mobile operator’s alternative to Google Play, launched to U.S. users on T-Mobile several years ago, and is also live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with other markets, including… Read More

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HotelTonight Adds Projected Pricing And Availability To Its Last-Minute Booking App

mobile software  HotelTonight is introducing a new feature that should make users a little more confident about whether they can count on getting a room through the same-day booking app. With the new feature, HotelTonight users can now tap the “Look Ahead” button, which will show them estimated rates and availability for the next seven days. It will also display events, such as big conferences, that will… Read More

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HotelTonight Adds Projected Pricing And Availability To Its Last-Minute Booking App

mobile software  HotelTonight is introducing a new feature that should make users a little more confident about whether they can count on getting a room through the same-day booking app. With the new feature, HotelTonight users can now tap the “Look Ahead” button, which will show them estimated rates and availability for the next seven days. It will also display events, such as big conferences, that will… Read More

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Amazon’s Smartphone Gets Its First Spy Shots Along With Rumored Specs

mobile software  Amazon’s smartphone leaks are starting to pile up quickly, and today our own report about some of its 3D features and Android-based FireOS operating system was followed quickly by an extensive report about the phone’s supposed specs, complete with pics of the gadget housed in a case designed to keep its final look a secret. The pics and specs come from BGR, which reports that Amazon is… Read More

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Amazon’s Smartphone Gets Its First Spy Shots Along With Rumored Specs

mobile software  Amazon’s smartphone leaks are starting to pile up quickly, and today our own report about some of its 3D features and Android-based FireOS operating system was followed quickly by an extensive report about the phone’s supposed specs, complete with pics of the gadget housed in a case designed to keep its final look a secret. The pics and specs come from BGR, which reports that Amazon is… Read More

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BlackBerry Buys Stake In U.S. Healthcare IT Firm As It Shifts Focus To Niche Markets

mobile software  BlackBerry has bought a minority stake in privately held U.S. healthcare IT firm NantHealth. The two companies told Reuters they are working together to develop a new smartphone tailored to the needs of the healthcare sector — with a launch pegged for late 2014 or early 2015, according to Jim Mackey, BlackBerry’s head of corporate development and strategic planning, speaking in an interview with… Read More

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BlackBerry Buys Stake In U.S. Healthcare IT Firm As It Shifts Focus To Niche Markets

mobile software  BlackBerry has bought a minority stake in privately held U.S. healthcare IT firm NantHealth. The two companies told Reuters they are working together to develop a new smartphone tailored to the needs of the healthcare sector — with a launch pegged for late 2014 or early 2015, according to Jim Mackey, BlackBerry’s head of corporate development and strategic planning, speaking in an interview with… Read More

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Amazon Enables Single Sign-On For Apps Running On Kindle Fire

mobile software  Amazon this morning announced a small, but significant change to its “Login with Amazon” service which currently offers an alternate way to sign up for and authenticate with mobile applications on both the Android and iOS platforms. Starting today, Amazon Appstore developers taking advantage of this option on apps designed for Kindle Fire will no longer need to ask their customers to… Read More

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Amazon Enables Single Sign-On For Apps Running On Kindle Fire

mobile software  Amazon this morning announced a small, but significant change to its “Login with Amazon” service which currently offers an alternate way to sign up for and authenticate with mobile applications on both the Android and iOS platforms. Starting today, Amazon Appstore developers taking advantage of this option on apps designed for Kindle Fire will no longer need to ask their customers to… Read More

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Sosh Announces Partnership With OpenTable, Expands Into Washington D.C. And Chicago

mobile software  Sosh, the app that helps you figure out what to do with your free time, has today announced a partnership with OpenTable that will let users book reservations from right within the app. Unlike other OpenTable partnerships, that force you to input information like party number and time, the OpenTable integration on Sosh surfaces all the relevant information with very little user input, so you can… Read More

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Sosh Announces Partnership With OpenTable, Expands Into Washington D.C. And Chicago

mobile software  Sosh, the app that helps you figure out what to do with your free time, has today announced a partnership with OpenTable that will let users book reservations from right within the app. Unlike other OpenTable partnerships, that force you to input information like party number and time, the OpenTable integration on Sosh surfaces all the relevant information with very little user input, so you can… Read More

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Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too

mobile software  Android’s position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. Google’s app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apple’s iOS App Store in Q1, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead”… Read More

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Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too

mobile software  Android’s position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. Google’s app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apple’s iOS App Store in Q1, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead”… Read More

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Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz

mobile software  ItsOn, startup founded by alums from Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo that has developed a cloud-based mobile services platform that it sells as both a B2B and B2C product, is today confirming that it has raised a Series C round of $12.5 million from new investor Tenaya Capital and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding will be used for global sales expansion outside of North America, the… Read More

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Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz

mobile software  ItsOn, startup founded by alums from Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo that has developed a cloud-based mobile services platform that it sells as both a B2B and B2C product, is today confirming that it has raised a Series C round of $12.5 million from new investor Tenaya Capital and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding will be used for global sales expansion outside of North America, the… Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: More Evolution Than Revolution Despite New Hardware Features

mobile software  The Galaxy S5 (or S 5, if you ask Samsung) is the company’s latest flagship phone and sure to be a swift seller. The phone is, in its own way, beautifully designed and the materials, while clearly plastic, are durable and should maintain a luster over time. Is this an iPhone replacement? No, but it is a replacement for the S4 that should please shoppers already predisposed to Samsung and… Read More

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Inside Jobs: How iOS Developer Danilo Campos Battles To Bring New Apps To Life

mobile software  Mobile apps are something that you interact with on a very personal basis — you carry them around in your pocket, check in with them frequently, and really let them into your life. So in this episode of Inside Jobs we decided to turn the tables and get personal with someone who builds mobile apps. Danilo Campos is the developer and designer behind beautiful mobile apps for iOS including… Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 Update Supports Apple Passbook Passes

mobile software  The new Microsoft loves everyone equally, and supports all platforms – to the extreme in some cases, as with embedded support for Apple’s Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, something noted by The Verge’s Tom Warren and explained in greater detail by Rene Ritchie at iMore. The gist of it is that Microsoft has reverse-engineered how to read Passbook files (.pkpass) and can turn… Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 Update Supports Apple Passbook Passes

mobile software  The new Microsoft loves everyone equally, and supports all platforms – to the extreme in some cases, as with embedded support for Apple’s Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, something noted by The Verge’s Tom Warren and explained in greater detail by Rene Ritchie at iMore. The gist of it is that Microsoft has reverse-engineered how to read Passbook files (.pkpass) and can turn… Read More

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