Kathryn Auger

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Android's permissions gap: why has it fallen so far behind Apple's iOS?

No piece of technology knows as much about you as your smartphone. It goes where you do, so knows your movements, holds your contacts, your mesages, emails, web browsing records - and all the apps you use, perhaps including credit card details (suitably obfuscated to prevent casual theft). Given …

The Always-On Auto Shazam

Today, Shazam is rolling out Auto Shazam, an upgrade that allows users to collect all songs they hear throughout the day- no more rush to pull phones from pockets or purses. The new feature can be turned on to identify all songs over a set course of time and shuts itself off when battery runs low. …

Google Play Catching Up To Apple's App Store

There are now over 1 million apps available on Apple’s App Store according to 148apps.biz and there are about 950,000 Android apps available according to AppBrain. Distimo has published its 2013 in review comparing various metrics between the two App stores and found that while Apple’s App Store is …

Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today. The app, which is now available for download in Japan’s Google Play store, is a sign that the service is doubling down on its efforts to increase engagement among users as it competes with WeChat, …

Android 'started over' the day the iPhone was announced

Apple's boast that the iPhone changed everything about the mobile industry has received some support from one of Android's original software architects. Chris DeSalvo, who worked alongside Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build its mobile OS, says that the iPhone's announcement forced …

Taxibeat Raises $4M From Hummingbird To Scale Its ‘Marketplace’ Taxi App

Taxibeat, an iOS and Android taxi app with an innovative approach to hailing a cab (which works particularly well in emerging markets), has secured a new $4 million funding round from London-based Hummingbird Ventures. The startup previously raised $3 million from private investors and has been …

Tinder Creator Justin Mateen Defends App: 'Women Aren't Wired That Way, Right?'

By now, online dating has lost a lot of its creep-factor. We are more and more connected to our devices, humans are getting savvier at reading between the lines of online profiles and the internet provides us with enough sites for every type of person out there -- from JDate to Farmers Only.<p>But the …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

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Rocket Internet Pours $400M into Africa and the Middle East

Rocket Internet is increasing its focus on the Middle East after it announced plans to pump €300 million (around $410 million) in the region and Africa via two new projects with South Africa carrier MTN.<p>The companies are creating two joint ventures — Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced this …

Calif. lawmaker to introduce smartphone 'kill switch' bill

Sen. Mark Leno wants to make the security feature -- aimed at bricking stolen smartphones -- the law.<p>A California senator plans to introduce a new bill that would require smartphones to enable a "kill switch," a security feature that would make a phone inoperable if it's stolen.<p>Sen. Mark Leno …

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