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Report: Uber Makes $3 Billion Offer For Nokia’s HERE Maps

Who is the latest company to purchase Nokia’s mapping unit HERE?  That company would be Uber.  According to the NY Times, Uber was reported to have submitted a $3 billion bid for the mapping provider.  At this point, that amount hasn’t been confirmed. Assuming that Uber can obtain HERE, this will be the second successful mapping acquisition …

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Report: Phablets Grabbed More Than 20 Percent Of Q1 Smartphone Sales In The US

According to Flurry data released last week, 20 percent of all smartphones used are “phablets.”  To help back up this information, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported that  “phablets claimed 21 percent of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015.” So it seems that these larger screened smartphones are starting to get a decent grip on the mobile market. When you …

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There Is A New Web Crawler In Town – it’s Apple’s Applebot

For a while, there has been some speculation around an Apple Web Crawler, and now it’s seems that there’s finally been some confirmation.  Apple posted a help document that proves the existence of the company’s very on web crawler, Applebot. So what exactly will the new Applebot crawl cover exactly?  Apple said that their new web crawler  is “used …

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Google Launches Custom Voice Actions For Third Party Apps

I’m sure most of us have used some kind of voice activated features of out computers and tablets.  From Apple to Google, those companies that are using built in voice command applications usually will utilize their own first party apps and programs to find what the user wants  Now, Google is expanding Voice Actions to …

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Microsoft’s Cortana Coming To iOS, Android This Fall

It’s being reported by Reuters that Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, will be coming to Android and iOS as an app later this year.  The idea that Cortana could come to rival mobile OS first came about in a Microsoft SMX Advanced keynote conversation last year. During the keynote, Microsoft wasn’t ready to think about distributing Cortana to other …

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US Smartphone Penetration Now At 75 Percent

According to comScore, About 75 percent of mobile subscribers in the US are now proud owners of smartphones.  To compare, there was only 65.2 percent of people who owned smartphones back in December of 2013.  Based on these numbers, it’s predicted that by December of this year, the US smartphone penetration will be above 80 to …

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Apple Maps Using New Partners For Multiple-Location Map Submissions

It hasn’t been very long since Apple launched Apple Maps Connect (it released back in October), which is intended to let individual business owners edit and add local business listings straight into Apple’s database.  At this point, what Apple Maps Connect isn’t intended for is webmasters or outside agencies to manage multiple locations or listings …

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