Official Instagram app finally coming to Windows Phone

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Image via Instagram

Instagram has finally announced the upcoming release of an official app on Windows Phone devices. The news comes both from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, and Nokia, which confirmed the app’s development at its Nokia World conference in Abu Dhabi today.

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Comcast, NBC Universal partner with Twitter for ‘See It’ television viewing program

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Image via Comcast

Comcast, NBC Universal and Twitter have today announced a new partnership, bringing a feature called “See It” to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers. The See It program will allow users to instantly access TV shows, movies and sports directly from a tweet on Twitter.

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Pandora will lift its 40-hour free streaming cap next month

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Pandora has announced plans to drop its 40-hour monthly cap on free listening on September 1. The news comes from this week’s Pandora earnings call, where executives confirmed the cap, which was instituted in February, caused a 10 percent drop in usage.

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Mobile incubator YouWeb announces 9+ studio for consumer app funding

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YouWeb, the incubator company behind OpenFeint and CrowdStar has launched a new studio that looks to help former game developers become founder-CEOs of new startups in the consumer apps space.

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Why mobile coupons are the future of mobile commerce

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Mobile commerce in the US may be slow to adopt mobile consumer payments, but it is still making leaps and bounds in becoming a significant part of all e-commerce. According to comScore, mobile commerce rose to 11 percent of all e-commerce at the end of last year’s holiday season. This is a huge increase from the reported 1 percent in late 2010. With 11 percent market share equating to approximately $18.6 billion in consumer spending, additional growth can only be expected. (more…)

Most patients want doctors to prescribe mobile apps over medication


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According to a new study by PMiLiVE, 90 percent of patients with chronic ailments are open to mobile app prescriptions from their doctor. In contrast, only 66 percent of patients would be open to prescribed medicine. (more…)

Report: 160 billion apps to be downloaded on mobile devices in 2017

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According to new reports from Juniper Research and news site Cinema Blend, the mobile app market will expand to 160 billion downloads in 2017. Just in 2013, there is only a 80 billion download projection, which is already a significant increase year-to-year.

In its report entitled, “Future App Stores: Discovery, Moonetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013 – 2018,” Juniper Research discussed the app discovery and app store revenue. It also brought up new app discovery tools put in place to spread awareness to and increase downloads. The report specifically mentions the new Google Play Game Services feature which will make discovering apps that friends easier to find. It will also rank free apps higher than paid ones, increasing the total number of downloads for the year.

The numbers here show that the mobile market is constantly growing. Unlike other gaming platforms, mobile apps and downloads are not limited by hardware restraints and is the easiest to appeal to casual users. There are no signs of slowing for the industry.

For more information, refer to Juniper Research’s whitepaper available here.

UK Charity to Build Mobile App to Crowdsource Cancer Cure

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Photo via Flickr / wellcome images

A UK-based charity, Cancer Research UK, announced that it will create “a damn good [mobile] game,” its second title focused on understanding cancer by using crowdsourced citizen science.

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Hackathons and intellectual property, who owns hackathon projects?

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Seen as more of a social event, developers attend hackathons in order to network with fellow programmers, engineers and others. Yet many participants and companies may not realize the repercussions of the intellectual property created during these marathon coding events, as recently discussed by Harvard Business Review.

Some hackathons are held internally, where only company employees can participate. But when the gatherings are more collaborative, the ownership of the innovation and intellectual property is unclear, which can lead to problems about unequal contributions and rights to the patent. (more…)

Zynga’s annual shareholder meeting focuses on real-money gaming

Zynga script logoZynga today held its annual stockholders meeting in San Francisco, which heavily focused on the game company’s real-money gaming efforts, an anonymous shareholder told PandoDaily.

Zynga’s shareholder meeting comes one day after the company just laid off 18 percent of its staff (520 employees) and shut down three of its offices — Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York — including Omgpop‘s office. (more…)

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