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Extreme Reality, Which Gives Any Webcam Kinect-Like Powers, Opens Its Developer SDK

Kinect for the xbox is a unique experience done only so well in its proper environment, but Extreme Reality has worked for 8 years to bring a very similar technology to any device with a camera. Already the software is in Go Dance for iOS. If you are interested go check out the link.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/30/extreme-reality/

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iOS

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

Upgraded to iOS 7? Found your old device’s battery is just not keeping up? Well look no further than Gizmodo’s battery tips for iOS 7. Some of the tips are actually useful and everyone should do, and other tips are services I could never give up (4G). However, everyone has a different device, so results may vary. Go click the link and save your phone!

http://gizmodo.com/how-to-take-care-of-your-smartphone-battery-the-right-w-513217256/1416982678/@ericlimer

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Beauty is in the eye of the DJ…

http://www.youredm.com/2013/09/30/nicky-romeros-view-tomorrowworld-google-glass/

Nicki Romero has taken an interesting step into the world of mobile technology. At the TomorrowWorld Music Festival this past weekend, Romero played the opening of his set wearing a Google Glass. This event has quite a few implications. For the DJ, it shows his point of view of the crowd and also portrays his skills behind the deck. For the audience, this introduces a new device, being endorsed by a world famous DJ. This is wonderful publicity for Google, as there have been some concerns about the Glass becoming “normal” in every day life. This technology has just been showcased by a world famous DJ to a rather diverse (yet ultimately targeted, upper class) demographic. I’m very interested to see the aftermath of this publicity stunt.

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Protesters Are Dodging Sudan’s Internet Shutdown With a Phone-Powered Crowdmap

Since Wednesday afternoon, Sudan’s internet has been sporadically shut off amid a fifth day of protests against President Omar al Bashir’s regime. Despite the attempt to cut off communications and limit organization and reporting on the ground, a group of tech-savvy people based in Khartoum have developed a map for recording key data about the protests that’s powered by cell networks.

via: http://politics.slashdot.org/story/13/09/27/2128215/protesters-are-dodging-sudans-internet-shutdown-with-a-phone-powered-crowdmap

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EU Committee Votes For Standardized Smartphone Charger

If passed, this decision would cut down on never having the right charger handy, but as far as the EU is concerned, this is all about a reduction of waste. The initial vote went down on Thursday, and given its market saturation, it seems likely that micro USB would be the target standard.

via: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/09/28/1955211/eu-committee-votes-to-make-all-smartphone-vendors-utilize-a-standard-charger

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mobile development

Tips on Mobile App Investing

The Harsh Realities Surrounding Mobile App Investing

A investor wrote an article for TechCrunch with some general tips on investing into mobile apps. He starts off by saying that there are many apps in the iOS gaming category that are widely successful, but unfortunately it is also the most populated category. He then discusses the three other types of apps that can be successful in the non-gaming categories: camera apps, messaging apps, and apps that communicate with non-moblle devices. He also discusses how an app can piggyback off of another’s success. It may be worth reading for any beginners or intermediates to mobile app investing or development.

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China threatens shutdown of non-sanctioned mobile news apps

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/30/net-us-china-apps-idUSBRE98T0DI20130930

China is cracking down on mobile news applications that provide news information services without approval from government regulators, threatening to shut down those who refuse to “rectify”. Although, this news does not directly apply to most people in this class, it does serve as a reminder that the government can have a certain degree of control over mobile application development. It also reminds those of us who take interest in foreign mobile app markets to be wiser in what sort of apps we will develop for any particular foreign demographic.

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How Apple’s M7 Chip Will Shape Up Mobile Health | Tim Bajarin | PCMag.com

One of the features of the new iPhone 5S that was overlooked by many consumers was the new M7 coprocessor. The M7 chip “continually monitors motion data using the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, and also takes users’ ID measurements and optimizes them based on contextual awareness.” This opens the doors for developers to develop new fitness apps or improve and refurbish existing fitness apps that would take advantage of the new technology. We have already started to see Nike taking advantage of this opportunity when Apple announced that Nike will use the new chip to create an application called Nike+ Move which will allow the user to track and monitor their activity without having to wear the Nike+ FuelBand. This is a convenience for those who do not like wearing their FuelBand, but this is also important for users who may have been on the fence about buying a Nike FuelBand or another similar fitness device. This technology has the potential to be disruptive and change the face of fitness applications and mobile health as a whole. Putting the ability to keep track of your fitness or activity by just downloading an app is simpler and more cost efficient for consumers. The M7 chip adds to the field of mobile technology because of the potential it has. If the M7 chip is successful, then we could see this technology appearing in future products, such as an iWatch or similar device. The addition of the M7 chip changes the economic state of mobile technology because of the potential that it affords the mobile health and fitness app industries. While ideas may be limited to fitness apps right now, with time mobile developers will undoubtedly find different and unique ways to utilize the M7 chip, which generates profits for both those developers and Apple. 

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BlackBerry confirms loss of $965 million as sales drop 45% | Mobile – CNET News

Long gone are the days when an iPhone versus Blackberry debate was just that, a debate. There was a time when the two companies were on par with each other, competing for users and market share. But, time has passed and since then Apple has continued to produce products that will have people camping out overnight. Blackberry has not has as much success. Blackberry confirmed that they suffered “a fiscal second-quarter loss of nearly $1 billion amid the continued struggles of its smartphones in the marketplace.” It is clear that Blackberry is struggling in the consumer marketplace as Android and Apple have claimed their spots at the top of the market. In response to this, Blackberry announced last week that they would have “to cut roughly 40% of its staff as [they] shift [their] focus away from consumers and more towards business customers.” This change does not represent a disruptive, societal change, while Blackberry will continue to relinquish its consumer market share, the damage has been done and the majority of their users have already migrated to different devices. This change also does not add to the field of mobile technology unless Blackberry makes a significant change in their product line to differentiate themselves from other smartphones on the market in order to further establish their company in the business marketplace. Finally, this changes the economic state of mobile technology because it the consumers that previously were utilizing Blackberry devices have converted, and the money that was previously going to Blackberry is now being spent on Android and iOS devices. 

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New Technology Known as “Spike” Brings 3D Modeling to Smartphone Owners

A New Zealand company funded by the U.S. intelligence community’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, has built a smartphone technology called Spike that lets anyone take precise measurements of — and make 3D models of — anything in the outside world. This technology makes use of a calibrated laser camera that can take snapshots of buildings, cars, or any other object from up to 200 yards away then measure, map and make a 3D model of it, all within the application. Spike includes a laser-based hardware device that attaches to your phone. It also includes compass, camera and GPS technology. The versatility of this new technology is incredible and its services will be available to anyone with a smart phone. The product is targeted at architects, engineers, interior designers, film set locators, insurance appraisers, underwriter/valuers, commercial painters, arborists, and others. One of the best parts of this technology is that it includes an API for developers that allows them to embed the company’s tools into their applications, or build applications over the data stream from the calibrated laser camera, to offer long range accuracy and depth perception. When thinking about the development of 3D printers and other technology that uses 3D modeling, Spike’s marketability is incredible.

Source: CIA Venture Arm Backs Spike, Which Lets You Make Precise Models of Anything

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Samsung Invests in PowerbyProxi for Wireless Phone Charging

Anyone that has ever owned a cell phone knows the frustration behind losing their phone charger or not having a power outlet to plug the charger in when it is needed the most. Samsung is investing in a company known as PowerbyProxi that is working diligently to provide the mobile world with new wireless charging devices that require no cables to charge a mobile device. Samsung has invested $4 million in PowerbyProxi and they feel very confident in their abilities to develop this new technology that will revolutionize mobile device charging across the world. The development of this new device charging technology is very important to the world of mobile technology. In 10 years, the vast majority of people that own a mobile device will most likely have a wireless charger at their disposal. The marketability is huge for a product like this. Any company that can develop this new technology, and make it work well, is looking at a great future.

Source: Samsung Supports PowerbyProxi, to Let You Power Your Phone Wirelessly

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Android mobile news

Nexus 5 may run KitKat

The upcoming Nexus handset, dubbed Nexus 5, appeared in leaked screenshot running Android 4.4 KitKat, the next version of Google’s mobile OS. With the expected October release date of the Nexus 5 fast approaching, a new report has reiterated earlier rumors that the device could be running on Google’s upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system with white status bar icons. According to the report, the Wi-Fi icon looked slightly tweaked, while an Android Debug icon was also displayed. The screenshot also showed a Bluetooth icon on top of the standard Google Authenticator icon, which according to Phandroid, could be interesting if it is interpreted to “indicate Google’s stance on replacing passwords with a more secure method or turn out to be something similar to Motorola’s Trusted Devices, which disables your lock screen if you’re connected to certain Bluetooth devices.”

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Microsoft Surface mini

Microsoft is reportedly planning for the compact version of Surface tablet, which will feature a 7.5in screen according to a report by CNET. This piece of information comes from analyst firms NDP DisplaySearch and IHS iSuppli. The Surface family tablets, including the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, feature 10.6in screen. If the aforementioned rumor turns true then there would be about 3in difference between the current Surface tablets and Surface Mini. Earlier this year, Microsoft updated its developer tools for Windows 8.1 and reportedly included references to 7.5in tablets featuring screen resolution at 1440 x 1080 pixels with a 4.3 aspect ratio. This again hints that the 7.5in Surface Mini could have similar screen resolution.  Microsoft is expected to launch the Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 GDR, Windows Phone Blue and the Surface Mini around the same time, in spring next year.

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Microsoft Office to expand with new ‘ Reader’ & ‘Lens’ apps

Microsoft is apparently working on two new Office-branded applications that  expand the perimeters of what you’d expect from a business-focused software  suite.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/27/microsoft-office-to-expand-with-new-reader-lens-apps/#fTgGL54h0iB4CYSJ.99

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First Ever 100% LTE Phone

For the first time, a 100% LTE phone is being released. 100% LTE has the call connection time of 0.25seconds~2.5seconds, which is 20times faster than the existing telecommunication network. Also, it is 30% faster than 3G in sending the SMS. Moreover, using a wide range of 50~7,000Hz zone of audibility to deliver a clear, natural HD class, near-original sound of the voice are its benefits. This is paving the way for future phones, and is a preview of the new standard  for phones to come in the near future.

See the full story here:

http://www.gsma.com/membership/lg-uplus-the-first-in-the-world-to-commercialize-the-100-lte-system-the-releasing-of-100-lte-smart-mobile-phone-galaxy-s4-lte-a

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Androids Using Open Wi-Fi May Be Susceptible to Attacks

The issue is mainly with older Android versions having a vulnerability that would allow attacks over an open network. These weaknesses are the result of the widely used programming interface in a lot of apps known as WebView (allows webpages and content to be opened within apps themselves). A lot of apps don’t properly secure the interaction between the phone’s WebView component and the webpage content being downloaded. So, on the same open network, a device can be targeted and hijacked, in the process having malicious code injected and possibly executed by the phone itself. Apparently, devices with version 4.1 and earlier don’t make proper use of SSL; this can allow a hijacker to potentially gain root access to a devices OS. This vulnerability has far reaching effects and stems from Javascript-based programming interfaces. Now, fundamentally, Android’s overall design does help in making such things very difficult, but it cannot eradicate the possibilities for the common user who may not be aware of some of the system’s and apps’ functioning.

Users of 4.2 and later are better protected because of added security enhancements, but the issue at hand largely depends on app developers maintaining good practices when developing and releasing they’re products. Tim Wyatt, a security director at Lookout, has some input to give one the current situation and what needs to be done. Very interesting article.

 

 

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/attackers-can-slip-malicious-code-into-many-android-apps-via-open-wi-fi/

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Android mobile news

HTC Sells Shares of Beats Audio for $265 Million

After two years, HTC has decided to end its partnership with audio company Beats by Dr. Dre. In 2010 HTC owned 50% of Beats, until selling half of their shares last year. Although HTC users never truly benefited from the partnership, HTC has said it is open to continued partnership with Beats as new opportunities arise.

See the full story here:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/beats-buys-back-htc-stake-for-265-million/

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Virgin Mobile has decided to sell iPhone 5S, 5C starting October 1st

One more carrier has decided to sell iPhones. And that is Virgin Mobile, the contract free company. This can mean many changes in the existent iPhone carriers. It is another option that new and old iPhone users can decide to get. Apple has expanded their possibilities to sell their iPhone throughout different carriers around the United states.

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GSMA launches smarter apps guidelines online

The GSMA’s Smarter Apps Guidelines have been updated and are now available online.

The interactive user-generated pages are the work of developers and support app development across all the major platforms.

The guidelines cover a number of areas around app development including connectivity, power consumption, network reliability and security. By following these guidelines developers can create network-friendly apps and mobile operators will see a reduced strain on their networks. For their part, users will experience more responsive and reliable apps and improved battery life.

 

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/gsma-launches-smarter-apps-guidelines-online

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Kixeye is adapting social games to mobile

Alan Patmore, Vice President of Kixeye, said they are very deliberate on how they will move to mobile. Many gamers are switching from PC to playing games on mobile devices. This is the main reason why Kixeye is following the gamers transition. This transition can improve the company but it can also affect it while it competes against the other big mobile app gaming companies. Read more…

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Datang talks up 5G

Chinese network manufacturer Datang is the latest Asian vendor to jump on the ‘5G’ bandwagon, with the company’s CEO Ma Jiancheng (pictured) using this morning’s keynote session to talk up his company’s focus in this area.

Datang’s pledge follows a statement from Huawei earlier this week it is “at the cutting edge of technology exploration and development for 5G wireless.” Last month, Samsung said it had developed 5G technology which it would look to commercialise by 2020.

 

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/datang-talks-up-5g

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Developing Countries are Surging Ahead in Mobile Broadband Usage, According to the United Nations

According to a recent United Nations Broadband Commission (UN) paper, this year the number of broadband users in developing countries will surpass the number of broadband users in developed countries, due to the increasing development & usage of mobile broadband technologies.

The increasing use of mobile broadband technologies through mobile devices has allowed many developing countries to skip over the physical/economical challenges of developing a traditional, wired broadband network.

This has allowed some developing countries like Oman & Kazakhstan to outrank wealthier, more developed countries like Switzerland & Germany in terms of mobile broadband penetration.

However, the UN paper also points out that this mobile broadband penetration has occurred unevenly across the developing world as many areas in Africa & Latin America still have very low levels of mobile broadband penetration (in the single digit range per 100 inhabitants).

This article is important as it shows that many developing countries have been able to take advantage of the advancing development & usage of mobile devices using mobile broadband technologies to allow for more of their population to gain access to the Internet through mobile broadband networks instead of traditional, wired broadband networks.

This shows that developing countries have & can find a way around the difficult economic challenge of  building & maintaining traditional wired broadband networks by using the wireless mobile broadband networks instead.

This usage of mobile broadband for Internet access could perhaps benefit their respective populations’ economically & socially in the future as they can also have fast access for usage of the Internet without having to wait for wired broadband networks to be developed in their local areas.

This article also highlights the uneven development of mobile broadband technologies between the various developing countries.

Link to the article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/developing-countries-surge-in-mobile-broadband-u-n-finds/?_r=0

Link to the UN paper the article references: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/bb-annualreport2013.pdf

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OpenFeint successor OpenKit goes Live

In a statement, the OpenKit founders said, “We’re breaking down the silos of vertical services that come with mobile platforms. OpenKit is the only platform that supports Game Center identities, Google+ IDs, and Facebook IDs, so players can play games with ‘real friends’ and challenge each other regardless of the type of device and game.”
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/26/openkit-goes-lives-with-10-developers-building-truly-social-games/#3i6QryJO4RJZRXJr.99
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Google Android Policies Clean Up Spam

Two very big changes in the Google Play Developer Policies that were announced last month are now going in to effect this week which restricts the use of ads being in notifications, and also ad-focused icons on a Android’s home screen is banned as well. Over $150M in revenue was generated from Google play apps that were using Airpush, which was the main features of the ads being pushed through. Developers now are scrambling to meet these guidelines or they risked their app being taken down from the Google Play app store. This is a great move by Google because it cleans up a lot of the spam on all devices that are using Android.

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Google’s Motorola Mobility division plans to build offices & look for new workers in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario

Google’s Motorola Mobility division, Square, and other mobile tech development companies are now looking for new workers to hire in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.

These mobile development companies are hoping to find new workers to add to their company as BlackBerry’s recent large large quarterly loss and it’s purchase by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd have led it to decide to lay off around 4,500 of its employees.

Motorola Mobility & Square also plan to open branch offices in the future in Waterloo to more easily tap into the local talent pool of mobile development workers in the area.

The importance of this article is that it shows how other mobile development companies are taking advantage of BlackBerry’s business & economical problems by trying to add some BlackBerry’s former employees to their own companies.

The many small tech start-up companies located in the Waterloo area due to the University of Waterloo’s highly ranked computer science & engineering programs, are also hoping to hire some of BlackBerry’s former employees to be able to use them within their own small companies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-google-motorola-waterloo-idUSBRE98P1C720130926

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Samsung launches advanced mobile camera technology

Samsung has announced an improved technology for mobile cameras. This camera uses advanced pixel technology and advanced light sensitivity to produce sharper images. The camera helps control the absorption of electrons to make better pixelation in the photos.

Read the full article here!

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Verizon new phone contract

Verizon wireless developed a new contract for their mobile phone customers. Customers are now able to get the newest phone whenever they want instead of waiting for their previous contract to run out. This is beneficial because now customers can get the whatever  new phone comes out as soon as it comes out. It’s fairly simple, Verizon offers a payment plan for whichever phone you purchase. You pay for the entirety of the phone over a time of 24 months.

 

Verizon Edge

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Are Verizon & AT&T’s Data Caps a Bad Business Move?

One disgruntled user, who has switched over from T-Mobile to Verizon within the past years because of their improved voice and data network, is now bashing Verizon & AT&T’s limited monthly data plans. LTE (Long Term Evolution) was something that was supposed to be a way of the future for mobile users. It enables users to have fast broadband speeds on their smartphones and tablets to enable faster data loading. When it first emerged, Verizon and AT&T had unlimited data plans but it didn’t take long for them to get rid of those and start putting caps on them. Now, you can only have an unlimited data plan if you’ve had one from the beginning; a term often referred to as being “grandfathered in.” People are so hesitant with how much data they’re using per month, that they’ve resorted to using Wi-Fi whenever the opportunity arises. In the meantime, a company called SoftBank is investing in upgrading Sprint’s network and now that T-Mobile has the wide range needed to build a nationwide network, Verizon & AT&T will be seeing some forgotten competitors coming back into the game. In turn, Verizon & AT&T might reconsider up-charging their customers for these capped data plans and hopefully an unlimited data plan will make a re-appearance.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/09/27/verizon-att-lte-data-cap-criticism/

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Crittercism’s app monitoring business is exploding: Revenue up 4x, now on 600M devices http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/27/crittercisms-app-monitoring-business-is-exploding-revenue-up-4x-now-on-600m-devices/#Dijb0BxHxqxoAuFU.99

Mobile applications have become very popular these days. Many people are trying to develop their own. This is where crittercism comes in. It is a company that hopes to show consumers what their costs would be if the application fails.

Read the full article here!

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Jabil Circuit backing down as Blackberrys manufacturer

With Blackberry facing near billion dollar losses in Q2 and the probability of a $4.7 billion dollar buyout by Fairfax Holdings the company also has to deal with Jabil Circuit, the manufacturer for Blackberry, looking to disengage from their relationship. Blackberry composes 12% of what Jabil manufacturers behind Apple at 19%. For Jabil is has to be a difficult decision to rethink the relationship with Blackberry but the results to the companies balance sheets because of Blackberrys demise are causing the company difficulty. If the relationship were to cease and Jabil no longer manufactures Blackberry product it would be a huge loss to both companies, it would be costly for Jabil because it would take time and result in closing factories and laying off workers. Read more…

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Four reasons why messaging is now the most important trend in mobile

 

http://bgr.com/2013/09/26/mobile-messaging-app-analysis/

 

This article sheds some light on some big international trends with mobile apps. Messaging apps are not the top apps in America, but internationally some these apps are used the platform for almost all other apps.

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Yes, the Galaxy Note 3 has a MicroUSB 3.0 Port

You probably noticed an extra-large USB port on the bottom the Galaxy Note 3 in both our initial hands-on and today’s unboxing. In case you were wondering, yes, that is a microUSB 3.0 port. The benefits are pretty simple – you can charge faster while being connected to a computer (900mA output), and also transfer data to and from your phone at faster speeds. That’s pretty much it.

Also, you can still charge and transfer data using a regular microUSB 2.0, you’ll just more than likely want to take advantage of the faster speeds when possible. But in case you are in a pinch and only have a regular microUSB cable, you’ll still be fine.

If you buy the Note 3, you’ll get one of these cables in the box, but places like Amazon are selling them for as cheap as $5. It’s good to see Samsung use the newest technology. Technology that is backwards compatible with previous Androids as well as not propriety like Apple.

 

You can find more at this link. 

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HTC and Beats by Dre End Partnership, Beats Buys Back its $265 Million in Shares

This marks the end of a two year partnership between the two companies. When HTC first invested in Beats, it was a surprising move, but one that looked like it could have had a lot of upside if done well. Unfortunately for the two, it never really flourished like they hoped and all the consumers got out of it was the Beats software that would come installed on HTC devices. With HTC struggling to push units compared to Samsung, Beats probably wanted to make sure they were separated from that. HTC did say that they would ”continue to partner [with Beats] as future opportunities arise.” Read more here.

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Show content on your phone on any display with Google’s new mobile app

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424956,00.asp

 

The Google research team is at it again! This time they devleoped a clever app for mobile devices to allow mobile content to be transferred to any remote display such as a TV screen or PC monitor.  The app is web-based and fully scalable as well.

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iOS 7 reaches 60% adoption rate

A week after its initial launch iOS 7 had made its way onto more than 60% of iPhones according to data collected by Mixpanel. iOS 7’s adoption rate is greater than that of any prior iOS release. This could be a strong indicator that a majority of people desired changed for their iPhones since they have been interacting with the same style interface on their iDevices for years now. Currently, the percentage has grown to nearly 65%. Despite the significant adoption rate it would be interesting to see how many of the users that update would want to downgrade back to a previous iOS and whether it would be based solely on the UI appearance of iOS 7.

See the stats here.

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The people are accepting it, now the developers need to.

iOS 7 has swept the nation and for Iphone users is the way to go. With the change in users technology this means that apple app builders need to consider how to build their apps. Any shortcuts taken in order to lower the cost of building an app could cause future problems because of compatibility issues. In this article it shows how quickly people are making the switch to the new iOS, which proves how imperative it is that app builders take future iOS seriously in the future.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604643-94/ios-7-nabs-more-than-50-percent-of-apple-users-in-first-week/

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If there was ever a time to stop building BlackBerry Apps, It is now.

Actually, it has probably been a poor decision to build for Black Berry for a long time now what is a Billion dollars loss mean anyway? This company has been out of their prime long enough to make that clear, but if it was a sign you were looking for to determine whether or not you would build for them, then as the great Bill Engvall likes to say “HERES YOUR SIGN”.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604929-94/blackberry-confirms-loss-of-$965-million-as-sales-drop-45/

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Lost your Android? Google lets you lock it from afar

Google will now permit you to remotely lock your Android, lest that cabbie whose vehicle you left your phone in sees all those duckface pictures you took last night.

But this sort of move from Google could start to spell trouble for a number of mobile security apps, such as Lookout Mobile, aimed at helping you manage your phone data and deal with “loss” situations.

“We’ve long expected that Google would add ‘Lock’ and ‘Find my Phone’ functionality, and we’re surprised it didn’t come sooner!” said a Lookout Mobile spokesperson in an email to VentureBeat.

Google’s new feature is a very useful one for those who don’t have a lock on their phone and want to make sure their data is safe. It can be found in your Android Device Manager, according to Android Police, which will remotely tell your phone to go into lock mode when triggered. If you already have a password, it will ask you to create a new one and will instantly update your phone.

It will also turn your screen off and lock the phone if it’s currently in use. Should you be in airplane mode, the phone will execute these commands once connected to a signal.

If Google continues to release these “baked in” security features for Android, it could leave these apps obsolete as third-party protectors. You can also wipe the phone and make it ring from the Android Device Manager. But companies like Lookout Mobile often offer much more than just GPS capabilities and remote lock. Lookout, for example, scans apps for sketchy activity and can warn you about malicious links.

“Solving the missing device problem has been a core piece of the Lookout mission since 2009, and we’ve lead the pack for more than five years, but we haven’t stopped there,” the spokesperson said. “Device loss is a difficult problem to solve, and not every phone lock or missing device situation is the same, so we have consistently developed new functionality to help people have the best possible chance of protecting and recovering a lost or stolen device.”
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/24/google-android-lock/#DpqlFKKq3027MQCZ.99

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Ford Buys Livio for Smartphone-to-Car Communications

In an effort to boost its in-car tech, Ford today acquired Michigan-based Livio.

“Ford is acquiring Livio to advance connectivity for our customers and to lead the way in in-vehicle connectivity for the entire automotive industry,” Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, said in a statement.

Ultimately, the two companies want to develop “an industry standard for smartphone-to-vehicle communications,” Ford said.

Once the deal closes, Livio will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Global Technologies, which manages intellectual property for Ford. Livio will be a separate department within the Ford Electrical/Electronic Systems Engineering. That way, Ford has access to Livio staffers and engineering talent while allowing it to remain independent.

Livio offered Livio Radio, which let users hook their iPhones into a car stereo in vehicles without an Aux input. That eventually morphed into Livio Connect, which Livio describes as “a liaison between your customers’ various apps and hardware devices.”

“At Livio, our philosophy is centered on bringing customers more connectivity with less hassle,” Livio CEO Jake Sigal said in a statement. “We believe this partnership is an excellent match, as it will give us the ability to work with Ford to provide customers even more access to new technologies in the vehicle infotainment space.”

At the IFA trade show in Berlin, Ford chief Alan Mulally showed off a smart concept carthat might eventually be capable of automatic parking – parallel and vertical – and backing out (below), as well as using Wi-Fi to communicate with other cars on the road about potential problems ahead.

Most of Ford’s connectivity efforts, however, have been focused on its Sync infotainment network. For more, check out Ford Sync: What You Need to Know.

 

PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424908,00.asp

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OpenKit goes live with 10 developers building ‘truly social’ games

OpenKit, the open-source platform for adding social features to mobile games, has gone live, with 10 developers using it in their mobile games on iOS and Android. OpenKit will be an open-source effort for its basic app services for social games. Openkit was developed at the end of 2012, and the first features included a leaderboard, universal authentication, social challenges, social achievements, and asynchronous social multiplayer.
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Startup gets U.N. nod for its developing-world tech | VentureBeat

BiNu is a startup that aims to build technology to bring smartphone features to feature-phone users in developing countries without having to worry about the spotty networks or data plans. It places emphasis on the usability of the phone. BiNu received an award from the U.N. for working toward a new set of goals to be accomplished by 2015. BiNu wants to connect the world and enhance peoples’ interactions with each other.

 

Startup gets U.N. nod for its developing-world tech | VentureBeat.

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Meet Ginger

Adobe is dabbling with iPad app to rival PowerPoint with its new Ginger app. The Ginger app for tablets is designed to make it easy for people to tell stories with animated presentations. It looks like a new Adobe effort to capitalize on the growing mobile market.

 The Ginger app is designed to help people quickly create persuasive videos. Obviously, Microsofts PowerPoint is the top dog in the game but there have been other competitors with Prezi, Google Docs, and Keynote, but Ginger is said to surpass all of those and go for the top. Its key is its difference from the others, Ginger, though, is geared for presentations that the audience watches on a screen, not presentations that are delivered by a person.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604529-94/adobe-dabbling-with-ipad-app-to-rival-powerpoint/
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Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection | VentureBeat

Recon is a company that has just shipped about 50,000 units of its new wearable computer technology which directly competes with Google Glass. These glasses are made for professionals and athletes and are durable. They display heartrate, distance, and other stats that athletes supposedly care about. These glasses pack a dual core 1GHz processor, Wifi, bluetooth, an HD camera, an HD display, and ANT+ for device communication. They cost $599 and to celebrate a partnership with Intel they are $100 off. Google Glass only goes to “Glass Explorers” right now and is a steeper price of $1,500. Early next year the company expects to release a new version as the current version is geared toward skiers.

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection | VentureBeat.

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FAA panel recommends easing rules on in-flight devices

Don’t you hate not being able to listen to your music or closing your laptop when taking off on a airplane? The Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee said that personal electronic devices, like smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, shouldn’t have to be turned off during flights. Ever since the FAA created its advisory committee last year, reports have leaked that the committee was leaning toward allowing devices to be left on during takeoff and landing.
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UK-based Tech Company “King” Files IPO

King is the second largest European mobile application company with it’s most popular hits: Candy Crush Saga & Pet Rescue Saga. Even though it is based out of the UK, King has filed for an IPO (Initial Public Offering) for the US. For those that don’t know, an IPO is basically putting your company out on the stock market for the general public. It’s currently valued at $5 billion and it’s not far behind the number one spot in Europe, Supercell (who’s notably famous for Clash of Clans). The amazing thing, though, is that it has been a substantially long time that the European tech industry has produced two $5 billion-plus companies in the same niche market. This only goes to show how large the mobile application industry has become over recent years and how it is able to positively affect the economies of multiple nations.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/09/27/candy-crush-saga-ipo-analysis-king/

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Mobile tech and talk therapies strike at the moment binge eating urges do

A new smartphone app being developed at Drexel University is suppose to help people reduce “binge-eating behavior.” The new app is called TakeControl and it tracks users’ patterns and behavior leading to a binge-eating episode so that it can alert you in the future when your at a high risk for another episode. Read more here..

Mobile tech and talk therapies strike at the moment binge eating urges do.

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Mobile Technology Can Help To Transform Health Care

Since a doctor’s time is increasingly scarce and becoming more expensive, one of the recent questions in the health care community that has come up is “What if doctors used powerful mobile applications to track their patients’ treatments?”.  Despite some it being in it’s early stages, the technology behind this is not just conceptual this technology- remote patient examination tools, sensors, and apps- are at the hands of the health care field’s disposal right now

Such technology would be  Ginger.io mobile platform to collect active patient data (patient-reported) and passive data (which comes form interaction of your phone through GPS tracking), right from a patient’s smartphone.  The company Cell Scope is creating optical attachments for mobile technology, turning your everyday smartphone into a diagnostic-quality imaging system. The digital health company Proteus recently received FDA approval to manufacture pills with edible electronic sensors.

With mobile technology being used in similar formats like  discussed above “this transformation will overhaul our entire health care system, allowing doctors to deliver higher quality, more personalized patient care, efficiently and cost effectively, anytime, anywhere. Our path to avoiding a second rate health care system should choose real-time technology and mobile health to create easier, faster, and less expensive access so that more people can receive better care”

Read more about How mobile tech can transform health care at Fortune Tech.

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Candy Crush Saga IPO Analysis: Get ready for a wild ride | BGR

King, one of the most important mobile app companies out of Europe, has filed for an IPO in the US. You may have heard about King from their addictive mobile app game “Candy Crush Saga”. Read more here..Candy Crush Saga IPO Analysis: Get ready for a wild ride | BGR.

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Crash of the Mobile Titans: Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC

From data shown by IDC in Q2 of 2013,  Apple and Samsung have become the two powerhouses ruling the mobile phone space with nearly 50 percent of the worldwide market share; LG, Lenovo, ZTE, and combination of other brands are all experiencing a smaller amount growth behind the two powerhouses. This has lead companies such as Palm, Nokia, HTC, and Blackberry to either start over, or become close near extinct to the world of mobile users. Many reasons for these four companies failure or demise comes from failed leadership, stubbornness to adapt, poor marketing, and the overall success of their competitors.

Read the article Crash of the mobile titans: What happened to Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC? to find out a bit about the history of these four companies and where each of the company’s had their short comings at and determine if they have a chance in getting back into the smartphones industry.

 

 

 

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Apple fixes iPhone lock screen security bug in iOS 7.0.2 update

Shortly after it’s release, a bug was discovered inside Apple’s brand new iOS 7 operating system, which made it relatively easy to access the photo gallery, some emails, and social networking accounts on a locked iPhone. This article talks about how iOS 7.0.2 update fixes this problem.

 

Apple fixes iPhone lock screen security bug in iOS 7.0.2 update