Mobile Minutes: Motorola surges in China; Swatch to launch smartwatch; Dining concierge app; Dating apps gain traction
When Google bought the company in 2011 for $12.5 billion, Motorola was a tarnished brand that was pining for the days when its Razr cell phone was synonymous with innovation. Now, after its first quarter under Lenovo ’s ownership, Motorola appears to have gotten its mojo back.
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Swatch to launch smartwatch in bid to reverse profit decline
Swatch Group AG will launch a new smartwatch in the next two to three months as the world’s biggest watchmaker’s aims to reverse a 27 percent slide in annual profit and overcome pressure from the recent surge in the Swiss franc.
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Reserve app gets you seated at that table
The mobile platform instructs users to give the number of people in the party along with a date and time (or time range) they’re looking for. Then a list of options in their city pops up, culled from Reserve’s restaurant partners. Users receive text message updates as reservations are facilitated on their behalf.
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Led by Tinder, the mobile dating game surges
Online dating, long dominated by big outfits like Match.com and eHarmony, has in the last two years been transformed by the rise of Tinder, the mobile phone app that lets its users scan photos and short profiles of potential dates.
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