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a dual screen smartphone has becoming a reality

The second generation YotaPhone is expected to come out in 2014. This phone is very unique because it does not just have one screen on the front, but it has second one on the back. The second screen is not an equal screen like the front, it is black and white and can offer mirroring of apps or provide interactive purpose.  THe example on the website showed that you can pull up Google Maps on the front LCD screen but if you saw your phone was about to die or wanted to use lower battery you could mirror it to the back screen and it would use less battery because it is black and white and not using all the pixels.  This phone is still in a prototype stage and it does not seem very practical, but it could bring some cool innovation.  For me personally if i was worried about battery, I would rather get a case with a battery built in to give me more hours on my device versus switching over to a black and white screen that is similar to the first Kindle.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614485-94/second-generation-yotaphone-already-slated-for-late-2014-launch/

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Glass is already becoming a problem while driving

In California a woman, Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding but was also given another ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving.  Google Glass is a new piece of technology that fits over the eyes and gives many of Google’s services virtually hands free and right in front of the user. Cecilia Abadie claims the glasses were not on when she was driving, but this case opens up an interesting topic on how Glass will be handled while driving.  Over the years texting and driving has become a bigger problem and more and more states are making it illegal to text and drive because it distracts drivers from the road.  Google Glass is a new form of mobile technology and it is not even out yet and it is causing problems.  It will be interesting to see how google glass and other mobile devices besides phone impact the law, especially the laws of the road.  This is a prime example of disruptive technology because with this new industry it is changing how humans are doing everyday things.

 

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Instagram is on Windows phones now but it isn’t all that

Instagram has been on Android and iOS phones for a couple of years now and it is just now being released onto Window’s phones.  The popular social media app is centered all around photos and videos and being able to share them easily and yet, even though Windows now has Instagram, it is anything but easy to share content.  The app does not allow for users to take photos or videos in the app directly, users have to upload the pictures and videos from their camera roll to upload them to Instagram.  This is a perfect example of how apps can sometimes cause additional steps instead of improving something.  Both the iOS and Android Instagram apps allow for users to open up their app and take photos directly from there without having to go into their camera roll even though they also provide the option of going into the camera roll and getting a photo or video.  Instagram has said this is in beta but they need to add more features to it to make it practical.

 

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Instagram-Is-Finally-On-Windows-Phone-But-You-4996402.php

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Google Wallet just got a little more practical

Google wallet has been around for a while now, but it has not been very successful with having many users.  Today Google announced a Wallet Card that is a physical card for users to use in conjunction with Google Wallet.  How the card works is you have to put money on it before hand, so it serves as a prepaid card.  You swipe it just like you would any other credit or debit card after you first activate it online.  Google already has an android and ios app for Google Wallet where people can make it easier to put other 3rd party companies promos on it for free stuff and such.  The Wallet Card is in direct competition with the new Coin Card that can hold up to 8 credit cards at once.  This Wallet Card does not seem to be too practical because there already are prepaid debit cards out there.  I think that this is cool technology and Google has bigger plans for Wallet later on, but for right now it does not seem to be very practical and worth the money.

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427423,00.asp

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How Google is changing the mobile game with their smartphones

Not only does Google  has the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android, especially since their new  update KitKat just came out. Google has also in recent years been developing their own devices to run Android to compete more in the mobile industry.  Google fir came out with the Nexus 1 and a few models after it that were not huge successes, actually they were more of a failure than a success.  Recently Google bought Motorola, a big cellphone giant company so they could do more with mobile phones.  The problem with smartphones these days is that they are affordable with 2 year contracts, but if you want an unlocked phone with no contract then you will have to pay a much bigger price, in the 500 and 600 dollar range for phones like the Samsung Galaxy series and iPhones.   Google Nexus 5 is going for $350 with it being unlocked and without a contract and their Moto G phone is only $179 for an unlocked phone.  This is big news because Google is trying to make it more of a social norm to not have a contract and to make more things inexpensive, like most  of their products and services are.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612117-94/with-moto-g-phone-googles-mobile-revolution-now-plausible/

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81% of Smartphones being shipped around the world have Android

It has been an obvious fact that Android has been taking over more and more smartphones around the world and has become the world’s leading operating system for mobile devices.  Now in the 3rd quarter reports of 2013, it shows that 81% of smartphones shipped worldwide are running Google’s Android on them.  Android has shipped a grand total of 211.6 million phones with their operating system.  This is a huge grip on the mobile phone market, it is putting a true threat on Apple’s iOS and Windows mobile operating system.

 

http://www.firstpost.com/tech/with-record-market-share-of-81-percent-android-leaves-ios-in-the-dust-1227679.html

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Nexus 5 with KitKat is a true Google phone

Just this week Google announced the Nexus 5 with it running KitKat, the new Android OS.  In this review they talk about how KitKat is changing the game for Android and that it is the first OS to really feel like they incorporate Google the most.  It is easy to say, “okay Google…” and give it a command, it is suppose to be better running than Siri on Apple devices.  Also the hardware on the Nexus 5 without contract is $350 which is relatively cheaper than the iPhone without contract.  KitKat can also run on lower performance hardware which makes it more accessible to people by being able to be on more devices. The Nexus 5 and KitKat are good improvements for Google and is making the Nexus 5 more of a viable option in the smartphone market.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5069310/the-nexus-5-isnt-pure-android-its-pure-google

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NSA trying to get info from Apple

We have learned in class that people are becoming more concerned about the government and other having personal information of your through mobile devices.  Our smartphones and tablets have so much information about us in them which has caused users to be careful with who they share their device with.  But no matter how careful you are, the government is still snooping around at tech giant companies like Apple so they can get account information from people.  The NSA requested for over 3000 Apple accounts, but Apple gave less than 1000.  This is disrupting disrupting-technology and making people want to share less, use their devices less, and is ruining how technology should be treated.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/05/apple-government-information-request/3446247/

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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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How many users are actually using BBM?

Earlier this week on Monday, BlackBerry released their messaging system, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iOS to reach more users. In recent years BlackBerry has been losing to its competition, Android and iOS in sales and to still try and maintain some of their users who have switch devices they are expanding their only competitive advantage to all major platforms.  Within 24 hours over 10 million users downloaded the app which seems like a big number and a successful number, but that is only have of it, the other half is getting the users to make an account, and use the new app when they have plenty of other options already available to them that have been developed by Apple like iMessage.  Only about 5 million users have actually activated their account with BBM and to get the full features of the app you must activate the app.  Hopefully BBM will figure out a way to get more users to not only just download the app, but to actually start using it.

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/23/blackberry_messenger_celebrates_10m_downloads/

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How is the iPhone 5c actually doing?

Recently in the news Apple’s iphone 5c has been reported as doing bad in sales because Apple has reduced the number of orders for the phone.

But the reports of the iPhone 5c being a “flop” or “failure” is not necessarily true because it is doing what is meant to do.  Apple has kept the same strategy of selling a high quality and lower quality iPhone for a while now.  Before they would just reduce the price of the previous iphone when they released a new one, this year they decided to get rid of the iPhone 5 and instead replace it with the iphone 5c with the iphone 5s being the higher end iphone on the market. The iphone 5c is cheaper to manufacture than the iphone 5 and if Apple had stuck with their original strategy of  making the previous iphone (iphone 5) $100 dollars cheaper they would be making less money. Also Apple did not plan on dominating the market with the 5c, they wanted to make it available for emerging markets, especially markets that are becoming more popular abroad in countries like China and Japan.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/22/iphone-5c-not-failing/3150327/

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Another smartwatch released by Sony

Sony has released a new smartwatch that is compatible for Android devices called SmartWatch 2.  This watch is going head to head against the recent smartwatch released by Samsung.  The new watch has a lot of functions that help make Android devices more efficient.  To start the watch can help answer phone calls, adjust volume, remotely launch the camera on the phone, and can work with maps to give directions.  In addition, the watch is sweat and water resistant which makes it helpful for outdoor activities and with working out.  Over 300 apps are compatible with the app and can work on many different Android phones.  In comparison to the Samsung smartwatch, it only work with the Galaxy Note 3 and only has a battery of 25 hours, versus the SmartWatch 2 having a 2 or 3 times battery life.  This is an interesting new market that is being formed, at first it seemed that Samsung was the only one competing, but now Sony has make it loud and clear that they are direct competitors in the smartwatch market.

 

http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/smart-phones/sony-challenges-samsung-with-smartwatch/240162643

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Want to save photos from Snapchat, welcome SnapHack

Snapchat is relatively new app that allows for users to communicate with each other through sending picture and videos to each other.  What makes Snapchat unique to just texting pictures and videos, is that after a user sends a photo or video to the receiver and they open it, the media is deleted forever.  Now on the iPhone, it is easy to take a screenshot by clicking on the sleep/wake button and the home button, but if the receiver does take a screenshot it will notify the sender that they saved the photo.

Now there is an app called SnapHack that allows for receivers of a snapchat to easily and discreetly save the photos and videos.  How the app works is if you receive a Snapchat, before you open it in the Snapchat app, open it in SnapHack and you can view the media and save it without ever opening up the Snapchat message. The biggest downfall of the app is whenever you open up Snaphack, it automatically signs you out of your Snapchat app. This is very inconvenient for users because Snapchat is suppose to be easy and effortless to communicate with your friends.

I find this app to be very interesting because just like the saying says, “there is an app for that”.  This defeats the purpose of Snapchat and is now just like text messaging now. Before Snaphack, I had basically two options when I wanted to send a photo to a friend, either text message or Snapchat. Text messages lets you save the save the photo and snapchat does not, and now with Snaphack it lets you save the photos from Snapchat, but it takes more steps and it makes Snapchat less convenient which makes users want to just text again.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-snapchat-snaphack-save-photos-20131014,0,7662933.story?track=rss

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Nexus 5 photos tell us more about Android’s KitKat

About one month ago Google announced their new Android OS called KitKat.  The OS has not been released yet, but photos from Google’s phone, the Nexus 5 which has not been released got leaked and it was running KitKat on it.  From the photos we got more details about the new OS. For starters, the lock screen is different, it now has a camera icon to access the camera faster. Also the home screen seems to have more set and defined apps that reminds me more of iOS.  KitKat is suppose to launched soon, around next month and we will know more about the anticipated Android OS.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57607122-93/android-4.4-kitkat-detailed-again-in-new-nexus-5-photo-leak/

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‘Blue screen of death’ has moved from PCs to the new iPhones

The ‘blue screen of death’ is most commonly known for being on Windows computers, but recently since the iPhone 5S has been released the  bug has found its way on to Apple’s new device.  This is pretty uncommon for Apple to have this type of error or their devices since their competitive advantage in the mobile phone industry is having smooth running phones where the hardware and software are designed together to prevent problems like this.  The problem seems to happen predominantly when iPhone users use iWork on their phone.  usually the iWork apps cost $9.99 in the app store but Apple has now made them free for all iPhone users.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57607060-37/blue-screen-of-death-attacks-some-iphone-5s-owners/

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Who Advertises on Facebook’s Mobile App?…Other Apps

Over 145 million apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store and Google Play through the outlet of Facebook’s mobile app. And about 41% of Facebook’s advertising revenue came from their mobile app with having its users buy apps that are sponsored on the Facebook app.  But Facebook is now taking it one step further, rather than just having users download apps from the Facebook advertisements in the Facebook, they want to track if the Facebook user to see if they have already downloaded the app and if they have the advertisement on the Facebook mobile app with me more specific to in-app purchases.  If the Facebook user clicked on the ad on Facebook then it would take the mobile user to a specific place inside the new app to make an in-app purchase.  This is genius of Facebook to do because once you download an app, there is not much a reason to keep advertising to the same people to download the app again when they already have, then they are just wasting money. By making it more specific to each Facebook user, companies can make more specific advertisements  to users to make in-app purchases which is how many app developers are making money after the user has downloaded their app.

 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-01/who-advertises-on-facebooks-mobile-app-other-apps

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Dell PCs can now run Android

Dell announced today, on Wednesday that they are bringing a new line of laptops to the market that not only run Windows 8.1, but also Android.  This can arguably be one of the best partnerships of bringing the hybrid of PCs and mobile operating systems together. As PC sales are decreasing, and the world most widely used mobile operating system is increasing everyday this partnership is great for Dell because this gives them a competitive advantage 0ver many other their competitors.  Dell is making their products more portable and more widely used by adding Android.  It will be interesting to see how Dell fuses together Windows 8.1 with Android, if they will work simultaneously, if the computer has to be in tablet mode to run Android, or exactly how it works. I am not surprised though that this type of partnership is happening, even Apple has been making their Mac OS look more like the iOS with the use of apps. This is disruptive technology in a way because it shows that PCs are becoming more obsolete and they realize what more people are using so Hardware companies like Dell are trying what they can to make the Post-PC era that we are in now not happen as fast.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/dell-launches-new-android-windows-powered-venue-tablets-xps-ultrabooks-7000021464/

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Hackers crack the new iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner

In less than a week of the iphone 5s being released the new fingerprint scanner that is suppose to secure the iphone has already been hacked.  A man that goes by Starbug in berlin was the first to cracked the new scanner.  He basically used a higher resolution printer when printing the fingerprint because the iPhone uses a high resolution scanner.
At first glance this makes the iPhone 5s not very impressive and seems like the fingerprint scanner is a joke, but the likelihood of someone being able to get your fingerprint, have the correct printer, and know exactly how to use it to unlock your phone is slim.  I still see this being a great piece of security for mobile devices, and I think it is a great step in biological technology being infused with mobile technology.

 

http://mashable.com/2013/09/22/touch-id-hacker/

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How fast is the iPhone 5s with the new 64-bit A7 Processor

The iPhone 5s has been out for just about a week and with a faster processor in the device, it should perform faster.  With the new device running a 64-bit Apple A7 processor it benchmarked 1394 on  single-core and a 2506 on a multi-core.  In comparison, the iPhone 5 benchmarked at 721 on single-core and 1295 for multi-core.  This shows the iPhone 5s runs close to double the speed of its predecessor, the iPhone 5.
This is big for Apple because this could give people just enough of a reason to buy a 5s over an used iPhone 5 or a new 5c for half the price.  This also shows a great example of how technology grows at such a rapid pace, in just one year Apple can make their top brand iPhone run twice as fast with the new processor. As the smartphone market continues to grow and be more competitive, it is important for companies like Apple to always be improving their products for consumers.

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/09/video-iphone-5s-versus-iphone-5-benchmark-test

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2/3 of cell phone users use the internet with their phone

The industry of mobile phones has skyrocketed over the past decade. Over that time mobile phones have been used more and more for internet browsing, so much so that 2/3 of Americans with phones use their phone to surf the web.  This is a startling fact because this shows that a majority of cell phone users top priority in buying a phone is the internet user experience.  This fact not only helps tech and cell phone companies, but it also helps developers because this shows what users are concerned about and can help innovated more apps. This helps tech and cell phone companies because it shows what their users are concerned about and can focus their future products more around what users are spending their time on.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603180-94/two-thirds-of-cell-phone-owners-go-online-with-their-smartphone/

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Google bought Bump, an app that share data

Google is obviously one of the top competitors in the mobile phone industry. They are always trying to find new and innovative ways to be ahead of the curve in making the user experience on Android better. One big step they took today to develop more with Android is buying a mobile app company called Bump.  This app allows for user to wirelessly share photos, files, videos, contacts and otehr content between phones.  Bump is a company that has only been around for 5 years but has an idea that is strong. Apple in iOS7 now has Airdrop which is very similar to what Bump does, with whoever is close with the same type of device, they can send files and other content without having to email it.  I bet Google will take this idea, expand upon it, and try to implement it with the rest of their services.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57603110-93/google-buys-bump-for-app-to-share-content-with-a-tap/

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Learn how to turn in your iPad to get credit towards a new Microsoft tablet

The demand for tablets has increased dramatically in the US. Right now iPads are leading the market with tablets in America. For Microsoft to play ‘catch-up’ on the tablet game with their Surface RT or Pro, they have made a deal with Redmond, where if customers turn in an Apple iPad 2 or newer then they can get 200 or more dollars towards microsoft.  The motive behind this business strategy is to take customers away from apple and to get more customers using Microsoft’s tablet and new computer.  This makes getting a brand new microsoft tablet around 100 bucks, which is not a bad deal if someone is thinking about upgrading from their iPad to something new.

 

http://www.dailytech.com/Quick+Note+Microsoft+Offers+iPad+Users+200+to+Tradein+for+a+Surface+Tablet/article33374c.htm

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Apple’s iPhone 5c now up for pre-order

The new iphone 5c is available for pre prder. This iphone is brand new, instead of Apple decreasing the price of the iphone 5 to $99, they now have made two new phones. The cheaper iphone gives Apple the competitive advantage of being able to reach more markets around the world to have more people on their iOS devices. Apple has been trying to compete more with Android by reaching more people outside of the United States because Android is cheaper than Apple, so now this will hopefully boost Apple’s stock.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apples-iphone-5c-now-up-for-pre-order/2013/09/13/d271af46-1c6a-11e3-8685-5021e0c41964_story.html

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Maxthon Web Browser

This is a new mobile web browser that will be pre-installed on to over 100 million devices over the next year. This new web browser is cloud based which will sync across all of your devices. And keeps track of users habits while surfing the web, so if you like games or social media, it will conform to more of your needs.

http://thedroidguy.com/2013/09/maxthon-web-browser-preloaded-100m-devices/