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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

SKYCAST SOLUTIONS IFE

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

John Legere

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

The Mindbloom team

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

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This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

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T-Mobile execs lambast RootMetrics report that awarded Verizon for best service

T-Mobile executives are crying foul over today’s report from a Seattle-based wireless metrics company that awarded Verizon for the best overall service. RootMetrics, after driving almost 218,000 miles and collecting more than 4.6 million data points, gave Verizon the best overall score after rating the nation’s top four carriers on a number of factors, including speed, reliability, and performance of… Read More

John Legere

T-Mobile sees 15-fold increase for BlackBerry trade-ins after special offer

BlackBerry CEO John Chen started a fight it seems like he couldn’t finish when he attacked T-Mobile for marketing the new iPhone to BlackBerry users. After Chen called a marketing email T-Mobile sent to BlackBerry users “ill-conceived,” T-Mobile announced that it would offer BlackBerry users a $200 trade-in credit for their old handset to put toward… Read More

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Wireless performance study: Verizon tops the charts, T-Mobile languishes

Planning a cross-country road trip? Verizon’s the best bet for cell phone service. According to new research into wireless network performance released by RootMetrics, Verizon has the best overall service, though AT&T is nipping at its heels. The Seattle-based wireless metrics company tested performance by all four major carriers in every state, driving almost 218,000 miles and… Read More