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iOS 7 Adoption At 74% Based On App Store Usage Numbers

iOS 7 usage has increased by 10 percent since October according to Apple’s numbers, bumping it up to 74 percent,this is surprising since many users moaned and complained about switching over to iOS7 since it looked similar to windows. The most surprising aspect of the report, is that only 4 percent of Apple users are using an OS version lesser than 6. Truthfully I have not switched over to iOS 7 because I like the look and feel to 6; maybe once I begrudgingly decide to update my phone it will be forced on me.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/ios-7-adoption-official-apple/

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Android mobile development mobile news

Misfit Wearables Launches An Android App For Its Activity Tracker

Misfit Wearables, the Khosla and Founders Fund-backed startup that builds elegant activity tracking hardware, is patching up a weak spot with the launch of its new Android app today. Misfit makes the Shine, a quarter-sized activity tracker that’s popular among women and costs about $99.95. It has a paired app that syncs through Bluetooth with a cool animation, and pulls in all of your activity data in day-by-day graphs. It has a paired app that syncs through Bluetooth with a cool animation, and pulls in all of your activity data in day-by-day graphs. They’re bringing the Android version to market today. Early reviews show that it’s crashing on some devices, though Misfit says it has fixes coming in the next version.Earlier this week, they also released an update to the app that brings some social features – users can see when their friends are passing them in points and get regular alerts. I think this is another great idea that has been implemented into society, I just think that since it having so many issues a lot of people wont jump onto it early on.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/misfit-android/

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Android iOS iPad

Quip, The Mobile-First Word Processing App, Now Imports From Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox

Today, Quip is rolling out a new feature to import documents from other popular software and services — Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Evernote and Dropbox; and it is adding more options to customize the experience with inbox filters, notification settings and “focus mode” to turn off alerts.With the release of today’s version 1.5, Quip is also unveiling some early usage metrics: in addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents and millions of messages, Quip says that half of its users are on iPad, and 40% use it on multiple devices (it’s also available on iOS and on the web, with an Android version currently being previewed). It’s always important for developers to support their software and especially to improve it greatly by adding more features to bring in a larger audience, I think this was a great move on Quips part.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/quip-the-mobile-first-word-processing-app-now-imports-from-microsoft-word-google-drive-evernote-dropbox/

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Android iPad iPhone mobile news

App.net Launches Broadcasts, Push-Based Custom Newsletters Engineered For Mobile

App.net Broadcasts, a tool that brings the concept of direct, occasional messages to an interested group to a mobile-native environment. Broadcasts works by essentially offering the one thing most publisher, blog and artist mobile apps do well: push notifications direct to fans. Many apps that fall into this category seem hastily put together and poorly maintained, and Caldwell thinks that’s because they really only need to serve one purpose, which is to offer up direct info to users about content related to the person putting out the app. “If really the reason you have an app is just to do push, I think that this really gives you the benefits of that, for free,” Caldwell explained in an interview. “Also, I think from a consumer perspective, having a ton of apps, say one for every tech publication or one for every band that you like is kind of goofy, and everyone already knows that. Perhaps having a lower friction way for people to subscribe to different kinds of broadcast channels will actually increase the number of people that are interested in these push notifications.” I think that this is an ingenious idea, getting the news you actually want from an application rather than mindless drivel.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/app-net-broadcasts/

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Android mobile news

Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update after complaints

Samsung has suspended a software update that upgraded UK-based Galaxy S3 owners to version 4.3 of the Android operating system – also known as Jelly Bean. Complaints of the software are inclusive to faster than normal battery drain, some apps refusing to work and alarms failing to trigger. Samsung is currently investigating the matter and issued this statement “We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” Hopefully Samsung will fix this issue soon without losing current customers or future ones.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24995544

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mobile development mobile news Windows 8

Nokia to add Bluetooth LE to all Windows Phone 8 Lumias

Nokia will roll out an update that will outfit all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 with the latest low-energy version of Bluetooth. Bluetooth LE, Built into Bluetooth 4.0, the low-energy technology lets you pair your phone with special accessories designed for health and fitness, among other areas. With Bluetooth LE, the accessory’s battery charge also lasts considerable longer than it would using an older version of Bluetooth. This should come as no surprise since a majority of mobile phones offer some form of Bluetooth, it was only a matter of time before a better version of it was released.

URL: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612516-94/nokia-to-add-bluetooth-le-to-all-windows-phone-8-lumias/

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disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

Motorola targets budget buyers with Moto G smartphone

The Moto G will launch for $179 in the US, analysts suggests the budget end of the market is set to enjoy huge growth. “This wave is characterized by consumers looking to get their first smartphone at the cheapest price they find.” They don’t have the need nor the money to afford the most advanced smartphones, as the first wave of adopters had.” The Moto G – which supports 3G but not 4G networks – is being launched in 30 countries including the UK, US, France, Germany and parts of Latin America and Asia. That contrasts with the country’s last model – the Moto X – which is currently only available in the US. However, Motorola’s device is the only one of these to come preinstalled with the Android Jelly Bean operating system. The firm is also promising to release an upgrade to the newest version of its Android platform, KitKat, in the near future. It also has the highest resolution display and is the only one to feature a quad-core, rather than dual-core, CPU (central processing unit). “The engineers also designed this for cost – there’s fewer pieces [and] it’s designed to be easy and fast to assemble,” said Dennis Woodside. It’s interesting to see this market develop even further, since budget smartphones aren’t the most available thing on the market.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24913528

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Apple to offer in-store iPhone repairs

Apple is prepping its stores to repair and replace parts for the iPhone 5S and 5C, “sources with knowledge of the upcoming initiative” told 9to5Mac. This means that damaged iPhones won’t necessarily need to be turned in for an entirely new unit.The initiative will cover several components, according to the sources, including the screen, the rear camera, the volume buttons, the motor, the speaker system, and the 5C’s conventional (non-Touch ID) home button. Special calibration equipment will be provided to the stores to allow employees to replace the touch screen.Users covered by an AppleCare warranty can get the parts replaced or repaired for free. Other owners will have to shell out some cash. Replacing the touch screen will cost $149. A new battery will run $79. And a new home button for the iPhone 5C will cost $29. This comes as a huge relief to consumers, since a majority of them have broken an iphone screen or their entire phone; also I think that this service will phase out a lot of phone repair shops i.e. iDope.

URL: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57611269-94/apple-to-offer-in-store-iphone-repairs-says-report/

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mobile news

Instagram blocks some drugs advert tags

Instagram has blocked searches for certain terms associated with the suspected illegal sale of drugs via its service.
The photo-themed social network took the measure after being asked to respond to an investigation by #BBCtrending – a new social media series.The journalists had uncovered many pictures and videos of narcotics posted alongside text advertising their sale. Most of the drugs-related activity appears to be taking place in the US.”Just getting a few packs ready for tomorrow morning… Place your order today, it gets shipped out at 8AM tomorrow,” read one post placed beneath an image of bags of marijuana.Another picture showed a variety of pills, adding: “$2 a pop for xans, $10 a pop for roxys.”In many cases the buyer and seller arranged to finalise their deals using WhatsApp or Kik – instant messaging apps in which they could keep messages private. Like Instagram, accounts can be set up on these services without revealing either party’s true identity. You would think an application like Instragram would be a lot more cautious about the material that is posted through it; especially since its owned by Facebook which is notorious for its legal issues.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24842750

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Android mobile development mobile news

Samsung Creates Software Facilitating App Building for New Devices

Samsung has unveiled a raft of new software tools to help developers create apps specifically designed for its devices. The South Korean firm is releasing five new software development kits (SDKs). It said they would make it easier to create programs that can share content on its phones, tablets and TVs. Samsung is ensuring new software takes advantage of its devices’ proprietary features, such as support for its S Pen stylus and its Multi Window function, which allows two apps to be run in split-screen mode. The main purpose of this software is to get developers excited about supporting all of our new features. That ends up benefiting the consumer with much better applications. Overall Samsung made the right choice by creating this software, since its main goal is to allow developers to create the best user experience.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24724581

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disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

Google launches build-your-own-phone project Ara

Project Ara allows users to buy a basic phone structure and add modules such as keyboard, battery or other sensors. The project will consist of what Motorola is calling an endoskeleton, the frame that will hold all the modules in place. Motorola plans to begin inviting developers to create modules in a few months time with a module developer’s kit launching soon afterwards. I think this an amazing development, allowing users to control how they make their phone; this makes every user feel unique when compared to others.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24726071

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Android mobile news

Samsung Electronics apologises to Chinese consumers

The report alleged the phones were crashing due to faulty memory chips and criticized its repair policies. Samsungsaid it would provide free repairs for the seven models mentioned in the report. this relates directly to the ethical dilemma we talked about earlier in the course, I think that Samsung did the right thing by offering to repair the phones for free; otherwise they would’ve faced even more criticism by the public.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24634589

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Nokia World reveals phablets and tablets

Nokia showed off two phablets at the UAE launch. Both the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 feature 6in (15.2cm) displays, allowing extra rows of apps to be displayed on their home screens than possible on smaller models.The firm said that the extra space would also make it easier to use the phones’ touchscreen keyboards, suggesting this would appeal to business users who used productivity software. A new Beamer app will allow the phones to stream the contents of their screens onto to a web browser on a separate display. It works by sending data via Nokia’s computer servers.Another new app – Refocus – lets owners determine which parts of a photograph are in focus and which are blurred after it is taken. The phones achieve this by taking a series of images in quick succession at different focus lengths rather than replicating the light field effect captured by a Lytro camera. It’s clear that the market is heading towards photography with mobile phones.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24608498

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iPhone mobile news

Apple shares shrug off weak orders for iPhone 5C

Apple has told manufacturers of the 5C that it will cut orders of the smartphone for the final three months of the year, a source familiar with the supply chain situation said.But analysts said the decision by consumers to spend more and buy the pricier 5S model would benefit Apple and the company’s shares touched a one-month high above $502. The orders for the iPhone 5S are 2.5 to 1 when compared to the iPhone 5C. The main reason for the higher sales of the 5S, is the fact that the price difference really isn’t that much. This story makes you wonder is Apple will eventually cut the production of the 5C entirely.

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/us-apple-5c-idUSBRE99F08J20131016

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Android disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

HTC One Max fingerprint phablet unveiled early

The HTC One Max’s inclusion of a fingerprint scanner makes it set to be the first Android handset to go on sale with the facility in the UK since Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5S in September, which included a similar component. HTC said the One Max would begin its roll-out later this month. “The fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each,” HTC said in a statement. This raises the same identity concerns people stated with the new iPhone 5s and makes you wonder if more companies will follow suit with fingerprint scanners.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24519976

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mobile development mobile news

T-Mobile Nixes Global Roaming Fees

T-mobile will allow subscribers to make voice calls and send text messages internationally without outrageous roaming fees.The free feature, called Simple Global, will kick in for all customers starting on October 31. Calls made from China, France, Japan, Spain, Russia and nearly 100 others countries will cost customers 20 cents and text messages will be sent for free. Since T-Mobile is a smaller company they are almost required to make bold decisions like this to bring in new customers.

URL: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112971766/t-mobile-nixes-global-roaming-fees-101013/

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Ultrasound chip offers gesture control for mobiles

Ultrasound technology that enables mobiles and tablets to be controlled by gesture could go into production as early as next year. The technology works via an ultrasound chip that uses sound waves to interpret hand movements. This is very similar to the technology shown in class this week.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24474342

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iPhone mobile news

Security firm says iPhone bug can thwart device wiper

A German security company has uncovered a bug in the new iPhone’s software that it said enables hackers to overcome a safeguard allowing users to remotely wipe stolen or lost phones. Berlin’s Security Research Labs,said on Thursday that the vulnerability could potentially give criminals time to break into the Apple Inc phones, gain complete control of data, access email accounts and then potentially take over the user’s bank accounts. This is a huge problem for anyone who loses their phones obviously, since a majority of people think they are safe with a lock on their phones; when in fact they are not.

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/us-iphone-hackers-exclusive-idUSBRE9920YX20131003

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iPad usability

Apple iPad Mini with sharper display faces delay

Apple Inc will be unable to widely roll out a new version of the iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display this month, people who work in the company’s supply chain said, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen found on rival tablets from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc. Although the delay is uncertain one source at a supplier stated “there were delays in Apple’s certification of panel producers, which were given strict power-saving requirements.” If Apple doesn’t roll out this product with the expected specs this could be a huge disaster regarding the launch of iPad mini.

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/02/us-apple-mini-suppliers-idUSBRE99104H20131002

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mobile news

In-game app fees face Office of Fair Trade consumer protection crackdown

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is concerned about in-game charges, saying it has seen evidence of “potentially unfair and aggressive commercial practices” after studying 38 popular titles. The Office of fair trade has proposed new guidelines for app developers. These guidelines would apply to both apps and internet browser-based video games available via Facebook and elsewhere. Children were the main reason these guidelines were proposed, because they are an easy target for in-game charges.

They include:
1. Providing up-front information about the costs associated with a game before consumers download it.
2. Ensuring that gamers are not misled to believe they must make a payment to proceed if that is not the case, for example, if they could wait for a period of time instead.
3.Preventing the use of language or anything else that might exploit a child’s inexperience, for example, implying an in-game character would be disappointed if they did not spend money.
4.Making it clear how to contact the business if the gamer has a complaint.
5.Only taking a payment if the account holder provides “informed consent”, in other words a charge cannot be made because a password had recently been entered for something else.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24272010

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iPhone mobile news

Apple Maps flaw results in two motorists crossing airport runway

Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Barricades were erected to prevent this from happening again. The airport tried to contact apple three weeks ago, pleading with them to remove the directions but it wasn’t until yesterday that it was removed. I think this article relates directly to the ethical dilemma we discussed earlier this week, but in this case it was much more dangerous of a situation. Apple responded in an untimely manner and could have handled this a lot better.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24246646

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Android disruptive technology iOS mobile development mobile news

Blackberry reveals BBM messaging will be available for Apple and Android

Blackberry has confirmed that BBM will be available as a free download for Apple on the 22nd of this month and Android devices the 21st of this month, but it will not be available for Windows phones. Blackberry has decided to make this move to “become an independent multi-platform messaging solution”. This development may take away business from Skype and Whatsapp.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24158916

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mobile news

Mobile phone emergency alert system to be tested in UK

A system that sends emergency alerts to mobile phones within areas affected by flooding, industrial accidents or other local risks is to be tested in the United Kingdom. This system is similar to the one that we have in the U.S., only alerting individuals when there is a imminent threat to their well-being or others well-being.

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Sony launches lens accessories for iPhones and Androids

Sony announced new accessories for iPhone’s and Android’s which features a 20.7 megapixel camera and a larger-than-normal image sensor. I think with an accessory like this will be very successful because people tend to not carry camera around anymore, instead they choose to carry a phone. A product like this will allow people to take better quality pictures with their phones and allow them to carry less items.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch

With Samsung unveiling the smartwatch it hits an untapped market, the only issue with the smartwatch is that it is not a standalone product and must be paired with a Samsung galaxy to function properly. I wonder how Apple or Microsoft will respond to this technology, as a threat or as a new idea of their own.