Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  • Tablets, Smartphones To Spur Even More Growth

    Driven by the explosive growth in mobile technologies, the Consumer Electronics Association is projecting overall revenues for the consumer electronics sector to reach a record $209.6 billion in 2013, up 3% from 2012's $204 billion. ...Read the whole story

  • OkCupid Launches App To Jumpstart Dating

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, dating site OkCupid is releasing a new app designed to get people to actually go out on dates. The "CrazyBlindDate" app launches on the heels of a Sunday 'New York Times' feature on the death of traditional dating at the hands of bloodless digital substitutes: endless text messaging, Facebook posts, and instant messaging, as well as just "hanging out." ...Read the whole story

  • Mobile Developer Settles With FTC Over Background-Check App

    Two Minnesota companies have agreed to take steps to ensure the accuracy of their reports in order to settle charges that their mobile background-check apps violated federal consumer protection laws. ...Read the whole story

  • Weather Channel Hits 100 Million Downloads

    Between Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy, and a Christmas snowstorm, people had plenty of reason to reach for their cell phones in 2012 for weather updates. All that activity helped the Weather Channel application cross the 100 million mark in downloads on mobile phones and tablets last year. ...Read the whole story

  • Netflix Gains Exclusive Access To 'Dallas,' Amazon Goes To Wii

    A week after a deal giving it access to Warner Bros. shows such as NBC's "Revolution," Netflix has another arrangement with Time Warner that covers content carried on its Turner networks, including the remake of "Dallas." Netflix will have sole streaming rights to the first two seasons of the TNT show, produced by a Warner Bros. unit, starting in January. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • IPhone Demand SoftensThe Wall Street Journal

      In a sign that Apple could be losing its grip on mobile supremacy, the company has reportedly cut its orders for components for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand. “It comes as [Apple] has been facing greater challenges from Samsung Electronics Co. and other makers of smartphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system,” The Wall Street Journal reports. ...Read the whole story

    • First News App Supplements Print ProductPress Gazette

      The children's newspaper released a new app which supplements print editions with interactive content on every page. The app is claimed by First News to be the first of its kind. After downloading the free app from iTunes or Google Play, readers can hover their device over pages to get different interactive content. Because of the way it combines print and online, editor Nicky Cox believes this type of technology could be "the way forward for struggling newspapers". ...Read the whole story

    Tweeting The Tube: Low-Res Joy In An HD Era

    How curious that one of the most powerful accompaniments to our massive HD hyper-connected TVs is a clunky, truncated, text-based platform that feels like the telegraph by comparison. A lesson here about mobile's role? ...More

    • 'Second Screens' Are Sill Second-Rate In The TV Business

      A lot has been made of the so-called second screen. But I've never heard a modern media consumer say, "Hmm, I wonder what's playing on my second screen this evening?" ...More

    • Digital Hyper-Tasking Will Push Mobile in 2013

      According to comScore, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the period ending November 2012, Samsung is the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.9% market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone ...More