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Mobile Minutes: Facebook’s Hello app; Twitter’s Swirl venture; Galaxy vs. iPhone; O’Hare airport app

April 24, 2015

facebook hello 185Facebook ‘Hello’ will get you talking on the phone again
Today, Facebook introduces Hello, an Android app (iOS doesn’t let apps play with the necessary phone permissions) that takes the service’s unprecedentedly comprehensive access to all of our contact information and crams it into a delightful dialer.
Read more on Wired

Twitter ventures backs micro-location startup Swirl in $18M round
In what could be a long-term plan to bolster its mobile-advertising tools, Twitter Inc., through its venture arm, has made a strategic investment in micro-location marketing startup Swirl Networks Inc.
Read more on Wall Street Journal

Cost of Galaxy’s battle against iPhone on the rise
Samsung Electronics has pulled out all the stops on its new Galaxy smartphones, but their modest prices compared to the latest iPhones throw an uneasy spotlight on the long-term cost of fighting Apple’s premium branding.
Read more on Reuters

Mobile app could speed O’Hare passport lines
International travelers arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare airport should find shorter lines at passport control thanks to a smartphone app.
Read more on Chicago Sun Times

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