Mobile news app Circa fails to find a buyer, goes on indefinite break

circa newsCirca was a niche news app that took a mobile-first approach to information curation. It was a cool app with a decent number of downloads and an impressive average rating on Google’s Play Store, but apparently that just wasn’t enough to help sustain the company.

The co-founder of Circa, Matt Galligan, released a statement today announcing that the app/service will be taking an indefinite hiatus after failing to be purchased by a bigger company. Circa developers looked at multiple monetization options, but none of them really fit what was considered the focus of the company, which lead to this situation where Circa would either be acquired by another more profitable company, or it would be doomed. Looks like the latter happened. Read more

Google says mobile Chrome browser not getting support for extensions

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Part of the power of Chrome on the desktop are the extensions that add to the functionality of the platform. Google made it possible for the extensions to sync across devices so users have the same tools available to them whether on a work computer or a home computer. One shortcoming surfaces as soon as a user opens Chrome on their mobile device. Although accounts and bookmarks will sync to the mobile version of the browser, extensions do not and the Chrome team says this is not expected to change. Read more

Google now bigger on mobile than desktop, company says

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As the mobile industry grows, so does Google, it seems. The search giant announced that users are now searching more on mobile than desktops in ten countries. The company mentioned that the US and Japan were on the list, but refuses to reveal the other eight.

Smartphones are certainly a major part of this statistic, but tablet searches are included as well. Adapting to this new change, Google will be rolling out a new smartphone-friendly ad format that will be richer and more engaging than the traditional mouse clicks of AdWords.

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Samsung’s second annual Developer Conference will highlight Smart Health, Wearables, Virtual Reality and more!

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Samsung has announced that it will be holding its second annual Developer Conference this fall. The event will take place on Thursday, November 11 through Thursday, November 13 and will be held at Moscone West in downtown San Francisco where attendees can explore the ‘connected living’ concept.

More than 10 topics will be discussed at the convention during a total of 90 action-packed sessions. These sittings will be based on a variety of different themes, including Smart Health, Wearables, Virtual Reality, Mobile, Smart Home and Games.

Hit the break below to view the full press release.

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Google News updates mobile web app with real time updates, new design

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Google recognizes that more and more people are using their mobile devices as their primary news sources. To keep up with the changing times, Google has updated its mobile web app for Google News.

The page updates in real-time, which is a nice little addition— manually refreshing is no longer required.

Google laid out some of the main new features for us. Hit the break for details:

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T-Mobile now offering hotspot capabilities and domestic data roaming in “Simple Choice” prepaid plans

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If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:

Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering).  Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.

It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.

Source: AndroidCentral

Gameloft hits 10 million Facebook fans, celebrates with giveaways

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Over the years, Gameloft has really associated itself as the top-of-the-line gaming developer company for mobile devices, as it puts out one hit after the next, successfully showing how mobile gaming has become very similar in quality to console gaming. Since the company’s Facebook page launched in 2009, it has reached 10 million ‘likes,’ and they’re looking to celebrate by giving away some free stuff!

Check out their Facebook page in the source link below where they’re hosting some activities, as well as the ability to make your own infographic.

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Apple rubbing off a bit on Samsung? Samsung fights LG over use of the word “unpack”

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Throughout all of the intense court battles that Samsung has had (are still having, and will continue to have) with Apple, it looks like Samsung’s learned a thing or two from their competitor.

In what might be the most ridiculous “patent” battle of any mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung has recently filed an objection with the Intellectual Property Office against LG to prevent them from using the phrase “Unpack event” in their marketing materials.

Apparently Samsung thinks they were the first company to ever use the word “unpack,” and they deservedly so should be the only company to use it. The Intellectual Property Office has since ruled that “unpack” is a common verb and can’t be registered as a trademark, something a fifth grader probably could have told Samsung.

In response, LG explained that they weren’t even planning on using the term in their actual media event, only in the invitations.

The two companies have clashed many times in the past, but the fact that they are clashing over something so trivial goes to show just how serious competition is in the mobile industry these days.

Source: ETNews

Qualcomm releases video imagining world without mobile

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Qualcomm’s got a wacky way of doing things lately, and their new advertisement certainly adds to it all. The CPU maker imagines the world without mobile, but if we still had access to mobile apps such as email, Twitter, Angry Birds, and more. After you watch it you’ll probably be just as confused as I am, as it doesn’t make much sense at all, but I pretty sure it’s not supposed to make sense.

They do certainly have a point though, as they definitely get across the fact that we rely on our devices nowadays. Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about.

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