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Sony’s PlayMemories Cloud

Computer clouding has become a trend with companies like Apple, where you can actually save pictures in a cloud and access it through different products like your iPhone, mac book and iPad.  However has it ever been done on a video game console?  Developers at Sony created PlayMemories, an online cloud found on the Playstation 3 game console, where users can save their pictures on their PS3 and access them on their PC/Mac.  Working with the Google Play market, Android users are allowed to also access the contents within this cloud through their phone with the in-store application.  In addition, access to the cloud is available through other Sony products like the PSP and the new PSVita.  For more information:

 

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/20/sony-playmemories-online/#continued

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Verizon Data

A good chunk of people’s time is used on cell phones is dedicated to the surfing of the web, downloading of apps, and the reading of emails or ebooks.  Mobile data has become a dominant must have for customers, in which Verizon understand fully.  This past year, Verizon has suffered with grabbing the attention of new customers.  The number of subscribers has decreased by 16% compared to previous year.  However, the Verizon Wireless company is not suffering one bit.  They’ve noticed the wide spreading demands for mobile data to a point where they are starting up some new mobile plans for this upcoming year.

 

For more information about Verizon Wireless:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/technology/verizon-reports-a-profit-of-1-7-billion.html?ref=technology

 

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Facebook Offers More Disclosure to Users

Facebook for two years have allowed to give users a copy of their photos, posts, messages, list of friends and chat conversations. However  the new version Facebook begins to go beyond that, giving users the opportunity to view  previous user names, friend requests and the Internet protocol addresses of the computers that users have logged in from.  Facebook sees this as information that can be used as data for companies or even studies.  This new feature shall be installed by late July of this year.

 

For more information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/technology/facebook-offers-more-disclosure-to-users.html?ref=technology

 

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Sony Improvement

SOny is on its way on improving its company brand during the conclusion of  Kazuo Hirai, executive memeber,  detailed on Thursday a revival plan that included a shift away from the company’s unprofitable television business and a plan to cut 10,000 jobs.  Sony works on improving its TV series and buys.  Also, Sony is placing a focus on  their Xperia line of smartphones, which Mr. Hirai said was fast becoming a hub in the technology ecosystem. He said he would make Sony a leader in the mobile field and triple sales in that business in three years, to 1.8 trillion yen, or $22 billion.

 

For more information

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/business/global/sony-unveils-plans-to-revive-company.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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The Home Buyers App

Developers have created an app that allows you to know anything about a house for sale before even stepping through the front door. Two deep-pocketed Internet companies, Trulia and Zillow, released mobile software years ago intended to help buyers find and research available homes, among other features.   However, House Hunter, an app only for iOS for $4 charges gives you all of those features plus more.  With House Hunter, you can inquire information as far as the amount of data, like size, location and even the year of the last kitchen update.  The GPS feature it uses gives you the location of houses for sale in your area and the range.  It also comes equipt with a mortgage calculator.  This app can be difficult to manage especially due to the increase of houses for sale all around.  However it is a good start to a great system.   More information about Zillows and House Hunter applications can be found:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/technology/personaltech/for-home-buyers-an-app-to-assess-a-homes-attributes-app-smart.html?_r=1&ref=technology 

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Microsoft/ Apps

When developing an app, the main question the developer would ask his/herself is: what market would I want to put this app on.  This question is an obvious one considering the success of both apple and android phones.  However Microsoft is partnering up with Nokia to add some competition in the app world.  Lumia 900, which goes on sale in the United States on Sunday, is the phone that Microsoft wishes to charter these new apps in .  The strategy goes along the lines of financing popular app to develop for the Nokia phone.  This could possibly be a win win for Microsoft however they would have to front up a lot of money if they want to catch up to the geniuses of the iOS market and Android.  For more information

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/daily-report-microsoft-pays-for-big-name-apps/ 

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Half of American Mobile Customers Own Smartphones,

From Beepers to cellphones, we have all witnessed the advancement of communication in our lives.  What was once a rare and expensive item to have is now the trend of all;  I am talking about smartphones. As of February, about half of all Americans with cellphones were using smartphones, according to Nielsen, a research firm.  One thing that is driving this increase in smartphone ownership are mobile apps.   Over all, 48 percent of smartphone owners responding to Nielsen’s survey said they had an Android device, and 32 percent said they had an iPhone. About 12 percent reported having a BlackBerry.

For more information

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/smartphone-50-percent/ 

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With Tablet Plan, Google Goes After Apple and Amazon

Will we ever find the product that can compete with apple?  This comment has been thrown in every innovative conversation however Apple still remains victorious through it all.  After a 2 year conceptual process, the search engine giant Google, believes that they have the tablet that can will blow the expensive iPad 3 out of the water.  Although the name and specific spec hasn’t been released as of yet, developers say that the new google product will have a 7 inch screen manufactured by Taiwan-based Asustek Computer.  This can be of great trouble for the folks at apple, especially if it functions like the iPad but is way cheaper.

 

But then again, that what they always say about new innovative technologies.  I guess we will have to wait and see.  The new google tablet will be released later on this year.

 

For more information

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/with-tablet-plan-google-goes-after-apple-and-amazon/

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FACEBOOK get patent from IBM

What was once the biggest computer giant in the world and what is now the largest social media company today may now have something in common.  A spokesman from the social media giant Facebook reported that Facebook bought a collection of software and networking technology patents from I.B.M. for an unspecified price.  Reports from Bloomberg say that Facebook purchased 750 patents to be exact from I.B.M this past week.  In the grand scheme of things, Facebook is beginning to become a major stock to invest in during these upcoming month.  As far as the use of the patents, Im pretty sure its going to be use to expand the Facebook network even more to what it is now.  Facebook will soon have a great intellectual property value that will make them one force to be wrecked with in the social media battlefield.    For more information:

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/facebook-gobbles-up-patents-from-i-b-m/

 

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Google Play mulls movie sales

Google is a huge company that continues to enhance its expansion with its every move.  If you didn’t know, Google recently took ownership over the Android Market, now called Google Play.  Google Play is a fold between users favorite apps as well as a combination of Google eBookstore and Google Music into one huge store.  This is after ,well-documented reports project that the Android Market struggled to entice users to buy apps in the store.  Google Play plans to expand by allowing users to not only rent but own popular movie titles.  While these ideas are still in talks with major film companies, one of the industry insiders say that Google could begin selling titles as early as the summer.   For more information:

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57402846-261/google-play-mulls-movie-sales/ 

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Walkie Talkie App.

We thought the existence of walkie talkies on a mobile device went in the trash along with its only compatible friend: NEXTEL; however walkie talkies are the new crave with the Voxer app.  The Voxer app, compatible with both iOS and Android phones allows users to send an audio message to their friends.  Compared a lot to something like an audio text message, Voxer allows you to send a message with the release of a button, just like a walkie talkie.  Great app to use when driving, or when you don’t feel like texting that huge paragraph to a friend.  The app connects you with all of your contacts who are using the app and syncs with other contact areas to ensure a network of people.  A question was asked, whether this can be the new texting (SMS)?  The answer is no.  However, Voxer will be dominant in this market and it would be hard for another app developer to make something better.

 

 

More information can be found on

 

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2012/03/14/iphone-walkie-talkie.cnnmoney

http://gadgetnewson.blogspot.com/2011/12/voxer.html

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New Face Recognizer App

Imagine if your phone can identify your friends before you even get to snap the picture?  Well the new app Klik is making it possible for iPhone users.  Klik powered by the internet face identifier face.com release an app that allows real time face tagging of friends or people tag.  Klik scans the face of the person and links their Facebook profile to your phone.  It also uploads the image to Facebook already tagged. On the downside, computers have difficulty identifying faces in low light or from far away distances.  Also you are provided with a lot of false predictions, which can lead to confusion and or frustration.  This app has a couple privacy concerns, however it is still safe to a point where you have to agree to the terms.  Kilk still has a lot of developing to do as far as its objective, however the discovery of this feature can definitely do wonders for apps to come.

 

More information can be found on http://www.kwch.com/news/kcpq-realtime-face-recognition-comes-to-your-iphone-20120313,0,7413594.story

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New TV audio app

Have you ever passes by a television in the mall or in a sports bar and wanted to hear what it was saying…but you couldn’t?  Well there is now an app for that.  Android and iOS users now have the capability of listening to a television through their cell phone.  The Audioair app is an application still in its beginning phases, and serves primarily for the hearing impaired.   The current problem with this app is that you are required to be in a wifi capable area.  The biggest problem of them all is that the venue where the television is located  has to be “Audioair subscribe”.  Small towns in states like Colorado and New Mexico are the only places where a person can get the full experience of Audioair.  Other than the downside of the app, this is a huge step for mankind and the app business.  I wouldn’t be surprise to see this idea evolve to something that can be compatible to all televisions.

 

For more information:  http://www.gizmag.com/audioair-app/21739/

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DATA PLANS IN TROUBLE

Imagine not having access to the internet, Facebook, twitter and your email on your phone?  Well this might be the case if you aren’t willing to pay a hefty price.  5 years or so down the line, mobile internet service for cell phones will be in trouble.  According to Scott T. Stainken, the general manager for telecommunications at International Business Machines “Today it is significant. It is going to become much, much more significant over the next five years.” People are using their phone less for texting and calling and more so for video streaming, Facebook, twitter with mobile web.  This is an increasing problem that most mobile providers didn’t expect.  They are faced with keeping up with the high demands for mobile usability provided by phone manufacturers.  Few years from now unlimited data plans will be a thing of the past.  This will definitely have an impact on the app world and the cell phone industry as a whole.  Everything as we know it on a cellular device is ran by the internet.  When mobile providers are charging customers more to experience their  new phone (aside from the data plan charge) then it forces the users to make  the phone go back to its original  purpose back in the 1970s.

 

For more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/technology/days-are-numbered-for-unlimited-mobile-data-plans.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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More Privacy Find My Friends app

It is hard to talk about privacy on apps that require GPS to function.  Find My Friend app is an application that provides users with a accurate location of their friends upon proper request of course. Developers have came up with a way to give the app more privacy in a sense of accuracy.  According to a new patent application by Apple, users can adjust/customize the amount of information that is being given as far as location by adjusting the precision bar.  Now users have a choice on whether they want to allow friends to know where their exact location is , or what neighborhood, town, or city they are in.  I can see this functionality being used in other application in the months to come.  If there is a function that allows you to “give some but not all”, then people would be amped to use it.  For more information:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57388846-233/apple-to-add-variable-precision-location-sharing-to-find-my-friends-app/?tag=mncol;cnetRiver

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Samsung v. Apple in Court

The two mobile giants are at it again, this time in a court setting.  German judge last week thew out two law suits between Apple and Samsung, while one remains.  Apple claims that Samsung violated the side-lock patent that Apple currently holds.  On the Samsung case, they came that Apple used their 3G/UMTS functionalities in the iPhone.  Although both cases were thrown out, Apple has won a lawsuit of this caliber before forcing the band of Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet 10.  Samsung counteracted that by producing the Galaxy 10.1N.  The upcoming case involves the push notifications that Apple is most famous for.  Motorola claims they hold a patent “Motorola Mobility” for that functionality.  This can effect a lot dealing with mobile application especially with iPhone users.  Push notifications are one of the only means for notification with the iPhone.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-57389249-17/finally-judge-tosses-two-apple-samsung-patent-cases/#ixzz1nyOx8fqM

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Amazon Pulls Thousands of E-Books

One of the only ways to separate a Kindle from any old tablet is the fact that the Kindle was made for reading electronic books.  Even with the Kindle Fire shifting more towards the android tablet side, it still keeps its purpose, that is to cater to the needs of the readers.  Agreements went sour between I.P.G and Amazon, to a point where Amazon was forced to pull 4,000 books off of the online store in an instant.  Representers from the I.P.G explained that the terms proposed by Amazon “wasn’t reasonable.”  Amazon is currently suffering with providing their users with cheap online books, which can affect product sales in the future.   The main purpose of an Kindle is to be the on -the -go, however if the books aren’t cheaper online with Amazon,then people aren’t going to waste their time purchasing a Kindle.  This can potentially place the Kindle Fire in the same category as other advanced tablets where it will suffer tremendously.  For more information http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/amazon-pulls-thousands-of-e-books-in-dispute/?ref=technology

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T-Mobile Comeback Plan

For the past year, Tmobile has been watching the competition unravel from the outside looking in.  For the past year, T-Mobile has come up fourth to other cell phone companies like AT&T and Verizion when it comes to sales and customer satisfaction.  This time around T-Mobile is stepping up the competition.  T-Mobile plans to invest $4 Billion to the restructure of their mobile infrastructure, adding LTE Advanced hardware in its network during the deployment, and building upon customer service/image. With the restructure, users will now have a different options of phone …which may include the iPhone.  T-Mobile is the only main cell-phone provider without the iPhone because of how their infrastructure is built.  Maybe T-Mobile users will find a phone in their hands one day.  However others feel as if this new T-Mobile comeback plan is full of flaws and can’t be supported with just by $4billion. For more information: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57383699-94/t-mobiles-comeback-plan-is-it-enough/?tag=mncol;topStories

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Sony finalizes divorce with Ericsson, renames itself Sony Mobile Communications

Possible joint between Sony and its 50% international partner Sony Erricsson? The rumors were confirmed as of February 15th to the separation of Sony and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (also known as Sony Ericsson).  Sony Erricsson was brought out by Sony for $1.37 billion after having a 50 -50 partnership with Sony.  In the midst of the buyout, Sony decided to rename that inquiry Sony Mobile Communication.  Sony Mobile Communications has a lineup of mobile technological inventions to look out for  which includes smart phones, tablets, TVs and even PCs.  Sony Mobile Communications can definitely be a problem for other mobile companies in the industry.  Devices like the Playstation 3 has made a major impact on today’s society.  Sony is #1 in the gaming industry, and it’ll probably remain the same years from now due to the arrival of  Sony Mobile Communications products.  In the near future, customers should expect the popular PS3 on their tablets, laptops, phones.  More information can be found  on http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/15/sony-finalizes-divorce-with-ericsson-renames-itself-sony-mobile/

 

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Acer Tablets now on Android 4.0

Acer America now adds one of their newest inventions to the Android Family.  The award winning Acer taps which includes the newest Iconia Tab A200 will all be the first to be released with the new Android 4.0 operating system. With this update customers/user will be able to experience more usability and enjoyment.  Some of the new features include a filing system, faster navigation, easy customization, and multitasking.  This news can be a new problem for products like the iOS.  Android operating systems are everywhere and indeed are getting faster than iOS.  This means a takeover of the tablet, just like that of the mobile phone industry.  More information can be found at http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/17/acer-iconia-tab-family-to-be-given-ice-cream-sandwich-treatment/#continued

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/17/acer-iconia-tab-family-to-be-given-ice-cream-sandwich-treatment/#continued

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Is Google Hard At Work On New Home Entertainment System?

Just when you think Google is done milking the success button with the number 1 search engine and its huge partnership with Android,  they are back at it again.  Google is in the beta testing of their new wireless home entertainment system.  No word on its official release  yet, but the system features bluetooth and wireless capabilities.  In other words, users have the opportunity to link their phones to the actual entertainment system and stream music through the entertainment system.  Developers secretly hinted that this entertainment system won’t only be subject to the streaming of music …now placing device in the same market as the Apple TV device.   With the wireless connection between the system and phone, Im pretty sure google will develop an apps where the mobile device can serve as a controller.  This is very possible.   Find out more information :  http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/09/google-hard-at-work-on-new-home-entertainment-system/

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LinkedIn Will Introduce Ads To Mobile Apps

Linkedln mobile is one of the fastest growing apps.  According to Tech Crunch and the company itself, Linkedln has witnessed a 15% growth in unique customers activating accounts.  In August, Linkedln improved  the design interface of the application, making it more interactive.  With the rising of the Linkedln mobile app, the company is making the move to placing ads in their actual app.  With an addition of ads, will it distract users from signing up or using the Linkedln app?  Even so how are these ads enhancing the user experience of the Linkedln mobile app?  Will the company itself experience a sharp decline in sign-up?  I believe that the company will experience less sign up in its coming days if they do decide to place ads in the apps.     More information can be found on

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/09/linkedin-will-introduce-ads-to-mobile-apps/

 

 

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What scares Facebook

The Facebook Mobile App was listed 2nd in the ranks of the Top 10 downloaded apps in 2011.  With that being said, a lot of people are downloading it onto their mobile phone and devices by the thousands.  Although this may seem like a positive breakthrough for most, it is definitely starting to become a huge problem to the folks at Facebook. As the Facebook mobile apps advances with its cool new features like local tags, and gps check in it is about to face a lot of  privacy issue.  It is now easy to link other numbers in your contact which says a lot about the advancement of technology today.  You can find more information on

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/01/tech/social-media/facebook-ipo-risks/index.html

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Windows Phone 8 Leaked

 

In this time of age it is hard to produce a phone that is not compatible to android or Apple iOS, however Nokia and Windows 8 plans to take on that challenge.  The Windows 8 phone doesn’t have a release date yet, however it is said to create a huge competition in the mobile phone industry.  The Windows 8 phone plans on bringing the business aspect back to mobile phone, taking a note from RIM, with faster wifi better data-coverage, and encryption of company business apps.  The phone will have a multi-core processor compared to the dual android phones run off of.  Users will now have the option of linking their phone to their tablet and their windows ran computer.  This is great compared to the apple iOS products because more people have windows ran computers(PCs) compared to MacBooks.   I’d be excited to know that I can finally link my phone with my PC laptop.  So this can be a bit interesting.  More information about Windows 8 can be found on http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57370698-94/windows-phone-8-details-reportedly-leak/

 

 

 

 

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  2. if and how it adds to the field of mobile tech development (developmental)
  3. if and how it adds or changes the economic state of mobile technology / development (economic)
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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich review

The newest Android OS has been released but what makes it different from the current?  This new Android OS titled ICECREAM is a combination of the gingerbread version used on current android phones and the honeycomb series used on tablets.  This new update once available to all android phones will make touch phones more interactive.  The battle that android faces with Apple OS is the cool interface features versus the standard Apple OS look.  I think the addition of the Android ICECREAM will had more competition between the two.  As far as economically, honestly if your phone is not programmed  with Apple OS or Android, then you might as well burn it, because they’ll really be no competition…..HPWeb iOS <==:(


http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/01/android-4-0-ice-cream-sandwich-review/

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4 Mobile Technology Developments to Expect in 2012

With the start of the new year, technology analysis believe that there are 4 mobile technologies to look forward to this 2012 season.  For starters, tablets will make more of an impact because of its simplicity and easy usability during down time.  The impact of the reemergence of the tablet will lead to the decline of laptops(excluding mac because of its light-weight).  This also means that there will be a decline of sells for  CD software and will promote more downloadable applications via application stores or online stores. In the economic sector, stores like Curcuit City, and companies like, already have felt the punch forcing cd stores around the world to shut down due to the emergence of mp3.   Read more about the other 3 mobile technology development at
http://www.techatlast.com/4-mobile-technology-developments-expect-2012