Amazon launches $1.2 mobile Prime Video plan in India

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Amazon is doubling down on one of the biggest strengths of Prime Video streaming service: Aggressive pricing. The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched Prime Video Mobile Edition, an even more affordable tier of the on-demand video streaming service — now also bundling some mobile data. Prime Video Mobile Edition, for which Amazon has partnered with […]

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion

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Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of […]

Amazon makes education push in India with JEE preparation app

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Amazon on Wednesday launched Amazon Academy, a service that will aim to help students in India prepare for entry into the nation’s prestigious engineering colleges. The American firm is the latest entrant to this market where scores of startups and institutes have launched digital offerings in recent years. The e-commerce giant, which has invested more […]

Companies rush to replace the gym at CES

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The year of the first-ever all-virtual CES is, unsurprisingly, the year of the virtual gym. The past 12 months have seen most of our fitness routines completely transformed — speaking for myself, my Apple Watch step count shows two big empty spots where March and April are. Fitness startups have seen unexpected windfall in all […]

Top Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide for December 2020

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The top grossing mobile game worldwide for December 2020 was Honor of Kings from Tencent with $258 million in player spending, which represented a 58 percent growth from December 2019. Approximately 96 percent of Honor of Kings’ revenue was from China, followed by 1.4 percent from Taiwan and 1.2 percent from Thailand. The full ranking of the top grossing mobile games for December 2020 is above. Game revenue estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.

Twitter Probably Won’t Implode Because It Banned Our Awful President

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Twitter finally banned its worst user last Friday, Donald Trump, after he directly incited a ragtag mob of his most rage-addled supporters into an ill-fated Pickett’s Charge on the Capitol last week.

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Amazon, Apple and Google Cut Off Parler, an App That Drew Trump Supporters

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The companies pulled support for the “free speech” social network, all but killing the service just as many conservatives are seeking alternatives to Facebook and Twitter.

Apple suspends Parler from App Store

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Apple confirmed that it has suspended the conservative social media app Parler from the App Store, shortly after Google banned it from Google Play. The app, which became a home to Trump supporters and several high-profile conservatives in the days leading up to the Capitol riots, had been operating in violation of Apple’s rules. The […]

How Singapore Has Kept the Coronavirus Off Campus

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Singapore’s three major universities have reported zero cases. Their secret: technology, tough penalties and students willing to comply.

This Week in Apps: Social apps react to riots, Parler gets booted, FTC threatens...

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Consumer spend also hit a record $112 billion across […]
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