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Sygic launching new gps app to to put HUD on windshield

Sygic is today launching a heads-up display (HUD) interface on its iPhone and Android apps — no extra gadgets required. You just need to place your smartphone under your windshield and Sygic’s high-contrast HUD interface will be reflected on it, making it appear as if your car has a futuristic smart windshield. The interface highlights the most important navigation information, like the distance to your next turn, and it works in conjunction with the app’s voice navigation.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/27/want-a-futuristic-navigation-hud-on-your-windshield-check-out-sygics-gps-app/

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Mobile gaming apps developers facing huge problem

The cost of getting a new mobile gamer exceeds the revenue that gamer produces. Super Data estimates that the cost per install (CPI, which is the measure of what it costs in advertising to get a user) was $2.73 for mobile games, compared to an average revenue per user of $1.96. And in the coming holiday season, Super Data estimates that the CPI will be more than double the average revenue per user. Super Data says that for 99 percent of game makers, that’s a problem.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/25/developers-brace-yourselves-for-a-bloodbath-the-cost-of-getting-a-new-mobile-gamer-exceeds-the-revenue-that-user-generates/

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Isis mobile payments from AT&T Verizon & T-Mobile launches across U.S.

The Isis app is currently poorly reviewed on Google Play (mainly from previous versions), with the AT&T version sporting one-and-a-half stars at the low-end and the T-Mobile version with two-and-a-half stars at the high-end. There are a number of complaints calling the app “useless,” “crap,” “garbage,” and Isis “greedy,” which does not bode well. Notably, instead of offering hard numbers or forecasts about how many locations are Isis-ready nationwide, the official announcement only cited research claiming that there will be “hundreds of thousands” of locations in the U.S. that will have NFC-enabled payment terminals by the end of the year.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/14/isis-the-mobile-payments-initiative-from-att-verizon-t-mobile-launches-across-the-u-s/

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Urban Airship launches new tools to speed up apps

Urban airship released a new set of tools for delivering images to mobile app users 38 to 58 percent faster than traditional methods. Urban Airship is one of the leading companies providing tools for mobile app developers, from plug-in code that helps your app send messages to users (via the iPhone’s Notification Center, for instance) to tools for tracking usage and figuring out how people are actually using your apps.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/12/urban-airship-launches-new-tools-to-help-speed-up-mobile-apps/

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Skydog ships Wi-Fi home router with mobile app control

Power cloud systems is fulfilling the promise from its kickstarter campaign by shipping the Skydog WiFi router to more than 1000 of its crowdfunding supporters

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/29/skydog-ships-its-wi-fi-home-router-with-mobile-app-control/

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Facebook introduces new mobile ads

Facebook added seven custom calls to action that marketers whose apps are losing audience can use to grab user attention.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/facebook-intros-new-mobile-ads-to-combat-app-exhaustion/

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iSketchnote digitizes your paper scribbles

A new effort that promises to bring sketch functionality to Apple’s tablet. By no means just for kids, the technology is suitable for adults’ sketches and for note-taking as well. The prototype device uses a sensor matrix built into an adjacent iPad cover. Regular sheets of paper overlay the sensor, somewhat like a pad of paper in an executive writing portfolio. The user makes doodles, notes or sketches on the paper normally, with an almost-normal pen. The sensor reads the classically drawn image created and re-creates it on the iPad in real time. Tagline: “From pen and paper to your iPad!”

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78977.html

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Microsoft updates Bing on iOS

With the release of iOS 7 to the general public Bing has taken a spot right in the center. It will most often be Bing now that Siri uses. Apple could build its own search engine, but why spend $10 billion when someone else already has? In the updated Bing iOS application, users will now be greeted with four tiles on the main screen of the app. The tiles — Weather, Popular Now, Nearby and Images — are designed to get users information without forcing them to type. The new Bing iOS app also allows users to share images that they found in the app to Twitter and Facebook. A new menu will also allow for syncing saved images and screenshots to SkyDrive.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/20/microsoft-updates-bing-on-ios-highlights-siri-integration/

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Smartphones with an accelerometer and gyroscope can recognize you by how you walk

The device uses its accelerometer and gyroscope to recognize the pattern of the way you walk, whether you are in sandals, boots, or sneakers. It recognizes your gait from measuring the data received from the gyroscope and accelerometer . It knows how you move and at what pace, and makes a determination of who you are. This would be useful if it is incorporated into a security type app and if your phone gets stolen it would be able to tell it was not the owner walking with the phone and then lock the person out and possibly notify the owner of the location of the device.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/12/your-phone-can-recognize-you-by-the-way-you-walk/

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Estimote a more personal shopping experience

With iOS 7 comes a new feature called iBeacon. What iBeacon does is it allows developers to communicate with iOS devices via a low energy Bluetooth signal to provide contextual info based on their immediate surroundings. This means that it would be able communicate deals to shoppers based on which aisle they’re in, for instance, or by letting them even send a payment token from a smartphone, with variable proximity programmable by the retailer, so you could tap to pay. It will be interesting to see how developers will implement this and it could change the shopping experience for good or for worse because like with everything  there will be some people that would prefer not get notifications about things that they are in the aisle with or how long they were in a certain aisle.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/11/estimote-details-ios-7-ibeacon-support-for-its-contextual-proximity-shopping-devices/

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Android’s Crazy-Quilt Syndrome

There’s no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year. It is not only the device market that’s fragmented, but also the OS itself. There are eight versions of Android currently in use. Developers have to work harder to support Android because they have to make decisions around screen sizes, OS generations and specific devices to support but on the other hand the level of competition among Android device makers has driven prices to such a point where it’s possible for many to get a smartphone when they couldn’t have otherwise afforded one.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78611.html

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LG’s new quad HD smartphone display may be overkill

With a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and 538 pixels per inch, the new 5.5-inch Quad HD panel is the first Quad HD AH-IPS LCD panel for smartphones, the company says. A high-resolution display such as the Quad HD panel is able to reproduce more delicate colors and offer better contrast and vividness compared with 1,280 x 720 HD displays. Quad HD puts smartphone displays more in line with Blu-ray video and can display a full view of PC-version Web pages without distortion. Features and applications will have to catch up with the resolution, however, in order to make it worthwhile.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78779.html