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As Rumors About a $2B Valuation Swirl, Airbnb Sees Mobile Traffic Double

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Mr. Vilcsak and what we have to presume is a fake mustache. (Photo: Twitter) Despite New York’s recent crackdown on illegal hoteliers–which has put the tech-friendly city at odds with successful travel startups–Airbnb has continued to grow at an impressive rate. The San Francisco-based room rental company is reportedly seeking...
As Rumors About a $2B Valuation Swirl, Airbnb Sees Mobile Traffic Double

Guardian Android app gets major upgrade

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The 2.2 update to our app brings the user experience up to the higher standards found in newer versions of AndroidDownload the Android app from Google Play nowAfter several months of work, we have just updated our Android app. A large part of this work has been to bring it...
Guardian Android app gets major upgrade

'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last

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There's been a seemingly endless parade of tiny, Linux-powered PCs entering the market in recent months, including most recently the $49 Cubieboard and the $89 UG802. It's nothing short of a revolution in computing, as I've noted before, and recently one of the earliest contenders to be announced--the Raspberry...
'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last
Synaptics Aims to Move Beyond The Trackpad

Twitter needs a Preferred Developer Program

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Twitter has a problem. It wants to deliver a “consistent” experience for its users, and as we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, third-party clients don’t appear to have much of a place in the company’s vision of the future. Sure, Twitter first announced its distaste for third-party clients...
Twitter needs a Preferred Developer Program
3,997 Models: Android Fragmentation As Seen By The Developers Of OpenSignalMaps

Life Is Good: Chrome Is My iPhone's Default Browser

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I refuse to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 6. My iPad, sure, but the pocket-sized device I carry with me everywhere is going to have to wait. My iPhone is jailbroken and I'm not going to give up the freedom and customizations. Using Chrome as my default browser is one...
Life Is Good: Chrome Is My iPhone's Default Browser
Spotify previews new Windows app, bringing its web interface to the desktop

Usability Do’s And Don’ts For Interactive Design

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  We often talk about how to make our websites more usable, whether it’s tweaking the HTML structure of pages to benefit the user’s process or figuring out how best to display a message via CSS. But we never bring this thought process into our jQuery-based (and other JavaScript-based) elements....
Usability Do’s And Don’ts For Interactive Design
StubHub shows off 3D maps for mobile app and site, says open APIs coming soon
Isis, MCX, Barclaycard And Others On Mobile Payments And The Challenge Of "Convening An Industry"

Facebook freshens up News Feed, brings bigger images, feed filtering and a uniform cross-platform UX

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We knew Facebook had something new planned for its News Feed, and today at an event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, the company confirmed those rumors. As suspected, the new feed filters content by type to display whatever specific feed you choose, plus it presents even larger images...
Facebook freshens up News Feed, brings bigger images, feed filtering and a uniform cross-platform UX

HTC And Facebook Confirm They Modified Android To Optimize The "First" Phone For Home

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While Facebook’s announcement focused on the “Home” homescreen app that can run on any unforked Android, HTC has just confirmed to me it did modify Android to give its First handset features not available in the downloadable version of Home. Specifically, the First can pipe in email and calendar notifications...
HTC And Facebook Confirm They Modified Android To Optimize The "First" Phone For Home
Twitter Turns Toward The Masses, Gets Serious About Reach Beyond iOS & Android With Latest Mobile Update

Boku signs up Sprint, sets sights on physical good sales

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Boku, one of the leaders in carrier billing, has finally signed a direct billing deal with Sprint, giving it direct integration with all four major U.S. wireless operators. Sprint users will now be able to pay for goods online at merchants such as Electronic Arts, Riot Games, Gaia Online and...
Boku signs up Sprint, sets sights on physical good sales

Google wants 'better compatibility' for Android, Alibaba says 'Aliyun is separate,' Acer takes the brunt of it

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On Thursday, we starting hearing claims that Google had strong-armed Acer out of launching its A800 CloudMobile in China with the Aliyun operating system. We reached out to the search giant for its response, but they declined to comment. Over the last 24 hours, though, Google has attempted to...
Google wants 'better compatibility' for Android, Alibaba says 'Aliyun is separate,' Acer takes the brunt of it

Port of call: Airbnb's Android app creators discuss reworking iOS apps for other platforms

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If you’re reading this, there’s a strong probability that you own an iOS or Android device. Heck, you might even have both. While we don’t wish to kickstart a “which one’s better” debate, many argue that there are more quality apps in Apple’s App Store, than there is on Google...
Port of call: Airbnb's Android app creators discuss reworking iOS apps for other platforms

BBC iPlayer Android app updated with Jelly Bean and BBC Media Player support, but users aren't impressed

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Staying true to its word, the BBC has pushed ahead with its intention to overhaul its BBC iPlayer apps to feature its new Media Player technology, updating its Android iPlayer app to utilise the Adobe Air-powered platform but also rolling out complete support for devices running Google’s Jelly Bean (Android...
BBC iPlayer Android app updated with Jelly Bean and BBC Media Player support, but users aren't impressed
StubHub shows off 3D maps for mobile app and site, says open APIs coming soon

10 things we learned during the making of Firestorm

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What comes out of a 3-month-long project involving journalists, designers, and developers across two countries, spanning five editorial desks? Well, lots of lessons. Here's our top 10.1. Don't let your assets terrorise youIn a rich media piece like Firestorm - we had 25 scenes set across 6 chapters - there...
10 things we learned during the making of Firestorm

Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business

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Amazon added a new element to its Cloud Drive service this week that expands it usefulness. The new Cloud Drive Sync app keeps files in sync across different devices and platforms, and pits Amazon Cloud Drive head-to-head against rivals such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, businesses should steer...
Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business

Oracle Buys Involver

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Today we are excited to announce that we have signed an agreement for Oracle’s purchase of Involver and we expect the transaction to close in the summer of 2012. The proliferation of social media has changed the way that organizations and consumers interact.  Consumers want to have anytime access to...
Oracle Buys Involver

Smartphone owners turn to retail mobile websites over mobile apps

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While the debate over native apps versus mobile websites rages on, new data from Nielsen suggests that the top retailers got better reach from their mobile websites during the holidays than through their native mobile apps. Based on metering of 5,000 smartphone phones, five of the top retailers – Amazon, Best...
Smartphone owners turn to retail mobile websites over mobile apps

Mozilla’s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will gives users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

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It’s not at all surprising that open-source champion Mozilla has just announced a partnership which will bring about a platform to end all platforms. Teaming up with telecommunications operator, Telefónica, the pair aim to create a more open Web experience that users can take with them on the go. Mozilla’s Open Web...
Mozilla’s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will gives users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

A Marketing Platform That Will Cure Your Multi-Channel Marketing Headaches

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Brands looking to increase their online presence have multiple paid and owned marketing outlets at their disposal, from display advertising to email to social media. But marketers who have to manage those channels separately may feel as if they are suffering from a multiple personality disorder.[x+1]'s Origin data management...
A Marketing Platform That Will Cure Your Multi-Channel Marketing Headaches

Popular Twitter App TweetBot Comes To Mac In Alpha Version, Hopefully Gets To Stay

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Exciting news for fans of the popular Twitter iOS client, TweetBot: the company has just announced the launch of its highly anticipated desktop counterpart via blog post this morning. The good news? You can now download TweetBot for Mac and give it a whirl. But the bad news is that...
Popular Twitter App TweetBot Comes To Mac In Alpha Version, Hopefully Gets To Stay

Overhauling mobile.twitter.com from the ground up

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Twitter is all about making real-time information available to everyone, everywhere. In order to reach every person on the planet we recently released an update to mobile.twitter.com for feature phones and older browsers. We completely overhauled this client from the ground up, a process that resulted in a lighter-weight, faster...
Overhauling mobile.twitter.com from the ground up

On Twitter, and the steps to design consistency

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In late 2012, Twitter sent a warning to its third-party developers — they would soon deny Twitter API access to the majority of the developers’ products, thereby placing the brand’s official mobile and web platforms as the sole destinations of their users. The uproar, particularly from developers who felt they had...
On Twitter, and the steps to design consistency

Google blocked Acer's rival phone to prevent Android "fragmentation"

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Reports surfaced yesterday that Google prevented Acer from launching a phone using a rival operating system, by threatening to terminate its Android-related partnership with the hardware company. We've been wondering why ever since, and now Google has provided the answer. In a statement sent to Ars tonight, Google said that...
Google blocked Acer's rival phone to prevent Android "fragmentation"
Google explains why it stopped Acer's smartphone launch with Android variant
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