Ever try to launch a mobile application and get nothing but a spinning wheel? You’re not alone.
What drives app developers? Is it creating great new experiences for consumers on their smartphones and tablets? Scratching an itch of an idea they’ve always hoped would be more than a napkin sketch? Well, sure, but the most powerful motivation is simply to make a buck, and that is why many developers are are building apps for the ente [...]
Between AT&T and Verizon, cellular data service was a $13.3 billion business in the second quarter of 2012. Combined, the two have almost 88 million U.S. smartphone (i.e. lucrative) subscribers. These relatively quiet — though not gentle — giants have a firm handle on what happens in the mobile economy. AT [...]
Smartphones and tablets are made out of metal, plastic and glass. The last thing you want to do is drop them. You have seen it before: the poor chap sitting next to you at the pub, trying to play Angry Birds on an iPad that has been cracked beyond recognition. It is a sickening feeling. These are expensive devices that people have emotional [...]
If you can’t beat ‘em, charge ‘em: Not long ago, AT&T execs criticized smartphone users
Developments in mobile commerce are coming so thick and fast that it is hard to keep track of the shifts. Today alone, three companies innovating in smartphone payments announced significant initiatives. Two initially similar outfits – Card.io and Jumio – appear to be diverging in interesting ways. The third, Shopkick, gained a b [...]
It’s old news that tablets are eating the lunch of old-line PC makers, but the size of the bites can be surprising. A series of reports this week showed PC shipments flat to down, while tablets – led by the iPad – are selling more strongly than most observers expected.
The new equation of modern life is simple: Use a mobile phone, give up any expectation of privacy. Cell phone carriers last year responded to some 1.3 million demands for information from law enforcement – and it’s a safe bet that plenty of the people caught up in those investigations were just average Joes. Imagine you’re a teacher talking [...]
Mobile payments. The phrase has hit the popular conscious over the past several years as smartphones have permeated the lives of people around the world. Pay for anything you want without a plastic card, without cash, without your checkbook. Just use your smartphone to buy anything you want. There are many different ways to make payments or [...]