Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google

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Apparently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple’s Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can’t have, and I’d be incredibly surprised if Yahoo got its wish here. Kara Swisher over at…



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April 17th 2014 apple, bing, Google, iphone, microsoft, Search, yahoo

Buffer’s iOS App Upgrade Gives It The Power Of The Desktop

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Buffer, the social media scheduling and discovery tool, upgraded its iOS app today and says it now offers most of the features of its desktop client. Like Klout, which also released an iOS app upgrade this week, Buffer touts its service as solution for people who want to boost their social media…



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April 10th 2014 apple

Apple Pledges To Make iOS Emojis More Racially Diverse

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Apple has vowed to update its emojis after Miley Cyrus and actor Tahj Mowry complained about the cartoon emoticons’ lack of diversity. MTV Act blogger Joey Parker emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the issue and got this response from Katie Cotton, Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications. Read More

March 26th 2014 apple

Apple and Comcast in Talks for Streaming Partnership?

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Could Comcast users say goodbye to fuzzy, buffering videos and hello to fast, HD-quality content thanks to a rumored deal with Apple

The Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed sources say Apple and Comcast are negotiating a streaming television service deal that would give the cable giant's customers who own Apple set-top boxes preferential treatment on its network. 

When everyone in the network is trying to access too much online content simultaneously, the "last mile"—the final part of the cable wires that delivers service to the customers—tends to get congested.

Internet service providers argue that content makers that absorb a lot of bandwith should be responsible for hogging the space. However, the other side is preaching net neutrality, which hinges on the idea that all data online should be viewed on equal footing by Internet service providers and governments. 

Netflix famously agreed to pay Comcast in order to allow the streaming video company to directly connect to the cable giant's broadband network to prevent traffic jams in February. Then, just a month later, it bashed Comcast for being an "an industry leader in supporting weak net neutrality."

Apple had also been previously rumored to be talking with Time Warner Cable and other companies about getting access to live TV channels and video content for a new Apple TV device, Bloomberg reported. Comcast announced it was buying TWC in mid-February for $45.2 billion. The merger is still being reviewed by the U.S. government.

A January court decision ruled that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the authority to prevent Internet service providers and their ilk from blocking and discriminating against certain content providers. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that the government will re-attempt to create guidelines to help regulate the arena.


    





March 25th 2014 apple, Technology, video

QuizUp Tops 1 Million Downloads on Android, Too

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QuizUp has more than one million Android signups since being made available on the mobile operating system on March 6, according to the count on Google’s Play store. The trivia app, made by Plain Vanilla Games, had already been among the fastest growing iOS games before displaying similar success with Android.

Released on iPhones in November, QuizUp quickly amassed one million users on its way to more than 10 million. The Iceland-based company is amassing a loyal following that's interested in trivia across more than 400 topics.

Thor Fridriksson, QuizUp CEO, has told Adweek that the average user spends about 30 minutes a day in trivia challenges. The app also lets users discuss topics on bulletin boards and message each other individually.

Additionally, the games provider has indicated an interest in offering branded quizzes. Big brands can already be found in the game—although they are not paid placements—with categories based on Disney and Harry Potter.

There is a quiz called Beer Logos, yet another area in which trivia clearly blends with brands. Perhaps Budweiser will pay QuizUp in order to hijack appearances by Coors (or vice-versa).

At any rate, the potential for ad dollars is there.

Meanwhile, in December, Plain Vanilla raised $22 million in a fundraising round led by Sequoia Capital.


    





March 18th 2014 Android, apple, Google, Mobile, Technology

Gillmor Gang: Another Fine Mess

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The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor

In a world where big planes can be lost without a trace and and drunk-drivers make the biggest headlines at tech conferences, it was only fitting that we turned this episode of the Gillmor Gang on its head and started with an ending. Only in this crazy world does that make any sense. Read More

March 17th 2014 apple, Facebook, microsoft, Twitter, video

After Apple Acquisition, Burstly’s SkyRocket Users Get 90-Day Notice

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When we reported that Apple had acquired Burstly last month, a lot of the attention was focused on TestFlight, the popular mobile app testing platform — and specifically around how it would discontinue support for Android and the wider TestFlight SDK to new users. But it looks like this won’t be the only part of the Burstly business that will be winding down. Read More

March 14th 2014 apple, Mobile

Apple, Samsung Gain, Windows Phone Plateaus In US — comScore

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This morning comScore released its latest US smartphone report. These monthly missives have become largely static documents with little change among the various players. Indeed, the OEM and OS share charts are basically consistent the past several months. Apple gained a point and Android lost a…



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March 8th 2014 apple

Apple CarPlay, Boeing Black Phone Revealed in New Videos

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We got a closer look at two titillating technologies today. And both Apple’s CarPlay and Boeing’s Black Phone are the next level of secret agent style.

CarPlay is the new name for Apple's in-car operating system, which is being developed for Volvo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and other partners. Today, consumers got a first look at what an Apple car looks like, with Volvo showing off its version.

The car’s control panel resembles the home screen of an iPad with its black background and a few handy apps like Apple Maps and iTunes Radio. The auto version of the operating system shows why it was a good idea to redesign iOS last year—app icons, with flatter design, easily transfer to another format like a dashboard console.

And CarPlay integrates with Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri for hands-free functions.

Meanwhile, Boeing posted the first promotional video for its new smartphone, the Black Phone. The company's first smartphone was designed with security and corporate clients like the U.S. military in mind, offering features like "modularity," which enables the user to access satellites. This promo is the most detailed look at the Black Phone so far.


    





March 4th 2014 apple, Mobile, Technology, video

Else 3.3.14: Is The Internet A Utility?

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elecutilThe week was dominated by Google related stories, but the top dialog had to do with the Internet itself. I’m sensing something of a shift in society’s beliefs about the Internet’s central role in our humanity. Five years ago, no one wanted to talk about Internet access as a basic human right. In 2012, the UN called it exactly that. With access consolidating into what looks like a natural monopoly, might regulation as a utility be far behind?

Real Time (Medium) Another, denser version of previous essays asking whether it isn’t time to call the Internet a basic utility. “..the immaterial organisation of the internet has now become the most dominant force on this side of the planet...” Unfortunately, this piece is too dense. Try this one instead: The Internet Is Fucked (TechCrunch) in which the author enjoins: “Go ahead, say it out loud. The internet is a utility.There, you’ve just skipped past a quarter century of regulatory corruption and lawsuits that still rage to this day and arrived directly at the obvious conclusion.” Of course, that created a rejoinder: More? - “The Internet is an incredibly useful tool in modern society, but it isn’t essential to the basic functioning of society. Utilities are.” My take: The Internet is a basic need now for the info-organism we are all becoming. So I’m leaning toward the utility camp, I’m afraid. There’s a new book on the subject, should you be interested.

The Monuments of Tech  (NYTimes.com) A meditation, with far too photos, on the meaning of the campuses built by Google, Twitter, Apple, Facebook. Have you read The Circle yet? Read The Circle. Then read this.

Welcome to Googletown (The Verge) As long as we’re talking tech monuments, here’s a full blown deep dive into the relationship between Google and its Silicon Valley home, Mountain View. As one might expect, it’s fraught. But I’ve spent time in Mountain View before Google got there. Not that much has changed, outwardly. If Google keeps growing the way it’s planning to grow, that won’t be the case.

Are the robots about to rise? Google’s new director of engineering thinks so (The Guardian) Part of me wonders why they let Ray Kurzweil out of the building at Google. But this is worth reading in any case. Related: Kurzweil’s review of Spike Jonze’ Her. 

When quantified-self apps leave you with more questions than answers (The Daily Dot ) Something of a takedown on admittedly kludgy first generation self trackers. “I tweet a lot, but it’s mostly nonsense. I don’t have a whole lot of use for “data” about myself.” I just started using the Nike Fuelband. I’ll post plenty about that I’m sure, as the first week has proven interesting.

Can Privacy Be Saved? (The New York Review of Books) Don’t you love articles that ask questions, then fail to answer them? Me too. This is a review of various government reports and Presidential speeches arising from the Snowden revelations. The essay makes a strong case for – making a stronger case for privacy. It ends by citing Orwell, Dick, and Bradbury. It does not answer the question – which may well be the answer after all.

To Be Clear: Do Not Build Your Brand House On Land You Don’t Own (Searchblog) In case you missed it, a small reminder about the perils of building on rented land.

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March 3rd 2014 apple, Facebook, Google