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Facebook now has 341 million mobile-only monthly users, boasts huge Q2 profit increase

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Facebook reported its Q2 earnings this week, and the company boasted record revenues of $2.91 billion and $791 million net income, the latter up over 50% from the same period a year ago.

The massive company now has 1.32 billion monthly active users and 829 million daily active users, up 14% and 19% y/y respectively.

More impressive is that mobile usage is soaring, with 62% of advertising revenue derived from smartphones and tablets. Indeed, mobile active users rose to 1.07 billion, with 654 million logging on every day, an increase of 31% and 39% y/y.

The company now boasts 341 million mobile-only MAUs, too, which shows that as users continue to do more on their smartphones, their number one app, Facebook, continues to be part of that routine.

As for North America, Facebook now earns $5.79 per user through advertising and $0.66 through “payments,” which comprises purchases made through Facebook or a partner. The company continues to push its various cross-platform advertising networks, including single-tap app installs, which pushes users to the platform’s native app store, but purchases made from Facebook itself are in decline.

North American growth was just 2% over the last quarter, compared to over 10% in Europe and Asia.

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LG G3 QuickCircle case hands-on (video)

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If you’re in the market for an upcoming LG G3, available August 1st from Rogers, Bell, Videotron, MTS, SaskTel and Videotron, an accompanying $49.99 QuickCircle case might be the perfect accessory.

Unlike last year’s model, the G3 sports a removable back cover, allowing for a case to not only protect the front but give the back a fresh coat of paint as well.

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Uber finally arrives on Windows Phone after four years

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iPhone and Android users have been able to hail cabs from their smartphones for the last four years. Windows Phone users haven’t been so lucky. Up until now, anyone using a device running Microsoft’s mobile OS has been forced to use Uber’s mobile site because there was no dedicated app for Windows Phone, and there never has been. (more…)

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Foursquare teases new logo and screenshots as app relaunch looms

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Foursquare is putting the finishing touches on its local discovery-focused relaunch, teasing photos of the soon to be released app along with a new logo. The new logo draws inspiration from a map pin and superhero emblem, and eliminates the last vestiges of the social game that was a source of inspiration for the original app.

Those social elements are all being transferred to Swarm (more on upcoming features here), which tomorrow will receive all legacy Foursquare check-in data. Starting tomorrow, Foursquare holdouts will also have to use Swarm to get their check-in fix.

Foursquare users have been vocal about the changes to the app, but some back-of-the-napkin math indicates that they might be a vocal minority. Foursquare says that 75% of Foursquare users who check in have moved to Swarm; a recent Verge feature revealed that only 5% of Foursquare’s user base was using the app for both social and discovery, meaning the company created a new app for little over 2 million of its (admittedly, highly dedicated) users. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though anyone is joining them, but perhaps it’s enough to keep the location data fresh.

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Nvidia reveals Portal, Half-Life 2 among games optimized for the Tegra K1-based Shield Tablet

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Nvidia officially introduced us to its newest Shield device yesterday and the company is keen to talk about all of the games that have been optimized for this new gaming tablet.

The Shield Tablet changes things up a bit in terms of form factor but the objective remains the same: bring serious gaming to a portable system. Based on Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC, the Shield Tablet can stream games from your PC, from a server, or to your TV.  It can, of course, play any Android game, but the company has worked hard with devs to create a portfolio that are best played on Shield. (more…)

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LG commits to G Flex KitKat update by end of July

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LG has committed to updating its malleable Rogers-exclusive LG G Flex to Android 4.4.2 KitKat by the end of July.

The device launched in early April with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and while the rest of the world has been using it with KitKat for some time, the Rogers variant has taken an awfully long time to see the same benefits.

The update won’t magically make the G Flex look like the G3 — the G2 still maintained many of the same skeumorphic qualities of its launch design when it got KitKat — but it should improve performance and clean up the UI in a number of ways.

An LG representative said the update is “slated” for the end of July, but is of course subject to delays due to certification from Rogers.

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Nokia’s Lumia 530 Brings Windows Phone 8.1 for less than $125

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Nokia might be ditching the whole budget Android idea but its still committed to providing low cost or entry-level Windows Phone devices. The company’s Lumia 530 leaked in Asia yesterday and Microsoft followed that up with an official announcement this morning.

The Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s new flagship budget phone and it runs Windows 8.1, which Microsoft announced earlier this year at Build 2014 and started rolling out in late June. Windows Phone 8.1 brings Cortana, as well as Action Center, Word Flow, and personalised backgrounds, to the masses. (more…)

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WIND launches ‘My Account’ app for BlackBerry, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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WIND Mobile has announced the launch of new account management applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The carrier pushed the apps live last week but didn’t announce them officially until today.

The WIND My Account app allows customers to manage their WIND account right from their device, something that previously required you to log in via the WIND website, which didn’t offer a great mobile experience. Now you can check your account balance and view your billing and payment history as well as make payments via credit or debit cards, apply top up codes, and set up preauthorized payments. The app is free to download and WIND says customers won’t be charged for data used while accessing their account. (more…)

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Amazon Fire Phone review roundup: Americans are taking one for the team

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Amazon announced its first foray into the smartphone market last month with the Fire phone. The device runs Fire OS 3.5, which is a customized version of Android, and sports a 4.7 IPS LCD HD display, 2.2GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 graphics processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP shooter.

Most of the uniqueness comes from within the Fire Phone, namely the 3D feature Amazon calls ‘Dynamic Perspective,’ which allows you to view objects on the display from multiple angles just by tilting the phone. In addition, FireFly is embedded within every Fire Phone and brings the ability to simply scan various products via the camera lens and purchase it directly from Amazon.

The Fire Phone will ship this week and for now is an AT&T exclusive in the United States for $199.99 on a two-year agreement, or at $649 (32GB) or $749 (64GB) off contract. There is no immediate plans for Amazon to bring the Fire Phone to Canada, but are we missing out? The early review say nay. Here’s a roundup of what various tech sites have to say about Amazon’s first smartphone: (more…)

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