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Nokia Shareholders Approve $7.2 billion Buyout by Microsoft

It’s official: Nokia’s shareholders have signed off on the $7.2 billion acquisition of the company’s handset division by Microsoft. The Financial Times reports that 99.7% of the investors at a general meeting in Helsinki voted in favor of the deal. The investors who approved the deal hold nearly four-fifths of Nokia’s total shares. The meeting is expected to continue for quite some time, however, “as various small Finnish shareholders vent their anger over the deal” and Stephen Elop’s hefty payday. Ever since the deal was announced, Nokia has been on something of a rebound, surpassing Motorola to become the fourth-largest smartphone vendor in the U.S. and moving a record number of Lumia smartphones. Once the venting has ended and the meeting adjourns, Nokia will be one step closer to becoming a subsidiary of Microsoft.

 

 

http://bgr.com/2013/11/19/nokia-microsoft-buyout-approved/

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Apple is Quietly Taking Over Yet Another Industry. This Time its In Your Car.

According to a recent report from market research firm ABI Research, Apple’s in-car infotainment system integration efforts in iOS are going to pay off in the coming years. As smartphone integration in cars grows over the next five years to reach 35.1 million units globally, Apple’s iOS is seen getting support from more systems than any other platform with 49.8% of the market. MirrorLink is seen following with 43.6% and everything else falls into the “other” category.  Solid in-car integration will allow iPhone owners to continue using Apple services while in the car, and it could appeal to new buyers as well as they seek out devices that integrate well with cars they already own.

 

Read more here:  http://bgr.com/2013/11/06/apple-ios-in-car-market-share/

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Microsoft Is Making An Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company. This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash. Sherlund says that if you back out the Android profits, Microsoft is probably losing $2.5 billion on Skype, Xbox, and Windows Phone. Of that, $2 billion in losses are attributable to the Xbox platform.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earns-2-billion-per-year-from-android-patent-royalties-2013-11#ixzz2jueGSIJn

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Report details global trends in mobile, video and social

The Global Media Trends Book, published by the European Publishers Council, draws on more than 500 data sets to analyse and predict global trends in digital media.  Mobile internet use, online video and utilising social media are the key trends in digital media for the near future, according to the 2013 Global Media Trends Book, published yesterday by the European Publisher’s Council.  The report, authored by the World Newsmedia Network (WNMN), compiles original research and more than 500 published datasets to inform media companies of “major trends in the digital media world” on a global basis, said Martha Stone, chief executive of the World Newsmedia Network.  “We look at the digital media trends in the areas of usage and revenue in digital media of all kinds,” Stone told Journalism.co.uk, “including video across platform, social media, smartphones, tablets, gaming, anything internet, anything digital media, you name it.

 

See the full report here:

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/new-report-details-trends-in-mobile-video-and-social/s2/a554477/

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Chirp: The Chip That Could Make Wearable Tech a Whole Lot Easier to Use

Thanks to researchers at the University of California, good news appears to be on the way. And it could revolutionize the way we interact not just with smartwatches but with all wearable tech.  The researcher’s tiny technology, called Chirp, comprises an ultrasound chip and an electronics chip (right) that work together to interpret gestures in three dimensions, or in other words, in the air.  The system uses small acoustic resonators, or ultrasound transducers, that send out ultrasonic pulses. These echo off anything within a meter of the device, such as your hand, with the technology able to interpret various gestures and convert them into actions on the gadget. Chirp, which has been developed by UC Berkeley graduate student Richard Przybyla, consumes power at a very low rate, and being ultrasound-based can function not just in light conditions but also in complete darkness.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/chirp-chip/#ixzz2jQfpm24k

 

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Stephen Elop says he’s ready for change at Microsoft

All eyes are on Stephen Elop. Just hours ago, he introduced Nokia’s first Windows tablet; he’s also overseeing his division’s integration into Microsoft; and Redmond is even considering him as its next CEO. During our interview today, Elop understandably couldn’t comment on the prospect of taking Steve Ballmer’s place, but he did say he’s ready to take up the challenge of bringing the two giants together, no matter what.  In the case of Nokia’s tablet, Elop believes it will appeal to an audience that both overlaps Microsoft’s and complements it. He emphasized that Nokia took a slightly different approach, focusing on mobility with the integrated LTE modem and outdoor-friendly display on the Lumia 2520. For the same reason, Nokia went with the more efficient, yet much-ridiculed, Windows RT over Windows 8.

 

Read the full article here:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/22/nokia-world-stephen-elop-interview/

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Designing mobile enterprise apps for ‘high cognitive load’ environments

Very soon, it’ll be every worker on a smart device, not just the traveling salesman submitting his lunch receipt on the go. Imagine technicians working on top of wind turbines or in the bowels of hospitals fixing state-of-the art equipment on iPads. Or brain surgeons removing tumors thanks to a Nexus. Or to get Hollywood about it, astronauts working off that shiny new Surface 2 up there in space. The design of mobile enterprise apps that must serve these high cognitive-load business environments require an extreme balance of form and function, and must keep context, communication and clarity front and center despite the complexity of the job at-hand. Mobile Enterprise apps face a constant tension: The need to work with large amounts of data versus the limited screen real estate on which to display it. In practice, this means that users often need to browse or search through several organizational layers of material to find a value for an input field or form. At the same time, mobile users are frequently interrupted with calls, texts and other events that take over the entire screen. So it’s critical to maintain context at all times.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/designing-mobile-enterprise-apps-for-high-cognitive-load-environments/#H6mZZk6MVgK1t4tF.99

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Report Shows that Motorola Could Become Google’s Surface

Motorola isn’t doing very well as a part of Google. In Google’s most recently reported quarter, Motorola garnered revenue of $1.18 billion. Not a small number, but a mere 8% of its parent company’s consolidated revenue. And, in the comparable third quarter of 2012, its revenue totaled $1.78 billion.

That’s a decline of 34% in a year, even with Motorola launching its much-hyped Moto X smartphone.

That’s only half the picture, however, as Motorola loses quite a lot of money: $248 million in the quarter. Google sums this well, noting that the loss was “-21% of Motorola Mobile segment revenues.” Motorola lost $192 million in the year-ago quarter, so the trend here isn’t positive.

 

Read the full article here:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/18/motorola-is-becoming-googles-surface/

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Report Compares the Price of 500 MB of Mobile Data Around the World

According to a new report released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that measured the monthly cost of 500MB of pre-paid, mobile-broadband data, developed countries are the proud owners of the most affordable mobile-broadband in the world… sort of. While Austria comes in at a $4.70 per month, the mobile-broadband dark horse of the developed world, the United States, hits a staggering $85—but then, most of you were probably already well acquainted with that absurd truth. The ITU measured the monthly prices as a percentage of monthly gross national income, so the cause of the massive disparity comes down to the market itself.

 

Read more here:

http://gizmodo.com/the-price-of-500mb-of-mobile-data-across-the-world-1442047579

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Application Developer Talent: Time to play moneyball

A few tips to note while assembling application development teams: Computer science degrees are overvalued, get people who can talk to business folks and monitor chemistry.  At the Gartner Symposium ITXpo, Catalyst and Nike presented a case study highlighting how team selection can boost the metrics and returns of application development. Catalyst teams worked on the technology for Nike’s Fuel Band as well mobile applications, APIs for partners and a unified e-commerce and Web experience.

 

Read more here: http://www.zdnet.com/application-developer-talent-time-to-play-moneyball-7000021821/

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Chinese Government Ups Scrutiny on Mobile News Apps

China has initiated a crackdown on mobile apps that offer news services but failed to obtain the necessary regulatory approval, which are notoriously difficult to obtain.  Several popular mobile apps offering news and information services, including Chouti, Zaker News Reader, and 3G Portal News, have been deemed to contain either pornography or obscene content or publish false information, according to a statement by the State Internet Information Office, quoted in a report by Xinhua Net.

 

Read the full article here:  http://www.zdnet.com/cn/chinese-govt-ups-scrutiny-on-mobile-news-apps-7000021437/

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Amazon Working on a Smartphone With a 3D Interface

Apparently, rather than being a full-on 3D phone like the LG Optimus 3D, the device – codename Smith – will feature a 3D user interface. This doesn’t sound very exciting until you hear it’ll operate using four different, corner-mounted cameras to track head and eye movements, so you can navigate through screens and peek around corners to see alternative controls. The front cameras would also ignore faces on the edge of the screen (mates looking over your shoulder, for example), and the rear camera may use object identification to scan and search for the item in Amazon’s own store.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/amazon-3d-smartphone-rumored/#ixzz2gmglofJ3

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Report Shows Android OEMs Cheat on Benchmark Scores

Samsung has come under fire this week for allegedly inflating the benchmark scores for the Galaxy Note 3 among other Android devices, but — shocker — the company is not alone in enhancing scores. AnandTech just published a report that shows ASUS, HTC and other companies using the same “benchmark detect” function to artificially bump up the numbers.
Read the full story and find out which OEMs are cheating here:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/02/samsung-reportedly-not-alone-in-cheating-android-benchmarks/

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Samsung to Unveil its First Smartphone with a Curved Display Next Month

Samsung proved earlier this year that curved displays are feasible, and the next step will be making use of new curved designs in smartphone. Reuters reports that Samsung has confirmed plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea sometime next month.

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Samsung to unveil its first smartphone with a curved display next month

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BlackBerry Enters Agreement for $4.7 Billion Sale of Company

For the second time in as many trading days, shares of BlackBerry were halted in advance of some big news from the company. Today’s news is no less big. BlackBerry has just announced that it’s signed a letter of intent agreement for a sale of the company valued at $4.7 billion to a consortium led by Fairfax Financial (the company’s largest shareholder). Pending due diligence that’s expected to be completed by November 4th, the deal would see BlackBerry go private, with shareholders each receiving $9 per share in cash.

Read the full article and the full PR release here:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/23/blackberry-enters-agreement-for-4-7-billion-sale/

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Windows Developers Struggling with Mobile Apps

Windows developers are feeling the demand for mobile apps, but they say their current tools and skills are preventing them from delivering those apps.

 

Dimensional Research found that while Windows developers are experiencing great demand for mobile applications-85 percent of respondents said they’d received requests for mobile apps-they lack confidence in their ability to meet that demand.

 

Read the full article here:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/windows-developers-struggling-mobile-apps-227069

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Apple Adjusts ‘App Resurrection’ Policy, Will Allow Developers To Restrict Versions Offered

Earlier this week, we noted that Apple’s new policy of automatically serving up old versions of apps to users was good for the downloader, but not so great for the developer. Today, Apple has adjusted its policy and will allow developers to choose not to offer old versions.

Apple made the announcement on its news site for developers:

Previous versions of your apps are now available for re‑download by users who have already purchased them, allowing customers to use your apps with older devices which may no longer be supported by the current version of your app. If you do not wish to make these versions available, you can manage the availability of your apps’ previous versions in the Rights and Pricing section of the Manage Your Apps module in iTunes Connect

 

Read the full article here:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/apple-adjusts-app-resurrection-policy-will-allow-developers-to-restrict-versions/

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Microsoft Reportedly Working on Voice Assistant to Challenge Siri and Google Now

The voice assistant, codenamed Cortana after the AI construct from the popular video game Halo, will be included in the Windows 8.1 update.  Cortana will be one of the most full featured voice assistants to date.  Bing’s Satori engine—a massive knowledge database, named after the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment—is said to be the brains behind Cortana.

 

Read more here:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048640/windows-phones-cortana-will-challenge-siri-and-google-now-for-smart-assistant-supremacy.html

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Study: Even Though Android is the More Popular Platform, iOS Developers are Still Making More Money

Research firm VisionMobile has issued the biggest mobile developer study to date. The study consisted of 6,000 participants from 115 different countries. The report “tracks the state of mobile ecosystems, developer mindshare, monetisation trends, revenue models and developer tools.”

According to the findings, iOS is on average the most profitable platform to develop on. An IOS developer on average makes $5,200 on in-app revenue a month, while android developers make about $4,700. However, Android is still more popular. 72 percent told researchers they already developed for Android while 57 percent already developed for iOS. The two are closely trailed by HTML5 mobile with 52 percent.

See the data here:
http://mobilefomo.com/2013/09/reporting-2013-mobile-ecosystem/

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Facbook’s Positive Q2 Earnings Correlates to Increase in Mobile Advertising Revenue

Based on last month’s Facebook earnings report, this month’s bullish forecast for Facebook, and various studies on the mobile landscape, it’s safe to say that between mobile and desktop advertising, mobile is all the rage. In fact there’s even a negative correlation in mobile verses desktop ad spend according to eMarketer; an increasing mobile ad spend has been responsible for “slowing down” desktop ad spend.

 

http://appflood.com/blog/wall-street-bullish-on-facebook-is-boon-for-mobile-ad-industry

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New Report Shows How Minor Ratings Shifts Affect iOS Top Apps Charts

A new report released today confirms earlier findings indicating a mobile app’s ranking in the iTunes App Store is now taking into account ratings and other metrics in order to help determine its place on the charts. According to Appurify, the Google Ventures-backed startup behind an app debugging, testing and performance optimization platform, not only are app ratings now influencing rankings, but even a half star bump in ratings alone can significantly increase rating and review activity. And this, in turn, can help well-built apps climb further up the charts.

The report details other aspects to this change as well, including how many stars matter, and the value of mobile app updates, among other things.

Continue reading here:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/06/new-report-on-apples-app-store-algorithm-change-shows-how-even-a-minor-ratings-shift-affects-top-apps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29