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Apple may let you pay via text, call, or email soon

If getting rid of your money isn’t convenient enough as is, Apple wants to help. A new patent filed by the tech giant suggests that you’ll soon be …

Apple Pay

Having an app isn’t enough: The next phase of mobile now that everybody has a smartphone

Less than 10 years later, mobile is now everywhere, and investors are questioning whether mobile is dead, saturated, or just the beginning of a new arms race between operating systems as every device and every company is considered "mobile."<p>So, what does mobile mean in 2015 when (almost) everyone …

Apps

Firefox finally comes to iOS

While Mozilla wants Firefox to be all things to all people, the browser has been noticeably missing from Apple's App Store. The software company put that down to the iPhone maker's software policy, namely that it'd have to use iOS' default browser engine instead of its own. Mozilla slowly came …

Hyundai makes owner's manuals more interesting with augmented reality

Augmented reality showrooms are one thing, but Hyundai using that tech to make learning about your new car more interesting. This week, the automaker announced its an augmented reality owner's manual app for Android and iOS. The Hyundai Virtual Guide plays nice with both smartphones and tablets, …

Augmented Reality

Facebook brings 360-degree videos to iOS as content creation ramps up

360-degree videos made their way into Facebook's News Feed back in September, but it was only available for web and Android users. Now, however, iOS users can join in on the fun as well thanks to a new Facebook update that is being rolled out today. There's also good news for Gear VR owners: you'll …

Google Maps now lets third-party developers add predictive travel times to their own apps

On the same day that Google Maps got a handful of nifty offline features, Google also quietly announced that it was making the popular mapping platform more appealing to third-party developers.<p>While businesses have been able to integrate Google Maps and many of its associated features into their …

Apple's cool 'Indoor Survey' app maps venues using radio frequencies, but you can't use it

Apple may be getting into the indoor mapping game. An app has been discovered that lets users map the inside of a building using their phones.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not for the casual user. The app was discovered buried in the App Store; it wasn’t even discoverable via Search, nor was it listed as an …

Facebook's Atlas takes digital advertising beyond the cookie — here's how

For years, digital marketers have been shackled to an increasingly outdated technology known as cookies, which are still used to measure and target digital ads.<p>Cookies — bits of code dropped into web browsers — are known to generate poor approximations of how many people view a digital ad, …

Digital Advertising

From App Idea to Success

“I’ve got an idea for an app‎. How do I develop it?” is a question we get every week from entrepreneurs, businesses and anyone with an idea for an …

Apps

Google is giving out 'instant' Project Fi invitations for one day

If you've been jonesing to ditch your existing phone carrier and try Google's invitation-only Project Fi service, now's the time to act. Google is marking the launches of the Nexus 5X and 6P by giving away "instant" Project Fi invitations over the course of 24 hours -- if you want to sign up, …

How Coca-Cola Cracked Snapchat

In a new Fast Company feature, Coca-Cola execs explain how Coke made an ad Snapchat users wanted to watch.<p>Much like its peers, Snapchat thinks it can revolutionize brand advertising for digital platforms. “There’s a tremendous pent-up demand for big-brand advertisers to allocate their brand …

Advertising

Apple bans over 250 apps that secretly accessed users’ personal info

Apple today removed more than 250 apps from its App Store that were using software from a Chinese advertising company that secretly accessed and stored users' personal information. The firm, called Youmi, provided app makers with a software development kit that would glean which apps a user had …

Apps

THE WEARABLES REPORT: Growth trends, consumer attitudes, and why smartwatches will dominate

For now, most of the devices need to connect with a smartphone or tablet for most of their functionality.<p>Wearables also suffer from a perception problem. Consumers still don't understand how a wearable might really benefit them. In a recent report on the wearable computing market from BI …

Wearable Tech

Make your old ride smarter with the VOYO connected car device

In the car world, it turns out you <i>can</i> teach an old dog new tricks.<p>San Francisco-based firm Voyomotive has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its …

Driverless Cars

Ad-block software is approaching 200 million users — here's how publishers are reacting

Ad-block software usage may be more common than previously thought. There are nearly 200 million monthly active users (MAU) of ad-block software globally, according to data from a new study by PageFair and Adobe included in our latest ad-blocking report.<p>That represents a big uptick in ad-block …

Digital Advertising

A close look at why the tablet market isn't coming back

The tablet market has hit a wall. Shipments contracted for the second consecutive quarter at the start of 2015, declining by 6% year-over-year (YoY).<p>As recently as 2011, annual global tablet shipments growth surged 305%. But by 2014, total tablet shipments growth had slowed to just 8%.<p>In a new …

Internet of Things

Google To Test Mobile-Optimized Web Pages In Indonesia

Google announced today that it will begin running tests of a new way to deliver search results to mobile users with slow connections. The company’s pilot trials will initially take place in Indonesia, a country where the Internet is playing a greater role in people’s lives – especially among …

Chrome Browser

More people are using just their phones to access the internet than desktops

According to the report, 11.3% of people in the US access the internet exclusively through a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Just 10.6% access only on a desktop PC. It's the first time mobile-only users surpassed desktop-only users in the US.<p>The gap was much wider a year ago. In April …

Mobile

THE PEER-TO-PEER PAYMENTS REPORT: The exploding market for smartphone apps that transfer money

The opportunity is huge. Globally, the market for peer-to-peer transfers and remittances is worth well over $1 trillion.<p>In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we profile 10 of the most exciting P2P payment apps and explain how they may serve as a bridge to wider use of smartphones to complete …

FinTech

Marriott hotels to start accepting Apple Pay this summer

Hey, did you know Marriott already promised to stop trying to block personal WiFi devices? If that convinces you to stay in one of its hotels again, don't forget to bring your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus: the chain will soon start accepting Apple Pay. To check in, you'll only need to go to the contactless …

Apple Pay could be coming to Europe as early as mid-April

The question of when European iPhone owners can expect to start using Apple Pay may be answered sooner rather than later. Visa Europe has announced that it is putting in place the infrastructure to allow contactless payment terminals to support the “tokenization” service used by Apple Pay.<p>The …

Google Wallet is getting serious

Samsung isn't the only company looking to challenge Apple Pay's increasing dominance in mobile payments.<p>Google announced Monday that it has acquired …

Integrated Approach - DMI

The world’s first integrated, end-to-end mobility company<p>Delivering successful mobility solutions requires a variety of distinct skill sets. Between …

Oh, The Places We'll Go: IAB Ties ROI To Location Data

One of the troubling tropes in the last year is that “mobile” is becoming an obsolete category in digital media and marketing. The migration to …

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Advertisers Can’t Afford to Ignore Gaming, says new IAB Report

When I got a Words with Friends request from my husband’s grandma, I knew mobile gaming was officially ubiquitous. Gamers of every age and …

How Responsive Web Design Works [Infographic]

This infographic illustrates what responsive web design is, how it works, and why you should make the switch.

Use this trick to see a map of everywhere Google knows you've been

Luckily, there's an easy way to see exactly what Google knows about where you've been, and you can even see a map of past locations you have visited.<p>This all depends on whether you have enabled two settings tied to your Google account: location reporting and location history. Of course Google lets …

Apps

You can now video chat with a salesperson before buying a phone or tablet from Google Play

Google is giving its online store the human touch. The Google Play store for devices like Nexus phones and tablets now has a new option to begin a video chat with a salesperson who can answer any questions you might have about Chromebooks, Android Wear, or other devices that Google sells directly …

Google Play

The Wildest Design Yet For Google’s Project Ara Phone

Russian design firm Lapka tells us that everyone behind Project Ara may be missing the point.<p>Google’s Project Ara is one of the company’s most ambitious projects. It’s a modular phone, in which users could snap in new cameras, batteries, or processors as quickly as snapping together Lego.<p>Thus far, …

Product Design