Mobile Minutes: iBeacon, Verizon, Weixin, Beats Music
Apple's iBeacon and the future of mobile shopping
Mobile, mobile, mobile. It?s like the Marcia Brady of the retail industry. Everyone is talking about it and wants to cozy up next to its success, often at the expense of some of the more practical blocking and tackling that needs to be done in order to really capitalize on rising mobile use, according to Forbes.
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Verizon posts quarterly gains from mobile, broadband
Verizon Communications posted revenue of US$31.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, a 3.4 percent increase from a year earlier, with the gains driven again by mobile and broadband growth, per PCWorld.
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A popular Chinese social networking app blazes its own path
Every half-hour or so, Jenny Zhao, young and wired, unlocks her iPhone 5 to connect with friends using Weixin, China?s wildly popular social messaging app, The New York Times reports.
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Beats Music subscription Internet radio service launches with iOS app
Beats Music throws its hat into an already crowded ring occupied by existing services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Apple's own iTunes Radio. The newcomer is moving in a different direction, however, with a subscription-only pay structure that looks to stand out with better content discovery, according to Apple Insider.
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