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New Twitter advertising huge success

Today, Twitter launched new targeted advertising methods on mobile. It’s been in  beta but just now became available to the public. The company’s new strategy for targeted advertising tracks what users are searching for and interacting with. A company that wants to advertise to a certain audience just has to search for it on Twitter and then their ads will get directed at these users. Some companies achieved up to 195% higher conversions rates from the change in advertising. It’s a wild success that will only make Twitter better.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/05/twitters-new-retargeted-promoted-tweets-offer-195-higher-conversion-company-says/

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Instagram to host mystery event

Earlier this week, Instagram sent out invitiations, inviting guests to their event December 12. The invite included a printed Instagram picture on a block of wood and the Instagram. The  social media network is rumored to announce something new on an upcoming update,  something like either private messaging, or maybe something to do with printing. The company has skyrocketed in it’s 3 years, leading us to believe the announcement will be grand.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614627-94/instagram-invites-press-to-share-a-moment-at-nyc-event/

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Android

Verizon the first to get Kit Kat

Verizon will be the first carrier to get Kit Kat for Android devices, and that will be happening as early as today. The new operating system will feature improved dialer and new photo gallery, as well as new tweaks like Touchless Control. It is unclear how long the operating system will take to get to all devices.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612977-94/verizon-first-in-line-for-moto-xs-kitkat-update/

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The impossible is possible: sharing between different devices and carriers

Coy Christmas has things figured out. He realized that phones are still capable of detecting each other without any bluetooth or wifi or any connections of the like. Recent mobile tech devices have wireless chips that allow them to communicate to other wireless devices. Christmas makes use of this by introducing the PDQ app by Fasetto. PDQ allows for sharing files and items between devices, no matter what carrier. It is fast and more secure than other ways of file sharing. A beta version of the app is expected to be released next month. The main goal of the app is to put users back in control of their devices.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/19/apple-android-windows-fasetto-offline/

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Karma gives you karma for sharing

A new startup, Karma, gives you rewards when you share your internet access from one of their hotspots Karma’s master plan is, after buying the hotspot for a fixed price/data rate, the company offers you 100MB for the extra people that use your hotspot. The people using it don’t take from your data usage, and you get more data the more people there are using it! Karma is moving it’s service to Sprint’s LTE network, which will increase data speeds and usage.

 

Mobile hotspot sharing startup Karma jumps to Sprint’s LTE 4G network

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Tiggly making apps to help toddlers develop skills

Motor skills are extremely important for toddlers to learn. Since parents give their children mobile devices to distract them, Tiggly saw this a chance to help kids develop those skills. Tiggly is an iPad app that comes with a set of four shapes for toddlers that have sensors on them to replicate the human touch, as well as Tiggly Safari, Tiggly Stamp and Tiffly Draw, which gives the shapes and the toddlers other functions and goals.  The games are made to increase creativity, spatial thinking, language and motor skills. This is a great opportunity for children to take advantage of the technology we have available to us. Tiggly is extremely innovative because it enhances the learning process. As Chief Learning Officer of the company, Azi Jamalian, said, “kids can just play with blocks, but the blocks don’t play with the kids”. Tiggly is more interactive and will help increase learning. Tiggly was released on Nordstrom.com for $29.99, and plans to introduce four more games by Christmas.

 

Tiggly is making sure our tech-savvy toddlers develop basic motor skills (exclusive)

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Google Glass soon to face new competition

Everyone knows about Google Glass, the smart glasses that allow you to take pictures, videos, and even send texts all from right in front of your eyes. Glass is soon to have a friend in the smart glasses market. Microsoft has been working on smart glasses for some time, and is predicted to be announced in early 2014. LG is also rumored to be working on their own smart glasses, a product much different from everything else under the LG name. Google Glass will be available to the full public in 2014 as well.

 

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/news/microsoft-working-on-google-glass-competitor-report-436573?pfrom=gadgetsfeatured

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mobile development usability

Swiftkey Beta improves keyboard usage

With so many devices and so many screen sizes, it’s hard to find a keyboard on one of these devices that is comfortable to use, and useful. The Swiftkey 4.3 is now out in Beta and ready for download. This Android app is supposed to enhance on-screen keyboard usage. It offers three different keyboard layouts, including a split screen keyboard, for when you are using a large-screen device, such as a tablet. This is a good feature, because tablet keyboard’s can be a little tricky to use, and not everyone wants to buy an external keyboard to carry around with the device. Swiftkey is still accepting reviews, and will hopefully be introduced with a bug-free version soon.

 

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/new-swiftkey-4-3-hits-beta-you-can-download-it-now-1190465

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Moto X Appealing to iPhone users

Moto X, the new customizable phone from Motorola, is now allowing new users to migrate their Apple iCloud information to a Google account. This new feature makes it much easier for Apple users to switch to a device other than their beloved brand. The steps for this are fairly simple and straightforward. This ability to switch change information from one cloud service to the next is revolutionary, and will only get better in the future. This is currently only available with the new Moto X, but that doesn’t mean it will stop there.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57607911-94/moto-x-tempts-iphone-users-with-icloud-migration-tool/

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T-Mobile’s Uncarrier service goes international

Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced it’s new uncarrier service, allowing customers to buy phone’s at a simplified price and no penalty for leaving the carrier. T-Mobile decided to add to this game-changing strategy by introducing Simple Choice plans. These plans include unlimited international mobile data and texting, for those that travel internationally. Voice calls will have a base rate of 20 cents per minute. There is also a Stateside International Talk and Text, for customers who want to contact family abroad. The carrier also announced Speed Boosts plans, allowing users to buy a faster data plan for when they are abroad. T-Mobile really changed the international phone plan market with this. With American’s travelling as much as they do, this plan will attract many customers who don’t like being surprised by their cell phone when they return from their travels.

 

T-Mobile's next "Uncarrier" moves: Free international data and texts, LTE live across U.S., Shakira's support

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Google Maps gets an update and becomes even more helpful

Google announced they very recently updated their Google Maps app to include support for more than one destination, and even hotels and flights. You can now view multiple legs of a trip and see how it could play out and what the shortest travelling distance is. The ‘carousel’ feature allows for the viewer to see some pictures of their destination.Maps can also team up with the other Google consumer solutions, like calendar, so you can see flight and hotel information withint the app. It’s much easier to plan the trip when all of this information is so easily accessible. Also included is an “upcoming events”feature which informs the user of sports events, concerts, and more within the area. With Google’s progression, pretty soon we’ll be able to plan entire vacations all from Google Maps.

 

Google updates Maps with multiple destinations, flight & hotel reservations, and local events

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iOS7 control center is helpful to hackers, too

The control center was introduced into iOS7  to be more helpful, but Apple didn’ t think about how it would be helpful for thiefs and hackers, as well. With the ease to turn on and off Airplane mode, hackers can hide the phone from Find my iPhone apps long enough to mess with the phone to break in. There are many different ways to complete this, including making a finger print replica. The control center idea was good, but maybe it should have been though out more.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57606026-94/easy-access-to-airplane-mode-an-ios-7-security-flaw-researchers/

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Highly-anticipated Nexus 5 to be introduced Oct. 30

If you weren’t able to get an iPhone 5S, the much-awaited Nexus 5 will be launching at the end of the month. The new smartphone is said to include a 5 inch display, 8 mp rear camera, 1.2 mp front camera, and many other specs. It is also rumored that it will be launched next to a new Nexus 10 tablet. No other information is available about the tablet.

 

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/nexus-5-to-launch-on-october-30-alongside-new-nexus-10-tablet-reports-427679?pfrom=gadgetsfeatured

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Re-commerce hurting Apple and Samsung

Used smartphones are continuing to become a greater part of new smartphone sales. By 2018 they’ll account for 8% of new phone sales. This is only a problem because companies like Apple and Samsung who rely on selling phones to users who need upgrades, but re-commerce doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The website Gazelle started the trend of selling your old devices, then other stores like Walmart and Best Buy jumped on board with their own trade-in services. iPhone’s actually make up about half of all traded-in phones. Most of these used smartphones end up in emerging markets like China. But there is a silver lining: users are selling their old devices to make money so they can upgrade more often.

 

http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/25/technology/mobile/smartphone-trade-in/index.html?iid=SF_T_River

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Android-based smartphones are easiest to repair

Smartphones are very common these days, which means broken smartphones are also very common. But some phones are easier to fix than others. When it comes to smartphone repair, Android-based phones such as the Motorola Droid Bionic are the easiest to fix. The highest rated phones for being repair-friendly were the Bionic, the Motorola Atrix 4G and Samsung Galaxy S4, with Apple products lower on the list. The original iPhone only got a ranking of two out of ten, while the rest of the iPhones were higher, with the iPhone 5 being easiest to repair. This data is good to know for those looking for easy to fix phones, as well as seeing how much better these products have gotten, like Apple products.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604761-94/motorola-samsung-top-smartphone-repairability-ranking/

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Google Translate now recognizes handwriting

Google Translate just got a very helpful new upgrade. With it’s new update on Thursday came a new feature: the ability to recognize and translate handwriting. Up to 49 different languages are recognized with this new feature. It is especially useful for languages such as Chinese and Japanese, which use different characters than the languages based on the Latin alphabet. More languages were added to the main translating feature of the app, as well.

 

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

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Indoor cycling becoming increasingly tech-savvy

This week, the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas introduced a lot of new technologies, including some geared toward indoor stationary bikes. Kinetic Technology is now using dongles to make indoor cycling easier. Just put a bike on the mount, and the tablet will display your speed, distance, calories burned, and more. It can also give rider’s a simulated course, to make indoor biking more fun.

Also introduced was Saris’s stationary bike that is connected to a large HDTV screen to give the rider a sense of biking on the open road. Previously filmed routes and two-way communication causing the speed of the route to change based on the rider’s efforts make it more fun to bike anywhere in the world while being inside.

Many other technologies were introduced, including an exercise bike that has spin classes streamed live or on demand on the attached tablet.

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78988.html

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Sony dishes out new kitchen tablet

Sony introduces a new version of their Xperia Tablet Z that is specifically for the kitchen. The app comes equipped with preloaded recipes, shopping list help, and even a meat thermometer to help you monitor when your food is ready. It’s to serve as a cooking helper, and is able to withstand the wear and tear of a kitchen, including spills and stains. It has the same specs as the original Xperia Tablet Z, including front and back cameras. The tablet does have a higher price, with a $50 increase over the original tablet.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57602605-94/sony-serves-up-kitchen-edition-of-xperia-tablet-z-for-$650/

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Google Glass changing how we view baseball (and the world)

With the help of Google Glass’s app, Blue, you can now watch baseball games with real time coverage, without having to look down at your smartphone. The app gives updates like player statistics, score, and more information, right in front of your eyes. It seems like it’d be intrusive for seeing the game, but the app being viewed this way is reportedly more efficient than looking at your phone every couple minutes to search for the same information. The introduction of this technology and app gives us an idea of how important secondary data is, especially in how we view the world around us.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/12/this-google-glass-baseball-app-brings-real-time-game-info-directly-to-your-face/

 

 

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Amazon announces new Kindle and new service

With the introduction of the new Kindle tablet, Kindle Paperwhite, and the new Amazon Matchbook, e-reader’s are greatly delighted. The new Kindle Paperwhite has a new look, with more paper-like pages instead of just a screen, and a sharper contrast. Amazon Matchbook is the new service that allows users to buy, at deeply discounted prices, the digital version of print books they have purchased in the past, ranging back to 1995. Just a selection from your purchase history, and you can have all your old books on your new Kindle.

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78879.html

 

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PayPal mobile app is more of a wallet

The PayPal App, which allows online money transferring and management, is getting an upgrade, with many more useful tools. A highlight is the ability to order food in advance. Also, a location based service is being utilized, giving users the ability to pay at the table of the restaurant using your smart phone. The need to carry (and potentially lose) a wallet is becoming less and less.

 

http://gigaom.com/2013/09/05/paypals-mobile-app-starts-looking-more-like-a-mobile-wallet/