mobile software

Google Responds To Android Malware, Will Fix Infected Devices And ‘Remote Kill’ Malicious Apps
4 On March 1, news broke that dozens of malicious applications had made their way to Android Market, each infected with a rootkit that could grant hackers deep access to Android devices that installed them. Google quickly removed the malicious applications from Android Market, but has otherwise remained silent on the situation. Until now. Google has now confirmed that 58 malicious applications were
New Mobile Apps Are All About the Group
4 If you’re still making apps catering to individual users, you’re behind the times. A growing trend in mobile apps seems to recognize that one is indeed the loneliest number, and has developers targeting groups instead. Group chat, group check-ins, group buys, group love: it’s all about the multiples, baby. As we head into South by Southwest (SXSW), it’s clear the star of the show this year will be
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Untapped Opportunity: Exploring the Arab Video Game Market
Mahmoud Khasawneh is the founder and CEO of Quirkat, a games development company based in the UAE with studios in Jordan. He is also the IGDA Middle East Chapter Leader.As the games industry in the Middle East has grown and evolved over the past decade, video game development and game localization aimed at the Middle Eastern market remains a tremendous opportunity. At first glance, the complexi
Verifone: All New Point of Sale Terminals Will Get NFC
6 As we’ve reported on the growth of Near Field Communications for transactions, one major obstacle has been merchant adoption of NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminals. Well, Verifone is reportedly looking to shelve that concern, telling NFC World that it will include the technology in all its new payment terminals. This was probably inevitable as NFC matured but still a good piece of news for propone
10 Austin Startups to Meet at SXSW 2011
For those planning to hit South by Southwest this year, I figured I’d share a few local area startups you should make it a point to meet while you’re down in lovely Austin, Texas. I polled some locals, as well as consulted my notes about cool startups, to pull together this list. Feel free to debate the merits of it in the comments or add your own suggestions. For those who didn’t get a chance to
Updated Windows Phone 7 update isn't updating some Samsung phones for March update
2 Man, talk about a flustercuck. After missing a cycle with its mobile phone strategy, the last thing Microsoft needed was a support fiasco related to its very first Windows Phone 7 software update. But after re-releasing a patched software update meant to solve the update issues seen by some Samsung owners, we're now seeing reports of a new issue on Twitter and in a variety of support forums and b
It’s A Good Day To Be An iPad Competitor . . . Oh Wait, It’s Not
14 Editor’s Note: Jim Dalrymple has been writing about Apple for more than 15 years. You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple and on his Web site at The Loop. Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday introduced the iPad 2 at a special event in San Francisco, taking even more momentum away from its competitors. I’ve had a lot of people in the last 24 hours tell me that the iPad 2 isn’t as revolutionary as
Twitter for iPhone and iPad Get New Features
6 Twitter updated its official iPhone and iPad apps Thursday, offering improved and enhanced photo options, auto-link shortening and the ability to easily follow friends via the contacts in your address book.Twitter for iPhone also gained a new feature called the Quick Bar. The Quick Bar is a way to quickly browse through trending topics at the top of the timeline.New Photo OptionsOur favorite ne
Demand Media Expands Beyond the Content Farm With CoverItLive
4 Demand Media announced Thursday that it has agreed to acquire CoverItLive, a live-blogging and online discussion service Demand has had a stake in since 2009, and will be folding the company into its Pluck unit. The price of the acquisition wasn’t disclosed. Although Demand is known primarily as a “content farm” that pays freelancers to produce articles based on keyword-search algorithms, the com
Yobongo: Building the Next Location-Based Social Network
A new iPhone app called Yobongo is launching Thursday, with plans to make building connections between locally-based, like-minded users easier. The app provides a simple chat-based interface that groups users based on location and seeks to make it easier for people to get to know each other both in-app and in the real world. Yobongo works by selecting people based on where they’re located, and gro
Android Pulls Ahead, While HTC Enjoys the Ride
12 Android in the U.S. pushed ahead of smartphone platform rivals iOS and Blackberry in January, according to Nielsen Wire, and is finding more popularity among younger consumers. That has helped HTC become the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. after Apple and Research In Motion, winning both the Android and Windows Phone 7 manufacturing race ahead of rivals Motorola and Samsung. The
Get a New Job in Social Media, Design or Development
2 If you’re seeking a job in social media, we’d like to help out. For starters, Mashable‘s Job Lists section gathers together all of our resource lists, how-tos and expert guides to help you get hired. In particular, you might want to see our articles on How to Leverage Social Media for Career Success and How to Find a Job on Twitter.But we’d like to help in a more direct way, too. Mashable‘s jo
The @Font-Face Rule and Useful Web Font Tricks
100+   The possibility of embedding any font you like into websites via @font-face is an additional stylistic device which promises to abolish the monotony of the usual system fonts. It surely would be all too easy if there was only one Web font format out there. Instead, there’s quite a variety, as you will get to know in this article.This quick introduction to @font-face will lead you towards a gui
What’s New in iOS 4.3
4 While much of the focus at Apple’s iPad 2 event might have centered around the sexy new hardware, Apple showcased some of the new features in the upcoming iOS 4.3 as well.Developers have had the opportunity to work with beta versions of iOS 4.3 for several months. The new OS release isn’t going to introduce as many features as the iOS 4.0 update or the unifying iOS 4.2 release, but the improvem
Macheen’s Dreams of a Broadband Cloud
12 Macheen, a company trying to provide retailers and device makers with mobile broadband service, launched Wednesday and could possibly fill a much-needed niche as more and more people buy connected devices but don’t want to sign up for more data plans. The Austin, Texas startup aggregates connectivity from mobile operators and sells a data service to device companies and retailers who install Mache
What The iPad 2 Announcement Needs In Order To Be Bi-Winning
8 We’re now just hours away from the unveiling of Apple’s next big thing at an event in San Francisco. And while Apple hasn’t officially stated what they’d be showing off tomorrow, a picture has been worth a thousand words. Right on the invite to the event is the tease of an iPad covered by the date, which probably not coincidentally prominently displays a big “2″. So what should we expect? And what
HTC Magic / T-Mobile G1 gets Honeycomb port, Android past and future fused together
The original gangster of Android, T-Mobile's G1, just refuses to quietly fade into the annals of history. Even in spite of its long overdue end of retail life last summer, the handset continues to see support from grassroots modders and tweakers, with the latest project being the most ambitious of them all: an Android Honeycomb port. A pair of xda members have succeeded in splicing Android's most
Facebook Continues Its Drive to Own the Conversation
4 Facebook did two very different things Tuesday that show how the social network is stepping up its efforts to become a key player in the way people communicate online. The first was the acquisition of Beluga, a group-messaging startup that we have written about a number of times here at GigaOM, and the second was the news that the giant social network is rolling out its new commenting plugin to a
Loopt Brings Real-Time Rewards Alerts to SXSW
The location-based service Loopt is introducing a new feature that will alert users of nearby deals or rewards, and it’s launching at SXSW Interactive.The feature, called Rewards Alerts, combines elements of the Loopt Rewards system with the app’s proximity alerts. The concept behind Reward Alerts is to keep users abreast of flash deals taking place in their general vicinity.Users who are logge
Interview: Index Ventures Says This Is Not a Bubble
4 Entrepreneurs in Europe have long complained about the lack of a vibrant venture capital industry —something many feel holds businesses from the old world back. But while it’s certainly true the continent doesn’t boast an equivalent to valley royalty like Kleiner Perkins or Sequoia, it does have its stars. Chief among them is Index Ventures, the London-and-Geneva based outfit that has scored a seq
Online Meeting Software Developer FuzeBox Releases API
6 FuzeBox, the developer of an online meeting software, has released a number of new APIs for software developers to include the company’s collaboration technology in third party applications. Similar to GoToMeeting or WebEx, Fuze provides a conferencing service that allows users to share screens and run meetings online. As opposed to its competitors, Fuze promises a sleeker more lightweight interfa
Mobile Cloud Startup Blaast Raises Seed Money
2 Blaast, a Finnish mobile startup that’s still in stealth mode, has raised a substantial seed round from a gaggle of European investors, according to sources. Ambient Sound — an investment group started by four of the engineers who built Skype — is believed to have led the funding, which could be as high as €2.6 million ($3.6 million USD). Helsinki-based Blaast is remaining quiet and won’t share de
iPad gets approval from FAA to replace paper flight charts and maps
2 The Federal Aviation Administration is moving with the times, it would seem, as it has just granted the first approval for the use of iPads instead of paper charts for informing airline pilots while on duty. There are already a number of EFB (electronic flight bag) devices in use, however the iPad is by far the cheapest and most portable one that's been validated yet. Executive Jet Management, a
Drund Gives Devs & Users All-in-One Tool for Connected Devices
2 Dev shop Azork launched Monday Drund, a broad, agnostic development and management platform for apps across all connected devices and browsers.The platform also has an aspect for users, allowing them to “manage their online life from any Internet connected device,” according to a release.Cross-platform development, especially in the mobile sector, is something of a rare and difficult promise to
Intel Closes $7.68 Billion McAfee Acquisition
16 Intel has officially completed its acquisition of security giant McAfee, according to a release issued today. Intel announced the $7.68 billion, all-cash deal last August. According to the release, McAfee will continue developing and selling security products and services under its own brand and “first fruits of their strategic partnership” will be brought to market later in 2011. McAfee will rep
9 Apps To Make You Super Productive on Windows, Mac & Linux
14 The Cross-Platform Apps Series is supported by VMware Fusion, the best way to run Windows on your Mac. Click Here to learn more about VMware Fusion. To keep up with VMware Fusion updates, follow the “TeamFusion” blog or on Twitter or Facebook.You may think you’ve reached the peak possible productivity on Windows, Mac and Linux, but if you haven’t tried this collection of timesavers, it’s time t