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Instead of a Password, Security Software Just Checks Your Eyes

Typing a password into your smartphone might be a reasonable way to access the sensitive information it holds, but a startup called EyeVerify thinks it would be easier—and more secure—to just look into the phone’s camera lens and move your eyes to the side.

EyeVerify’s software identifies you by your “eyeprints,” the pattern of veins in the whites of your eyes. Everybody has four eyeprints, two in each eye on either side of the iris. The company claims that its method is as accurate as a fingerprint or iris scan, without requiring any special hardware.

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HTC-Apple agreement forbids cloning of Apple ‘user experience’

A patent agreement between Apple and HTC forbids the Taiwanese company from making and selling mobile devices that copy what is described as the ‘Distinctive Apple User Experience,” according to a redacted version of the agreement filed in a California court.

The ‘slide to unlock’ feature at the bottom of the screen of some Apple devices, for example, could qualify as a distinctive Apple user experience, while the ‘pinch to zoom’ functionality does not, and will not be considered a ‘cloned feature,’ according to the document.

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Mobile Marketing: How To Generate Loyalty On The Go

We’ve been hearing the claim that “there are more mobile phones in the world than there are toothbrushes” for a while now. It’s important for marketers to think about what that actually means for them. According to a recent Pew Internet report, 46% of American adults own a smartphone. We’re deep in a world of mobile dominance, and an effective strategy to capitalize on this market needs to be the first weapon in your marketing arsenal.

The mobile device opens up an unparalleled window into your customers’ lives. The value of this information cannot be overstated: if you can utilize mobile’s unprecedented opportunities for customer engagement properly, you have the opportunity to turn your customers into fans.

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Mobile App Downloads Surged by 33 Percent in October Post-iPhone 5

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Fiksu, Inc. (www.fiksu.com), developer of the award-winning Fiksu for Mobile Apps Marketing Platform that combines advanced media optimization technology with the world’s largest app media inventory, today reported that app downloads dramatically increased by 33 percent in October following the new iPhone 5’s Sept. 21 arrival. In tandem, the cost to acquire a loyal app user continued its downward trajectory, decreasing by 6 percent in October.

For October, the Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index was $1.06, down seven cents or 6 percent, from September’s $1.13. Significant increases in organic searches and app discovery – driven by the arrival of the iPhone 5 and users’ natural enthusiasm for downloading apps on to new devices – pushed costs down and created a huge opportunity for mobile app marketers to very cost-efficiently acquire loyal users in October.

The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps) soared to 5.4 million daily downloads in October, a 33 percent increase from September. The Index painted a similar picture following the availability of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, when traffic also surged by a proportional 29 percent, and continues the surge Fiksu saw developing at the end of September.

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The first hotel to use fully integrated mobile technology to enhance customer experience

Marina Mandarin Singapore is the first hotel to use a fully integrated mobile technology to enhance customer experience at their Food & Beverage outlet. Called the ‘OneGuest Mobile Solutions’, it fully integrates order-taking, customer service management and real-time updates to provide customers faster service and more accurate information on their menu selection items. Service staff are also able to receive real-time updates from inventory stock level to customers’ dish preferences, which allow them to better cater to their customers. The mobile solution, comprising the iPad, iPhone and a cloud-based content management system, is fully integrated with the hotel’s point-of-sale system. This solution is developed in partnership with SPRING Singapore as part of Marina Mandarin’s Customer-Centric Initiative (CCI), supported by Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), and initiated under the IDA Mobility Solutions Call-for-Collaboration (CFC) in collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).

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Qualcomm tackles indoor location with new generation of chips

Qualcomm hopes to make mobile phones just as adept at pinpointing your location within a building as they are at tracking your presence on city streets. The company announced on Thursday an ambitious plan to extend indoor positioning capabilities to all future handsets and Wi-Fi networks powered by its chips using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular triangulation technologies as well as sensor data and cloud-based assistance servers.

Qualcomm already has quite a bit of history in the location field. A decade ago it launched the GPSOne program with the aim of putting assisted-GPS chips in almost every Qualcomm-powered phone in order to meet government emergency location requirements. Qualcomm estimates that its location engine has been integrated into more than 1 billion phones and devices.

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Telcos declare SMS ‘unsafe’ for bank transactions

The lobby group for Australian telcos has declared that SMS technology should no longer be considered a safe means of verifying the identity of an individual during a banking transaction.

Communications Alliance chief executive John Stanton, representing the interests of mobile providers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, took the extraordinary step of of declaring the technology insecure in the wake of numerous reports of Australians being defrauded via a phone porting scam first uncovered in Secure Computing magazine.

“SMS is not designed to be a secure communications channel and should not be used by banks for electronic funds transfer authentication, Stanton told iTnews this week.

Today, SMS authentication is used by three of the four largest Australian retail banks as a preferred mode of second-factor authentication for transactions to unfamiliar accounts.

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MIT scientists have developed a power amplifier technology that requires 50 percent less power

Tech Breakthrough Could Double Mobile Device Battery Life

Scientists from US startup Eta Devices claim to have invented a technology that could double the battery life of an average smartphone, without interfering with the batteries themselves.

The breakthrough is related to the power amplifiers – chips that control energy distribution in mobile devices. Called ‘asymmetric multilevel outphasing’, the technology was developed by two electrical engineering professors from MIT, and is expected to go into production sometime next year.

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Native mobile app dev vs. HTML5: Why not both?

The ongoing debate over how to best get applications onto mobile devices — either through native deployments or writing a mobile Web application — is going to remain a front-burner question for developers to ponder, given the pros and cons of both, developers say.

Developers see benefits to both approaches, as well as to hybrid applications that mix the two. Some application builders are using dev tools like Appcelerator Titanium, which compiles Web-based mechanisms like JavaScript to native code. Web-based, or HTML5, development provides a quick way to get some applications to multiple devices, developers say. But native development, such as with Objective-C for Apple iOS and Java for Google’s Android devices, offers access to the full breadth of a particular device’s capabilities, which is often worth the cost of having to develop the code (though not the underlying logic) independently for separate platforms.

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Coming to a Mobile Plan Near You: Pay Just for E-Mail or Facebook

ItsOn’s technology could allow mobile subscribers to tailor their data plans according to the services they use.  For example, rather than monitoring how many megabytes you’re using watching Netflix, a carrier could offer a flat monthly rate just for video streaming. The same could be done just for e-mail or social networking.

With the ItsOn app, customers can manage which types of services they’re subscribed to, and the requests would go into effect immediately. That type of granular control could unlock many more billing options that aren’t possible within the current wireless infrastructure.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey brings Square mobile pay system to Canada

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is diving into Canada’s fast-moving mobile payment market, bringing his vision of making “commerce easy for everyone” to a country he sees as ripe for his latest technology startup.

Today’s launch of Square, a free mobile credit card reader Dorsey’s San Francisco company first made available in the U.S. in 2010, is the latest move in a Canadian mobile payment world that already resembles a Wild West. A number of major players — telecoms, credit card companies, banks and others — are already jockeying for position and for the big prizes of revenue and access to customer information.

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World first mobile application empowers Australian farmers and environmental managers

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) today announced the release of an iPhone application that makes information about agricultural and veterinary chemicals registered in Australia instantly accessible to people on the move.

‘The tool, thought to be a world first, will give a farmer in a paddock the ability to access a searchable database of the 10,500 agricultural and veterinary chemicals approved for use in Australia’, APVMA spokesperson Dr Simon Cubit said today.

“The farmer, for example, will be able to search for a registered chemical product available to treat a specific insect pest. That search will also provide information about active constituents, withholding periods, product labels, and pack sizes at the touch of a button.’

‘Once a search has been completed the farmer will be able to save the search for later reference or share the results with others, perhaps in the form of an email to a rural supply store.’

Interestingly, the application (called APVMA) also provides information on products that have been suspended, cancelled, stopped or archived. This ability, which provides a time depth to chemical registrations in Australia, is not currently available on any other system including the ‘parent’ PUBCRIS database available on the APVMA website.

“The app is expected to be widely used not just by farmers but also by environmental managers needing chemical tools to tackle environmental weeds and pests. Versions of the app suitable for Android devices will also be developed.”

“The development of the application reflects a commitment by the APVMA to deliver the benefits of more efficient regulation to business and the community’, Dr Cubit said.

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Mobile phone app could help disaster preparedness

he Philippine government has launched a mobile phone application which can provide real-time information on rainfall and flooding to the general public.
The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), which aims to provide information about bad weather and thus mitigate disasters such as floods, typhoons and landslides, launched itswebsite in July, and now a free mobile phone application has been added.

 

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Isis mobile wallet will finally launch next week

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In the crowded mobile payments space, a major player is about to make a long-awaited debut.

Isis, a mobile commerce network founded by three of the nation’s biggest wireless carriers — Verizon Wireless (VZ, Fortune 500), AT&T (T,Fortune 500) and T-Mobile — will launch in its first two cities, Austin and Salt Lake City, on Monday, October 22. It’s partnering up with major retailers including Foot Locker (FL, Fortune 500), 7-Eleven,McDonald’s (MCD, Fortune 500) and Sports Authority. Isis has serious firepower on its side: In addition to the wireless Goliaths, its backers include Chase (JPM,Fortune 500), American Express(AXP, Fortune 500) and Capital One (COF, Fortune 500), which plan to make their credit and debit cards available for use with Isis’ mobile wallet app.

What smartphones can you actually use Isis on? That’s the catch — the company isn’t saying yet.

 

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Gartner: 93 percent of all mobile apps will be free by 2016

Of the 45.6 billion mobile applications people will download this year, nearly 90 percent will be freebies, according to new research from Gartner. Though not surprising, that tidbit of information may help guide developers in their quest to release the next big mobile app — and to strongly consider embracing the in-app purchase model. All told, Gartner estimates that free apps will account for 40.1 billion of all downloaded mobile apps, while paid-for downloads will total five billion. Gartner expects that come 2016, customers will download a total of 309 billion applications, 93 percent of them free.

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Nigeria: Mobile Operators to Lose U.S. $54 Billion to Social Messaging

Mobile operators including those operating from Nigeria are set to lose $54 billion by 2016 in revenues that would normally accrue from short messaging service (SMS) to over the top (OTT) service popularly known as social messaging.

Already, all the global operators are set to lose $23 billion in SMS revenue by the end of 2012 alone.

A new study by Ovum, a leading global telecom research agency released yesterday revealed that OTT services such as Whats App, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook Messenger, Instant Messaging (IM) on Yahoo and Gmail were using 3G and Wi-Fi networks to transmit messages, rendering SMS messaging less relevant.

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Mobile Payments: A New Frontier for Criminals

Eddie Lee has created an app that lets him steal a credit card by simply waving his Samsung Nexus S phone over a leather wallet tucked into the back pocket of a stranger’s jeans. He can then walk into a nearby store and tap his phone at a cash register to charge a sandwich, a coffee—or even a flat-screen TV—to the card. Fortunately, Lee’s not a thief but a security expert paid to find vulnerabilities in wireless payment technologies.

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Army To Launch Mobile App Store For Intelligence Services

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

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

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

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

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Google, Apple face patent suit over early wireless data technology

Apple and Google have both been sued for patent infringement by Unwired Planet, a company that holds many early patents for mobile and cloud computing.

In the complaint filed against Google, Unwired Planet charges that Google knowingly developed technologies that infringed on Openwave’s patents. Google technologies such as Adwords, Google Wallet, Google search, Google Maps and the Android operating system all violate Unwired Planet’s patents, the company claimed.

Apple was hit with a similar lawsuit. The Apple products allegedly infringing Unwired Planet’s patents include the iPhone, iPad, iPod, the Apple App Store, the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS), iAds, and the location services used in the Safari Web browser and Apple Maps.

http://www.techhive.com/article/2010301/google-apple-face-patent-suit-over-early-wireless-data-technology.html

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Microsoft wins patent case in Germany against Google’s Motorola over mobile device technology

Microsoft Corp. has won a patent case in Germany against Google’s Motorola unit over technology for mobile devices.

The ruling means Google will have to modify its Android operating system or pay Microsoft a license fee to use the technology in devices sold in Germany.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/microsoft-wins-patent-case-in-germany-against-googles-motorola-over-mobile-device-technology/2012/09/20/0891003c-032f-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/hardware/Apple-loses-patent-case-vs-Samsung-Motorola/articleshow/16493109.cms

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Major retailers to launch mobile app for payments

A new service — to be created jointly by Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers — could give customers an easier way to combine their digital wallet, instant coupons, gift cards and loyalty points in one app.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-08-15/mobile-payment-retailers/57067672/1

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New House bill targets mobile device tracking software

A mobile phone privacy bill that would require vendors to disclose tracking software and get end-user consent before activating that software was introduced Wednesday into the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/new-house-bill-targets-mobile-device-tracking-software-7000004232/

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FCC plans to measure mobile broadband performance

The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to measure mobile broadband service performance in an attempt to provide consumers with information regarding wireless data speeds.

A meeting is scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 to discuss the new program. Wireless industry trade association CTIA and wireless carriers have already made commitments to cooperate, according to the FCC. The commission is also seeking participation from other stakeholders, including the public research community.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20120905/fcc_wireless_regulations/fcc-plans-measure-mobile-broadband-speeds/

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Microsoft adding staff, R&D in China mobile push

Microsoft Corp. will hire more than 1,000 additional employees in China this year and boost research and development spending by 15 percent as it tries to catch up with Apple and Google in the fast-growing mobile Internet market, executives said Thursday.

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019078086_apaschinamicrosoft.html