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  • $600 premium Android phones are getting harder and harder to sell

    1 August 2015, 11:00 am by: Mark Sullivan

    ANALYSIS: The two big phone announcements of the week featured new Android devices — the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style — with specs that compete well with $600-plus premium phones, yet cost between $300 and $400. We also heard that Samsung plans to…
  • The end of app isolation: How our apps will work together to serve us better

    1 August 2015, 10:00 am by: Eric N. Shapiro, ArcTouch

    GUEST: In mobile, “context” is everything. Where you are, what time is it, what you are doing — these things are essential elements to delivering a great mobile experience. But let’s be honest: Since the dawn of first iPhone eight years ago, apps…
  • 3 reasons natural-language tech has more potential than you think

    31 July 2015, 8:00 pm by: Ben Cheung, Genee

    GUEST: With the announcement of funding for AI-driven DigitalGenius last month, artificial intelligence, and particularly Natural Language Processing (NLP), have been making headlines recently. Customer service powered by NLP? Computers conversing with humans…
  • It’s time for marketers to adapt to vertical videos

    31 July 2015, 7:00 pm by: Kevin Johnson, Fusion360

    GUEST: Vertical videos. Chances are that you’ve missed out on this ongoing debate over whether or not to incorporate vertical videos into marketing efforts, but with Snapchat ramping up its promotion of the format, it seems the haters are on the way out.…
  • Angry Birds 2 looks beautiful, but focuses on ugly freemium features

    31 July 2015, 5:12 pm by: Heather Newman

    REVIEW: Check out our Reviews Vault for past game reviews. Angry Birds 2 combines the series’ classic gameplay some grand new features, and the very worst that in-app purchases have to offer. If you can ignore the latter, the first two might win you over.…
  • Attention, shoppers: Shopping with a store app means you’ll visit more and stay longer

    31 July 2015, 5:00 pm by: Barry Levine

    EXCLUSIVE: A shopper with a Target app visits that chain about once more a month than an app-less shopper. So says new field data released today by mobile data analytics firm Wefi. It’s based on device-transmitted info from shoppers at 49 stores in the Los…
  • That Marvel: Future Fight clone of Diablo is finally getting co-op

    31 July 2015, 3:08 pm by: Jeff Grubb

    One of the top mobile games of the year finally gets a basic feature that should keep fans happy.
  • We’re hiring a writer to cover video games and gadgets

    31 July 2015, 2:05 pm by: Jason Wilson

    VentureBeat and GamesBeat is hiring a writer to put a magnifying glass on video games and gadgets — and how technology intersects them. The games/gadget writer leads the coverage of gadgets for both sides of the site and also is the face for GamesBeat in San…
  • Priceline.com, at the intersection of technology and humanity, takes #1 in the travel space

    31 July 2015, 12:40 pm by: Tamara McCleary

    VB EVENT: If you’ve lived long enough to remember when the World Wide Web was new, delicious, and an exciting discovery ripe with untapped gems just waiting to be unearthed, it won’t be hard for you to acknowledge we’ve come a long way in less than two…
  • Got data? How’s that working for you?

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

    SPONSORED: Mission-motivated. Dashboard-driven. KPIs. Marketers are buzzword masters when discussing marketing strategy with top management. But are they in the driver's seat when it comes to maximizing their data?
  • Numerous wants to be the ultimate app for numbers geeks

    31 July 2015, 6:10 am by: Paul Sawers

    Numbers make the world go ’round. Or so the old adage should go. Numbers hold a lot of inherent meaning within the context of things that matter to us, be it hobbies, work, or the world at large. Whether it’s counting down to your holiday, counting up from…
  • Facebook’s video ads will kick off a new breed of video networks

    30 July 2015, 9:00 pm by: Chris Pavlovski, Rumble

    GUEST: I was heartily enjoying my European vacation the day that Facebook announced its plans to launch video ads as part of its offering. As the founder of a company in the video distribution space, you can imagine my reaction when my inbox was suddenly…
  • Researcher says he can hack GM’s OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

    30 July 2015, 8:00 pm by: Reuters

    BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for the General Motors OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely.…
  • Mobcrush hires ex-Apple, Google bigwigs to put mobile gamers first on its video

    30 July 2015, 4:07 pm by: Jeff Grubb

    The mobile game broadcasting space is getting crowded.
  • Apple patents stylus tech that recreates physical surfaces of objects

    30 July 2015, 4:03 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    The Patent Office published a couple of new Apple patents today for a hand-held stylus that can accurately scan and recreate physical surfaces, and even allow the user to “feel” the texture. The first patent is for a Texture Capture Stylus and…
  • Kabam’s Marvel: Contest of Champions mobile game hits $100M

    30 July 2015, 1:30 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy paid my way to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective. SHANGHAI — Kabam chief executive Kevin Chou announced today that his company’s Marvel: Contest of Champions has surpassed $100 million in gross revenue in just…
  • Google Play now lets Android app developers offer open betas, closed betas using only email…

    30 July 2015, 12:00 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    Google today added two new developer features to Google Play, making it easier for app makers to manage and convince Android users to join their beta tests. In response to feedback, Google is now letting developers offer an open beta (any user who has the link…
  • With over 10,000 businesses signed up, Android for Work expands to carriers for the first time

    30 July 2015, 11:26 am by: Emil Protalinski

    Android for Work, which encompasses all of Google’s enterprise-oriented features and services for its mobile operating system, has expanded to 40 companies today, including new device manufacturers, application makers, and management providers. At the same,…
  • Glow launches Ruby, an iOS app to help women better manage their health and sex lives

    30 July 2015, 10:00 am by: Ken Yeung

    Two years ago, PayPal cofounder Max Levchin launched a new company called Glow, whose sole mission was improving healthcare, particularly in the area of women’s fertility. Having been “extremely happy” with the results of its initial efforts, Glow is…
  • Gallery Doctor uses algorithms to free your iPhone from bad photos

    30 July 2015, 9:59 am by: Paul Sawers

    Gallery Doctor wants to free your iPhone from awful, awful photos.
  • Samsung plans to ‘adjust’ Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pricing in response to poor quarterly earnings

    30 July 2015, 12:19 am by: Mark Sullivan

    Samsung announced its quarterly earnings today, and as a result of disappointing sales numbers from this year’s flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch, says it will drop the price of the two phones. The company made this announcement in the earnings news…
  • Samsung profits drop for fifth straight quarter, company blames tough mobile business environment

    29 July 2015, 10:10 pm by: Reuters

    Samsung Electronics offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant. Samsung remained the world’s top smartphone…
  • Volkswagens with CarPlay and Android Auto will begin arriving in showrooms this week

    29 July 2015, 6:20 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Volkswagen says its new cars that integrate with the Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto in-car systems will begin arriving in showrooms this week. CarPlay, which runs on the iPhone, puts a number of driver-friendly apps on the Volkswagen’s built-in…
  • AT&T says it notified consumers that it would throttle ‘unlimited’ data service

    29 July 2015, 3:38 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Facing a proposed $100 million fine by the FCC for choking off the data speeds of subscribers with so-called unlimited plans, AT&T is now saying that it shouldn’t have to pay the fine because it notified those subscribers beforehand. The carrier has now…
  • Occipital captures a new $13M funding round for 3D imaging technology

    29 July 2015, 3:12 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    San Francisco-based startup Occipital, which makes 3D sensing hardware and software, said today it’s collected a new $13 million round of venture funding. The funds come from Intel Capital, Shea Ventures, and Grishin Robotics, and existing investor…
  • Adobe launches no-code app publishing tool, promises it will not make sausages

    29 July 2015, 3:03 pm by: John Koetsier

    Everyone wants to build an app, but no-one wants to go through the hard work of actually — ugh — coding it. Which is why there are approximately 500 different app-building services online today that will allow you to create, publish, and maintain your own…
  • Flipboard starts offering its first magazine paywall integration with The New Yorker

    29 July 2015, 1:00 pm by: Ken Yeung

    Flipboard has added another big-name publisher to its magazine platform. Fans of The New Yorker will now be able to access the magazine’s stories from its app, according to the company. This will be the first time that Flipboard has made a magazine…
  • Amazon’s AWS Device Farm will let developers test iOS apps from August 4

    29 July 2015, 12:22 pm by: Paul Sawers

    Amazon has announced that AWS Device Farm, a service that lets developers test apps on Android and Fire OS devices that live on Amazon’s data centers, will soon support iOS too. First announced a few weeks back, AWS Device Farm lets you test apps on specific…
  • 3 native advertising myths — and why mobile app publishers should ignore them

    29 July 2015, 11:10 am by: VB Staff

    SPONSORED: When it comes to native advertising, some mobile app publishers are still squeamish about making the dive.
  • Ad network MobileFuse lights up video ads for ‘receptive moments’

    29 July 2015, 11:00 am by: Barry Levine

    Digital advertisers use all kinds of profiling, segmenting, and behavioral data to direct the right ad to the right potential customer. For mobile ad network MobileFuse, it comes down to “receptive moments.” Last year, the New York City-based company…

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