According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple is planning to integrate Shazam song identification into an upcoming iOS update. Read more »
LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices. Read more »
The use of OpenStack in Ericsson’s core next-gen gear means mobile operators will be able to roll out features faster and use cheaper hardware, said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. Read more »
Portuguese company Ynvisible created Printoo kits to get flexible, thin electronics out of laboratories and into the hands of makers. It is offering a series of modules on Kickstart as of today that can do just about anything. Read more »
App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange Twitter acquired in the fall of last year, and will work for both iOS and Android phones. The apps are installed via Twitter’s Card system, and Twitter mentioned participation from Spotify, Kabam, HotelTonight and Deezer. It’s arguably Twitter’s highest-value ad yet, and could stand to bring in good revenue for the company as it establishes its ad network.
Users of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets can download a new Kindle app produced in partnership with Amazon. The app, Kindle for Samsung, has a new interface and gives away one ebook a month. Read more »
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the center. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier make their case for enterprise OpenStack adoption. Read more »
Microsoft Azure Basic and Amazon’s designation of “previous generation” EC2 instances may signal a shift to more tiering of basic cloud infrastructure. Read more »
Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change. Read more »
Music subscription service Spotify is getting ready to switch its data delivery technology from P2P to a server-client model, according to a TorrentFreak report. Spotify has long been using P2P for its desktop client, but not for mobile and web listening, and it makes sense that the company is looking to streamline its data delivery as mobile usage grows and bandwidth prices continue to decline. With the shift, Spotify is also closing the book on a little-known part of its past: uTorrent creator Ludvig Strigeus started working for Spotify after he sold his company to BitTorrent Inc. That sale was facilitated by none other than Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who briefly served as uTorrent’s CEO.
Jasper has quietly become a force in the internet of things, brokering and managing many of the connectivity agreements – including AT&T’s increasing number of connected car partnerships – that link appliances, gadgets and vehicles to mobile networks. On Wednesday, Jasper announced it has raised a $50 million round led by the government of Singapore’s investment arm Temasek Holdings, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the funding raises its valuation to $1 billion. Mobile connectivity has mainly been a big factor in the industrial internet of things, where shipping, trucking and many other industries have long used machine-to-machine connectivity. But Jasper’s M2M technology is gradually creeping into the consumer realm, in particular the connected car.
Many media outlets look down on comments, and some have killed them off entirely, arguing that they are filled with bad behavior and therefore worthless. But there is value in listening to one’s readers, and social media doesn’t fill that need completely. Read more »
Austin’s M87 is trying to turn smartphones into extensions of the mobile network, sending mobile connections hopping from device to device before hitting the tower. Qualcomm has taken notice. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
The “bring your own” acronym syndrome now has the cloud primed for inclusion in the tech lexicon. Is BYOC the next BYOD? IT administration
is looking more and more democratic, but who is in charge of company data and organizational structure? Read more »
Blogger Nick Szabo was found to be “an uncanny match” to the author of the original bitcoin whitepaper — another clue to revealing who created the currency. Read more »
Google released its Q1 earnings report for 2014, and while the company continues to make lots of money the results were shy of analysts’ expectations. Read more »
The newest Google Android app just made it easier to remotely access a Windows or Mac computer from a phone or tablet. You’ll need Chrome on the target computer but that shouldn’t surprise if you’ve been following Google’s long-term Chrome strategy. Read more »
If you mainly use your Kindle to read ebooks, you may be unaware that the device is also an excellent document reader — simply send an email with a document to a specific Amazon email address and it will appear on your e-reader. On Wednesday, Amazon sent an email to Kindle users informing them all documents sent to Kindle are now stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, in a folder labeled “My Send to Kindle Docs,” even documents sent before the cloud drive integration. Previously, documents sent to Kindle were converted to .mobi format, but now those docs are stored in their original format. It’s pretty nifty and allows you to send a document to your reader and make a cloud backup accessible from the browser at the same time.
Meet Kif Leswing, who will be covering mobile technology for us out of New York. Read more »
Google found that an algorithm can solve reCAPTCHAS with an accuracy of more than 99 percent. Read more »
A 19 year old attacked Canada’s tax agency, and stole sensitive data from 900 accounts. The country’s police service has now made an arrest. Read more »
The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts. Read more »
TWC has launched the first large-scale implementation of Hotspot 2.0, which will make public Wi-Fi networks behave like cellular networks. You log into the network once and you’ll be instantly connected wherever you go. Read more »
Selfie app Frontback — which allows users to take advantage of a phone’s front- and rear-facing cameras to switch together two-shot photos to share with friends – released its app for Android on Wednesday. The iPhone app has been around for a year and just surpassed its millionth download in March. The company says that the Android app includes identical features to the iOS version, but also has a new feature called “Offline Mode,” which allows users to take pictures without an internet connection.
Refocusing camera images after taking the picture is becoming all the rage on mobile devices. Google must agree since it has a new downloadable Google Camera app with a Lens Blur feature. Read more »
Google will release a modular smartphone in January 2015, according the the leader of Project Ara, Paul Eremenko. Read more »
A new generation of contact-management capabilities is required for enterprises, and modern CRM solutions from companies like Contactually, Nimble, and Introhive point to how the market needs to evolve. Read more at Gigaom Research »
We Heart It is a success with teenage girls, but can it rise above its roots and hit the mainstream? Read more »
Twitter appears to have backed down in a legal fight over who can use dead celebrity images. The case could have broader ripples for online expression. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities. Read more »
Mark Zuckerberg says his approach to mobile consists of breaking the monolithic Facebook app down into smaller, more discrete experiences — ones that may look and feel nothing like the big blue app or main website, and may even allow for different identities Read more »
Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku’s set-top box and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Read more »
Startup Oroeco is tying financial data from Mint with carbon emissions data, in the hopes that their app will be compelling enough to change user behavior. Read more »
Volvo has struck a deal with AT&T to embed wireless connectivity into its model year 2015 vehicles. AT&T will provide the internet link for Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment system and its telematics services. Read more »
In our next webinar, the analyst panel will provide simple steps that businesses can use to produce hard numbers and discuss the ways in which they can apply that data to evaluate and justify spending. Join us along with our sponsor VictorOps on April 30. Read more »
iPhone media sharing app DabKick wants to make it easier for you to meet new people, so it introduced a room feature that lets you chat away while watching TV together. Read more »
Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they’ve purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts. Read more »
Wandering around wearing Google Glass with no place to stay? The SPG for Glass can solve that problem, helping you search for a room or manage your Starwood Preferred account on Google’s wearable computer. Read more »