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  • Facebook now loads images 15% faster on iOS, cuts Android errors by 8%

    28 January 2015, 12:59 pm by: Jordan Novet

    Perhaps you’ve asked yourself if pictures, videos, and words have been showing up more quickly than before inside Facebook’s flagship mobile app. Well, they have been. Today Facebook engineers are talking about the hard work they’ve done recently to…
  • FTC fines TracFone $40 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans

    28 January 2015, 12:56 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Beginning today, consumers who had a Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, or Telcel America unlimited plan before January 2015 can file a claim for a refund, the FTC says.
  • Facebook wants to own your Super Bowl Sunday

    28 January 2015, 11:32 am by: Daniel Terdiman

    Football fans can see all the discussion about the big game from their friends, and from experts, on one Facebook page.
  • Messaging app Kik passes 200M users

    28 January 2015, 9:58 am by: Ruth Reader

    In a blog post this morning, Kik founder Ted Livingston revealed that the messaging app has surpassed 200 million users. In terms of messaging apps, that’s sort of a middle ground. Some of the bigger players like Whatsapp tout a robust 700 million users.…
  • Let us now praise the genius of Apple CEO Tim Cook

    28 January 2015, 8:05 am by: Chris O'Brien

    It's time to give Tim Cook his due. This is Cook's company now and Apple just sold a mind-blowing number of iPhones that resulted in the most profitable quarter in corporate history.
  • UserTesting lands $45.5M to reveal why users do the things they do

    28 January 2015, 7:30 am by: Barry Levine

    The company is all about finding why customers are doing something, as compared to analytics firms' emphasis on the what.
  • EBay appears to be planning an Apple Watch app

    27 January 2015, 10:14 pm by: Jordan Novet

    Forget health or messaging. The forthcoming Apple Watch could end up being a lynchpin for e-commerce. EBay, whose website allows people to buy and sell all sorts of things both new and old, is seeking an iOS Engineer/Architect who can work on “elegant…
  • Tim Cook: ‘2015 will be the year of Apple Pay’

    27 January 2015, 5:39 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    The CEO says that more than two out of three dollars spent on contactless payment platforms run through Apple Pay.
  • Tim Cook says the Apple Watch will hit stores this April

    27 January 2015, 5:13 pm by: Harrison Weber

    The smartwatch was expected to launch "early 2015," and it looks like Apple will ship it on time.
  • Apple breaks its sales records with 74.5M iPhones in Q1 2015, but iPad sales decline 21% to 21.4M

    27 January 2015, 4:36 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    The iPhone continues to carry Apple. As part of the company’s latest quarterly earnings announcement, Apple revealed today that it sold 74.5 million iPhones and 21.4 million iPads during its fiscal first quarter of 2015. In a single quarter, iPhone sales…
  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes Wi-Fi, browser issues

    27 January 2015, 1:14 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    On the top line, the update fixes an issue reported by some users that Yosemite causes Wi-Fi service to disconnect without warning.
  • Apple Pay is coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, and parking pay stations

    27 January 2015, 1:04 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    USA Technologies said today it will be adding Apple Pay support to wireless payment terminals on 200,000 coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances.
  • Omnichannel on a budget: Tagga releases web-social-mobile-email-SMS marketing platform

    27 January 2015, 12:03 pm by: John Koetsier

    Everyone wants to go omnichannel. Even if they call multi-channel. Vancouver-based Tagga, which started life as a marketing firm that enabled mobile marketing campaigns, is reinventing itself as a consumer marketing cross-channel campaign management…
  • Game Changers: How game mechanics and social media motivate healthy change

    27 January 2015, 11:00 am by: VB Staff

    Sponsored:Rewards and incentives play a critical role in motivating healthy behavior change. And a growing number of clinical trials show that games and social media can change health behavior and improve outcomes for various conditions.
  • Swyp is a ‘smart’ wallet that predicts which credit card users want to pay with

    27 January 2015, 11:00 am by: Daniel Terdiman

    The $100 device, which is about the same size and weight as a credit card, can securely hold up to 25 cards, and can predict which card users want.
  • What the hell is a midcore? The 11 terms every mobile gamer & developer need to know

    27 January 2015, 10:30 am by: Jeff Grubb

    We run down some of the top pieces of lingo you'll hear in the mobile-gaming industry.
  • Canalys: Apple shipped the most smartphones in China during Q4 2014

    27 January 2015, 10:16 am by: Emil Protalinski

    For the first time, Apple has beaten local smartphones vendors in China. During Q4 2014, the company’s iPhone line nabbed first place by units shipped in the Chinese smartphone market. The latest estimates come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm,…
  • Eggcyte creates the Egg to store data when your smartphone runs out of space

    27 January 2015, 7:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Back up your selfies and smartphone data without the risk of having someone hack into a cloud account.
  • Uber suspends service in New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut due to Blizzard 2015

    27 January 2015, 12:09 am by: Harrison Weber

    After vowing to cap surge prices during the Blizzard of 2015 — known elsewhere as #Snowmageddon2015 and Winter Storm Juno — ride sharing services like Uber have been forced to suspend their offerings altogether in New York City and Connecticut, as well…
  • Police can’t have it both Waze on expectation of privacy in public

    26 January 2015, 11:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Some in law enforcement say Google's Waze app can be used as a tool to stalk and harm cops. But it's also a free speech community protected by the First Amendment.
  • Watch out, Facebook: Snapchat will feature video from major brands (report)

    26 January 2015, 9:48 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    A news report Monday evening says the photo sharing app Snapchat will be launching its rumored content channel — complete with brand-sponsored video — as soon as Tuesday morning. After Snapchat finally began to monetize its technology last fall with…
  • Apple to report strong earnings on record iPhone sales tomorrow

    26 January 2015, 5:46 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Wait, wasn't that the headline last quarter? Well, yeah, but that was before the holiday season.
  • Mobile app analytics showdown — what the best app publishers are using (webinar)

    26 January 2015, 4:49 pm by: VB Staff

    VB Webinar:The mobile app analytics package that has only a 2% market share is used by seven of the top 20 grossing apps on Google Play and eight of the top 20 grossing apps on iOS -- just one of the surprising findings you'll learn in this…
  • Microsoft sees Surface revenue jump to $1.1B in Q2 2015, sells record 10.5M Lumia smartphones

    26 January 2015, 4:18 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    Microsoft may still be a software company at heart, but its hardware results are becoming increasingly important.
  • The Rise dietitian coaching app now integrates with your Fitbit

    26 January 2015, 2:44 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Your Rise dietitian wants to know more about you than just your eating habits. Your exercise and sleep habits also have a huge influence on your ability to lose weight.
  • Stanford Swift programming language course shows up on iTunes University

    26 January 2015, 1:42 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    The course was developed by Stanford's School of Engineering.
  • The wall of “NO”: Daunting barriers facing digital health tech startups

    26 January 2015, 11:00 am by: VB Staff

    Sponsored:Launching an app in health care takes a lot more oomph than simply developing a really cool product.
  • Uber cancels on-demand delivery service pilot, UberEssentials

    26 January 2015, 10:51 am by: Harrison Weber

    Uber is stepping back from the on-demand delivery business — at least, for now. Last week, the cash-flush company quietly announced the shuttering of its product delivery pilot, UberEssentials. The service was originally tested in select areas of…
  • App downloads soared in December — but so did marketing costs

    26 January 2015, 8:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    While marketing costs went up in December, the cost of advertising games actually fell.
  • AT&T continues Mexican expansion, buys Nextel Mexico in $1.9B deal

    26 January 2015, 7:07 am by: Paul Sawers

    Less than two weeks after closing the deal to acquire Mexico wireless provider Lusacell, AT&T has revealed its next moves in Mexico, as it enters an agreement to procure wireless company Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings.

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