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Alibaba to launch mobile games platform in competition with Tencent

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Getty Images / Guang Niu<p>As the Chinese smartphone market continues to heat up — mobile app trends site Flurry noted …

Apple Opens Flagship Store On Tmall In China

Apple has set up an official flagship store on Tmall, a B2C shopping site for brands operated by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, as first spotted by Wall Street Journal.<p>An Alibaba spokeswoman confirmed to TNW that the Tmall store is an official Apple store, but declined to share further details …

In 2014 the next billion will access the mobile internet—at $20 a handset

For the first time ever, in 2013 smartphones outsold feature phones, and the dean of Silicon Valley tech investing, Marc Andreessen, says that within three years you simply won’t be able to buy a non-smartphone. But what proportion of phones in use right now are smartphones?<p>Less than half, is the …

Mobile

FCC Chairman Wants Carriers to Start Unlocking Phones Pronto

Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler told the cellphone industry on Thursday that it is time to take action to ensure consumers can …

Net Neutrality
India

How your company can start using data: Think small and internal first

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Anna Gordon/GigaOM<p>A company doesn’t necessarily need a fully fledged data science team and expensive tools to start …

Data Science

Message unread: Silicon Valley's secret, failed bid to save BlackBerry

Could switching to Android and focusing on business have turned the company around?<p>In the summer of 2012, just a few months into the job, RIM (now BlackBerry) CEO Thorsten Heins was trying to guide the company through an ongoing crisis. The stock price had slipped to an eight-year low; BlackBerry …

US government releases first hundred pages of Aaron Swartz file

Documents released show the secret service was interested in a document Swartz penned calling for open information<p>The first batch of secret service documents about Aaron Swartz has been released amid a legal battle to publicly share the 14,500 pages the government has amassed in its investigation …

Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook, One Year After the IPO

It’s been a long, rough road for Facebook after the company was first listed on the Nasdaq exchange one year ago. The stock, which debuted at $38 per …

Sheryl Sandberg

Apple’s Tim Cook: The Full D11 Interview

There was a lot to talk about as Apple CEO Tim Cook made his second appearance on the <b>D: All Things Digital</b> stage.<p>Cook declined many, <i>many</i> …

Tim Cook

Steven Sinofsky: The Full D11 Interview

Steven Sinofsky is talking to lots of companies these days. He’s meeting with big companies, small companies and plenty of venture capitalists.<p>But as …

Employment

Electric Cars, Wearable Computing and TV Disruption — 10 Things You Missed During the First Two Days of D11

Asa Mathat / D: All Things Digital<p>As always, <b>D11</b> is proving to be a diverse, star-studded tour through the “all things digital” that give this site …

Mary Meeker

Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk: The Full D11 Interview

As CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Elon Musk is methodically and intensely focused, but in conversation he’s surprisingly easygoing and willing …

Elon Musk

South Korea’s Kakao has become the ‘new El Dorado’ of mobile games

SAN FRANCISCO — Just a year ago, South Korea’s Kakao Talk mobile-messaging network launched its game platform, and now it has become the “new El Dorado of games,” according to Eric Choi of Kakao.<p>Choi said in a talk at the Casual Connect game conference today that revenues in the South Korean game …

Ten percent of Starbucks transactions in US come via mobile payments

Mobile payments has proven to be a very difficult nut to crack. Google, Isis, and others have failed to bring wallet-free payments to primetime, but one company has seen some success: Starbucks. The coffee chain says that wholly ten percent of its payments in the US are made using smartphones, …

Your Body Is The Computer

The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it? Last week, we looked at how the giants of tech are going after TV screens. This week, …

This little orange box is spreading economic opportunities across Africa

A little orange box that started in South Africa is now making it’s up across the continent.<p>Nomanini is a social enterprise company that sells a “business in a box.” The portable orange device is called Lula, and works as a digital vending machine for selling prepaid vouchers for mobile airtime, …

19 percent of the web runs on WordPress

SAN FRANCISCO — At the annual San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg told the audience a fascinating stat about the service.<p>In a talk that also included details on the next two versions of WordPress, Mullenweg said, “We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress. … …

Google’s Chromecast Is A Brilliant Inversion Of The Streaming TV Market

Instead of giving your TV a smartphone app interface, Google’s $35 gadget turns your smartphone, tablet, or computer into a remote control.<p>Google’s latest attempt to muscle into your television set, Chromecast, is only two inches long but it turns your streaming television experience inside …

Comparing Wearables: Fitbit Flex vs. Jawbone Up and More

“Which is better, the FuelBand or the Up?” “What do you think about the Fitbit Flex?”<p>I’ve been hearing questions like these a lot lately. Wearable …

Wearable Tech

On the Road to Self-Betterment, Apps That Keep You on Track

Setting goals is easy. Keeping them is the hard part.<p>That’s where the newest wave of goal-keeping applications, like Lift and Alive.do, comes …

Apps

SmartThings opens up its home automation platform to developers

To say SmartThings' Kickstarter campaign was a success is an understatement: the Internet of Things outfit, which offers a clever array of home automation sensors, routers and smartphone apps, raised more than $1.2 million (over four times the company's original goal), nabbed over 6,000 backers and …

We Think We Know What Elon Musk's Hyperloop Is, And How It Can Get You From LA To San Francisco In 30 Minutes

He calls it the "Hyperloop" and he says it's better than a bullet train. The Hyperloop would get people to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 30 minutes.<p>However, he's been vague about how he's going to make the Hyperloop a reality.<p>The closest to detail he's gotten is when he said the Hyperloop is a …

Transportation

Chrome Mobile events scheduled for June 7 and June 13

Not long after Google I/O, two livestreams have been scheduled on the Google Developers website. Both events are specifically created for Chrome Mobile, but beyond that, there’s a lack of details. However, you’ll be able to find out what they’re all about soon, with one of them set for June 7 at …

Mobile

Google ordered to hand private customer data over to FBI investigators

A US judge has ordered Google to comply with FBI secret demands for customer data, despite earlier ruling the warrantless orders …

Privacy

Can Technology Pave the Road for Peace in the Middle East?

New investments in technology may eventually help Palestinians flourish, but obstacles still loom large.<p>RAMALLAH, West Bank - At first glance, it is a tech utopian's dream. For the last two years, several dozen Palestinian entrepreneurs have been getting training from Israeli high tech experts …

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Keith Teare is the founder of just.me and a partner at Archimedes Labs. He is also the co-founder of TechCrunch. Follow him on Twitter @kteare.</i><p>Because of Google I/O, this was a momentous week for those of us who are watching the rapid transition that is taking place from desktop …

Google To Allow Gmail Users To Send Money Via Email

It’s not easy to send money digitally.<p>Paypal, an early leader in the field, requires users to have a Paypal account. Users of Venmo, a mobile app, must also have an account, plus download the app.<p>And Google Wallet, first announced two years ago, has struggled to get wireless carriers and phone …

BlackBerry chief: tablets will be dead in five years' time

BlackBerry's chief executive has said that in five years "I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet any more" – but he expects the company …

Mobile