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Google Making Mobile More Friendly for Travelers

Traveling over the holidays can be hectic. But Google is doing its part to simplify matters some.Google announced today that it is updating its Search for Android application and its Google Now predictive search tool.Why? The Internet search giant is rolling out new features intended to boost streamline holiday travel.“As you head off this holiday season,” Google says, “the latest update to Google Now makes it even more useful for traveling. Before you even leave your house, Google Now will tell you what the weather will be like at your destinationjust in time to make sure you remember to pack those mittens.”

via Google Making Mobile More Friendly for Travelers | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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Apple slides to No 6 in China smartphone market

Hong Kong: Apple’s rank in China’s smartphone market, which is set to become the world’s largest this year, fell to No 6 in the third quarter as it faces tougher competition from Chinese brands, research firm IDC said on Thursday.

Apple’s third quarter ranking was two spots below its position in the second quarter in terms of China’s smartphone market share by shipments, IDC said. The US giant’s market share in China was under 10 per cent in the third quarter.

via Apple slides to No 6 in China smartphone market – Tech – IBNLive.

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Apple uses U.S. made ‘engine’ for iPhone, iPad

Key chips for the iPhone and iPad are being made in the U.S. — future U.S.-made Macs, asdisclosed today, notwithstanding.

This year, CEO Tim Cook has been talking about U.S. manufacturing more than usual. Partly to counter Apple’s largely make-it-in-China strategy but also because of U.S. manufacturing strengths.

The same essential points he made in a Bloomberg interview today he made back in May.

To wit: “It’s not known well that the engine for the iPhone and iPad is made in the U.S., and many of these are also exported…. The glass is made in Kentucky,” he said today to Bloomberg.


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Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012

How much money have mobile apps made? By the end of the year the cumulative revenues of the global mobile app market will have exceeded $30 billion, says analyst ABI Research. This figure includes money from pay-per-download apps, in-app purchases, subscriptions and in-app advertisements — the whole app kit-and-caboodle if you will.

The figure, which comes from ABI Research’s Mobile Application Markets Research Service, is nearly double the amount of money apps had generated by the end of 2011, according to the analyst.

“Consumers’ high interest in apps has for a long time been obvious from download volumes, but it’s 2012 that will go down in history as the year when the economic side of the business finally took off,” said senior analyst Aapo Markkanen in a statement. ”We’re no longer talking only about a short-term gold rush. Apps have become a major digital industry.”

via ABI: Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012, Nearly Double 2011 Figure; Now “Major Digital Industry” | TechCrunch.

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DuckDuckGo Vs. Google – The War Gets Dirty

DuckDuckGo is a relatively new search engine, and a wannabe competitor against Google. The search engine, which promotes itself as a “fair search” competitor to Google, has been extensively endorsed by sites like The New York Times,, and even on Search Engine Land, as a long-term threat to Google search dominance. It was one of the top 50 sites on TIME Magazine in 2011, and it is pretty much seen as an Internet phenomenon.

What sets DuckDuckGo apart is the claim that it doesn’t track your IP, or your search history. There are many other great features, like the ability to see official websites before Wikipedia answers, the ability to search directly on YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, etc… But this is not a search engine review.

via DuckDuckGo Vs. Google – The War Gets Dirty.

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Samsung wins U.S. court order to access Apple-HTC deal details

A U.S. judge has ordered Apple Inc to disclose to rival Samsung Electronics details of a legal settlement the iPhone maker reached with Taiwan’s HTC Corp, including terms of a 10-year patents licensing agreement.

The Korean electronics giant had earlier filed a motion to compel its U.S. rival — with whom it is waging a bitter legal battle over mobile patents across several countries — to reveal details of the settlement that was reached on November 10 with HTC but which have been kept under wraps.

In August, the iPhone maker won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung after a U.S. jury found that certain Samsung gadgets violated Apple’s software and design patents.

Now, legal experts say the question of which patents are covered by the Apple-HTC settlement, and licensing details, could be instrumental in Samsung’s efforts to thwart Apple’s subsequent quest for a permanent sales ban on its products.


via Samsung wins U.S. court order to access Apple-HTC deal details | Reuters.

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Adobe unveils new technology to insert video ads

Adobe Systems Inc. has added new tools to insert advertisements into online video content.

The new tools are part of Project Primetime, Adobe’s service for distributing video on computers, smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. A new ad-insertion tool called MediaWeaver “mirrors broadcast TV” in the way it inserts ads into programming, Adobe said Thursday.

For broadcasters and other content providers, that’s an improvement from the way a lot of online ads work now – concentrated at the start of the programming, or repeated over and over. MediaWeaver can get the latest ads inserted into video, whether it’s live, recorded or played back on demand.

via Adobe unveils new technology to insert video ads.

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HP exec derides Microsoft Surface as “slow” and “kludgey”

In an interview with IDG, HP PC Business chief Todd Bradley dismissed Microsoft’s first foray into the tablet market. Surface, he said, is “slow” and “kludgey”. Bradley added that he hardly considers Surface competition for HP, although it’s worth pointing out that HP doesn’t actually have a consumer tablet offering anyway — not yet, at least.

Since last year’s HP TouchPad disaster, the company has continued to avoid the consumer tablet market like a cat does a bathtub. According to Bradley, HP will continue to do so until possibly next year. “We’re not entering the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We’ll be doing something next year, but you won’t see a consumer tablet from HP before Christmas.” he assured IDG.

HP though, does offer its own enterprise tablet: the ElitePad 900. Although the ElitePad entertains a different market segment than Surface, it would seem that Surface is more likely to encroach on HP’s territory than vice-versa. Perhaps this thought nudged Bradley into his outspoken negativity

via HP exec derides Microsoft Surface as “slow” and “kludgey” – TechSpot News.

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The great mobile technology leap forward

Sales of smart tech devices are soaring as the traditional PC declines. Observer writers look at their impact, which is already helping children to learn, spreading literacy, improving healthcare, boosting harvests in Africa – and making the web giants sit up.

Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, chief digital officer at Pearson International, says: “We’re reaching the tipping point in terms of adoption and interest of mobile technology in the classroom. Soon we won’t be talking about mobile education as a separate thing; all education will be on mobile devices.”

With the internet increasingly part of modern life, chains such as Tesco and M&S are starting to offer free instore Wi-Fi as a matter of course. Tesco boss Philip Clarke argues the tough economic climate has made digital technology even more important.

The great mobile technology leap forward | Technology | The Observer.

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African apps take on mobile gaming industry

Move over Japan. Move over Silicon Valley. Africans are making a bid to turn the continent into the new home of mobile gaming. With more than 700 million mobile broadband subscribers across the continent, it’s little wonder a growing number of young entrepreneurs are jumping on the digital bandwagon and creating innovate, interactive content for their home market.

One such man is Nigerian Hugo Obi. Earlier this year he launched Maliyo, a gaming firm aimed at creating culturally relevant content that reflects the lives of average Nigerians.

“Nigeria is the largest country in the continent,” he said. “It has the fastest growing internet users, fastest growing mobile users and the shared nature of the Nigerian people is how they love to consume.

via African apps take on mobile gaming industry –

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Becomes World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 overtook Apple’s iPhone 4S to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012. A large touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the Galaxy S3 to the top spot.

Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.”

via MobileTechNews – Samsung Galaxy S3 Becomes World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q3 2012.

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Clinton’s laptop with first presidential e-mail up for sale

A laptop used by the former US president Bill Clinton to send his first presidential e-mail and the historic message to astronaut John Glenn in space is up for sale for a whopping USD 125,000. This is the first e-mail of a President and the first email of a President to the outer space.

The computer also contains outstanding documentation, including a signed photo of the former president and a signed print-out of the historic email also with Glenn’s signature. Clinton was the first president to send an e-mail while in office. He wasn’t exactly hooked on email though he sent a grand total of two during his eight-year term.

via Clinton’s laptop with first presidential e-mail up for sale – Tech News – IBNLive.

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Superstorm Takes Out 25 Percent of Cell Towers

Superstorm Sandy knocked out a quarter of the cell towers in an area spreading across 10 states, and the situation could get worse, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Many cell towers that are still working are doing so with the help of generators and could run out of fuel before commercial power is restored, the Federal Communications Commission said.

via Superstorm Takes Out 25 Percent of Cell Towers | Mobile Tech Today.

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What Lies Beneath the Tablet’s Screen

The last thing people probably consider when buying a new gizmo or gadget is how hard it might be to fix, but according to the teardown team at iFixit, Microsoft’s shiny new Surface tablet is easier to repair than the latest iPad, but it is still difficult to take apart.


The online teardown site rated the Surface’s “repairability” a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the easiest. That is a marked improvement over the iPad’s 2 rating, but far short of the Amazon Kindle Fire’s 8.

Getting inside the device was where the Surface scored over the iPad.

“Microsoft made the Surface’s internals accessible through the back — like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 — as opposed to through the front glass/LCD — like the iPad 3,” said Miroslav Djuric, chief information architect at iFixit.


Technology News: Tablets: What Lies Beneath the Surface Tablet’s Screen.

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Apple defends iPad mini price

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has defended the price of the iPad mini, claiming that it makes buying an iPad “even more affordable”.

The iPad mini was launched during the Apple Special Event 2012 in San Jose, USA, on Tuesday 23 October. It ticked almost all the boxes fans and eager consumers wanted. Some were slightly disappointed that it didn’t feature a Retina display – although, because of its size, the 1024 x 768 resolution equates to 163 pixels per inch (ppi). But almost all were disappointed by Apple’s pricing of the new device.

Starting at £269 in the UK ($329 in the States), it is more than £100 more expensive than its competitors, including the Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble Nook HD. However, Schiller is not concerned.

via Apple defends iPad mini price – Pocket-lint.

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Panasonic to reduce much of mobile phone business

Panasonic Corp will slash a significant portion of its mobile phone business as it struggles to make headway in the global smartphone market, dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co.

Panasonic, which sells mobile handsets in Europe and Japan, has been facing sluggish sales in Europe. It will close its mobile phone operations in the region as early as fiscal 2012, the Japanese business daily reported.

The company has already begun restructuring its business by shutting down its domestic cell phone factory in Shizuoka Prefecture and moving production to Malaysia, the Nikkei said.

via Panasonic to reduce much of mobile phone business: Nikkei – Yahoo! Finance.

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Android Captures Record 41 Percent of Tablet Shipments

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple iOS slipped to 57 percent global market share, allowing Android to capture a record 41 percent share.

Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments reached 24.7 million units in Q3 2012, rising a sluggish 43 percent from 17.2 million in Q3 2011. Demand for tablets slowed due to ongoing economic uncertainty and consumers holding off purchases in anticipation of multiple new models, like the iPad Mini, during the upcoming Q4 holiday season. Apple shipped a disappointing 14.0 million iPads worldwide and captured 57 percent share in the third quarter of 2012, dipping from 64 percent a year ago. Apple’s slowdown allowed the Android community to make gains and Android’s global share of the tablet market now stands at a record 41 percent.”

via MobileTechNews – Android Captures Record 41 Percent Share of Global Tablet Shipments in Q3 2012.

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The Art Of The iOS Icon

One of the great things about the App Store is that it inspires so much creativity from designers, it seems like there’s great new ideas for interfaces and interactions every week that delights the design community.

There’s one sub-section of mobile design that never seems to get enough exposure – App Store icon design. It seems to have developed into its own art form, with immensely talented icon designers finding more and more clever ways to showcase the app in a small square space.

via The Art Of The iOS Icon | Mobile Inc.

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Thanks to telecom oligopolies, it’s always raining in the cloud

There are plenty of ways to become outraged about the state of affairs in global communications, but one of the easiest is to travel to a foreign country and try to use your smartphone like a normal person — in other words, check your location on a map, get your email, send text messages, take photos and upload them, check into location apps, and so on. Depending on your carrier, the penalty for doing so ranges from serious inconvenience to something that resembles being mugged in a dark alley. In order to avoid this, you have to act like a criminal yourself by hacking your phone, or pay even more fees so you can get around using your carrier’s network. Welcome to the telecom industry’s version of the cloud, where it’s always raining.

Thanks to telecom oligopolies, it’s always raining in the cloud — Tech News and Analysis.

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Verizon Reports Double-Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Reports Third Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Earnings Growth

In third-quarter 2012, Verizon Wireless delivered the highest number of retail postpaid net additions in four years; strong growth in revenues; an increase in smartphone penetration; and the highest segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP) in the company’s history, surpassing last quarter’s previous high.

via MobileTechNews – Verizon Reports Third Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Earnings Growth.

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Polycom launches mobile video conferencing app for tablets

Responding to the growing enterprise mobility trend, video conferencing leader Polycom unveiled this week a mobile video conferencing application that runs on iPads and Android tablets.

Polycom’s RealPresence Mobile enables video conferencing on tablets, so that mobile workers can participate in video conferencing no matter where they are.

Polycom is offering the application, which can connect up to 16 calls at once, for free on the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) App Store and the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Play app markets. A number of video conferencing competitors, such as Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Vidyo, already offer mobile videoconferencing applications.

via Polycom launches mobile video conferencing app for tablets – FierceMobileIT.

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Workers iPhone 5 Line Rebellion (Not Mobile News)

(This is not mobile news, but I thought that others may find this interesting.)

Chinese workers at one factory reportedly were suffering so much abuse on iPhone 5 production lines they walked off the job for several hours on Friday. If this were an isolated incident, it might soon blow over — but reports of Chinese laborers being treated inhumanely so that Americans can have the latest shiny iToy are becoming common enough to cause a real problem for Apple.

Case Study: Oreck decided it was time to get smart about impression delivery across multiple channels. Working with partner Knotice, Oreck created a unified view of the customer to effectively target and deliver brand messages with improved relevance to each unique customer across multiple channels. [Get complete report] Workers at Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou, China, went on strike on Friday after managers imposed strict production demands for the iPhone 5 without corresponding worker training, according to China Labor Watch. Frustrations mounted among the workers as they turned out products that did not meet the standards, leading the company to place even more time pressure on the workers. In addition, workers were not given time off for a national holiday at the start of October.

Some of the workers were beaten multiple times, China Labor Watch also reported.

The strike lasted several hours, largely impacting the quality control line for the iPhone 5. A

via Technology News: Mobile Tech: Frustrated Workers Stop iPhone 5 Line in Foxconn Factory Rebellion.

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location data opt-out for iPhone, smartphones

It seems like companies are doing everything they can to squeeze extra revenue out of their customers these days by taking advantage of the personal usage data they collect. Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) are likely the two tech companies that are most often associated with turning usage data into dollars — Google isn’t even shy about it anymore — but plenty of other companies collect data from their users and use it to make money in a variety of ways. Two such companies, as it turns out, are Verizon Wireless (VZ) and AT&T (T).

They will share your data unless you take action and request that the company keep your info private. Worse still, users only have 30 days from the time they activate a new smartphone to opt out of having their usage data shared.

via Verizon, AT&T location data opt-out for iPhone, smartphones: How to.

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Maximizing the Instructional Impact of Videoconferencing

The spread of cheap and powerful videoconferencing tools had led to widespread adoption of the technology in an effort to lower costs and put resources to better use. But Education Consultant and Executive Director of Academic Programs and Faculty at Daymar Colleges Group Ruth Reynard argues that it can improve teaching and learning as well.

via Maximizing the Instructional Impact of Videoconferencing — Campus Technology.

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Students Can Work Like Practicing Engineers

I don’t do lectures anymore. Not in the usual sense. And I’ve never had so much fun teaching.

If I get an idea at home for my electronics-instrumentation class, I plug my Mobile Studio IOBoard—a small, inexpensive circuit board that allows students to do multiple electronics tasks without a lot of bulky equipment—into my laptop. I then build a circuit activity, record a lecture, add a paper-and-pencil exercise and an appropriate computer model, and I’m all done. I don’t have to wait until I get to the campus and find an open time in my lab. I can even ask a TA or a former student or a colleague at another university for feedback. The students can carry out their experiments anywhere, I can do my work anywhere, and I can get help from anyone because we all have the same set of simple, mobile learning tools.

Students get the same lectures I would give in person, but the focus is on doing things with the information rather than sitting passively and watching someone else demonstrate. When we meet for a two-hour session, they’ve already listened to the lecture, sketched out a circuit diagram, done some calculations. They’re ready to build and test a circuit at their desks, or may have done part of the activity at home. The recorded lectures become one more tool for the students to consult to help them through the experiments. One of my friends who teaches at a university in Utah won’t let students into her electromagnetic-theory class until they prove they’ve watched the lecture; they also have to bring proof that they’ve done the reading and some kind of homework.

via With a Mobile Circuit Board, Students Can Work Like Practicing Engineers – Online Learning – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Android users lonelier than iPhone owners

Describing itself as the “romantic social network”, Zoosk has seen a massive increase in the number of users accessing the site via mobile. Zoosk recently released an HTML5 version of to help ensure its service is accessible on most mobile devices. Over the last twelve months, mobile traffic to the site HTML5 and mobile apps has increased by 148 per cent. It has two native apps and the company has found that Android Zoosk users account for 55 per cent of mobile app usage, whilst iOS users claims the other 45 per cent of apps traffic. So Android handset owners are obviously lonelier than those with iPhones or iPads. Nonetheless, Zook’s app is still the top grossing social networking app in Apple’s iTunes store.¹More interesting mobile stats from Zoosk include the fact that native mobile apps account for 61 per cent of mobile traffic, whilst 55 per cent comes from mobile web – indicating an overlap of 16 per cent.

via Android users lonelier than iPhone ownersGoMo News.

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Google Play hits 25 billion downloads

Whether you’re looking for directions, checking email or sharing a picture with friends, apps are now an indispensable part of life. And if you’re using Android, it all starts with Google Play, home to 675,000 apps and games. That’s a lot of choice. We’ve now crossed 25 billion downloads from Google Play, and to celebrate we’re offering some great discounts for the next five days.

Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents. We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.

Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.


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Windows Phone Provides User Review Translations

Microsoft is really trying to increase the appeal of Window Phone to developers, and a new tool just released adds a small, but very useful feature: instant translation of user reviews from one language to another. Microsoft is calling this one a “fun surprise,” but it could actually be a very helpful convenience feature in helping developers understand their audience.

A lot of developers I’ve spoken with have had success in markets where English isn’t the primary language, despite no efforts to localize on their part. A quick and easy way to understand what it is people like about the app in those areas where performance is surging (or flopping badly), without having to go to Google Translate and manually input content, could make it easier to translate success to other markets or correct failures.

This is a small feature addition, but one that reflects a growing need for Microsoft and others fighting for third place in the smartphone platform wars to cater to developers in as many ways as they possibly can.

via Windows Phone Dev Center Now Provides User Review Translations For App Developers | TechCrunch.

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Mobile Companies Connect With Almost $4B in VC Funding

Companies targeting consumers raised the most of any single category, $1 billion in venture capital. That category is made up almost exclusively of app development startups. Such companies have raised big rounds with VCs (Path raised $40 million; Instagram $50 million this year right before it was bought for $1 billion by Facebook).

The biggest surprise for in the data has been all the money pouring into early stage and later stage mobile device companies. “When I first came to Silicon Valley 11 years ago, there wasn’t a soul who wanted to invest in a device company,” Rajeev Chand says. “Now there’s a proliferation of device companies, ranging from mobile health to accessories for smartphones.”

But Chand warns that just because young mobile companies are finding it relatively easy at the moment to raise seed-stage cash – amounts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 – doesn’t mean the largesse will continue as they go after funding that can range from $1 million to tens, even hundreds of millions. “It will be a lot harder for them to raise series A, B, or beyond,” Chand says. “Most of the companies that raised seed funding won’t make it to the next level.” What will make the difference? According to Chand, start with engaging your users, then deploy a business model that can convert all those rabid fans of your mobile product or service into steady, predictable revenue – ideally a lot of it. As Facebook has shown everyone, if you can’t make mobile pay, you don’t have much to sell.

via Mobile Companies Connect With Almost $4B in VC Funding | Wired Business |

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How Free Mobile is already driving data prices down in France

The basic idea behind the company is that it can radically reduce mobile costs by offloading traffic over Wi-Fi where possible. It’s a simple, audacious concept that’s technically hard to execute — but so far it seems to have been pretty successful, with the business opening up a network of 4 million hotspots around big French cities in April and putting on a record 2.6 million subscribers in its first quarter of operations.

From Thursday, users of its “Sosh” branded mobile internet services can now get 3GB of data each month for €19.90 — that’s $24.80 — Compared to the initial offers unveiled in September 2011, the price drop is impressive: Sosh then proposed 1GB and unlimited for €39.90. It is now offering three times more data for less than 37 percent of the original price. […] Meanwhile, Sosh will stop selling its package at €14.90 (2 hours of calls and 1GB) and replace it with a subscription to €19.90 euros including unlimited calls 24 hours a day, becoming the new standard in the market, and 2 GB of data, which will be better able to compete with Free Mobile package.

The irony is that Orange is, in part, responsible for Free’s rise. The two companies have an agreement that lets Free buy airtime on Orange’s 3G network, which has caused consternation at the France Telecom-owned business. Statistics suggest that around 88 percent of traffic is going across Orange towers and just 12 percent of us

via How Free Mobile is already driving data prices down in France — European technology news.

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5 Ways Higher Education Is Leveraging Mobile Tech

The latest numbers show 40% of teens plan on buying an iPhone within the next three months. In the last three years, the smartphone penetration rate among the 18-24 age demographic has risen by nearly a fifth. It’s not unreasonable to expect that nearly all of the Class of 2015 will have smartphones by the time they graduate. At the same time, nearly half of all college students are using their phones to access the mobile web.

There’s a recent debate about whether schools should create mobile apps or mobile websites. Either way, according to Dave Olsen, a web developer at West Virginia University, roughly 15% of colleges and universities even have a mobile website, much less an app or set of apps targeted to their prospective, current and/or alumni bodies.

As tomorrow’s grads become increasingly married to their mobile devices, here are five ways that mobile tech matters just as much as social technology in the higher ed space [The explanations of each point is edited out due to length].

1. Engaging a Mobile Student Body

2. Providing Real-Time Information that Matters

3. Creating a Safer Campus

4. Empowering Mobile Commerce

5. University Brand Reputation

5 Ways Higher Education Is Leveraging Mobile Tech.

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Digitally Savvy Students Play Hide-and-Seek With Campus Messages

While e-mail remains the official method of communication on most campuses, colleges are expanding their presence in the virtual world, trying to reach students where they hang out. But without careful planning, that can lead to a scattershot approach as new platforms keep popping up and students’ attention becomes increasingly dispersed.

“Most campuses are seeing that we can’t just keep firing this content out on all channels,” says Malcolm Brown, a director at Educause, the higher-education-technology consortium. Not only do students feel inundated, but staff members may be overwhelmed by the extra work of reporting events and messages on multiple sites.

Officials have to be ready to engage in a conversation, answer questions, and have a strategy to deal with people who post messages that are hostile or insulting.

Digitally Savvy Students Play Hide-and-Seek With Campus Messages – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Authority on the Future of Technology

Over the past year, the growth in the popularity of smartphones has led the largest U.S. mobile carriers to replace unlimited data plans with ones that place caps on data usage, and charge extra for exceeding those limits.

Working with three colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, computer science PhD researcher Chunyi Peng probed the systems of two large U.S. cell-phone networks. She won’t identify them but says that together they account for 50 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers. The researchers used a data-logging app on Android phones to check the data use that the carriers were recording. The carriers were found to usually count data correctly, but they tended to overcount—and hence potentially overcharge—when a person used applications that stream video or audio, and particularly when coverage was weak or unreliable.

The researchers determined that even typical use of a phone could lead the data to be overcounted by 5 to 7 percent, Peng says. That could cost customers money. The two largest U.S. wireless networks, AT&T and Verizon, both charge a user $15 for straying into each new gigabyte of data over the data cap.

The problem stems from the way networks count data use. They count data as it leaves the heart of a company’s network and sets out on the journey to the mobile tower nearest a subscriber. That means data is counted whether a phone receives it or not. If a person on a bus is streaming video but enters a tunnel and loses her connection, for example, video that she never sees will already have been counted toward her plan.

Technology Review: The Authority on the Future of Technology.


How Connectivity Influences Global Shopping

While e-commerce activity for some consumer packaged goods (CPG) products — especially perishable categories where freshness counts — may not be as transformative as other non-CPG industries — such as books, music and travel — online grocery purchasing power is growing. New findings from a Nielsen online survey of respondents from 56 countries around the world provide insight into the influence digital devices have on grocery-shopping behavior.

More than one-quarter (26%) of global respondents said they planned to purchase food and beverage products via an online connected device in the next three to six months — a jump from 18 percent reported in 2010. Skin care and cosmetics also increased from 22 percent to 25 percent in the latest survey.

One in five global respondents said they planned to purchase electronic books and digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions, a new category added to the Nielsen Global Survey in 2012. The online purchase intent of hard copy books and physical subscriptions declined from 44 percent in 2010, to 33 percent this year. Categories with growing global purchase intent include computer/game software (+18 percentage points), entertainment tickets (+10), computer/game hardware (+6), video/music production (+5), cars/motorcycle and accessories (+4) and apparel/accessories/shoes/jewelry (+1).

Results received from a survey include the following data:

  • Online shopping intentions for food and beverage categories increased 44 percent in two years
  • Six-in-ten global respondents used the Internet for grocery shopping research
  • Nearly half (49%) of respondents purchased a product online
  • Globally, 46 percent used social media to help make purchase decisions
  • 37 percent purchased from online-only stores most frequently (I don’t know why it didn’t include the link on it’s own. I am going to fix this when I get home tonight.)


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Technology in Higher Education 2012

First a Stanford University professor opened his computer-science course up to anyone who wanted to join in online. Soon some of the world’s best-known universities tried similar experiments. It’s a mix of self-service learning and crowd-sourced teaching.

The following statistics were highlighted in the article:

55% of students owned smartphones in 2011, but many admitted lacking some basic technology skills.

42.6% of university presidents was already using iPads in 2011, the year after they were introduced.

1% of course-materials revenue came from e-books in 2011-12.

50.6% was Blackboard’s share of the learning-management-systems market in 2011, down from 57.1 percent in 2010.

Almanac 2012: Technology – Almanac of Higher Education 2012 – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Apps Dominate Mobile Time Spent on Travel in U.S.

Nielsen looked at the usage of travel-related mobile apps and websites during June 2012. Findings showed that U.S. Android and iOS users spent 95 percent of their time accessing travel information from travel apps, versus only 5 percent from the mobile Web. This discrepancy was largely driven by Google Maps—the top Travel category app and mobile website during June—which accounted for 78 percent of all mobile time spent on Travel.

The Cruise Lines category was exclusively accessed through the mobile Web, while 98 percent of time spent browsing map/navigation information was through an app. The Travel Destinations/Theme Parks category seemed to have the most balanced usage among smartphone owners, as 54 percent of time spent was through an app and 46 percent via mobile Web.


Apps Dominate Mobile Time Spent Accessing Travel in U.S. | Nielsen Wire.