Why a Standalone Google Maps App Has Already Lost

The app model pioneered by Apple has made us totally comfortable switching between apps as we go through different sequences quickly on our smartphones. See someone post a Tweet about a restaurant you’ve been wanting to check out? Copy the name and open mobile Safari, search for the restaurant and then click on the link […]

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Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch Lately it seems like there is endless news around messaging, VoIP and video calling. Apple recently announced they’d added FaceTime support for the Mac, and had shipped 19 million FaceTime-enabled iOS devices since June. Google Voice also made headlines last week for an outage, but I think the bigger news […]

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The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

TechCrunk Link During the “Back to the Mac” event two weeks ago, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark as he unveiled the MacBook Air, one that made the audience chuckle in laughter: “We asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? Well, this is the result, we think it’s […]

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The Truth: Why iPhone Users Will Ditch AT&T and Run to Verizon

TechCrunch Link Last week we saw the carriers’ growth numbers for Q3 2010, and AT&T completely blew away Verizon with new subscribers. Despite mass availability of Android phones, Verizon only added 1 million subscribers in Q3, its lowest total in years. AT&T added 2.6 million. It’s now completely clear why Verizon has finally capitulated and […]

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Apple Will Take A Pass On 4G Networks For The iPhone In 2011 — Sorry Verizon and AT&T

TechCrunch link Back in August I broke the news that Apple was lining up a component purchase of several million chipsets from Qualcomm for a CDMA-powered Verizon iPhone due in January. Last week, over two months later, the Wall Street Journal confirmed this story. Now that folks are finally celebrating the iPhone’s imminent arrival to […]

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Offline/Online Convergence, Mobile Commerce, and Life After Check-ins

TechCrunch link For years, offline merchants have been acquiring data about you in attempts to personalize your experience through loyalty and rewards cards, credit card data, and surveys. But the problem is these interactions occur after it’s too late: at the point of sale. You’ve already checked out and are leaving the store, or have […]

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Apple Testing Proximity-Powered Prototypes Today; Likely To Appear In iPhone 5

Over the weekend it was reported that Apple hired Benjamin Vigier, an expert in near field communication (NFC), a short range wireless protocol most synonymous with contactless payments. This key Apple hire is perhaps the strongest public signal yet of Apple’s intent to use NFC to build on its micropayments franchise and disrupt traditional point […]

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Why The Verizon iPhone Rumors are True – CDMA iPhone Due in January

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch We’ve been hearing Verizon iPhone rumors for years now. It’s to the point that no one really believes the rumors anymore, since analysts and pundits have cried wolf so many times. But this time looks to be different due to some key dynamics in the semiconductor value chain, and I […]

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Why Checking Into Foursquare With Your Phone in Your Pocket Won’t Work

TechCrunch Link Updating your location in the background on mobile apps is gaining momentum as a use-case, most recently with an app allowing you to Check-In On Foursquare Without Taking Your Phone Out Of Your Pocket. Problem is—though this sounds really amazing—such uses of background location services are bound by hardware / software limitations and […]

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Apple Should Buy Infineon to Own Mobile And Screw Intel

Apple’s earnings and revenue growth in mobile have been awe-inspiring to witness. From zero presence three years ago, Apple is now the most profitable cell phone maker in the world. Apple’s success in this compressed period has helped it become an enormous buyer of components. In fact iSuppli projects that next year Apple will become […]

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