All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘mobile apps’

Yahoo Looks At Why Smartphone Users Replace Apps

Yahoo Looks At Why Smartphone Users Replace Apps

Mobile apps are a major part of how people interact with and consume digital media with the number of people using smartphones growing all the time. The app ecosystem is even playing more of a role in search now. There’s never been a better time to have a mobile app and get consumers to put it on their devices. That’s …

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You Can Now Add Your App Content To Google News

You Can Now Add Your App Content To Google News

Google announced that publishers can now add mobile app URLs to Google News via the Google News Publisher Center. The Publisher Center was launched last year as a destination where publishers can make changes to their news site details, update section URLs, label sections, etc. In a Google News help forum post (via Search Engine Roundtable), community manager Stacie Chan …

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Mobile Apps Mean More For Search Visibility

If your business doesn’t have a mobile app yet, it might be time to change that…for SEO purposes. Now it’s an even better idea to have an app available for both Android and iOS users. Google is indexing app content across both platforms, and it’s using the implementation of app indexing as a ranking signal for search results. Do mobile …

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Twitter’s Flock Developer Series & Hatch Contest: What You Need To Know

Twitter is wooing developers more than ever in 2015. It’s hard to believe, but the company only recently held its first-ever developer conference, Flight. The October event saw the unveiling of Twitter’s Fabric developer kits and Digits sign-in. There are three modular kits that address stability, distribution, revenue, and identity. Fabric combines services from Twitter itself, as well as its …

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Facebook Launches Mobile App Ad Improvements

Facebook announced new buying, creative, and targeting options for mobile app ads aimed at helping marketers more effectively advertise during the holiday season, and presumably getting them to spend more money. For one, marketers can now buy Facebook mobile app ads with guaranteed reach and frequency. “This allows advertisers to boost awareness while controlling how often someone sees an ad,” …

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eBay Now Same-Day Delivery Apps Are No More

It’s been looking like eBay Now’s days were numbered for quite a while now. Now, the mobile apps for the e-commerce company’s same-day delivery service have gone M.I.A. VentureBeat reported all the way back in June that eBay Now could be on its way out. Last month, eBay held its Q3 earnings call, when eBay CEO John Donahoe made a …

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Facebook Launches Standalone Groups App

Continuing its strategy of launching standalone apps for various functions, Facebook announced a new Facebook Groups app, which comes from its Creative Labs division. This one is immediately available for both Android and iOS (some of the other apps have been iOS only). “Every month, 700 million people use Facebook Groups to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, …

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Adobe Announces New Mobile App Analytics Offering

Adobe announced a new mobile app analytics offering called Adobe Analytics – Mobile Apps, which is obviously aimed at helping marketers and developers measure the effectiveness of apps, and get a better idea of how people are using them on different devices. Adobe Analytics – Mobile Apps includes enhanced support for iBeacons, app acquisition analytics, a new mobile SDK that …

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Gartner: Over 3/4 Of Mobile Apps To Fail ‘Basic’ Security Tests Through Next Year

In general, we shouldn’t consider mobile apps particularly secure for the foreseeable future. That is if Gartner is correct in its latest analysis. The firm said this week that over 75% of mobile apps will fail basic security tests through 2015. This is not particularly comforting for businesses. Gartner notes that enterprise employees download from app stores, and use mobile …

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Mobile App Use Up As Number Of Apps Being Used Remains Flat

Nielsen recently released some research looking at mobile app usage, finding that while app usage is up, the number of apps being used isn’t really changing. According to the report, American adults spent 30 hours and fifteen minutes per month on apps in Q4 2013, which is up 65% from two years before that. The number of apps used remained …

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Google Launches App Promotion Ads For Search, YouTube

Google announced the launch of app promotion ads for search and YouTube, following a similar offering launched earlier this summer for the Display Network. The search ads enable users to get advertisers’ apps, and offer advertisers a three-step campaign set-up flow to promote them. These ads will only be shown to people who don’t already have the app. Google is …

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LinkedIn Launches ‘Connected’ App To Take Place Of Contacts

LinkedIn announced that it is launching a new iPhone app called Connected, which is replacing its Contacts app. The app lets you know when people in your network change jobs, are mentioned in the news, have work anniversaries or birthdays, and reminds you to connect with people you recently had meetings with. It has a card-based experience, which is different …

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Vine Adds Loop Counts, Redesigns Feeds

Twitter’s Vine announced that it is now showing loop counts on its iOS and Android apps, and on the web, to show how many times people have looped a video. The loop counts also appear on Vine embeds around the web. “With this update, there’s now a new way for you to quickly get a sense of how popular and …

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Facebook’s Slingshot Gets Official Launch

Facebook accidentally pushed out its new Slingshot app in the App Store last week for a short period of time, but now it’s back, and it appears to be on purpose this time. This time, the release is accompanied by an official blog post on the new Slingshot blog. Slingshot is described as the second app from Facebook Creative Labs …

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LifeLock Wallet App Removed From Mobile Stores

LifeLock, the company that promises customers safety from credit and identity theft, has temporarily shut down one of its services. The company has taken down its LifeLock Wallet app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s mobile app store. LifeLock cited security concerns as the reason for the app’s removal. In a blog post issued last week, LifeLock …

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Google Launches New Tools For Mobile App Businesses

Google announced on Tuesday that it is adding Google Analytics to mobile ad platform AdMob and launching new content experiments for Google Tag Manager. Analytics will be available within the AdMob interface on a new “Analyze” tab, which should be quite helpful for app businesses. “Today’s app developers have to make decisions quickly and implement them seamlessly if they want …

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Facebook Updates Paper App With New Features

Facebook has released a new update for its Paper news reader app. It will now let users share articles via Facebook Messages, text message or email, and turn sound effects off. It also now supports languages that use multi-stage input, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The app was first released on February 3rd, and is only available for iPhone in …

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Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant businesses as well. Priceonomics.com first reported on the app after noticing it when picking up lunch. You can check out …

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Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft just announced the launch of three new Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Travel. Bing Food & Drink includes 600,000 recipes, a wine guide to 1.5 million different bottles, and a one-click “add to shopping list” feature, which roams between mobile and Windows 8.1. The Health & Fitness app …

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Yahoo Acquires Wander And ‘Days’ App

Yahoo is showing no signs of slowing down the acquisition train. In the fifth piece of company-being-acquired-by-Yahoo news of the year, Yahoo has acquired Wander, which operates the social photo app Days. The Wander team announced the news on the Days blog: We’ve spent the past few years figuring out how to make content creation as habitual as content consumption. …

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Inside Has Improvements On The Way

Last week, Jason Calacanis released a new news aggregation app called Inside. As far as we can tell, the response so far has been generally positive, with some users suggesting they have quickly become “addicted” to it. Like with any other app launch, it’s not perfect, and there is plenty of room for improvement. The Inside team has addressed some …

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How This Panda Victim Google-Proofed His Business

Earlier this week, famous web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis unleashed his new app Inside. It’s a news aggregation service, which has proven immediately addictive to fans. While the app itself is an interesting enough story in its own right, there’s another story here that has a moral a lot of online businesses should pay attention to: you need a business that’s …

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Facebook Enters News Reader Space With ‘Paper’

There’s been talk all month that Facebook would soon launch a news reader app called Paper, and the company has now made the official announcement. It won’t be available until February 3rd, and it’s only for iPhone in the U.S. for now. The company describes Paper as a way to help you “explore and share stories from friends and the …

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Jelly Gets Android, iOS App Updates

Jelly, the new Q&A app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, announced today that it has launched updates for its Android and iOS apps. The Android version adds support for more cameras and camera resolutions and support for more devices that couldn’t generate custom fonts. The update also includes some bug fixes. It removes some permissions for features Jelly was testing, …

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Yahoo’s IntoNow Shuts Down

Yahoo is shutting down IntoNow, the TV app it acquired a few years back. The technology will live on in various Yahoo-branded offerings, but as a stand alone app, Into Now is no more. Or as Into Now itself puts it, “We’re out like Walter White.” The app’s homepage now displays the following message: As part of our ongoing efforts …

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Here’s What You Can Do With Twitter On Android Now (And iPhone Soon)

Twitter announced some updates to its mobile apps to give users some new photo editing options and quick access to more content. The new photo editing capabilities allow you to crop by selecting an aspect (like square or wide), and rotate an image before you share it. It will also provide a reminder to @mention your friends when you upload …

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Facebook ‘Paper’ News App Will Reportedly Utilize Human Editors, Instagram Photos

Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone news app, which would rely on human editors to provide news stories from various publications. The app would presumably be a Flipboard-style news reader, and would make use of these hand-picked stories, as well as status updates and Instagram photos. This according to Re/code, which cites two people familiar with the matter. Rumors …

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CEO Of StumbleUpon’s 5by Talks New Apps, Plans To ‘Take Over The Living Room’

Back in September, StumbleUpon made its first acquisition, buying video discovery service 5by. Today, they’ve launched a 5by app for both iOS and Android (beta). 5by continues to operate independently, and CEO Greg Isenberg tells WebProNews that so far there isn’t any direct integration between the two services. He does admit that they’ve been thinking about it, however. “Our #1 …

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Facebook Tests New Mobile Ad Network For Third-Party Apps

Facebook announced that it is testing a new mobile ad platform to give developers a new way to monetize their apps. The company is contributing its targeting capabilities to the network in an effort to increase relevancy of ads in apps, and of course give its own advertisers some more bang for their buck. “Monetization is a difficult problem for …

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Jelly Reflects On Its First Week, Says A Bunch Of New Features Coming Soon

Jelly, the new mobile Q&A service from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has been out for a week now, and the company has put out a new blog post reflecting on how its been received, and how people have been using it. The company acknowledges that its numbers will drop dramatically as the initial curiosity spike fades away, but notes that …

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