Kik bags $38.3M investment, announces first acquisition

Kik Interactive, the Canadian company behind the Kik messaging app, secured $38.3 million in Series C funding and announced its first ever acquisition, as it reached 185 million users. The company plans to use the funding to invest in product …

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Biz Stone’s Jelly Industries focuses on fun with Super

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched Super — the second mobile app from his Jelly Industries operation — which enables users to share ideas and observations combined with images. The app has built-in prompts to start messages, such as ‘I’m thinking’, …

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Groups becomes Facebook’s latest standalone app

Facebook added another standalone app to its roster to help users manage the groups that they are part of on the social networking site, as well as to find and create new ones. Facebook Groups, created by Facebook Creative Labs, …

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MTN Uganda finds Ericsson’s wallet to its liking

MTN Uganda has deployed Ericsson’s wallet platform to enable the introduction of new and differentiated mobile financial services for MTN Uganda mobile wallet users as well as agents. Ericsson Converged Wallet, which has replaced MTN Uganda’s existing mobile wallet platform, is an …

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Apple announces WatchKit availability

Apple released the WatchKit SDK as part of its iOS 8.2 beta for developers looking to build apps that work with the Apple Watch, which is due to be made available early in 2015. WatchKit was first announced in September …

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Indie developers make app usage progress — Flurry

The time spent in apps that are outside the top 25 titles in terms of usage time has increased to a greater extent than for those at the top of the rankings, according to analyst firm Flurry — suggesting that …

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Updating loyalty schemes in era of mobile commerce

It’s a familiar scene – you are in the supermarket, department store or food hall and you are about to pay for goods; at this point, just before you leave the building, you present a loyalty card and collect your points. You …

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Telcos urged to innovate data tariffs to counter OTT threat

At LTE North America in Dallas this week, a panel featuring Wireless 2020, IBM, Allot Communications and US-based MVNO FreedomPop urged the service provider community to develop more flexible and tailored data bundles for customers.

Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report

Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources has become a lot more dangerous over the last year, with apps now needing more built-in protection, according to a new report.…