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Samsung Galaxy S III to Get Galaxy Note II Features Like Split-Screen Apps in New ‘Premium Suite’ Update

” Samsung announced on its Samsung Tomorrow blog that the Galaxy S III will be getting a special “Premium Suite” upgrade that will add Galaxy Note II features such as Multi Window, Page Buddy and Contextual Awareness and more. With Multi Window, users can open two app windows at once, Page Buddy will add smart actions such as opening up specific music when headphones are plugged in, and several Contextual Awareness features will allow you to instantly add tags after a photo is taken or choose to see most frequently displayed apps while searching. ”

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FCC Fast Tracks Text-to-911 Service

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today that the four largest wireless carriers in the U.S. have agreed to fast track a service that will let people text the emergency 911 line.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all signed on and major deployments are planned to roll out in 2013 and the service should be fully available nationwide by May 15, 2014.”

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T-Mobile Plans to Sell Apple Products in 2013

“Today’s word that T-Mobile plans to sell Apple products in 2013 certainly sounds like great news to the iPhone and TMO faithful. The question remains, however, if the carrier can deal with the increased load Apple’s uber-phone will put on its network. ”

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Mozilla Invests in Everything.me

“Mozilla has taken its first step into the VC world, investing in Everything.me to support the startup’s efforts in creating HTML5 mobile app technology.

Everything.me, formerly DoAT, provides technology that enables smartphones to quickly and easily match a user’s needs with the most relevant HTML5 content. The Israel-based company plans to use the funding to expand its team and drive Everything.me’s ongoing development.”

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Vimeo Launches ‘Reimagined’

“Video-sharing service Vimeo has launched a new iPhone application that has been built from the ground up.

The company’s redesigned application, which hit the Apple App Store today, allows users to both create and share videos all from within the app. In addition, users will now find easier access to their video queue and simpler navigation.”

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Apple Adds Passbook-enabled Gift Cards to its Store App

“Apple now officially joins the likes of Starbucks and other retailers that offer store cards that tie into Passbook. Beyond paying for items, Passbook users can save coupons, tickets, and other items directly in the app.”
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Samsung Forges Ahead on Flexible Mobile Devices

“Samsung is currently putting the final touches on flexible displays made of plastic rather than glass, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the company’s plans. Once Samsung’s development phase is complete, the company plans to start mass producing the displays for release in the first half of 2013, according to the Journal.”
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Apple Patent to Stifle Noise From iPhone’s Vibrate Mode

“Dubbed “Vibration In Portable Devices,” a patent filed today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details an Apple invention in which that annoying sound can be monitored and reduced.
Apple’s technology would use sensors to detect the vibrations of the phone when in vibrate mode. If the sensors determine that the sound given off by the vibration exceeds a certain level, that noise is automatically toned down. The technology could also decrease the sound and even the movement of a vibrating phone when it’s on top of a hard surface.”

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Wireless Charging Becomes Mainstream

“The wireless charging business is still in its infancy, but industry observers see a lot of potential. Roughly 5 million devices were sold this year with wireless charging, but that number could grow to 100 million by 2015, according to an IHS study. At that point, the market for different accessories and wireless power chips could be worth $4 billion, the firm said.”

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Google Launches ‘Free Zone’

Google has launched a new service designed to get users in developing countries to access its core offerings.

Dubbed Free Zone, the service is launching first in the Philippines starting today. Users in that country will be able to access Google Search, Gmail, and Google+ from their mobile devices without incurring any data charges.


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Microsoft Drops Messenger and Replaces it With Skype

“Microsoft announced earlier this week that the company is dropping Messenger and replacing it with last year-acquired Skype for its online chat service.

A question to ask while evaluating Microsoft’s move is the impact this change could have for carriers, once Skype is easily installed in cellphones and it is cheaper to make phone calls using this application.

“This is a big challenge for carriers, they will have to make a switch in strategy in order to focus on the data transferring plans and placing bundle prices to adapt to an application they cannot manage,” Longa noted.”

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Amazon Game Studio Launches Its First Mobile Game

“Amazon launched its game simultaneously on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, as well as all Android devices, iPhone, and iPad.

It’s a free download, which includes the first three levels, and users can get the remaining four levels with an in-app purchase of $2.99”
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Apple Vice President Scott Forstall Leaving

“Scott Forstall, one of the most visible faces of Apple in the wake of Steve Jobs’ death, is leaving the company in a surprise shakeup at the head of Apple’ ranks.
Forstall, a senior vice president in charge of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, will act as an adviser to CEO Tim Cook until departing some time next year, according to a news release from the company.”

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Apple Launching Streaming Radio Service in Early 2013

“Apple will launch an ad-supported streaming radio service optimized for iOS devices within the first three months of 2013, Bloomberg reports. Sources said Apple views the streaming initiative as a way to grow its iAd mobile advertising platform, and also plans to integrate the service with its iTunes digital music storefront to fuel download sales.”
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Jailbreaking Smartphones is Now Legal, But Not For Tablets

“In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which outlaws attempts to get around digital rights management schemes. Because of the exploding growth of technology, the act has become outdated in many senses. Yesterday a bunch of changes were published—making it legal to jailbreak phones, but not tablets.”
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Facebook Announces New Android Developer Center

“Facebook today introduced a new Android Developer Center for developers looking for tools and resources to build social apps. The company also announcedFacebook SDK 3.0 Beta for Android, which it is calling “the biggest overhaul of our Android SDK so far.” The SDK update features new native UI controls, simplified session management, better Facebook API support, and mobile install measurement.”

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Sprint Announces Support for RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Fusion MDM Services

” Sprint announced on Thursday that it would support RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. The key feature of Mobile Fusion is that it doesn’t just help companies manage BlackBerry devices but iOS and Android devices as well, thus giving it appeal for longtime BlackBerry enterprise customers who want to branch out and allow more devices on their networks. “

 

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Apple Hires Samsung Chip Developer Jim Mergard

“Apple could be looking to move into the ARM-based laptop market with a new version of its A-series system-on-chip processor, hiring former AMD and Samsung engineer Jim Mergard to help its custom processor development…On the surface, it’s easy to dismiss Mergard’s move to Apple as simply being the Cupertino company looking to improve its smartphone and tablet system on chip designs still further. That ignores Mergard’s role in the E-series processor, however – a chip which has only seen use in low-power PCs and cut-price laptops.

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SoftBank Plans $23 Billion for Sprint Bid

“Japanese wireless service provider known as SoftBank is ready and willing to take a giant stab at the US marker with Sprint as is readies 23 billion dollars in borrowed cash for a bid. By acquiring Sprint, SoftBank has been tipped to be gaining favor with a variety of hardware manufacturers, this allowing them to grab high-tiered smartphones and tablets for their own brand in Japan.”

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HTC Introduces The HTC One™ X+

HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One™ X+, a refreshed version of its award winning HTC One™ X smartphone, running the HTC Sense™ 4+ experience on Android™ Jelly Bean. The HTC One™ X+ combines the iconic design, amazing camera and authentic audio experience of the HTC One series, with increased performance, longer battery life and expanded internal storage.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban Lifted in the US

The ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US was put in place in June ahead of a trial.

In August, at the conclusion of that trial, Apple was awarded victory in many of its patent violation claims, centring on accusations that Samsung had copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad designs. It was also awarded more than $1bn in damages.

However, the jury found that Samsung had not violated the patent that was the basis for the ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Google Play Gaining on iTunes Apple Store

Google Play, the marketplace for Android devices, has always trailed the App Store in number of offerings, even though it launched just three months after the Apple resource. The App Store has 700,000 products up for sale, according to Apple’s iPhone 5 presentation on September 12. But Google Play is nearing that total with 675,000 apps available. The platform also passed 25 billion downloads yesterday and held a major sale in honor of the milestone, with several top apps still available for just 25 cents.

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Bank of America Tests Technology to Allow You to Pay At Registers With Phones

Bank of America Corp is testing a technology that allows a customer to pay at a store register by simply scanning an image with a smartphone, such as Apple Inc’s iPhone or Google Inc’s Android devices. Bank of America launched its pilot last week at five merchants in Charlotte. The test will last three months and only the bank’s employees have access to the program. They can use newer iPhones and phones that use the Android operating system.

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Apple Loses Patent Suit Against Samsung, Allows Consumers to Purchase Cheaper Phones With Similar Qualities

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost a court ruling against Samsung Electronics Co. in Germany regarding claims the South Korean company’s Galaxy devices infringed patents on the iPhone maker’s touch-screen technology.

The Mannheim Regional Court ruled that Samsung didn’t violate Apple’s patents on features related to touch-screen technology, Jason Kim, a Seoul-based spokesman for the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. Joachim Bock, a court spokesman, confirmed the ruling”

For those who have mobile services that are not compatible with iPhones, you still have a Samsung version that is a close match.
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Businesses Shift Away From Blackberry, Countdown to Downfall Begins

“For years, the keyboard was BlackBerry’s unique selling point, but now that appeal is lost in the face of competitng phones with touch screens and platforms more amenable to full computing experiences — including making it easier and faster to use apps.

BlackBerry represented 9.5 percent of the U.S. market as of July 2012, sliding another 2.1 percentage points since April and down from a high of 43 percent in 2009, according to new data from research firm comScore. ”

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Android Apps Let You Digitally Sign Documents

Have an important document that needs your signature, but you don’t want to go to the location to sign your life away? Android has your back.

CIO.com reports,

SignMyPad lets you add text, such as a date, as well as a signature to PDF documents you receive via email or download from Google Docs, Dropbox, the Web or iTunes. With your finger or a stylus, you create a signature on the iPad’s touch screen that the app stores for later use. You can create additional signatures for a dollar each through in-app purchases.

 

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The Mozilla Foundation Plans to Launch Cheap Mobile Device

The same company that created Firefox Web browser believes that they have a chance in the ever-changing smartphone market.

NYTimes.com reports,

The Mozilla Foundation, which oversees open source software projects like the Firefox Web browser, expects to release a mobile operating system for smartphones early next year. Its target market is Latin America, then the rest of the developing world, where smartphones from Apple and Google are still too expensive for most people.

The Firefox models will be anywhere to one-third to one-sixth the cost of the competition, according to Mozilla and its partners.

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HTC Plans to Go Big on Windows Phone 8

UnwiredView.com reports,

Unable to compete with Samsung and Apple on Android, HTC now looks to Windows Phone 8 to change its fortunes. According to HTC president of sales and marketing Jason Mackenzie – their plan is “to go big on Windows 8”.

When asked about Nokia’s special relationship with Microsoft, Mackenzie says that HTC is not afraid, because they have better carrier relations. During the September 5th announcement, Nokia failed to mention even 1 carrier partner who will be pushing Lumia 920 or 820. HTC, on the other hand, has concrete carrier support in every region around the world, including several carriers in the United States. And firm commitments to sell their Windows Phones.

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Blackberry launches Blackberry 10 As New Platform

Zdnet.com reports,

RIM plans to put out at least six new handsets running BlackBerry 10 at the start of this year, of which at least one will be full touchscreen and one will be a combination of QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen display, according to a recent report in Pocket-Lint.

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