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California Attorney General Kamala Harris ruled that any program downloaded from major app stores should present a privacy policy that details what user information the software will have access to and how that data will be used.

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Smartphone apps created with appsbar, Inc.'s platform can now be shared and used on any site supported by HTML5, including Facebook. Additionally, appsbar has provided three more means to enhance users' apps' discoverability.

Posted Feb 22, 2012

TechBargains.com conducted a survey to gauge the market's purchase intent of the iPad 3, and the results indicate that 48% of respondents intend to buy Apple's latest tablet. The survey also found that 53% of Kindle Fire owners plan to invest in an iPad 3.

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Barnes&Noble unveiled the Nook Tablet - 8 GB, which is selling at $199 a pop and now competing even more directly with Amazon's tablet in terms of storage, processor RAM, and price. The bookseller also released its 3Q 2012 earnings report.

Posted Feb 21, 2012

After a developer discovered mobile social network Path had been uploading his contacts' data to its servers, Apple announced it will implement requirements for iOS apps that will seek explicit user approval before accessing address book data.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

In wake of Apple's admission that mobile iOS apps have had access to users' contact data without permission, Google announced it's impossible for apps on an Android phone to share personal data with a developer unless users acquiesce.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Kids make up a large portion of the ebook audience. Very often when a parent buys a new device-whether a tablet, smartphone, or ereader-the previous device gets turned over to the kids. As a result, the amount of electronic children's offerings available is growing, both revamped classics as well as new titles designed as ebooks from the start.

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Rumors are swirling that Apple will announce the iPad 3 in early March. The Wall Street Journal reported that both AT&T and Verizon will stock 4G LTE-enabled editions. Both carriers sell the iPad 2 with 3G connectivity as well as a Wi-Fi-only edition.

Posted Feb 14, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have approved Google's $12.5 billion offer to acquire Motorola. Both the Justice Department and the Commission did not deem the deal to be a threat to competition.

Posted Feb 14, 2012

Amazon's Kindle e-reader is rumored to be launching in Japan and Brazil later this year, with Japan billed for as early as April and Brazil by June. Amazon launched Kindle stores in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany last year.

Posted Feb 13, 2012

Google updated its YouTube app for Google TV with smoother navigation and several new features. Google says that the new version is faster than before and provides a better overall experience. The updated app is available via the Android Market.

Posted Feb 13, 2012

According to IDC (International Data Corp.), the number of U.S. users accessing the internet via mobile devices will exceed those using wireline devices, such as PCs, by 2015. The research firm cites the use of smartphones and enthusiastic adoption of tablets as the force behind this trend. These statistics have long been a source of excitement for publishers looking for new revenue streams, but with the explosion of platforms comes the pressure to be all things to all people. From iPhones to Android devices, from the Kindle Fire to the iPad, from mobile-optimized sites to custom-designed apps, publishers struggle to find the right balance between fiscal responsibility and being on their readers' platforms of choice.

Posted Feb 08, 2012

Rice University's open-education platform, Connexions, launched a program to provide free etextbooks for five of the highest-enrollment U.S. college courses. Because the books will be openly licensed, faculty will be able to adapt content to their needs.

Posted Feb 07, 2012

Though it holds only about 9% of the world's cellphone market, Apple claimed 75% of all profits across the industry last quarter. With heavy demand for the iPhone 4S, Apple also regained the top spot in mobile phone sales, capturing almost 40% of overall revenue.

Posted Feb 06, 2012

There seems little doubt that the advent of tablets, the ultimate media consumption device, had a positive impact on the news business. But until the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in collaboration with The Economist Group, released a study in October, the exact impact was mere speculation.

Posted Jan 31, 2012

Yahoo! announced that it is pulling development and support for 10 of its less-popular mobile apps. While some of the apps are popular on the web and others were created for mobile users, consumers are not using them as much as Yahoo! would like.

Posted Jan 30, 2012

eMarketer, Inc. released a report that estimates U.S. mobile advertisers spent $1.45 billion in 2011, up 89% from $769.6 billion in 2010. This year, U.S. mobile ad spending will grow another 80%, reaching $2.61 billion, the company predicts, in an upward trend that will not slow down.

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Mozy, an online data storage service from Decho Corp., added a new file-syncing feature, Stash, to its offering. Stash, currently in beta, allows users to back up and access files across their devices, from smartphones to tablets to computers.

Posted Jan 25, 2012

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that the number of U.S. residents who reported owning a tablet or an e-reader nearly doubled between mid-December and early January, both jumping from 10% to 19%, attributable to the available of lower-priced options.

Posted Jan 24, 2012

OverDrive, Inc. has released 2011 statistics on library ebooks, audiobooks, and digital media from its Virtual Branch websites. The websites garnered 1.6 billion page views, up 130% from 2010. Similarly, the company reports nearly 100 million visitor sessions, a 107% increase over 2010.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

The Sun, owned by News Group Newspapers Ltd., released a subscription app for Android-powered devices. The app launched at an introductory rate of £0.69 ($1.06) for the first month and £4.99 ($7.65) per subsequent month. An iPhone app is scheduled for a February release.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Zumobi, Inc. announced a new solution for premium brands to engage mobile smartphone users following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Through a partnership with Popular Science magazine, Zumobi launched the first ever in-app CES news tracker.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

The Daily newspaper, owned by News Corp., teamed up with Verizon Wireless to create an Android-compatible app. The app will be available by subscription on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet beginning this month; The Daily will come as part of a software update.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Comcast Corp. introduced a new service that allows Xfinity subscribers to watch live TV shows on their iPad via a set-top box called AnyPlay. Through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad and their home Wi-Fi router, AnyPlay allows users to watch the channels that are included in their subscription lineup.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Following its July 2011 U.S. release, the six-month promotional period for early adopters of Spotify Ltd.'s popular music service will come to an end next week. For all free account holders, this means a ten-hour monthly cap on free streaming and sharing.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

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