Short takes: Wunderlist is getting chat, iOS dominates small and medium business, Huddle adds notes

Wunderkinder is looking to integrate chat capabilities into the popular Wunderlist task management solution (Wunderlist Pro adds sharing features but falls shortShort takes: Oracle investors dissent, Wunderlist raises $30M, and Aaron Gignan on ‘lean, mean, learning machines’) by acquiring the technical assets of Moped. This looks less like an acquihire than fire sale. It’s unclear if any of the Moped team are coming along with the code. At any rate, the Moped service is shutting down 31 December.

Intermedia’s 2013 Small + Medium Business Mobile Trends Report shows that Apple iOS rules the small and medium business market with 190,000 Apple companion devices activated in the first 10 months of 2013 out of 250,000 overall. Samsung is now #2, with 29,000, edging out #3 Motorola with 13,800.

This is additional evidence in support of Brian Blair’s predictions about Apple iOS attractiveness to business customers because of concerns about Android malware (see Amazon Workspaces now on iPad).

Huddle, the work management company, has announced Note, a new capability within Huddle. Huddle Notes are simply formatted documents that permit the sharing of semi-structured business information, like agendas or meeting notes, all managed with the work context of Huddle. Notes have threaded comments, and can be shared like other information types. They can be considered a better solution that creating certain documents externally, in Word or Textedit.

Here’s an example on iPhone, showing two screens: the comment thread on a Note (left), and the contents (right).

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Which mobile OS’s apps make most money? Surprise! It’s BlackBerry

BlackBerry development may be on steep decline, but the platform still remains a profitable one for the developers that have stuck with it. According to a new study, average monthly revenue from a BlackBerry app is $3,853, compared to $3,693 for iOS and $2,735 for Android.

Android still 1st choice among virgin smartphone buyers

The iPhone may have passed over Android in total U.S. smartphone sales, but Google’s platform still has one key advantage: it’s attracting more mobile data newbies. According to the NPD Group, 57 percent of first-time smartphone buyers last quarter chose Android handsets.

Switching from Android to iOS: What I’ll miss and what I won’t

As someone who regularly blogs about Apple, it’s a bit surprising that the iPhone 4S is the first iPhone I’ve owned. Until now, I’ve been an Android user, so here are my thoughts about the good and bad that come with going all-in on Apple devices.

Apple’s mobile market share climbs in September

Apple’s iOS once again dominated the mobile OS market share picture in September, according to new data from Net Applications. The enterprise application maker and web monitoring company found that iOS accounted for 54.65 percent of mobile market share, up from 53 percent in August.

Is Qualcomm’s Brew (OS) dead?

The falling fortunes of Symbian, the chaos as WebOS withers, and hiccups at BlackBerry are pretty visible signs of the upheavals in the mobile operating systems. The change obviously is because of the rise of Internet and touch centric operating systems. Is Brew OS next?

Google not falling for Microsoft’s patent sale trick

Google and Microsoft traded more barbs today in their patent squabble. Google said Microsoft’s offer to jointly bid on the Novell patents was a trick. Microsoft said today Google is only interested in using patents against others. The rhetoric, however, doesn’t improve Google’s fighting position.

This is what’s new in iOS 5 beta 2

iOS 5 beta 2 arrived late last week for registered Apple developers, and the update did more than just smooth things out. It also brought some changes to the way the OS looks, feels and acts, according to reports. Here’s a breakdown of the major changes.

Will Apple Grow WWDC in the Wake of Sell-Outs?

Why didn’t Apple’s event organizers see a 2011 WWDC sell-out coming and expand as necessary? When looking to expand an event such as WWDC, there are a number of factors that Apple has to consider before taking that step, and the risk outweighs the reward.