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Facebook plans suite of standalone mobile apps for 2014. Angry Birds Go! is Now Available. Dropbox Unveils Sync API For Mobile Developers, Allows Apps To Work With Cloud-Based Files As If They Were Local. Dropbox is unveiling a brand new API for developers today that should give mobile app makers an excellent new tool to work with.

Dropbox Unveils Sync API For Mobile Developers, Allows Apps To Work With Cloud-Based Files As If They Were Local

The Dropbox Sync API allows apps for iOS and Android to treat files stored on a user’s Dropbox account as if they were local, managing syncing, caching, offline access and tracking changes easily so that developers only have to worry about building an app, and not the storage and management of the files users create with said software. I spoke to Dropbox Product Manager Sean Lynch about the new API and what it can offer developers. Path CEO Dave Morin speaks on design and bringing the future to the world. Dave Morin, the chief executive of the private mobile social network app Path, was onstage at MobileBeat 2012 this morning with Michael Copeland, the senior editor of Wired.

Path CEO Dave Morin speaks on design and bringing the future to the world

And Morin, true to form, was full of great one-liners. Morin zinger #1: “The first version of Path was 70 percent a failure.” With Square in Its Sights, PayPal Debuts Mobile-Payment Hardware. David Marcus, VP of PayPal mobile, shows off the 'Here' dongle at an event on Thursday.

With Square in Its Sights, PayPal Debuts Mobile-Payment Hardware

Netflix Deal Reveals Apple's Secret Sauce: iTunes Pay Channel. Why Twitter Bought Posterous: Talent And Apple. 9 Coolest Smartphones At Mobile World Congress. From the HTC One to the Samsung Galaxy Beam, check out some of the most interesting smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2012. 1 of 11.

9 Coolest Smartphones At Mobile World Congress

Jenkins: Obama and the Smartphone Wars. Live Stream: The Launch Of The Apple iPhone 4S From NYC’s Flagship Apple Store. It’s early. Too early. And I’m standing outside, pointing a cell phone camera at the faces of strangers and asking them to speak to me.

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Mary Meeker's Latest Awesome Web 2.0 Presentation About The State Of The Web. No RIM Turnaround Before 2012, New BlackBerry Phones Fall Short - Great Speculations - Buys, holds, and hopes. Le browsing sur mobile est déjà une réalité - Site mobile. Nielsen: 32 Percent Of New Smartphone Owners Choose Android Phones.

According to August data from The Nielsen Company, Android has passed the iPhone and BlackBerry to become the popular operating system for people who bought a smartphone in the past six months.

Nielsen: 32 Percent Of New Smartphone Owners Choose Android Phones

Over the past six months, 32 percent of new smartphone owners chose an phone with an Android operating system, while 25 percent chose the iPhone OS and 26 percent chose RIM’s Blackberry smartphones. The data, which covers a period that includes a full-month of iPhone 4 availability, also shows that Blackberry still holds largest share of the smartphone market with 31 percent of the market. Twenty-eight percent of smartphone owners have Apple iPhones, compared to 19 percent who have Android devices.

While consumers may have a peaked interest in Android phone, Apple’s iPhone marketshare remained steady from Nielsen’s June findings. Pinger Now Turns Your iPod Touch Into A Free Cell Phone. Earlier this month we took a look at Pinger, the company behind Textfree, a massively popular application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that gives users free, unlimited text messaging.

Pinger Now Turns Your iPod Touch Into A Free Cell Phone

Since launching in March 2009, users have sent over 4 billion text messages with the app, which has been downloaded 8 million times (these numbers effectively put Pinger in the top ten US carriers, volume-wise). And today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the company is announcing that it’s venturing into new territory: voice calls. Textfree will soon include a true SIP-based VOIP client that works over both 3G and Wifi. Forget The Facebook Phone, Here’s Mozilla Seabird — An Open Web Concept Phone. Much as been made of the so-called Facebook Phone.

Forget The Facebook Phone, Here’s Mozilla Seabird — An Open Web Concept Phone

While Facebook is still being vague about their ideas for this (but at least they’re no longer denying it), it seems likely that anything they do will be based on Google’s Android platform. And INQ may offer the first of these starting next year. But Facebook isn’t the only web company thinking about phones and Android. Mozilla is as well. Or at least, their community is. Nokia World: “Nokia is back”, claims handset maker with three new devices but MeeGo is M.I.A. With the company in-between CEOs, it was left to Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, to deliver the opening keynote at today’s Nokia World in London.

Nokia World: “Nokia is back”, claims handset maker with three new devices but MeeGo is M.I.A.

And strangely but perhaps appropriately, he was later joined by Anssi Vanjoki, EVP Mobile Solutions and effectively Nokia’s no. 2, who just yesterday handed in his notice. Admirably, Savander did his best to rally the troops – all 3,000 attendees, apparently – telling the audience that the message is: “Nokia is back”, a direct reference to the Finnish handset maker’s loss of the high end smartphone crown, even if in terms of raw numbers it still dominates the market world wide, depending on how you define smartphone, of course.

But we’ll save that debate for another day. Mobile Password Authentication System - One Time Passwords. Mobile Authentication Technology Company FireID Raises $6.4 Million. It’s not every day we get to post about venture capital flowing to a Southern African company with global ambitions, but here goes: FireID, a provider of security applications for mobile authentication, has secured 5 million euros (roughly $6.4 million) from Jersey-based early-stage investment firm 4Di Capital.

Mobile Authentication Technology Company FireID Raises $6.4 Million

Smartphone App Market Reached More Than $2.2 Billion In The First Half Of 2010. Research2guidance, a Berlin-based research organization specialized in all things mobile, recently forecasted the worldwide smartphone application market to reach $15 billion by 2013.

Smartphone App Market Reached More Than $2.2 Billion In The First Half Of 2010

In an update, the firm says the global smartphone app market has in fact already reached $2.2 billion in the first six months of this year. Also according to research2guidance’s findings, mobile application download numbers reached a total of 3.8 billion in the first semester of this year, compared to 3.1 billion in 2009 (full year, to be clear). The firm attributes the strong growth numbers to the success of Apple’s App Store, Android Market and other mobile app stores like Ovi Store and Blackberry’s App World. In the future, they expect growth to also come from niche stores for verticals such as business or health. The mobile research specialists.

RIM’s Flickering Torch Should Signal Defeat For The “Consumer-Grade” Blackberry. In Zork, when your torch goes out you’re eaten by a grue. In real life, when your Torch phone is a flop – about 150,000 sold opening weekend and not many more sold over the week it’s been out – you could be eaten by your competitors. As I said before, the hard-core Blackberry audience cares about the much-ballyhooed features of the Torch – namely social media connectivity and add-on functions already available on other phones – about as much as they care about Arcade Fire.

The Blackberry is a business tool and each time RIM has tried to push it into hipster and soccer mom territory, they’ve failed. Engadget Mobile. MobileCrunch. Engadget Mobile. JkOnTheRun. Mobile Stories.