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  • Amazon lets iOS and Android users download Prime movies and TV shows for offline access

    1 September 2015, 9:01 am by: Paul Sawers

    Amazon is finally letting Prime subscribers download movies and T.V. shows for offline access on iOS and Android devices. The U.K. version of the iOS app was given the update earlier today, and the U.S. version has now been added to the mix too, alongside…
  • LotusFlare gets $6M from Social+Capital, others to make mobile internet more accessible

    1 September 2015, 9:00 am by: Ken Yeung

    Getting those in developing countries connected with the rest of the world involves more than just providing infrastructure — it’s about making sure that those users understand what they can do with the data. It’s estimated that there are nearly 4.9…
  • PayPal launches PayPal.me to compete with Square’s Cashtags

    1 September 2015, 6:00 am by: Ruth Reader

    Today PayPal unveiled a new product called PayPal.me that will let users get paid through a customized URL. It works like this: You set up a link through PayPal (mine is PayPal.me/ruth) and then when your friends are looking for a way to send you cash all they…
  • Japan’s Line rolls out a cute Android launcher because it’s not cute enough already

    1 September 2015, 1:09 am by: Michael de Waal-Montgomery

    All I can hear in my mind is Japanese teenagers (mostly girls) giggling and pointing at how cute Line’s new icons and skins are in the Android launcher that the company just announced today — called Line Launcher. For example, there’s a battery…
  • This accessory makes the Apple Watch an old-timey pocket watch

    31 August 2015, 7:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    You want to go all old-school with your Apple Watch? The accessories brand Bucardo can help you out. Bucardo’s Pendulum Collection, as it’s called, aims to resurrect vintage classics like pocket watches and pendulums, and transform them into wearable tech…
  • Samsung officially announces the Gear S2 smartwatch

    31 August 2015, 5:20 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Samsung has now officially announced its round Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The watch, which until now had been known as the Samsung Gear A, runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The Gear S2 uses a unique rotating bezel, which can be used for some…
  • Will the new Apple TV lure gamers away from consoles?

    31 August 2015, 4:30 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    ANALYSIS: Apple will likely be talking about a new Apple TV box at an event on September 9, and trade publication 9to5 Mac says that the fourth-generation box will be the first Apple living room device that actively competes with video game consoles thanks to…
  • Google+ brings Collections to its iOS app in latest update

    31 August 2015, 3:36 pm by: Ruth Reader

    Social network Google+ is bringing its recently launched feature called Collections to iOS starting today. Launched in May, Collections functions similarly to Pinterest pin boards. Google+ users can create “a collection” around a certain topic and then…
  • Apple and Cisco partner to make wireless fast lanes for iPhones in the workplace

    31 August 2015, 2:15 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Apple and Cisco say they’ve entered a partnership to build enterprise network tools that will create a wireless environment that’s very friendly to iPhones and other iOS devices in the workplace. “Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses…
  • Hopper brings its smart airfare prediction and tracking app to Android

    31 August 2015, 1:19 pm by: Paul Sawers

    Eight months after launching on iPhone, Hopper has brought its airfare prediction app to Android. With north of $20 million in funding since its inception, Hopper’s price-prediction algorithm is its raison d’être, and promises to answer this one question:…
  • New leaked images show next-generation Moto 360 Sport watches

    31 August 2015, 12:33 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    A reliable leaker posted some new photos of the next generation of Moto 360 Android smartwatch, notably some nice-looking Sport models. Here is the Sport edition, featuring what looks like a sweat-resistant plastic band: The tweet also shows the…
  • Google announces iOS app for Android Wear, letting iPhone users wear Android smartwatches

    31 August 2015, 11:52 am by: Mark Sullivan

    In a major strategic shift in the smartwatch space, Google today announced a new iOS app for Android Wear, which will allow iPhone users to sync their phones with Android smartwatches. The app will work on iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or…
  • Phone verification: the cost-effective, secure, no-hassle route to password reset

    31 August 2015, 11:10 am by: VB Staff

    SPONSORED: In a mobile-first world, SMS is proving to be one of the most essential tools for businesses. From its critical role in communicating with customers globally to providing top security, this series produced by Nexmo explores key aspects of SMS that…
  • The Backed Pack: Butterfleye flutters past wires, can keep an eye on anything, anywhere

    31 August 2015, 10:40 am by: Ross Rubin

    Each week our friends at Backerjack highlight a successfully crowdfunded gadget. This week, we look at Butterfleye, a wire-free monitoring camera that has raised four times its funding goal in the first four days of its second crowdfunding go-round. There’s…
  • How marketers are tailoring their content strategy for a multi-channel, multi-device world

    31 August 2015, 9:10 am by: VB Staff

    SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced in association with Citrix GoToWebinar. We’re living in a technologically empowered age where smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and e-readers reign supreme and customers are spoilt for choice not just for…
  • The anatomy of an Agile marketing team

    31 August 2015, 7:10 am by: David Lesue, Workfront

    SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced by Workfront.  If you’ve been halfway tapped into the marketing zeitgeist lately, you’ve seen this phrase: Agile marketing. Everybody’s talking about it as the “next thing in marketing.” It even has its own…
  • Leaked video claims to show Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z5 smartphones

    31 August 2015, 4:35 am by: Michael de Waal-Montgomery

    Sony may be making headlines with its push into drones, but the Japanese company’s Android smartphones are still what command a loyal following and get many fans excited. Last week, leaked renders of Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Lumia phones for its…
  • T-Mobile starts going after LTE tethered data ‘thieves,’ says some use up to 2TB per month

    31 August 2015, 1:21 am by: Ken Yeung

    T-Mobile chief executive John Legere is upset about customers stealing data from the carrier. In an open letter on T-Mobile’s site, he writes that starting on August 31, his company will be targeting the 3,000 users who are knowingly stealing more than their…
  • If you want loyalty, get a dog! Lessons from a world leader in the luxury alcohol beverage space

    30 August 2015, 12:48 pm by: Tamara McCleary

    You may not be able to pronounce “Veuve Clicquot” but when you’re perusing the aisle for bubbly, you can’t help but recognize its distinctive yellow label. Such is the case for all of the Moët Hennessy brands. Sometimes being a great brand isn’t…
  • Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

    30 August 2015, 11:32 am by: Reuters

    OSLO (Reuters, Alister Doyle) – Only a third of Europe’s electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and…
  • Japan’s top-grossing mobile game Monster Strike pulled from Apple’s App Store (Update: back up)

    29 August 2015, 11:02 pm by: Michael de Waal-Montgomery

    Update, 9 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, August 30: The game appears to be back on Apple’s App Store. Toto told VentureBeat he estimates the losses for Mixi to stand at about $600,000. Apple has pulled Japan’s top-selling mobile game from its App Store in…
  • The next iPhone: The new features we expect to see September 9

    29 August 2015, 8:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Apple is expected to announce its next iPhones at a press event in San Francisco September 9th. Rumors of what the new phones will look like and act like have been flying for months, and VentureBeat’s own sources have given us some reliable insights on the…
  • Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

    29 August 2015, 6:30 pm by: Reuters

    By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to…
  • New photos reportedly show Apple iPhone 6S Force Touch screen and larger front camera

    29 August 2015, 5:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac has acquired some newly leaked photos that show the new camera and screen of the next iPhones — likely called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The new phones will be introduced at Apple’s fall event on September 9. The photo below…
  • Apple reportedly threatens $20M suit if Drake video stream appears on Tidal

    29 August 2015, 1:29 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Apple apparently didn’t like its new music service’s poster boy, Drake, appearing on a rival music service. The music service Tidal was set to stream Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans Friday night, but a problem occurred when Drake made…
  • Pac-Man 256 hits 5M downloads for iOS & Android in its first week

    28 August 2015, 8:13 pm by: Jason Wilson

    Updated 5:36 p.m. Pacific with response from Hipster Whale founder Matt Hall.  Y’all like the nostalgia behind chomping pellets and eating ghosts. Hipster Whale’s Pac-Man 256 (read our review here) earned 5 million mobile downloads in its first week,…
  • U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

    28 August 2015, 8:00 pm by: Reuters

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The…
  • Apple Watch is disrupting the ‘Interruption Economy’

    28 August 2015, 7:00 pm by: Charles Teague, Lose It

    GUEST: If the Apple Watch has taught me anything, it’s that all smartwatches are going to require us as product developers, marketers, and publishers to fundamentally reconsider our notion of interruptions and the role they play in how we communicate and…
  • Data-driven marketing: With new solutions come new challenges

    28 August 2015, 1:41 pm by: Doug Boccia, AOL Platforms

    GUEST: According to eMarketer, digital marketers have a “love affair with data.” Spend on data-driven campaigns continues to grow annually, along with profits attributable to those same initiatives. It’s undeniable that data intelligence has made…
  • To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber

    28 August 2015, 12:34 pm by: Reuters

    BRUSSELS (By Julia Fioretti, Reuters) – Brussels will launch a study in September of the taxi-hailing app Uber, in an effort to settle the legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with…

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