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April 2015 Awards

TED Wins 2015 Webby People’s Voice Award

TED is honored with a Webby People’s Voice award for Mobile Sites & Applications in the Education & Reference category.

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March 2015 Events

Mercury Discusses Apple Watch Tips at CocoaHeads Nashville

Mercury’s CTO and President, Stephen Tallent and VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, share development and design tips for Apple’s WatchKit.

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March 2015 Events

Mercury Sponsors TEDx Nashville 2015

For the second year in a row, Mercury sponsors TEDx Nashville, an annual event with the goal of inspiring the Middle Tennessee community to engage in innovation for social change.

February 2015 Awards

TED Android TV Wins Silver

TED for Android TV is awarded a Nashville Advertising Agency Silver ADDY.

January 2015 App Releases

StyleBlueprint Launches Guide App for iPhone

Mercury designs StyleBlueprint’s Guide app for iPhone. The app presents the best local shops, restaurants, and services in the south along with latest events and insider tips.



December 2014 Awards

TED One of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2014

For the third time in three years, Google recognizes TED as one of Google Play’s best apps.

October 2014 App Releases

Anthropologie iPhone Launches

Mercury and Anthropologie work together to develop a mobile shopping experience their iPhone customers will love. The app allows users to shop Anthropologie’s entire catalog as well as manage wedding and birthday registries and more.

August 2014 App Releases

Urban Outfitters Debuts in Google Play Store

Mercury works with Urban Outfitters to create a loyalty-centered, shopping application for Android phones and tablets. The app features shopping challenges, store check-ins, badges and an in-app radio.

July 2014 Reviews

The Best Multiplayer Crossword Game

App Advice praises Crossly for being “elegant and addictive” and states that it is “undoubtedly the best multiplayer crossword game for iPhone.”

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July 2014 Reviews

Hooked On This Game

Softonic calls Crossly “the crossword puzzle game for the masses” and claims “Crossly could do for crosswords what Words With Friends did for the Scrabble genre.”

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July 2014 Promotions

Crossly Featured in the App Store

Apple promotes Crossly in Best New Games in the App Store.

July 2014 App Releases

Crossly for iPhone Launches

Mercury designs and develops a competitive crossword game, its first direct-to-consumer mobile app.

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June 2014 Events

TED for Android TV Showcased at Google I/O

Mercury-developed TED app for Android TV is mentioned during the keynote and demoed at the unveiling of the platform.

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June 2014 Events

Mercury Hosts Nashville Google I/O Extended Event

Mercury welcomes a swarm of technophiles excited to see what Google will announce next at Google I/O 2014.

June 2014 App Releases

TED Debuts Alongside Android TV

TED is introduced at Google I/O as one of only ten launch partners for Google’s new Android TV initiative.

May 2014 Events

Mercury Sponsors HackNashville 5

Along with sponsoring the event, designers, developers and information architects from Mercury participate during the 48-hour hack-a-thon.

March 2014 Events

Mercury Sponsors TEDx Nashville 2014

Mercury sponsors TEDx Nashville, an annual event with the goal of inspiring the Middle Tennessee community to engage in innovation for social change.

February 2014 Events

Mercury Shares Mobile Animation Tips at CocoaHeads Nashville

Mercury's VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, discusses animation for iOS with the Nashville CocoaHeads chapter.

February 2014 Awards

Smithsonian and Dexter Win Gold

The Nashville Advertising Agency awards Gold Addys to Mercury for their Smithsonian Android and Dexter Apps.

January 2014 Events

Mercury Discusses Designing for iOS 7 at Renaissance Conference

Mercury’s VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell discusses designing for iOS 7 and beyond along with Didier Hilhorst and Peter Nowell at Renaissance, the iOS app makers’ conference in San Francisco.

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December 2013 Reviews

iCitizen Turns Your iPhone Into a Powerful Political Tool

Cult of Mac states that iCitizen, “clearly and elegantly places pretty much all the information you need to know in order to make informed voting decisions — right in the palm of your hand.”

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December 2013 App Releases

OpenSky Arrives in Google Play Store

Mercury designs the OpenSky user interface for Android devices. The app gives users access to discover, share, and shop creative small businesses and independent designers.

December 2013 Events

Mercury Shares iOS Animation Insights at CocoaConf Atlanta

Mercury’s VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, shares tips and insights on how animation and transitions can be used to guide and inform users on how to interact with mobile applications.

November 2013 Reviews

Removing the Polarization of Politics

AppPicker proclaims, “The iCitizen app has changed me, and changed the way I think about how I get my news. iCitizen is a revolutionary way to look at politics by completely dissolving any polarization, so much so that you feel empowered.”

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November 2013 App Releases

iCitizen Unveils First Mobile App

iCitizen releases its flagship app for iPhone, which quickly reaches #1 in the News category. This Mercury designed and developed app provides a platform for voters to stay in touch with their elected officials, track and support vital legislation, and follow the issues that matter most to them.

October 2013 App Releases

AutoPilot 2.0 Lands in App Store

USA Today releases the newly updated AutoPilot iPhone app to help travelers keep their itineraries organized and at their fingertips.

October 2013 Events

Mercury Sponsors HackNashville Event

Several members of the Mercury team attend the 2013 fall 48-hour hack-a-thon.

September 2013 Events

Mercury Talks Animation at 360|iDev

Mercury's VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, travels to Denver to discuss how animation can be a powerful and innovative alternative to more traditional walkthroughs and tutorials in mobile applications.

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August 2013 App Releases

The Dave Ramsey Show App Launches for iOS

The Dave Ramsey Show breaks new ground by bringing live video streaming of their popular financial radio program to iPhone and iPad devices.

July 2013 App Releases

TED Android 2.0 Adds Localization in 20 Languages

TED unveils a native app experience tailored to speakers of 20 languages - including Chinese, Arabic and Swedish - in addition to the already robust availability of 102 subtitle languages.

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July 2013 Awards

TED Recognized for Exemplary Design

Android Developer’s Blog names TED Android to its Beautiful Design Summer 2013 Collection on Google Play.

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June 2013 App Releases

XFINITY TV Remote for Windows Phone Debuts

The award-winning features and functionality of Comcast's TV Remote app are now available for Windows Phone users.

May 2013 Events

Mercury Sponsors HackNashville Event

Several members of the Mercury team attend the kick-off of the 2013 spring 48-hour hack-a-thon.

May 2013 Awards

TED Honored with Cooper-Hewett National Design Award

TED wins for Corporate & Institutional Achievement – a category that honors the way great design weaves into everything TED does, from stage sets to program guides, from world-spanning open initiatives like TEDx and the Open Translation Project to the mobile apps Mercury worked with TED to design and develop.

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May 2013 Events

Mercury Sponsors UX Design Workshop

Mercury sponsors and sends a team of designers & developers to the UX Design Workshop event with Janice Fraser in Jackson, TN.

April 2013 App Releases

Mercury Brings Agility to Ole Miss Web

Ole Miss website relaunches with new responsive design by Mercury.

April 2013 Awards

TED Brings Home Gold

TED Android is recognized with a Gold ADDY in the Digital Advertising - Apps - Tablet category at the Regional level.

March 2013 App Releases

BMI Streamlines with Mobile

Mercury assists Broadcast Music, Inc. in the design and development of their  iPhone and Android apps that allow BMI-affiliated songwriters, composers, and copyright holders to manage live performances, setup direct deposits, and view royalty statements from their mobile devices.

January 2013 App Releases

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Comes to Android

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel continues their expansion into the mobile news market by adding Android phone and tablet apps to their list of offerings.

January 2013 App Releases

Ole Miss Expands to iPhone

Ole Miss iOS is updated to include a version specifically tailored for iPhone and includes a robust searchable campus map and directory.



December 2012 Awards

Google Play’s Best Apps of 2012

The Mercury designed and developed TED Android is named one of Google Play’s top 12 Android apps of 2012.

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November 2012 Reviews

Beautifully Designed

AppStorm highlights TED Android as one of thirty beautiful Holo-designed Android apps.

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November 2012 Reviews

TED Sets an Example

Juhani Lehtimaki’s book Smashing Android UI highlights TED Android multiple times as a good example of Android design and UI.

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November 2012 Stats

Zero Latency for Mercury’s M3 Platform

The 2012 election cycle was heated and highly contested, but Mercury’s M3 platform was ready. On election day, M3’s web servers averaged 13 million requests every hour, peaking at 26 million in a single hour. The Mercury platform team was on hand in case of emergency, but instead of scrambling to keep the servers up and running, they ended up occupying their time with a rousing game of Wolf Blitzer Nerf darts.

October 2012 App Releases

The Word Among Us for iOS

The Word Among Us magazine, the largest monthly devotional for the Catholic Church, releases an app for both iPhone and iPad.

October 2012 Reviews

App of the Week

The Guardian highlights XFINITY TV Player for iOS as one of their 20 best apps of the week.

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October 2012 App Releases

XFINITY TV Player New for iOS

XFINITY follows up the successful launch of their TV Player Android app with the launch of TV Player for iOS.

October 2012 Stats

M3 Crosses 50 Million Mark

The number of applications running on Mercury’s M3 platform officially crosses the milestone for 50 million installs.

September 2012 App Releases

MJS Launches iPhone App

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel expands their mobile offerings with the release of their iPhone app.

August 2012 Reviews

App of the Week

Business Insider highlights Washington Post iPhone as one of their apps of the week.

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August 2012 Reviews

Praise for Washington Post Relaunch

App Advice says, “Washington Post for iPhone is now extra good.”

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August 2012 App Releases

Washington Post Revamps iPhone

Mercury helps Washington Post redesign their iPhone app. The 2.0 release is praised by Washington Post readers for its stability, speed, and usability.

July 2012 App Releases

Weeds iPhone 3.0 Releases

We updated the Weeds app with new colors and season key art (including a cool, new, bullseye icon). Everything got a nice dark, black finish to feel more in line with the main Showtime app.

July 2012 Interviews

Ole Miss Featured in Educause Review

In an in-depth article for Educause, University of Mississippi’s Chief Information Officer Kathy Gates noted, “Teaming up with a leading mobile news app developer helped Ole Miss produce a killer university news app targeting the entire campus community.”

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June 2012 App Releases

Weeds Update for Android

We updated the Weeds app with new colors and season key art (including a cool, new, bullseye icon). Everything got a nice dark, black finish to feel more in line with the main Showtime app.

June 2012 Events

A Return to Google I/O

Mercury is invited along with TED to man a booth at Google I/O promoting the TED Android app.

June 2012 Promotions

TED Android in Action

TED releases an official video promoting their Android app.

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May 2012 Interviews


Coffee Break with Game-Changers hosted by Bonnie Graham interviews Mercury CEO Bill Tallent and University of Mississippi’s Chief Information Officer Kathy Gates about the Ole Miss iPad app.

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May 2012 App Releases

MJS Unveils Flagship App for iPad

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism comes to the iPad.  It features some of Mercury’s most ambitious and complex design implementations to date.

May 2012 Reviews

“Worth the Wait”

Talk Android says, “The simplicity of the UI coupled with flawless streaming (so far) make XFINITY TV Player a must-have app for any Comcast customer.”

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May 2012 App Releases

XFINITY TV Player for Android

The XFINITY TV Player app for Android hits the Google Play store.  Android Police dubs it a “fantastic app."

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April 2012 Reviews

A Shining Example

Android UI Patterns gives a glowing review of TED Android. In the review, Juhani Lehtimaki states, “Ted app is awesome. There’s no other word for it. Whenever people ask you for an example of how Android apps should look like just give them [the TED Android] URL.”

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April 2012 App Releases

Ole Miss Blazes Trails on iPad

Ole Miss iPad debuts as the first of Mercury’s Talaria for Education initiatives. At launch, University of Mississippi's Chief Information Officer Kathy Gates said, “The popularity of the iPad, including its appeal across so many demographics, makes it a great vehicle for sharing valuable news and critical information about the university.”

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March 2012 App Releases

Smithsonian Channel’s Titanoboa Comes Alive

Titanoboa Lives! app uses Zappar technology to create an augmented experience for iPhone and Android users. The app uses the phone’s camera to expose interactive features and bring the snake to life when pointed at a specific promotional page in Smithsonian Magazine and freestanding ad in Grand Central Station.

March 2012 Reviews

Perfectly Professional

Android Tapp gives TED Android 4.8 out of 5 stars and says, “If you’re a fan of the TED Conferences this is absolutely the app for you. This is very polished, smooth and simple to use. It looks professional and works perfectly.”

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March 2012 Reviews

Highly Recommended

Android Police states, “We can’t recommend downloading [TED Android] enough.”

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March 2012 Reviews

The Telegraph Celebrates TED

The Telegraph gives TED Android 4.5 of 5 stars and proclaims, “The arrival of the excellent TED Talks on Android should be celebrated.”

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March 2012 App Releases

TED Talks for Android

The TED Talks app for Android launches to rave reviews and is the #1 Education app on Google Play. The app offers a thorough library of current and archived TED Talks and allows users to stream or download their favorites.

January 2012 Awards

Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing

The Washington Post Android app is nominated for a Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing.

January 2012 Reviews

NYT Featured by Microsoft Design Lead

Mike Kruzeniski, Principle Design Lead at Microsoft on Windows Phone, highlights New York Times as one of his favorite designed Windows Phone apps.

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December 2011 App Releases

XFINITY TV Sports Remote for iOS Arrives

Comcast unveils their Sports Remote app which lets users quickly access games in progress, as well as search and schedule upcoming sporting events.

December 2011 Stats

Billions and Billions Served

We don’t always agree with everything our partners classify as “breaking news”, but there is no question that push notifications have grown to be a service that readers depend on to receive the latest news updates. Mobile push notifications are a service that a lot of our competitors tend to farm out. But Mercury has embraced handling push notifications through M3 since 2009. Today, Mercury’s M3 push notifications service has sent out over 9 billion notifications to iOS and Android devices.

December 2011 Reviews

Best on the Nook

PC Magazine selects Smithsonian Channel Android is one of the fifteen best tablet apps on the Nook.

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November 2011 App Releases

Univision for Android

Univision adds an Android app to their mobile arsenal.

November 2011 Awards

And the Emmy Goes To...

XFINITY TV iPhone and Android are recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with an Emmy Engineering Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.

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October 2011 Reviews

Intuitive & Informative

Gigaom states, “[Washington Post Android] is intuitive, informative and full of valuable content.”

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October 2011 Reviews

Worth the Wait

Android Central says, “[Washington Post Android] was worth the wait.”

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October 2011 App Releases

Washington Post Comes to Android

The Washington Post brings its historic brand and award-winning journalism to Android.  Alongside news articles and photo galleries, the app also features an interactive Metro map and schedule, realtime traffic updates, and the ability to favorite the news sections you're most interested in.

September 2011 App Releases

Survival of the Fittest

Survivor: South Pacific launches for Android. CBS approached us with a short timeframe and hard launch date and we were able to deliver, developing and releasing the app in just three short weeks.

September 2011 App Releases

SAP Now for iPad Empowers Sales Force

SAP Now brings news, events and continuing education to the worldwide sales team of SAP.  SAP Now for iPad also marks the first iteration of Mercury’s Talaria for Enterprise.

September 2011 App Releases

Univision Adds iPad App to Repertoire

Univision expands their mobile presence with the addition of the Univision iPad app. This app features the same depth of content as the iPhone offering, but boasts a custom design tailored to the iPad.

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September 2011 App Releases

CBS Fall Preview Launches

The app gives users a sneak peek into five new series coming to the network this fall with exclusive video clips, behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, and the full CBS Fall television schedule.

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September 2011 Awards

Multiple AIGA Case Awards

USA Today iPad, New York Times Android, and New York Times Windows Phone all receive recognition at the AIGA Case Awards.

August 2011 App Releases

Watch Carefully

Showtime teases the launch of its new series Homeland with the Watch Carefully iPhone and Android app and an augmented reality feature by Zappar.

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August 2011 App Releases

Palm Beach Post for iPad

The Palm Beach Post application launches, marking the fourth and final of the CMG Digital line of iPad newspaper applications.

August 2011 App Releases

Smithsonian Comes to Android

Smithsonian Channel Android is released. Appolicious calls the app, “absolutely beautiful.”

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July 2011 Reviews

Best Apps for Windows Phone

New York Times is featured in Gizmodo’s best Windows Phone 7 apps.

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July 2011 App Releases


Following a successful Android  launch, the New York Times approached us to develop their high-profile application on a then-unfamiliar Windows Phone 7 platform. We were able to design and deliver an app that pleased both NYTimes and Microsoft.

July 2011 Reviews

Photo Booth Feature

Droid Matters says, “The coolest feature of the [Dexter Android] is the Photo Booth, which allows you to snap a photo and customize it with artifacts from the show.”

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July 2011 App Releases

Dexter Unleashed on Android Devices

The Dexter app launches for Android devices, offering users all of the features of the iOS version of the application as well as integrating a custom Photo booth feature for Android.

June 2011 App Releases

Weeds for Android

Showtime’s popular show Weeds is releases on Android with custom Photo Booth.

June 2011 App Releases

Weeds 2.0 for iPhone

Showtime's popular show Weeds releases iPhone 2.0 with custom Photo Booth feature releases.

June 2011 Reviews

App of the Week

Gizmodo features FOX News iPad as one of their iPad apps of the week.

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June 2011 Reviews

One of the Best This Year

Business Insider proclaims that, “FOX News’ brand new iPad app could be one of the best news apps to debut this year.”

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June 2011 App Releases

FOX News for iPad

FOX News iPad launches and quickly reaches the #1 overall spot in the App Store for free apps. It holds the #1 overall spot for four days and continues to be a perennial favorite in the news category.

Watch The App Previewed On Fox And Friends

May 2011 App Releases

Keep Austin Weird...and Informed

The Austin American-Statesman iPad app launches.  The Statesman is the third release in the CMG Digital line of iPad newspaper applications.

May 2011 Awards

2011 Webby Award Honoree

USA Today iPad is named a Webby Award Honoree for News - Tablets.

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April 2011 Awards

Gannett Innovator of the Year

USA Today iPad wins Gannett’s Innovator of the Year award.

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April 2011 App Releases

Univision for iPhone Launches

The number one Hispanic media outlet in America releases their iPhone app, which gives users access to articles, photos and videos for all their favorite Univision programs and channels.

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March 2011 Stats

M3 + Disaster Preparedness

When natural disasters hit, news traffic spikes. The catastrophic events surrounding the Japanese tsunami were one of the first tragedies that really challenged mobile news delivery. At peak traffic, Mercury’s three remote web servers driving M3 were averaging 300 requests per second. By the end of the day, M3 had handled 4.3 million requests. At the time, this was a proud accomplishment for Mercury. But to put this in perspective, today M3 handles an average of 8 million requests every hour and continues to prove itself a reliable, scalable platform.

March 2011 Reviews

USA Today Piles on Praise for Crosswords

CNET says, “By itself, I think USA Today ranks as one of the best newspaper apps for the iPad. Plus, it contains a “secret” feature that has little to do with news: crossword puzzles.”

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February 2011 App Releases

Dayton Daily News for iPad

Dayton is the second release in the CMG Digital line of iPad applications powered by a single app engine. Mercury's powerful feed consumption engine is able to streamline the content for Dayton despite its having a different CMS and feed format than its sister app, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

January 2011 App Releases

Expanding Content on the iPad

USA Today iPad updates to 2.0 and adds Tech and Travel sections.

January 2011 Reviews

Just Keeps Getting Better

iPad Insight says, “USA Today has been one of the very best newspaper titles on the iPad ever since it launched along with the iPad last April. And it just keeps getting better.”

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January 2011 Reviews

Best Apps for News Junkies

CNN iPhone and USA Today Android are featured by Gizmodo as Best Apps for News Junkies. In the review Gizmodo notes, “[CNN iPhone is] probably the quickest way to get a handle on what’s going on in the world (on your phone), with an intelligently laid-out interface, smart story selection and super-fast updates.”

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December 2010 App Releases

The AJC Comes to iPad

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution iPad is the first of four CMG Digital apps running from a single feed consumption engine.  Offering users a choice of in-app purchase or credentialed access through existing newspaper subscriptions, the AJC was an early pioneer in the challenging world of the digital paywall.

December 2010 App Releases

Showtime Android Arrives

Showtime Android launches, expanding the relationship between Mercury and Showtime and reaching more users across platforms.

December 2010 Awards

iTunes Rewind 2010: iPhone Apps

FOX News and USA Today are recognized by Apple as the #1 and #5 iPhone apps of the year for free news in their annual iTunes Rewind recap.

December 2010 Reviews

Well Done

Mashable says, “The USA Today app for the iPad is extremely well done.”

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December 2010 Awards

iTunes Rewind 2010: iPad Apps

Having launched in April with the release of the first iPad, USA Today’s iPad app reaches one million downloads and is recognized by Apple as the #1 iPad app of the year for free news in their annual iTunes Rewind recap. The app would finish the year as one of the top 25 most downloaded apps overall in the iTunes App Store for iPad.

December 2010 Awards

Mobile Excellence Awards

USA Today iPad wins Mobile Excellence Award for Best Mobile Application for Utility or Business.

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November 2010 Stats

M3 Performs Under Pressure

The online traffic spike the night of the 2010 Midterm Elections was a challenge and an eye-opener for everyone in the news industry. Mercury was proud to boast that our Fox News Election iPhone app, was the only major election application that didn’t shut down that night due to platform scaling issues. Mercury’s M3 platform proved that it is not only fast and efficient, but that it is reliable and quickly scalable.

November 2010 Promotions

CNN Enters the Hall of Fame

Apple ushers the CNN iPhone app into the App Store Hall of Fame.

November 2010 Reviews

A Must-Have

CNet praises the recently updated USA Today iPad with Crosswords as, “Definitely a must-have for puzzle fans.”

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November 2010 Awards

Ad Age Media Vanguard Award

USA Today iPad is honored with an Ad Age - Media Vanguard Award for Best Free Newspaper iPad Edition. With the award, Ad Age noted, “It’s a pleasure to honor USA Today’s iPad app, which delivers the news effectively but seemingly effortlessly.”

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November 2010 Reviews

App of the Week

Time Magazine names XFINITY TV Remote their App of the Week.

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November 2010 Reviews

“It looks awesome. I want it.”

Gizmodo raves about XFINITY's TV Remote for iPad, calling it “super cool.”

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November 2010 Reviews

Comcast Draws Accolades from Mashable

Mashable says, “We’re really impressed with what the Comcast team has accomplished [with XFINITY TV Remote for iOS].”

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November 2010 App Releases

XFINITY TV Remote App Launches

Comcast releases the XFINITY TV Remote app for iOS devices.  The app gives Comcast subscribers the ability to change channels, search listings, and schedule DVR recordings from their mobile devices.

October 2010 Reviews

Far and Away the Best

iPad Insight says, “The more time I spend with USA Today for iPad, the more convinced I am that it’s far and away the best iPad edition of any major newspaper.”

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October 2010 Reviews

“A Solid App”

The Mac Observer reviews USA Today iPad as “a solid app that no iPad should be without.”

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September 2010 Reviews

Appolicious calls Dexter iPhone “bloody good!”

Appolicious reviews the Dexter iPhone app, giving it five-of-five bars and praising its robust feature set.

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September 2010 App Releases

Dexter iPhone Debuts

The Dexter iPhone app launches to expand Showtime's mobile presence and promote their wildly popular and award-winning series.

September 2010 Reviews

A Vote for America’s Election HQ

Macworld calls FOX News America’s Election HQ, “a solidly informative news app.”

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September 2010 App Releases

America’s Election HQ

The FOX News America’s Election HQ iPhone app launches and debuts as the #1 paid news app for the majority of the election cycle. The app peaked at #5 overall in the paid section of the App Store.

September 2010 Promotions

Futurama Parody

USA Today’s iPad app is parodied as USB Today for iFad on the Futurama episode “A Clockwork Origin.”

August 2010 Awards

Digiday Mobi Awards Best Mobile App

USA Today iPad wins Mobi award for Best Mobile App for Editorial Content.

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August 2010 App Releases

Now with More Crosswords!

USA Today iPad 1.5 with Crosswords is released and is welcomed with much praise by users.

August 2010 Interviews

Designing the iPhone User Experience

Suzanne Ginsburg's book Designing the iPhone User Experience is released. The book includes 13 case studies, including one by Mercury’s VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, about the USA Today iPhone app.

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July 2010 Promotions

Smithsonian Channel Featured in the App Store

The fledgling Smithsonian Channel iPhone app attracts attention in the App Store just a few days after its launch.

July 2010 Reviews

FOX News, App of the Week

Android and Me names FOX News Android to their list of top 10 Android apps of the week.

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July 2010 Reviews

FOX News Android Praised for Feature Set

Android Central says, “[FOX News Android] comes packed with features.”

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July 2010 Reviews

Droid Life Announces FOX News Android Launch

Droid Life says, “[FOX News Android] is very polished and includes a huge list of features.”

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July 2010 App Releases

FOX News Comes to Android

FOX News for Android launches as one of the first applications to offer breaking news notifications on Android. It immediately muscles its way near the top of a crowded News & Weather category in the Android Market and finished 2010 in the Top 5 of Free News apps. It has been a perennial Top 10 ever since.

July 2010 Reviews

Praise from Apple Gazette

Apple Gazette states that, “The intuitive Smithsonian Channel App provides a beautiful knowledge sharing TV show archive where television episodes and their scheduling is readily available.”

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July 2010 App Releases

Smithsonian Channel for iPhone

Smithsonian Channel brings its rich video library to mobile, offering full episodes of its programs & documentaries and more than 1,000 additional short videos, along with “artiFACT” quizzes and an on-air schedule with custom airing notifications.

June 2010 Interviews


Josh Clark’s book Tapworthy is released, featuring an interview with our VP of Design, Rusty Mitchell, and multiple examples from the USA Today for iPhone app designed and developed by Mercury.

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May 2010 Reviews

Four of Five Stars

AndroidTapp rates New York Times Android 4 of 5 stars and states, “For readers of the NYTimes with Android devices, this is golden!”

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May 2010 Reviews

Near Perfect Rating for NYTimes Android

Best Android Apps Review gives New York Times Android 4.5 of 5 stars.

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May 2010 Reviews

Simple, Clean, Polished

Androinica notes, “The NYTimes [Android app] is a simple, clean, polished way to read the “award winning” content from the NYTimes’ editors.”

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May 2010 Reviews

Easy to Navigate

Android Police says, “[New York Times Android] looks great! The interface is extremely simple, and easy to navigate.”

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May 2010 Reviews

NYTimes for Android a “Great Example”

PCWorld proclaims, “NY Time’s Android app makes a mockery of the iPad version.”

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May 2010 App Releases

New York Times Android

New York Times Android launches with heavy promotion from Google. The app is featured in the Android Market and quickly becomes a favorite news app on Android.

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May 2010 Promotions

What is iPad?

USA Today iPad is promoted in Apple’s “What is iPad?” television commercial. Don’t blink at the 16 second mark or you’ll miss it!

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May 2010 Awards

2010 Webby Award Honoree

CNN iPhone is named a Webby Award Honoree for Mobile Applications.

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April 2010 Reviews

The Perfect Storm

Fox News, CNN, and USA Today for iPhone are all named to AppStorm’s list of Top 20 Informative iPhone News Apps.

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April 2010 App Releases

Fox News iPhone

Fox News iPhone debuts. It reaches #1 in News and #2 overall in the App Store.

April 2010 App Releases

It’s Showtime

Mercury partners with Showtime to launch Showtime for iPhone 2.0, the beginning of a long relationship and many applications developed together.

April 2010 Promotions

On the Move with USA Today iPad

USA Today promotes iPad launch with video Segways in Times Square.

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April 2010 Reviews

USA Today iPad Praised for Ease of Discovery

Poynter says, “Of all the news apps I looked at - including those from The New York Times, the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal - I found USA Today’s [iPad] app to be the most user friendly.”

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April 2010 App Releases

USA Today Takes iPad by Storm

After six short weeks and many late nights and long weekends, USA Today iPad launches to huge praise on day one of Apple’s initial release of the iPad device. The app would peak at #3 overall in the App Store and was #1 in News for most of 2010.

January 2010 Awards

Gizmodo’s Best Apps of 2010

USA Today Android, is named one of Gizmodo’s Best Android Apps of 2010.

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December 2009 Awards

Macworld App Gems Award

CNN iPhone is awarded Macworld’s 2009 App Gems Award for Best News App. In the review Macworld notes, “CNN Mobile is a stellar example of how the iPhone can change the way we receive—and contribute to—the news.”

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October 2009 Promotions

Keeping Current with CNN

CNN iPhone featured as one of Apple’s iPhone Apps for Keeping Current.

October 2009 Reviews

Four Out of Five Mice Approve

CNN iPhone receives “four of five mice” review by Macworld. In the review Macworld states, “CNN Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch is a massively impressive news app.”

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October 2009 Promotions

#1 Paid and Free News Apps

The CNN iPhone and USA Today iPhone apps hold the #1 paid and #1 free news app positions in the App Store at the same time.

October 2009 Stats

Breaking New Ground

Mercury’s M3 platform sends out its first push notification. To date, Mercury has sent out over 9 billion push alerts.

October 2009 Reviews

App of the Week

USA Today AutoPilot is featured as one of Gizmodo’s 10 best iPhone apps of the week.

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October 2009 Reviews

The App for Every Traveler

CBS Moneywatch said, “This is an app [USA Today AutoPilot] that should be on every business traveler’s iPhone.”

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October 2009 Reviews

Praise from Gadling

Travel site Gadling proclaims, “I’ve got at least 40 [travel apps] on my iPhone, but many of them have a very specific purpose, and I’ll only need them once a month (or less). The new USA Today developed “AutoPilot” is one that has already seen more use than most others put together, and may even end up replacing my current favorite - TripIt.”

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October 2009 Reviews

The Perfect Travel Companion

CNET says, “AutoPilot is a surprisingly good travel companion—especially for TripIt users.”

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October 2009 Reviews

The AutoPilot Experience

TUAW states, “I can’t think of any reason why a traveler wouldn’t want to try this app out. I’m thinking about making a trip I don’t even need to go on, just for the experience.”

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October 2009 App Releases

AutoPilot Takes Off

The USA Today AutoPilot iPhone travel app launches to praise from travel aficionados.

October 2009 Promotions

CNN on The Daily Show

The Daily Show spoofs new CNN iPhone app.

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September 2009 Reviews

CNN iPhone Nothing Short of Impressive

Mashable said, “To say we are impressed with [CNN iPhone] is an understatement. It’s the complete package.”

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September 2009 Promotions


Larry King asks his viewers to check out the new CNN A-P-P.

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September 2009 Promotions

CNN Website Promo

CNN promotes iPhone app heavily on website with unique ad treatment.

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September 2009 Reviews

CNN iPhone “Informative and Empowering”

Wired says “CNN has made a decisive entry into the mobile news space with a well designed iPhone app.”

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September 2009 Reviews

CNN iPhone is “Much, Much More”

Gizmodo says, “CNN’s iPhone app makes other news apps look lazy.”

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September 2009 Reviews

CNN iPhone Outshines Competitors

PCWorld states, “CNN’s new iPhone app puts rivals to shame.”

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September 2009 Reviews

CNN: The Next Level

Press reviews for CNN iPhone are glowing:

LA Times proclaims, “CNN’s iPhone app takes mobile news to the next level.”

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September 2009 App Releases

CNN iPhone Unveiled

CNN iPhone launches and climbs to the #1 overall spot in the iTunes App Store for paid apps. It retains its #1 overall position in the store for almost a week.

August 2009 Awards

Android Network Awards Best News App

USA Today Android is voted Best News App in the Androinica Android Network Awards.

July 2009 Events

iPhone Camp Atlanta

Mercury sponsors iPhone Camp Atlanta 2009.

July 2009 Promotions

Best App for News

USA Today iPhone is selected as Best App for General News in the O’Reilly book Best iPhone Apps. In the review, author Josh Clark states, “USA Today does everything a mobile news app should, packing lots of brief, easily scanned items, with any topic an efficient few taps away.”

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June 2009 Promotions

One of Apple’s Favorites

USA Today iPhone is featured as one of Apple’s sixteen favorite apps to check out at Apple Store kiosks nationwide and is featured on banners throughout the store.

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May 2009 Reviews

It’s Dead Simple

Mashable says, “The first thing you’ll notice about USA Today’s Android app is that it’s dead simple.”

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May 2009 Reviews

USA Today Takes Android by Storm

Referring to the new USA Today Android app, Android Central proclaims, “Whoever said newspapers are stodgy, old and dying apparently didn’t get the message to USA Today.”

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May 2009 Reviews

USA Today Mobile Apps Are Exemplary

MediaPost says, “USA Today’s mobile apps for Android and iPhone are to my mind exemplary iterations of a newspaper brand on mobile.”

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May 2009 Reviews

USA Today Android Every Day

Addressing the new USA Today Android app Gigaom states, “Strangely enough, I used to watch news on TV, but I stopped after installing this app.”

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May 2009 Promotions

One of the Greats

USA Today iPhone is featured as one of sixteen great news and sports apps to check out at Apple Store kiosks nationwide.

May 2009 App Releases

USA Today Expands to Android

Mercury introduces its first Android app with USA Today Android. Google features the app at the top of their Top Free Apps for Android section and the app quickly shoots to the top of the Android Market news chart.

May 2009 Events

Our First Visit to Google I/O

Following the release of USA Today for Android, Mercury was invited to join USA Today at their Google I/O Booth. Google Wave was announced while we were there.

May 2009 Awards

2009 Webby Award Nominee

USA Today iPhone is named a Webby Award Nominee for Mobile Applications.

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April 2009 Promotions

Apps for Life

USA Today iPhone is featured as one of sixteen great lifestyle apps to check out at Apple Store kiosks nationwide.

March 2009 Promotions

An Apple Staff Favorite

USA Today AutoPilot is featured in the iTunes App Store as one of Apple’s Staff Favorites.

March 2009 Stats

One App, Ten Million Times

Monthly app launches of USA Today iPhone exceed 10 million for the first time.

February 2009 Promotions

iPhone Apps for Keeping Current

USA Today iPhone is featured as one of Apple’s iPhone Apps for Keeping Current.

February 2009 Promotions

A Million Thanks

USA Today runs “Thanks for picking us. One million times.” print ad celebrating the first one million downloads of USA Today iPhone. The one million download mark comes less than two months after launch.


February 2009 Promotions

USA Today iPhone in the Spotlight

Apple features USA Today iPhone in the iTunes App Store.

February 2009 Awards

Elegant & Intuitive

USA Today iPhone is honored with an Award of Excellence by Communication Arts for their 15th Interactive Design Annual. In the issue, juror Jason Ring states, “This app packs an impossible amount of fresh information into an elegant and intuitive experience.”

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January 2009 Promotions

What’s Hot

Apple promotes USA Today iPhone in the iTunes App Store What’s Hot section and in their App Store Spotlight email.

January 2009 Reviews

Four Out of Five Mice Agree

Macworld gives USA Today for iPhone a “four of five mice” review and proclaims, “as far as apps are concerned, USA Today is a winner.”

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January 2009 Promotions

Put it in Writing

USA Today runs first print ads promoting the new USA Today iPhone app.



December 2008 Reviews

Style & Substance

A pre-TechCrunch MG Siegler writing for VentureBeat states while comparing USA Today for iPhone to the competition that, “USA Today’s app represents a move to style mixed with substance.”

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December 2008 App Releases

Mercury Takes First Steps into Mobile

Mercury launches its first mobile application, USA Today iPhone. The Mercury designed and developed app is an overnight success, peaking at #4 overall in the App Store. This app would go on to change the way people think about mobile news and shape the path of Mercury for years to come.