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  • Pushing for holiday downloads? How to win the mobile user acquisition battle

    20 December 2014, 9:31 am by: John Koetsier

    Guest:The holiday season is upon us, bringing purchases and gifts of shiny, new mobile devices to new users. This tremendous growth and adoption is not only an opportunity for mobile developers to draw new and existing users to their apps but also a chance to…
  • TheScore acquires mobile daily fantasy sports game Swoopt

    19 December 2014, 5:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Daily fantasy sports continues to be a hot market.
  • Good news, couch potatoes: Amazon cloud adds support for Elastic Beanstalk to its mobile app

    19 December 2014, 4:29 pm by: Jordan Novet

    For those who want to tinker with the controls for their applications running on the Amazon Web Services Beanstalk service while on the go, today is a good day.
  • King of the Hill Sports gets fans to make predictions during live games and matches

    19 December 2014, 12:30 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    New sports prediction game will launch a $100,000 prize giveaway.
  • The DeanBeat: My favorite games of 2014, the in-between year

    19 December 2014, 11:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Many of my favorite games were commercial successes, but a few were off the beaten path.
  • Streaming games: Is a workable model in sight?

    19 December 2014, 7:00 am by: Debra Sharp

    Sponsored:Games publishers are accustomed to selling individual games to consumers, and they’ve let that dictate pricing for streaming games. But with subscription models established by Netflix and others, will this ultimately win out in gaming too?
  • Vainglory brings its mobile multiplayer arena battler to Japan and Korea

    18 December 2014, 7:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    The multiplayer online battle arena game could do well in hardcore mobile gaming markets.
  • A new Amazon Fire phone is in the works, but don’t expect it in 2015

    18 December 2014, 6:18 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Amazon was thrown back on its heels by the frighteningly poor sales of the first Fire phone, and is being extra careful to include features in the new phone that will make it a success.
  • Soccer star Lionel Messi is better than supermodel Kate Upton when it comes to advertising games

    18 December 2014, 5:48 pm by: Jeff Grubb

    Analysis:EA's FIFA ad is extremely popular online -- and more cost-efficient, too.
  • Listen up: Social listening proves critical for successfully launching new gadgets

    18 December 2014, 4:00 pm by: Stewart Rogers - VB Insight

    Guest:An estimated 250,000+ new consumer tech products launch every year, and 95 percent fail. The pressure is high to make it onto must-have lists.
  • Intel confirms that Lenovo will use Atom chips in two new smartphones next year

    18 December 2014, 3:30 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Intel is making good headway with mobile chips, finally.
  • Cut the Rope maker ZeptoLab releases $5 mobile game My Om Nom

    18 December 2014, 2:10 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    ZeptoLab's newest title with test the strength of its Cut the Rope brand with younger fans.
  • Smartphone theft hit 3M Americans in 2013 thanks to a growing black market

    18 December 2014, 1:15 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Even with new Kill Switch technology, the problem is still growing.
  • Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.

    18 December 2014, 1:00 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    Microsoft today announced new Windows Phone partnerships for carrier billing, which lets customers charge app and other content digital purchases directly to their phone bill. In fact, the company says it is the first global smartphone platform to bring…
  • Secret’s relaunch adds 1-on-1 chat and location-based sharing

    18 December 2014, 12:47 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    The anonymous app is back with new design and features.
  • The Yahoo app gets more personalized with local news and comments on both iOS and Android

    18 December 2014, 12:37 pm by: Ruth Reader

    Yahoo continues its trend of building personalized content in its latest app update for both iOS and Android. Today, Yahoo is tweaking its digital content app to provide local news regardless of where you travel to. The app also has new functionality: to get…
  • Photography community EyeEm’s latest feature teaches you to edit photos like a pro

    18 December 2014, 12:11 pm by: Harrison Weber

    Today EyeEm, a mobile app that’s like Instagram for people who actually care about photography, released a handful of new editing features, the most interesting of which lets you copy editing tricks from popular users. Dubbed Open Edit, EyeEm’s new feature…
  • Airbnb’s mobile site is now almost as good as its app

    18 December 2014, 11:00 am by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Home-sharing startup Airbnb wants you to enjoy its mobile website as much as its redesigned native app. Although the company’s native app remains a necessary tool for hosts and guests, Airbnb has redesigned its mobile site to make it more responsive and…
  • Meep! Meep! Zynga launches its Looney Tunes Dash runner game

    18 December 2014, 9:02 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Brands rule in mobile games, but Zynga is also trying to freshen up the endless-runner category.
  • Mobile gamemaker Ucool launches a TV ad blitz for Heroes Charge

    18 December 2014, 9:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    The holiday TV blitz will help this hardcore battle game stand out from the pack, Ucool hopes.
  • Here’s why messaging apps are such a big deal

    18 December 2014, 12:00 am by: Dave Smith

    The average smartphone owner spends roughly an hour on their phone each day, but more than half of that time is spent communicating.
  • Cashplay’s tournament engine revs up revenue for game developers

    17 December 2014, 4:30 pm by: Debra Sharp

    Sponsored:Cashplay’s concept is deceptively simple: it provides publishers with an additional revenue stream by offering player versus player cash tournaments.
  • Here’s everything BlackBerry announced at its Classic launch event today

    17 December 2014, 1:15 pm by: Harrison Weber

    Today was a big day for BlackBerry. This morning, the company unveiled its newest handset at a big BlackBerry Classic event in New York. Except we already knew almost everything we could about the Classic beforehand. BlackBerry kept very few secrets ahead of…
  • Truly Wireless launches with $1.4M to kill your pricey business phone line

    17 December 2014, 12:00 pm by: Harrison Weber

    Truly Wireless today launched out of beta with $1.4 million in funding led by Index Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Boldstart Ventures.
  • Tiny tracker Tile can finally help Android users find their missing keys

    17 December 2014, 12:00 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Tile, the small tracking device that helps you keep track of all kinds of items, has finally made its way to Android. Equipped with a Bluetooth Low Energy chip, Tile connects with nearby smartphones sporting its companion app to help you find the item its…
  • Facebook adds new way to explore Rooms

    17 December 2014, 11:35 am by: Daniel Terdiman

    In version 1.2, users will find a new Explore button to help them find communities that resonate.
  • Windows App Studio gets TouchDevelop programming language and web app templates, drops Windows Phone…

    17 December 2014, 11:00 am by: Emil Protalinski

    Windows App Studio is still in beta, but it now only supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Google’s Niantic Labs embarks on a giant interactive transmedia project with controversial author…

    17 December 2014, 10:15 am by: Dean Takahashi

    After creating the mobile game Ingress, Niantic is now working on End Game, an alternate-reality game with 12 competing factions.
  • User-generated stories are a huge hit with Pocket Gems’ Episode

    17 December 2014, 9:15 am by: Dean Takahashi

    More than a million authors have signed up, and more than 375 million chapters have been read.
  • Sharethrough launches ‘native cards’ for YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and more

    17 December 2014, 9:01 am by: John Koetsier

    Native advertising company Sharethrough launched “Native Cards” today, a new form of native advertising that adds interactivity and media to ads in card format on websites or apps. The cards will allow advertisers to display content that fits the look,…

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