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Urban Airship launches cross-platform interactive notifications service

Interactive push notifications are going to increase in use this year, with Apple announcing that users will be able to interact with and respond to notifications while their phone is locked, and Google launching the same capability on Android 4.3 last year. Portland-based mobile analytics and push messaging powerhouse Urban Airship is taking advantage of the new capabilities by… Read More

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T-Mobile expands family plan deal, adds data for tablet owners

Another day, another deal from T-Mobile. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier today revealed yet another promotion, this time expanding its family plans and offering more data capacity for tablet owners. T-Mobile customers on a family plan can now add up to 10 lines for $10 each per month, up from a previous allotment of five lines. The… Read More

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Huawei hangs up on Windows Phone development after two years of losses

Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei Technologies is putting Windows Phones development on hold after enduring two years of losses, according to an executive who was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “We have tried using the Windows Phone OS,” said Huawei’s Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group. “But it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy… Read More

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As eBay’s Portland office pushes past 200 employees, Kevin Hurst is named general manager

EBay has tasked Kevin Hurst with getting the word out that it’s aggressively hiring in Portland. As part of the announcement, Hurst, who was eBay’s former VP of mobile product, will become the office’s general manager. It’s been known for some time that eBay had leased additional office space in Portland, but in an interview this morning, Hurst told GeekWire how many people… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: How cops are moving to the cloud, and what it means for public safety

The recent chaos and tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., have highlighted the importance of accountability and transparency in everyday interactions between police and the public. Can technology make a difference? That’s one of our questions this week on the GeekWire radio show. Our guests in the studio are Marcus Womack, the general manager of Evidence.com, which offers a cloud-based service and… Read More

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Swype debuts MLS-branded, soccer-themed Android keyboards

The popular Android-based Swype keyboard is getting a soccer makeover. Starting today, Swype users will be able to personalize their keyboards with Major League Soccer-branded team themes. Whether you’re a Sounders or Timbers fan, you can now spice up your Swype keyboard with your team’s logo and colors. Aaron Sheedy, VP of Mobile Product at Nuance Communications —… Read More

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Sprint’s shares hit new low for the year as investors react to its plan to beat T-Mobile

With a T-Mobile merger no longer on the table, Sprint has kicked off a pricing war with the introduction of a family plan that offers twice as much data at same price as the competition. Later this week, the Overland Park, Kansas-based carrier, which is majority owned by SoftBank, is expected to unveil cheaper individual plans, as well. Investors reacted… Read More

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Not just Nokia: HTC One (M8) expands to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, exclusive to Verizon

HTC this morning confirmed that it will expand its flagship HTC One (M8) device to Windows Phone, marking an important step for Microsoft in the company’s attempt to create an ecosystem for Windows Phone beyond its own Nokia hardware platform. The device blends the worlds of Windows Phone and HTC, offering HTC features such as the BlinkFeed… Read More

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Windows Phone’s enterprise pitch falls flat; iOS remains top dog for big business

One of Windows Phone’s advantages over other mobile operating systems is Microsoft’s enterprise software pedigree. The company has been pushing its smartphones as products for businesses that need to manage a large fleet of devices. But according to Good Technology’s Mobility Index Report, Microsoft hasn’t been making any headway in its attempt to draw enterprise… Read More

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T-Mobile now offers app that unlocks your smartphone

It’s only been a week since President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that allows Americans to unlock their cell phones, but T-Mobile is already offering an easy way for its customers to do so. The Bellevue-based company now has an app called “Device Unlock” that lets people unlock their devices to run on any wireless carrier. However,… Read More

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Shares of T-Mobile and Sprint tumble after blockbuster deal collapses; Marcelo Claure named new CEO of Sprint

Wall Street seems to have really liked the idea of Sprint and T-Mobile tie up. Shares of both companies tumbled on Wednesday morning after reports emerged that Sprint is canceling its planned takeover of T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint is taking the brunt of the negative reaction,… Read More

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Sprint is giving up on T-Mobile bid, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to be replaced, reports say

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with additional details. Sprint is abandoning its attempt to acquire T-Mobile, according to a breaking news alert this afternoon on the Wall Street Journal’s website. An initial story quotes an anonymous source saying that Sprint viewed the regulatory challenges as too difficult for the transaction. In addition, Sprint plans to replace… Read More