Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the [CyanogenMod installer] app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According to the CyanogenMod team, Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team, they found that ‘though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.
21.8% of all online Black Friday sales were made from mobile devices. Mobile traffic, meanwhile, accounted for 39.7% of all Black Friday traffic. Interestingly, iOS users accounted for 18.1% of online sales, while Android users accounted for just 3.5%.
The deal, which was first announced in September, is worth €5.44bn EUR ($7.35bn USD / £4.57bn GBP), and also includes provisions for Microsoft to license patents from the Finnish company. 78% of those eligible to vote had already voted before the EGM. Of those early votes, a staggering 99% had voted in favour of the sale to Microsoft.
According to BitDefender, more than one percent of 420,000+ analyzed apps offered on Google’s official Android store are repackaged versions of legitimate apps. In the long run, their existence hurts the users, the legitimate developers, and Google’s reputation in general. Google Play has recently surpassed the one million mark when it comes to the apps it offers, and the researchers have analyzed a good chunk of the total in order to discover just how many are hiding their true nature.
BusinessKorea reports that Samsung has sold less than 50,000 Galaxy Gears so far, a stunningly low number that would put even the worst flops released this year to shame. That Samsung’s device has reportedly flopped this badly is rather surprising since the company poured a lot of money into an ad campaign designed to highlight its first-ever smartwatch.
Currently, the installer is a one-way street. If the user decides CyanogenMod isn’t for them and wants to go back, they’re stuck. Even worse, they could run into the situation I did, where CyanogenMod installs but everything is broken. I’ve done this enough that I know how to go back to stock, but for a novice, they would have been abandoned with a broken phone.
British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings. According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistan have figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones, and have them transmit even when they’re off.
A new survey out this week says that the number of motorists who surf the Web has nearly doubled over the past four years. In 2009, 13 percent of motorists admitted that they’d accessed the Internet while driving. In 2013, that figure had jumped to 24 percent. Smartphones are the primary culprit, making the unsafe task even easier.
It looks like Apple won’t be bragging just yet about the early sales of its iPad Air. Apple, which has made it a routine to release first-weekend sales figures after the launches of new iPads and iPhones, this morning did not release a statement, which typically comes out at 5:30 a.m. PT the first Monday after a launch.
The lack of a press release could mean Apple is holding off until a later time, or that it is waiting for the launch of its iPad Mini with Retina Display , which is slated to hit stores later this month.
The latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel show that Windows Phone has actually surpassed iOS in market share in Italy, a significant victory for Microsoft that Kantar says is mostly due to strong sales of Nokia Lumia handsets. Overall, Kantar found that Windows Phone handsets now have a 13.7% market share in Italy while Apple’s Italian market share has fallen to just 10.2%.
“Hewlett-Packard wants to cash in a lot of mobile patents, as part of Meg Whitman’s restructuring, according to reports. HP acquired the WebOS operating system, as seen on phones and tablets, when it bought Palm, but failed to build a business on it. It’s since sold its WebOS business to LG for use in TVs and cars but hung onto the patents which are licensed to LG. Now, Bloomberg reports the patents themselves may be for sale — possibly to whoever fails to buy BlackBerry’s tempting bundle of mobile technology.”
“A glitch in iOS7 has cost “a significant number” of Apple users their Wi-Fi access, according to ZDNet. But they also report that Apple is now censoring posts in their “Apple Support Communities” forums where users suggest possible responses to their loss of WiFi capabilities (including exercising their product warranty en masse).
Mark Menacher from Poway, Calif. has filed a complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook seeking the removal of the file on his Apple devices that prompts owners to download iOS 7 every time an iPhone or iPad is restarted, as CNET first reported. Menacher is seeking a way to get rid of the installer file, as well as $50. “Apple’s disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS7 is corporate thuggery,” Menacher said in a statement.
Techno-enthusiasts have been predicting for years that cell phones will become one of the main means that we use to pay for items. In order to woo people into buying things electronically, merchants need to make phone purchases better than traditional payment systems, not just another option. The fast food industry is leading the way with a plethora of apps that make ordering remotely a snap.
‘Onavo will be an exciting addition to Facebook,’ a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD. ‘We expect Onavo’s data compression technology to play a central role in our mission to connect more people to the internet, and their analytic tools will help us provide better, more efficient mobile products.’
The team were able to transmit information at speeds of 100 Gigabits per second by using a radio network operating at the frequency of 237.5GHz and over a distance of 20 metres (note: a prior experiment hit 40Gbps over 1km between two skyscrapers). The radio signals were generated by a photon mixer device that uses two optical laser signals of different frequencies.
In an interview, Chandrasekher, Qualcomm’s CMO, said that he believes the announcement was nothing more than a “marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that.” Chandrasekher also said that the 64-bit processor is only necessary when running a device with greater than 4GB of RAM, whereas the iPhone 5s only contains 1GB of RAM. Others have argued that despite the early implementation of the 64-bit chip, Apple has cleared the way for developers to begins production of 64-bit apps on future devices by striking first.
“After Samsung got caught out cheating on benchmarks (Note 3, Galaxy S4) AnandTech has done a detailed analysis of the state of benchmark cheating amongst Android OEMs. With the exception of Motorola, literally every single OEM they’ve looked at ships (or has shipped) at least one device that does benchmark-specific CPU optimizations.
Since Wednesday afternoon, Sudan’s internet has been sporadically shut off amid a fifth day of protests against President Omar al Bashir’s regime. Despite the attempt to cut off communications and limit organization and reporting on the ground, a group of tech-savvy people based in Khartoum have developed a map for recording key data about the protests that’s powered by cell networks.
If passed, this decision would cut down on never having the right charger handy, but as far as the EU is concerned, this is all about a reduction of waste. The initial vote went down on Thursday, and given its market saturation, it seems likely that micro USB would be the target standard.
Members of an FAA advisory panel are reportedly meeting this week to make changes to the ban on the use of electronic devices on an airplane during takeoff and landing. The new regulations will allow the use of electronic devices to access content stored on the devices, including e-books, music, podcasts, and video. Sending emails, connecting to Wi-Fi, and making phone calls will still be prohibited.
Blackberry agreed on a $4.7 billion deal that would take it private, continuing its shift away from the consumer smartphone market. With BlackBerry out of the way, that frees up Windows Phone to take that No. 3 spot on US smartphone market share.
Cyanogenmod is the most popular custom Android ROM. Unlike stock Android, which is only available on Nexus devices, Cyanogenmod brings a near-stock experience to users of almost every Android device. The new company will allow the core Cyanogenmod team to all quit their day jobs and work on the community rom full-time.
The White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said that allowing unlocked devices would increase competition and consumer choice.
The ‘V2P’ (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian) tech, by Honda, uses a smartphone’s GPS and dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to warn drivers when a pedestrian steps into traffic. The driver sees a dashboard message warning of an approaching pedestrian, while the pedestrian gets an alert on their phone telling them there’s a DSRC-equipped car coming, which would be useful if their eyes were glued to the screen and not the road.
Blackberry, a system previously believed to be highly secure, is now confirmed vulnerable to the NSA’s eavesdropping. The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user’s most sensitive data held on smart phones, including contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information. Now there’s even more of a reason not to own a blackberry.
Microsoft is seeking a patent to enable parents to maintain quiet zones that disable their children’s devices. The disabling of devices can be based on predetermined time of day or location. This patent is for mobile devices in general, but I can’t help to think if this was only implemented on Windows Phone OS, because of it’s minimal market share, this patent and technology would have little to no real impact on consumers.
The cost for hard wired internet connectivity infrastructure is too high for the majority of the countries in Africa to implement. To remedy this problem the BRCK modem, which intelligently and seamlessly switches between Ethernet, Wifi, and 3G or 4G mobile phone networks and in extreme cases satellite connections, can be installed in areas with out hard wired connections. The use of mobile devices in Africa will boom because of the expanding data network, and applications specific to the needs of the continent will soon be developed.