My.com has released a new email usage report, tracking how users engage with email, including on their phones. The data comes from a survey of 1,000 American internet users, and found that 72 percent of users check their email on mobile devices, including both phones and tablets. Of those respondents, 48 percent use Android as their main mobile platform, followed by iOS at 38 percent and Windows at 9 percent.
Mobile translation company Muuzii has released its real-time, free-form translation service in the North American market, via a partnership with AT&T. Muuzii’s technology has been in development since 2009, with a version of the service already available in China. It allows mobile users to enter phrases via text message to receive accurate translations in return, while taking into account jargon, misspellings, auto-correct errors and more.
An iPhone robbery turned deadly when a girl died after sustaining injures trying to save her phone. The teenager, Rubi Rubio, was only 15. She was walking with her 7-year-old sister when a stranger approached the girls and asked for the time. He then took the phone away from Rubio by force. (more…)
Mobile publisher platform PubNative is focused on native mobile advertising, and it’s raised a 7-digit investment from mobile games marketing platform AppLift to continue the growth of its service. The Berlin-based PubNative is a supply-side platform that gives publishers access to over 20 advertising assets, which are used as building blocks when creating native ads. The service is accessed through an API, and does not require the integration of an SDK.
Apps are not a new phenomena – they’re just a shortened term of the word application, which has been widely used as a name for software made for computers. With the advent of smartphones, apps are more recognizable, desirable, downloadable, and now, even ready for a film documentary.
A new Kickstarter project aims to do just that – put apps at the center of the camera with humans as storytellers. Apps: The Human Story is a movie about apps, or, just “what it means to be human in a world of technology.” (more…)
T-Mobile’s Uncarrier Plan is now looking eerily like all other phone carriers – full of deceit. The latest FTC charges against the mobile carrier alleges that the company is guilty of mobile cramming: placing unauthorized charges onto customer’s phone bills. It’s possible that the company has made millions if not hundreds of millions by collecting as much as 40% off of these invalid, third party charges. (more…)
Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) have announced a new partnership that will see the pair co-publishing two mobile games based on The Lord of the Rings and Mad Max. This is an extension of the companies’ existing relationship, which previously saw them co-publish The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth on mobile. That game went on to gross more than $100 million in its first year on the market.
App virtualization company Voxel has officially launched its App FastForward technology, which turns existing mobile apps into interactive ads. These “try-before-you-buy” ads give users a playable mobile ad, with menus and load times stripped from the experience (where applicable).
Instead of asking developers to rebuild apps in HTML5 or otherwise modify games into short demos, Voxel’s technology automates the creation of the playable demo ad for the advertiser in question.
User acquisition and marketing company Fiksu has revealed the results of its latest indexes, which measure daily app downloads, cost per loyal users, cost per installs and more. May’s data shows competition for downloads on the rise in a phenomenon Fiksu has called “app inflation.”
For instance, May’s App Store Competitive Index, which measures the average daily downloads for the top 200 free iPhone apps in the US, saw a 24 percent increase to 6.6 million daily downloads, up from 5.34 million in April. That’s a 12 percent increase year-over-year.
Lomotif hopes to make iOS music video creation as easy as possible with its app of the same name. Lomotif gives users the chance to import three or more video clips, choose from millions of songs for the video, and then takes care of the editing.
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