What’s driving the $26 billion mobile app economy?

102 billion mobile apps will be downloaded around the world during 2013.

Everywhere you look there’s someone using a mobile app for something. It’s an industry that’s flourished at an incredible rate since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007–and now, Gartner says this year, global revenues from apps will be $26 billion, a rise of more than 44% since last year.

 

 

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The 5 most important metrics for app engagement

It’s an app world.

The mobile market has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide and makes up 15% of all internet traffic, according to Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report. Despite these findings, many brands have yet to reap the benefits that are now possible through the most personal connection available with their target consumers – the app.

 

 

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Global music sales growing for first time this century

In 2012, global music sales rose by 0.3 percent to $16.5 billion.  This marks the first good year for the music industry since 1999.The music industry’s 21st century renaissance comes down to four factors: Better mobile technology, a growing global middle class, more music-listening options, and an effective crackdown on piracy that is making paid music a more attractive option.

 

 

 

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against AT&T Over iPhone Overbilling

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AT&T overcharging iPhone customers.

Ever get the feeling that the itemized charges on your cell phone bill aren’t quite right? A new class-action lawsuit filed against AT&T claims that often, they aren’t — and the mistakes could be costing consumers millions.

 

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A Plan To Cover All of Africa With Wi-Fi Access

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A vision of Africa covered with WIFI

Paul English is the entrepreneur who created Kayak.com, a commercially successful travel website. He has a plan to provide the entire continent of Africa with Wi-Fi access in the hope of spurring economic development there:

English plans to kick off the nonprofit/for-profit hybrid this summer and begin creating partnerships between JoinAfrica and local African for-profit telcos. JoinAfrica would first branch out existing Web connections in villages using, for example, simple WiMAC hubs. Through these hubs, JoinAfrica would provide residents with free basic Web service, including access to email, Google, Wikipedia, and various news sources…

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Could MicroSD Cards Replace CD’s For Next Generation Music Lovers?

Could MicroSD Cards Replace CD’s For Next Generation Music Lovers? 

Could microSD cards – tiny devices the size of a fingernail – replace bulky CDs and intangible downloads for next-generation music lovers? Selling albums in microSD format is the latest concept from SanDisk, the California-based manufacturer of flash memory cards and developer of SD cards, which are now widely licensed.

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Madonna Releases Album on Cell Phones

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Madonna isn’t out of the game yet despite her reaching the magical 50 mark where biological age is concerned. In fact, she is hip enough to keep up with the times, releasing her new album for cell phones one week earlier than the actual CD release. Each new song can be downloaded for 24 hours before it is replaced by the next track, with individual songs retailing for 99p. Needless to say, her hot new single “4 Minutes” can already be downloaded for 75p a pop.

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