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5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Create a Mobile Website Instead of a Mobile App By Itai Sadan Every day, we’re introduced to new mobile apps. We get to see the ones highlighted in the app store and hear about the cool new app our friends talk about on social media. Take a guess as to the number of mobile apps that were downloaded globally in 2013. Try 102 billion, according to research by Gartner. Long story short: the app market is crowded. Mobile apps are designed to run on a specific mobile device – download and installation required. With mobile websites, there’s no download or installation required. As consumers spend more time on their smartphones and tablets to surf the Web, download apps, play games and stream movies, app creators must determine how to best create richer and more functional experiences across an ever-growing number of device platforms. T... (more)

Handybook Becomes ‘Handy’, Still Provides On-Demand Home Services

What’s in a name? As it turns out, a lot. That’s the thinking behind Handybook’s decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.” The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app, wants to become the definitive brand in the category… and it believes that when it comes to building a brand, shorter is better. Handy isn’t the only company to make a move like this, just the most recent. Once upon a time Airbnb had the much longer domain name Airbedandbreakfast.com before simplifying its messaging and becoming a global hospitality brand. Uber was... (more)

A Russian Gang Just Stole More Than a Billion Internet Passwords

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say. The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites. Hold Security has a history of uncovering significant hacks, including the theft last year of tens of millions of records from Adobe Systems. Hold Security would not name the victims, ci... (more)

Michael J. Fox Foundation and Intel Are Using Big Data and Wearables to Fight Parkinson’s

Wearable technology is routinely being batted around these days as the cure-all for everyday health tracking gaps, but Intel’s latest venture is taking that potential to a whole new level. The Michael J. Fox Foundation has tapped the tech giant for a collaboration with the goal of improving the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Announced on Wednesday, the multi-phase research study will launch from a new Intel-built big data analytics platform designed to detect patterns in participant data collected from wearables intended to monitor symptoms. Intel is making goo... (more)

The “New” Media Landscape: CNBCUTWC, 21stCFTW, ATTDirecTV, T-Sprint

Over the next 18 months, proposed and pending mergers and acquisitions are going to completely change the media landscape. Even if only a few of them are completed, the impact will be felt across the value chain, Hollywood will be shaken to its core and we will live in a very different world. Here are just a few deals that, when taken together, should make you stop and think very hard. Comcast/NBCU/TWC Almost everyone who has standing to have an opinion about the Comcast/NBCU takeover of Time Warner Cable tells me that it will breeze through regulatory and is all but a done dea... (more)