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  • Visa invests in LoopPay, mobile payments that work with old credit-card hardware

    24 July 2014, 2:49 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    In-store mobile payments are still a challenge, and even companies like PayPal are taking their time carefully figuring out how to combine software, hardware, and customers’ smartphones. However, it looks like Visa is putting its money behind LoopPay, a…
  • Foursquare’s check-in app Swarm is launching on Windows Phone

    24 July 2014, 1:27 pm by: Harrison Weber

    Don’t panic, Windows Phone users: Foursquare didn’t forget about you. Today Foursquare announced that Swarm, its new checkin app, will launch on Windows Phone in the next few weeks. The announcement follows Foursquare’s move to cut checkins out of its…
  • Madefire finally launches an Android app, begins selling ‘print’ comics

    24 July 2014, 12:45 pm by: Tom Cheredar

    Digital comics startup Madefire has released an Android app today that gives people access to its selection of “motion books.” Motion books are digital comic books that pan over comic imagery and incorporate audio to offer a more cinematic comic…
  • Pirate Bay launches Mobile Bay so you can browse torrents via smartphone

    24 July 2014, 12:37 pm by: Ruth Reader

    As far as websites go, the Pirate Bay is nothing to gawk at. The peer-to-peer file sharing site is pure function, no fuss. You want Adobe Photoshop for free? You go to Pirate Bay, usually on your desktop or laptop. But you no longer have to feel chained to a…
  • Google Coordinate now ships with every Maps Engine Pro subscription

    24 July 2014, 12:30 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Google announced today that Google Maps Coordinate, a mobile and web app that lets teams assign jobs and share their locations with each other in real time, will now be included with every Maps Engine Pro subscription ($5 per user per month). This should…
  • 5 lessons from MobileBeat: Move beyond mobile tactics, invest in the experience first

    24 July 2014, 10:16 am by: Jeff Fagel, G/O Digital

    Guest Post: After two jam-packed days of panel sessions at the recent MobileBeat conference, featuring brand executives in the retail, CPG and travel sectors, my head (and my notebook) are flowing with mobile marketing insights and lessons. Here are five of…
  • Here’s why the Internet of things just became very interesting

    24 July 2014, 9:30 am by: Michael Stiller, Rayner Turley, & Mark Krivis; NASDAQ QMX

    Guest Post: Experts are heralding the Internet of Things (IoT) computing phase as the next industrial revolution, estimating 50 billion connected devices and IoT solutions reaching $7.1 trillion by 2020. While we won’t refute these arguments, a focus on…
  • Facebook’s future is now: Most member growth is coming from outside U.S., Europe

    23 July 2014, 6:28 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    The social networking giant reported a gain of only 7 percent in new daily users from the U.S. and Canada.
  • Confirmed: Facebook Messenger will eventually do payments

    23 July 2014, 6:13 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Now we have confirmation on why Facebook hired PayPal’s David Marcus: Payments and Messenger will eventually “overlap,” Zuckerberg said during today’s earnings call. When the company first announced it had hired Marcus, the former president of PayPal,…
  • Uber teams up with Microsoft to launch a Windows Phone app

    23 July 2014, 5:17 pm by: Jordan Novet

    Now Uber works as a native mobile app, not just a web service, on Windows Phone.
  • Mobile saves the day: Facebook surpasses revenue expectations

    23 July 2014, 4:25 pm by: Ruth Reader

    Facebook had a pretty great quarter thanks mostly to mobile.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Apple, Swatch working together on an ‘iWatch’

    23 July 2014, 4:01 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Editor's Pick: Instead of selling one or two "iWatches," Apple and its partners will offer a family of smartwatches to suit all tastes "from geek to chic."
  • Tango deal lets employees sell $8M in stock

    23 July 2014, 4:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    New private offering permits employees sell some of their holdings.
  • Sentimental postings on social media are turning out to be pure gold for advertisers

    23 July 2014, 2:38 pm by: Richard Byrne Reilly

    Consumers and their sentimental postings on social media have become a treasure trove for advertisers and their mobile ad campaigns.
  • The voice renaissance: Why Amazon and Apple are returning to the roots of mobile

    23 July 2014, 2:30 pm by: Eric Holmen, Invoca

    Guest Post: In 1973, Martin Cooper of Motorola used the earliest handset to make the first cell phone call. Since then, the mobile phone has evolved from a portable telephone to a personal digital assistant to a device for consuming nearly anything.…
  • Dell, Expedia, US Air Force to explore mobile app security in a BYOD organization

    23 July 2014, 12:30 pm by: VentureBeat Staff

    Join us for an upcoming webinar on August 7 at 10 am Pacific where we’ll be diving deep on mobile app security with top execs from Dell, Expedia, the US Air Force, and Forrester. In the next three years, 75 percent of mobile security breaches will be the…
  • Mobile games revenue will double by 2017 as growth spreads worldwide (exclusive)

    23 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Asia Pacific stands out as the biggest revenue generator for mobile games by far.
  • Yahoo’s Flurry deal will kick mobile-ad buyout frenzy into high gear

    23 July 2014, 11:05 am by: Richard Byrne Reilly

    Editor's Pick: Big IT companies buying mobile analytic and ad outfits will likely be accelerated across the ecosystem because of the Yahoo-Flurry deal Monday.
  • Another location sharing app launches in App Store, but PlaceUs might actually be useful

    23 July 2014, 10:54 am by: Ruth Reader

    Just when you thought location sharing had jumped the shark, another app asking you to share your whereabouts has launched — but it may prove useful.
  • Microsoft’s new Lumia 530 is its cheapest Windows Phone yet

    23 July 2014, 9:12 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    Only a few days after killing off Nokia’s experimental Android phones, Microsoft is showing off its low-end alternative. The company today unveiled the Lumia 530, a new budget Windows Phone with a 4-inch screen and a low price tag of around $115 (without…
  • After two years, KakaoGame hits 20M monthly active users

    23 July 2014, 6:42 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Mobile messaging networks like KakaoGame are making mobile games more viral.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to declining iPad sales (again)

    22 July 2014, 5:39 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    He doesn't seem too concerned.
  • Nokia adds $1.9B to Microsoft’s revenue in Q4 but cuts into firm’s profit

    22 July 2014, 5:16 pm by: Barry Levine

    Nokia: a lead weight for Microsoft?
  • Microsoft’s Surface tablets brought in $409M in revenue last quarter

    22 July 2014, 5:12 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Looks like the Surface tablets have again helped Microsoft’s revenue this past quarter. Surface tablets brought in $409 million in revenue, mainly in sales of the second generation Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, and Surface Pro 3, the company said today in its…
  • Accuracy measurements put Google Now slightly ahead of Siri

    22 July 2014, 4:43 pm by: Murry Shohat

    Mobile voice assistants continue to improve. Both Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now are a far distance from emotional and compelling Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johannson in 2013′s double Oscar and Golden Globe winning Her. But both show clear and…
  • Nadella’s first full quarter at Microsoft barely beats revenue predictions, but profits slip

    22 July 2014, 4:07 pm by: Jordan Novet

    But changes are coming. ...
  • Amazon Appstore exec paints one vision of gaming’s future: wearables, cars, and, of course, Fire…

    22 July 2014, 3:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Amazon exec says games will go multiplatform and take advantage of new hardware like virtual reality. There must be an evil master plan in here somewhere.
  • Amazon heads into retail meatspace with its first smartphone-based wallet

    22 July 2014, 2:07 pm by: Barry Levine

    In yet another indication that the world's largest digital store is seriously interested in real-world commerce, Amazon has released a beta of its first mobile digital wallet.
  • Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets have screens that will make you drool (review)

    22 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    The Galaxy Tab S is one big Android tablet that may actually be worth a look.
  • Apple wins patent for a second smartwatch, the ‘iTime’

    22 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    The Patent Office has just granted Apple a patent for another smartwatch. In the patent application, Apple refers to the device as the “iTime.” The watch looks more like a standard wristwatch than the much-hyped “iWatch.” But in this watch, the whole…

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