As app retention and app engagement become more critical, a number of firms are beginning to create APIs and software development kits aimed at analyzing an app user's emotions much more directly. In some cases it involves scanning biological indicators and matching them against a library of others. Special report
Apple may change the Beats Music streaming music service it acquired along with Beats Electronics in May for $3 billion, and may drop the Beats brand for the fledgling music service, according to a Re/code report.
Karma, an MVNO that rewards customers with additional data when they share their hotspot connection with others, is launching its first LTE hotspot, called Karma Go, on Sprint's tri-band LTE network. The company previously only offered service on Sprint's WiMAX network.
In a bit of retrospective analysis, The Verge looked at Nokia's device business before Microsoft acquired it, and indeed before Nokia had committed to Windows Phone, and concluded that Nokia was clearly ahead of the curve in terms of smartphone design and software, but failed to translate that into commercial success.
BlackBerry plans to formally unveil its newest smartphone, the Passport, on Sept. 24 and will sell it for $599 in the U.S. without subsidies, according to CEO John Chen. The phone's launch is scheduled to come just ahead of the release of BlackBerry's earnings, scheduled for Sept. 26. The company is releasing the gadget as it tries to consolidate the gains it has made under Chen in turning around its business.
Another iPhone launch has generated another record. Apple said it has sold more than 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus after the gadgets' debut sales weekend, surpassing the 9 million units Apple sold last year during the opening weekend of the iP hone 5s and 5c.
Mobile phone subscribers in the UK have spent around £4.6 billion on repairs to their mobile phones over the past two years, in what will come as a timely cautionary tale to those who have just spent several hundreds of pounds, euros or dollars on a sparkling new iPhone 6.
Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.
Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.
Microsoft slashed 2,100 employees from its work force, part of a previously announced plan to cut 18,000 workers as the software giant integrates former Nokia employees and shifts its focus to the cloud, mobile and productivity tools. As a result of this round of cuts, Microsoft will also close its Silicon Valley research-and-development lab.