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Android

Android App Inadvertently Can Leak Your Medical Info Online

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/318508-mobile-threat-monday-android-app-leaks-your-medical-info-online

iPharmacy is an app that can help you identify pills, learn more about your medications, and even keep track of your prescriptions with reminders. However, the security is not great, and the information can be leaked. From a conclusive look at the article, it is important to note that, economically, security should be of the highest concern when developing these sorts of apps.

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disruptive technology

How mobile apps increase sales during peak times

http://www.fastcasual.com/blog/11319/How-mobile-apps-increase-sales-during-peak-times

Here’s an article that gives several examples of how mobile apps offer more incentive to accomplish consumer tasks, such as ordering ahead before going to a restaurant. It shows classic examples of how disruptive mobile technology has become.

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mobile news

Vulnerabilities common in mobile apps

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/336884/scitech/technology/nearly-90-of-mobile-apps-vulnerable-to-attack-study

A new study finds that up to nine out of 10 mobile apps – including those on Apple iOS products – may have security vulnerabilities that can be potentially exploited. This is economically useful information for a solutions provider in the security development niche.

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usability

New mobile chat application supports up to 500 participants

Quad’s Mobile Messaging App For College Groups Supports 500-Person Chats

A new mobile app targeted for college organizations such as fraternities or sororities supports up to 500 participants. It is designed to be a solution for issues with email in such demographics. Economically, this is a useful example of “solutionism” in mobile apps for an aspiring developer.

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iOS mobile news

YouTube reveals video advertising on mobile devices

YouTube Opens Up Prime Real Estate For Advertisers On Its Mobile App

YouTube recently revealed a premium video advertising unit on its Apple iOS application. According to their claims,  40% of its traffic now comes from mobile devices. This is useful information economically for aspiring developers to get an idea of exactly how much people are dependent upon their mobile devices.

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mobile development

HTML5 vs. Native vs. Hybrid Apps

HTML5 vs. native vs. hybrid mobile apps: 3,500 developers say all three, please

According to a survey of 3,500 developers, CIOs, and CTOs, there is no on-size-fits-all development platform. It depends upon the business needs. This article discusses current trends in the application development industry. Economically, it is a useful article to focus on the client’s needs rather than what is convenient.

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usability

Mapquest releases new mobile app

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/11/mapquest-new-apps/

I found thins to be a notable article because of the new features that are implemented in the app. Solutions to problems in traffic that I didn’t really knew I had. For example, the app will tell you, “Bryant Street is just past Harrison Street. If you reach Brannan, you’ve gone too far.” I feel that economically, Mapquest made the right choice of reinventing the navigation niche instead of throwing in the towel after Google maps became the norm.

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Android iOS

How to build your first mobile app in 12 steps

http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2013/11/14/how-to-build-your-first-mobile-app-in-12-steps-part-2/

This is the 2nd part of a two part article in the process of building a native app. On the surface, it seems kind of like a gimmicky article that is written for the sake of being written. However, upend further inspection, some of the infographs that were provided are pretty informative and may be economically useful to someone who thinks they can just jump into the building of a complex app.

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mobile news

Jersey Mike’s releases an app that combines mobile ordering and loyalty rewards

http://www.fastcasual.com/article/222511/Jersey-Mike-s-new-mobile-app-comes-with-the-works

Normally, this sort of app would not be a big deal, however, I think that combining mobile ordering and loyalty rewards was a great idea because it actually gives the customer incentive to download and use their app. Sure, it is still possible to order in person, but the loyalty rewarding system has the capability of making the employee experience more efficient. For example, if five customers have their orders printed through the app(because they want loyalty points), then that means an employee won’t have to stop what he or she is doing to initiate communication with those five customers. Economically, this is a strong marketing and operation strategy for similar apps to employ.

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mobile development

Amazon Web Services launches analytics and A/B testing services for mobile developers.

http://www.zdnet.com/aws-launches-gpu-instances-mobile-app-developer-tools-7000022814/

Amazon launched two cloud services for iOS and Android developers. The services provided include analytics and A/B testing. With the services, developers can test and track usage on the Amazon Web Services infrastructure. These services can prove to be economically efficient for those who would like to use amazon servers for their app.

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mobile news

App to assist deaf mobile-phone users lacks funding from FCC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/app-to-assist-deaf-mobile-phone-users-hits-fcc-roadblock/2013/10/25/fd8926a2-2c5d-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

The app, known as InnoCaption, allows deaf users to “hear” a person talking on the end of a call with the help of a stenographer who transcribes the conversation. However, it needs FCC approval to gain access to a government fund that would allow deaf customers to use the app for free. Economically, this sort of news is important to learn from for any development firm who is dependent upon a 3rd party to execute their app release.

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mobile news

China Mobile advertises a faster 4G mobile network on its website

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/30/us-chinamobile-apple-idUSBRE99T06R20131030

China Mobile, the only carrier in China that is not offering iPhones, has been aggressively investing to set up a faster 4G network that would allow the smartphones to function at their best. On their website, they posted “The Invasion of 4G”. This is a good sign of the upcoming demand for smartphones for China Mobile, thereby increasing demand for mobile apps in that economy.

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mobile development

A mobile app search engine “Quixey” is now in app form

Mobile app search engine Quixey finally has a mobile app

Quixey is a search engine that is dedicated to only searching for mobile apps. It can economically be useful to the aspiring app developer for searching competition before creating an app. This app is designed to search for apps based on “what they actually do” rather than the app store’s ranking. It is available for android.

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mobile development

LinkedIn releases apps that aim to boost productivity

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/10/23/linkedin-unveils-trio-of-mobile-app-updates/3171045/

About 33% of LinkedIn’s users come from mobile platforms. The company released three apps that aid in making the lives of mobile professionals more productive/efficient. These sorts of apps can possible be good examples of usability or complete flops. Since LinkedIn is such a successful social media business, it’s worth checking out for the aspiring developer/designer.

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mobile news

75% of people in San Francisco have used their mobile phones to shop

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2013/10/san-francisco-mobile-shoppers.html

This article reveals information about the mobile-shopping market in San Francisco. A study was performed and revealed that San Franciscans do plenty of online shopping with their mobile device. The article also discusses the prime times that San Franciscans shop throughout the day on their phone. Economically, for the city of San Francisco, the demand for use of shopping apps is reasonably high.

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mobile development

Regarding the Design and Monetization of Customer Experience

http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/what-candy-crush-is-teaching-us-about-mobile-payments/

This article goes into detail with examples of apps that have been successfully monetized through good usability rather than their price-tag. One example is a freemium game that makes a little more than 600k per day in revenue. It can be an interesting read, economically, to any developer looking to monetize an app in a more indirect way.

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mobile development

Tips on Mobile App Investing

The Harsh Realities Surrounding Mobile App Investing

A investor wrote an article for TechCrunch with some general tips on investing into mobile apps. He starts off by saying that there are many apps in the iOS gaming category that are widely successful, but unfortunately it is also the most populated category. He then discusses the three other types of apps that can be successful in the non-gaming categories: camera apps, messaging apps, and apps that communicate with non-moblle devices. He also discusses how an app can piggyback off of another’s success. It may be worth reading for any beginners or intermediates to mobile app investing or development.

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mobile news

China threatens shutdown of non-sanctioned mobile news apps

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/30/net-us-china-apps-idUSBRE98T0DI20130930

China is cracking down on mobile news applications that provide news information services without approval from government regulators, threatening to shut down those who refuse to “rectify”. Although, this news does not directly apply to most people in this class, it does serve as a reminder that the government can have a certain degree of control over mobile application development. It also reminds those of us who take interest in foreign mobile app markets to be wiser in what sort of apps we will develop for any particular foreign demographic.

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mobile development

Mobile Video Ads Have the Capability of Being Lucrative

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-kassoy/mobile-video-advertising-_b_3973471.html

This article basically states that Mobile Video Advertisements can be effective, given the correct target audience. It says that in generality, there are two types of users: the hurried ones, and the calm and relaxed ones. Then it offers advice to figure out who the target audience for an effective mobile video ad campaign. It could be useful economically to a developer who is looking to monetize his or her app.

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mobile news

FDA to focus on regulating the use of apps in healthcare

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/23/us-fda-issues-final-rules-governing-mobile-medical-apps/

The FDA has issued its final ruling on the governing of mobile apps to be used in healthcare. This does NOT mean they will regulate healthcare apps gaining entry in the app stores. They will instead focus on regulating any actively used apps in the healthcare environment. This regulation may likely increase the demand for apps that are FDA approved in the healthcare field.

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mobile news

Sony invents QX Wi-Fi cameras for better quality photos on mobile devices

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/09/13/sony-invents-qx-wi-fi-cameras-for-better-quality-photos-on-mobile-devices/

Sony created an external camera that can be wirelessly paired with an iPhone or an Android device to take pictures using the smartphone’s LCD. This allows for higher quality images with the convenience of a smartphone. It can be clipped onto the phone itself, or it can be remotely controlled nearby. However, in order to operate the camera, you must use Sony’s picture-taking app. It is relevant to the economic status of mobile tech development since I suspect more hobbyist photographers will be ditching their expensive cameras for more economical smartphone/camera hybrids.

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Android mobile news

HP to offer $300,000 in Awards for Mobile Hacking Competition

http://www.eweek.com/mobile/hp-to-offer-300000-in-awards-for-mobile-hacks-at-pwn2own-2013.html

Hewlett-Packard is hosting a mobile device hacking competition that will reward security researchers from a total prize pool of $300,000 for new, previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in mobile technologies. Among the categories of competition is the mobile browser hacking. In terms of application development, I suspect that developers may want to keep an eye on any forthcoming security issues in the latest smartphones.

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Android mobile development mobile news

Amazon’s free smart phone without a contract

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/report-amazon-wants-to-offer-a-free-smartphone-without-contract/

Amazon is working on developing a smart phone that could end up being completely free to consumers. Amazon doesn’t want to require the user to sign up for the traditional two-year contract. However, hypothetically, Amazon could require users to purchase a yearly subscription to Amazon Prime before getting access to the free smartphone. The Amazon smartphone would utilize the same open-source version of Android OS used to power the Kindle Fire tablets. Economically, this would bring a higher marketshare for android-based apps.

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mobile development mobile news

Mobile-app development school opens in Minneapolis / St. Paul

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/in_private/2013/09/tech-vets-open-mobile-app-development.html

A pair of Twin Cities tech firm founders are opening a school in Uptown that will train techies how to develop web and mobile applications. The school will charge between $1,000 and $1,500 per class. Economically, this will allow the possibility of more competition in the mobile app job market.

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iOS mobile news usability

Apple changing algorithm for App store app ranking

Apple changing App Store ranking algorithms

Apple made two changes to their app store ranking algorithm. Firstly, ranking is more dependent upon reviews and types of reviews. Secondly, a ranking is not changed immediately if people download an app many times in short period of time. These changes are something to consider for any mobile app developer.

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mobile development usability

Google announces new development platform for Chrome Apps

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/09/05/new-chrome-apps-google-takes-its-best-shot-at-windows-mac/

Google is choosing the fifth anniversary of its Chrome Web Browser to announce a new development platform that will bring fully featured applications outside of it’s web browser. These new Chrome Apps will allow users to work offline and won’t need to be activated through the Google Chrome web browser like Chrome web apps.