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VoteRockIt: Ready-Made Apps For Political Campaigns

by Brad Merrill - on May 21st 2014 - 3 Comments

Charlotte-based VoteRockIt is a mobile platform that creates apps for political campaigns, candidates, elected officials, causes, and nonprofits. Campaigns and candidates are the startup’s main focus right now, and the ultimate goal, I’m told, is to facilitate better communication between candidates and their electorate and constituents. Behind VoteRockIt is Matt Hudson, mentor for Arkansas’s ArkChallenge accelerator. He […]

Facebook To Launch Mobile Ad Network

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments

Re/code reports that Facebook will reveal its new mobile ad network at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco later this month, according to “multiple sources familiar with the matter.” Such a move would mean that Facebook could use its vast repositories of user data to target ads on and off the social networking site. […]

Facebook To Discontinue Messaging Feature In Mobile App

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 10th 2014 - No Comments

According to a Facebook spokesperson, users of Facebook’s mobile app will soon need a separate app to message friends. Currently, Facebook users can send messages from within its main app (with chat heads), but that feature will soon be discontinued to encourage the use of its standalone Messenger app. Facebook now has seven mobile apps, […]

Sprint Will Pay Consumers Up To $650 To Switch Carriers

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 4th 2014 - No Comments

Attracting customers by buying out their contracts has become a big mobile carrier marketing craze. Both T-Mobile and AT&T started offering to pay the early termination fees of their competitors at the beginning of the year (though AT&T has since stopped), and now Sprint is giving it a try. From this weekend through May 8, […]

Your Phone Isn’t Revolutionary? Shut Up And Stop Whining

by Brad Merrill - on Jun 6th 2013 - No Comments

The last decade has been pretty amazing. The Internet and the technologies surrounding it have brought about new possibilities for all of mankind. Since 2007, we’ve watched as Apple and Google, along with an army of phone manufacturers, have changed the world by putting powerful, location-aware, Internet-connected, touchscreen mini-computers in the hands of everyday consumers […]

A Facebook User’s Take On Facebook Home

by Brad Merrill - on May 1st 2013 - No Comments

I think one of the biggest problems with the whole Facebook Home conversation is that too many people who don’t like Facebook want to review it. Home is not for non-Facebook users, so it doesn’t make much sense to say ‘I hate Facebook, but here’s what I think of Home.’

HTC First: The First ‘Facebook Phone’

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 4th 2013 - No Comments

At Facebook’s mobile event today, HTC CEO Peter Chou announced the first phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home, the HTC First. It was designed from the ground up to be deeply integrated with Facebook and focus on people, not apps.

Facebook Announces Home, An Android Homescreen Replacement Designed Around People, Not Apps

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 4th 2013 - 1 Comment

Facebook has announced a family of apps you can install called Facebook Home, featuring full screen photos, status updates, and notifications integrated into your homescreen. It doesn’t require a forked Android OS, as Facebook wants it to be available to a wide audience. “We want to bring the experience of having a home, of having […]

Facebook’s ‘Home On Android’: What To Expect

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 3rd 2013 - 2 Comments

On Thursday, Facebook is expected to reveal an HTC Android handset running custom software, making the social network the new mobile homescreen—so says a long-running series of rumors. Reports of Facebook developing a branded device with a smartphone manufacturer date back to 2010, but the few descriptions that have surfaced since have provided little info […]

AT&T Says It Will Unlock Customers’ Cellphones

by Brad Merrill - on Mar 10th 2013 - 1 Comment

AT&T reaffirmed on Friday that it will unlock up to five of each of its customers’ mobile devices so long as they meet certain conditions.