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ESPN launches new SportsCenter app

While ESPN’s mobile apps have been going gangbusters – with its mobile properties seeing more visitors than its website in September – the sports broadcasting giant has decided to completely overhaul its popular ScoreCenter app for iOS and Android, and give it a new (yet) familiar name: SportsCenter. The new app features a redesign for… Read More

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Microsoft Ventures invests in mobile productivity startup Zula

Microsoft historically hasn’t spent much time investing in seed-stage startups. That’s part of the reason why today’s investment by Microsoft Ventures — the newly-formed unit that consolidated startup-oriented programs such as BizSpark and Bing Fund under one roof — is interesting. Microsoft Ventures announced today that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Zula, an… Read More

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CyanogenMod debuts installer app for customized Android experience, aims for third major OS spot

Cyanogen today released a CyanogenMod Installer in the Google Play Store to help ease the process of installing the company’s customized Android OS. Cyanogen, founded in Seattle, recently raised $7.3 million from Benchmark and Redpoint Ventures. Its software gives Android owners a more customizable and speedy experience than the standard OS that comes on Android smartphones out… Read More

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A dead end for WhichBus: Seattle transit app pulls plug

WhichBus, a mobile application that helped people find bus route around Seattle, has ceased operations. “After over a year and a half operating WhichBus, we’ve made the tough decision to shut down the service to focus on other projects,” the company wrote in an email message to users. WhichBus formed at a StartupWeekend event in… Read More

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Centri lands $13M to help mobile carriers boost networks

Seattle startup Centri Technology has pulled in $13 million in fresh funding, money that it will use to continue development on technologies that help improve data flow over mobile networks. Angel Valkyrie participated in the round, as did existing investors. The 4-year-old company employs about 20 people, and previously raised about $5.5 million. It has been… Read More

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ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than ESPN.com in September for first time ever

Here’s yet another sign of the movement toward mobile devices: ESPN, for the first time ever, saw more unique visitors on its mobile properties than on ESPN.com in September. According to comScore’s Multi-Platform data, ESPN saw 47.4 million people using its mobile products — just a tad more than the 46.1 million accessing ESPN.com. This marks… Read More

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RealNetworks buys European ringback tone firm Muzicall

RealNetworks has acquired Muzicall, a 9-year-old London company that specializes in ringback tones. The company will be integrated with Real’s mobile entertainment division, which works with carriers to manage 18 million ringback tone subscribers. Ringback tones replace the traditional ring that a caller hears before their phone call is answered. They typically consist of music,… Read More

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Glympse partners with Verizon on Messaging app

If you ever wanted to tell someone where you are without leaving a text message conversation, a Seattle-based company is working to make that a reality. In a new partnership forged with Verizon, Seattle’s Glympse will be providing the location services backbone for the carrier’s Verizon Messages app, which allows subscribers to send messages from… Read More

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Here’s an exclusive look at what’s coming to your mobile devices with Bluetooth 4.1

Soon, your Bluetooth-enabled wearables should be able to talk directly to one another, rather than having to route all their traffic through your smartphone or another hub device. Bluetooth 4.0, otherwise known as Bluetooth SMART, enabled Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another while maintaining a low power draw. It’s what keeps your Fitbit in… Read More

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App development startup Sirqul partners with leading Taiwan mobile telecom operator

Sirqul is off to a fast start. Just over one month after officially launching, the Seattle mobile company has partnered with one of Taiwan’s largest telecom providers in Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (FET). Sirqul, founded by former Amazon Web Services veteran Rob Frederick, helps catalyze the app development process for brands, agencies and developers. The startup is helping FET launch… Read More

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Parallax meets puzzles: How this startup embraced iOS 7

People who solve selected puzzles in the newly revamped Puzzazz app for iPad and iPhone will get a little visual reward: Lines appearing to float over the puzzle, using the parallax effect to highlight a specific pattern in the solution. It’s an extreme example of how Apple’s iOS 7 design philosophy is starting to spread through the… Read More