Mobile

Western Digital’s UFS 3.0 EFD Empowers 5G Mobility (MESA)

Western Digital is enriching smartphone users’ mobile experience in the 5G era with a new embedded flash drive (EFD) that provides the speed and capacity necessary to maximize th... More

Twitter May Let Us ‘Clarify’ (But Not Edit) Our Old Tweets (Engadget)

There are reasonable arguments for and against being able to edit tweets once they've been posted to Twitter dot com. Jack Dorsey doesn't necessarily want everyone to re-write thei... More

Spotify’s Quest to Become the King of Podcasts (Engadget)

Spotify's purchases of Anchor and Gimlet Media hint at the battleground podcasting is becoming. Advertisers are desperate to get their product in front of those ears, and so have b... More

Spotify Bets Big on Podcasting to Power Battle Against Apple (Bloomberg)

Spotify acquired podcasting companies Gimlet Media and Anchor FM, a declaration that their specialty is the next big area of growth for the world’s largest paid music service. Th... More

IGTV is Coming to Your Instagram Feed Whether You Like it or Not (Engadget)

Watch much Instagram TV lately? Yeah, I didn't think so. That's not stopping Instagram from continuing to shove the little-loved feature down our throats, though. In a tweet today,... More

Tidal is the First Music Streaming Service to Accept Venmo (Engadget)

High-fidelity music streaming service Tidal now lets subscribers pay using their Venmo balance. It's the latest in a slew of partnerships for the PayPal-owned payments app, followi... More

No, Podcasting is Not a Small Business (Fortune)

Believe it or not, there’s money in podcasts. Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire Gimlet Media, the Brooklyn-based narrative podcast company, for more than $200 million in ca... More

MTV Launches SVOD Consumer App (Broadband TV News)

Viacom International Media Networks is launching MTV’s first ever direct-to-consumer SVOD mobile streaming app. MTV Play will initially only be available in the UK and marks a gl... More

YouTube Adds Swipe-Based Navigation on Your Phone (Engadget)

Mobile navigation is all about the swipe these days, and now even YouTube is joining in. The platform has started rolling out an update for iOS devices, giving users a way to view ... More

Prime Focus Technologies Celebrates Innovation Award, Successful Oppo Ad Campaign

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) closed out 2018 with a couple victories, including a 2018 Product Innovation Award, and a YouTube top 10 ad of the year. Trade journal “TV Techn... More

The B2B App Boom Will Only Grow in 2019 (CMS Wire)

This has been a landmark year for the release of new business apps. Vendors, including software industry giants like IBM and SAP, have been flooding the market with hundreds of new... More

Twitter to DM FA Cup Highlight Packages to International Fans (The Drum)

Twitter is experimenting with a new way of directly distributing FA Cup highlights to football fans outside the UK. Fans in 10 markets can register to receive match action featurin... More

To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audiences (Adweek)

By 2009, the digitization and personalization of the music space had brought tremendous benefits to listeners. Almost everyone you knew was listening—and if they weren’t, their... More

Is the Era of Voice Texting Upon Us? (The Ringer)

The most controversial mode of 2018 communication is … a short voice message meant to replace a text. If you are currently having a strong, visceral reaction to the concept, you ... More

Study: 32% of U.S. Web Users Watch Videos Daily on Their Smartphones (DTV Europe)

The research found that out-of-home viewing was more common in the US, with 17% of US internet users strongly agreeing that they frequently use a smartphone, tablet or laptop to wa... More

Netflix Testing Cheaper Mobile-Only Subscription Tiers (The Verge)

The number of people who use mobile devices as a primary option to stream Netflix is growing worldwide, which makes it no surprise that the company is reportedly testing a new paym... More

Spotify Rolling Out its Official Apple Watch App (Fortune)

Spotify is delivering on its promise to release a music-streaming app for the Apple Watch after testing a beta version of the app earlier this month. With the new app, Spotify user... More

What’s Next for Podcasting? (TechCrunch)

The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcast... More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Consumption Surges Again in Q2, With Massive Uptick Looming for Q3 (MESA)

Smartphone video starts topped 50% globally for the first time, a 13.2% year-over-year change and the largest in five quarters, per Ooyala’s Q2 2018 Global Video Index Report. De... More

Hollywood Seeking a Foothold in $314M Podcast Industry (Billboard)

A series of traditional media moves into podcasting signal that the niche audio medium is poised to get a lot louder. The deals showcase a shift in how Hollywood is approaching the... More