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Researcher Says Flaw in Android Creates Phone Risk

Cellphones using Google’s Android operating system are at risk of being disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music and photos because of a security flaw that was discovered several months ago but went unnoticed until now.

Opening a link to a website or a mobile application embedded with malicious code can trigger an attack capable of destroying the memory card in Android-equipped handsets made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, rendering the devices useless, computer security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar wrote in a blog post Friday.

 

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iPhone 5 estimated to cost 41 cents per year to charge

A new estimate claims Apple’s latest iPhone costs 41 cents a year to keep charged, less than a third of its sibling, the iPad.

The metric, put out this week by energy analytics company Opower, is based on the assumption that iPhone owners will recharge their device once a day for the entire year.

 

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Skyfire Has Taken Mobile Browsing To A New Horizon

http://news.yahoo.com/skyfire-launches-horizon-next-generation-mobile-browsing-163038657.html

Skyfire Horizon is the new mobile browser that allows users to customize and personalize their browser with a variety of social extensions, utilities and in-browser applications. Its speed and customization has been labeled as the ‘next generation’  mobile browser.

 

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Essential Apps for Mobile Devices

Gizmodo put together a list of must have Apps to make your everyday life much easier. They have options for all mobile Operating Systems.

Click here to check them out!

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New AMD AppZone brings thousands of Android apps to Windows

The collaboration integrates technology from BlueStacks, whose investors include AMD, into the newly launched AMD AppZone, a marketplace that will make upwards of 500,000 Android apps available to traditional desktop and laptop users.

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IPhone Problems … Explained

blockquote> …complete non-issues, but there are some actual problems.

Via <iPhone 5 Problems Explained | Wired

 

The new iPhone 5 appears to have both non issues and actual problems. There are five real problems discovered since its launch. The five problems are: scratches And chips, Maps app, Purple lens flare, light leak on the white model, and Screen glitching.

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BlackBerry numbers continue to drop; All hope rests on BlackBerry 10

Research in Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, reported another sizable quarterly loss on Thursday, September 27th. It was a smaller drop than the previous quarter, however it was still a huge loss of $235 million. RIM has already delayed the release of the new BlackBerry 10 twice now and it is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2013. What this means to the mobile world is that basically the future of the RIM company lies on the release of the BlackBerry 10. Analysts predict that if the BlackBerry 10 isn’t a big success then RIM will only stay alive for a year or two after its release before they eventually sell the company and BlackBerry might cease to exist.

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Samsung is Set To Launch its First Smartphone With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The Galaxy Note II is the first Samsung smartphone to launch with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, which brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search. It is scheduled to launch mid-November of this year.

 

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/09/20/120407.html

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iOS 6 Upgrade Rate Soaring

 …61 per cent of iPhone users and 41 per cent of iPad users have upgraded to the new operating system…

Via   | Pocket Gamers

In spite of glitches Apple app users have been recently experincing, the down loading of the new iOS 6 upgrade has taken off. The download rate exceeded that of iOS 5. The new features the new operating system has appears to be the reason such as cloud based services.

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Mobile Card Payment Service Emu Available in U.K.

Flat-fee, dongle-free mobile payment service Emu has opened its doors for business in the United Kingdom today and is registering people for a broader launch across Europe. Emu, founded in January of this year, offers a monthly flat-fee of $8.50 for unlimited swipes. This is a selling point for Emu that may offer an advantage over Square, who charges 2.75% per swipe. Their cloud based software system works on mobile phones, tablets, and computers.

 

Flat-Fee, Dongle-Free Card Payments Startup Emu Opens For Business In U.K., Registrations In Europe

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Apple App Store Suggests Map App Alternatives

The Apple App Store homepage now boasts a large icon that suggests map applications for disgruntled iOS 6 users. This comes as a reaction to many upset iOS users who find the application to be far below their expectations. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, offered an open letter to the public today in apology for the poor performance of the new Apple Maps application.

 

Apple App Store now prominently suggesting Maps app alternatives

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Mobile Money is Driven by the Poor

We looked at the top ten countries in percent of population having used their phones to send and receive money. Turns out, even in countries with the highest use – countries that are all among the world’s poorest) – it remains the poor within those countries who use mobile financial services more frequently. In each of the ten countries, the poor used mobile banking more than the rich.. A higher percentage of the bottom 40% in income were users compared with the top 60%.

via Mobile Money: Driven by the Poor [Infographic].

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iOS 6 Adoption At 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad

Adoption of Apple’s iOS 6 continues to trend upwards, with touch-friendly website conversion provider Onswipe seeing more users flocking to the newly-released platform, despite its apparent shortcomings. Based on a sample of 100,000 users coming through Onswipe’s partner sites Friday morning, the company is seeing 59.43% of iPhone traffic from iOS 6 devices, and 41.3% of iPad traffic coming from those who’ve upgraded to the latest version.

via iOS 6 Adoption At Just Over One Week: 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad | TechCrunch.

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Samsung On The Lookout To Buy Content Providers To Compete With Apple, Google, and Amazon

“Samsung Electronics, which has vaulted the value chain on the strength of its hardware, will go out and buy mobile content providers, a senior executive told Reuters, to compete with Apple, Google and Amazon.com in a global digital music market worth nearly $9 billion.

The South Korean electronics giant has muscled its way to global leadership in TVs, smartphones, chips and display screens – packing internally sourced state-of-the-art components into consumer gadgets – but software remains a weak link.

“The message we’re getting from the top is to raise software capability, and buy rather than build, if needed,” Kang Tae-jin, senior vice president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, said in an interview. “Our focus on software is primarily aimed at driving hardware sales, rather than making money. We have a full range of handsets in so many countries, and, to better market our products, we thought it’s better to start our own software business.””

Getting in tune; Samsung to shop for software | Reuters.

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Google Play hits 25 billion downloads

Whether you’re looking for directions, checking email or sharing a picture with friends, apps are now an indispensable part of life. And if you’re using Android, it all starts with Google Play, home to 675,000 apps and games. That’s a lot of choice. We’ve now crossed 25 billion downloads from Google Play, and to celebrate we’re offering some great discounts for the next five days.

Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents. We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.

Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.

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Windows Phone Provides User Review Translations

Microsoft is really trying to increase the appeal of Window Phone to developers, and a new tool just released adds a small, but very useful feature: instant translation of user reviews from one language to another. Microsoft is calling this one a “fun surprise,” but it could actually be a very helpful convenience feature in helping developers understand their audience.

A lot of developers I’ve spoken with have had success in markets where English isn’t the primary language, despite no efforts to localize on their part. A quick and easy way to understand what it is people like about the app in those areas where performance is surging (or flopping badly), without having to go to Google Translate and manually input content, could make it easier to translate success to other markets or correct failures.

This is a small feature addition, but one that reflects a growing need for Microsoft and others fighting for third place in the smartphone platform wars to cater to developers in as many ways as they possibly can.

via Windows Phone Dev Center Now Provides User Review Translations For App Developers | TechCrunch.

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Texas Instruments Says It’s Not Exiting Mobile Market

 

“Texas Instruments is revamping its strategy regarding its OMAP chipsets and announced that it considers the smartphone and tablet market less attractive and will focus on bringing OMAP to more platforms than wireless gadgets.

Reuters, citing various analysts, reported that it’s quite likely that TI will be quitting the smartphone and tablet business altogether. Today, a TI media relations manager contacted us to clarify the company’s position.

It will indeed be broadening the reach of its OMAP products, aiming at “embedded applications such as automotive, industrial, enterprise communication, vision and robotics, to grow the OMAP footprint beyond mobile”.

TI will also continue its efforts in developing the OMAP chipsets and the fifth generation, the one with Cortex-A15 cores, is on track – it’s sampling today and the first consumer products it will power are expected in early 2013.”

TI says it’s not giving up on OMAP chipsets, OMAP 5 on track – GSMArena.com news.

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Great IPhone 5 Sales Create App Store Boom

“The iPhone 5 has been a massive success for Apple. It’s only been out a week, but it’s already the fastest-selling iPhone in history, racking up 5 million units sold during its first three days of availability. But this isn’t just having a positive affect on Apple’s revenue; it’s also big business for iOS developers, who are seeing massive boosts to their download figures.”

via iPhone 5 Popularity Causing An App Store Boom [Report] | Cult of Mac.

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FCC Innovates Mobile Health Technology

“The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, says his agency will create the position of Health Care Director, who will function as the central contact for external groups on all health-related issues. The move is one of several steps designed to pave the way to making mobile health technology an integral part of medical care within five years. Genachowski outlined the FCCs plans this week at a press event held at the Washington D.C. headquarters of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, where a report by the mHealth Task Force was unveiled. The report includes a list of recommendations calling on government, academia, and industry to expand their collaboration and adopt policies aimed at enabling and proliferating mobile health technologies.”

via FCC Unleashes Mobile Health Innovation Initiatives – Healthcare –.

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T-Mobile Sheds Its Towers in Exchange for a $2.4B Infusion

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T-Mobile USA’s corporate parent Deutsche Telekom is selling off the rights to 7,200 U.S. cell towers to Crown Castle International for $2.4 billion. The deal will remove T-Mobile from the cell site management business, but hopefully give it some of the cash it needs to complete its $4 billion network overhaul and LTE rollout.

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Sending the Wrong Signals to the Wireless Marketplace: The Return of the Spectrum Cap

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Today the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission are meeting to vote on two issues that will be pivotal to the future of the wireless industry: (1) whether to impose a “spectrum cap” on wireless providers, and (2) how to design the “incentive auction” of the broadcasters’ spectrum. A spectrum cap would prevent a single provider from acquiring more than a certain amount of the airwaves or “spectrum rights” in a given geographic area Spectrum is the most important input in the supply of wireless services—without it, a provider literally can’t compete.

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Mobile Ads: What Works and What Doesn’t

Some of the ingredients to mobile advertising success include ads that play on the unique properties of mobile gadgets, including location, or ads disguised as a game, coupon or information that consumers want, say ad executives and industry observers.

What doesn’t work? The same old Web ads plopped into a smartphone.

via Mobile Ads: What Works and What Doesn’t – WSJ.com.

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Android smartphones at risk of being completely wiped, security researcher says

WASHINGTON — A security researcher says cell phones equipped with Google’s Android operating system are at risk of being disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music, and photos.

Android smartphones at risk of being completely wiped, security researcher says – San Jose Mercury News.

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Report: How does mobile search change the discovery, evaluation and re-use of information?

Insightful study from the University Of Huddersfield (UK) about how mobile access to information affects information literacy. Mobile searcher behavior and needs is an emerging field of study in the information field, one that we’ll be tackling for years to come.

Abstract:

Libraries are increasingly developing services that take into account the massive effect of mobile devices upon our users. But what does this increase in use of mobile devices and related services mean for information literacy? Some databases and library catalogues are delivered in mobile friendly formats, or cross platform search tools (such as Summon at University of Huddersfield). More of our users have the equipment to take advantage of these services each year, with mobile access to the internet soon expected to overtake fixed access. When a library user is as likely to search for information on a mobile phone, tablet or handheld gaming device as on a fixed PC or in the physical library, will that change the concept of what it means to be information literate? How does mobile search change the discovery, evaluation and re-use of information? We should consider how the concept of information literacy may be affected in this pervasive mobile context and whether we need to develop a new lens through which to view the literacies required by our clientele. This paper will first consider the mobile context for information literacy. Then the presenters will compare and contrast their experiences in meeting and harnessing these devices in the delivery of Information Literacy in their own institutions, the University of Bedfordshire and University of Huddersfield in the UK.

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iPhone App Users Young And Wealthy, Android App Users Skew Older

New data shows that iPhone users tend to be younger, more affluent, and wealthier than Android users, which concerns investors and developers when making decisions about what platforms are more profitable to work with.

iPhone users also tend to be the most affluent of all, with an average household income of $105,200, with Android trailing on that count with average income of $89,300. That’s a key metric for developers and brands looking to recoup the investment associated with creating software, since it stands to reason that customers with access to more disposable income represent a better target market, all other factors being equal.

Forrester: iPhone App Users Young And Wealthy, Android App Users Skew Older

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Better SDKs = Wall Street Shutting The F*ck Up: Facebook’s Mobile Platform Monetization Equation

Facebook is realizing that the key to profiting off all content everywhere is to become seamlessly integrated into more apps. Therefore, making it easier for developers to sync their apps with Facebook by providing better tools and SDKs is really just a ploy for The Social Network to gain more revenue and market share.

Native login lets third-party apps bypass asking for a user’s Facebook email and password. That easier installation process leads to social app growth and fuels Facebook’s plan to turn everyone’s content into its dollars.

Better SDKs = Wall Street Shutting The F*ck Up: Facebook’s Mobile Platform Monetization Equation

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New Facebook Gifts Service – New Opportunities in e-Commerce

Facebook has launched a new service that enables people to send gifts to friends through Facebook.  People can choose a gift such as a Starbucks gift card, a Gund teddy bear or chocolate, select a friend to send it to, and add a card.  The recipient of the gift enters his or her address, so the giver doesn’t have to worry about that. Facebook is tightly integrating the gift service through the site’s existing birthday reminders that show up on the side of the Facebook News Feed.  Now you won’t forget your friend’s birthday and you can send him/her a gift even from your phone.

via Forbes

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The St. Charles Entrepreneurial Symposium

http://www.dureecenter.org/events.html

September 29th, 2012 from 8am to 12pm, developers and startup company leaders can get advice from entrepreneurs on getting their business ideas into effect.  Attendees will hear from Randy Schilling, the keynote speaker (http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/BizNext/2012/09/schilling-keynote-set-for.html), Linda Duree, and Ron Mueller.

Goals

1.    Assisting the community to find and access appropriate entrepreneurial resources

2.    Advancing a multi-disciplinary approach to entrepreneurship training, research, and outreach

3.    Informing the community of entrepreneurial activities at Lindenwood and throughout St. Charles

4.    Building synergies by connecting people through mentoring and collaboration

The First Annual St. Charles Entrepreneurship Symposium will utilize workshops to train and motivate local entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome to attend FREE of charge. The workshop speakers represent multiple aspects of entrepreneurship including Finding Money, Branding, Social Media, Employee Management, Online Business, Business Plan Creation, Idea Generation, Enhancing Efficiency, Home-based Business, Fine Arts, Human Resources, and much more!

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How Cloud Computing Impacts Mobile Application Development

http://www.theserverside.com/feature/Top-five-ways-cloud-computing-impacts-mobile-application-development-teams

The cloud represents disruptive technology in the way that it changed the way we store and retrieve information.  Here are five of the most effective ways that mobile developer can take advantage of the cloud:

1. Hosting services: Amazon is only one of the many players in this growing field, and in many cases, IaaS plays like EC2 are being pushed aside in deference to various Software as a Service (SaaS) plays, where clients surrender a certain amount of control over their operating system and runtime environment for the promise of fewer configuration issues and a lower administrative overhead.

2. Payment gateways: Several cloud-based providers of payment gateways have emerged, making it easy for application developers to perform financial transactions with their clients without the worry of lost sales due to reliability issues or software bugs that might arise if similar financial transaction processing systems were built in-house.

3. Web analytics: This highly focused nature of mobile applications allows developers to quickly turn Web analytics and the usage information they gather into product enhancements and application upgrades.

4. Application monitoring: When it comes to monitoring your mobile application’s uptime globally, and having some type of reporting structure to conform to depending upon whether your system has been down for two seconds, two minutes or two hours, you need an external system to do it, and no one would be better to do it than a cloud provider with systems that are designed with reliability and failover in mind.

5. Development: Facilitating the interests of these application developers are cloud-based issue tracking systems, source code management systems, load testing tools and even full scale IDEs that take the desktop out of the equation when developers are writing code.

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How to Use Mobile Devices to Solve Global Problems

“It’s not about being connected, it’s about being connected with a purpose.” says Larry Irving at 2012 Social Good Summit.  Irving referred to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and how many people sent money through text messaging. People are monitoring climate change in arctic areas, taking pictures of the degradation of nature caused by oil spills in the Gulf region and conducting blood analysis — all through mobile devices.

via How to Use Mobile Devices to Solve Global Problems.

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iOS Cloud based video service ” Cloudee ” now open to the public

Cloudee, an iOS cloud-based video service was released to the public earlier this week. “The service is a lot like the new feature Apple recently rolled out for its iOS 6 camera apps, which allows friends and family to view custom streams of video or images via iCloud.  Cloudee allows you to create and organize all the personal videos on your iPhone into separate streams for friends, family, co-workers, etc. Then you will be able to share your video through various apps such as Facebook or Twitter. As of now the service offers users unlimited storage space, but users probably can expect some type of subscription in the future. The Cloudee team also unveiled a “new desktop upload tool that should help give the service a boost over Apple’s native apps. People who do have a collection of videos stored on their PC probably aren’t in any rush to figure out a way to add them to Apple’s photo and video streams.” With its high level of sharing with specific individuals, video sharers may wanna put forth an effort to download it and give it a try.

 

Cloudee forecast: iOS-based cloud video service opens to the public

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Army To Launch Mobile App Store For Intelligence Services

The U.S. Army is expected to open a new mobile applicationsstore as part of a pilot program designed to offer a more flexible way to develop and buy software for the government. The online store will provide a space where users can request specific tools and where participating developers can quickly provide or create a product to fill respective needs without getting bogged down in a complex and time consuming acquisitions process.

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iPhone 5 just steps away from being sold in China

In order for Apple to bring the iPhone 5 to be sold in China, Apple needs to obtain a China Compulsory Certificate, approval from the China Radio Management Agency, and a license to use cellular networks. This week Apple received two certificates to sell the iPhone 5 in China. According to” Sina Tech” a technology blog, Apple received two China Compulsory Certificates for two different versions of the iPhone 5. “The certificate indicates that China Unicom and China Telecom, both existing carrier partners with Apple, will get the next iPhone.” Considering China is one of the largest countries on earth, seems as if the iPhone will be getting one step to capturing the world.

iPhone 5 one step closer to being sold in China

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Inside Forbes: What Mobile Means for Journalism and My Restless Nights

As the founder and CEO of a startup, VC’s would always ask me, “What keeps you up at night?” It was a tedious question with only one honest answer: raising more money from you guys. Four years later, as chief product officer for a major news brand, I would answer the same question with a single word full of complexities for the future of journalism — mobile. Finding more funding, though difficult, was a well-traveled path. Transitioning to a mobile universe is a new challenge, and one that gets more vexing by the day.

The Growing Mobile Audience: In the good-problem-to-have department, our mobile audience is racing ahead — onsite and offsite. On Forbes.com, 25% of our 33 million monthly users (Omniture) access the site with smartphones and tablets. In August, mobile visits were up 200% from a year earlier. Perhaps most telling, Facebook visits from consumers using its mobile app soared 1,000% in the same period. Offsite, we attracted an audience on Flipboard last month that was up 400% from a year ago, rivaling our FORBES magazine subscription base. Driven by Android adoption, our flips were up 38% from the prior month, at 22 per reader.

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Planned Bill would create FDA Office of Mobile Health

Though the Food and Drug Administration is developing regulations for mobile medical apps, at least one member of Congress believes the federal agency is not currently equipped to handle the rapid pace of innovation in mobile technology.

The planned legislation, reportedly known as the Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act (HIMTA), also would set up a support program within the Department of Health and Human Services to help mobile health technology developers follow HIPAA privacy standards as they design new apps.

via Bill would create FDA Office of Mobile Health, HHS support for app developers | mobihealthnews.

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Developers Would Rather program iOS Than HTML5

A survey of developers shows that their interest is in iOS, while Android and Windows 8 get mixed reviews.

In the most recent quarterly survey of its own developer base, mobile application development platform vendor Appcelerator found widespread dissatisfaction with nearly every key feature of HTML5. (IDC conducted the actual survey.) Developers dissed the user experience, performance, monetization, fragmentation, distribution control, timeliness of new updates, and security. That covers pretty much the whole HTML5 app gamut.

The only HTML5 features that earned a thumbs-up were cross-development capabilities and immediate updates, liked by a few points more than 80 percent of the respondents.

via Developers: Up with iOS, down with HTML5 | The Industry Standard – InfoWorld.

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Google Play Gaining on iTunes Apple Store

Google Play, the marketplace for Android devices, has always trailed the App Store in number of offerings, even though it launched just three months after the Apple resource. The App Store has 700,000 products up for sale, according to Apple’s iPhone 5 presentation on September 12. But Google Play is nearing that total with 675,000 apps available. The platform also passed 25 billion downloads yesterday and held a major sale in honor of the milestone, with several top apps still available for just 25 cents.

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Bank of America Tests Technology to Allow You to Pay At Registers With Phones

Bank of America Corp is testing a technology that allows a customer to pay at a store register by simply scanning an image with a smartphone, such as Apple Inc’s iPhone or Google Inc’s Android devices. Bank of America launched its pilot last week at five merchants in Charlotte. The test will last three months and only the bank’s employees have access to the program. They can use newer iPhones and phones that use the Android operating system.

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Intel Debuts Clover Trail For Tablets, Launches New Atom Inside

Intel is launching its next-generation Clover Trail platform. The new Intel Z2760 is a dual-core, quad-threaded device clocked at up to 1.8GHz, with support for up to 2GB of RAM and graphics provided courtesy of a single PowerVR SGX545 core. Chipzilla expects to see wide adoption from multiple partners, with a host of tablets expected to launch simultaneously with Windows 8. It’s been 4.5 years since Intel launched the first Atom processors and detailed its plans for a next-generation ecosystem of handheld x86 devices with lower power consumption and better performance-per-watt than any modern Pentium or Core 2 Duo. Intel’s idea for a MID (Mobile Internet Device) never caught on, but the first Atoms drove the adoption of netbooks by popularizing the idea of a low-cost computer with far more battery life than anything else on the market.

 

Intel debuts Clover Trail for tablets, launches new Atom Inside brand

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Google’s Costly Mistake – Failing to Market Android Ecosystem

The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade appeared on my phone yesterday. I had no idea when I might see it: it was pushed by some carriers to some phones three months ago, but must Android users won’t see it for a long time. There was no roll-out plan and not much of an announcement.  There’s little attempt to market the value, probably because the Android update process is so haphazard.  So Google is getting little value from a significant product enhancement. Most Android devices won’t get this update anytime soon.

The bigger issue is: Google does not present the user with a unified view of the value offered by its mobile devices and cloud services (the “Android ecosystem”).  Each product seems to be fighting its own war.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddhixon/2012/09/27/google-is-failing-to-market-the-android-ecosystem/

 

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Firefox OS Will Have 1% Of Smartphones In 2013

Mozilla Firefox, who is known for their web browsing service, has made a push onto the low-end of the mobile smartphone market. However, they will only own 1% of all global smartphone shipments in 2013.  Strategy Analytics do not see much of a growth for Firefox. “Firefox OS will continue to remain “niche” because of low brand awareness, a limited retail presence (especially in the U.S.) and an ecosystem of developers that is still too small.” Android still owns 67% of all global smartphone shipments and it could take up to two years for that to turn around.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/firefox-os-will-only-take-a-niche-1-of-smartphone-shipments-in-2013-predicts-strategy-analytics/

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Texas Instruments Exits The Mobile Market: What It Means For Competitors

On Tuesday, Texas Instruments Inc. announced that it would “reduce R&D expenditures” on the OMAP SoC (Open Multimedia Applications Platform Systems On Chips) used in many smartphones and tablets, including the latest Amazon Kindle. Texas Instruments just told the industry it was exiting the mobile application processor business.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/893771-texas-instruments-exits-the-mobile-market-what-it-means-for-competitors

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LG Display Files Patent Suit Against Samsung

Once again, Samsung has found themselves in hot water over potential legal action. LG Display is taking Samsung to court over seven patent infringements relating to their OLED technology. LG said on Thursday that they are seeking, “damages and a permanent injunction against the sale in South Korea of infringing devices.” Those alleged infringing devices include the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note. Moreover, an LG Display spokesman had this to say on the matter, “This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition.”

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443507204578021572847519276.html

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AMD deal brings Android apps to Windows 8

Gadgets built around chips made by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will come optimised to run the Android apps. The Android apps will be available on Windows 8 devices via AMD’s AppZone player. Inside this is code from Bluestacks that acts as a wrapper around the mobile phone programs so they can run on desktops, laptops and tablets.

AMD has made changes to the core code that runs its processors and graphics cards to ensure apps built for the small screens on mobile phones look good and run well on larger displays.

This means that Android apps will have a wider audience of users, namely those who will be using Windows 8. It will also be used in a different way as many Windows 8 users will now have touch options allowing for gestures on their PCs. How might this change the way developers look at developing Android apps?

 

BBC News – AMD deal brings Android apps to Windows 8.

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Hewlett-Packard to take on the smart phone world

Hewlett-Packard plans to take on the smart phone and tablet world. No PC makers have made the mobile transition except for Lenovo. With a new player in the smartphone world, HP will offer new ideas and devices for app developers to work with. Having a PC company enter the mobile phone and tablet world might give a new take on what can be done with app development.

HP: Is a push into tablets, smartphones risky? | ZDNet.

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Employers banned from social media snooping

“Job applicants and employees will have protection from employers who demand their login credentials to social media platforms or personal e-mail accounts according to a new bill. Employers are barred from firing or disciplining those who refuse to give up any information related to their social media accounts.”

California schools, employers banned from social media snooping | Reuters.

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iOS 6 Users Having Problems With Wi-Fi On iPhone and iPad

A number of Apple iOS 6 users say they still can’t connect to Wi-Fi networks, and the problem isn’t just with the iphone 5.

Reports of the glitch have filled up 91 pages on Apple’s Discussion Forums since September 19. Most users say the Wi-Fi option on their device is grayed out, preventing them from accessing the feature at all. Many have tried the usual fixes, such as reinstalling the OS, resetting the device, and even getting a replacement unit from Apple. But the problem persists.

Some users have said the bug is isolated to the iphone 5. But many of the complaints on Apple’s forums are from people using an iPhone 4S, iPad, or another Apple device.

iOS 6 users first ran into Wi-Fi problems shortly after the OS was released. Several people reported then that the Wi-Fi option was grayed out. The culprit was traced back to an offline Apple Web page that checks to make sure a Wi-Fi connection doesn’t require a login. Once the page was brought back up, the glitch was fixed. Or so it was thought.

As is often the case, the issue affects some users and not others. It’s still difficult to gauge how many people are affected. That makes the problem more difficult to resolve since there are likely other factors involved than just the new OS.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57521212-94/ios-6-users-continue-to-grapple-with-wi-fi-problems/

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Samsung Already Fixed The Remote Data Wipe Security Issue

New security issue discovered on Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, if you visited a website that contained a particular line of code, you handset would be remotely wiped.

The line of code was capable of triggering a factory reset of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has announced that they have a fix for the issue and it is being released as an over the air update.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S III it is recommended that you install the OTA update to your handset as soon as possible as this should protect you from the remote data wipe issue.

Samsung Announces Fix For Remote Data Wipe Security Issue

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Only Five Percent of Smartphones have Security Software

According to Juniper Research, globally only five percent of smartphones and tablets have security software installed by their user. The study suggests that with rising malware, fraud, and device theft that mobile security will increase dramatically in the next five years. Up to one in five devices will be secured by third party software and that the number of consumer protected devices will be greater than business devices by 2015. This could allow several companies to enter the mobile industry by providing security software superior to what few services are offered already.

http://www.intomobile.com/2012/09/27/juniper-research-mobile-malware-incidents-increase-only-5-smartphone-owners-run-some-security-software/

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AT&T begins Trials to Translate Text Messages

AT&T has begun trials where a text message sent through their network is automatically translated to the preferred language specified by the user. So if someone sends a message in Spanish, AT&T will be able to recognize if the receiver prefers the message in English or not, and if so AT&T will automatically translate it. Currently the service only works for English and Spanish, but AT&T is already working on expanding the structure of the technology to include more languages.

With this technology, language barriers could become even more broken, allowing two people who speak different languages to understand one another through their mobile device.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/429375/att-trials-text-message-translation/