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OFF Pocket, designed to prevent GPS tracking

A new start-up has launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce a new phone case to consumers that are concerned with tracking and privacy issues. Their product named OFF Pocket is designed to block all signals coming to and from your smartphone by means of a case that interferes with the signals. It is reported to block Wi-Fi, Cellular and GPS signals. People might say why don’t you just shutdown the device but most devices still transmit even when completely off so this product would even stop that. The technology is like an electric field blocker similar to that of a Faraday Cage. This is a good product for consumers worried about their privacy but it isn’t quite practical in my opinion. The case offers little protection as it is just a metal fabric cloth like sack that you place your phone in. Also what happens when you have to take your phone out to use it? You will become ‘visible’ again and you’ll have to wait for your phone to load all of the data from when it was not reachable.

Sources: OffPocket.com, Popular Science

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Apple stock closes at 2013 high

Apple always draws in lots of attention from consumers near the holiday season but they perhaps get even more attention from their investors. Investors have been watching Apple stock raise steadily over the month of November and many analysts were looking for a large jump in stock on the 2013 Black Friday shopping day. The is the day that Apple offers sales on many of their products when is never seen any other time of the year unless you are a student. Apple is projecting Q4 revenues of $55 billion and that has certainly caught the investors attention. Many were worried today when Apple released their Black Friday deals. There were not any sales though, only gift cards to be offered with certain purchases. That triggered speculation of investors because it may deter people from buying product but despite uncertainty stock closed today at 1.86 percent higher pushing the price up to $556.07, the highest price this year. This price is still short of November 29th, 2012 when it was $589.36. Read more…

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iBotta, new app that pays you to shop

iBotta is an app that has recently taken off and become increasingly more popular since Apple recently named it a “Best New App”. The goal of iBotta is to provide its users a platform where they can earn cash just by shopping at grocery stores, home improvement stores, retailers and even restaurants. iBotta reports that users have already earned over 3.7 million dollars in cash back. The premise is this, you go into a grocery store and load up iBotta, the app shows you items that you can buy and earn cash back for, you purchase the item and provide proof of purchase by using your receipt as a record and iBotta gives you the cash via the app. From there you can load it on numerous forms of gift cards or transfer it to a paypal account. The only limitation I notes so far is that the products available to earn cash back on are limited. If the company can get numerous more restaurants and companies on board this app could prove to be very beneficial to consumers.

Source: iBotta

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Apple iPhone 6 to introduce larger screens

Next year will bring the release of the iPhone 6, a completely redesigned phone that is reported to feature a 5 inch 1080p display. In addition to the iPhone, it is reported that Apple with also introduce a phone to compete with the Galaxy Note. That display is said to be somewhere in the range of 5.5 to 6 inches. After the iPhone 5s release many consumers were disappointed that the phone did not feature a large screen than the earlier 5. Apple has been slow to introduce new technologies over the years because of their strict approach to user experience and large screens have a large affect on user experience in good and bad ways. The market is moving toward larger devices and it appears that Apple is now moving into that territory. Read More…

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Apple seeking to use sapphire screens

Apple has prepaid for $578 million dollars of sapphire growth equipment for GT Advanced Technologies to use in their Arizona facilities. The new facilities that will be establish due to Apples funding will have the capacity to grow and produce 30 plus million 5 inch iPhone screen covers. Whether or not they sapphire will be used for screens is unknown. It is more likely that the sapphire production will be used on iPhone and iPad camera lenses and touchID sensors. If production were geared toward replacing the current Corning Gorilla glass screens the Corning company might have to worry because that would result in a huge loss of prodcution since 190 million iPhones are projected to be shipped in 2014. Read More…

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Blackberry Won’t Break Up Company

After being on the table for more than three months, unnamed sources say that the companies Board of Directors will not accept any deals that would split the company up. These sources say that the Board of Directors for Blackberry does not see a break up as being in the best interest for stakeholders of the company. It is true that a division and sell off of parts of the company would affect shareholders, employees and other investors, the extent of a break would affect each differently. Microsoft and Apple expressed interest in buying up patents while other technology companies such as Lenovo expressed interesting in buying up more significant portions of the company. For the time being, it appears that Blackberry has given up its plan to sell and has instead appointed a new interim chief executive. Read More…

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Google Debuts Nexus 5

All rumors can now be put to rest because Google final announced its Nexus 5 smartphone. The phone is made by LG has been long awaited and touts many killer specs such as a 4.95 inch full 1080p screen, a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera and 2gbs of ram. It will run Androids new KitKat 4.4 platform and is available for purchase today in North America and European markets. You can pick one up in 16gb or 32gb if you can find it in stock anywhere.

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Google Play overtaking Apple App Store

App downloads from Google Play are over taking downloads from the App Store by 25% a margin that is quite large when considering the amount of apps downloaded on Apples App Store each day, roughly 45M. Not only is Apple being beat in the number of apps downloaded but they are also beginning to lose their margin in app revenue compared to Google Play. The reason for Apple lacks of maintained prominence is international markets. Googles Android platform is the leading operating system in countries such as Brazil, Russia and India where iOS has less of a hold on the market.

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Apple releases the iPhone 5s & 5c in 35 new markets

A little over a month since the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c in Apples major markets like the US, UK, Canada and China Apple is releasing the devices in 35 new markets. A majority of the 35 countries are in Europe but the expansion will include Russia, Thailand and South Korea to name a few. Apple hopes to get the device to more than 50 markets by the end of the year, making the iPhone 5s and 5c available in more than 300 countries. The iPhone 5 was only available in 240. With the release of the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini this would be a huge step as both of those are set to launch in 42 countries right from the start. Read More…

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Apple fixes a slew of errors in 7.0.3

Earlier this week Apple released iOS 7.0.3, a much needed update to fix a few bugs that had been plaguing the mobile operating system since its release a month ago. Many of the more than 200 million users of i0S 7 experienced issues with their iMessage failing to send messages. Apple’s release notes seem to indicate that this was due to a bug that prevented iMessage from properly activating. Another important fix with the minor update was the accelerometer calibration issues for the new iPhone 5s and 5c. Many users noted that the compass and new level applications available in iOS 7 were significantly off on the new 5s and 5c devices compared to the older iPhone 5. Apple also fixed a bug that allowed users to by pass the lockscreen after a doing a series of specific tasks and they enhanced the option to reduce the motion effects for the fair number of users that experience sickness due to the graphics. In addition to all the fixes Apple added some new functionalities including iCloud Keychain and Password Generator. These have been a part of iOS 7 but they are now fully integrated due to the release of OSX Mavericks. Read More…

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Aeether’s 3-D Mobile interface technology

Many people interested in the concept of Google Glass have asked what it would look like to see Google Glass paired with the gesture based controlS introduced by Microsoft’s Kinect platform. California based startup, Aeether, is attempting to do just that with their design of an interactive mobile 3-d interface. Though it is not ready for the public it does represent where our mobile future will be headed and the folks at Wired think it looks promising enough that we may expect to be there in the near future.  Aeether’s CEO says that Google Glass is about being connect to your digital world but his companies project is about immersing you in a digital world where you can truly interact with projected 3-d objects. One simple example of this was the users ability to pop bubbles with their finger as they appeared in 3-d on the glasses. The team hopes to work out the issues of having enough power to run the lot of features these glasses offer such as the on board processing, wifi and gyroscope. Their goal is to get Android developers to start building new 3-d apps for use with their new glasses technology.

Source: Wired

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Lenovo looks at acquiring Blackberry

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is looking into a deal to possibly expand its smartphone market out of China by buying out smartphone maker Blackberry. Blackberry has been on the table for sale for a wire now and is actively looking for a buyer. CEO of Lenovo, Yang Yuanqing, expressed his interest in Blackberry under certain market conditions. Recently, Lenovo has filed a non-disclousure agreement to look at Blackberrys book to see the real position of their corporation. This could be a big move for both companies since Blackberry has been looking for a buyer for quite some time and since Lenovo has had experience buying into business dominant electronics companies like IBM. This interest may face large opposition from regulators since the US and Canada has a large relationship with Blackberry. Read More…

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iOS 7’s software utilizes Multi-path TCP

There are numerous features packed into iOS 7 and most people assume them all to be listed by Apple in the release notes but one feature, Multi-path TCP, has made its way into iOS 7 without notation. Multi-path TCP enables a 3-way communication connection for mobile device users to be connected to wi-fi and cellular at the same time which is important because it allows data to be sent over the strongest available connection without the user having to choose the connection type. For instance, if your wi-fi drops during a data transmission on your mobile handset you would have to switch to cellular and resend the data request but multi-path TCP allows the connection to be maintained by automatically altering the transmission to the better network connection. Or if one of the connections hits slow down, multi-path TCP enables the device to automatically use the fastest available network. Multi-path TCP will be huge to the mobile device industry because it allows users to be connected to Wi-Fi and Cellular networks simultaneously. Apple’s release of iOS 7 marked to first mass ability of users to utilize multi-path technology but to an extent, it appears that not all apps can make use of this capability yet, only Siri seems to take advantage of this ability.

Sources: Quartz & Oliver Bonaventure

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IPO in the works for Twitter as they aim to go public

Earlier this year Twitter filed an S-1 IPO statement with the SEC to state its interest in moving the company to become publicly traded. As of this week the S-1 statement has become general public record so that investors can have access to the companies financials records. To enhance the desirability of their stock they look to raise $1 billion in the the initial offering by vamping up advertising and killing off third party Twitter apps to direct all traffic to their website and apps. That would be a huge move for the company because it would affect all of its two hundred thousand plus users. The company would be underwritten by investing giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to name a few. Twitter would trade under the ticker symbol TWTR.

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Jabil Circuit backing down as Blackberrys manufacturer

With Blackberry facing near billion dollar losses in Q2 and the probability of a $4.7 billion dollar buyout by Fairfax Holdings the company also has to deal with Jabil Circuit, the manufacturer for Blackberry, looking to disengage from their relationship. Blackberry composes 12% of what Jabil manufacturers behind Apple at 19%. For Jabil is has to be a difficult decision to rethink the relationship with Blackberry but the results to the companies balance sheets because of Blackberrys demise are causing the company difficulty. If the relationship were to cease and Jabil no longer manufactures Blackberry product it would be a huge loss to both companies, it would be costly for Jabil because it would take time and result in closing factories and laying off workers. Read more…

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iOS 7 reaches 60% adoption rate

A week after its initial launch iOS 7 had made its way onto more than 60% of iPhones according to data collected by Mixpanel. iOS 7’s adoption rate is greater than that of any prior iOS release. This could be a strong indicator that a majority of people desired changed for their iPhones since they have been interacting with the same style interface on their iDevices for years now. Currently, the percentage has grown to nearly 65%. Despite the significant adoption rate it would be interesting to see how many of the users that update would want to downgrade back to a previous iOS and whether it would be based solely on the UI appearance of iOS 7.

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Blackberry reports near $1 Billion Loss in Q2 2014

Blackberry reported this afternoon after a stop in trading that they had a net operating loss of $990 million to $995 million. The company noted that the loss was largely in part of underwhelming Blackberry Z10 sales. The quarterly earnings took a large hit too, with nearly have the revenue and phones shipped in Q2 compared to Q1. In order to turn their situation around Blackberry aims to make the Z10 a flagship introductory device to draw in new smartphone users. Also a devastating result of the near billion dollar loss is a layoff of some 4,500 employees. Hopefully Blackberry can begin to just gain a hold on their market position or else it seems that they will begin to lose more revenue. Read More…

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Demand for Gold iPhone 5s greater than expected

The launch of Apple’s new ‘gold’ iPhone 5s color has drawn considerable demand for todays release. The gold version of the phone was the first to sell out on the Apple website according to the fact that it was the first color to require a 7-10 waiting period after the initial batch sold out. Apparently Apple’s unexpected and seemingly improbable move to make a gold color iPhone has had enough to entice consumers from many countries into buying this new eye candy iPhone 5s. Read More…

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Lack of product secrecy is hurting Apple’s stock

For the past few years Apple has had a difficult time keeping their new products secret. Information on their newest gadgets is constantly getting leaked leading people and investors to experience little excitement at Apple announcements like the recent one on September 10th. Two months prior to the event Apple experienced steady growth as anticipation built for Apple to release the next big thing but after the announcement Apple’s stock fell by 1.7 percent. That leads investors to question whether people are not excited about Apples new products because of the lack of secrecy or is Apple just failing to impress the rapidly growing mobile market? Read more…

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Apple makes iPhone 4s free on contract

With every new iteration of an iPhone Apple tends to make the previous phone available for free as a budget iPhone. They have done the same with the release of the iPhone 5s but you won’t be getting your hands on the previous iPhone 5 for free but rather the outdated iPhone 4s. The idea behind it is that they are releasing the iPhone 5c as well, marked to be the new budget iPhone. The 5 and 5c are the same phone for all practical purposes, meaning consumers buying the 5c would be paying for less phone if the 5 were available for free. Also the 4s will only be offered with 8 gigabytes of storage where the the 5c offers up 16gb for $99. Read more…

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Apple. iOS 7. And NFC… AirDrop

One of the many hoped for features in Apples new iOS 7 was the adoption of NFC or Near Field Communication technologies. Well we now know that NFC isn’t going to be a part of iOS 7 and many folks believe that brings about the death of NFC. Well NFC isn’t totally dead and Google still is using it in file transfer between devices and even for Google Wallet but Apple hasn’t adopted the technology. But that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have their own way of doing things. In this new iOS you will see and make use of AirDrop which has been on the Mac for quite some time. I am interested to see that apps that die as a result of AirDrop on iDevices and what new technologies spring from its addition to the iOS SDK.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/nfc/

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Out with the Old iPod Classic

Apple plans to announce a lot of new tech at its upcoming keynote in a few days. One thing not expected to be refreshed or introduced is a new version of the iPod Classic, the iconic iPod that started all things mobile for Apple. Mosts analysts do not even foresee the company updating the dock connected, leaving the iPod Classic a legacy device. This is big in that this was Apples smoking gun for so many years, it launched them to where they are today but honestly most people wont miss the technology or fear losing it so I don’t see it as being disruptive but rather one step closer to devices not relying on their own internal storage. It is old technology that has a few faithful followers but it lacks the new touch capabilities we have all grown to love. As a result we may see the iPod Classic disappear this year for good.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/09/goodbye-ipod-classic/