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HeadsUP! Displays Your Smartphone on Your Car’s Windshield

HeadsUP! Displays Your Smartphone on Your Car’s Windshield [VIDEO].

Distracted driving is a major problem in America, where drivers are constantly being alerted, notified and engaged by their smartphones and other mobile devices. Some states have even banned cell phone use completely while operating a vehicle. However, the people at NeXt may have found a safer way to use your cell phone in the car. HeadsUP! is a visual display that projects commonly used cell phone features like texting, voice calls and e-mail, onto the inside of your car’s windshield. Controlled by voice dictation and touch free swiping, users can interact with the screen without having to look down at their smartphone. Potential backers have been hesitant to support the HeadsUP! display due to concerns that interacting with a heads up display is not better than interacting with a cell phone. Potential backers are also concerned with the legality the HeadsUP! display, especially since one woman received a ticket in San Francisco for wearing Google Glass while driving. The HeadsUP! display is disruptive technology as it aims to replace our smartphones, at least while we’re inside our cars. The successful implementation of a HeadsUP! display unit would almost totally replace the common tasks that drivers use their phones for. It adds to the field of mobile technology by being one of the first to try bring heads up displays to the every day consumer. It will also serve as an example for others looking to enter the field as there are many questions and concerns with the idea of heads up displays in our vehicles. Finally, it adds to the field of mobile technology because of the $299 that NeXt is asking backers to pay. If successful, there is a possibility for the cost of this mobile technology to affect the prices of vehicles and the price of insurance as insurance companies are assuredly concerned over the thought of drivers looking anywhere else but the road.

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Hogs Basketball Utilizing iPad App For Training

Hogs Basketball Utilizing IPad App For Training – NWAhomepage.com.

Mobile technologies assist the student population both in and out of the classroom. This is especially true at the University of Arkansas; the Arkansas basketball program is putting mobile technology to work in hopes that it will translate to wins on the court. SparkMotion is the iPad app that Strength Coach David Deets has been using to help his players identify and correct their mistakes. The ability to instantly show the player what they are doing wrong allows them to make corrections quicker and helps to build the proper muscle memory. When asked about why the app has had such positive effects, Coach Deets believes that the success is due to the way the incorporate it, so that “guys [can] see themselves and they get that visual feedback. It is easier to learn the movement patterns and what they are doing wrong and help correct any imbalances [they] might have.” This demonstrates disruptive technology as it replaces more traditional methods of coaching where feedback would have been slower and more conceptual. With SparkMotion, feedback is instant and is presented visually so the mistakes and adjustments that must be made are easy to comprehend. While this is not a new piece of technology, this is one of the first universities I have personally heard about that is taking advantage of the technology available to them. Finally, it does not have a significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology. While this is not idea for the app developer, it is perfect for the Arkansas basketball program. The relatively low cost of the iPad and the app pales in comparison to other, more expensive training solutions or training programs.

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Journalists banned from tweeting at 2014 Sochi Olympics: report – Washington Times

Journalists banned from tweeting at 2014 Sochi Olympics: report – Washington Times.

Yesterday, it was announced that journalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games will not be allowed to use their smartphones or any other form of personal technology while covering the games. This means journalists are effectively banned from services like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine for the duration of the games. Visily Konov who is head of the state-run R-sport news agency made this announcement; the R-sport agency controls accreditation at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. This is an interesting announcement and can greatly hinder the ability for news organizations and those covering the games to communicate information with their audience in a timely manner. This announcement does not represent a new disruptive technology, the announcement effects current technology by placing restrictions on their usage. This does not add to the field of mobile tech development in any way and does not have a significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology.

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Swedish Kids Say their Parents Are Too Tech-Obsessed

Swedish Kids Say their Parents Are Too Tech-Obsessed.

While many parents in the United States are worried about the time their children are spending on their smartphones or tablets, Sweden’s problem is the polar opposite. 33% of Swedish parents surveyed, out of a total 591, admitted that the amount they use their phone or tablet was a “sore point” with their children. Their children echoed this and said their parents are the ones spending too much time on the devices. “Sweden has the second highest smartphone adoption rate in western Europe at 63% of adults.” The way smartphones are being used in Sweden has a societal impact and demonstrates the ability for these technologies to alter the daily lives of the users, sometimes in unfavorable ways. Smartphones have proven to be disruptive technology and have replaced the previous generation of phones at a rapid rate, as shown by the high smartphone adoption rate in Sweden. This story alone does not add to the field of mobile tech development but it does raise awareness about Sweden as a potential market for developers or smartphone producers. Finally, this story does not have a significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology. However, Sweden is clearly a significant smartphone market and could provide economic opportunities for developers if they had a product that would appeal to that region.

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ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than ESPN.com in September for first time ever – GeekWire

ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than ESPN.com in September for first time ever – GeekWire.

This September, ESPN saw more unique visitors navigate to their mobile properties than on ESPN.com. This is the first time this has happened and is another example of the shift to reliance on mobile devices for information. “According to comScore’s Multi-Platform data, ESPN saw 47.4 million people using its mobile products — just a tad more than the 46.1 million accessing ESPN.com.” This is an example of how mobile technology is disruptive to previous generations of technology, like ESPN’s desktop website. This does not represent a development in mobile technology, but the continued success of mobile technology as an industry. Finally, it does not change the economic state of mobile technology because there is no opportunity for 3rd party developers to profit of off this information since ESPN has built their following and viewership through years of branding and market placement.  

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College Football: Declining Student Attendance Hits Georgia – WSJ.com

College Football: Declining Student Attendance Hits Georgia – WSJ.com.

A growing problem with college football is the fan experience in the stadium. With the comforts of home like HD TV, cold drinks and a comfortable seat, many are opting out of spending money on tickets and actually attending the games. The Wall Street Journal took a look at student attendance numbers at a number of SEC schools and found that those schools were having difficulty getting students to attend games. The reason for this may not be the comforts of home but may be due to the poor cell service and lack of internet connectivity inside the stadium. I have personally experienced this in Doak Campbell Stadium but as someone who loves attending the games, you accept that you won’t be able to use your phone for much more than taking pictures during the game. But for many that desire to tweet, Instagram and post on Facebook about their time at the game or stay up to date with what others are saying, the lack of service is a problem. However, providing Wi-Fi services could cost anywhere from $2 million to $10 million, which is a significant cost for a service that could result in more students looking down at their phones instead of up at the game. Implementing this type of system is not disruptive technology; it allows those at the game to use their phones as they would normally outside of the venue. This is not a new advancement in mobile technology as teams like the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL are already doing something about the lack of service inside their stadium. Finally, it does not add to the economic state of mobile technology or development but, as stated above, is a significant cost to the school or organization wishing to implement it.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches have embarrassing 30% return rate | VentureBeat

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches have embarrassing 30% return rate | VentureBeat.

In September, Samsung announced their smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear positioned itself as “the next big thing” as it is one of the first smart watches on the market and analysts and consumers both anticipated the release, waiting to see if Samsung’s foray into wearable technology would be a hit. However, it appears that the public has been less than satisfied with Samsung’s latest product. A document leaked to Geek.com reported that the Galaxy Gear has a return rate of about 30% at Best Buy locations. The team of reviewers at Venture Beat might not have been surprised by these results as their experiences with the Gear could be described as “clumsy, unfashionable and relentlessly inessential.” The reason for the lack of the Gear’s success could be its pricey $300 price tag or the user experience but Samsung is asking the Best Buy employees for input to try find the cause of this high return rate. The Galaxy Gear is not an example of disruptive technology, while it attempted to break into a fairly untapped market, their attempt could not be categorized as successful thus far. However, the Galaxy Gear still adds to the field of mobile tech development because it provides an case study for other developers to analyze what consumers liked and disliked about the Galaxy Gear. This gives them valuable information about the market and could contribute to future developments related to smart watches or wearable technology. Finally, the high returns of the Galaxy Gear effects Samsung in an economic way, but does not have a significant impact on the market as a whole.

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Motorola announces Project Ara, an open hardware platform with modular components ala Phonebloks

Motorola announces Project Ara, an open hardware platform with modular components ala Phonebloks.

A few weeks ago, a project called Phonebloks went viral and caught the attention of the tech and mobile industry. Phonebloks was different than a traditional smartphone because of its modular design, allowing 3rd party developers to create pieces or parts of the phone and users can pick and choose the individual components that go into their smartphone. While this may sound like a pipe dream, Motorola is set on bringing this open based modular smartphone to life, through a platform called Project Ara. Each device will come with an exoskeleton to hold the various phone components together, outside of that the possibilities are only limited by the number of components you can fit onto the exoskeleton and the creativity of 3rd party developers. The most amazing part of this announcement is that Motorola has been working on this idea for over a year and now that Motorola has teamed up with the creator of Phonebloks the idea will continue to grow and progress. Project Ara has the potential to be disruptive technology and could grow to replace the smartphones we know and love today. The ability for users to personalize and customize their phone to tailor it to their own needs is something that other companies like Android and Apple have not offered and therefore Project Ara has been able to differentiate themselves from the cluttered smartphone market. It adds to the field of mobile development because it is an entirely new way to think about smartphones. With an Apple iPhone, you as a consumer are not supposed to open it up and tinker with it and find out how it works, Apple wants you to just use the device as is. With Project Ara, it encourages the user to learn about their phone, how it works and what all the individual components do. It educates the user on their device and makes them more knowledgable about the technology they use. In addition to this, it changes the field of mobile tech development because when a new technology or component is created, users are not forced to buy an entirely new phone just to get it, with Project Ara they could simply purchase that new component and install it in their existing device. Finally, Project Ara has the potential to change the state of mobile technology in the future because users will be drawn to the longevity and ability to customize that Project Ara offers, taking away profits from other mobile companies. In addition, if Project Ara takes hold in the market, users will be less inclined to throw away their device for an entirely new one and will be encouraged to simply buy new components for their device to keep it up to par with the current standard in mobile technology.

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Could an Ignition-Activated “Car Mode” Keep Drivers From Texting?

Could an Ignition-Activated “Car Mode” Keep Drivers From Texting?.

New York designer, Joey Cofone, has thought up a unique solution to the growing problem of texting and driving. He proposes a “Car Mode” similar to the “Airplane Mode” we are already familiar with. While you are driving, Car Mode simplifies the iOS interface by getting rid of texts, notifications, noises and any other noises that may distract the driver. If the user gets a text, the phone automatically replies to tell the sender that the recipient is driving. While it is an innovative idea, it relies on the user’s willingness to activate the “Car Mode”. Joey Cofone’s suggests that Apple could partner with car insurance companies to encourage users to use the “Car Mode” in exchange for discounts on their car insurance. This application is not disruptive technology but it does has the potential to have a significant impact on society. Implication of a “Car Mode” could help to fight against the rising number of deaths and injuries that stem from distracted driving. It adds to the field of mobile tech development because it is an innovative idea to add a phone wide mode to the iPhone. Android does already have this feature so it is not a completely original idea but this could encourage other developers or Apple to work towards adding a similar feature to the iPhone. Finally, it does not have significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology or development.

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NYCC Hijacks Attendees’ Accounts to Spam Social Media

NYCC Hijacks Attendees’ Accounts to Spam Social Media.

Earlier this month, New York played host to New York Comic Con and Twitter was flooded by tweets from Comic Con attendees, as they raved about how much there was to see and do. The problem is, the people at Comic Con weren’t the ones tweeting; it was NYCC organizer, ReedPop. During registration, NYCC attendees were given the option of connecting their social media profiles to their RFID-enabled badges. They were told that it would make the “NYCC experience… 100x cooler! For realz.” In reality, when the convention attendees arrived, a tweet was sent out when their RFID badge sensed that it entered the convention center. Met by a wave of negative feedback, Comic Con quickly turned off the opt-in feature and issued an apology for being “too enthusiastic in [their] messaging and eagerness to spread the good word about NYCC.” This demonstrates a misuse of social media and abuse of trust between NYCC and their attendees. While it may have stated that NYCC would post on your behalf, with the level of negative feedback there was, it is doubtful that many were fully informed about the consequences of their action. This does not represent disruptive technology because it does not displace an existing technology, but it certainly was a disruptive use of technology for those who had tweets posted on their behalf. This does not add to the field of mobile tech development but it raises awareness about how mobile technology like RFIDs can be used. Finally, this event did not have a significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology or development.

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Got a killer startup idea? Elevatr’s app will help you build it — and connect you to devs, designers, and more | VentureBeat

Got a killer startup idea? Elevatr’s app will help you build it — and connect you to devs, designers, and more | VentureBeat.

Many of us have had that moment where you go “I thought of that app first” or “I had that idea”. However, most lack the resources, knowledge or technical skills to turn their app idea into an actual application on the app store. However, thanks to Elevatr, these hurdles may be a thing of the past for someone with a good app idea. Elevatr’s new iPhone app connects you “with people that help design your business’s website, app and strategy.” So far, Elevatr has seen five products launch with the help of their app, but with over 80,000 users and 120,000 ideas, there are sure to be more added to the list. This technology is not disruptive because it does not replace any existing technology, however it does circumvent the traditional process of creating networks and connections in order to find the best developers, marketers or strategists. It changes the field of mobile development because it gives people, who lack the technical skill or aforementioned connections, a chance to pitch their app and see their idea come to fruition. It also changes the field of mobile development for developers and other professionals who now have another place to promote and market themselves. Finally, this adds to the field of technology by removing the restrictions and barriers that normally come with developing a mobile app. Whether that is the marketing, the actual development or the cost of hardware and software, Elevatr is making it easier for the average Joe to turn their idea or crudely drawn sketch on a napkin into a fully functioning app. 

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The robot will see you now: Next IT launches virtual personal assistant for healthcare | VentureBeat

The robot will see you now: Next IT launches virtual personal assistant for healthcare | VentureBeat.

Next IT have unveiled Alme for Healthcare, which is “a virtual health assistant that understands medical language and can have conversations with patients.” This incredible development will benefit both caregivers and patients alike, allowing more patients to receive care and assisting in reviling the workload on the limited number of physicians available. Alme is a powerful service and gives the patient the ability to answer insurance questions, find doctors, send reminds share lab results and much more, all through the convenience of a mobile device. The relationship between medical care and technology is only expected to grow, as “80 percent of doctors believe that by 2018, virtual assitents powered by clinical language understanding will dramatically change how physicians interact and use electronic health records.” This is an example of disruptive technology, as technology like Alme are changing the way we interact with each other and the way we interact with technology. The increased use of technology in healthcare is disruptive as a whole because it is changing, and in some ways replacing, health care related jobs and industries. This adds to the field of mobile technology because the ability for technology to interact and understand a user can be applied to a wide range of industries. Applying this technology in other fields and situations can push the field of mobile development further towards a world where tasks and services are automated by technology.

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Xcode 5 makes better, faster, stronger iOS and OS X apps – InfoWorld

Review: Xcode 5 makes better, faster, stronger iOS and OS X apps | Application Development – InfoWorld.

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With the release of iOS 7, Apple introduced a major update to Xcode. Xcode is an IDE (integrated development environment) that mobile application developers use for developing software for iOS and OS X. The improvements made in Xcode 5 will allow developers to write better applications that are faster and have less bugs. Developers familiar with Xcode will not see many significant changes to the user interface because the majority of the changes have been made on the backend. This latest update is not disruptive technology since this is only an update and not a release of any brand new development tools. This does not add to the field of mobile technology itself, but gives developers the ability to create better applications in less time. In fact, with the new modules mechanism, Apple has seen build times improve anywhere from a few percent all the way up to 40% faster. Finally, the new version of Xcode does not impact the overall economy of mobile technology since Xcode is a free through the Apple Developer website. 

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Singapore Airlines adds in-flight mobile technology

Singapore Airlines adds in-flight mobile technology | News | Breaking Travel News.

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I, like many people, have my phone in hand as my plane lands so I can turn off airplane mode and check my text messages and social networks as I wait for the plane to taxi into the gate. However, thanks to Singapore Airlines and Panasonic Avionics Corporation, waiting until you land to check your phone may become a thing of the past. Today, Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 777 became the first of eight aircraft to be equipped with “AeroMobile’s in flight mobile connectivity service” as it completed its inaugural flight from Singapore to London. The AeroMobile technology allows flyers to stay connected while they fly, whether that is sending text messages or browsing the Internet. AeroMobile currently supports any of the UK’s major mobile phone networks and the main three mobile operators in Singapore; M1, SingTel and StarHub. However, AeroMobile has agreements with over 220 other mobile operators worldwide, so it is just a matter of time before this technology makes its way to America. This technology can is not disruptive technology because it does not displace any existing technology. However, it does have the potential to add to the field of mobile tech development if other companies begin to develop similar services to compete with AeroMobile. Finally, this does not significantly impact the overall economy of mobile technology and development; it merely allows flyers to continue to user their devices as they would on the ground. 

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How Apple’s M7 Chip Will Shape Up Mobile Health | Tim Bajarin | PCMag.com

One of the features of the new iPhone 5S that was overlooked by many consumers was the new M7 coprocessor. The M7 chip “continually monitors motion data using the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, and also takes users’ ID measurements and optimizes them based on contextual awareness.” This opens the doors for developers to develop new fitness apps or improve and refurbish existing fitness apps that would take advantage of the new technology. We have already started to see Nike taking advantage of this opportunity when Apple announced that Nike will use the new chip to create an application called Nike+ Move which will allow the user to track and monitor their activity without having to wear the Nike+ FuelBand. This is a convenience for those who do not like wearing their FuelBand, but this is also important for users who may have been on the fence about buying a Nike FuelBand or another similar fitness device. This technology has the potential to be disruptive and change the face of fitness applications and mobile health as a whole. Putting the ability to keep track of your fitness or activity by just downloading an app is simpler and more cost efficient for consumers. The M7 chip adds to the field of mobile technology because of the potential it has. If the M7 chip is successful, then we could see this technology appearing in future products, such as an iWatch or similar device. The addition of the M7 chip changes the economic state of mobile technology because of the potential that it affords the mobile health and fitness app industries. While ideas may be limited to fitness apps right now, with time mobile developers will undoubtedly find different and unique ways to utilize the M7 chip, which generates profits for both those developers and Apple. 

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BlackBerry confirms loss of $965 million as sales drop 45% | Mobile – CNET News

Long gone are the days when an iPhone versus Blackberry debate was just that, a debate. There was a time when the two companies were on par with each other, competing for users and market share. But, time has passed and since then Apple has continued to produce products that will have people camping out overnight. Blackberry has not has as much success. Blackberry confirmed that they suffered “a fiscal second-quarter loss of nearly $1 billion amid the continued struggles of its smartphones in the marketplace.” It is clear that Blackberry is struggling in the consumer marketplace as Android and Apple have claimed their spots at the top of the market. In response to this, Blackberry announced last week that they would have “to cut roughly 40% of its staff as [they] shift [their] focus away from consumers and more towards business customers.” This change does not represent a disruptive, societal change, while Blackberry will continue to relinquish its consumer market share, the damage has been done and the majority of their users have already migrated to different devices. This change also does not add to the field of mobile technology unless Blackberry makes a significant change in their product line to differentiate themselves from other smartphones on the market in order to further establish their company in the business marketplace. Finally, this changes the economic state of mobile technology because it the consumers that previously were utilizing Blackberry devices have converted, and the money that was previously going to Blackberry is now being spent on Android and iOS devices. 

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Microsoft adds 200GB storage option to SkyDrive | CNET News

Microsoft just released the Surface 2 tablet, but something other than the hardware has been making headlines. Alongside the new Surface 2 tablet, Microsoft announced that their SkyDrive service has been expanded to 200GB of space a year for just $100. Microsoft reports that 200GB is enough space to “hold a photo taken of a person every hour from the moment of birth to college graduation.” While Microsoft already offered a number of less expensive storage plans, this latest increase shows why SkyDrive and other cloud storage services are disruptive technology. For those who have used a cloud based storage service, we know how convenient and easy it is to just save your file to the cloud and access it wherever and whenever you want. As cloud storage becomes more popular, it will change the way we interact with, storage and access information. This changes the field of mobile technology because the adaptation of cloud storage decreases our reliance on physical storage on our mobile devices. This could, in turn, have an effect on how mobile phones are designed and with what technology in them. For example, if Microsoft decided to release a Windows phone with very little hard drive space on the device, but a sizeable amount of cloud storage space. Finally, this changes the economic state of mobile technology because the price point of $100 a year for 200GB is a very competitive price. Dropbox, another large cloud storage service, offers only 100GB at $99 per user, per year. Because of this, I would not be surprised to see some users and even some businesses transition over from a service such as Dropbox, to the more affordable SkyDrive.

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Apple sells 9M iPhone 5S, 5C units in first weekend | CNET News

Last week, Apple announced the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, the latest additions to the iPhone family. With the first weekend in the books, Apple has announced that a combined 9-million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units have been sold thus far. CEO Tim Cook said “[t]his is our best iPhone launch yet” and while this is an impressive statistic, it should be noted that this represents the combined sales of the two new phones, as opposed to each phone individually. In the past, Apple only released one phone a time. It is only logical then that this release would account for more units sold those previous releases, since Apple is combining the success of two different products. Regardless of the interpretation of the statistic, the two newest iPhones are not disruptive technology by themselves. However, the iPhone 5S does feature the fingerprint technology, which had the potential to be disruptive technology, if not for a group of hackers in Germany who already cracked it. This changes the field of mobile technology because many of the 9 million new units sold could be consumers getting their first iPhone or could be consumers transitioning from Android to Apple. Either way, the influx of new iPhones changes the marketplace and the dynamic balance in the market between iPhones and Androids. This changes the economic state of mobile technology because new iPhones  not only generate money for Apple, but for a multitude of other companies as well whose businesses are dependant on the mobile phone industry, for example a mobile phone case production company or a mobile app developer.

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iPad web browsing share hits 5-month high: a massive 82.4% | VentureBeat

According to Chitka, an online advertising network, web browsing on Apple’s iPad has hit a 5 month high of 82.4% of all tablet web browsing. These shocking numbers depict the huge influence that Apple has on the tablet marketplace. With the increasing popularity of Android and the emergence of a multitude of different models and manufacturers of tablets, one would expect the chart to be less skewed. Instead, “Apple [is] clearly dominat[ing] the market and [has] managed to increase its usage share lead this past month”. It must be noted, however, that this data is from the United States and Canada only, so in no way does this represent the global tablet marketplace. What this chart does do is represent the impact that the iPad is having in the marketplace as a piece of disruptive technology. Apple’s iPad was one of the pioneers of the tablet marketplace and it is due to the iPad’s success that there is a flourishing and developing tablet industry. This may change the field of mobile technology as application developers, content providers and website developers and managers see how many users are web browsing on iPads. It may cause some of those website developers to optimize their websites with iPads especially in mind, taking the restrictions that come along with the iPad, such as the inability to use Flash, into account. Finally, this does not change the economic state of mobile technology but represent the success that the iPad has had and the continued impact that the iPad has on the marketplace. 

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Sprint adds 34 new LTE markets, brings total to 185 | Mobile – CNET News

Sprint has expended their 4G LTE coverage into 34 additional cities as they take a step to catch up to their rivals, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. This new addition brings Sprint’s total number of markets to 185 which seems like a lot until you compare them to the 500 that Verizon covers and the 400 that AT&T covers. This is demonstrative of Sprint’s focus which has been consumed by “merger and acquisition drama” in a time when their rivals are focusing on network speed and coverage. This change in Sprint’s mobile coverage is not disruptive technology because it represents Sprint’s efforts to catch up to their rivals, not pushing the envelope of mobile technology. This does not change the field of mobile technology as a whole but changes Sprint’s market share of it by making Sprint more competitive in the marketplace that they have been struggling in. These changes will not significantly impact the mobile service provider industry, but will impact those areas where Sprint now has service and the consumers in those areas. 

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U.S. Losing Ground In Mobile App Market | TechCrunch

U.S. Losing Ground In Mobile App Market | TechCrunch.

Flurry, a mobile analytics firm, published new findings on August 29th that showed the United State’s worldwide app market share has dropped from 45% to 36%. This clearly demonstrates the international nature of the mobile app industry. While apps built in the US are leading in total time, “taking into account user numbers and engagement”, the problem for American app developers is retaining markets in other countries, such as China where American applications only account for 16% of total time spent in apps. These findings could lead to disruptive technology if application developers begin to develop with a more global market in mind, whether that is offering their application in different languages or doing more market research about why American made apps are not having the same success in other counties as they do in America. This does change the field of mobile technology because users in the United States only represent a portion of the users in the world, and these findings may impact how developers decide to develop future mobile applications. Finally, while these findings do not change the economic state of mobile technology itself, it raises awareness about how international and widespread the mobile app industry has become and puts the industry into perspective by showing us where the United States fits in with the other countries around the world.

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Mobile Ads Are Still Incoming For Instagram’s 150 Million Users (AppAdvice)

Mobile Ads Are Still Incoming For Instagram’s 150 Million Users — AppAdvice.

Instagram recently announced that its user base had reached 150 million. However, with this news came word from the Instagram’s director of business operations who announced that mobile ads are incoming within the next year. This is significant news because the addition of ads can “not only inhibit further adoption of the image hearing service, but present users too, may abandon ship if distracting advertisements invade Instagram’s interface.” It will be interesting to see how Instagram approaches mobile ads and how they choose to integrate them into their existing mobile application. This change in technology is not disruptive technology, mobile applications before Instagram have started out free and then added mobile ads later after the initial release. The addition of mobile ads has the potential to add to the field of mobile technology if Instagram finds a unique way to include ads while still retaining their user base. Finally the addition of ads in Instagram will not significantly change the economic state of mobile technology but would provide profits for Instagram stemming from the initial sales of advertising space.
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Jelly Bean swallows up 45 percent of Android devices | Mobile – CNET News

Jelly Bean swallows up 45 percent of Android devices | Mobile – CNET News.

With the announcement of Android’s new operating system, Kit Kat, a chart has been generated to represent the Andoird user distribution among the various operating system versions. What is surprising is that, while Jelly Bean is the latest available OS, almost a quarter of users are still a generation behind and are using Ice Cream Sandwich and an approximately a third are still using Gingerbread. As stated in the article, this is problematic for developers as they are attempting to “build apps that are compatible with several different versions.” The release of the new OS therefore, is disruptive technology in the sense that it will change how developers create their applications and what sort of backwards compatibility their apps will have with older operating systems. This adds to the field of mobile technology because it highlights a fundamental difference between the Android and Apple devices, where the majority of Apple users are using the latest OS available and Android users are more divided and spread out amongst the various OS versions. The release of Kit Kat should not significantly change the economic state of mobile technology or development for the user, but as stated above will have an impact on the developers. 

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Apple sends out invites for September 10 iPhone event | Apple – CNET News

Apple sends out invites for September 10 iPhone event | Apple – CNET News.

Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations for an event on Tuesday, September 10th, where Apple is expected to unveil the newest version of the iPhone. Held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, this event will be not be disruptive technology, however it will still push the field of mobile tech development forward as the new iPhone is rumored to have a new fingerprint sensor, a faster processor and a better camera. It will change the economic state of mobile technology as many users with older versions of iPhones are eager to upgrade. I do not anticipate this release being market changing in terms of converting users over from Android to an iPhone because it is not a groundbreaking upgrade between the iPhone 5 and what will most likely be the iPhone 5S.