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AUUG Motion Synth Is An iPhone Grip That Makes Music From Motion

AUUG is an iphone grip that makes music based on how you move your phone. It is an aluminum grip with elastic strap that converts your motions into sounds that you choose. The box does not play the sounds itself, but instead sends them to a sound applications or devices from your iphone. It has 8 buttons that let users play diatonic scales. Initially designed for electronic musicians, it has potential applications for dancers, music teachers and artists.
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Notch Provides More Complete Body Tracking

Notch is a wearable sensor application with a twist, it allows users to use multiple notch sensors to create a more complete image of their movements. It can be turned on and off, as well as set to a continuous collection phase. Not only does it capture movement information, but it also provides haptic feedback through a small vibration on the sensor. The product is still in its Kickstarter phase in an already crowded mobile tracking market, so time will tell if it makes it off the ground.

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Android mobile news

Onswipe adds support for Android

Onswipe, a mobile publishing platform, has revamped their product to add support for android smartphones. Previously, the only android products it supported were the Kindle Fire and Android tablets. With this update, users can now publish their websites from their android phones. Onswipe managed this by moving the rendering process to the server from the client’s hardware. Chief Marketing Officer Baptiste says that he believes that applications do not compare to mobile web in terms of publishing, citing the 27+ million unique visitors Onswipe delivers content to.

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iPad

Apple Store Application Released for iPad

Apple has released an Apple Store application for the iPad. It allows users to compare Apple products with gestures such as swiping or pinching, and then purchase them through the application. It also has a nearby store locator and a “Now Trending” feature which allows users to see popular items.
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Twitter Now Allowing Targeted Advertising By WiFi Connection, OS Version, and Mobile Device.

Twitter is joining the likes of Facebook and Google when it comes to selling more personalized advertising. The company is allowing advertisers to target ads by mobile device, WiFi connectivity, and the version of what OS they are using. Twitter already allows targeting by other demographics; however this more specialized advertising will allow companies to dedicate resources more efficiently.

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Windows 8

Facebook Login Now Avaliable for Windows Phones

Microsoft has finally allowed Facebook login capacity on Windows 8 devices, including applications. This will greatly benefit developers and consumers as it makes registering new accounts and logging in much simpler. Foursquare and Adobe are among the first companies to make use of this new feature for Windows phones.
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mobile development

SiempreSecos Offers Mobile Solution to Wet Diaper Detection

SiempreSecos is a quantifiable living company offering a mobile solution to a common problem: urinary incontinence detection. They have produced a mobile device gives an alert whenever the user has a wet diaper. Using radio frequencies, this device sends a signal to a bracelet worn by the caretaker. The connection can also be linked to a computer or alarm clock. This device allows discreet notification of caretakers when a loved one or patient needs to be changed, allowing the patient more dignity than being checked every few hours. This device is specifically being marketed to eldercare companies for situations like a patient with dementia, but also has applications for new parents or those caring for older loved ones.
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Twitter App Begins Alpha Testing

Twitter’s new app is now in the Alpha testing stage. It is a first come, first serve opportunity to test the new application. Users should expect the application to be buggy and crash, as it is in testing and their job is to find errors. Interested users much search for the Google Group and join. They then can try to sign up for the alpha testing.

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mobile news

Perka bought by First Data to better compete in mobile market

First Data, the largest credit card payment process company in the nation, recently purchased the mobile payment start-up Perka. Perka has a loyalty system, akin to the “Buy 10, get 1 free” deals available at brick and mortar stores. Perka was a relatively small company before the acquisition; however it had scaled to all 50 states on its small budget. First Data plans to allow Perka relative autonomy but will need them to compete with the likes of Paypal and Square.

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mobile news

Soundcloud to partner with Instagram

Soundcloud has partnered with Instagram to allow users to use their instagrams as album art or playlist cover images. “We’re the largest audio platform and they’re the largest photo platform. It’s cool to tie them together” says SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung. This partnership fills a niche left in Soundcloud because many b-sides and remixes do not have accompanying album art. The end goal of this partnership is to eventually allow users to select music to pair with their Instagram video; however this is a long way from development.

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Android mobile news

Google Buys “Speed Boosting” Application

Google has bought FlexyCore, creators of the speed boost application for android “droidbooster”. Most speed boosting applications do essentially nothing towards boosting the speed of the device; this company supposedly did something that “heavily optimized ARM binaries from Android’s normal Dalvik code.” The company has not produced anything significant in a couple years and they last marketed their application while Froyo was the main os. Google released a statement saying they acquired the company for 23m because they have “strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance.”
The acquisition adds legitimacy to the dubious field of speed boosting applications and raises questions about potential optimizations in android’s future.

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iPad

iPad Air Officially Announced

Apple has announced the iPad Air as the newest generation of the iPad. It should have the same screen size as previous iterations, but will be thinner and lighter. According to Apple, it is the same processor as the iPhone 5s, so it should be about 8x faster than the old iPad. There will be a marked graphics improvement, they will be approximately 72x better. This is the most recent iPad update since 2011. Overall, the machine seems to be nothing more than an update to the iPad.

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New App Uses Drones to Deliver Textbooks

In Australia, commercial drone use is legal and so there is potential for drone-based industries. Flirtey is a new application launched by the company Zookal that uses drones to deliver textbooks to student. The student orders their book and a drone equipped with collision avoidance technology delivers it to their GPS location using the application on their smart phone. Drone use could revolutionize shipping; however, the use of GPS location raises privacy concerns.

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mobile news

T-Mobile Ending Grandfathered Plans in November

T-Mobile will be ending all grandfathered plans in November. All current plans will be moved to a plan with a “similar or better price.” T-Mobile has already moved from offering discounts to their devices, so all customers must now pay full price for their phones. This is all the result of T-Mobile’s attempt to move away from the traditional contract model, but may end up alienating more potential customers than it draws.

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Twitter Releases App Optimized for Samsung Tablet

After Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Twitter’s application for tablets over a year ago, twitter has produced an app specifically designed for the Galaxy Note 10.1. It has functionality for the Galaxy “S-pen” and multiscreen view. Google has pushed for companies to design more applications specifically for android and twitter plans out to release optimized applications for future androids. The android tablet marking has been notably lacking in true tablet applications, so this may be the start of a push towards tablet development for android.

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disruptive technology

LG Produces Curved Battery for Incoming Curved Phones

By now, everyone has heard of new curved screen smartphone design. In response, LG has already started to produce curved batteries. The company allegedly has a patent on vital components of the curved battery design. They also announced future plans for a “cable battery”.

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iOS iPhone

Canary Combines Google Calendar with Facebook Events

Canary is an app for the iPhone that works as a smart calendar. It combines your facebook events with your google calendar. It also has the capacity to understand plaintext and then use this information to do something like check your foursquare to suggest a location for a meeting. This sounds incredibly convenient, because my facebook events do not always make it on to my calendar where I can get push notifications about them.

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New App Tirecheck Does Exactly What It Says

Tirecheck is a new app the iphone that uses your phone camera to check your tire pressure. Just put in your make and model, then snap a quick picture of your tires. The app will tell you if your tire pressure is low and how much money you could save by inflating your tires. It is an interesting concept and the company claims it is accurate within 2 psi; however, I would recommend keeps a tire pressure gauge anyway. The app struggles with overinflated tires. Overall, the concept is promising, but too new to be trusted alone.

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mobile news

Twitter Alerts to Now Allows Push Notifications

Twitter Alerts, the emergency notification service used by twitter, is now allowing users to opt-in to push notifications from emergency services, NGOs, and governmental organizations. This would allow these organizations to send notifications straight to user’s phones to give them critical information in a time of crisis. Organizations like the Red Cross and CDC are already involved in twitter alerts.
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iOS mobile news

Dropbox’s Email App has Critical Security Flaw

Dropbox recently acquired an email app for the iOS that was found to have a significant security flaw: it will execute any JavaScript code recieved in an email. This means even opening an email through this application could expose your device to any number of attacks. The code needs to be embedded in the body of an HTML-formated email, which is very simple to do. Users are advised to switch to a different email application until the issue has been resolved.

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mobile news

Coast is the New iPad Browser from Opera

Opera has released a new browser for the iPad. It is called Coast. It appears to act just as an iPad home screen, despite the intentions of the Opera team to be “futuristic.” Square icons are used for websites, much like if they were applications. They can be rearranged and the intention of the team was to create something that felt like you were in a Coast environment, using websites as if they were applications. Opera is also using Web of Trust, which helps inform users about how trustworthy a site is.

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mobile news

New App Allows You to Journal and Share Your Dreams

The new app, SHADOW, allows you to record and share your dreams. Currently, it is invitation only. It was initially funded through Kickstarter. It has a subtle alarm that helps you wake easily, as well as a feature to allow you to journal your dreams either privately or publically. There is also a voice activated digital recording feature.
The capacity to access many dreams could mean a lot of good for talk therapists. It is also a good tool for self-reflection. Some experts have discussed using SHADOW as a tool to analyze the dreams of cultures or to see if your dreams are affected by your day-to-day life.

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Nymi Bracelet uses ECG for Secure Transactions

Nymi is a bracelet that you can use to verify your identity and transactions. It does this using a three factor identification system involving the bracelet, a mobile device and the continuous unique Electrocardiogram (ECG) of the wearer. The device has not gone through a security audit and may be still vulnerable to several types of attack, especially considering it can authorize sales and log in to secure machines. The idea behind this bracelet is tantalizing but a secure reality may still be far away.
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Snapchat comes to the Galaxy Gear

The Galaxy Gear is one of the latest smartwatches to hit the market. The small wristwatch comes with a 1.4 megapixel camera which can take 10 second video, perfectly formatted for the quick image and videos used for Snapchat.
Consequently Snapchat has come out with the Snapchat Micro, which is a simplified application for the Gear. It allows users to send images to each to each other using the standard snapchat system, although editing such as captions or drawings will have to be done on a connected Galaxy Note. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat founder, has described Snapchat Micro as “an experiment we’re really excited about.”

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Uber Offering Free Rides in New Lyft Markets

The much buzzed about ride-sharing app Uber has begun to offer a new service, uberX. This new economy service will be offering free rides until the end of the month in the new markets of Indianapolis, St. Paul and Phoenix. Competitor app Lyft also began service in two of those cities and Uber has come out with aggressive marketing campaigns to compete with the other applications like Lyft or Sidecar. This includes 5 free rides in Indianapolis and St. Paul, as well as 3 free rides to users in Phoenix. UberX is also lower cost, offering both commercially licensed drivers and drivers who aren’t commercially licensed to pick up customers. The ride-sharing application market faces some stiff competition with these new deals from Uber.

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Google Drive updated for iOS

Google has updated their Google Drive app for the iOS today. There have been some cosmetic updates including a change from the old list format to a “card” or thumbnail type of layout. On the technical end, the app now allows you to copy urls straight to your clipboard, improved file sharing and the capacity to edit in landscape mode.

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