Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

Mustbin, the mobile application that began as a secure organizer for personal documents and other information captured by your smartphone’s camera, is today making a larger move to compete in the private mobile messaging space with the launch of Mustbin 2.0. The new app is now offering a solid handful of features that differentiate it from many competitors, including the ability to… Read More

Source : TechCrunch » Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/05/mustbins-new-app-blends-secure-private-messaging-with-cloud-storage/?ncid=rss

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Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

Image (2) cocktails-l1.jpg for post 107669 Wondering how to make a Moscow Mule or a Margarita? Google this morning is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you how to make any cocktail, offering step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and even serving suggestions like type of garnish or drinkware. The addition is one of many ways that Google is trying to turn its search service into more of a virtual assistant for… Read More

Source : TechCrunch » Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/05/googles-newest-search-feature-tells-you-how-to-make-a-cocktail/?ncid=rss

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Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

Image (2) cocktails-l1.jpg for post 107669 Wondering how to make a Moscow Mule or a Margarita? Google this morning is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you how to make any cocktail, offering step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and even serving suggestions like type of garnish or drinkware. The addition is one of many ways that Google is trying to turn its search service into more of a virtual assistant for… Read More

Source : TechCrunch » Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/05/googles-newest-search-feature-tells-you-how-to-make-a-cocktail/?ncid=rss

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Acer launches new, Intel Core i3-powered Chromeboxes

Acer has announced new, improved versions of their Chromeboxes, with more powerful Intel Core i3 processors. The new models also feature support for higher-resolution displays



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Google Play ‘Supercharges’ Games with New Data, Ad Features at MWC 2015

Google Play ‘Supercharges’ Games with New Data, Ad Features at MWC 2015Google knows gaming is big business. In fact, according to a recent blog post at the Google developer website, the company notes that “of the one billion Android users in more than 190 countries, three out of four of them are gamers.”

Now Google wants to put some premium gas in its gaming tank.

Google has announced new features for Google Play Games and AdMob to facilitate better measurement metrics as well as increased monetization opportunities.

For starters, “Player Analytics” should give developers a better idea of where they’re hitting targets, and where they’re not.

“We’re introducing Player Analytics, giving developers access to powerful analytics reports to better measure overall business success and understand in-game player behavior,” according to the post. “Launching in the next few weeks in the Google Play Developer Console, the new tool will give indie developers and big studios better insight into how their players are progressing, spending, and churning; access to critical metrics like ARPPU and sessions per user; and assistance setting daily revenue targets.”

Google contends that clients like BombSquad (the brainchild of a one-person game studio in San Francisco) more than doubled its revenue per user on Google Play during beta testing of Player Analytics.

Additionally, three new updates to the AdMob platform are aimed at monetization.

The new features? (Here we quote Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games).

  1. Native Ads: “Currently available as a limited beta, participating game developers will be able to show ads in their app from Google advertisers, and then customize them so that users see ads that match the visual design of the game.”
  2. “In-App Purchase House Ads Beta: Game developers will be able to smartly grow their in-app purchase revenue for free. AdMob can now predict which users are more likely to spend on in-app purchases, and developers will be able to show these users customized text or display ads promoting items for sale. Currently in beta, this feature will be coming to all AdMob accounts in the next few weeks.”
  3. Audience Builder: “A powerful tool that enables game developers to create lists of audiences based on how they use their game. They will be able to create customized experiences for users, and ultimately grow their app revenue.”

And don’t forget TV. Google Play plans include Android TV as a means to bring games to the bigger screen.

“To make gaming even more dynamic on Android TV, we’re launching the Nearby Connections API with the upcoming update of Google Play services,” explained Hartrell. “With this new protocol, games can seamlessly connect smartphones and tablets as second-screen controls to the game running on your TV. We are looking forward to more living room multiplayer games taking advantage of mobile devices as second screen controls.”

More details on Google’s vision — and upcoming changes — are available here.

Source : Mobile Marketing Watch http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MobileMarketingWatch/~3/sFhL8PpO6tQ/

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For Sale: Three Letters and a Dot for Low, Low Price of $25 Million

For Sale Three Letters and a Dot for Low, Low Price of 25 MillionWhat would you give for three letters and a dot? Actually, two letters and a dot (one letter repeats), because Google just bought the exclusive rights to the “.app” top-level web domain.

Google paid $25 million.

“Google decided to apply for new top-level domains (TLDs) way back in 2012, four years after ICANN, the organization that controls the world’s domain names, decided to expand the overall number of generic TLDs,” according to Business Insider. “Google applied for dozens at the time, including .docs, .android, .free, .fyi, .foo, and — of course — .app.”

Since June of last year, ICANN has been slowly but surely auctioning off a variety of domains in what can only be described as a competitive and expensive process. Google’s $25 million for .app is so far the most any company has paid in one of ICANN’s auctions.

Business Insider notes that Dot Tech LLC spent $6.7 million on the “.tech” domain last year, reportedly besting Google’s bid. And Amazon got the jump on “.buy” (cost $5 million) and “.spot” (cost $2.2 million) in late 2014.

“Google currently lets people register for ‘.how,’ ‘.soy,’ and ‘.minna’ domains on its own ICANN-accredited domain registry,” according to Business Insider. “It also plans to be the registry for the top-level domains ‘.dad,’ ‘.here,’ ‘.eat,’ and ‘.new,’ among others, and, presumably, ‘.app’ soon. You can’t actually purchase domains like ‘cooking.how’ via Google’s registry (you get directed to partner sites), but the company also has its own domain registration service, which is still in beta.”

And this was Google’s humorous email reply to a reporter about the run on domains:

“We’ve been excited and curious about the potential for new TLDs for .soy long. We are very .app-y with .how, at a .minna-mum, they have the potential to .foo-ward internet innovation.”

Why would Google plunk down that much for — as we said — less than a handful of letters and a dot?

While Google hasn’t announced any specific reasons for grabbing .app, it would provide the firm with a unique way to promote apps as more and more searches move to mobile. Additionally, late last week, Google admitted it was going to start testing ads for apps in its Google Play store.

Considering those factors … maybe $25 million was a bargain, even with the repeat letter.

Source : Mobile Marketing Watch http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MobileMarketingWatch/~3/uhIuyRJko8g/

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Updated: BlackBerry Classic NOW AVAILABLE This Thursday On The Verizon Wireless Network

 

UPDATE – March 5, 2015:

The BlackBerry Classic is now available at Verizon retail locations across the country in addition to VerizonWireless.com.

Please check local store availability by:

  1. Click on the Verizon Classic store locator
  2. Find a store near you by typing in your zip code and select a search radius
  3. Click on the “Find Stores” button
  4. The results will be all of the Verizon retail stores that are stocking the BlackBerry Classic in your area

Happy shopping!

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UPDATE – February 26, 2015:

The BlackBerry Classic is now available on the Verizon Wireless Network. Buy yours today from VerizonWireless.com

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BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network

Familiar Design and QWERTY Keyboard on the Nation’s Most Reliable 4G LTE Network

BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic. The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you. Read all about the announcement at Verizon Wireless, which Business Insider hailed with the headline: “Suddenly, the new BlackBerry Classic Looks Really Awesome.”

 

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In today’s smartphone world, apps are all part of the experience. The BlackBerry Classic gives you access to both BlackBerry and Android apps, the best of both worlds. Search for and download apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. And with so many apps, you’ll need a battery to power you through the day. The 2500mAh battery gives you up to 22 hours of mixed usage. Power Optimization on the Classic helps to extend the battery life in those times when you’re running low and need to stay online.

Apps are great, but many require a reliable data connection to use them. You shouldn’t have to worry about a BBM or text that’s stuck on “sending” or a video that spends more time buffering than playing. The BlackBerry Classic runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network and is XLTE-Ready, so you’ll be able to get faster peak speeds and greater network capacity than before in cities coast to coast. XLTE is available in over 400 markets.

At its core, the Classic really is about productivity and getting things done. But in order to be efficient, organization is needed. BlackBerry Hub helps manage all your conversations in one place with a single swipe. You’ll see emails, texts, BBM, calls, social media and more in one inbox. You can also prioritize contacts and message types with the Instant-Action feature.

Commentators at Business Insider were excited:

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The BlackBerry Classic will be available online starting Feb. 26 and in Verizon Wireless stores on March 5 for $99.99 with new two-year activation after $50 mail-in rebate debit card (takes up to 6 weeks and expires in 12 months). Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers.

Below is a summary of the BlackBerry Classic specs, but read all of our prior coverage, including interviews with satisfied users, and positive media reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, TechCrunch and others:

OS BlackBerry 10.3
Display 3.5-inch HD display Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for durability
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core processor
Storage 16 GB internal storage (formatted capacity is less) and supports up to a 128GB microSD card (sold separately)MORE Everything customers receive 25GB cloud storage on Verizon Cloud at no additional charge
Battery 2500mAh

 

Follow us on @BlackBerry for all the latest news and announcements from Mobile World Conference 2015 (#MWC15).

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/M7JsdHlMb6I/

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Updated: BlackBerry Classic NOW AVAILABLE This Thursday On The Verizon Wireless Network

 

UPDATE – March 5, 2015:

The BlackBerry Classic is now available at Verizon retail locations across the country in addition to VerizonWireless.com.

Please check local store availability by:

  1. Click on the Verizon Classic store locator
  2. Find a store near you by typing in your zip code and select a search radius
  3. Click on the “Find Stores” button
  4. The results will be all of the Verizon retail stores that are stocking the BlackBerry Classic in your area

Happy shopping!

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

UPDATE – February 26, 2015:

The BlackBerry Classic is now available on the Verizon Wireless Network. Buy yours today from VerizonWireless.com

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network

Familiar Design and QWERTY Keyboard on the Nation’s Most Reliable 4G LTE Network

BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic. The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you. Read all about the announcement at Verizon Wireless, which Business Insider hailed with the headline: “Suddenly, the new BlackBerry Classic Looks Really Awesome.”

 

classic keys

In today’s smartphone world, apps are all part of the experience. The BlackBerry Classic gives you access to both BlackBerry and Android apps, the best of both worlds. Search for and download apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. And with so many apps, you’ll need a battery to power you through the day. The 2500mAh battery gives you up to 22 hours of mixed usage. Power Optimization on the Classic helps to extend the battery life in those times when you’re running low and need to stay online.

Apps are great, but many require a reliable data connection to use them. You shouldn’t have to worry about a BBM or text that’s stuck on “sending” or a video that spends more time buffering than playing. The BlackBerry Classic runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network and is XLTE-Ready, so you’ll be able to get faster peak speeds and greater network capacity than before in cities coast to coast. XLTE is available in over 400 markets.

At its core, the Classic really is about productivity and getting things done. But in order to be efficient, organization is needed. BlackBerry Hub helps manage all your conversations in one place with a single swipe. You’ll see emails, texts, BBM, calls, social media and more in one inbox. You can also prioritize contacts and message types with the Instant-Action feature.

Commentators at Business Insider were excited:

biz insider 2 comment

biz insider 1 comment

The BlackBerry Classic will be available online starting Feb. 26 and in Verizon Wireless stores on March 5 for $99.99 with new two-year activation after $50 mail-in rebate debit card (takes up to 6 weeks and expires in 12 months). Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers.

Below is a summary of the BlackBerry Classic specs, but read all of our prior coverage, including interviews with satisfied users, and positive media reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, TechCrunch and others:

OS BlackBerry 10.3
Display 3.5-inch HD display Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for durability
Processor 1.5GHz dual-core processor
Storage 16 GB internal storage (formatted capacity is less) and supports up to a 128GB microSD card (sold separately)MORE Everything customers receive 25GB cloud storage on Verizon Cloud at no additional charge
Battery 2500mAh

 

Follow us on @BlackBerry for all the latest news and announcements from Mobile World Conference 2015 (#MWC15).

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/M7JsdHlMb6I/

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Mobile World Congress Showcases Ad Innovations that Matter

Mobile World Congress Showcases Ad Innovations that MatterWhile thousands roam the exhibit halls at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, the news never stops.

The latest news: an interesting finding from the mobile ad experts at Millennial Media, whose latest Mobile Mix report shows that Samsung saw the greatest number of impressions on the platform in the past year, unseating Apple who had previously been the leader.

More sophisticated devices and bigger screens have driven an upsurge not only in video, but innovative ads that work in this new mobile environment — for Samsung and also for others.

This is particularly apparent today in Barcelona where MWC is yielding the stage to some of mobile advertising’s biggest ad tech innovators, like Los Angeles-based Airpush.

Reaching consumers on those bigger screens with more richness and vitality has made Airpush a standout at MWC. The company’s new Abstract Banners have caught the attention of attendees in Airpush’s exhibition area where Abstracts are being demoed for anyone of interest.

At a time when very little innovation comes the way of the banner, Abstracts are a refreshing update of the often-criticized ad format that removes much of what the standard banner has been criticized for – being a clunky and unattractive eye sore on the mobile screen that generates a pittance in developer earnings.

Although Airpush’s colorful marketing language describes Abstracts as “deeply engaging” ad formats that “seamlessly blend” full motion transparent overlays with app content, most attendees who have taken in a demo actually seem to agree with that flowering description. Consequently, the good-looking animated ads have been a hit with the Barcelona masses at MWC.

Ultimately, what’s what MWC 2015 is all about. The world has gone mobile. How to live in that world — and especially how to stand out from the pack — is what both exhibitors and attendees are here to explore.

Source : Mobile Marketing Watch http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MobileMarketingWatch/~3/h12yaX5ioUY/

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Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Sounds Like It Could Stretch The Definition Of ‘iPad’

Adobe Ink & iPad Apple is working on a new, larger iPad as rumored, according to the Wall Street Journal, with suppliers told to gear up for production in the second half of this year. That’s a revised timeline from an earlier plan that targeted the first half of this year, but since the product’s existence hasn’t yet even been acknowledged by Apple, that kind of timetable change… Read More

Source : TechCrunch » Mobile http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/05/apples-12-9-inch-ipad-sounds-like-it-could-stretch-the-definition-of-ipad/?ncid=rss

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