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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Facebook’s new ‘Nearby Friends’ feature aims to help users connect in real life

Facebook is rolling out a “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, aiming to help users get together with people they know. When two friends who both have the feature enabled come into range with one another, they’ll get a push notification that says they’re in the area. Don’t worry, it’s optional, and opt-in. The feature… Read More

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New data: T-Mobile leads Q1 subscriber growth in U.S.

It seems like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves are continuing to work. According to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, T-Mobile saw the greatest subscriber growth out of any U.S. carrier during the first quarter of 2014. The Bellevue-based carrier has been working hard to woo new subscribers with a number of competitive moves, and announced in… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for App of the Year

Marijuana, music, a secure Internet connection and the iPad. What more could a person want? OK, that’s a stretch, but those do represent some of the top trends in technology and our broader culture over the past year, and they’re also well-represented among the finalists for App of the Year in the GeekWire Awards: Leafly, Cloak… Read More

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Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app sees 1M purchases in 8 months

So far, so good for Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, announced Thursday that riders have purchased more than 1 million tickets using its mobile ticketing app since it debuted this past September. More than 80,000 people have downloaded the app, which was built by Portland-based GlobeSherpa and eliminates… Read More

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Phished! Lessons learned from my smartphone stumble

When it comes to tech scams, in the immortal words of Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots, I have shamed myself. It was probably only a matter of time. Hadn’t I parried “Windows tech support” phone scammers to a draw? Damn, I was good. But that feeling of secure self-assurance slowly tipped toward cockiness at the… Read More

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This startup wants to let airline passengers compete in ‘intra-cabin gaming’

Skycast has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a next-generation in-flight entertainment system for Windows tablets. Right now, Skycast is developing solutions with Microsoft that work on a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet enclosed in a security shell, and will feature content including movies, TV, digital magazines, music, and a “Xbox Game… Read More

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T-Mobile says goodbye to monthly corporate discounts

T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently announced that the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is simplifying its rate plans even further by replacing a system of variable corporate discounts with a system that will give qualifying customers a $25 T-Mobile reward card whenever they purchase a new device. Legere dismissed the traditional system of negotiating special employer rates as… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More