Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, is reportedly looking to get into the lucrative ad network game, perhaps as early as their F8 developers conference set to kick off in San Francisco on April 30, 2014. Facebook has been serving their own ads for a long time now, but this would be away for developers to integrate Facebook ads into their own apps and services, and it would bring Facebook into direct competition with Google’s [Read More...]
Facebook on Thursday announced a new feature that will allow mobile device users to share locations with friends. Called Nearby Friends, it’s an opt-in feature that lets people share their exact location with other users for determinate amounts of time. Users can choose to share with one friend, close friends, or a set list of people.
When Nearby Friends is on, you can see when [Read More...]
Following a fairly successful soft launch in Canada, Zynga’s FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches globally today on iOS and Android. The Facebook version has been out since 2012, though the new mobile version won’t require a social plug-in to bug your friends for resources. You can also play offline, which is a nice change of pace from these types of games. The usual freemium city-building tropes are here: gather resources, plant new crops, wait on timers, [Read More...]
LG is teaming up with TSMC to manufacture their own processors. LG has long used Qualcomm processors in their devices, but the move to design and build their own processors follows in the footsteps of Android rival Samsung, who has been manufacturing their own Exynos processors for years. Apple, too, has been designing their own processors, including the Apple A7 that powers the most recent generation iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.
The fifth iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available, bringing another handful of DRM-free games with proceeds going to both the developers and charities. If you’re not familiar with the system here, it’s a “pay what you want” model that lets you make a donation and receive the first three games, with an above-average donation unlocking another three (or more) games. The six games available in this bundle aren’t blockbusters, but they’re a pretty great deal:
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Gmail on the web has added a handy new feature which lets you quickly attach images that are already in Google+ through Android’s photo auto-backup feature. This is a really great addition, considering how easy it is to start writing an e-mail on your computer, find out you need a photo from your phone, and then have to crack open Google+ in a new tab to start rifling around to find the right shot.
Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.
Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, [Read More...]
Odin Mobile sells wireless devices and service for the visually impaired, and just started carrying the Nexus 5. For $ 399, subscribers get the handset and a month of usability support over the phone, though you can skip the service and save $ 40. Devices are preloaded with a smattering of accessibility apps set up, which is a nice touch. One of them is Talkback, which is actually baked into Android, and allows users to get [Read More...]
A growing national Wifi network would provide the backbone for another competitor in mobile service
Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.
Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks [Read More...]
WIND Mobile, Canada’s plucky underdog carrier, has updated their service plans across the board. The base $ 20 and $ 30 plans have both been bumped up by $ 5, but now include Canada-wide calling. The WINDtab subsidy on the $ 35 plan has been increased to $ 150 from $ 100, and there’s a new top-tier plan available at $ 60 that has just about everything you could want: unlimited U.S. roaming, Canada/U.S.-wide calling, global [Read More...]