Tag: mobile

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BBC takes on Beats 1 with global rollout of iPlayer Radio app

When Apple launched its Beats 1 radio station as part of Apple Music, there was a lot of speculation in the UK about the possible competition with the BBC’s music radio stations.
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Report 389 – Onstage, Online

In our cover feature we look beyond the noisy chatter about VR concerts to consider where else digital is really impacting on the live business. From the rise of non-live companies using ticketing to turn themselves into...
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Pebble boss claims smartwatches are like smartphones in 2007

What is a smartwatch for, really? It’s nice to have something on your wrist that tells the time, but many of the much-hyped ‘smart’ features aren’t proving that appealing beyond the earliest adopters. Eric Migicovsky,...
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YouTube’s future strategy: ‘It’s all mobile, mobile, mobile’

We published our interview with YouTube’s senior content exec Robert Kyncl yesterday, but he’s also been talking at more length about the wider strategy of Google’s online video service. It’s almost all about the...
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Brits spend more time on mobile devices than PCs

Research firm eMarketer has published some new numbers on UK adults’ mobile usage, and they’re pretty interesting. “This year, for the first time ever, the amount of time UK adults spend daily with mobile devices will...
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Latest advertising forecasts: social networks and mobile

There’s never a shortage of estimates and forecasts for ad revenues, and they don’t always agree. Reserve the usual pinch of salt – but also the usual interest – for the latest claims from Strategy Analytics and eMarketer...
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TuneCore buys location-based promo app DropKloud

Digital distribution firm TuneCore has snapped up US mobile startup DropKloud. The latter was unveiled in beta earlier this year as a way for musicians and brands to “drop” digital stuff – tracks included – at real-world...
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Industry analyst Benedict Evans’ questions about mobile

Another take on the future for mobility? “Apple and Google both won. Apple now sells around 10% of all the 1.8bn (and growing) phones sold on Earth each year and Android the next 50%, split roughly between say 2/3 Google...
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Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba files for IPO in the US

Often described as the ‘Chinese Amazon’, the filing for e-commerce firm Alibaba’s IPO might persuade a few more people to start describing Amazon as the US Alibaba. The document sets out the company’s stats: 231m...
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ROK Mobile launches in the US, but only for a few people

We’ve been covering mobile firm ROK’s plans to launch a music-focused mobile operator – well, a virtual one, an MVNO – in the US this summer. On Friday, it went live, sort of. GigaOm reports that ROK Mobile...
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Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division

Nokia’s mobile handset business is now part of Microsoft, after the latter company’s acquisition closed on Friday. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is transitioning to executive vice president of Microsoft’s devices...
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Messaging app WhatsApp now has 500m active users

The growth arc of messaging app WhatsApp has been tremendous to watch: 200m monthly active users in April 2013, then 300m in August and 400m in December. Last night, the company announced its latest milestone: 500m active...