Mobile Minutes: Apple’s iOS 8 crisis; Tumblr’s advertising plan; Kik versus Snapchat; SkyMall files for Chapter 11
I’m a big fan of iOS 8. It has finally begun to open up the Apple ecosystem with better third-party app integration, replaceable keyboards and potential game changing hubs like HealthKit and Pay. But it is also the buggiest release in iOS history and that doesn’t look set to be changing anytime soon.
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Tumblr taps its community to work with advertisers
Tumblr has long promoted itself as a hub for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Now, Tumblr wants to put those people to work. To that end, the company unveiled a new initiative, in which it plans to hand-pick some of its most popular artists and creative users and pair them up with brands who want to advertise across the popular blogging platform.
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How Kik plans to steal Snapchat’s teen hearts
Recently, Kik’s app was the 16th-most-popular free app on Apple’s App Store, ahead of Twitter and Pinterest. Among social networking iOS apps, App Annie ranked it seventh, ahead of LinkedIn and WeChat.
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In-flight retailer SkyMall files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
SkyMall, the company that produces in-flight catalogs located on nearly every domestic flight, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, Jan. 22 after struggles to reach passengers who were turning to smartphones and tablets during flights.
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