Apple Appoints New Senior VP of Retail, AT&T Slows Heavy Data Users

As Apple goes all out for world domination, the company has named Dixons Retail CEO John Browett as the senior vice president of retail.  Browett will be in charge of sales strategy for iPhones and iPads.

Browett will officially claim the top spot in April, and will be reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.

“Our retail stores are all about customer service, and John shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” Cook said in a statement Tuesday.

Another proof point of Apple’s domination, mobile app marketing company Fiksu, revealed in their latest study that during the holiday rush last December, over 6.04 million apps were downloaded daily, almost a 7% increase compared to November.

“December is a strategically critical month for app discovery,” said Micah Adler, Fiksu’s CEO. “What we witnessed during the month was a ‘land rush’ in which advertisers earnestly spent marketing dollars in order to achieve ranking before the traditional App Store freeze which then would generate substantial organic downloads through increased visibility.”

And Apple devices can now be Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliant, with TSheets’ apps.  The apps offer  time keeping technology, GPS stamping, tracking and other mobile capabilities designed to help contractors stay DCAA compliant.

“We have built mobile applications and tools that make it beautifully simple to use our software and stay compliant, from employees to supervisors, track and mange timekeeping on the go,” says Matt Rissell, TSheets’ CEO. “Our secure web-based solution means no downtime and no expensive modules, no slow, clunky software, and you receive the benefits of instant updates instead of time-consuming installs.”

Other Mobile News


Disappearing Apps

Yahoo! killed off a bunch of their mobile apps such as Yahoo Meme for the iPhone and iPad, Yahoo News for Android, and Yahoo Finance for RIM’s BlackBerry operating system in response to the rapidly changing mobile market and the fact that these apps aren’t really relevant.

Steam, the third party app provider that recently became available to iOS and Android devices, suddenly disappeared from the Android Market, well most of their apps disappeared except for  Staticon for Steam.  Google and Valve, creator and administrator of Steam, did not provide any explanation.

Carrier Business

AT&T is forcing their unlimited data users to upgrade to a tiered plan by slowing down their service once the user hits 2GB of data used in a month.  AT&T argues that only the top 5% of data users will have their data throttled or slowed down, so this will vary every month, depending on a user’s data consumption.  But if you hit 2GB, expect sluggish service.  So AT&T offers the 3GB plan for the same price as the unlimited plan, the service won’t change even if you reach 2GB but if you’re not a consistent data muncher then a tiered plan might not be a great idea.  If you’re unhappy with AT&T, you can always change your provider.

T-Mobile is on a mission to help small businesses thrive and get paid faster.  The wireless carrier is the first to offer Square credit card readers from San Francisco-based Square, Inc. in select retail stores.  The Square credit card readers  will allow small businesses to accept credit card payments in the U.S. nearly anywhere, anytime, with the money from transactions sent for deposit into their bank accounts the next business day.

And Emtrace Technologies just announced the release of MECRM for access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM data from iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets.  MECRM is a native application for iPhone and Android mobile devices providing fast and easy access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and allows users to search and add information on the CRM server even if offline.