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Facebook plans suite of standalone mobile apps for 2014. Angry Birds Go! is Now Available. 11 December '13, 09:19am Follow If you’re into mobile games you’ll be interested to know that Angry Birds Go!

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.

Essentially, Lynch said this is yet another attempt by Dropbox to simplify the lives of developers when it comes to creating apps that can work seamlessly across platforms with remotely stored files, just like the Dropbox Chooser the company unveiled back in November 2012. 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.” Initially, the team built off their core strengths: web design. 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

Photo: Kim White/PayPal SAN FRANCISCO — E-payments service PayPal unveiled new hardware for its payments system on Thursday, signaling in no uncertain terms the company’s intent to fight Square — Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s up-and-coming mobile payments company — for the hearts of customers and retailers everywhere. The new hardware, dubbed PayPal Here, is a triangle-shaped dongle that attaches to the smartphone through the microphone jack and reads credit cards. Netflix Deal Reveals Apple's Secret Sauce: iTunes Pay Channel. As announced this week, the new Apple TV brings a new UI, better internal specs, and full HD capability to the table.

Netflix Deal Reveals Apple's Secret Sauce: iTunes Pay Channel

But there's the business equivalent of an Easter egg hidden in it for Netflix subscribers: From now on, if you want to join Netflix you can do it through your Apple TV, and Apple handles the payments via its iTunes back channel. Essentially it works like this: The Apple TV functionality hinges on your iTunes user account, the same kind that's powered 25 billion app downloads to date. Why Twitter Bought Posterous: Talent And Apple. Yesterday Twitter revealed it bought Posterous, a lifeblogging/microblogging/sharing site.

Why Twitter Bought Posterous: Talent And Apple

It's been widely regarded as a "hacquisition" because Posterous' metier isn't totally compatible with Twitter's own business model--at least as it stands, with its hugely time-sensitive and text-centric user experience. So who are these folks, and why did Twitter spend an undisclosed amount (certainly many millions, given Posterous' successes and big-number VC rounds) to buy them? Digging through the Posterous team info, there are many talented people in this small group, but three stand out in particular, including CEO and founder Sachin Agarwal.

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 Mobile World Congress is paradise for the gadget-obsessed.

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.

Live Stream: The Launch Of The Apple iPhone 4S From NYC’s Flagship Apple Store

Too early. And I’m standing outside, pointing a cell phone camera at the faces of strangers and asking them to speak to me. This can only mean one thing: it’s time for another iPhone launch, and intrepid TechCrunch reporter Jason Kincaid (that would be me) is live streaming the festivities taking place in front of an Apple store. If history is any guide, there will be free coffee, donuts, and sleep-deprived Apple zealots abound.

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. To put some meat on the bone, Vanjoki then took to the stage to unveil three new Nokia devices – the C6, C7 and E7 – all of which run Symbian^3. 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. The funding will be used to expand worldwide distribution of the company’s mobile password authentication solution into key verticals, FireID says. With FireID, users generate a one-time password via their mobile phone, even when offline, to access online banking, e-commerce websites, cloud-based applications and VPNs.

The core idea is that this eliminates the need for end-users to remember multiple passwords, to receive passwords via SMS or to carry any other authentication hardware e.g. tokens issued by banks for one-time-passwords. 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. 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 research organization’s projections are fairly conservative compared to others. 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. The perception is that Blackberry is the go-to phone for email. Engadget Mobile. MobileCrunch. Engadget Mobile. JkOnTheRun. Unhealthily Obsessed With Mobile Content. Mobile Stories.