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Apple developing curved iPhone screens

It’s been reported that Apple is now jumping on the curved phone screen trend that Samsung recently started a few weeks ago. They are developing curved iPhone screens, and enhanced sensors. There are reportedly 2 new models planned for the second half of next year that will contain these features.

Read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-10/apple-said-developing-curved-iphone-screens-enhanced-sensors.html

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Android mobile news

Google goes over the 80% market share

“Google’s Android operating system reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0% of all smartphone shipments, marking the first time that Android topped 80% in its short history.”

Read more at: http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2013/11/12/203656.html

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Android mobile development

Google tests ART foundation in KitKat

This developmental software was released with the new KitKat OS and is designed to load apps much faster than they have  previously been able to. This is supposed to eventually replace the run-time program Dalvik which is currently used on android devices by default. The goal with ART is for all apps to run as they are native, instead of using Dalvik which processes an app first and then runs JIT (Just-in-time) to turn the app in to native code so it can be executed. This software has been released with the new Android OS but it is still being tested and they expect the next OS to fully support ART instead of Dalvik.

Read more at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57611448-94/google-tests-art-foundation-in-kitkat-for-faster-android-apps/

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Android mobile development mobile news

Lookout teams with AT&T for new security support

Lookout Inc, is a leader is mobile security and they just recently announced that AT&T is delivering their app, Lookout Mobile Security to all their Android smartphone and tablet consumers. Basic protection is free and also the app “enables users to find a missing or stolen device, manage phone security and easily back-up precious data”. To read more, visit: http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2013/11/08/111630.html

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mobile development mobile news

Lifestreet Media’s new platform for better mobile advertising

LifeStreet Media’s RevJet platform, which gives advertisers a way to quickly test out different types of ads has already proven itself to be a big help for display and in-app advertising. The company says it has paid out $170 million in ad revenues to customers so far, and it has driven 350 million mobile app installs. LifeStreet came out of stealth mode last year with a massive $66 million round, so investors likely see the value in what it’s offering.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/24/lifestreet-media-brings-its-revjet-ad-platform-to-mobile-real-time-bidding/#Uj3YQLEvecTksmqI.99
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mobile news

Bytelight uses LED to track customers

Bytlelight is a new app being developed that will allow retailers to use the LED lights on your phone to track where you are in a store. From there it will let the retailers send you coupons and discounts for products you are near instantly in order to save you money and push you towards a sale.

Read more:  http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/bytelight-uses-led-lights-to-pinpoint-your-exact-indoor-location/

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mobile development mobile news

Samsung working on faster phone charge times

The company is working on a new device that uses twice the electricity of previous devices, allowing it to charge in just an hour, as Nikkei reports. More, the new charging tech will be Qi standards-compliant, meaning that not only will it be quick, but it will also be wireless.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/18/sonys-next-smartphones-could-charge-in-just-an-hour-wirelessly/#8A3eGqDGk0tBD0j0.99
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mobile news

AT&T unveils $5 cellular ‘day pass’

AT&T has unveiled a new plan for tablet users that will allow them to buy a $5 cellular data ‘day pass’ . Users can simply sign up for a session and buy a $5 pass on their device, and it will give them 250MB of data for a 24-hour time period. This service is best used on their LTE network, but if that’s not an option, it will connect HSPA+ instead. Read more:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57608014-94/at-t-unveils-$5-cellular-day-pass-for-tablets/

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mobile news

First Data Rollover on Calling Plans in US

Pure TalkUSA is going to be the first non-contract mobile service provider to offer calling plans with data rollover to its customers in the US. This is great for light data users who mainly use data when connected to WiFi. This is new to the US, and should create good competition amongst non-contract mobile service providers as it catches on through the industry.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2013/10/11/124509.html

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mobile development mobile news

Qualcomm Is Developing New Mobile Processors

“Qualcomm is developing a new line of Zeroth processors designed to help devices think and sense just like human brains and bodies.

This isn’t just an attempt at mimicking the behavior of human intelligence, but rather, an attempt at replicating the underlying biology that drives behavior. Oh, and Qualcomm wants to stuff all that complex computation into a chip that fits in your phone.”

http://gizmodo.com/qualcomm-is-developing-mobile-processors-that-learn-lik-1443979848

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mobile development mobile news

Smartphone Charger Scans for Malware

A new smartphone charger created by Kaprica Security called the Skorpion was made to scan your phone while it is charging. It will scan for virus’s and malware, and attempt to remove/fix the problems as your phone is charging. This came after the annual Black Hat security conference where researchers showed its possible to add malware to an iPhone through connecting it to a modified charger. They believe their charger will be better at detecting anything that could potentially be stealing your in formation from your phone. Read more here:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519651/a-smartphone-charger-that-sniffs-for-malware/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=twitter

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iOS iPad iPhone mobile news

iOS 7 Common Bug Fixes

The following link has a list of common bugs found on iOS 7, and gives a description on the bugs and how to fix them. New operating systems are always going to have some bugs, and they can be frustrating, so this will outline the problems and help you get past them.

http://lifehacker.com/ios-7s-most-common-bugs-and-how-to-fix-them-1441163151/

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mobile news

OpenFeint successor OpenKit goes Live

In a statement, the OpenKit founders said, “We’re breaking down the silos of vertical services that come with mobile platforms. OpenKit is the only platform that supports Game Center identities, Google+ IDs, and Facebook IDs, so players can play games with ‘real friends’ and challenge each other regardless of the type of device and game.”
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/26/openkit-goes-lives-with-10-developers-building-truly-social-games/#3i6QryJO4RJZRXJr.99
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Android

Google Android Policies Clean Up Spam

Two very big changes in the Google Play Developer Policies that were announced last month are now going in to effect this week which restricts the use of ads being in notifications, and also ad-focused icons on a Android’s home screen is banned as well. Over $150M in revenue was generated from Google play apps that were using Airpush, which was the main features of the ads being pushed through. Developers now are scrambling to meet these guidelines or they risked their app being taken down from the Google Play app store. This is a great move by Google because it cleans up a lot of the spam on all devices that are using Android.

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iOS

Google Translate iOS app

Google recently released its Google Translate app for iOS users, and this allows them to hand write letters or characters from different languages and it will translate them to your native tongue. This is very cool because it will speak the translation out loud if you want, or even translate what you say to the microphone and translate it on your screen. This is just one app that breaks the language barrier and it’s nice to see Google is spreading the love and dropping this on the app store for apple users.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603842-94/google-translate-ios-app-can-now-translate-your-handwriting/

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mobile news

iPhone A7 Chip Benchmarks

This article contains the test notes on the new iPhone’s a7 chip benchmarks that were run earlier today. It’s interesting and relative to mobile technology because it explains how even though the iPhone has below average specs compared to other phones on the market, specs don’t tell the whole story. They discuss how the iPhone 5s has only a dual core 1.3Ghz processor, but it’s still far more superior to other phones on the market by its computation speed. This is a good read to learn more about how quad core processors aren’t very useful right now in mobile phones, and how Apple is making old technology run very fast.

http://gizmodo.com/iphone-a7-chip-benchmarks-forget-the-specs-it-blows-e-1350717023

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iPhone mobile news

Everything You Need To Know About iOS 7

This is the perfect guide for anyone who is unclear about the new features of iOS 7. In here you will find everything from the new design, improved safari, siri, app store and more. Also talks about the new security feature ‘Find my iPhone’, and the improved integration between phone and computers. Lastly they explain which features will be working on certain devices, because older generation iPhones will not be able to use all the new features.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-ios-7-preview/

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mobile news

Twitter Is Going Public, Files S-1 With SEC

Twitter has confirmed today that they are going public by filing an S-1 with the SEC. This move was made because many of the original investors want a return on their funds, the last private money came in valued over $10 billion. When Twitter goes public they are expected to be valued around $15-20 billion, which is no where near Facebook’s $100 billion valuation when they went public. We’ll soon begin to hear about the company’s revenues and profit figures.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/12/twitter-is-going-public-files-s-1-with-sec/

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mobile news

Start Developing iOS Apps Today

https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/referencelibrary/GettingStarted/RoadMapiOS/chapters/Introduction.html

Straight from Apple’s website, this is their basic app developing tutorial. Here they give us the setup, tools, and resources that someone would need to begin developing apps for any iOS device. This will get you started, and they have plenty of  useful links for most steps of app development.

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mobile news

Verizon’s Galaxy Note & Galaxy Gear bundle saves you nothing, and they don’t care

http://gizmodo.com/verizons-galaxy-note-and-gear-bundle-saves-you-zero-1264748914

Now that the new Samsung Galaxy Gear has been announced ($299 w/ contract) Verizon has offered up a bundle with the new Galaxy Note 3 for a whopping $600. Wow. You won’t save any money with this bundle, and it just shows how little carriers care because they are making nothing off of this new watch. The kicker with all of this is the Galaxy Gear only works with the new Android 4.3 and a Galaxy phone to pair with…which only is available currently on the Note 3.