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Android mobile news usability

Android 4.0 now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America

As of this morning, the long-awaited Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming to unlocked  Galaxy S II smartphones situated in the United States. This update was released in Poland, Hungary, Sweden, and Korea over a month ago, so U.S. users can finally join the rest of the market.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/20/android-4-0-ice-cream-sandwich-galaxy-s-ii-now-available/

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mobile news usability

Mobile Data Service Fees Help Bolster Profit at Verizon

According to this article in the New York Times, Verizon reported that it added 734,000 subscribers in the first quarter, 16 percent fewer than a year ago. Despite this loss, it still posted a profit of $1.7 billion for the quarter, which can be explained by additional usage fees that customers pay to run data on their smartphones and tablets.

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mobile news

Nokia Lumia 900 glitch triggers $100 credit

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57412153-94/nokia-lumia-900-glitch-triggers-$100-credit/?tag=cnetRiver

This story reveals that Nokia has confirmed glitches in the new device’s ability to access data and is taking drastic actions to make up for it, offering a $100 credit to existing and new customers through April 21.

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mobile development

Instagram Sells For $1 Billion

This article discusses the deal Facebook has made in buying the app, Instagram, for $1 Billion. It explains the math behind the company and its business practices, especially since as an app, Instagram doesn’t bring in revenue from its users.

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/10/150372288/instagram-sells-for-1-billion-despite-no-revenue

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Android iOS

Instagram for Android

The photograph-based social networking app, Instagram, has finally released its Android version. The basics, such as layout, filters, and networking availabilities are the same as the highly popular iOS version. Differences include a new camera icon in the camera view and the “Advanced Camera”, option which, when selected, will automatically resize your photo so you don’t have to rec-rop the image in Instagram’s interface. One significant feature that the Android version lacks is known as “Tilt Shift”, which allows you to focus on one area of the photo while distorting the rest of the image.

http://mashable.com/2012/04/03/instagram-android-hands-on/

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iOS iPad

Facebook updates iOS app

After changing its desktop site, Facebook is updating the app designed specifically for the new iPad. It has increased screen resolution, added new languages, and changed the functions of the chat feature.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/02/facebook-app-retina-display-update/

 

 

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mobile news usability

AT&T Plus now in trial stages

AT&T has begun testing out a new free service, known as AT&T Plus, which is only available in Houston, Colorado and Minneapolis at the moment. For now, customers can experience access to a special customer service helpline, a 25 percent discount on accessories, and “tidbits such as a ‘personalized customer experience'”.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/27/att-plus-loyalty-program/

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iPhone mobile development usability

Apple secures patent on multiple-arm, multiple-frequency antenna design

Apple has recently secured new patents for the iPhone, two of which are highlighted in this article. The first is an ejectable SIM tray, a feature available on other mobile devices that will bring the iPhone immediate popularity amongst users who want yet another way to transfer contacts and other data. The second is the multi-arm antenna, which will increase functionality and ability to pick up signal. This will also be instrumental in the attempts to decrease interference between signals.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/27/apple-patent-multiple-arm-multiple-frequency-antenna-design/

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Android iPad iPhone usability

Study: free apps drain 75 percent more power, badly built advertising to blame

A research team from Purdue University found that nearly three quarters of the power used when you run a free app, like Angry Birds, is actually used for advertisements. Project leader Abhinav Pathak lays the blame at the feet of poorly coded apps that need to be made significantly more efficient. They suggest that until a solution is found, you can significantly increase battery efficiency by turning off functions like GPS and Wifi when playing gaming apps.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/20/free-apps-power-drain/

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Android usability

Nokia Drive gets full offline access, Maps/Transport also updated

Nokia developers have created a map/directions system, entitled Nokia Drive, to rival the Google Maps system. The unique aspect of Nokia Drive is that it will be offered completely offline, so users will not have to enable data plans or have access to the Internet in order to use it. This will create a completely unique experience for the users that have the system enabled in their apps.  The new kit is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace today for those lucky enough to own a Lumia.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/20/nokia-drive-maps-transport-windows-phone-update-lumia/

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mobile news usability

RIM acquires Paratek to boost BlackBerry

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57393936-94/rim-acquires-paratek-to-boost-blackberry/?tag=mncol;editorPicks

RIM, the makers of Blackberry, announced its partnering with Paratek Adaptive RF, a company that develops tunable solutions for wireless communications applications. New technological updates will allow Blackberry users to upload and download large amounts of data faster, making for longer battery life, and a new antennae design will make phones smaller and thinner. However, it is important to note that BlackBerry sales have significantly decreased lately, so this new improvement comes at a time of great pressure and uncertainty for RIM in the marketplace.

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disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

Companies Defecting From Google Maps

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/why-are-companies-defecting-from-google-maps/

 

Last week, Foursquare revealed it was dropping Google Maps from its Web-based offering. This week, Foursquare was joined by Apple, which has abandoned Google Maps in iPhoto for iOS (specifically the new Journals and slideshow features). GoogleMaps used to be the preferred alternative to MapQuest in all location-based applications, mainly because it was the most reliable and free. In recent years, Google has tried to profit from this trend by announcing pricing for usage of Google Maps. This has lead many companies to search for alternative producers, like OpenStreetMap, MapBox, etc.

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disruptive technology mobile development

AT&T May Try Billing App Makers

AT&T is considering a new system in which mobile app developers and publishers would pay for the wireless bandwidth associated with using the apps and downloading content.
John Donovan, the executive responsible for AT&T’s network and technology, explained the carrier’s interest in the service in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

This is a new technique in an attempt to regain profits from intensified data usage on smartphones. Instead of trying to make the users pay, which has already been done through the elimination of unlimited data plans, AT&T hopes this strategy will bring in revenue from the untapped source of service providers.

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204653604577249080966030276-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwNzEyNDcyWj.html

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disruptive technology iPhone mobile news usability

Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard join as launch partners for Isis mobile payment service

Isis mobile payment is an NFC-based service that allows users to load their credit, debit and prepaid cards into their Isis Mobile Wallet, much like the Google Wallet system. Even though Isis is backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, it couldn’t seem to compete in relation to its counterparts. A new partnership with Chase, Capitol One, and Barclaycard, in addition to its current base of supporters, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, should allow the system to come out ahead when it launches. The date is still unclear, but expected around the middle of the calendar year of 2012.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/27/chase-capital-one-and-barclaycard-join-as-launch-partners-for-i/

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Android mobile development

Dropbox app drops the beta: automatic photo upload goes official on Android, coming soon to iOS

Dropbox released the upload function on its beta version of the Dropbox app. Users have only been able to store files on the app thus far. Now, they can continue to use the service as they would on a computer. So far, only Andriod devices have the enabled functionality.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/dropbox-app-drops-the-beta-automatic-photo-upload-goes-official/

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iPad iPhone

Apple buys app-discovery search engine

Apple is working on simplifying app searches by purchasing “Chomp”, a search engine that uses a proprietary algorithm to “learn the functions and topics of apps.” This system will be available for all devices that use the App Store.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2012/02/apple-chomp-app-search/1#.T0e3upj5Qcg

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Android iPad mobile development

Kindle Fire Vs. iPad 2: Top Tablet Troubles

This article outlines some reported issues of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad2, as reported by FixYa, a troubleshooting community website. Though the exact numbers in the reports remain unclear, FixYa hopes that this study will give potential device buyers a sense of the most commonly reported problems.

http://informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/232601050

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Android mobile development

Utter Robustifies Voice Control In Android

This article reviews of an app in development called “Utter”, produced by XDA forum member Brandall. Utter provides the same kind of services as Apple’s Siri, though a some programming has to be done to Andriod devices in order to enable the app.

Utter Robustifies Voice Control In Android, Adds App Support

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mobile news

Google Near Launch of Cloud Storage Service

Google is developing a cloud-based storage system, in hopes to compete with Apple’s iCloud. There are also predictions that this release will be followed by a series of apps designed to work with the company’s new entertainment system and this software.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204369404577211961645711988-lMyQjAxMTAyMDAwODEwNDgyWj.html

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iPad mobile development

Meet Windows on ARM, Microsoft’s New Tablet Platform

This article discusses the new features of Microsoft’s next version of Windows. Microsoft is moving towards tablet computing, meaning this platform will be competing with Apple’s release of the iPad 3.

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/how-windows-apps-will-run-on-arm-tablets/

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Android usability

Firefox 10 eases add-on updates but no Android yet

Users will se usability changes in Firefox 10 (download for Windows | Mac | Linux | Android). Develpoers have streamlined add-on compatibility, included a new Full Screen API, and updated WebGL. The Android version, meanwhile, makes some minor improvements as the bulk of development on the mobile version focuses on the native Android interface, currently scheduled for the next stable release. The biggest change that most Firefox users will see in version 10 is that you’ll stop seeing most add-ons marked as incompatible with each new version of Firefox.

http://www.zdnet.com/news/firefox-10-eases-add-on-updates-but-no-android-yet/6342357

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usability

Sony Rises on Optimism Hirai Will Rebuild Company: Tokyo Mover

Sony’s incoming Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai announced plans to shut down underperforming elements of the company in efforts to revive business. In response, Tokyo market shares jumped as much as 8.9 percent, the biggest intraday gain since March 16, to 1,446 yen. Kazuo Hirai will be replacing current CEO Howard Stringer on April 1st. This change in leadership gives Sony a new outlook, and a chance to move forward after recent losses in the world market. Seeing as Sony develops a considerable amount of gaming and entertainment devices, its success or failure will affect the mobile app market.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-03/sony-rises-on-optimism-hirai-will-rebuild-company-tokyo-mover.html

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mobile news

Veracode Expands Android Mobile App Testing Support

Veracode Inc., a leader in cloud-based application security testing, detailed recent updates to the Veracode platform. Primary updates include a redesigned platform administration interface and data export capabilities to provide customers with better access to information and intelligence about their application security program.  

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120126005647/en/Veracode-Expands-Android-Mobile-App-Testing-Support

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Android mobile news

Motorola Mobility sinks to 4Q loss on flat revenue, posing possible headaches for Google

On Thursday, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc announced a sales setback in the 4th quarter, mirroring preliminary numbers that the company released three weeks ago. This announcement will affect Google shareholders more than those of Motorola because of a deal the two companies reached last summer. Google has agreed to pay $40 per share for Motorola’s vast patent portfolio, as well as its devices. Motorola Mobility may become a financial millstone that could drag down Google’s earnings growth. If that happens, Google’s stock price may suffer.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/motorola-mobility-sinks-to-4q-loss-on-flat-revenue-posing-possible-headaches-for-google/2012/01/26/gIQALGmuTQ_story.html

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mobile development mobile news

UN sets stage for blazing fast new mobile devices

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

The U.N. must first approve of the international standards for its use. Once that happens, the technology will be used immediately for planning changes to equipment; but it could take two years to show up on consumers smartphone, tablets and other devices because of the time it takes to get to production.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120119/eu-un-mobile-technology/

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mobile development usability

Amazon Dynamo DB: Big Data’s Big Cloud Moment

Amazon Web Services launched the DynamoDB NoSQL database service on Wednesday, marking the company’s boldest appeal yet for companies to trust a cloud-based service as a platform for running a business. The new system promises increased speed and capabilities because it is based on Dynamo, the NoSQL database Amazon developed internally and has used to run parts of its massive consumer commerce Web site since 2007.

http://informationweek.com/news/software/info_management/232500104

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iPhone mobile news

Huge crowd forces delay of China’s iPhone 4S release

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-01-13/apple-china-iphone/52529164/1

 

Apple’s flagship Beijing store canceled the release of the iPhone 4s this Friday morning because of  anxiety of the threat of large crowds. Employees were preparing to open the doors at 7 am, but plans changed when they noticed hundreds of customers already crowding the streets. Police force was necessary and Apple made the executive decision to maintain the peace and safety of its employees by keeping the store closed. Apple representative Carolyn Wu commented “the iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being.”

 

-Alexandra Aron

 

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Android mobile development mobile news usability

Android Device Makers Chase Apple With Cloud Strategies

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248128/android_device_makers_chase_apple_with_cloud_strategies.html

 

Acer and Lenovo, makers of Andriod-based tablets, smartphones and computers are researching cloud and hosting services. They hope to offer these additions within the next 18 months, with the hopes of increasing competition with Apple products and services.

 

-Alexandra Aron