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Thanksgiving 2013 Sales According to IBM: Mobile 43% Of All E-Commerce Traffic, Mobile Over 25% Of All Online Sales

Online sales in the U.S. this Thanksgiving were up nearly 20% (19.7%) on 2012, with an especially strong push from mobile devices, which accounted for over one-quarter (25.8%) of all sales on the day and nearly half of all e-commerce traffic.

IBM says that department stores’ online sales grew 60% this year over 2012, with mobile up 44%.

Mobile is nearing half of all e-commerce traffic on Thanksgiving. In all it accounted for 42.6% of all traffic, and nearly 26% of all sales – up 49% on 2012. As IBM noted yesterday, tablets see the most actual purchases – 16.5% of all online sales – while smartphones accounted for 9%. Those buying on tablets, with an average of $126.49 per order, are nearly on par with average basket size overall. (Smartphones are at $110 per order, fairly impressive considering that you are browsing on a small screen.) iOS ended up accounting for over one-fifth (21%) of all sales, and $121.61 per order. Android accounted for only 4.6% of sales.

PayPal also noted growth in mobile payments volumes on its platform for the day – up 114.7% over Thanksgiving 2012, with a 91% increase in consumers shopping through PayPal mobile compared to Thanksgiving 2012. It doesn’t break out what percentages of overall sales, or actual gross value of the transactions.

These sales statistics show that more people in the US are conducting more of their Thanksgiving shopping online and/or through the use of their tablet or mobile device.

This is important as these sales figures will encourage more brick-and-mortar physical businesses to offer more Black Friday Thanksgiving sales deals online through mobile platforms to be able to continually reach out to customers who primarily use their mobile devices for conducting their Thanksgiving shopping purchases. The high usage of iOS devices for purchases versus the low Android devices percentage could lead to more targeting of iOS devices by retailers.

These growing online & mobile sales will also lead to growth of more online & mobile payment companies like PayPal continuing to grow & develop as they will continue to manage growing amounts of online & mobile sales transactions.

See article link here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/29/thanksgiving-digest-ibm-e-commerce-edition-mobile-43-of-all-traffic-over-25-of-all-online-sales/

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IronSource Announces KudosKits, Allowing App Users To Show Their Appreciation With Money

Israeli company IronSource has come up with a new way for developers to ask their users for money or other forms of support.

With a KudosKit, instead of requiring users to pay for the app, or for additional content/virtual goods within the app, developers can present them with a screen asking for their support. That can ask users to “buy us a cup of coffee” (make a small donation), Like the app on Facebook, tweet about the app, rate it in the App Store, and more.

In some ways, it’s similar to the “tip jar” widgets that you’ll see on some websites, but customized for mobile. And with the underlying analytics technology, IronSource Chief Design Officer Dan Greenberg said his team is “100 percent focused on making this work.” Specifically, he said the KudosKits can identify the most effective points in the app to ask for support, direct requests at specific user segments (so loyal users see the message while first-time users don’t), and localize the messages in different geographies.

Six months of early usage are promising, with 700,000 users donating a total of $1.2 million. The KudosKits have supposedly seen an 0.58 percent conversion rate to paid “appreciations”, with an average appreciation size of $2.10.

IronSource uses a revenue sharing agreement with the app developers to make a profit from the KudosKit technology.

This KudosKit technology could provide an important revenue tool for app developers as one of their main struggles is with generating profit from the users of their mobile applications. This struggle is due to the ineffective targeting and advertising tools mobile developers currently have to use on the mobile apps users’.

The KudosKit technology appears to be similar to the user analytics technology used by Google and other companies for various websites online for managing user-specific targeted advertising.   If this KudosKit software is picked up and used effectively by many mobile application developers, this could allow for more effectively targeted user advertisements & messages within mobile applications .

The KudosKit software could also make it easier for mobile developers to receive money directly from the users’ of their mobile application.

Article link here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/29/ironsource-announces-kudoskits/

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FAA To Consider Cellphone Use On Airplanes- WSJ

Proposal Would Allow for Calls Above 10,000 Feet

http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303653004579212210178774516-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwMTEyNDEyWj

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‘AOSP’ Android phones without Google propel Chinese sales

The number of smartphone owners keeps increasing – and many are in China, buying low-end “Android” phones which don’t run Google services, according to new data published by the research companies Gartner and IDC.

Gartner has for the first time lifted the lid on the gigantic growth in sales of Android phones which don’t run Google services in China – so-called “AOSP” (Android Open Source Platform) handsets, which use local app stores and do not count towards “activations” measured by Google, nor hook into Google services.

The figures, released on Thursday, show a two-speed smartphone market, with AOSP sales in China nearly doubling in a year – increasing to 84.1m in the third quarter of 2013 from 42.3m a year ago – while growth outside it was only 28% year-on-year.

This shows how Google is using local versions of Android phones to be able to sell them more easily & cheaply in certain areas of the world.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/14/china-smartphone-android-google-iphone

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Top Selling Gaming App Candy Crush Saga reaches 500 million installations on mobiles and Facebook

Candy Crush Saga is now the top grossing app worldwide on both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play store according to analytics firm Distimo.

Candy Crush Saga launched for mobile devices in November 2012 and it has just now reached 500 million installations on mobile phones & Facebook.

This statistic does not clarify the current number of active users of Candy Crush Saga or what profit figures the developers of Candy Crush Saga have received from the mobile gaming app.

The most regularly-quoted figure comes from US company Think Gaming, which claims the free-to-play game is generating more than $875,000 a day from in-app purchases on iOS in the US alone, based on 5.4 million daily active users (DAUs) there. But this is just an estimate, as was the recent claim by Michael Acton Smith, CEO of games firm Mind Candy, that Candy Crush Saga had “made about $180m in the last six months”.

The most regularly-quoted figure comes from US company Think Gaming, which claims the free-to-play game is generating more than $875,000 a day from in-app purchases on iOS in the US alone, based on 5.4 million daily active users (DAUs) there. But this is just an estimate, as was the recent claim by Michael Acton Smith, CEO of games firm Mind Candy, that Candy Crush Saga had “made about $180m in the last six months”.

While Candy Crush Saga is believed to be the highest grossing mobile game app, Angry Birds is the mobile gaming app believed to have been downloaded more often than Candy Crush Saga.

Candy Crush Saga provides an example of how in certain cases a particular mobile app can become well-known and downloaded by many users. Profit streams can then be provided by the developers offering in-app content to the app’s users as well as premium paid-only versions of their mobile applications.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/15/candy-crush-saga-reaches-500m-installs-mobile-facebook

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Independently Owned Apps With A Million-Plus Users Up 121% Over Past 18 Months- According to Flurry

According to the data analytics company Flurry, there currently is a healthy and growing “middle class” app economy.

Flurry reports seeing 357% growth over the past 18 months from independently owned apps that have a worldwide audience of over 20 million monthly active users, and 121% growth from those with an audience of over 1 million.

It’s worth noting that in the case of the independent-owned apps with the 20 million active users, the actual number of apps has only grown from 7 in Q1 2012 to 32 in Q3 2013.

At the same time, the number of mobile app developers who hit 1 million active users changed from just under 400 to 875 from Q1 2012 to Q3 2013 respectively.

The data was collected from apps running on Flurry’s platform from Q1 2012 to Q3 2013. Flurry’s platform has a broad reach among mobile apps– there are now over 400,000 apps across over 1.2 billion mobile devices which use Flurry’s app analytics platform.

Because Flurry’s customers tend to install the company’s analytics software in their apps during testing periods ahead of their public launch, Flurry has insight into what the app ecosystem will look like in the near future. Today, the company says that over the past 18 months, application starts (as these new apps’ appearances are being called) have nearly doubled.

The new mobile app data from Flurry seems to counter a number of theories and various reports that the app stores are becoming overcrowded, and that while the app stores are filled more apps than users could ever want, few of these apps are being used.

A good bit of the mobile app growth Flurry is touting today is due to mobile app adoption in emerging markets, something the company alludes to today by citing the adoption of gaming, utility and messaging apps like LINE, Kakao, Snapchat and WhatsApp around the world.

In particular, the company found earlier this summer that China alone accounted for 24% of all the connected devices worldwide, including both smartphones and tablets.

This means that while Flurry is making a good point that there’s still plenty of room for growth in the mobile app stores, by taking a high-level view of the mobile app development & usage data, it may be glossing over the very real struggles developers in mature markets have to overcome to just get their app noticed by users, and then keep it from being abandoned by users later on.

If this latest mobile app data from Flurry about a “middle class” app economy is really true, then this may indeed suggest that there is a middle-ground market for mobile apps that are able to achieve a certain number of active users; even if those same mobile apps might not be constantly used.

The Flurry data also suggests that there may be separate challenges & advantages faced by mobile app developers in separate markets like the established US Smartphone mobile application market vs the new Smartphone mobile app market developing in China.

The new data from Flurry also confirms that mobile applications will still face an initial struggle to get noticed and then continually adopted and used by many users in order to become large successes in the mobile application market due to the current presence of over 1 million applications in the Apple/iOS mobile app store.

Please see the article link here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/08/an-app-middle-class-continues-to-grow-independently-owned-apps-with-a-million-plus-users-up-121-in-past-18-months/

 

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Google tests mobile app technology that tracks users to see if they visit the stores they search for

Google is beta-testing a program that can track smartphone and tablet users everywhere they go, which could allow advertisers to find out if users who search for a store online actually visit it in the real-world.

The program works by accessing user data via Android apps or Google’s iOS apps including Google search, Gmail, Chrome, and Google Maps.

If someone is using an app or has one running in the background, the smartphone location data can then be used to determine if and when they visit physical stores.

Digiday, which first broke the story, suggests for example that if someone searches for ‘screwdriver’ on a Google mobile device or app, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user.

Google can then pair that person’s location data with its database of store listings, ultimately allowing advertisers to see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store.

Google is already talking to advertisers about the technology, claiming it will allow them to more accurately measure in-store conversions.

A recent study from Nielsen estimated that mobile users spent an average of around 15 hours researching for various products on mobile sites and apps, with 55% of consumers wanting to make a purchase within a 1-hour time period.

The “Location Services” of the consumers’ phones will need to be switched on for the new tracking program within the Google apps to be able to track users.

This new tracking program proposed by Google could be useful in assisting mobile advertisers as well as physical stores who want to conduct more mobile advertising since they will have more metadata on how customers interact with their Google applications when they are searching for various products.

However, the new Google tracking program also raises new privacy concerns since many users may not be aware that they are being tracked in this manner when they are using Google’s apps (even if they are running in background).

Many users may also object to having their physical locations being tracked by Google and opt to either disable their “Location Services”  or stop using Google’s mobile applications entirely.

Therefore Google will have to address the privacy & security concerns its mobile users will have with its new tracking program soon before users might start to be tracked in more detail and in new ways without their knowledge or consent.

Please see the article link here: http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/11/08/google-tests-technology-follows-mobile-users-see-if-they-visit-stores-they-search

 

 

 

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New Vulnerability Found in iOS Apps Using Wi-Fi

According to mobile security researchers from the mobile security company Skycure, they have discovered a new security vulnerability in mobile iOS applications when the iOS apps are using Wi-Fi networks. The security vulnerability allows attackers to persistently alter the server URL from which a mobile app loads its data, so that instead of loading data from realserver.com, for instance, the attack makes the app load data from attacker.com, without the victim knowing that this data change has taken place. Attackers could use that altered app data to load malicious links, or insert fake, market-moving news into a mobile news application.

The researchers from Skycure say that this security vulnerability is present in hundreds of mobile apps that they tested, including stock management & news applications.

If this security vulnerability is indeed present in hundreds of stock management & news apps running on iOS, this could be a security vulnerability that could affect/harm many users of various Apple mobile devices that use iOS based apps on Wi-Fi systems.

This would be another important security issue for Apple to develop iOS patches to fix the stated security vulnerability for iOS based mobile apps so that users of those mobile apps can have at least some guaranteed level of protection when using iOS based apps on Wi-Fi networks (at least on the iOS client side if not the Wi-Fi network/server side).

Please see the article below:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/new-vulnerability-found-in-apps-using-wi-fi/

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Apple Targets Microsoft Office With Free iWork Apps for New Mac’s, iPhone’s, and iPad’s

On Tuesday Apple announced that it will make its iWork applications freely available for anyone who bought a new Macintosh, iPhone, or iPad device.

Apple also announced that it will provide the latest version of the Macintosh OS, Mavericks, for free.

These latest announcements by Apple are another way the company is striking back against Microsoft as Microsoft does not currently offer its Office software on iPads. Microsoft says it has plans to develop & offer its Office software for devices like the iPad in the near future. No release dates have been announced yet from Microsoft.

This compounds the many problems Microsoft has had with attempting to sell its Surface tablets, in addition to Windows Phones to compete against the tablets & smartphones offered by Apple & Google.

A long-term threatening point for Microsoft was also mentioned in this article as IDC, a research company, predicts that sales of tablets will surpass those of PCs in the fourth quarter of this year and on an annual basis in 2015.

If this prediction plays out, this means that one of the technology markets dominated by Microsoft will be overshadowed by a technology market that is currently dominated by Apple & Google. This means that Microsoft’s revenue from the sales of PC’s will decrease due to the shrinking of that market while Apple’s revenue will increase due to the increasing sales in the tablet market.

With Apple offering its own free iWork (Office-style) applications for new users on iPads and iPhones it appears that Apple has beaten Microsoft again in the mobile apps arena.

Even when Microsoft releases its own mobile apps of Microsoft Office for the iPad and other tablet devices, unless if Apple’s iWork apps don’t function very well or if they provide fewer benefits to users compared to the Microsoft Office mobile apps; no one will bother purchasing Microsoft Office apps when they can get Apple’s iWork apps for free.

As mentioned in the article “that shift to mobile devices and low-cost software is why Microsoft is trying to shift from being a traditional software company into one that sells Internet services and devices, said Ross Rubin, an independent consumer technology analyst for Reticle Research. The company could reduce the upfront price for its software and charge people more over time for the services through subscriptions”.

This article provides details on how Microsoft is still behind Apple in the tablet and mobile development markets. It also shows how Apple is marketing specific offerings and changes in its software platforms to new customers in order to draw them away from using any current & potential Microsoft products. Finally, the article shows how Microsoft is trying to counter its losses in the mobile devices markets by selling more Internet-based software services and devices, and also by concentrating on selling software services to businesses instead of consumers.

To me this article seems to highlight the new relationship & business state between the old rival companies of Apple & Microsoft as they have each developed at selling different types of software & hardware devices in completely different ways. Apple continues to do well in the mobile markets while Microsoft is still locked in the PC market while trying to sell more Internet-based software applications for businesses.

Please see the article link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/technology/with-new-apple-ipads-tablets-move-closer-to-passing-pcs-in-sales.html?src=recg

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T-Mobile US Tries to Lure iPad Air Tablet Customers With Some Free Cellular Data

T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that when customers buy a tablet compatible with its cellular network, they will get 200 MB’s (megabytes) of free cellular data a month with that tablet. 200 megabytes is about enough data to post 800 Instagram photos or 2,500 e-mails. Customers can buy extra cellular data if they want more.

This announcement from T-Mobile represents another way that T-Mobile wants to change the wireless mobile business.

T-Mobile wants more people to use cellular networks for their tablet data compared to the current majority of people using Wi-fi only tablets due to lower usage costs compared to using cellular networks for their tablet data.

As mentioned in the article, “only 5 percent of tablets sold include a cellular connection, according to Craig Moffett, an independent telecommunications analyst”.

Also on Wednesday, T-Mobile said customers could get Apple’s new iPads with no down payment and instead pay for the device monthly over two years. The cheapest iPad Air with a cellular connection, for example, would cost $26.25 a month for 24 months, totaling $630.

A problem with T-Mobile’s new tablet cellular data offering according to Jan Dawson, is that people have to pay extra just to get a tablet with a cellular connection — for iPads, that’s an extra $130.

“Using 200 MB a month probably isn’t enough usage to justify that extra $130 upfront,” he said. “Because people mostly use devices while commuting and at home, most people just don’t see the need.”

In the end, he said, T-Mobile’s tablet plan is mostly relevant to business users.

This article shows another way that T-Mobile is trying to encourage people to buy new iPad Air’s by providing them with a monthly payment plan instead of an expensive down payment and by also providing some free cellular data for people to use with those iPad Air’s.

Perhaps if T-Mobile compensated for the extra charge involved in obtaining a cellular-data compatible iPad by providing more free cellular data to its tablet customers, this would make its new tablet cellular data plan more attractive to potential customers.

The extra cost involved in obtaining an iPad with a cellular connection may very well deter people from the new T-Mobile tablet cellular data plan. Although business users may still find the new plan useful.

Please click on the article link below:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/t-mobile-free-data/

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“App Mention Alerts” Is A Google Alerts-Like Tool For Mobile App Developers

“App Mention Alerts” is a new tool developed to help mobile app developers keep track of press mentions & blogger reviews of their mobile applications. They can also keep track of the press/blogger reviews of competing apps at the same time to compare how their competitor’s apps are faring against their own.

“App Mention Alerts” is not a real-time tracker, so that means it isn’t going to be helpful for quickly seeing how well today’s press hit is doing, for example, or whether a positive or negative review of an app is having an immediate ripple effect.

“App Mention Alerts” is meant to be more of a research tool – something that could help a mobile app developer figure out who to reach out to for reviews.

The results/search index of the App Mention Alerts is currently updated on a weekly basis.

It is supposed to take the place of Google Alerts that mobile app developers currently use to keep track of press mentions, and blogger reviews of their mobile applications to gauge potential user feedback.

The developer of “App Mention Alerts” believes that some mobile app developers will switch over to to App Mention Alerts as it eliminates search results of websites that print press releases and App store descriptions. This means that more actual reviews of the mobile app will appear in the search results index instead.

This article shows how some mobile app developers are using various specialized software tools to keep track of the blogger & other online reviews & news dealing with their mobile applications. These mobile app developers are probably keeping track of various online reviews as they realize that sometimes certain online reviews or feedback or their mobile application can either attract more people into downloading & using their mobile app or keep people away from using their mobile application; depending on the feedback associated with their mobile application.

“App Mention Alerts” Is A Google Alerts-Like Tool For Mobile App Developers

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Microsoft’s $7.2 Billion Nokia Bet is Not Luring Over Mobile App Developers- Bloomberg News

This article describes the continued problems that Microsoft is facing in its attempts to lure over more mobile app developers by pairing up its Windows Phone OS onto Nokia handsets.

The mobile app developers interviewed in the article avoid developing applications for Microsoft Windows Phone software as they say that there aren’t enough users of Windows Phone devices to make it worth the time & money for developing a Windows Phone compatible mobile app.

An example of the lack of mobile app sales on the Windows Phone software is given in the article. The example is with the mobile app game developer Chaotic Moon. They experienced a higher sales rate with more iOS users purchasing upgrades to the company’s mobile games in 1 hour compared to the number of sales that were made with their mobile games on Windows Phone devices  in 1 year.

According to the Bloomberg article, Microsoft only has 3.7% of the world smartphone market, compared to 79% for Android and 13% for Apple.

The article also stated that Microsoft currently has more than 175,000 applications for Windows Phone, compared with more than 900,000 for Apple iOS and more than 1 million for Google Android.

Microsoft said it was aware of these economic/developmental problems and that it plans to pay for the developing & marketing of apps on the Windows Phone to lower the developmental costs for app developers. Microsoft also said that it plans to develop a better marketing strategy for its phones with Nokia.

One mobile apps analyst interviewed in the article said that Microsoft could have more success in pitching its phones to businesses as many businesses use Microsoft technologies for their enterprise networks and workplace tasks.

Overall, this article shows how Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia does not appear to be helping in increasing sales or usage of its Windows Phones. This article shows how Microsoft is still so far behind its competitors in the smartphone market that it might only be able to develop its Windows Phones are a niche product for businesses instead of a mass-use phone for many non-businesses customers.

The changes Microsoft is attempting to implement with its Windows Phones appear to be “too little, too late” in comparison to its smartphone competitors.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-09/microsoft-s-7-2-billion-nokia-bet-not-luring-apps.html

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India’s Mobile Payment Startups Face Reluctant Indian Consumers & other problems

This article goes into great detail on the various technical, societal, and economical problems faced by Indian Mobile Payment Startup companies in trying to get more Indian consumers to use mobile payment systems instead of cash.

To illustrate this point, the article mentions that India 554 million active cell phone users, but only 4% of those users use mobile banking services.

There are roughly 910,000 point-of-sale terminals nationwide, according to the consultancy Deloitte. That is nearly double the totals from four years ago, but there is plenty of room for the noncash economy to grow. India currently has 758 point-of-sale-terminals for a million residents, considerably behind China at 1,700 per million and Brazil at 25,000 per million in 2009.

The article explains that one of the main reasons for the slow growth in mobile banking technologies in India is due to the lack of consumer trust in the security of mobile banking technologies. Many Indian consumers believe that paying through cash is safer than paying through mobile banking technologies.

The Indian startup mobile banking company Ezetap is hoping to bypass consumer security concerns with mobile banking & of having to deal with the multiple mobile carriers & banks used by Indian consumers by focusing on selling its mobile banking technology directly to merchants that would benefit from cheap mobile payment receptacles.

Other obstacles faced by Indian mobile payment companies include restrictions from the Reserve Bank of India (R.B.I) that limits what kind of transactions Indian consumers can pay for with mobile banking technologies as well as requiring mobile payment companies to obtain licences from the R.B.I to offer virtual/mobile wallets without a banking partner.

Even wealthier Indians are reluctant to use mobile payment technologies in India due to fear of fraud from Indian banks as they are not directly liable for fraudulent card transactions.

This article shows how establishing mobile payment systems in India is currently a massive challenge due to the many social, legal, and economical barriers faced in developing and using mobile/virtual payment systems within India.

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/mobile-payment-startups-face-reluctant-indian-consumers/

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iPhone 5S motion sensor malfunction may be widespread- According to CNET

Another recent software/hardware problem affecting the iPhone 5S has been recently discovered by Gizmodo.

This problem is associated with the various motion sensors inside the 5S , including the gyroscope, accelerometer, and inclinometer.

Gizmodo & other iPhone 5S users discovered large differences in data readouts from the motion sensors inside iPhone 5S models compared to readouts from motion sensors inside iPhone 5 models.

The effects from the data errors in the 5S’s motion sensors were easily seen in the Apple compass app as there were 8 to 10 degrees in discrepancies between the compass direction being shown on the 5S versus the 5.

Some game applications that use the accelerometer and other motion sensors in the 5S for gameplay by tiliting the iPhone’s screen were also being affected by these motion sensor data errors.

For example, Gizmodo found that by starting a match in EA’s Real Racing 3 on a level plane and without any exterior movements, the iPhone 5S’ accelerometer immediately registered a leftward tilt and veered the car in that direction.

At this time, it is unknown if this motion sensor issue is from a problem with the 5S’s software or if it is a hardware issue. Some 5S users believe that the issue is hardware based as both iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 run on iOS 7 and users who have obtained replacement 5S phones reported having the same data errors with their motion sensors.

This data error problem involving the 5S’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass is important to mention as it poses to be a problem for Apple’s M7 motion processor as it measures & uses data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, meaning it won’t exactly work as advertised given those different parts’ massive readout errors.

The M7 motion processor was touted as Apple’s answer to activity-tracking apps that require a more powerful data-collector to function correctly.

Although this is another technical problem with the 5S that Apple has to deal with now, it will most likely continue to enjoy strong sales of the 5S as most of the user reviews have been favorable overall towards the 5S in-spite of the various technical bugs currently faced by the 5S.

If this motion sensor data error problem is hardware-based this will be bad news for Apple since they will have to provide a more elaborate method of fixing that problem for all of the current 5S owners as well as modify the hardware on newly released 5S’s to keep the motion sensor data errors from appearing on future iPhone 5S models.

See the article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57605923-37/move-over-apple-maps-iphone-5s-motion-sensor-malfunction-may-be-widespread/

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Developing Countries are Surging Ahead in Mobile Broadband Usage, According to the United Nations

According to a recent United Nations Broadband Commission (UN) paper, this year the number of broadband users in developing countries will surpass the number of broadband users in developed countries, due to the increasing development & usage of mobile broadband technologies.

The increasing use of mobile broadband technologies through mobile devices has allowed many developing countries to skip over the physical/economical challenges of developing a traditional, wired broadband network.

This has allowed some developing countries like Oman & Kazakhstan to outrank wealthier, more developed countries like Switzerland & Germany in terms of mobile broadband penetration.

However, the UN paper also points out that this mobile broadband penetration has occurred unevenly across the developing world as many areas in Africa & Latin America still have very low levels of mobile broadband penetration (in the single digit range per 100 inhabitants).

This article is important as it shows that many developing countries have been able to take advantage of the advancing development & usage of mobile devices using mobile broadband technologies to allow for more of their population to gain access to the Internet through mobile broadband networks instead of traditional, wired broadband networks.

This shows that developing countries have & can find a way around the difficult economic challenge of  building & maintaining traditional wired broadband networks by using the wireless mobile broadband networks instead.

This usage of mobile broadband for Internet access could perhaps benefit their respective populations’ economically & socially in the future as they can also have fast access for usage of the Internet without having to wait for wired broadband networks to be developed in their local areas.

This article also highlights the uneven development of mobile broadband technologies between the various developing countries.

Link to the article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/developing-countries-surge-in-mobile-broadband-u-n-finds/?_r=0

Link to the UN paper the article references: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/bb-annualreport2013.pdf

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Google’s Motorola Mobility division plans to build offices & look for new workers in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario

Google’s Motorola Mobility division, Square, and other mobile tech development companies are now looking for new workers to hire in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.

These mobile development companies are hoping to find new workers to add to their company as BlackBerry’s recent large large quarterly loss and it’s purchase by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd have led it to decide to lay off around 4,500 of its employees.

Motorola Mobility & Square also plan to open branch offices in the future in Waterloo to more easily tap into the local talent pool of mobile development workers in the area.

The importance of this article is that it shows how other mobile development companies are taking advantage of BlackBerry’s business & economical problems by trying to add some BlackBerry’s former employees to their own companies.

The many small tech start-up companies located in the Waterloo area due to the University of Waterloo’s highly ranked computer science & engineering programs, are also hoping to hire some of BlackBerry’s former employees to be able to use them within their own small companies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-google-motorola-waterloo-idUSBRE98P1C720130926

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High sales of iPhone 5S’s cause supply shortages in the UK on launch day, iPhone 5C has strong sales in China

In the UK and in other global markets several telecom networks have reported that high sales of iPhone 5S have caused shortages in their attempts to supply enough 5S’s models to all the people who want them. This shortage has also been confirmed in Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Apple does not allow customers to pre-order the iPhone 5S.

Meanwhile the 5C iPhone model in the UK has not seen very much demand so there are many models of the 5C phone still in stock.

However, in China Apple has recorded strong sales of the 5C model iPhone.

This sales data already shows how Apple is able to use the differing iPhone models to their advantage to market them effectively to audiences in different countries with widely differing incomes.

Various technology analysts believe that Apple is constrained in its production of the iPhone 5s due to the more advanced hardware & software the advanced iPhone model contains (e.g. the fingerprint reader).

Some of the tech analysts also believe that Apple wants to limit the amount of iPhone 5s’s on the market at one time to encourage more people to purchase one of the cheaper iPhone 5c models instead.

Overall this supply shortage of the iPhone 5s is still expected to benefit Apple in the long-term as many loyal & new customers will still be interested in eventually obtaining the iPhone 5s or perhaps the 5c model iPhone if that model works better for them. This means that Apple can expect to make a very strong profit off of iPhone 5s & 5c sales in the future; in addition to strong sales right now.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24160158

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Obama Admintistration Urges FCC to require carriers to unlock mobile devices

The White House wants the FCC to allow cell phone users to used their “unlocked” mobile phones to switich between mobile phone carriers more easily.

See article here http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/obama-administration-urges-fcc-to-require-carriers-to-unlock-mobile-devices/2013/09/17/17b4917e-1fd4-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html  .

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Twitter Accelerates Experimentation and Mobile Advertising; Plans for IPO

Twitter is attempting to use native advertising technologies to expand their advertising to multiple areas in the mobile app world.

Twitter Accelerates Experimentation and Mobile Advertising; Plans for IPO.

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US Mobile Telecom Carriers Unveil New iPhone 5C Installment-Payment Plans

With the release of the new iPhone 5C Model, the major mobile telecom carrier companies in the US (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are also using new types of installment plans that go with the iPhone 5C.

These new installment plans require payments of around $20 per month for 20-24 months. This is different from how some older installment plans for other phone models require a large down-payment to occur at the start of the installment plan.

These new installment plans appear to be another method of the telecom carrier companies to invite people to purchase a iPhone 5C & installment plan with their company.

These new installment plans may encourage people with tighter budgets to switch/upgrdade to an iPhone 5C with installment plan as these specific plans spread out the costs over a longer period of time with a smaller payment conducted each month compared to larger payments in older installment plans.

Please see article link below:

Wireless Carriers Unveil IPhone Installment-Payment Plans – Bloomberg.

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Amazon Targets Mobile Apps in Mobile Sales Push

Amazon is now targeting independent mobile apps by offering mobile developers the chance to use its new Mobile Associates API.

Amazon’s Mobile Associates API will allow developers to build relevant Amazon product offerings into their applications. When purchases of those products are made within the mobile applications, the app developers will receive a 6% commission from Amazon.

Amazon hopes that this development will boost its profile in mobile commerce, while providing another revenue stream to app developers by encouraging them to develop apps with in-application purchasing sponsored by Amazon in mind during the app development phase.

Please click the link below for the article: 
Amazon Targets Mobile Apps in Mobile Sales PushMad Mobile News
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Malaysia Hosts ‘Hackathon’ with AT&T to Boost Mobile App Development

The Malaysian government will be jointly hosting a 24-hour “hackathon” session with AT&T Inc to encourage the development of mobile applications within Malaysia.

This “hackathon” session will allow Malaysian entrepreneurs and mobile app developers to have access to AT&T’s Application Programming Interface and mobile app development tools.

The Malaysian government wants this “hackathon” session to encourage the development and commercialization of mobile applications in Malaysia.

Please see the link below for the article:

Malaysia Hosts ‘Hackathon’ to Boost Mobile Apps – Digits – WSJ.