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Wall Street Journal tests the water for mobile payments

Ever since taking over The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch has been making noise about charging more for its content. And now the paper is moving toward charging for mobile content.

WSJ.com has started polling iPhone subscribers to the paper's content to gauge their proclivity to pay for the application.

While consumers are lax to pay for content they currently receive for free, this could be a great revenue stream for The Journal. And Apple is paving the way for more papers to follow suit with changes at the App Store.

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Q&A: Lance Stewart on developing the Tube Exits iPhone app

Tube Exits is an innovative and very handy new iPhone app that helps users save time on Tube journeys by helping them to select the best carriage to board sp that they can get off at their destination right by the platfom exit.

I've been talking to the app's creator Lance Stewart about Tube Exits and the challenges of developing and launching an iPhone app...

Tube Exits iPhone app

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Most free iPhone apps don't make any money

Apple may be making millions in its app store, but advertising on the iPhone is only as good as the application that it's on. 

According to AdMob, over half of the free apps on the iPhone aren't really making any money at all.

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Teens, media and why you shouldn't believe the hype

True or false: today's teens are prolific multitaskers and you're more likely to find them texting away and social networking than you are to find them watching television or listening to the radio.

Chances are that if you've been paying attention to the media and analysts, you're answering 'true'. Unfortunately you'd be wrong according to a new report issued by Nielsen called 'How Teens Use Media'.

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Adult content hits the iPhone

The day many iPhone developers have been waiting for has arrived. Yes, I'm talking about the availability of adult content on the iPhone.

Thanks to the iPhone 3.0 OS, which includes parental controls, the App Store has its first officially sanctioned app that provides adult content.

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C'mon. Admit it. You really want an iPhone

iphone loveiPhone users are happier. Their phones are smarter. And BlackBerry users have a serious case of iPhone envy.

Research firm Crowd Science learned, in a survey conducted over the past month that iPhone have a satisfaction score of 73% with their devices, compared wtih Blackberry owners (52%) and other smartphone users (41%). Even more iPhone owners say they're loyal to the brand (82%).

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Is augmented reality a mobile killer app?

Augmented reality (AR) could be the killer app mobile marketers have been looking for.

What is AR? Simple: the superimposing of computer-generated images or text on an image of the real world, as taken by the camera of a mobile phone.

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Did you ChaCha with "Angels and Demons"?

What's the appeal of entertaining mobile answer services? For example, were you one of the almost North American 500 mobile ChaCha text questioners wanting to know the running time for "Angels and Demons"?  If so, why?  Are we so busy that we would choose a movie based on its running time?

The nifty thing about ChaCha (tagline: ur mobile bff) is it isn't mobile-only.  You can visit the website to query the types of questions submitted and read the responses.  Following, are some of the more interesting queries about "Angels and Demons": 

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Mobile app review: Taptu

Taptu is an alternative search engine that has just been released as an iPhone app, though it has a version that can be used on any mobile browser.

What Taptu does is to return results from mobile friendly websites. Some websites can be a pain to use on the iPhone, so a dedicated search engine for mobile sites is a good idea. I've been trying it out...

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Apple's customer service fail

All too eager to get cut and paste and a few other new features on my iPhone, I downloaded the latest 3.0 upgrade from iTunes not long after it was released.

However, after something like an hour of waiting, and just as the download was about to be completed, I get an error message on iTunes, and my iPhone screen looked like this:

iPhone error

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Mobile app review: Tweetdeck for iPhone

I've just downloaded the newly released Tweetdeck for iPhone, which contains all the features of the desktop version, currently the best way to organise your Twitter activity.

Having used Twitterific for mobile tweeting before, I have been using Tweetie lately, but will Tweetdeck for iPhone convince me to abandon it?

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The rise of the branded netbook?

We all know that mobile phones have become a fashion item. Not only do people customize and accessorize them, we've even seen branded mobile phones.

Could the same thing happen with increasingly popular netbooks?

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