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First Intel Inside Smartphone Coming From Lava This Week

First Intel Inside Smartphone Coming From Lava This Week

The very first smartphone to feature an Intel processor will be released in India this week. The device maker is Lava International and the smartphone is being referred to as the Xolo X900.

Intel’s chip featured inside the Xolo X900 is code-named Medfield. It is an  an Intel Atom based chip. The phone will boast some nice features such as a 4.03 inch screen and Intel’s new Z2460 single-core chip running at 1.6Ghz.

Although it is a single-core chip, it is said to be much more powerful than current dual core and quad core chips being sold in most smart phones currently. Intel’s push into the market could mean big things or it could be a big flop. How will Intel fair in the smartphone industry?

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Android mobile news

“No permissions” Android app allows secret data harvesting

“No permissions” Android app allows secret data harvesting

If you thought your data was safe on your Android device, think again. A proof of concept app developed by Paul Brodeur, a security researcher with Leviathan Security Group, exposes a security vulnerability that enables him to fetch data from the devices sdcard. This data included pictures, backups and config files.

This sure is alarming considering that the app required no special permissions to run. Who knows what personal data is already being stolen. Until a patch is issued, all of those with Android devices should remain vigilant.

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mobile development mobile news

FCC Steps Up Fight Against Mobile Device Theft

FCC Steps Up Fight Against Mobile Device Theft.

Gone are the days of stolen smart phones. Now the FCC has laid down the hammer and has AT&T, Verizon, Spring and T-mobile all on board in their new iniative to stop smart phone theft. Previously, customers would have their phones stolen and be told that they needed to buy a new device. Meanwhile, the thief is off playing with their new phone. T-mobile has been blacklisting phones for some time now, but the other carriers have not. Blacklisting means blocking the phone from connecting to the carriers network. This means no calls, texts or data for that device.

Now the FCC wants the carriers to all share a common database of blacklisted phones so that when a phone is stolen, it is useless as a phone from that point on, at least on any of the major US carriers. Personally, I feel this will help to reduce the motivation of stealing smart phones in the future and is a major development to the industry.

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4G to become 1,000 times faster, significantly cheaper by 2020

4G to become 1,000 times faster, significantly cheaper by 2020.

Hossein Moiin at Nokia Siemens Networks has made a bold prediction that  4G will be significantly faster by 2020. Claiming speeds will be 100 times faster than they are today, Mooin also claims that the price per gigabyte will be down to $1.

If this holds true, what an outstanding opportunity for everyone in the country to have access to the internet. It is one thing to have high speed internet at home, but to have it on the go is a whole different ball game. The cost of high speed internet at home would surely drop as the demand dropped because of people getting 4G service to replace their at home broadband.

Mooin thinks that like every other technology, the cost will come down and the user’s will eventually see reduced costs for 4G.

 

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iPhone mobile development

Bump Pay lets you pound fists and magically transfer money to friends

Bump Pay lets you pound fists and magically transfer money to friends.

Gone are the days of owning your friends a few bucks for that cheese burger. With the introduction of Bump Pay, friends can now pay each other easily and quickly. After selecting how much money to send, both users hold their phones out in one hand and touch their knuckles together, hence the name “bump”. Money is instantly deducted from one user’s paypal account and appears in the other users paypal account. There are no fees for using the service as long as you have your bank account tied up to your paypal account.

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iOS mobile news

Congressmen ask devs of 34 iOS apps about user privacy

Congressmen ask devs of 34 iOS apps about user privacy

Congress is asking the developers of 34 iOS apps about how they are using user’s data. Scrutiny has been placed on a number of apps such as Apple’s Find my Friends or Facebook. Congress wants to know exactly what information is being transmitted back and forth from the user’s device to the app’s servers. This is a huge revelation in the fight for mobile security.

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iPhone mobile news

Apples new iPhone will use bigger 4.6-inch display: report

Apples new iPhone will use bigger 4.6-inch display: report

This is a big development for the mobile device industry. Up until this point, many Apple users were jumping ship to other devices because of the small screen that the current iPhone sports. The leak of this information out of Korea gives us all hope that Apple will be increasing the screen size of the iPhone from 3.5″ to 4.6″. This is similar to devices by Samsung such as the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Nexus.

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iPhone mobile development mobile news

Pocket Geiger: The $46 iPhone Geiger counter

Pocket Geiger: The $46 iPhone Geiger counter.

Every now and then, we see a new product hit the market that is something we have not seen before. Today, we have an example of this with the Pocket Geiger. The Pocket Geiger is a small device that plugs into your iPhone’s audio jack and allows you to take real time radiation readings around you. The device uses the battery of your phone as a power source, so no extra wires required.

The biggest upside of this device seems to be its price. Typically, one would have to spend upwards of $100 for a device like this. But the Pocket Geiger brings us this technology at a lower cost that is efficient for all.

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Android iOS mobile development

one2TOUCH foldable full-sized NFC keyboards for smartphones and tablets

one2TOUCH foldable full-sized NFC keyboards for smartphones and tablets.

Now a days, many smart phones come equipped with a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. This is a great technology that allows users to have many things happen automatically from just being in proximity to what is called a NFC tag.

This new keyboard from one2TOUCH has a NFC chip in the middle of it. When the user places his or her smart phone on to the center of the keyboard, it automatically is paired with the keyboard so the user can begin typing instantly.

I think this is a great technology that will change the landscape of the classroom and meeting rooms around the world. User’s will be able to take notes on their phones almost instantly, without the hassle of pairing the devices. Would you have a good use for a keyboard on your NFC enabled smart phone? I know I would.

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mobile news

Analysis: Facebook seeks breakthrough in mobile ad market

Analysis: Facebook seeks breakthrough in mobile ad market

 

This is huge for the economics of the mobile device market. Now Facebook wants to advertise to its loyal user base via their smart phones. The way they would accomplish this is by having marketing messages appear in user’s news feeds. This would establish regular revenue streams as the news-feed is constantly streaming content and always visible (by default). This all comes as a big shock to some, as mobile devices have been coined as “to private for advertisements” by some. How would you react to seeing marketing messages in your Facebook news-feed?

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Android disruptive technology

Ubuntu for Android Gets Shown Off At Mobile World Congress

Ubuntu for Android Gets Shown Off At Mobile World Congress.

This is a disruptive technology for mobile devices because this means the many users who want to use Ubuntu, now can do that on the go. With the power of mobile devicies increasing daily it seems, it is only a matter of time before people have full blown compilers on their Android devices. Gone are the days of the old laptop being converted into the Ubuntu rig, now its your phone.

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mobile news

Samsung demos quad-core Exynos processors

Samsung demos quad-core Exynos processors

 

With the introduction of quad core processors in phones, we may be finally seeing the times where laptops become something of the past. The ability to run cpu intensive applications and games from your smart phone will pave the way for a new era in mobile computing and mobile gaming.

Samsung has joined Texas Instruments and Nvidia in the quad core club for mobile devices, though only one is released in a device currently on the market and that would be the Asus Transformer Prime Tablet. The race is on and we are all sitting back waiting to see who will pump out the best quad cores the soonest.

 

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mobile development mobile news

Computer Repair From Your Smart Phone With Live Gooroo™

Computer Repair From Your Smart Phone With Live Gooroo™

This technolgy is not really disruptive because we have things like Teamviewer that alraedy do this.

This adds to the field of mobile tech development because applications like these that allow computer repair from your smartphone are a new breed. Development teams are figuring out how to get the experience to be lag free and in real time. This will allow techs to provide support while on the go, with the ability to remotely control a client’s computer.

The economic impact of this technology is huge. Mobile techs will be able to be more useful than ever and have an opportunity to work from their phones with little to no overhead cost for the software.

I feel that this technology is going in the right direction and eventually will be a primary means of computer repair.

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Android disruptive technology mobile news

LG to show off revolutionary smartphones at MWC 2012

LG to show off revolutionary smartphones at MWC 2012

This is a disruptive technology that relates to mobile tech news because a phone this powerful could technically replace many of the laptops and net books that are being used today.

LG is planning on showing off some revolutionary phones at the Mobile World Congress 2012, a global event that is redefining “mobile.”

One of these phones is the LG X3, the first quad core phone. This phone will feature Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, the fastest yet in a mobile device.

The rumored specs of this device are as follows:

  • Android 4.0
  • Quad-core Tegra processor
  • 4.7-inch 1280×720 display
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • 2,000mAh batter

The economic impact of devices like this could be huge. Many people will be going out and getting these HD capable beasts to eliminate their net books or older laptops. Will you be picking one up?

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Google Wallet comes to Nexus phones on AT&T and Verizon

Google Wallet comes to Nexus phones on AT&T and Verizon 

This is a disruptive technology. The introduction of Near Field Communication (NFC) chips has finally started to take hold in the US. We already know that over seas, many Countries are using NFC to pay with their phones.

Until now, only one phone on one carrier (Nexus S on Spring), was capable of  supporting Google Wallet to pay with the NFC chip in your mobile device. Now, AT&T and Verizon are in on the fun with a recent update to the app. If you have a Nexus S or GSM Galaxy Nexus, then you can pick up Google Wallet in the Android Market.

This will have a huge effect on the mobile market because as more retailers and individuals start accepting Google Wallet as a method of payment, more people will be purchasing NFC capable phones.

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mobile development mobile news

Samsung and Corning announce joint venture, Lotus Glass coming to future Galaxy devices

Samsung and Corning announce joint venture, Lotus Glass coming to future Galaxy devices

This is not a disruptive technology.

This addes to the field of mobile tech development because Corning has long made screens for a lot of cell phones that are out on the market today. This includes Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola and more. The screens they currently produce are known as Gorilla Glass. It is a special proprietary process that they use to strengthen their glass against scratches, making it almost impossible to scratch.

Lotus Glass will be just as strong as Gorilla Glass, but feature enhanced picture quality, better response times, higher resolutions and lower power consumption. For now Samsung seems to be the exclusive party utilizing this technology, but that could change.

This also has an economic impact on the market because many people will be forking out the cash to pick up a phone that has a new Lotus screen on it. Check out more at the official site http://www.corning.com/displaytechnologies/en/products/lotus/index.aspx

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Android mobile development mobile news

HTC Sense 4.0 hands-on report reveals new features for HTC’s custom UI

HTC Sense 4.0 hands-on report reveals new features for HTC’s custom UI

This IS NOT a disruptive technology.

This adds to the field of mobile tech development because HTC designs their own custom UI’s for all of their android handsets (known as “HTC Sense UI”). This UI is often customized further by the community and tweaked for speed. Some of the new and most important features HTC has announced for “HTC Sense 4.0” are…

-Landscape support for the home screen

-Lockscreen will directly be able to display task or to-do lists, favorite contacts and direct access to the notification bar

-Full DropBox integration with 50GB free storage

Though there are more features, these are three worth mentioning. Landscape mode is HUGE for sense as that has always been missing and sought after greatly. The lockscreen changes will change the amount of swipes/gestures and time that it takes to access a few main aspects of the device. Finally, the perk of having 50gb  of free storage on DropBox is sure to bring smiles to the faces of all Sense users.

I do feel that this could have an economic impact on the mobile market. I think HTC devices will become more popular and gain market share with the announcement of “Sense 4.0”, in part because of the features, but also because HTC seems to be one of the most community friendly manufacturers for Android handsets, even offering an incentive of 50GB free storage to the users. Bravo HTC.

 

 

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Android mobile development mobile news

Google: The Menu button is dead and that’s a good thing

Google: The Menu button is dead and that’s a good thing.

This is not a disruptive technology

This DOES add to the field of mobile tech development because this changes everything in terms of how apps are designed on Android devices. Not havnig a physical menu button on the phone itself ,means that app developers will all now be building apps that will need some sort of on-screen navigation. My best guess would be that the Android SDK would be updated to include some sort of uniform and consistent UI style for the in app buttons.

This DOES change the economic state of mobile technology…who knows how some apps may do once switching or how some carriers may respond to this news. Will they continue to put the MENU button on the phone regardless? Any of these ideas could have an economic impact.

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Android mobile news

LG Announces the Optimus Pad LTE

LG Announces the Optimus Pad LTE.

LG announced its first LTW-capable tablet yesterday, the Optimus Pad LTE. The tablet boasts its selling point features as being LTE capable, having a 1280×720 True HD IPS display, and being ultra thin. Key specifications include a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor, 8MP rear / 2MP front camera and 32gb of space.  Some people are wondering why LG is releasing a tablet with specifications that mirror smart phones released in Q3 of 2011. Well, your guess is as good as mine.

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mobile news

Kodak now suing Samsung: Why go bankrupt when I have all these patents?

Kodak now suing Samsung: Why go bankrupt when I have all these patents? 

On the brink of bankruptcy for some time now, Kodak is not going down without a fight. Kodak has been suing multiple smartphone manufacturers for patent infringements recently. These include Apple, HTC and Samsung. Kodak claims that Samsung is infringing on five of it’s camera related patents. In the past, Kodak has been successful at suing other companies because of the companies rather large patent portfolio. Will Kodak see the light at the end of the tunnel after all?

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Android mobile news

Microsoft inks patent agreement deal with LG, now makes money on 70% of Android devices

Microsoft inks patent agreement deal with LG, now makes money on 70% of Android devices | Android and Me.

 

Microsoft makes money off of 70% of Android Devices sold, more money than Microsoft makes off of its own Windows Phone 7 platform. This is interesting because Microsoft’s own mobile OS, although only a small percent of the market share, is a director competitor of Android. Microsoft would effectively lose money if they did something to hinder Android’s sales, so instead they are capitalizing off of their competitor’s success.

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Android mobile news

Motorola and Intel announce multi-year mobile partnership

Motorola and Intel announce multi-year mobile partnership | Android and Me.

The freshly announced partnership between Intel and Motorola will surely mean that we will see Intel chips featured in many up and coming Motorola devices. More Intel chips in the mobile market is great for competition  and will help to drive the price down for consumers. Not only that, Intel’s chips will be faster than Nvidia’s latest Tegra 3 chips; always a plus for us mobile enthusiasts with a need for speed.