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Focus shifting from number of cores to battery life

Marketing companies have been focusing on the number of cores a smartphone has as a major selling point in recent years.  The obsession with mobile processors has been a boon to the chip makers, giving added visibility to companies such as Qualcomm and Nvidia.  Recently however, the chip industry has gotten to the point where more cores will result in diminishing returns.

It is generally accepted that four cores will be the de facto limit for now.  More cores means less battery life.  Chip making companies are now taking measures to maximize the battery life because that is what consumers have been shown to truly care about.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57557548-94/beyond-quad-core-whats-next-for-mobile-processing-power/

 

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Adblock Plus coming to smartphones

The world’s most downloaded ad-blocking software has plans to release a mobile version of its product.  Worldwide revenue from mobile advertising alone measures 5.3 billion dollars a year.  The release of Adblock Plus mobile will no doubt make these advertisements on smartphones and roaming devices obsolete.

 

http://www.gomonews.com/ad-blocking-software-causes-stir-in-mobile-industry/

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T mobile to get iPhone 5

T mobile recently invested four billion dollars in a bid to upgrade its network to 4G LTE technology. This has led analysts to believe that the wireless carrier may finally be offering the iPhone 5 to its customers.  Since it was initially announced that the iPhone would not be coming to T Mobile, they have lost many subscribers to other carriers.

 

 

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/87807/t-mobile-may-get-iphone

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Flexible phones by 2013

A number of tech companies including Samsung, LG,  and Nokia are working on designing flexible handsets.  These ‘bendy’ phones will use flexible OLED technology, and will allow phones to have a degree of durability never before seen.  Users will be able to fold, roll, or even wear their phones.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20526577

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Google Nexus 4 supply shock angers customers

Reports indicate that Google’s Nexus 4 sold out in under a half hour.  This has many potential customers frustrated, as estimates place arrival of new google phones at over three weeks away.

 

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/google-nexus-4-delivery-disaster-to-take-three-weeks-50009771/

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Google, DiSH Network to form wireless carrier.

DiSH Network recently acquired from the FCC permission to use a part of the wireless spectrum typically reserved for cell phone carriers.  Now reports are indicating that Google will partner with DiSH Network to eventually launch their own wireless carrier.  Google is launching its Glass headgear next year, and could benefit greatly from having control over their own network.  Also Google Voice and Google Wallet are currently being blocked by the current major carriers due to conflicting interests.

 

Google-Dish wireless service is a go, plans for 2013 launch being hatched

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Foxconn considering U.S. manufacturing plant?

Reports indicate that the Chinese manufacturing firm Foxconn, known for manufacturing popular electronic devices such as the iPhone, may be scouting locations for a new U.S. based plant.

The two cities currently being considered by Foxconn are Detroit and Los Angeles.  Both cities have unemployment rates far higher than the national average of eight percent (Detroit 18.1%, L.A. 11.2%), and both mayors would be eager to welcome the thousands of new manufacturing jobs that Foxconn would bring.

Smartphone consumers on the other hand would likely not welcome a U.S. based Foxconn manufacturing plant.  It would be impossible to replicate Chinese working conditions stateside, and  analysts have estimated that an iPhone produced by an American labor force would increase cost by $100-$150 over current levels.

 

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20121108PD204.html

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Microsoft Office mobile to release on iPhone and iPad

A version of Microsoft Office is being developed for mobile use on iOS.  The application will include the popular programs Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint.  Microsoft’s Office Mobile app will be released on iPhone and iPad free of charge, however users without a Microsoft Office subscription will only be able to view documents, not edit them.

 

http://amog.com/tech/155042-free-microsoft-office-app-iphone-ipad-year/

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Yahoo purchases mobile-app developer

Yahoo purchased mobile app developer Stamped today.  The Stamped team will help Yahoo create a new center of mobile product development, according to Yahoo senior vice president Adam Cahan, who called Stamped and its staff “a natural fit.”  This is the first Yahoo acquisition under new CEO Marissa Mayer who was appointed six weeks ago.

 

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019521129_apusyahooacquisition.html

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Mobile technology being used to fight drug counterfeiting

In Nigeria, a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that over 64% of imported malaria drugs were counterfeits.  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control is attempting to counter this growing problem by offering an SMS authentication service.  Authentic anti-malaria drugs will come with a scratch-and-text label.  Users can scratch off part of the label to reveal a 10-digit authentication code.  Texting this 10-digit code will return a response stating whether or not the drugs are real.

 

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/analysis/editorial/46590-drug-authentication-through-mobile-technology

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Serious vulnerabilities present with Android app SSL implementations

Researchers from a pair of German universities conducted a study of android apps and found that over 15% of them had weak or bad SSL implementations.  This can leave the apps vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could compromise users’ data, such as bank credentials, and other sensitive information.  The researchers also built a proof-of-concept tool called MalloDroid, which they used to demonstrate that it was in fact possible to carry out an attack.

 

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/research-shows-serious-problems-android-app-ssl-implementations-101912

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Windows Phone 8 may never reach Verizon

Verizon had initially been planning to release three handsets this year operating on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 OS.  New reports however state that the wireless carrier is unhappy with the lack of access it has to remotely manage these devices, and as a result, the phones’ launches are being delayed and may even be canceled altogether.

 

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Verizon-s-Windows-Phone-8-Devices-Could-Be-Delayed-or-Cancelled-299795.shtml

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Maluuba voice assistant for Android to compete with Siri

Maluuba was launched recently and has received a warm reception from the tech community.  To find what you need, the app taps up to 18 different source API’s to provide results near you including the usual suspects: Wolfram Alpha, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Wikipedia. You can also use Maluuba to perform tasks not limited to: calling contacts, composing emails/txt/tweets & status updates, adding events to your calendar, scheduling alarms/timers/reminders, and playing music.

 

http://appscout.pcmag.com/none/303574-maluuba-voice-assistant-siri-and-then-some-for-android

 

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Apple co-founder wants iTunes ported to Android OS

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, thinks the company should make a version of iTunes for Android devices. He thinks it would be a good way to put a little of the Apple experience inside the Google OS.

 

http://blogs.computerworld.com/ios/21095/steve-wozniak-wants-apple-launch-itunes-android-phones

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Apple’s A6 processor has three-core GPU

The iPhone 5 features Apple’s new A6 processor which outperforms even the third generation iPad’s CPU. Analysis by Anandtech reveals that the A6 features a three core graphics processing unit, which is likely running a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 at 266 MHZ.

http://m.cnet.com/news/apples-a6-chip-sports-3-core-graphics/57518138

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iPhone 5 GSM unlocked on Verizon

It appears as though Verizon’s version of the iPhone 5 will be unlocked, which may come as a surprise to most users. Verizon initially made no mention of whether or not it’s iPhone would come unlocked but earlier today confirmed that it was indeed true after experimentation by some bloggers.

http://www.slashgear.com/iphone-5-comes-gsm-unlocked-at-verizon-21248887/

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New research finds that over half of Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities

The amount of malware taking advantage of Android vulnerabilities is up from last year by a factor of 41.  Researchers are blaming carriers for slow patches as the volume of malicious Android apps are increasing quickly.  Google is also partly to blame for not improving their app-screening practices.

 

http://www.informationweek.com/security/mobile/android-warning-50-of-devices-need-patch/240007264

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Google attempts to block Acer from releasing a smartphone in China using Android-competing operating system.

Acer had planned to release the Acer CloudMobile A800 earlier this week, but efforts by Google have delayed the launch.  The CloudMobile A800 uses a modified version of Android operating system called Aliyun, which is made by a Chinese search and social networking company called Alibaba.  Acer already sells Android phones which rely on Google’s services, which gives Google leverage in negotiations with Acer.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2012/09/14/google-cant-have-it-both-ways/

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Amazon’s Appstore reaches 50,000 apps.

After being live for 18 months, Amazon’s android based appstore has passed the 50,000 app milestone.  Amazon’s appstore offers an app marketplace for its kindle fire service which is based around cloud storage.  While 50,000 apps is a relatively low number compared to Apple and Google’s appstores, the new benchmark is a great selling feature for Amazon, who just announced the upcoming release of its new 4G HD Kindle.

 

Amazon’s Appstore reaches new 50,000 app milestone

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Nokia attempts to catch-up with competitors with new windows smartphone

Nokia announced that it would be trying once again to break into the smartphone market, largely dominated by rivals Apple and Samsung, by releasing the Lumia 920 this November.  The Lumia 920 uses Microsoft Windows software and looks similar to its predecessor, the smaller Lumia 820.  The new phone will be on shelves in time for the 2012 holiday season, and sources say that it will be priced similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S3 line.

 

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/07/us-nokia-operators-idINBRE8860HB20120907