• Streaming Music Makes Mobile Sing
    In mobile -- as in life -- it's important to remember where you came from, and what got you to the place where you presently stand. For mobile, that's music. Yes, music (combined with audio broadcasting) was for many years the only reason we carried around bulky gadgets -- many of which were actually "connected" and ad-supported. This is more than just a historical footnote. Music still contributes to the bottom lines of mobile leaders from Apple to Pandora.
  • Major Breach Threatens Apple's App Kingdom
    To the chagrin of many a respectable developer, Apple has always been known to have the toughest app-review protocols in the business. That's why news of the iOS App Store's first large-scale attack is so surprising. As of Sunday, Apple said it was busy ridding its marketplace of malicious iPhone and iPad programs implicated in the assault.
  • The Booming Mobile Ad-Blocker Business
    Confirming the worst fears of publishers and other app developers, ad blockers are flying off the virtual shelves of Apple's App Store. This comes on the heels of Apple releasing a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9, which for the first time allowed for ad-blocking capabilities on iPhones and iPads.
  • Monetizing Social Media
    As mobile gains traction, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat have all been trying to plug gaps and monetize their platforms. The progress has picked up in recent months, with Pinterest and then Instagram announcing APIs for advertisers and Snapchat introducing vertical video ads. Everyone got buy buttons a few months ago, too, hoping to streamline conversions on mobile. Out of all of them though, Instagram has by far the best chance of success - and that's because it was bought by Facebook.
  • Snapchat Charging For Replays Is The Worst (And Best) Idea Ever
    Often, something's popularity only illustrates how little I understand people and their behavior. From grown men devoting their free time and money to video games and fantasy sports -- to certain presidential candidates -- what passes for popular is increasingly beyond me.I say that only to hedge my criticism of Snapchat's latest money-making endeavor.
  • Forget Oculus Rift! Facebook Turning Phones Into VR Virtuosos
    Before Facebook sells a single Oculus Rift headset, how could the social giant turn people onto the wonders of virtual reality -- and significantly increase mobile engagement in the process? By launching a stand-alone video app that can support 360-degree "spherical" videos, of course!
  • Apple Shows Off Strong IPhone Pre-Orders
    Apple's been having a tough month. After getting caught in the market's recent downdraft, investors pummeled the stock on the heels of its bummer of a news event last week. The company that Steve Jobs built could use some good news -- and it appears to have come in the form of new iPhone sales projections. Yes, after just a few days of preorders, Apple says the latest versions of its popular smartphone are on track to surpass last year's first-weekend sales of 10 million units.
  • Why Google and Twitter Are Ganging Up On Facebook, Snapchat And Apple
    Did you really think Google and Twitter were going to let Facebook, Snapchat, and Apple take their profitable positions at the intersection of mobile consumers and news? No, sir! Google and Twitter are reportedly appealing to publishers to show "instant articles" to their many users. The duo is promising publishers that, just as with Facebook's own "Instant Articles" effort, their program will guarantee faster and more reliable delivery of news stories.
  • Why Do I Feel So Let Down By Apple?
    Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller called the new iPad Pro "a magical piece of glass you hold in your hands" during the company's annual "wear jeans and watch super-slick video of devices moving through space" presentation yesterday. Maybe because I'm sensitive to these things, or maybe because I'm new to the mobile/tech space, but that word magical... even if it was just a piece of corporate hyperbole, it bothered me.
  • How Instagram Became A Cash Cow
    Taking a big leap forward, this week Instagram is finally offering some sophisticated targeting capabilities to advertisers, as well as expanding its ad program across more than new 30 countries from Spain to South Korea. Instagram's ad technology is finally leveraging Facebook's ads infrastructure -- something brands have long begged for.
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