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  • Rover wants to be the missing piece between iBeacons and retailers’ apps

    21 October 2014, 9:16 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Imagine you’re walking down the organic-products aisle at your favorite grocery store when suddenly the store’s app on your phone notifies you that a new line of organic foods is now available. That can actually possible thanks to iBeacon technology, and…
  • Ampush’s future of mobile ads: whopping growth of 233 percent year-over-year

    21 October 2014, 7:45 pm by: Richard Byrne Reilly

    Ampush chief Jesse Pujji releases a report on mobile advertising Wednesday that claims mobile growth spending will increase by a whopping 233 percent year-over-year
  • Microsoft’s smartwatch will be tightly integrated with enterprise systems

    21 October 2014, 6:15 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Reports over the weekend said that Microsoft will release its own entrant into the growing field of consumer smartwatches. If the reports are true (and some believe they aren’t), analysts are saying that Microsoft will be wise to integrate the new device…
  • Mobile marketing budgets jumping 36% this year — but tools are still lacking

    21 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: John Koetsier, VB Insight

    B2B marketers are attacking mobile with budgets that are jumping 11 percent over the next six months, and an additional 17.5 percent over the next 12 months. But it's clear they're not terribly happy with the tools vendors are providing yet.
  • Apple Pay is fast, easy, and boring — so it will be huge

    21 October 2014, 3:40 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    I only had to use Apple Pay a few times before I got over the novelty of paying for stuff with my phone.
  • Microsoft launches Music Deals for Windows and Windows Phone: Albums between $0.99 and $1.99 every…

    21 October 2014, 11:23 am by: Emil Protalinski

    Microsoft today launched Microsoft Music Deals, a new app for Windows and Windows Phone users looking to save money when buying tunes. You can download it now from the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. The company is promising that every Tuesday, 101…
  • Sports apps are on the rise, and that may make TV broadcasters worry

    21 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Football app usage is up 250 percent over the past year.
  • Toshiba launches its ‘flip-and-fold’ convertible Satellite Radius 11 laptop

    21 October 2014, 8:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Windows 8.1 convertible laptop-tablets are now available at prices starting at $330.
  • Fiksu secures $10M in debt funding to expand its mobile ad tech business

    21 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Mobile app ad tech company Fiksu has lined up $10 million in debut funding from Silicon Valley Bank to continue a global expansion and ongoing development for its “programmatic mobile demand platform.” The funding comes just after the Boston company…
  • ConvenientPower and Qualcomm collaborate on the magic of wireless charging

    20 October 2014, 7:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    The duo hopes to bring standards and other benefits to wireless charging products.
  • Citrix has bought e-signature startup RightSignature

    20 October 2014, 5:46 pm by: Jordan Novet

    Enterprise software company Citrix said today that it’s acquired RightSignature, one provider of technology that lets people sign files digitally on desktop and mobile devices. It sounds like the acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current…
  • iPhone sales grow 16.3% to 39.3M in Q4 2014, but iPad sales decline by 12.8%

    20 October 2014, 4:33 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    As part of the company’s latest quarterly earnings announcement, Apple today revealed that it sold 39.3 million iPhones and 12.3 million iPads during its fiscal fourth quarter of 2014. These are mixed results, which has become typical for the company lately.…
  • Ranked: All 32 billion-dollar mobile internet startups (report)

    20 October 2014, 2:12 pm by: John Koetsier, VB Insight

    A little less than two months ago there were 25 billion-dollar mobile Internet startups. In a sign of just how quickly the mobile ecosystem is exploding, there are now 32. Today in a report on VB Insight, mobile consultancy Digi-Capital released an updated…
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1, enabling Apple Pay for some Apple device owners

    20 October 2014, 1:24 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Only 220,000 of the 6 million or so U.S. merchants are ready to accept contactless payments, but the sheer brand power of Apple, might bring mobile payments to the mainstream in the next few years.
  • iPhone 6 outselling the 6 Plus by a 6-to-1 margin, app analytics data suggests

    20 October 2014, 11:13 am by: John Koetsier, VB Insight

    According to data released this morning ahead of Apple’s imminent earnings release, the relatively standard-sized iPhone 6 is outselling the 6 Plus phablet by a 6-to-1 margin. But interestingly, iPhone 6 Plus owners are using apps more … and longer. The…
  • Skype for Windows Phone updated with drawing tool, HD screen support, and faster resume

    20 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Emil Protalinski

    Skype today updated its Windows Phone app with new features and performance improvements. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Phone Store. The biggest addition in Skype 2.24 for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 is the new…
  • King extends its sweet franchise with Candy Crush Soda Saga on Facebook

    20 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    King tries out a sister title on Facebook before taking it wide on mobile.
  • Here’s how to measure Apple Pay’s success

    20 October 2014, 8:45 am by: Nish Modi, SecureNet

    Guest Post: Apple Pay launches today. We’ve heard a lot of talk about this new NFC-enabled mobile shopping option from Apple. But others have tried to sell consumers on the digital wallet idea before and boldly failed. If Apple wants us to trade in our…
  • Marvell moves into high-speed networks with a chip that can handle 8M simultaneous streams

    20 October 2014, 8:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    The new chip will enable next-generation mobile and internet-of-things networks.
  • The new iPhones and iPads mean at least $100 more

    20 October 2014, 12:10 am by: Steve Kovach, Business Insider

    If you’re smart, the prices listed above won’t be what you end up paying for one of the new iPads. Those are the starting prices for each iPad model. And they only come with a measly 16 GB of storage. Starting with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September,…
  • FCC finally approves the Nexus Player, pre-orders should resume soon (updated)

    19 October 2014, 1:08 pm by: Dylan Tweney

    Update on Oct. 19 at 10:08 a.m. Pacific Time: The FCC has given approval to the Nexus Player two days after Google halted pre-orders. Orders should resume soon. Check out the filing here. (h/t to Engadget) After announcing its new Nexus Player, a set-top box…
  • Upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has shipped 45M phones so far in 2014

    19 October 2014, 1:22 am by: Tracey Xiang, TechNode

    Li Wanqiang, co-founder of Xiaomi, disclosed on October 15 that about 16 million Xiaomi phones were shipped in the second quarter of this year. Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of the company, announced earlier this month that the shipments in Q3 increased 20…
  • Self-driving cars will be safer than us. How long until human drivers are banned?

    18 October 2014, 9:15 pm by: Vivek Wadhwa

    Guest Post: My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; break rules; get distracted; and crash into…
  • Yahoo releases new Retina-optimized Flickr 3.2 for iPad, iOS 8

    18 October 2014, 11:15 am by: Dylan Tweney

    Flickr's first official iPad app, called Flickr 3.2, supports the "Retina" display found on the old iPad Air and iPad mini, as well as the new iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini.
  • Out on the bleeding edge of tech hardware with Broadcom’s CEO (interview)

    18 October 2014, 11:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Broadcom sells billions of dollars worth of chips in networking, consumer electronics, and communications infrastructure markets. But it’s trying to move beyond that to dominate the market for chips for the “internet of things,” or bringing smart…
  • We’re hiring a Senior Event & Marketing Coordinator!

    17 October 2014, 6:55 pm by: VentureBeat Staff

    We’re looking for a Senior Event & Marketing Coordinator based in San Francisco to help us manage this growing roster of events.
  • Snapchat will roll out its first ad in the U.S. this weekend

    17 October 2014, 2:48 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    Snapchat today announced plans to roll out its first advertisement to its users this weekend. The ad will appear in “Recent Updates” and will only be sent to U.S. users. The company also revealed how its ads will work on the platform, at least initially.…
  • 5 ways OS X Yosemite will change the way you work

    17 October 2014, 1:47 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    The most interesting thing about Apple's newest OS X update? It goes way beyond the desktop.
  • Want 543X more effective mobile ads? Here’s how: Rescue gamers

    17 October 2014, 12:30 pm by: John Koetsier, VB Insight

    The key take-away? When you give something to get something, you can get a lot.
  • Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus preview images

    17 October 2014, 12:28 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    As promised, Google today released the full Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, along with updated developer images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. The latest version of Android isn’t available just yet, but the company is giving…

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