This Week In Mobile


Free internet, Fire flops, and iWork for all

“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression. It is simply too important to allow broadband providers to make the rules.” Yesterday an historic decision was made by the FCC. In a 3-2 vote, it was decided that the Internet will be reclassified as a utility under Title II. If you’re not sure what …

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Net Neutrality: A Primer

  This Thursday, February 26, Net Neutrality comes up for a vote (that is, if the Republicans don’t get their wish for a delay), and it looks likely to go through. Obama has expressed his support, and the tide of public opinion is on the side of Neutrality. If you’re like a lot of people, …

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Apple Pay, competition watch, Phire glass, and Raspberri Pi

Oh steward, another cocktail please JetBlue announced this week that they’re adding in-flight Apple Pay functionality. That means no more wrangling with crumpled dollars in the bottom of your carry-on as you try to scrape up the $9 for that thimble-sized bloody mary. But even better, we hear that you’ll be able to upgrade your …

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Driverless Cabs and Dreaded Trolls

No Driver? No awkward conversation! When Uber debuted, it seemed like the perfect solution to our many taxi woes. But after myriad problems both big and small, Uber’s Achilles heel was clear: its drivers. While Uber sits mired in lawsuits over their choice of drivers, Google is quietly working on the future. Ride-share using self-driving …

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Apple’s Ups and Downs, Microsoft’s Disruption

Apple leaps (and spills a drop on the way) This week Apple announced it’s quarterly profit, and it was terrible. I’m kidding – we all know Apple makes more profit in an hour (~$6 million/hr in net profit) than most of us will see in a lifetime. Last quarter was no exception, ending with a …

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The Mobile world, the App Store soars, Latin America stumbles

The world, on mobile There is certainly no question that mobile is taking over. What was once just an adjunct to the dominant desktop is now the primary way most users connect to the internet. The most quickly adopted technical advance in human history, its proliferation has created a world linked in ways that our …

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Mobile Payments, Loyalty Programs and Your App

  Brand agnostic consumers to loyalist customes. Loyalty programs are nothing new. 46% of consumers consider loyalty benefits when planning their purchases. What is new is the unprecedented ability to connect with your consumers at the point of sale using mobile to drive loyalty participation, engagement and ultimately, increase sales. According to mobile analytics firm …

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Samsung’s IoT, Google & Title II, Marriott’s Ploy

Samsung’s IoT Hopes With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Enormous, Apple successfully (very successfully, to the tune of 20 million units already sold) entered the large-screen market, and breached the last wall of Samsung’s dominance barriers. Watching its market share rapidly eroded by Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Micromax, Samsung has gone into …

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