General Motors will introduces Apple’s chatty voice assistant Siri into several of its car models in 2013. The feature will be available to iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 owners, and Siri will be working through these cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Users will be able to make hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone, play songs in their iTunes library, listen to, compose and send messages and add appointments to calendar.
FuzeBox launched Fuze for Mac, the world’s first native video-conferencing app for OS X. FuzeBox is one of the only apps that was built on Apple’s campus. By going native on the Mac, FuzeBox was able to add more features than it has in the browser-based version as well as take advantage of everything the Mac has to offer, including the retina screen.
As a result of losing the direct viewing of Instagram photos Twitter went swiftly ahead in releasing a photo filtering service. The service will be very familiar to Instagram users who will still be able to share their filtered photos but they will appear as a simple link rather than a rich media preview of the photo, which is just bad user experience.
An absolutely negative PR blow for Apple, and their mapping system is now threatening people’s lives as described in this short article: Victoria Police Online News Centre – Police concerned with Apple iOS 6 mapping system.
Just a few months ago, “a San Jose jury awarded Apple more than $1 Billion dollars in its case against Samsung, the trial’s judge, Lucy Koh, is now aiming to settle the issues between the two companies.”
““I think it’s time for global peace,” Judge Koh told Apple and Samsung’s lawyers at yesterday’s hearing, according to the A.P Specifically, she’s referring to a calming of the patent wars prevalent in the technology world over the past decade, and which the Apple v. Samsung case is a poster child.”. “While one analyst predicted that Apple would be the overall winner in yesterday’s hearing, it appears that Judge Koh isn’t leaning towards either company. Samsung is aiming to cut its massive fines in the trial and is calling for a new trial, while Apple is pushing to increase the fines and potentially ban the sales of certain Samsung phones. Koh didn’t seem to favor either of those outcomes.”
Stayed tuned for the latest news in the Apple v. Samsung case, “it’s expected to hit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and it could potentially reach the Supreme Court, according to the AP.”
Rewind back a few years, before the iPhone took over the world. Japanese phone carrier NTT Docomo was the subject of every U.S. report on how mobile in Japan rocked in every possible way. Well that was then, Docomo has just reported its biggest-ever loss in subscribers: 40,800. The reason?” As Reuters notes, competitors Softbank and KDDI carry the iPhone. Softbank grew by 301,900 subscribers, and KDDI grew by 228,800. Since receiving the iPhone 5 Softbank and KDDI are using it t capture Japanese customers.” And it’s the lack thereof that is causing NTT Docomo its worst subscriber results ever.”
In its final defense to stop the bleeding, Docomo has introduced the new “Disney” smartphone, which is ran on Android. So the question here would be….”is whether Disney can put NTT Docomo into the net gainer’s club another time or if Japan’s largest carrier will finally see the light and start carrying a truly diverse set of phones.”
“T-Mobile has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year. Additional details will be made available at a later date,” T-Mobile spokesperson told ABC News.
T-Mobile wouldn’t elaborate on the exact products to ABC News, but T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said while speaking at the Deutsche Telekom conference Thursday that it will carry the iPhone and will offer it in a different way.
T-Mobile is the last major U.S. carrier to get the iPhone; Sprint, Verizon and AT&T all offer it. (AT&T was the first in 2007.) For lack of the iPhone, a high-speed LTE network and some other benefits, T-Mobile fell behind in the U.S. and lost customers. But 2013 might be the year the carrier turns it around with its plans to acquire Metro PCS, launch its LTE networks and now offer those all-important Apple products.
Adverts on smartphones and other roaming devices could become obsolete under plans by Adblock. On the 27th November 2012] Eyeo – developer of AdBlock Plus – will launch a version of its popular program for Android phones in a move that is likely to cause headaches for the mobile advertising industry.
Some 50 million people have already downloaded the PC version of AdBlock Plus, which prevents pop-up and display adverts on websites as well as the hitherto unavoidable ads that precede videos on sites such as YouTube.
Kickfolio is a neat little start-up backed company that is really making a push to be relevant. Kickfolio offers, “a way for developers to upload builds of their mobile applications to its platform, allowing others to then interact with the apps on the web, as opposed to having to download a test build locally to their mobile device.” So, that means no downloads and no UDID’s and you have a fully interactive app in your browser. There are other similar products already out there such as Pieceable or AppSurfer. However, Kickfolio differs in a couple regards. Kickfolio uses HTML5 and not Flash. Kickfolio’s CEO Edward Dowling said that, “Their solution was great, but it was not terribly performant.”
Cardign is an app that essentially puts a name to a face. The app uses the facial recognition as a sort of QR code to pull up information. If you want to connect via social media and you are at a conference all you have to do in snap a picture of their face. After taking a picture, you can then pull up all of their contact details, FaceBook page, Twitter page, etc. Cardign founder Jean-Luc David believes that, “it’s a far easier way for people to connect at in-person networking events and other social functions,” since it eliminates some of the finicky elements of contact transfer apps like Bump.
When you download the app, it makes you take 3 photos of yourself in order to be added to the database. TechCrunch posted a review and give it generally positive notes, but did harp on some key issues. “Cardign is an impressive, interesting tech demo in its current form, but with a growing user pool it could become an extremely useful networking service.”
In the increasingly crowded mobile payment card-reader space, it’s not just technology that’s being cloned. In the scramble to build traction and outrun the pack, startups are borrowing each others’ business strategies too. The latest move comes from Berlin-based mobile payment startup SumUp, which opened for business in August backed by more than $20 million in funding. SumUp has just announced a nationwide partnership with German taxi hailing mobile app, Taxi.de – following a move by rival German mobile payment startup Payleven last month, which signed up a Berlin taxi association to trial its tech.
Taxi.de does not break out user numbers — but its Android app has had between 5,000 and 10,000 installations on Google Play in the past 30 days. It also offers an iOS app.
The partnership between SumUp and Taxi.de is an exclusive one, according to the startup, and should see its mobile payment card reader used by taxi drivers across Germany — assuming it gets widespread adoption from the drivers (who will have to sign up to receive their card reader and start taking payments via SumUp).
On Thursday, Foursquare announced an update aimed at businesses: the ability to add events to their listings. The company is touting it as a new way for businesses to leverage the location-based social network over at business.foursquare.com.
While there are already movie, concert, and sporting events in the Foursquare app, which anyone can see and edit for themselves, this addition allows businesses to add their own. The company has a few suggestions: a trivia tournament, open mic night, wine tasting, book signing, author appearance, arts and crafts fair, and a fundraising event.
A member of IBS Group and a leading global provider of advanced application and product development services, recently introduced a Mobile Applications Development Kit for engineering needs of aerospace and other enterprise, at the Aeromart Toulouse 2012.
The new kit adds another dimension to Luxoft’s existing technology solutions portfolio for engineers and includes a Mobile Bill of Material (BOM), a Mobile Certification Application, and a Mobile 3D-Visualization Tool.
The ultimate goal of each of the kit’s modules is to add capability for the engineers and mechanics to assess tasks “on the go” during a new aircraft inspection, existing aircraft maintenance or during the engineering and assembly process. Combination of mobile secure ecosystem and visualization adds granularity to every aspect of the engineering and maintenance process, streamlining the reporting, giving quick access to the bottom level of detail and bringing the entire process closer to the real-time mode.
Some of the most common security gaffs nestled inside of those decompiled and inspected Android apps according to Godfrey Nolan, founder of RIIS and author of both Decompiling Java and Decompiling Android?
- Without using obfuscating tools like HoseDex2Jar, people can easily reverse engineer the code in most Android applications.
- Sensitive data is being stored unencrypted on devices.
- Code that communicates with back-end systems often includes plain text security credentials. That means your security problem is no longer people getting those embarrassing and X-rated images you’ve taken of your ‘front end’, but instead, they now have access to your entire ‘back end’ as well.
The new Premium Suite upgrade from Samsung has added some new features to Galaxy S3. Samsung launched a video today showing just some of the features coming to its flagship handset. The upgrade, which was previously announced for the Galaxy Note 10.1, adds a new featured called Page Buddy that predicts what the users want to do based on their actions. So, if the Galaxy S3 owner plugs in earphones, the software will load the music player.The upgrade also supports multiple windows on the phone at once.
“Samsung is gearing up to produce plastic flexible displays for mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reported. The screens are lightweight, nearly unbreakable, and could result in flexible devices down the road.”
MetroPCS shares are down 7% on Tuesday after their merger with T-mobile has started. The week before its shares spiked as it was rumored Sprint would counteroffer MetroPCS for a merger. However, Sprint has not counter offered so their shares have begun to fall. The focus on Sprint’s part in this merger has undervalued MetroPCS’s stocks.
T-Mobile will finally have the iPhone, dispelling a shadow that had long hung over the carrier, some customers just won’t come to a T-Mobile store if there’s no iPhone, regardless of whether they plan to buy the phone. The move is part of a broader shift to go completely toward its “Value” plans, in which customers pay full price for a phone in exchange for a lower monthly rate.
“‘T-Mobile has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year. Additional details will be made available at a later date,’ T-Mobile spokesperson told ABC News.
T-Mobile wouldnt elaborate on the exact products to ABC News, but T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said while speaking at the Deutsche Telekom conference Thursday that it will carry the iPhone and will offer it in a different way.”
While some see potential in Microsoft’s Surface tablet, most industry watchers appear to have written off the device at this point. Orders were reportedly cut in half following a slow launch, and Microsoft’s debut slate has been hammered time and time again by reviewers and analysts. The latest to pile on is Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, which estimates that when all is said and done, Microsoft will have sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in the slate’s debut quarter.
Read more: http://bgr.com/2012/12/05/microsoft-surface-sales-q4-2012-est/
The time we spend making calls on smartphones pales in comparison to the other activities we use it for, like surfing the web, logging into Facebook, streaming music and video, and of course playing games. It’s that latter functionality that a startup called Green Throttle wants to tap into, and given the horsepower of today’s smartphones, it makes a lot of sense. The company envisions harnessing the power of today’s well-equipped Android smartphones and tablets in order to play console-like games on your HDTV. Right now the concept is limited to select devices — Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S II and S III, HTC One X, Kindle Fire HD, and Asus Transformer — though the company says it’s adding to the list quickly. The system is fairly simple. You load Green Throttle’s Arena app on your compatible device and start gaming using the company’s Bluetooth-enabled Atlas controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, then push your phone’s HDMI output to an HDTV
Read more: http://hothardware.com/News/Startup-Company-Green-Throttle-Turns-Your-Android-Smartphone-Into-a-Game-Console/
Marketing companies have been focusing on the number of cores a smartphone has as a major selling point in recent years. The obsession with mobile processors has been a boon to the chip makers, giving added visibility to companies such as Qualcomm and Nvidia. Recently however, the chip industry has gotten to the point where more cores will result in diminishing returns.
It is generally accepted that four cores will be the de facto limit for now. More cores means less battery life. Chip making companies are now taking measures to maximize the battery life because that is what consumers have been shown to truly care about.
The world’s most downloaded ad-blocking software has plans to release a mobile version of its product. Worldwide revenue from mobile advertising alone measures 5.3 billion dollars a year. The release of Adblock Plus mobile will no doubt make these advertisements on smartphones and roaming devices obsolete.
The iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in South Korea on December 7th along with over 50 additional countries being added in December as well. Including Brazil, Russia, and Taiwan. This will boost iPhones sales vastly. This will further increase the iOS presence as a major mobile leader.
” Samsung announced on its Samsung Tomorrow blog that the Galaxy S III will be getting a special “Premium Suite” upgrade that will add Galaxy Note II features such as Multi Window, Page Buddy and Contextual Awareness and more. With Multi Window, users can open two app windows at once, Page Buddy will add smart actions such as opening up specific music when headphones are plugged in, and several Contextual Awareness features will allow you to instantly add tags after a photo is taken or choose to see most frequently displayed apps while searching. ”
“Google finally has introduced a way for companies to distribute Android apps internally, a capability available to Apple iOS developersfor several years.
Google on Tuesday said it has expanded the Google Play Store to include a service called Google Play Private Channel.
To use the service, organizations need to have a Google Apps for Business, Education or Government domain. A Google Apps administrator must enable the Google Play Developer Console for employees already registered as Google Play apps publishers who will be publishing apps internally. The ability to download internal apps through the Google Play Private Channel also is controlled by Google Apps administrators for a given domain.
Google advises IT administrators to be sure to create dedicated role accounts for publishing apps through the Private Channel, so that internal apps remain accessible in the event the app publisher ends up leaving the organization.”
“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today that the four largest wireless carriers in the U.S. have agreed to fast track a service that will let people text the emergency 911 line.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all signed on and major deployments are planned to roll out in 2013 and the service should be fully available nationwide by May 15, 2014.”
“Today’s word that T-Mobile plans to sell Apple products in 2013 certainly sounds like great news to the iPhone and TMO faithful. The question remains, however, if the carrier can deal with the increased load Apple’s uber-phone will put on its network. ”
Mike Krieger wants companies to think about whether they’re getting the design right or if they have the right design. He fleshes his theory out by providing eight basic principles that will help build products that users really want: understanding, observing, synthesizing, ideating, prototyping, and iterating. Read more here.
“Canada’s wireless industry is vowing to combat mobile device theft following months of pressure from the federal telecom regulator, police and politicians.
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, an industry group representing carriers, announced a plan on Thursday to make it more difficult for criminals to reactivate stolen devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.
At the crux of that strategy is a push by carriers to “blacklist” stolen gadgets a move that would reduce the incentive for theft. By Sept. 30, 2013, carriers will make it standard practice to verify whether a device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity number is listed as stolen in Canada and internationally before it is cleared for activation.
The new verification process will cover the vast majority of cellphones operating in Canada, including new handsets that run on LTE (long-term evolution) networks that are becoming the biggest targets of theft. It would also apply to tablets that run on LTE networks through a subscription, but would not include those that only use WiFi.
The launch of an industry strategy follows months of pushing from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, MPs and police, which have criticized carriers for failing to do their part to protect consumers. Canadians are among the world’s heaviest users of smartphones and increasing numbers are falling victim to violent robberies in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, a trend that is being dubbed iCrime.”
Typing a password into your smartphone might be a reasonable way to access the sensitive information it holds, but a startup called EyeVerify thinks it would be easier—and more secure—to just look into the phone’s camera lens and move your eyes to the side.
EyeVerify’s software identifies you by your “eyeprints,” the pattern of veins in the whites of your eyes. Everybody has four eyeprints, two in each eye on either side of the iris. The company claims that its method is as accurate as a fingerprint or iris scan, without requiring any special hardware.
A patent agreement between Apple and HTC forbids the Taiwanese company from making and selling mobile devices that copy what is described as the ‘Distinctive Apple User Experience,” according to a redacted version of the agreement filed in a California court.
The ‘slide to unlock’ feature at the bottom of the screen of some Apple devices, for example, could qualify as a distinctive Apple user experience, while the ‘pinch to zoom’ functionality does not, and will not be considered a ‘cloned feature,’ according to the document.
Individual developers may feel like it’s an uphill battle trying to get consumers to open their wallets, but taken as a whole, the market for mobile apps has grown an unprecedented amount.
According to ABI Research’s most recent market data, the cumulative revenue base made from pay-per-downloads, in-app purchases, subscriptions and in-app advertisements will pass $30 billion by the end of 2012–nearly double the growth of 2011.
If you want to get an inexpensive smartphone from T-Mobile, you’d better do it fast. FierceWireless reports that T-Mobile will formally kill off its smartphone subsidies in 2013 and will replace them with a new system where customers “pay an upfront fee for their devices and then pay the balance of the device in affordable monthly installments
By the end of this year, around 831 million smart devices – smartphones and tablets – will be sold. In 2013, that number will reach 1.2 billion, according to the forecasts made by Gartner.
It looks like mobile smart devices are the new big technological advancement taking over the world. With over 1 billion to be sold in 2013, developers have an extremely wide audience to market to. It is going to be interesting to see how this is accomplished in the next few years.
It’s the holiday season and that means people all over are thinking about not just buying the best gift for their loved ones, but also at the best price they can find. We enjoy retail deals so much that we created faux holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These two dedicated shopping days give consumers the thrill of discovering the greatest deal.
Shopping on mobile is revolutionizing how consumers and retailers engage and is doing so in ways that cross-channel commerce could never imagine. SAP and Google teamed up with Retail Systems Research (RSR) to answer some powerful questions on how the retail enterprise will respond to this mobile shopping revolution in a research paper entitled “Keeping Up With The Mobile Consumer”.
While the Instagram API uses both non-secure HTTP and secure HTTPs connections, the weird thing is that it uses the non-secure path for your account’s authentication. All it does is store a standard cookie on your device, sent without encryption. What this means is that if you’re using an unsecure connection, like public Wi-Fi at Starbucks, someone could potentially intercept that cookie and use it to authenticate themselves into your account.
Traveling over the holidays can be hectic. But Google is doing its part to simplify matters some.Google announced today that it is updating its Search for Android application and its Google Now predictive search tool.Why? The Internet search giant is rolling out new features intended to boost streamline holiday travel.“As you head off this holiday season,” Google says, “the latest update to Google Now makes it even more useful for traveling. Before you even leave your house, Google Now will tell you what the weather will be like at your destinationjust in time to make sure you remember to pack those mittens.”
Hong Kong: Apple’s rank in China’s smartphone market, which is set to become the world’s largest this year, fell to No 6 in the third quarter as it faces tougher competition from Chinese brands, research firm IDC said on Thursday.
Apple’s third quarter ranking was two spots below its position in the second quarter in terms of China’s smartphone market share by shipments, IDC said. The US giant’s market share in China was under 10 per cent in the third quarter.
New smartphone regulations in China have caused concern among technology companies. The regulations, filed by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to a WTO database of technical barriers to trade. China’s WTO trade barrier notification listed safety, rather than national security, as the chief reason for the regulations. China has long made use of vague standards and other guidelines that are technically voluntary but end up being mandatory in practice. China had recently approved of the iPhone 5 this week, while the USA and many other countries have had it since September.
This year, CEO Tim Cook has been talking about U.S. manufacturing more than usual. Partly to counter Apple’s largely make-it-in-China strategy but also because of U.S. manufacturing strengths.
To wit: “It’s not known well that the engine for the iPhone and iPad is made in the U.S., and many of these are also exported…. The glass is made in Kentucky,” he said today to Bloomberg.
LTE connections in North America rocketed to 22.3 million — adding almost 19 million subscriptions in 12 months and representing 51 percent of all 43.7 million LTE connections worldwide at the end of the third quarter of 2012, reported 4G Americas, according to data from Informa Telecoms & Media. Another “billion” milestone is expected by the end of 2012, with all 3GPP technologies, including GSM, HSPA and LTE, comprising a massive subscription base of 6 billion and more than 90 percent of the global cellular connections.
Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., introduced a new ultra-low power near field communication (NFC) solution that will enable mobile devices with contactless communications and data exchange, including next-generation mobile payments. The QCA1990 is the industry’s smallest, ultra-low power system-on-chip (SoC) with an overall footprint that is 50 percent smaller than current NFC chips available in the market. When paired with Qualcomm Atheros’ WCN3680 1-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chip, the QCA1990 will enable seamless user experiences in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics markets.
A village council in an Indian Village voted to ban the use of mobile phones for girls and unmarried women, giving the reason that mobile phones promoted extramarital affairs and unsanctioned marriages. Even with mobile phones becoming a key device of importance, many traditional societies still have issues with the new technology. This ban only proves that the village still holds traditional male power in the village, and hopefully in time the town will repeal the ban.
With there still being hundreds of traditional old style villages around, until they fully accept technology, the villages will continue to fall behind.
According to an U.S. mobile analytics firm called Flurry, this year mobile app use has risen. Between December 2011 and 2012 mobile app usage went from 94 minutes a day to 127 minutes a day. While T.V. stayed at 168 and web browsing went down two minutes to 70.
For mobile app developers this is a good sign as it means users are valuing their time with mobile apps and using them longer. This leads to buying more apps and causing the industry to continue to grow.
Minimizing the likelihood that miscommunication could lead to lower quality medical care, Polyglot Med Spanish offers the immediate audio translation to over 3,000 common medical words, phrases, and assessment questions in both Spanish and English. The app is free and can be found in both the Apple AppStore and Google Play marketplaces.
YouTube has released an app optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPad, returning true, full-screen mode to users who have been without it since the launch of iOS 6 in September. YouTube was forced to launch its own independent app in September, but it was optimized only for iPhones and iPod Touches with 3.5-inch screens, not the 4-inch screens used for the iPhone 5 and latest generation of the iPod Touch. The app was also not optimized for iPads. YouTube also improved the general functionality of the app.
New startup called AddAppt has introduced their app for the Apple AppStore. The application allows the user to sync their contacts information between users mobile, desktop, and iCloud address books. Some of the functionality on synching contacts already exists but the new startup claims to have found the right solution for the problem. The app has a simple design to allow it to work fast and effectively but at the same time there are limited functionality. The user has to manually delete information that they dont want to share instead of giving the user an option to choose what is shared. Also another downside is that the people you want to add to you contacts have to use the app too so they can approve that you want to include them in your address book.
iPad models continue to dominate the tablet market even after the introduction of new tablets including the Windows Surface that has had a slow start. Apple decided to updated their large iPad with the new iPad mini even that the older model was only six months old. The supply has caught up with the demand on the fourth generation iPads but you still have to wait for couple of weeks to get an iPad mini. Analyst have estimated Apple to sell between 24 to 26 million iPads this last quarter from which 6 to 7 million would be Mini versions. Analysts also note that iPad mini is stealing business from the larger model but that both will sell well during the holiday season.