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Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make it’s messaging service available to users in emerging markets whose users primarily have entry-level mobile phones that typically cannot access the Internet. All users that don’t have Interenet access need to do to access Twitter is simply dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter. This is huge specially for company’s like Utopia Fonetwish service.  U2opia Mobile, will launch its Twitter service come the first quarter of next year. This will help more than 11 millipon of Utopia users which already access Facebook and Google Talk on their mobiles without data connection. 

This move allows mobile users in the poorer parts of the world to have mobile interaction with Twitter and get an experience that us Americans don’t even have to think about if we have data on our mobile devices. The difference between U2opia’s Twitter feed and an average American Twitter feed will be what is shown on a U2opia user’s feed will be localized to their location. In a sense Twitter may be the newest news circular or advertising means for these countries.

 

Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

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Mobile Technology Allows Guests Easy Check-In at 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Dubai

Checking into a Marriott hotel, specifically over in the Middle East has become easier than ever before. Now in the Marriott in Dubai guests are being welcomed through the use of mobile technology. Marriott Reward members have the option to download the Marriott Mobile app to check in to their hotel up to two hours prior to their arrival, and they will recieve an automatic notification when their room is ready. The Marriott Mobile Check-In app makes it easy for travelers to join Marriott Rewards and instantly gain access to its benefits. With the goal of keeping travellers connected, this new Marriott app is just one of the many ideologies that allows Marriott to engage with guests and stay in the forefront of customer service.

Read how your mobile experience at the Marriott in Dubai may be in the article linked below.

Mobile Technology Allows Guests Easy Check-In at 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Dubai.

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How Mobile Technology is Empowering the Philippines’ Poor

How Mobile Technology is Empowering the Philippines’ Poor

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Mobile technology tracks your every move – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

Marketers and mobile app developers have come together and developed a new way to help shoppers find what they want for less, or so that’s what consumers think. The incentive to this technique is to allow for more aggressive tracking of consumer behavior. The goal is to moniotr consumers online and off to detrmine what kind of buyer each individual might be and how much they may pay. How do brick and mortar stores get consumers to agree by pushing through their own mobile apps, offering in store Wi Fi so that their moible apps can entice shoppers with coupon deals or ads as they move throughout a store.   Not all of the new technology tracking is voluntary, some stores are using heat sensors and monitoring cellphone signals to monitor which aisles attract the most attention.

 

Read more at the link provided below.

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New Mobile Technology “Assisting” in Long Distance Relationships

 

Mobile technology undoubtedly has been a blessing for those who are in long distance relationships in this age in time. Sometimes smartphones are changing the way we as human beings manage our love life wither it is for better or worse. The dilemma now days is though  smart phones have provided us with an instantaneous way of communicating to each other at our fingertips, it  still feels like people or couples are still more disconnected than ever.

The creators behind the BOND bracelet have attempted to solve this disconnection by creating a bracelet that two significant partners wear and allow your mobile phone to generate vibrations to another despite distance across the globe.

Read more about this love bracelet at

Mobile technology helps relationships, but doesn’t replace touch 

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Mobile carriers Slammed for Rejecting Smartphone ‘kill switch’

Cellular operators are being criticized by law enforcement officials for rejecting a solution that would help address the rein in smartphone theft. Officials have been pushing for a “kill switch” that could render smartphones inoperable after they’re stolen. Since smartphone robberies  have increased across the U.S., and in many major cities, these particular crimes make up the majority of serious street crime. In many cases, victims are physically attacked or threatened with knives or guns for their phones. Officials look to the kill switch as one of the greatest incentives to reduce smartphone theft.

Carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint could not be immediately reached to comment, but CTIA said they rejected the kill switch because customers are offered a list of apps to download that will serve the purpose of the kill switch. Lead way has been met with Apple and Samsung whom both have added new security features to their latest handsets.

This kill switch could be looked at as a beacon to limit smartphone thefts, but to what extent? If a thief knows how to themselves/knows a person who can take a part a phone and switch out all the necessary components to make the phone functional again, would this kill switch even be useful?

As well there are particular apps out there that can be downloaded to make a phone inoperable, but it is up to users to find these apps, possibly pay for them, and download them. If carriers or mobile manufacturers installed this kill switch functionality upon shipping devices out to stores, then the carriers would not have to carry the burden of utilizing the kill switch, but it would be up to manufacturers or the users to set up a means of killing their stolen devices themselves.

 

Read “Mobile carriers slammed for rejecting smartphone ‘ill switch”  in the Mobile Technology section at  InfoWorld.com

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Mobile Technology Effect in K-12 Classrooms: More Than a Question of Cost

Tablets have become a learning fixture in many K-12 classrooms. The quick access to information and capability to provide personalized learning are just a few of the reasons why teachers, administrators and parents have been behind the push for one-to-one tablet programs in classrooms throughout the country.

The “main” reason administrators have NOT implemented the one-to-one tablet initiative is there is no room in the budget for it. The cost of the tablets themselves, along with maintenance costs, higher bandwidth and security features, and more manpower in school IT departments,  and training educators how to effecitvely use it towards learning purposes are certainly obstacles.

But is money really the only point of issue when it comes to adding mobile technology to the classroom? Students will be given a convenient means for self-direction and given the ability to find information faster but will this advanced technology based learning option take a way from practices that older generations grew up to do?Practices such as how to track down a library book via the Dewey Decimal System, eventually it may lead to student’s not knowing to spell properly for there is always spell check or even perfect their handwriting skills.

Another thing to think about  is  the sentiments tablets will play in education process. “Will mobile technology in classrooms really ever live up to the hype that surrounds it?” The current push for tablets in K-12 classrooms echoes the sentiments once reserved for in-class computers. In many cases, the learning promises associated with those computers did not come to fruition. Which inevitably left  behind a wake of technology-jaded educators whom soom looked at technology as a an overpriced distraction opposed to a useful teaching tool.

Mobile Technology in K-12 Classrooms: More Than a Question of Cost | Matthew Lynch, Ed.D..

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Mobile Shortens Holiday Shopping Schedule and Spending,

 

According to Brand Keys annual 2013 Holiday Survey, they found that 19% of consumers polled started shopping last month.  Which is 5% less than ladt years survey. And the amount people project to spend is 5% than last years results as well. The reasoning for this according to approximately 15000 consumers surveyed claim its due to increased use of mobile outreach and olanning, paired with the numerous amounts of retailer mobile apps. 65% of consumers have already or anticipate they can plan and shop more effectively by finding the best values faster using their mobile device,  thus sigsignificantly shortening the time for holiday shopping. Even retailers are feeling no need to rush into holiday advertising.

 

Read this article to find out more about hoe mobile has changed the shopping paradigm.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpassikoff/2013/11/14/mobile-shortens-holiday-shopping-schedule-and-spend-so-you-have-more-time-to-be- thankful/

 

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The Impact of Mobile on Publishers

The dominance of the technology giants continue to grow in mobile advertising. Therefore news organizations will continue to struggle as users transition from consuming media from physical newspapers to the computer and now to mobile devices.

 

The balance between revenue generated from online scriptions versus online advertising is shifting. The New York Times digital subsricption revebue has surpassed digital ad revenue validatibg the decision to create a paywall.

 

According to the State of Media Report from Pew the amount of CPM made from mobile devices for publishers is only $0.75 comparing to the CPM on a computer which is $3.50. With over half of people recieving news from theor mobile devices the difference in ad rates shoulr alarm all publishers that the need to shift their funds. Publishers combat the advertising exchanges by selling branded content which is important because the publishers cab sell the native ads at a premium rate which can be integrated into the mobile experience in the future.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminboxer/2013/11/14/the-impact-of-mobile-on-publishers-more-consumption-less-revenue/

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ThirdLove App Uses Your iPhone Photos to Create a Custom Bra

iPhone app, ThirdLove aims to take online shopping to a new level for women with an Apple product. After beta testing, the free app officially has been launched as November 7, 2013.

ThirdLove focuses on on one of the more intimate shopping experiences for a woman: buying a bra. For some women, online shopping does not compare to the real-life experience of visiting a store — mostly because it contains the risk of ordering something that might not fit, but cofounders Hedi Zak And Dave Spector hope to change this with ThirdLove.

The app uses computer vision (which analyzes real-world objects much like the human eye does) to measure a woman virtually through iPhone photographs. It detects specific physical components and produces data, such as the measurements needed for a custom-fit bra. Once a shopper takes the necessary photographs, she can customize a bra of her choice, which she will receive a package encasing a silky drawstring pouch wrapped in blue tissue paper with her customized bra. This new app has the potential to change, if not overcome, the world of customized lingerie: bra purchases, specifically online purchases.

Read more about ThirdLove App Uses Your iPhone Photos to Create a Custom Bra at Mashable.com.

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Firefox gets mobile foothold from Android preinstallation deals | Internet & Media – CNET News

Second-tier phones and tablets from Gigabyte and Kobo will have Mozilla Firefox’s mobile browser built. This may be an essential move for Mozilla’s ambition of having more mobile influence; it would be more helpful if Mozilla could get its browser on higher-profile devices such as on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android device maker Samsung, HTC, and LG Electronics.

Pre-installation of software on computing devices means that people could more likely try or at least see software that most users wouldn’t even go out their way to install. Firefox OS, is Mozilla’s browser-based operating system for smartphones that has started reaching some markets in July.

 

 

Firefox gets mobile foothold from Android preinstallation deals | Internet & Media – CNET News.

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6 Design Tips For Improving Your Mobile Retail Conversions

Hipmob, author Ayo Omojola, provides tips on how to help mobile businesses better communicate to custoemrs. This particular post focuses on design choices prevalent in mobile retail and mobile eCommerce apps. The tips are as follows:

  1. Pictures Matter
  2. Bring the “point” front and center
  3. Bring the “call-to-action” front and center
  4. Limit the amount of taps
  5. Turn the funnel upside down
  6. Think Paypal and Amazon, not Visa and Amex

Omojola says “All in – this gets you a mobile shopping interface which takes 3 clicks to buy. Doesn’t work for everyone, but if you plan to sell real world goods or services from a mobile interface, it’s a good start. ”

Read more about Omojola’s tips in Forbes Cyber Monday Prep article 6 Design Tips For Improving Your Mobile Retail Conversions

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FAA Officially Relaxes the Rules on Mobile Device Use on Airplanes

The debate about certain cell phone usage during flight departure and landing is finally over. U.S. safety authorities on Thursday said they will allow airlines to relax their rules on mobile device use on airborne aircraft, easing a regulation that has been criticized for years.

The Federal Aviation Administration determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during “all phases of flight.” Airlines will have to show the FAA that their airplanes meet the new guidelines and that they’ve updated their flight-crew training manuals, safety announcements and rules for stowing devices to reflect the new guidelines. Some flight passengers are happy about the change, but others were content with the old rules and regulation, for safety takes precedents.

In-flight cell phone calls will continue to be prohibited. Regulatory authority over phone calls belongs to the Federal Communications Commission, not the FAA. The commission prohibits the calls because of concern that phones on planes flying at hundreds of miles per hour could strain the ability of cellular networks to keep up as the devices keep trying to connect with cell phone towers, interfering with service to users on the ground.

 

Read more about how the FAA Relaxes Rules, Allows Mobile Device Use on Airplanes  at Daily Herald.

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Hulu Shifts to Free, but Limited Mobile Video

Since Hulu announced Mike Hopinks as their permanent CEO last week, the company has taken a notable shift in the mobile arena. Hulu shifts to let anyone watch clips on its mobile site, after previously making mobile video off limits to all but paying subscribers.

 

But this new change has a condition,users are only able to watch a curated collection of TV’s best moments, hand-picked & crafted by our editorial team that are available to be viewed on mobile devices. The company describes it as “a daily portal of what’s going on in TV, pop culture and news” with a stockpile of clip content.  This new offering is available free of charge and you do not need to login! Just type in hulu.com on your phone or tablet browser, and you’re all set to enjoy the best of TV instantaneously.

 

Read more about Hulu makes some mobile video free, but no full episodes  at  CNET News.

Don’t believe the hype then visit their blog page to read it for yourself.

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LinkedIn’s New Mobile App Called ‘a Dream for Attackers’

Linked In’s new mobile app, Intro, faces a bunch of security concerns. Intro is an e-mail plug-in for iOS users that pulls LinkedIn profile information into e-mails so that the sender’s job title appears front-and-center in e-mails on a user’s iPhone or iPad. Security researchers are calling LinkedIn’s new mobile app, Intro, a dream come true for hackers or intelligence agencies. Security researchers are worried about the way the app works; Intro redirects to a so-called man-in-the-middle, where hackers or more recently intelligence agencies, are liable to intercept Internet traffic en route to its destination and do what they will with it.

Read more about LinkedIn”s New Mobile App: A Dream for Attackers in The New York Times, and get an understanding of the consequences users may be facing if they opt to use the new app.

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New app aims to improve landlord-tenant relationship – chicagotribune.com

In Chicago, renters often seek help from the Metropolitan Tenants Organization when they have problems with a landlord. This Chicago nonprofit is now taking a technological approach to help improve the landlord-tenant relationship, by using Squared Away Chicago, a Web-based mobile phone app that the organization is preparing to launch, designed to help renters and landlords stay in touch, document problems within apartments and create a virtual paper trail if a complaint goes unresolved and an outside party needs to step in to resolve the dispute.

This tool would not only be benefit for consumers and the landlords, but it will as be safe haven for the organization as well. With an organization consisting of approximately two dozen employees, receiving incoming calls to their call center handling more than 10,000 phone calls and helping 15,000 renters annually, the organization looks to the app as a means of easily documenting problems that renters are experiencing, even before they become heavily problematic.

Read New app aims to improve landlord-tenant relationship at the chicagotribune.com .

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Apple Loses Some of its Magic Touch with iOS 7

Since iOS 7’s launch on Sept. 18,2013 , it has quickly become Apple’s most troubled mobile operating system update. Increasing is concern that  the technology giant has significantly lost some of its magic touch since co-founder Steve Jobs passed away two years ago.

Reasoning for this concern is the list of bugs and flaws: draining batteries, dropping Wi-Fi and spotty Bluetooth connections are just a few of the issues that are getting big boos across discussion boards at Apple’s own support communities.

Other issues range from  the functionality of some apps working poorly or slowly, to the new interface being harder to use, to Apple’s move to do away with skeuomorphism.

Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system iteration took a radical leap from iOS 6, which raises  the question if Jony Ive is the reasoning for its dramatic mobile makeover decision.

Despite iOS 7’s problems that causing harm, it’s not at the level of some of Windows OS downfalls, like Vista and Windows 8.

Read more about how Apple is losing some of its  magic touch with iOS 7  at WUSA9.com.

 

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Mobile Commerce Technology – Card companies aim to make mobile shopping safer – Internet Retailer

In 2013, mobile retail sales for the 358 U.S. merchants ranked in the 2014 Internet Retailer Mobile 500 combined with U.S. mobile commerce sales for eBay Inc. will grow about 64% to $34.2 billion from $20.9 billion in 2012, according to the Mobile 500. With the rapid growing pace and popularity of mobile commerce, it is common sense that their still is a significant amount of consumers who are weary of shopping on their smartphones because of their concerns with security and privacy. To find out how credit card
companys plan on using a new token system opposed to credit card numbers to make mobile shopping safer.

 

Mobile Commerce Technology – Card companies aim to make mobile shopping safer – Internet Retailer.

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6 Ways Mobile Techology Has Transformed the World’s Poor

 

For a while companies, governments, and NGOS all around the world have realized the potential of mobile technology as a tool for addressing today’s most pressing global challenges. Some of the key areas where mobile technology has had great success in are  the areas of education, surveying, agriculture, banking, data analysis, and health.

In the different areas discussed above, mobile technology has ultimately provided a means of social advancement in some of the world’s poorest/advanced places, such as Kenya. Mobile technology has helped provide schools, teachers, and parents access to meaningful data and tips to help students succeed. Agriculturally mobile phones have allowed farmers to gain access to market prices before traveling long distances to markets. Mobile phones are even being used as a means of financial exchange: banking, transferring and collecting funds or the newest form of bartering.

Read the article “6 Ways Mobile Techology Has Transformed the World’s Poor” to get more information on how mobile technology has helped to change the lives of people of many people in the remote areas of the world beyond the face of communication.

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Apple purchases personal assistant app Cue, will bring the fight to Google Now

With Apples’ recent $35 million purchase of Cue, a personal assistant app, they hope to advance if not ramp up the competition and tackle their competitior Google Now. Cue’s is a social search engine that constructs a dynamic calender as it goes through your emails and contacts. This service has the punch to ultimately boost Siri’s capabilities in giving iPhone users a more personalized insight on their daily activities and events.

Though Cue has the potential ability to give Apple users a personalized daily outlook system, this could lead to problems with user trust, specially when connecting any other application that tracks your movement and activity, such as Facebook. Majority of Facebook users, and other social media users  are  already weary when it comes to applications tracking their every move, if they do not opt to do give that information themselves.

 

Apple purchases personal assistant app Cue, will bring the fight to Google Now.

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New Hardware Brings Augmented-Reality Gaming and 3-D Scanning to Mobile Devices

Ever since it’s first debut over a decade ago, one of the most used features that remain on mobile devices today are cell phone cameras. The hardware that gives handheld computers 3-D vision will open up a new dimension of using one of the most desired features on a mobile device. Early mobile apps that can scan the world in 3-D show potential for new forms of gaming, commerce, and photography.

Click the link below to read about the newest up incoming technology, such as Structure Sensor and Occipital that are starting the 3-D mobile camera revolution.

New Hardware Brings Augmented-Reality Gaming and 3-D Scanning to Mobile Devices | MIT Technology Review.

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Mobile Technology Can Help To Transform Health Care

Since a doctor’s time is increasingly scarce and becoming more expensive, one of the recent questions in the health care community that has come up is “What if doctors used powerful mobile applications to track their patients’ treatments?”.  Despite some it being in it’s early stages, the technology behind this is not just conceptual this technology- remote patient examination tools, sensors, and apps- are at the hands of the health care field’s disposal right now

Such technology would be  Ginger.io mobile platform to collect active patient data (patient-reported) and passive data (which comes form interaction of your phone through GPS tracking), right from a patient’s smartphone.  The company Cell Scope is creating optical attachments for mobile technology, turning your everyday smartphone into a diagnostic-quality imaging system. The digital health company Proteus recently received FDA approval to manufacture pills with edible electronic sensors.

With mobile technology being used in similar formats like  discussed above “this transformation will overhaul our entire health care system, allowing doctors to deliver higher quality, more personalized patient care, efficiently and cost effectively, anytime, anywhere. Our path to avoiding a second rate health care system should choose real-time technology and mobile health to create easier, faster, and less expensive access so that more people can receive better care”

Read more about How mobile tech can transform health care at Fortune Tech.

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Crash of the Mobile Titans: Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC

From data shown by IDC in Q2 of 2013,  Apple and Samsung have become the two powerhouses ruling the mobile phone space with nearly 50 percent of the worldwide market share; LG, Lenovo, ZTE, and combination of other brands are all experiencing a smaller amount growth behind the two powerhouses. This has lead companies such as Palm, Nokia, HTC, and Blackberry to either start over, or become close near extinct to the world of mobile users. Many reasons for these four companies failure or demise comes from failed leadership, stubbornness to adapt, poor marketing, and the overall success of their competitors.

Read the article Crash of the mobile titans: What happened to Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC? to find out a bit about the history of these four companies and where each of the company’s had their short comings at and determine if they have a chance in getting back into the smartphones industry.

 

 

 

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Facebook’s Mobile Strategy

 

Mobile has become Facebook’s most important focus; essentially it is the platform that the company will use to sign up the site’s next billion users. It’s no secret that mobile users are important to the company. In June more than two-thirds of the 699 million daily active users logged onto the site from a mobile device.  41% of the company’s total ad revenue (more than $655 million dollars) in Q2 came from mobile ads.

With the growing numbers in mobile monthly active users world wide( shown in the graph) it is necessary for the company to focus on mobile development. Which Facebook has taken stabs at throughout the year unveiling a number of core features on mobile first: News Feed’s major redesign, Chat heads, and Facebook Home. Last week it was announced that Facebook videos will autoplay on mobile devices, which leads people to think that mobile video ads are coming soon and the percentage of Facebook’s mobile ad revenue will increase significantly.

Facebook next phase in the mobile march will be to build a creative mobile app to accommodate the site’s next billion users. They are revamping their mobile approach from last summer by refocusing  their thinking being  a mobile-first company.  Mobile engineers and developers are said to build updates and features with the mobile experience in mind.  According Zuckerberg, Facebook hopes to revitalize their biggest flop Facebook Home, by bringing in other social content  such as Instagram alerts to the users’ home screens, in the near future.

An important thing that Facebook is doing to ensure they have the next set of a billion users is putting significant time and research into future mobile offerings for the company, this includes doing research in app use and mobile purchases in other regions of the world such as the Philippines and Africa. The company’s ultimate goals and hopes are of getting a better understanding of what types of devices people are using to access Facebook and how people think or utilize Facebook on their mobile device world wide.

 

 

http://mashable.com/2013/09/20/facebook-mobile-strategy/

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The Profitable Future of Free Mobile Apps

“Apps continue to move toward a world in which people play now and pay later.”

This quote by Joshua Brustein, author of the article The Profitable Future of Free Mobile Apps, is the ideology that mobile developers should base designing their future apps for mobile users upon.  According  to Gartner(IT) the total number of mobile app downloads is said to exceed over a 100 billion downloads this year. Apps that cost money up-front always have made up a tiny percentage of overall downloads. With the development of new up-incoming apps and their featuring in any app store, it is common sense to say that all mobile users prefer to download an app that is free opposed to one that cost money, up- front that is. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be less money to be made. Most of the revenue from apps will come from in-app purchases for things like extra lives in gaming apps or subscription fees to Spotify or Netflix, and etc. Apple is a good example to showcase this revenue model, and is much further ahead in the game for this path. According to Distimo, an app analytics company, in-app purchases account for 76 percent of all revenue for iOS.

Read more about this at  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-19/the-profitable-future-of-free-mobile-apps

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PayPal and Apple Drop Mobile Payments Beacons

Recent moves by two big players in web and mobile commerce may turn Bluetooth into the missing link that enables consumers to pay in stores with smartphones. Paypal, has announced a new in-store mobile payments technology that uses Bluetooth wireless networking to make in store purchases, called PayPal beacon, and Apple has unveiled their version of the same thing- iBeacon.

These two companies have the ability to change the process of in-store purchasing completely. In order for the idea of mobile in-store payment to take a hold of our society, and leave the traditional way of using its successor: a card, it has to be significantly easier than pulling out your wallet, and swiping a credit card. Besides the ease in usability of in-store mobile payment, this method faces a number of hurdles in functionality and more importantly security.

Read the article to found out how these beacons will work and if they could make using credit cards a secondary nature.

Mobile Commerce Technology – PayPal and Apple drop mobile payments bombshells – Internet Retailer.

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Prices of latest iPhones putting off smartphone shoppers in China

The prices of Apple’s latest iPhones are putting off smartphone shoppers in China. This is because carriers in other countries, specifically China, don’t subsidize the cost of phones as they do in the United States. According to one of Apple’s former perspective clients, Nicole Zhou whom author Jonathan Kaiman quotes in his article, she had no idea that the 5c was going to cost 5,000 yuan which is approximately $817 U.S. dollars. The average monthly salary for a Bejing worker is approximately 4,500 yuan [about $750 U.S.], which is just as much as the cost for a 16GB iPhone 5c.

In result of Apple’s iPhones being too costly for average users like Ms. Zhou, the company has been losing market share to rival competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co., with its Android –based phones[whom sells their Samsung Galaxy S4 for $650 in China], and local competitors.

Despite Apple now offering a lower-end price for an iPhone in the States, its prices still are considerably in the mid-end in China. Though there are millions of Apple fanatics that live in China, that hungrily waited with as much zeal as their U.S. counterparts for this week’s product release, the cost for the devices alongside of the little differences in functionality between the original iPhone 5, and the 5c or 5s, was the most disappointing part of all. There will be some people who will still buy them because “the most important thing is the brand” says Chen Xin, a 23-year-old human resources employee at a five-star hotel in Beijing. Unfortunately for Apple, it is probable to say that many others will follow in Ms. Xin’s footsteps and won’t fall into the hype because they just aren’t as rich as their friends, and they can’t afford to purchase an iPhone 5c/5s when they can purchase a cheaper device with comparable amenities.

Prices of latest iPhones putting off smartphone shoppers in China – latimes.com.

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TriMet Mobile Ticketing App

Are you located in the Portland area? Do you desperately need to catch the  bus/train/streetcar but have the problem(s) of no cash or no ticket? For the multitude of mass transit riders in the Portland metropolitan area, your dreams may have just come true. There is now an app to help with that.

Thanks to TriMet the nation’s first multimodal transit agency, a free mobile ticketing app TriMet Tickets has been created for iPhone and Android users. The app allows users to purchase multiple tickets across all of its operations —  this includes the region’s commuter rail, light rail, streetcar and bus lines extending from 2-hour fares to 30 day passes.  Consequences of using this app that I could see  would be a person not having a strong signal to gain access to the app harboring them from using  their mobile ticket, thus not allowing them to get on transit of their choice. 

Learn more about TriMet Tickets in the short article TriMet mobile ticketing app opens to all mass transit riders in Portland area from Engadget and watch their video on how to use the app.

 

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Will Mobile Gaming Empty Out China’s Internet Cafés?

With the rise of smartphone owners in China, the fastest-growing segment in China’s game market has become mobile gaming.  Mobile games have taken the market share bypassing the popularity of general PC-based and social online gaming. This could lead to the extinction of  China’s Internet cafés, where patrons pay an hourly rate for Internet access and to play multi-player online games late into the night disregarding their need for sleep. The cause for future  decline in these cafés in conjunction to  increased smartphone users and mobile gaming, results from the availability of cheap smartphone models, sold to the Chinese market.

Increase of mobile gaming popularity in China can thus destroy the economic state of Internet cafés, which bring in millions of dollars each year; yet mobile gaming is said to bring in over 1 billion dollars. As well with the popularity of mobile gaming, the Chinese government will have a problem with censorship and the programs they initiated to limit the amount of time that these hardcore online “gamers” will be playing now that they can play on their mobile devices.

You can find out more details by reading the article: Will Mobile Gaming Empty Out China’s Man-Cave Internet Cafés? – Businessweek.