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London to pioneer 5G technology, the city's mayor promises

5G is still only in its early stages, but Mayor Boris Johnson has promised that London will have the world’s first major 5G network.<p>The University of Surrey will be the driving force behind the developments which were announced as part of the capital’s long-term infrastructure plan from now until …

Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be Everywhere

iBeacon can give you turn-by-turn directions to help you find an item on a shelf, or it can tell you when your order is ready for pickup, or alert you to deals as you walk by them.<p>iBeacon is one of the new features of iOS 7, and Apple isn't the only one with plans to use it. As the AP's Barbara …

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Distimo: Games Now the Most Downloaded Apps on iPad and Android

iPad and Android device owners now download video games more than any other type of app, according to new research by app analytics company Distimo.<p>Throughout September, 48 percent of app downloads on the iPad were identified as games, outstripping entertainment (8.9 percent), lifestyle (4.1 …

At Apple, gold iPhone 5S is known as 'the Kardashian phone'

No, it didn't merely have some secret code name with numbers and letters. Apparently, the (relatively) blingiest of the iPhones was associated from the beginning with, well, a lack of taste.<p>Apple employees are often accused of excessive reverence for the brand and even for themselves.<p>They are said …

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Skin Analytics Keeps An Eye On Your Skin

Over time, our skin ages. We don’t see many of these subtle changes but it’s happening. Also, moles or other skin blemishes change over time – sometimes slowly, sometimes more rapidly, but one thing is for sure, we don’t normally see or detect these changes until it’s too late.<p>More than two million …

Mark Zuckerberg On The Real Beginnings of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his annual appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event for a fireside chat with Paul Graham. In this conversation, he spoke about what he first built, never being afraid of making mistakes, and the movement that the social network has become to connect …

Twitter Buys Mobile Ad Exchange Startup MoPub for $350 Million

Twitter announced on Monday that it has acquired MoPub, a mobile advertising exchange startup.<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources …

Social Gaming Startup Socialspiel Recruits Another Ex-Rockstar Games Veteran As CEO, Raises Further €200K

Socialspiel, the Austrian social games startup founded by ex-Rockstar Games employees, has announced a small additional funding round, and with it a change of guard at the top of the company. The new funding — €200,000 — is led by German angel fund FLOOR13, with participation from games industry …

Google Play Adds Digital Textbooks For Rent And Purchase

Google today announced that its Play store now features digital textbooks from well-known publishers like Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, Random House, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that Google had announced this feature during its …

Social website platform RebelMouse gets $10.25 million in Series A funding

RebelMouse, the company that describes itself as “your social front page”, has landed more than $10 million in fresh funding in a series A round led by Oak Investment Partners, SoftBank, Sterling Investment Partners and Michael Lazerow.<p>Paul Berry, founder and CEO of RebelMouse announced the deal on …

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Now that Facebook’s stock is above $30, its employees are breathing a sigh of relief

Facebook’s stock got a big boost from its strong second quarter earnings, adding nearly $20 billion in market value over one day. Facebook’s shares opened today at $33.54 a share, its best performance since its fateful first day as a public company in May 2012. If the stock can stay consistently …

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How Blippex handles the data behind its time-driven search engine

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Search for something on Blippex, a recently launched search engine, and the results you’ll find might be quite different from …

Study: Gamers Play More and Spend More on Tablets vs. Smartphones

Tablets are the “mobile platform of choice” for gamers, according to a new study from research firm Frank N. Magid Associates. The study, sponsored …

CHART OF THE DAY: Which Types Of App Store Games Get The Most Love From Apple

Mobile developer Dave Addey did a thorough analysis of Apple's App Store to figure out what kind of apps get featured in the store.<p>He found that games get featured more often than any other category. 50% of the apps featured are games, though only ~17% of all apps in the store are games.<p>He broke …

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Global mobile advertising topped $8.9B & jumped 83% in 2012, thanks to a global smartphone boom

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Medialets<p>Wow, never thought those accidental clicks on ads on your smartphones are going to turn into a mega-billion …

Tencent Starts Testing Its Highly Anticipated Games Platform On WeChat, Its Blockbuster Messaging App

While messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, MessageMe and Path continue to duke it out in Western markets, the place to watch all the real action continues to be in Asia, where apps like Tencent’s WeChat, Line and KakaoTalk innovate in China, Japan and South Korea.<p>This week, Tencent, the $72 …

Greycroft Keeps Betting on Ad Tech, Adds New Partner John Elton

Lots of investors say they are done putting money into ad tech. But Alan Patricof’s Greycroft Partners thinks it can still find interesting …

Foursquare partners with Deezer to incentivize live concert check-ins

Location-based social network Foursquare is turning its attention to the media business by trying to boost the number of users who check in at live concerts through a partnership with streaming music service Deezer.<p>When Foursquare users check in to seven or more concerts, they’ll have a chance to …

Facebook mulls plan to become game publisher -- report

The company is currently talking with developers about publishing titles and sharing a cut of mobile ad revenue for each title.<p>Facebook is considering getting into the gaming business as a publisher, a new report claims.<p>The social network is currently working with a few mobile-game developers to …

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Leaked Details Of Facebook’s New Chat Rooms Feature

Facebook has built a new feature codenamed “Host Chat” that lets people set up chat rooms their friends can join without an invitation, a source familiar with the feature tells us. I’ve contacted Facebook and it confirms it has begun testing this feature in the wild. Reminiscent of the old AOL chat …

The Next $100 Billion Technology Market?

Just as we are getting our arms around terms like B2B and BYOD, the latest technology acronym emerges — M2M. And this one is big and getting bigger fast. For many of us, M2M (machine-to-machine) is a new concept, but you might be surprised to learn that it is already a $24B market and predicted to …

Behind the top mobile ad publishers: Facebook, Google, Pandora and Twitter

Publishers like Facebook, Google’s YouTube, and Twitter are reporting an explosion in mobile advertising this year. After years of false starts, 2013 has become <i>the</i> year of mobile advertising.<p>Notably, these publishers are doing better than some big ad platform companies, such as Millennial Media, …

Ericsson Predicts 4.5B Smartphones Will Be Owned by 2018

Telecommunications company Ericsson has released its latest mobility report which predicts that in the next five years, the number of smartphones subscriptions in the world is expected to reach 4.5 billion, with 60 percent of the world’s population covered by LTE. Other findings show that with the …

Startup Boutiika Is Solving The Biggest Problem With Buying Clothes Online

That's the holy grail of ecommerce and an even holier, grailier problem for clothing retailers because clothes shopping is such a hands-on experience. People don't want to wait to get their new duds.<p>Boutiika, which launched its shopping site in late 2011, sells clothes from 300 boutiques to date in …

iRadio: tracking Apple's attempt to build the iTunes of streaming music

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> iRadio: tracking Apple's attempt to build the iTunes of streaming music<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Apple has been rumored to be working on building a streaming music service that would finally bring iTunes in line with the times. Commonly referred …

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