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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
All those shiny new gadgets generated $37.5 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion in profit for the Cupertino, Calif., company.
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/18/kids-code-games-80m-user-messaging-app-kik-jams-in-nyc/#CzGvgshQYlc7iLCH.99
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
“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.
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
“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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
RAD Studio XE5 now helps application developers create “true native” applications by managing the codebases for Android, iOS, OS X and Windows.
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.
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.
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.
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?