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Friday, October 4, 2013

Walmart Drops iPhone 5c Price to $45 With Contract




Walmart has announced that it will drop the price of the 16GB iPhone 5c to $45 with a cellular contract and RadioShack says it will match Best Buy's offer of a $50 gift card, reports MarketWatch.

Both stores are cutting prices on the iPhone, which costs $99 from Apple with a two-year wireless contract or $549 without. Starting Saturday, RadioShack customers purchasing the iPhone 5C in-store will receive a $50 gift card that can be used toward their $99 iPhone 5C purchase, a spokesman for the company told MarketWatch. That offer ends Nov. 2. Starting Friday, however, Wal-Mart will also cut the price of the iPhone 5c from $79—a $20 discount on Apple’s price—to $45 throughout the holiday season, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman says. Both offers beat Best Buy’s terms: It offers a $50 gift card on iPhone 5c purchases from Friday until Oct. 7.

While Apple's iPhone 5s is currently outselling the iPhone 5c, it's expected that eventually the cheaper iPhone 5c will catch up.


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iOS Gains 1.5% in U.S. Market Share, Android and BlackBerry Drop 0.8%




Apple continues making gains in U.S. market share at the expense of Android and BlackBerry, according to a comScore report that looked at the three months ending August 31st.

Smartphone OEM Market Share
145 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (60.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in August, up 3 percent since May. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 40.7 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.5 percentage points from May). Samsung ranked second with 24.3 percent market share (up 1.3 percentage points), followed by HTC with 7.4 percent, Motorola with 6.9 percent and LG with 6.7 percent.


Smartphone Platform Market Share
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in August with 51.6 percent market share, followed by Apple with 40.7 percent (up 1.5 percentage points), BlackBerry with 4 percent, Microsoft with 3.2 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Symbian with 0.3 percent.




Top Smartphone Properties & Apps
Google Sites ranked as the top web property on smartphones, reaching 92.2 percent of the mobile media audience (mobile browsing and app usage), followed by Facebook (84.6 percent), Yahoo! Sites (83.2 percent) and Amazon Sites (68.6 percent). Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 75.7 percent of the app audience, followed by five Google-owned apps: Google Search (53.9 percent), Google Play (53.2 percent), YouTube (52.8 percent), Google Maps (46.1 percent) and Gmail (44.3 percent).


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Best Buy Offers $50 Gift Card When You Purchase On-Contract iPhone 5c




Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card to customers who purchase an on-contract iPhone 5c.

Free $50 gift card when you buy an iPhone 5c with 2-year agreement.

Here's the fine print:

Valid 10/3/2013–10/7/2013. Offer available in store or for store pickup only. Gift card will only be valid on a future purchase. Contract phone customer must be eligible for a new two-year agreement to receive Gift Card for this promotion. Gift card must be returned if the phone is returned. You will be required to agree to the Terms & Conditions. Valid only on iPhone 5c. Carriers, coverage and products may vary by store. Taxes and any applicable surcharges due at time of purchase and taxes are applied to price of phone prior to the gift card credit. Carriers, coverage and products may vary by store. Available in New Jersey. Carrier requirements may include select plan subscriptions, additional data add-ons, credit approval, usage fees and termination fees. Same price new and upgrade unless otherwise noted. 4G LTE not available in all markets. See a Mobile Phone Specialist for details.


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Apple Acquires Cue Personal Assistant App




Apple has acquired the Cue personal assistant app and removed it from the App Store, according to a TechCrunch report.

The Cue website offers the following statement:

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We appreciate all of the support from you, our users, as Cue has grown over the last few years. However, the Cue service is no longer available.

Cue Premium users who registered through the website will receive a prorated refund. Cue Premium users registered though the iPhone App can request a refund through iTunes. In accordance with our privacy policy, your data and personal information will not be stored or transferred; it has been permanently deleted.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. It’s been an incredible journey that wouldn’t have been possible without your loyal support.

Our sincerest thanks,
- The Cue Team
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TechCrunch notes that the company was backed by SV Angel, Sequoia Capital, Lerer Ventures and Index Ventures in addition to some notable angels. Their sources say the acquisition price was around $50-60 million. AppleInsider sources say it was at least $35 million.

It's thought that Cue's technology could be used to accurately portray what you have going on in the Notification Center's Today section.

Here's the app's description:

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Cue helps you get the most out of your day. With Cue, you can spend more time enjoying your life and less time shuffling through your accounts and apps for the things you need. Cue intelligently ties together and surfaces useful information at the right time across all your accounts. From email, contacts and calendars to Facebook posts, Dropbox files and LinkedIn -- Cue makes it easy to contact the people you care about, get to where you are going, and to know what’s next.

Cue Features:
- Turn your email, contacts and calendar into an intelligent snapshot of your day.
- Enhance your calendar by automatically connecting related emails, phone numbers, and addresses.
- Change or cancel reservations, check into flights, track the arrival of packages, or text friends that you are running late.
- See up-to-date contact info alongside recent communications and the contact’s latest posts on Facebook and Twitter.














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