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Phone Fraud on the Rise

Pindrop Security claims that call centers are losing $0.57 per call due to fraud. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/security/phone-fraud-on-the-rise-report.html#sthash.dQavBmHv.dpuf

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China Mobile iPhone Announcement May Come Dec. 18

China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, has a big announcement planned for Dec. 18. Will it finally begin selling an Apple iPhone? – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/china-mobile-iphone-announcement-may-come-dec.-18-report.html#sthash.ZcVZK8tX.dpuf

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Orange Script could be fruitful for Android app development

Android developers, particularly those with JavaScript, C, and C++ skills, have another option for mobile apps.

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Nintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet for educational games

Nintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet that will be primarily for the educational market, according to a series of Twitter posts from Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Monterazo.

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Isis Carrier Support Will Add Momentum to Mobile Payment Adoption – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/isis-carrier-support-will-add-momentum-to-mobile-payment-adoption

Three of the four major wireless carriers in the United States are supporting the release of the new Isis mobile-payment app, and in the process are enabling NFC-based payments on a wide scale to many wireless phones. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/isis-carrier-support-will-add-momentum-to-mobile-payment-adoption.html#sthash.hJxQMeR8.dpuf

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Google Helping Developers Target Education Apps at K-12 Teachers – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/developer/google-helping-developers-target-education-apps-at-k-12-teachers.

Google has launched a special section in its Play store where educators can find cool apps for teaching their students. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/developer/google-helping-developers-target-education-apps-at-k-12-teachers.html#sthash.8iiGjrE7.dpuf

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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric ‘Sid’ Blancher Dead At 37

An anonymous reader points out The Register’s report that Wi-Fi security expert  Cédric ‘Sid’ Blancher has died as the result of a skydiving accident. “Among other things, the 37-year-old Blancher was a sought-after speaker on WiFi security, and in 2005 published a Python-based WiFi traffic injection tool called Wifitap.

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Friends don’t let friends text and drive: Road Wars turns safe driving into a game

With the goal of making people more focused, careful, and law-abiding drivers, Road Wars launched its mobile app today.

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A ‘car alarm’ for your iPhone: Halo’s intriguing security gadget hits Indiegogo

Say hello to Halo, a new iPhone 5 security accessory that’s kicking off its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today. It’s the first iPhone security gadget I’ve seen that implements a loud alarm, which is helpful for preventing both snatch-and-grab theft and those instances where your phone wanders off in the hands of a sly thief

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Apple continues to follow Samsung; plans extra-big iPhones with enhanced pressure sensors, curved screens

An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Apple is working on two extra-large iPhones that will have curved screens, and is also working on touch screens that can register different levels of pressure.

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CyanogenMod 10.2 M1 Released

CyanogenMod team has announced the release of version 10.2 M1, just after the release of Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat. In a post the team says, “With all the Android 4.4 hype, we haven’t forgotten about CM 10.2.

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Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings

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Firefox OS phones spread into Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru

Telefónica is bringing the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire to Mexico. In Peru, the carrier is launching the ZTE Open; in Uruguay, the Alcatel One Touch Fire is available in Uruguay.

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Apple’s $171 billion 2013: Amazing … and amazingly forgettable

All those shiny new gadgets generated $37.5 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion in profit for the Cupertino, Calif., company.

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Apple Q4 2013: $37.5B revenue, $7.5B profit, 33.8M iPhones, 14.1M iPads

Apple released its fourth quarter numbers today, and the results were pretty similar to what most analysts had predicted: good but not great, up from 2012 but not by much.

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Apple’s record quarter in education: iPad has 94% of tablet market

“We had over a billion dollars in revenues for the first time ever,” Cook said. “Macs were up eight percent — while the PC market was down 12 percent — and iPad sales were up 22 percent.”

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LG Launches Its Firefox OS Phone Fireweb for $200

“LG has launched the Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone in a joint event with the Telefonica Vivo carrier. The Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone will be available for around $200 and will join the Alcatel One Touch Fire which Telfonia is launching in Brazil, starting today. Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay are the next countries to get it.

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Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?

As early-adopters start to gain some experience with these devices, they’re learning some interesting lessons about how wearable computing affects our behavior differently from even smartphones and tablets.

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Kids code games: 80M user messaging app Kik jams in NYC

GenTech teaches low-income high school students HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as the basics of  entrepreneurship. About 25 GenTech participants will join Kik and its game  development partner TreSensa at the NY Media Center on Sunday to take part in the game jam.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/18/kids-code-games-80m-user-messaging-app-kik-jams-in-nyc/#CzGvgshQYlc7iLCH.99

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Tylt’s VÜ takes the hassle out of wireless smartphone charging

Most Qi wireless chargers require you to exactly align a charging circle on the  device to a charging circle on the stand. But you can can rest your phone either  vertically or horizontally on the VÜ charger and it will still charge.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/20/tylts-vu-takes-the-hassle-out-of-wireless-smartphone-charging/#2oJPEgyqdAtKimqK.99

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Irish Government May Close Apple’s Biggest Tax Loophole

“Ireland and its tax system came under some extreme scrutiny earlier this year when it was revealed that Apple funneled billions of dollars of revenue though three subsidiaries based in the country. Thanks to a loophole, none of these subsidiaries were tax-resident in Ireland, meaning they didn’t even have to pay Ireland’s relatively low 12.5% corporation tax rate.

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Thinking Phone Networks grabs $10M for cloud ‘unified communications’ service

The company announced today that it has raised $10 million in a follow to its  third funding round, led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Advanced Technology  Ventures. Altogether, Thinking Phone Networks has raised more  than $30 million.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/15/thinking-phone-networks-grabs-10m-for-cloud-unified-communications-service/#MskzK0XQY1wQa6Ph.99

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‘Yahoo’s future is mobile,’ says Mayer — but can Yahoo’s mobile make money?

“Yahoo’s future is mobile,” said Mayer. In a year, she said, “12 months from  now, we [will be] all about mobile.”

She also noted in the call Yahoo’s record  highs for mobile traffic.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/15/yahoos-future-is-mobile-says-mayer-but-can-yahoos-mobile-make-money/#uzv8IdLFkiuew9UM.99

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Will Cloud Services One Day Be Traded Just Like Stocks and Bonds?

An idea is being floated to package cloud computing resources into blocks that can be bought and sold on a commodity futures trading market. It would be similar to how financial instruments like stocks, bonds and agricultural products like corn and wheat are traded on exchanges by investors.

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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

In August 2013, President Obama issued a veto to an import ban of the iPhone 4S after Samsung won several court battles against Apple claiming that the iPhone 4S violated several of Samsung’s patents.

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iPad has the fastest touchscreen, and Kindle Fire HD beats pricier Android tablets

The new Kindle Fire HD released on Oct. 2 also has a faster touchscreen than the  Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The Kindle Fire HD measured at  114 milliseconds, compared to 135 for the Nexus 7 and 168 for the Galaxy Tab 3  8.0.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/08/ipad-has-the-fastest-touchscreen-and-kindle-fire-hd-beats-pricier-android-tablets/#X0RB0dskE6z00IJf.99

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145M app installs later, Facebook intros new mobile ads to combat app abandonment

Facebook’s mobile  app ads have been tremendously successful, with 8,400 advertisers driving a massive  145 million app installs so far in 2013 alone. Now the company is adding a new  ad type: mobile app ads that help developers build app engagement and  conversion.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/facebook-intros-new-mobile-ads-to-combat-app-exhaustion/#we3CW5gVMkEe7oIW.99

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Netflix for iOS7 adds high-def video and Airplay streaming

Netflix updated its popular app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this morning, adding support for high definition video streaming to your favorite Apple mobile device.

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Microsoft Office to expand with new ‘ Reader’ & ‘Lens’ apps

Microsoft is apparently working on two new Office-branded applications that  expand the perimeters of what you’d expect from a business-focused software  suite.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/27/microsoft-office-to-expand-with-new-reader-lens-apps/#fTgGL54h0iB4CYSJ.99

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Twitter’s global mobile reach: 36% in U.S, 8% in Germany, 64% in Indonesia

Twitter has the most reach in developing countries, where iPhone usage is sparse
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/26/twitters-global-mobile-reach-36-in-u-s-8-in-germany-64-in-indonesia/#ozgVJbt2jcvRVGpP.99

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Uniiverse releases mobile app to get people away from screens and into ‘real life’

Uniiverse launched its  mobile app today that connects people with nearby activities, so the process of  finding fun things to do is easier. The company also draws inspiration from sharing economy companies like Airbnb,  TaskRabbit, Lyft, and SkillShare.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/24/uniiverse-releases-mobile-app-to-get-people-away-from-screens-and-into-real-life/#71PuhlWLJum7iIM7.99

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90% of mobile apps have inadequate help

Although mobile devices have been around for more than a decade, software  developers are still figuring out the rules of what makes a great mobile app.  This means that the world of mobile apps is not operating at its full potential yet.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/21/90-of-mobile-apps-have-inadequate-help/#OR9lkcArcGXx0bHz.99

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What’s the Truth About iPhone 5c Sales?

Wall Street took notice, and Apple’s stock dipped on Monday. After closing at
$465 on Friday, the iPhone-maker’s shares lost $15 in value on Monday.

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Google adds value to its mobile wallet app

New updates include digital loyalty cards and access to offers found in Google programs.  The ability to store loyalty cards in the app eliminates the need for shoppers to carry around and keep track of numerous plastic rewards cards, Google says.

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Linux gets a boost from mobile

Collectively, the mobile-focused Linaro, Samsung, and Texas Instruments increased their collective contributions to the kernel in the past year to 11 percent of all contributions, up from 4.4 percent the year before, according to The Linux Foundation’s latest yearly report on who contributes to the Linux kernel.

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Embarcadero adds Android, MBaaS support to RAD Studio

RAD Studio XE5 now helps application developers create “true native”  applications by managing the codebases for Android, iOS, OS X and  Windows.

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Harvard and MIT join on artificial intelligence research

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $25 million grant to Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study how the brain creates intelligence and how that process can be replicated in machines.  If successful, this will be a very significant leap forward in technology.

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Stick a fork in Apple, it’s done

Samsung may be the No. 2 smartphone maker behind Apple, but it’s growing at more than twice the rate. This means that Apple will not control the mobile technology world.  Therefore, it may result in new types of new mobile technology.

 

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ClicLite brings solar charging to your keyring

There are already a number of solar-powered phone charger/LED light combos out there, but the ClicLite is a little different from the rest – “little” being the key word. At just 4 x 4 cm (1.6 x 1.6 in), it can be attached to a keyring, and easily stuffed into a purse or pocket. Additionally, if its one included mono-crystalline solar panel isn’t powerful enough for you, you can add on some others.

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Nokia: The rise and fall of a mobile giant

From market domination to sell-off in less than 10 years. As Microsoft swoops in to buy Nokia’s mobile business for £4.6bn, what happened to Finland’s most beloved company, and why would Microsoft take it on?