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Facebook Rolling Out Photo Sync to All Users

After three months of testing, Facebook is rolling out its Facebook Photo Sync feature to all users.

The upgrade allows people to automatically sync those photos taken on their phone to a private album on the social network. From there, users can pick their favorites and share with family and friends via the Timeline.

 

Read Full Article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412741,00.asp

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Apple Now The Second Largest Mobile Phone Maker Under Samsung

Apple has just passed LG as the second largest phone (not smartphone) maker in the United States. As of October 2012, Apple owned 17.8% of mobile phones, up from 16.3% in July. Samsung also gained a bit of marketshare, increasing its 25.6% share to 26.3% in the United States. Because of this, LG fell to third place, loosing 0.8% marketshare. Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III were likely the reason for such a significant change in marketshare.

 

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Samsung to ship over 60M smartphones in Q4

Samsung Electronics will ship over 60 milllion smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012 given the popularity of its Galaxy Note 2 and S3 devices.

The Yonhap News Agency, citing research findings from investment bank UBS, reported Wednesday that the South Korean electronics giant will sell 61.5 million units of smartphones in the October-December period. This is an increase of 5 percent from an estimated 58 million units in the previous quarter, it noted.

The shipment volume could go up to as high as 63 million depending on sell-through, or the amount of devices actually sold to consumers, it added.

 

Read More Here: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-to-ship-over-60m-smartphones-in-q4-7000007714/

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Thanksgiving breaks Instagram records

With platters of delicious Thanksgiving food being served on elegant tables throughout the U.S., the setting was just right for Instagram to break its records, and it did.

The Facebook-owned mobile photo-sharing social network said Thanksgiving 2012 broke all its records.

More than 10 million photos whose captions included Thanksgiving-related terms were posted, and for several hours, more than 200 photos were being uploaded every second, Instagram said in a blog post Friday morning.

Read More Here: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-instagram-thanksgiving-records-20121123,0,4224040.story

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Larger carriers losing prepaid phone sales to smaller players

Prepaid smartphone sales are on the rise, but smaller carriers are stealing sales away from the big boys, says NPD.

Top carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are losing sales of prepaid smartphones to the likes of Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and MetroPCS, according to an NPD report out today.

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Samsung wants details of Apple’s settlement with HTC

Samsung this afternoon filed a request with the court for Apple to provide a copy of its patent license agreement with HTC.

That deal, announced on Saturday, put an end to the bitter battle between the two companies, a conflict that’s similar, but smaller in scale to the one between Apple and Samsung.

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iOS mobile news

In your FaceTime: Apple gets sued by VirnetX

VirnetX, which has already won $368.2 million in damages, isn’t quite done with Apple

The patent holding and security software company, which earlier this week won an earlier suit against Apple in a Texas court, has now slapped the electronics giantwith a new lawsuit. As in the prior complaint, VirnetX is accusing Apple of infringing four of its networking patents through the use of FaceTime.

 

Read full article: http://m.cnet.com/news/in-your-facetime–apple-gets-sued-by-virnetx—-again/57547606t

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iPhone mobile news

Apple has lost their legal claim to the iPhone name in Mexico

Apple may have solved their trademark problems in China, but it appears they may have a bigger problem on its hands south of the U.S. border, as a court in Mexico City has denied an injunction that would have allowed Apple to continue to sell under the iPhone brand because it violates the trademarks of iFone, a Mexican telecommunications company.

The move could prove costly to Apple in more ways than one. In addition to losing the ability to sell devices under the iPhone trademark in Mexico, iFone is also suing for damages for past infringement, asking for a minimum of 40% of all iPhone sales to date in the Mexican market.

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Apple Patent Points to In-Device Anti-Theft System

Apple is aiming to safeguard its products against theft with a built-in detection system, according to a patent application filed Thursday.

Dubbed an “acceleration-based theft detection system for portable electronic devices,” the feature is meant to initate an alarm if a theft condition is deemed present, based on acceleration frequencies.

 

Read Full Article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411693,00.asp

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Android mobile news

Google’s Android software in 3 out of 4 smartphones

Three out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter featured Google Inc’s Android mobile operating system, as the gap between Google and Apple Inc-based phones widened further, according to a new research report.

Read Full Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-android-share-idUSBRE8A11A820121102

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Apple vs. Samsung: Apple finally Posts an ‘Apology’ to Samsung on U.K. Website

Apple has posted a notice on its website which says that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 did not contravene in any way the Apple’s design patent for iPad. The notice is accessible via the link on apple.co.uk. In the notice Apple recognizes the fact that the High Court of Justice of England and Wales has concluded that the Samsung Galaxy Lineup does not breach the Apple’s design patent for the iPad. Apple was required to tender the notice as per the orders of the court.

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iPad Mini Shipping Date Pushed Back by Two Weeks For White Models Only

There has been a fair amount of negative attention drawn to the iPad Mini. Some of the general public thinks the device is too pricey, considering how similar its specs are to many Android devices that are at least $100 cheaper. Despite the complaints, the iPad Mini is still doing quite well when it comes to pre-orders.

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Free Android App Takes Caller ID to the Next Level

Two months ago, WhitePages released Current Caller ID, a free Android-only app that brings some much-needed advancement to the basic caller ID features that have been available for years.

In addition to showing a name and number, Current Caller ID displays a caller’s most recent Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn updates. The app also shows you the caller’s local weather and some location-related news headlines.

 

Read Full Article: http://blogs.cio.com/smartphones/17486/free-android-app-takes-caller-id-next-level

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Android: Now changing the way you snack

Android is not only for smartphones. It fits many applications in many form factors, such as controlling robots and home automation. Vending machine technology provider Vendscreen has recognized this, and is adding better human interaction, intelligence and new payment choices to vending machines, with the help of Android.

Vendscreen built a multi-touch Android solution to let customers read nutritional information, communicate to vending machine operators the status of the vending machines’ sales and inventory, and to increase the payment options afforded to consumers to include payments by near field communications (NFC) and credit and debit cards. With a bright, color screen, Vendscreen serves up ads to customers then records their clicks and purchases to gauge effectiveness.

Read Full Article: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/81643

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iOS mobile news

Six billion people are using mobile devices

Smartphones and tablets are obviously taking the entire world by storm, but would it surprise you if you knew that nearly 85% of the world’s population is using mobile devices? According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), six billion people in the world use smartphones and/or tablets.

Unsurprisingly, China alone accounted for around one billion of those users, and India is expected to close in on one billion mobile users as well before the end of the year. Four countries that include India, China, Brazil, and Mexico are actually amongst the top telecommunications markets in terms of revenue in the world.

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http://www.slashgear.com/six-billion-people-are-using-mobile-devices-12251696/

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Apple Maps Controversy No Big Deal, Survey Finds

Apple’s (AAPL) flawed mapping software on its iPhone 5 generated a storm of controversy in the news media, but consumers don’t think it’s a very big deal.

A new survey finds the Apple Maps issue to be “irrelevant” to consumers. Also no big whoop is Apple’s new Lightning adapter, which made obsolete all the previous speaker docks and chargers.

ChangeWave, a unit of 451 Research, last month surveyed 4,270 consumers, mostly in North America, to measure their smartphone satisfaction and purchase intent.

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/technology/101212-629154-apple-maps-problem-irrelevant-to-consumers.htm#ixzz298DBOeg0

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Android mobile news

TomTom Releases $50 Android Navigation App That Only Works on Low-Resolution Devices

TomTom, the makers of stand-alone navigation devices for vehicles, announced that it has released a Navigation app for the Android platform – with a couple of catches.

The TomTom app has been available for a while on the iOS platform for $50, which seems steep, but is understandable on a platform that, until recently, lacked a built-in navigation feature.

The new Android app also only works on Android devices with resolutions of 800 x 480 or 854 x 480. This excludes many newer Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, and Galaxy Nexus.

 

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http://www.webpronews.com/tomtom-releases-50-android-navigation-app-that-only-works-on-low-resolution-devices-2012-10

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Nokia’s New Lumia Is an AT&T Exclusive Again

Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, will go on the market next month, and in the United States it will be available only on AT&T.

Last time, AT&T was the only American carrier to sell Nokia’s flagship Lumia 900, which didn’t sell well. So why does AT&T keep getting the goods?

Well, “Nokia very likely gave AT&T the exclusive to get its marketing support, which could make or break the device because people may not have heard of it otherwise”, said Jan Dawson, a mobile analyst at Ovum.

 

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/nokia-lumia-920-att/

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Android mobile news

Researcher Says Flaw in Android Creates Phone Risk

Cellphones using Google’s Android operating system are at risk of being disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music and photos because of a security flaw that was discovered several months ago but went unnoticed until now.

Opening a link to a website or a mobile application embedded with malicious code can trigger an attack capable of destroying the memory card in Android-equipped handsets made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, rendering the devices useless, computer security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar wrote in a blog post Friday.

 

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/researcher-flaw-android-creates-phone-risk-17350732#.UGY4zo1lQ3g

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iPhone mobile news

iPhone 5 estimated to cost 41 cents per year to charge

A new estimate claims Apple’s latest iPhone costs 41 cents a year to keep charged, less than a third of its sibling, the iPad.

The metric, put out this week by energy analytics company Opower, is based on the assumption that iPhone owners will recharge their device once a day for the entire year.

 

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57522689-1/iphone-5-estimated-to-cost-41-cents-per-year-to-charge/

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mobile development usability

Apple Lightning connector may not be replaced for 10 years

While Apple’s new plug is similar in size to the Micro USB standard, Kuo believes the Lightning’s specs are higher, making the connector more difficult to manufacture. Included in the new high-tech part is a unique design which the analyst says is likely to feature a pin-out with four contacts dedicated to data, two for accessories, one for power and a ground.

Kuo notes the new Lightning connector’s cost of $3.50 represents a huge 775 percent rise in Average Sales Price (ASP) compared to the 30-pin dock connector’s last price of $0.40.

While ASP may be high in the first one to two years following deployment, the cost is acceptable as Apple will likely make back its investment in royalties from accessory sales.

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/21/analyst_lightning_connector_is_longterm_investment_may_not_be_replaced_for_10_years

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Why Apple made the right decision with iOS 6 Maps

Mapping is a core function of any smartphone. Every person who has a smartphone has a need for maps. If Apple removed Maps from iOS completely, customers would start switching to other smartphones. It’s just that important.

So if you’re Apple CEO Tim Cook, you have two choices. You can either A) let your enemy Google continue to power your default Maps application, or B) you can build your own Maps app and kick Google to the curb.

This is the decision that Tim Cook and his team faced when they decided to remove Google Maps as the default mapping application for iOS. Instead, Apple decided to build its own Maps application, powered partly by data from TomTom.

 

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-33617_3-57518043-276/why-apple-made-the-right-decision-wth-ios-6-maps/

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New mobile phone jammer helps minimize road accidents

The jamming system operates whenever the driver turns on the ignition. The jamming device receives radiation emitted by the phone. The device can tell whether the mobile phone is being used by the driver or the passenger.

“Once the driver’s use of cell phone is detected, a low-range jammer deactivates the cell phone without affecting other passengers’ cell phones. The system is powered by the vehicle,” said Shabeer, the lead developer in the project.

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Microsoft SkyDrive For Android

Microsoft now offers SkyDrive for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android–in short, all the platforms most people use on both desktop and mobile devices.

One of SkyDrive’s best features is its integration with Office Web Apps. Web Apps lets you create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents using just a Web browser. Now, you can create a Word document, for example, on any desktop or iPad using just a browser, and then download the document to your Android device.

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http://www.informationweek.com/byte/news/galleries/personal-tech/storage-memory/240007310

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III passes 20 million sales, within 100 days of launch

The Samsung Galaxy S III was heralded as a stand-out device than can truly challenge Apple and it seems that the early hype is translating to sales after Samsung claimed that its flagship smartphone had passed 20 million sales worldwide, that’s within 100 days of its launch.

Xinhua reports that the figures break down to around 200,000 sales per day. Samsung is traditionally reserved when it comes to discussing sale numbers, but it did reveal how that 20 million splits out regionally: 6 million units were sold in Europe, 4.5 million across Asia, 4 million in North America, and 2.5 million devices on its home turf in South Korea.

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/09/06/samsungs-galaxy-s-iii-passes-20-million-sales-within-100-days-launch/

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Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite with front-lit screen, 8wks battery life

Today in Los Angeles, Amazon announced a new brighter, sharper e-ink Paperwhite Kindle. The device features a Lightguide frontlit display with fiber optic lighting, runs at $119 and ships Oct 1st.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the front-lighting of the Kindle Paperwhite makes the display feel more like ambient light than a back-lit LCD display. It’s 9.1mm thick and 7.5 ounces. The lighting doesn’t affect battery life either, as it gets 8 weeks on a charge even with the light on.

Additionally, the company has announced a free 3G-connected model that will run at $179 and a new $69 Kindle which replaces the original, low-end Kindle.

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/09/06/amazon-announces-new-kindles-e-ink/