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AOL acquires mobile ad firm Millennial Media for $238m

AOL acquires mobile ad firm Millennial Media for $238m

AOL, Inc. has acquired mobile advertising and data company Millennial Media, Inc. for $238 million. The all-cash deal sees AOL offering Millennial stockholders $1.75 per share of common stock. Founded in 2006, Millennial bills itself as "the leading independent mobile marketplace" and offers advertising solutions that are claimed to make mobile simple for the world’s top brands, app developers, and mobile web publishers. The company combines a traditional advertising platform with data and technology assets that are said to enable its advertising clients to connect with their target audiences at scale while also driving monetization for its publisher and developer partners. The acquisition by... more »
Brocade skips complexity to unify enterprise apps for mobile users

Brocade skips complexity to unify enterprise apps for mobile users

Many organizations are facing a crushing backlog of development request for mobile applications, driven by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement and the competitive pressure to make field sales and service people more efficient. The problem is that many vendors’ mobile apps aren’t all that good. And even the ones that are don’t integrate seamlessly with apps from other vendors. That’s important for field workers who don’t want to be bothered thumbing through pages and sub menus in order to get at the information they need. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. faced that problem when trying to equip its 4,300 field workers with the necessary... more »
Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana now translates words and phrases into 40 languages

Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana now translates words and phrases into 40 languages

Microsoft’s answer to Apple Inc’s Siri, Cortana, just became a little more impressive after integrating Microsoft Translator. The personal digital assistant is now something of a polyglot being able to instantly translate words, phrases and entire sentences into 40 languages – for Chinese and U.S. editions of Windows 10 at least. Real-time translation has already been integrated with Skype, as well as available as an app for smartwatches, phones, tablets, and PCs. While it’s not perfect, as a travelling companion instant translations could prove to be indispensable. Our advice when using such a tool is: speak clearly and go easy on the... more »
The FAA is beta-testing B4UFLY, a mobile app for drone pilots

The FAA is beta-testing B4UFLY, a mobile app for drone pilots

There's been an explosion in the number of drones entering U.S. airspace over the last couple of years, leading to unsavory incidents such as in California, when firefighters were prevented from using helicopters to tackle a wildfire blaze. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is trying to create legislation governing their use, and as part of that initiative, it's now beta-testing an iPhone app called B4UFLY, that will warn drone pilots about restricted airspace. The FAA says around 1,000 drone users are currently testing the app, which provides up to the minute information about restrictions and hazards in the area... more »
2-in-1 Windows tablets duke it out: Lenovo MIIX 700 vs. upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Specs, features, release date, pricing

2-in-1 Windows tablets duke it out: Lenovo MIIX 700 vs. upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Specs, features, release date, pricing

Lenovo Group Ltd. on Wednesday announced an addition to its ideapad range of tablets. The Lenovo MIIX 700 is a 12-inch 2-in-1 Windows tablet which the company touts as being “recognizably different” – a clear dig at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. Microsoft has seen some success with its Surface Pro and has even managed to win some enterprise market share from rivals. With the arrival of the Lenovo MIIX 700, Microsoft now faces competition from one of its vendors. While the Lenovo MIIX 700 is the same 12-inch size and looks very similar to the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has a... more »
Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Flagship battle rages on: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 edge+ vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. on Wednesday unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, alongside “the world’s first 4K smartphone,” the Xperia Z5 Premium. Along with the 4K display, the Xperia Z5 features Sony’s new 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile 23-megapixel sensor and F2.0 G Lens. Sony said this is its first “completely re-imagined” smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1. Being a flagship offering, the Xperia Z5 Premium has to compete with other flagship offerings available right now. Below we compare the Xperia Z5 Premium to four rivals. Note: On September 9, Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhones, the iPhone... more »
Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Round-faced smartwatches fight it out: Huawei Watch vs. 2015 Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2

Taking place this week in Berlin, IFA 2015 has seen the launch of a range of new smartwatches yesterday. Two of those, the Huawei Watch and second generation Moto 360, are round-faced Android Wear devices. Below we compare the three latest round-faced smartwatches to hit the market to see how they stack up against one another. Huawei Watch vs. Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S2: Design and dimensions Huawei Watch: The case measures 42mm in diameter and features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass with the crown at the two o’clock position. Case color options include gold, silver and black, all customizable with over 40... more »
Report: Chinese unicorn smartphone maker Xiaomi may be launching a laptop in 2016

Report: Chinese unicorn smartphone maker Xiaomi may be launching a laptop in 2016

Chinese smartphone maker and leading unicorn Xiaomi, Inc. may be expanding its horizons into the laptop market, according to a report published Wednesday. Bloomberg Business quotes "people with direct knowledge of the matter," stating that Xiaomi’s notebook may go on sale in the first quarter of 2106 and will compete with such premium computers as Apple’s MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad. The company is said to be in talks with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to supply memory chips for the planned device, and could potentially tap Samsung to provide displays as well. Other details of the laptop were not provided, but if Xiaomi... more »
ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design, specs, pricing, more

ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design, specs, pricing, more

At IFA 2015 on Wednesday, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. unveiled its new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch. The ZenWatch 2 is a rectangular Android Wear smartwatch and, since Android Wear for iOS was announced earlier this week, it may be a viable option for iPhone users who have not splurged on the more expensive Apple Watch. Below we take a look at how the ASUS ZenWatch 2 stacks up against the Apple Watch. ASUS ZenWatch 2 vs. Apple Watch: Design and dimensions ZenWatch 2: The rectangular ZenWatch 2 is available in two stainless-steel case sizes and three case colors (Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold). Personalization options... more »
Google's mobile app ad study was "flawed"

Google's mobile app ad study was "flawed"

While all the attention has been on its new logo, Google courted a bit of controversy this week when it said it will tweak its mobile search algorithm to demote sites that run full screen ads for apps that effectively take over the whole screen. Google points to the findings of an internal study it carried out to justify the decision, saying that “Our analysis shows that it is not a good search experience and can be frustrating for users because they are expecting to see the content of the web page.” But while the move might be welcomed by consumers, some... more »
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