Four years. More than 125 million downloads. Some one billion photos sent. And yet, users of Bump and Flock, acquired by Google for $30 million late last year, will soon see their apps cease to function and all their user data deleted.
The age of biological computing is just around the corner, as new computer chips will enable devices to absorb new information and adjust their functions based on what they have learned.
They came, they saw, they downloaded. Well, some of them downloaded. Consumer interest in apps continued to climb in 2013, but for the developers who created them, the year was filled with a variety of platform changes, concerns over how user data is handled, an emphasis on analytics and more than a few surprising mergers and acquisitions. Thus, FierceDeveloper is taking a look back on the year that was to put some of the biggest stories in perspective.
FierceTelecom is counting down the story lines that shaped the telecom industry in 2013. From special access battles to new networking standards, find out what issues dominated the headlines.
Japan has knocked the United States out of the No. 1 spot in terms of monthly app store revenue, according to a new report from App Annie. The analytics firm's latest report showed Japan nearing $350 million in combined revenue across iOS and Google Play in October.
While executives at major programmers like Viacom and Walt Disney Co. have predicted in recent weeks that a virtual multichannel programming distributor could soon emerge, I'm beginning to wonder if the concept is little more than hype.
Nine months after DirecTV CFO Patrick Doyle told analysts that the company was open to sharing "NFL Sunday Ticket" with other pay TV distributors, CEO Mike White said Thursday that he expects DirecTV will keep exclusive rights to the popular programming package.
Verizon's move to purchase EdgeCast, a content delivery network based in Santa Monica, Calif., is another sign that traditional service providers want more control over how video content gets delivered to their customers.
Microsoft is thinking of making its Windows Phone and Windows RT software available free of charge to hardware vendors, according to a report from The Verge, which cited unnamed sources.s.
YouTube is expected to generate about $5.6 billion in gross advertising revenue worldwide in 2013, according to research firm eMarketer.