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Using Mobile Technology to Reinvent the Human Touch in Retail

With 96 mobile subscribers for every 100 people on the planet, the uptake of smartmobile devices by generations X and Y has led to the widespread assumption that all efforts involved in reaching these ‘digital natives’ should be directly channeled through mobile tech. But the dramatic increase in the role that mobile technology plays in our lives has also given rise to concern that diminished face-to-face interaction will contribute to increased social isolation. Mobile technology shouldn’t be about eliminating human interaction in our everyday lives; instead, it should be about enhancing human resources and relationships. The retail industry is at the forefront of innovating technology that caters to society’s changing patterns of behaviour, and for good reason.

 

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/diane-kegley/using-mobile-technology-t_1_b_4176498.html

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Mobile Ads Fuel a Jump in Profit at Facebook

Facebook, which operates the largest online social network, reported Wednesday that its profits doubled in the third quarter, to $621 million, after excluding expenses related to stock options. The company’s revenue rose 60 percent, to $2.02 billion, compared with last year’s third quarter. Most of that, about $1.8 billion, came from advertising. Perhaps most important for Facebook’s future as an advertising-driven company in a world of iPads and Android smartphones, the company noted that mobile ads accounted for 49 percent of its advertising revenue, up from 41 percent in the second quarter. Facebook said prices for mobile ads remained high, and users were clicking on them in their news feeds more frequently.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/technology/rising-mobile-ad-sales-propel-facebook-profit.html?_r=0

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Motorola aims for do-it-yourself smartphones – NBC News.com

Motorola aims for do-it-yourself smartphones – NBC News.com.

 

Motorola is aiming to let users design their own smartphones. They are allowing people to pick and choose different components they want in a phone. Motorola’s goal is to create a frame that allows users to pick and choose exactly what they want in a phone, whether more room for music or pictures or a specific color scheme. Their goal is to create a thoughtful, expressive relationship between their users allowing them to customize their perfect smartphone.

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Ohio State marching band uses app to pull off amazing formations – NBC News.com

Ohio State marching band uses app to pull off amazing formations – NBC News.com.

 

Ohio State’s marching band uses an app to create the band’s formation during halftime performances. The marchers are able to hold an iPad with the app displayed as they are practicing their routines. They create dots on a map which resembles the field and are able to fast forward positions to see what the routine would look like when moving.  What makes Ohio State band the best in the land? Their routines based off of an app.

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Facebook Mobile Ads Prove to be Effective

Mobile advertisement seems to be the way to go.  This is again seen with Facebook in their quarterly results.  In general, mobile monthly active users increased 45 percent.  49 percent of all Facebook’s revenue came from mobile revenue.  Facebook now accounts for a 15.8 percent share of all global mobile ad spending.

Whether these results are just from more users or Facebook has found a way to market smarter, their profit is increasing.  Other companies must learn and follow suit if they do not want to get left behind in our ever increasing mobile world.

Facebook ads firing on all cylinders: Revenue up 63%, profit up $484M

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Blend Gives Students Free Stuff for Sharing Photos

Blend is a mobile app for college students that gives them free stuff for sharing their photos.  A new theme is set each day and students then share photos related to that theme.  Friends can like the photo and earn “snaps.”  These snaps are then used to redeem gifts from popular college brands.

Personally, it is a combination of Instagram and Snapchat.  There are some pretty neat brands, however, and the audience is specifically for college students.  This makes it a little more private than Facebook or Twitter.

Blend is currently active on 30 campuses around the country and has raised $1.325 million in seed funding to continue its national expansion.

Woohoo college! Blend’s mobile app gives students free stuff for sharing photos

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New report: what city-dwellers want from their mobile devices

Around 7,500 people from various major world cities were polled by Ericsson for a new report on their mobile device desires and needs. Here are some common topics that were mentioned:

  • Traffic – Almost half of those surveyed want an improved personal navigator/GPS for both inside and outside navigation.
  • Childcare – ICT-enabled child-care services are desired/predicted in the future.
  • Communication – People mentioned  a need for improved mobile communication with authority (such as contacting police).
  • Food – A desire for restaurant ingredient-checkers was frequently mentioned and expected in the near future.

Mobile technology is inevitably booming, and smartphone users are clearly embracing any and all innovations in the field. It is important to understand that people are ready for change and welcoming of any improvements that mobile technology can help bring to their lives.

Here is the press release from Ericsson – http://www.ericsson.com/news/1738816

And the report in its entirety – http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2013/consumerlab/smartphones-change-cities.pdf

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Nexus 5 to be most powerful Android for gaming

The Nexus 5 is planned to be released on Halloween, and some information about the device has already leaked to media outlets. A new report from Rightware, a company that does performance ratings on mobile devices, claims that the new Nexus 5 will be the most powerful Android device for gaming created yet. Apple’s latest iPhone 5S is the only mobile device that has posted higher scores than the new Nexus 5.

Here’s an article about the report: http://hothardware.com/News/Google-Nexus-5-Posts-Best-Gaming-Benchmark-Among-Android-Smartphones/

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HP Seeks Buyer For WebOS Patents

“Hewlett-Packard wants to cash in a lot of mobile patents, as part of Meg Whitman’s restructuring, according to reports. HP acquired the WebOS operating system, as seen on phones and tablets, when it bought Palm, but failed to build a business on it. It’s since sold its WebOS business to LG for use in TVs and cars but hung onto the patents which are licensed to LG. Now, Bloomberg reports the patents themselves may be for sale — possibly to whoever fails to buy BlackBerry’s tempting bundle of mobile technology.”

via: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/10/24/1423239/hp-seeks-buyer-for-webos-patents

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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig’s Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

“A glitch in iOS7 has cost “a significant number” of Apple users their Wi-Fi access, according to ZDNet. But they also report that Apple is now censoring posts in their “Apple Support Communities” forums where users suggest possible responses to their loss of WiFi capabilities (including exercising their product warranty en masse).

via: http://apple.slashdot.org/story/13/10/29/1531244/apple-blocks-lawrence-lessigs-comment-on-ios-7-wi-fi-glitch

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Phonebloks Posts Status Update Video – Talks Motorola Collaboration, Community, and More

After Motorola surprised the tech world a bit last night with the introduction of their new modular hardware smartphone concept called Project Ara, we were sort of wondering when we’d hear from Phonebloks. After all, Phonebloks was the first to put modular phone design on our radar, and Motorola name-dropped them in their announcement. Today, in a video press release, Phonebloks founder Dave Hakkens talks about his trip to meet Motorola, the sit downs with other companies, early goals for the Phonebloks community, and more.

Thanks to the video, you’ll see a Motorola Ara prototype (non-working) in the clip to give you an idea of just how “bloks” can fit into a modular smartphone. Remember, the goal is to create an open hardware platform similar to an open software platform. And speaking of open, Motorola has said that it plans to develop this platform in the open, unlike normal products which are held behind closed doors until they are ready for the world. If anything, it should be a blast seeing how far Motorola can take the modular phone idea.

Read more here. 

 

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T-Mobile Prepaid SIM Kits Now Free, With Free Shipping Too

Remember when we told you yesterday that T-Mobile prepaid SIM kits were only $0.99 with free shipping? Well, we have a better deal for you. How does free sound? Those same prepaid SIM kits in full, micro, and nano are now 100% free with free 2-4 day shipping.

You may as well order one or two (two is the max per person) if you are at all considering switching off your current carrier in the near future. Remember that T-Mobile is pushing out their LTE network as quickly as possible, plus prepaid plans are excellent for testing out service with phones like say, oh, the Nexus 5. The $30 unlimited text and data (5GB of full 4G speeds) plan is a no-brainer.

 

Read more here. 

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Google donates 17,000 Nexus 7s to Superstorm Sandy victims

The tablets have a retail value of $2.7 million and have been placed in public areas affected by Sandy.

One year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, Google has donated tablets to the victims. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, valued at over $2.7 million, to New Yorkers who were affected by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor’s office.

Google’s donation was made to the not-for-profit New York State Community Action Association.

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Google partnering with HTC to provide free Drive storage | Android and Me

Google partnering with HTC to provide free Drive storage | Android and Me.

HTC phones like the HTC One and the HTC One Max are getting access to alot more Google Drive storage than the regular android users through a partnership between Google and HTC

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Motorola’s Project Ara is the modular phone of the future | Android and Me

Motorola’s Project Ara is the modular phone of the future | Android and Me.

Motorola has just announced Project Ara, where they will be working with Phonebloks, to make the first completely customizable modular phone.

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Finally, Legos meet cell phones, every guys dream.

A new project at Google called Ara could mean a whole new world for the mobile phone market. Essentially you build your own phone based off a set of parts that would cater to the kind of phone you wanted. This idea has been floating around the internet for a couple years now so it comes as no surprise that it is actually in the works with a major company such as Google. This kind of product would add a whole new dimension in the world of cellphones. Instead of buying a whole new phone every time the next best thing comes out people will be able to upgrade parts of their phones and downplay things they do not want. This project is still very new and is in no way a guaranteed success, but if the execution is as well done as the theory it certainly has a lot of potential to shake up the world of mobile technology.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24726071

 

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Google/Motorola’s New Moonshot “Spotlight Stories” Is A Mobile Virtual Reality Movie Medium

Google/Motorola’s New Mobile Virtual Reality Movie Medium

Spotlight Stories is a new artistic medium Google and Motorola Mobility launched today that puts users inside an animated featurette if they spin 360-degrees while watching their phones. The first Spotlight Story “Windy Days” by ex-Pixar moviemakers suddenly appeared on Moto X phones today, and depicts a mouse chased by a hat around a forest you can look around.

According to a sprawling look at the new technology by Wired’s Steven Levy, Spotlight Stories was first dreamed up by Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) moonshot division before it was acquired by Google. The search giant poured extra funds into building out the new mobile storytelling format.

The project shows that while tech giants can use their power to index information, connect us, transport us around, or make us live longer, they can also use innovation to delight us. Hand-held devices full of powerful chips, bright screens, and sensors to detect our movement may unlock new forms creative expression, not just new utilities.

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Samsung Creates Software Facilitating App Building for New Devices

Samsung has unveiled a raft of new software tools to help developers create apps specifically designed for its devices. The South Korean firm is releasing five new software development kits (SDKs). It said they would make it easier to create programs that can share content on its phones, tablets and TVs. Samsung is ensuring new software takes advantage of its devices’ proprietary features, such as support for its S Pen stylus and its Multi Window function, which allows two apps to be run in split-screen mode. The main purpose of this software is to get developers excited about supporting all of our new features. That ends up benefiting the consumer with much better applications. Overall Samsung made the right choice by creating this software, since its main goal is to allow developers to create the best user experience.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24724581

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Google launches build-your-own-phone project Ara

Project Ara allows users to buy a basic phone structure and add modules such as keyboard, battery or other sensors. The project will consist of what Motorola is calling an endoskeleton, the frame that will hold all the modules in place. Motorola plans to begin inviting developers to create modules in a few months time with a module developer’s kit launching soon afterwards. I think this an amazing development, allowing users to control how they make their phone; this makes every user feel unique when compared to others.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24726071

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Perka bought by First Data to better compete in mobile market

First Data, the largest credit card payment process company in the nation, recently purchased the mobile payment start-up Perka. Perka has a loyalty system, akin to the “Buy 10, get 1 free” deals available at brick and mortar stores. Perka was a relatively small company before the acquisition; however it had scaled to all 50 states on its small budget. First Data plans to allow Perka relative autonomy but will need them to compete with the likes of Paypal and Square.

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Soundcloud to partner with Instagram

Soundcloud has partnered with Instagram to allow users to use their instagrams as album art or playlist cover images. “We’re the largest audio platform and they’re the largest photo platform. It’s cool to tie them together” says SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung. This partnership fills a niche left in Soundcloud because many b-sides and remixes do not have accompanying album art. The end goal of this partnership is to eventually allow users to select music to pair with their Instagram video; however this is a long way from development.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches have embarrassing 30% return rate | VentureBeat

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches have embarrassing 30% return rate | VentureBeat.

In September, Samsung announced their smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear positioned itself as “the next big thing” as it is one of the first smart watches on the market and analysts and consumers both anticipated the release, waiting to see if Samsung’s foray into wearable technology would be a hit. However, it appears that the public has been less than satisfied with Samsung’s latest product. A document leaked to Geek.com reported that the Galaxy Gear has a return rate of about 30% at Best Buy locations. The team of reviewers at Venture Beat might not have been surprised by these results as their experiences with the Gear could be described as “clumsy, unfashionable and relentlessly inessential.” The reason for the lack of the Gear’s success could be its pricey $300 price tag or the user experience but Samsung is asking the Best Buy employees for input to try find the cause of this high return rate. The Galaxy Gear is not an example of disruptive technology, while it attempted to break into a fairly untapped market, their attempt could not be categorized as successful thus far. However, the Galaxy Gear still adds to the field of mobile tech development because it provides an case study for other developers to analyze what consumers liked and disliked about the Galaxy Gear. This gives them valuable information about the market and could contribute to future developments related to smart watches or wearable technology. Finally, the high returns of the Galaxy Gear effects Samsung in an economic way, but does not have a significant impact on the market as a whole.

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Motorola announces Project Ara, an open hardware platform with modular components ala Phonebloks

Motorola announces Project Ara, an open hardware platform with modular components ala Phonebloks.

A few weeks ago, a project called Phonebloks went viral and caught the attention of the tech and mobile industry. Phonebloks was different than a traditional smartphone because of its modular design, allowing 3rd party developers to create pieces or parts of the phone and users can pick and choose the individual components that go into their smartphone. While this may sound like a pipe dream, Motorola is set on bringing this open based modular smartphone to life, through a platform called Project Ara. Each device will come with an exoskeleton to hold the various phone components together, outside of that the possibilities are only limited by the number of components you can fit onto the exoskeleton and the creativity of 3rd party developers. The most amazing part of this announcement is that Motorola has been working on this idea for over a year and now that Motorola has teamed up with the creator of Phonebloks the idea will continue to grow and progress. Project Ara has the potential to be disruptive technology and could grow to replace the smartphones we know and love today. The ability for users to personalize and customize their phone to tailor it to their own needs is something that other companies like Android and Apple have not offered and therefore Project Ara has been able to differentiate themselves from the cluttered smartphone market. It adds to the field of mobile development because it is an entirely new way to think about smartphones. With an Apple iPhone, you as a consumer are not supposed to open it up and tinker with it and find out how it works, Apple wants you to just use the device as is. With Project Ara, it encourages the user to learn about their phone, how it works and what all the individual components do. It educates the user on their device and makes them more knowledgable about the technology they use. In addition to this, it changes the field of mobile tech development because when a new technology or component is created, users are not forced to buy an entirely new phone just to get it, with Project Ara they could simply purchase that new component and install it in their existing device. Finally, Project Ara has the potential to change the state of mobile technology in the future because users will be drawn to the longevity and ability to customize that Project Ara offers, taking away profits from other mobile companies. In addition, if Project Ara takes hold in the market, users will be less inclined to throw away their device for an entirely new one and will be encouraged to simply buy new components for their device to keep it up to par with the current standard in mobile technology.

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SuperCapacitor Powers Phones for Weeks

A new silicon supercapacitor at Vanderbilt University has been developed. This supercapacitor can be built into a chip on the phone and give a phone battery life that have previously been thought to be impossible. As this technology continues to advance it could change the versatility of smartphones as we know them.

http://mashable.com/2013/10/29/silicon-supercapacitor/

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Android’s KitKat could be taking on TV

The new Android OS called KitKat is rumored to be centered around not only improving the smartphone usability, but to also incorporate TV functionality.  It is not specific yet how Google will have Android incorporate TV into its new software but Google has tried a couple times before to take on the TV market. Google has teamed up with Samsung before for Google TV which ended up failing, they recently came out of Chromecast which is their response to Apple TV. Many companies like Apple and Google has been coming out with alternative to TV to make it more mobile and easier for consumers but no one has exactly ‘changed the game’ in the TV industry. Maybe with Google’s KitKat they will incorporate your DVR to be on your phone, use the phone as a remote, or make it easier to display content on both your phone and TV to see more information.  There are many possibilities with how Google will try to change the way consumers view TV again, hopefully this time it is effective and works.

 

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57609163-251/android-4.4-kitkat-update-could-focus-on-tv-report-says/

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A Smartphone with a Curve

The company LG announced today a smartphone (technically a phablet) called the LG G Flex that is a device that curves.  LG claims the benefits of the curved phone is that it fits the human face better when talking on the phone, it create better sound, gives an “IMAX” feel while in landscape mode, and it fits better into a person’s pocket.  Although this is a cool and innovative idea for a smartphone, the curved screen does not add as much benefits as one may think.  As for the phone fitting the face better while talking or it being easier to get the phone out of our pocket are not significant enough competitive advantages to get the LG G Flex.  Most of the time when a phone is hard to pull out of a pocket, it is because it has a case on it. Or to say that the iphone has an “IMAX” feel to it is not really accurate, yes it curves similar to an IMAX screen but IMAX is special because it is so big and, well even though it is a phablet and not just a smartphone, it is not even close to IMAX.

This phone is all in all cool but does not seem to add new features that are very practical, but it is innovative and it will be interesting to see where technology progresses.

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/28/lg_g_flex_smartphone/

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Apple’s $171 billion 2013: Amazing … and amazingly forgettable

All those shiny new gadgets generated $37.5 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion in profit for the Cupertino, Calif., company.

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Apple Q4 2013: $37.5B revenue, $7.5B profit, 33.8M iPhones, 14.1M iPads

Apple released its fourth quarter numbers today, and the results were pretty similar to what most analysts had predicted: good but not great, up from 2012 but not by much.

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Apple’s record quarter in education: iPad has 94% of tablet market

“We had over a billion dollars in revenues for the first time ever,” Cook said. “Macs were up eight percent — while the PC market was down 12 percent — and iPad sales were up 22 percent.”

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LG Launches Its Firefox OS Phone Fireweb for $200

“LG has launched the Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone in a joint event with the Telefonica Vivo carrier. The Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone will be available for around $200 and will join the Alcatel One Touch Fire which Telfonia is launching in Brazil, starting today. Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay are the next countries to get it.

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Qardio Is Building A Consumer ECG Monitor That Streams Data To Your Doctor, iPhone

Virtual doctor visits are hopefully going become reality in the future. Qardio’s ECG monitor will help make this happen. The monitor attaches to your chest and then begins taking measurements and streaming data to your iPhone. The the information is pushed to Qardio’s servers and can even be sent to your doctor. This will allow doctors to have long term data collection rather than at the scene measurements. Check the link for more information.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/28/qardio/

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Samsung’s new dev tools bring multiscreen capabilities to TV and mobile

Have or like Samsung devices? Well then you’re in for a treat with a slew of new improvements coming soon. Most exciting is a ability to push video to a TV while using your Samsung phone or tablet. You can also share the video between multiple devices. This will be exciting for video games. Check out the link for more information.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/28/samsung-sdk-multiscreen/

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Livescribe 3 smartpen is built to work with your tablet and smartphone

Yesterday, Livescribe released the Livescribe 3 smartpen that features a new design that is built to work with smartphones and tablets. Basically, the Livescribe 3 smartpen can now connect to the user’s mobile devices such as an iPad or iPhone and automatically transfer any notes taken to the said devices. Previous versions of smartpens were all about syncing to the users desktop/laptop through the use of software called Evernote. The new smartpens allow the user to record audio from their mobile device’s built-in microphone and share recordings and notes taken through email and services such as Evernote and Dropbox. By syncing the smartpens and mobile devices, users can make use of and share notes much easier than before. Livescribe’s new smartpen is attempting to revolutionize note-taking for users constantly on the go, and it seems as if they are doing a great job.

Source: Livescribe 3 smartpen is built to work with your tablet and smartphone

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How Japan’s “Line” became an unintentional gaming-platform giant

Japan’s mobile messaging platform called Line has become extremely popular with over 270 million users currently. This article talks about the application and how it has basically become a replacement for text messaging in Japan for its millions upon millions of users. Also, the article talks about mobile gaming and how Line has become the number 2 publisher of Google Play titles in the world in terms of monthly revenue. In the article is an interview with the CEO of Line where he provides insight into the application’s purpose and how it has become such a huge hit for mobile gaming. The CEO makes very interesting points about engaging users and keeping them interested in mobile games, which leads to money in the long-run. For example, when asked about pay-to-play games and how Line is monetizing their games he said “We’ve done data mining on our social games to figure out the kind of design that works. The important thing is where people tend to drop out when they play a game. If you allow users to drop before billing starts, you’re losing users. So what’s important is to make a process that’s so intriguing that users don’t drop out, even after they start paying.”

Source: How Japan’s Line became an unintentional gaming-platform giant

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A cynical look at the LG’s G-Flex

Samsung and LG are racing to the finished line in the curved display market, Kevin C. Tofel writes an opinionated but entertaining article on LG’s just introduced G flex. Calling it the world’s first “real” curved smartphone is a bold claim given that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus display had a small curvature and Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Round, which clearly uses a curved display, albeit not in the way you’d expect. “Excuse my cynicism if you will: Normally, I’m open-minded about trying new features and functions in mobile products. The race to create a curved phone is bit silly, though. If it adds value, I’m all for it. I’m just not sold on the concept when some of the new user interactions appear to be added simply because the device is curved.” Sadly, I don’t think many consumers will be lined up along the sidelines to see who wins.

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Discussion: Deveolper responsibility with potentially dangerous apps

I enjoyed our discussion in class about the key code app, and the potential risk involved with such an app. In this discussion from Slashdot, they focus more on health and life saving apps. I feel the argument can still be carried over, because any app that can be bent to propose some sort of threat will ultimately be made to do so, but is that the developers responsibility? This is an interesting discussion and it voices people on both sides. It just goes the show there are no exact lines in such. And the conflict apps can potentially create as they become a bigger and more vital part of out society.

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Mobile Payment App Flint Scores 6M In Funding

This article talks about an app used as a point of sale interface. The app allows a business employee to take a picture of a paying customers card. The card info is then encrypted and the transaction is made. This app specifically goes after a niche market, one where tablet POS would not be efficient and when the user lacks a dongle for Square. It also offers lower transaction rates.

Interesting to see where this will go.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/mobile-payments-app-flint-scores-6m/

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Mobile Tech Just Had its Biggest Financing Quarter Ever

This article talks about the huge amounts of money being invested into the mobile development market.Over 1.12 billion this last quarter. This is evidence that mobile is not going away.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/24/mobile-tech-just-had-its-biggest-financing-quarter-ever/#djU5FdI58EQApYu0.99

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Lifestreet Media’s new platform for better mobile advertising

LifeStreet Media’s RevJet platform, which gives advertisers a way to quickly test out different types of ads has already proven itself to be a big help for display and in-app advertising. The company says it has paid out $170 million in ad revenues to customers so far, and it has driven 350 million mobile app installs. LifeStreet came out of stealth mode last year with a massive $66 million round, so investors likely see the value in what it’s offering.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/24/lifestreet-media-brings-its-revjet-ad-platform-to-mobile-real-time-bidding/#Uj3YQLEvecTksmqI.99
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Cover, a new Android app puts relevant apps on your lock screen

Cover is an Android lock screen replacement that puts different apps on your lock screen depending on your location and the time of day. So when you’re at your office, for instance, Cover will put all of your most-used productivity apps right on your lock screen where you can access them instantly. Similarly, the software will pull up navigation apps when you’re in your car, games and entertainment when you’re at home on your couch, and so forth.

 

http://bgr.com/2013/10/24/android-cover-lock-screen/

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Bytelight uses LED to track customers

Bytlelight is a new app being developed that will allow retailers to use the LED lights on your phone to track where you are in a store. From there it will let the retailers send you coupons and discounts for products you are near instantly in order to save you money and push you towards a sale.

Read more:  http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/bytelight-uses-led-lights-to-pinpoint-your-exact-indoor-location/

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Stephen Elop says he’s ready for change at Microsoft

All eyes are on Stephen Elop. Just hours ago, he introduced Nokia’s first Windows tablet; he’s also overseeing his division’s integration into Microsoft; and Redmond is even considering him as its next CEO. During our interview today, Elop understandably couldn’t comment on the prospect of taking Steve Ballmer’s place, but he did say he’s ready to take up the challenge of bringing the two giants together, no matter what.  In the case of Nokia’s tablet, Elop believes it will appeal to an audience that both overlaps Microsoft’s and complements it. He emphasized that Nokia took a slightly different approach, focusing on mobility with the integrated LTE modem and outdoor-friendly display on the Lumia 2520. For the same reason, Nokia went with the more efficient, yet much-ridiculed, Windows RT over Windows 8.

 

Read the full article here:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/22/nokia-world-stephen-elop-interview/

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T-Mobile Announces 200MB Free Tablet Data for Life, $0 Down on Tablet Purchases

Yesterday, T-Mobile told us to mark our calendars for a big UnCarrier announcement involving tablets. This morning, they delivered that announcement, which involves 200MB of free tablet data for life, other affordable tablet plans, and $0 down on the purchases of new tablets. This is the latest move in this UnCarrier world that T-Mobile has attempted to create.

For example, if you bought an unlocked tablet like say the new Nexus 7 LTE, you could pick up a T-Mobile SIM and start enjoying 200MB of free data per month with “no strings attached.” T-Mobile claims that 200MB amounts to “800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or stream 200 minutes of music.”

If you want more data, T-Mobile now offers daily, weekly, and monthly data options. For voice customers, you can get unlimited data (500MB full 4G LTE speeds) at $10 per month. If you want to up that full speed data in 2GB increments, simply add on $10 per month. If you want to go the daily route, T-Mobile is offering 500MB of 4G LTE data for $5. Weekly passes run $10 for 1GB of 4G LTE data.

Should you like the sounds of these new plans, T-Mobile wants you to know that you can buy tablets from them at $0 down with monthly payments afterwards. Better yet, if you own a WiFi tablet, but want to take advantage of their new data plans, you can trade it in for a discount on a new tablet. T-Mobile currently plans to sell the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

 

Find more info here at this link. 

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mobile news

Apple Targets Microsoft Office With Free iWork Apps for New Mac’s, iPhone’s, and iPad’s

On Tuesday Apple announced that it will make its iWork applications freely available for anyone who bought a new Macintosh, iPhone, or iPad device.

Apple also announced that it will provide the latest version of the Macintosh OS, Mavericks, for free.

These latest announcements by Apple are another way the company is striking back against Microsoft as Microsoft does not currently offer its Office software on iPads. Microsoft says it has plans to develop & offer its Office software for devices like the iPad in the near future. No release dates have been announced yet from Microsoft.

This compounds the many problems Microsoft has had with attempting to sell its Surface tablets, in addition to Windows Phones to compete against the tablets & smartphones offered by Apple & Google.

A long-term threatening point for Microsoft was also mentioned in this article as IDC, a research company, predicts that sales of tablets will surpass those of PCs in the fourth quarter of this year and on an annual basis in 2015.

If this prediction plays out, this means that one of the technology markets dominated by Microsoft will be overshadowed by a technology market that is currently dominated by Apple & Google. This means that Microsoft’s revenue from the sales of PC’s will decrease due to the shrinking of that market while Apple’s revenue will increase due to the increasing sales in the tablet market.

With Apple offering its own free iWork (Office-style) applications for new users on iPads and iPhones it appears that Apple has beaten Microsoft again in the mobile apps arena.

Even when Microsoft releases its own mobile apps of Microsoft Office for the iPad and other tablet devices, unless if Apple’s iWork apps don’t function very well or if they provide fewer benefits to users compared to the Microsoft Office mobile apps; no one will bother purchasing Microsoft Office apps when they can get Apple’s iWork apps for free.

As mentioned in the article “that shift to mobile devices and low-cost software is why Microsoft is trying to shift from being a traditional software company into one that sells Internet services and devices, said Ross Rubin, an independent consumer technology analyst for Reticle Research. The company could reduce the upfront price for its software and charge people more over time for the services through subscriptions”.

This article provides details on how Microsoft is still behind Apple in the tablet and mobile development markets. It also shows how Apple is marketing specific offerings and changes in its software platforms to new customers in order to draw them away from using any current & potential Microsoft products. Finally, the article shows how Microsoft is trying to counter its losses in the mobile devices markets by selling more Internet-based software services and devices, and also by concentrating on selling software services to businesses instead of consumers.

To me this article seems to highlight the new relationship & business state between the old rival companies of Apple & Microsoft as they have each developed at selling different types of software & hardware devices in completely different ways. Apple continues to do well in the mobile markets while Microsoft is still locked in the PC market while trying to sell more Internet-based software applications for businesses.

Please see the article link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/technology/with-new-apple-ipads-tablets-move-closer-to-passing-pcs-in-sales.html?src=recg

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Android usability

Cover introduces Android lock screen customization

Cover, the product of ex-Facebook, Google, and Yahoo engineers, replaces your default Android lock screen with one that knows where you are and what time of day it is to provide you with quick shortcuts to the apps you use the most in each scenario. For instance, when you are at work, Cover might put Gmail, Calendar, and Dropbox icons right on your lock screen, while at home it might replace those with Netflix, YouTube, and Sonos apps. The system learns your behavior, and after a few days of use, it puts the most used apps at the top of its vertical list.

Cover is a good start. We’ve been testing it on a number of Android smartphones, and performance is impressive; scrolling is smooth, the app is quick and responsive, and it doesn’t use a whole lot of resources, even with its Peek and quick app-switching features.

The app was built from scratch in a mere seven months. Right now, the app is most useful for right-handed people — all of the gestures and layouts work best using your right thumb. It’s not possible to pin or customize the app shortcuts on the lock screen (that is a planned feature in Cover’s roadmap), and there’s plenty of empty space that can be used for things such as upcoming calendar appointments and message previews.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5024652/cover-android-lock-screen-context-movement

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Android disruptive technology iOS

Apmato Makes it Possible For Anyone To Easily Develop an App!

This application gives anyone the ability to build an app without any knowledge of coding. Even after the app is published, Apmato gives its users the chance to update the app at anytime. This ability for anyone to build an app gives people the chance to build apps for a much lower price.

Read more about it here!

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disruptive technology mobile development

Designing mobile enterprise apps for ‘high cognitive load’ environments

Very soon, it’ll be every worker on a smart device, not just the traveling salesman submitting his lunch receipt on the go. Imagine technicians working on top of wind turbines or in the bowels of hospitals fixing state-of-the art equipment on iPads. Or brain surgeons removing tumors thanks to a Nexus. Or to get Hollywood about it, astronauts working off that shiny new Surface 2 up there in space. The design of mobile enterprise apps that must serve these high cognitive-load business environments require an extreme balance of form and function, and must keep context, communication and clarity front and center despite the complexity of the job at-hand. Mobile Enterprise apps face a constant tension: The need to work with large amounts of data versus the limited screen real estate on which to display it. In practice, this means that users often need to browse or search through several organizational layers of material to find a value for an input field or form. At the same time, mobile users are frequently interrupted with calls, texts and other events that take over the entire screen. So it’s critical to maintain context at all times.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/designing-mobile-enterprise-apps-for-high-cognitive-load-environments/#H6mZZk6MVgK1t4tF.99

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Android iPhone mobile news usability

Smartphone notifications via smell of bacon

 

Scentee wants to expand your smartphone horizons and add smell to the senses your phone already stimulates. The plug-in accessory attaches to headphone socket on both iPhones and Android smartphones and, when told to by the companion app, releases a burst of fragrance, paired with a customizable LED light.

In no particular order, aromas include rose, mint, cinnamon roll, bacon, coffee, curry, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lavender, apple, coconut, strawberry and, corn soup.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/25/scentee-accessory-smell-android-ios/

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Android disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

Nexus 4 With LTE Stopped by Bluetooth SIG Yesterday?

A week or so ago, a rumor surfaced suggesting that Google may introduce a Nexus 4 with LTE alongside theNexus 5. As you are all well aware, the Nexus 4 originally launched last year without LTE, something many couldn’t give Google a pass for. In a day filled with nothing but LTE, the lack of it in Google’s flagship smartphone was inexcusable. But what if they were to re-introduce the phone again this year, only this time with LTE on board? According to a Bluetooth SIG filing that dropped yesterday, there may be a chance of that happening.

I think the big question is why bring the Nexus 4 back if you have a Nexus 5 ready to pounce? Well, Google did drop the price of the HSPA+ Nexus 4 to $199 and $249 not long ago, so maybe they are simply trying to offer phones at multiple price points to attract even more buyers. We have no indication of this LTE model selling for that $199 price, but wouldn’t that make quite the splash? Google could then sell phones at $199, $249, $349 (Nexus 5 price), and then whatever the 32GB Nexus 5 drops in at – maybe $399. Or maybe it’ll go $249, $299, $349, and $399, since LTE modems would raise the cost of the Nexus 4. Still, not bad.

Any interest in an LTE Nexus 4? Read more here.

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Android iPhone

The Football App helps 10M soccer fans feed their obsession on mobile

This app is about soccer, not American football. With soccer being the most popular sport worldwide, this app comes in seven different languages. It is one stop shopping for all soccer fans that allows them to get tickets, view statistics, and keep up with scores, all in one application. It already has 4.5 million monthly users.
Read more here!