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Indian Village Bans Mobile Phones for Women

A village council in an Indian Village voted to ban the use of mobile phones for girls and unmarried women, giving the reason that mobile phones promoted extramarital affairs and unsanctioned marriages. Even with mobile phones becoming a key device of importance, many traditional societies still have issues with the new technology. This ban only proves that the village still holds traditional male power in the village, and hopefully in time the town will repeal the ban.

With there still being hundreds of traditional old style villages around, until they fully accept technology, the villages will continue to fall behind.

 

http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20121205/08294221238/indian-village-bans-unmarried-women-girls-using-mobile-phones.shtml

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Mobile App Usage Grows 35%

According to an U.S. mobile analytics firm called Flurry, this year mobile app use has risen. Between December 2011 and 2012 mobile app usage went from 94 minutes a day to 127 minutes a day. While T.V. stayed at 168 and web browsing went down two minutes to 70.

For mobile app developers this is a good sign as it means users are valuing their time with mobile apps and using them longer. This leads to buying more apps and causing the industry to continue to grow.

http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/05/mobile-app-usage-tv-web-2012/

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Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5s

Tonight at 9 p.m. Apple is expected to begin selling unlocked iPhone 5s. This will allow customers to purchase the iPhone 5 at its minimum charge of 649 dollars and be able to attach any specific carrier to the phone. The user will also be able to change the carrier as many times as they desire. For users seeking to avoid the limitations of data plans but still want an iPhone 5 will finally be able to purchase one.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/11/29/buy-unlocked-apple-iphone-5/

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Akash2 Tablet for only 40 Dollars

DataWind will be releasing the Akash2 soon, designed for those who desire a tablet but do not have the money. At its cheap price of 40 dollars, offering multitudes of features such as 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of flash memory, and USB hub. The tablet was not designed to be an Ipad killer as stated by DataWind’s CEO but the tablet will allow the demographic who would not originally buy a tablet, due to the price now have an option.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/11/29/aakash2-hands-on/#103765Back-of-Aakash2

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Research Shows Major Vulnerabilities in 4G Networks

A research group at Virginia Tech has pointed out major flaws in 4G networks where a simple jamming device can take out entire regions of LTE signals. If the LTE network were to fall then 2G and 3G would still work but because such networks are being phased out and new customers are being pushed onto the newer network, such weak points in the network could allow for potential issues.

The director of the group Jeff Reed points out that the LTE network has 8 weak points all of which can be exploited by inexpensive means. The LTE network itself consists of many subsystems and all that is required is that one subsystem has to fail to take out the entire station. Reed goes on to say that the tools required to perform such an action would be a laptop and an inexpensive software-defined radio unit (costing less than $650). Due to the LTE standard being published publicly the knowledge of how the system works can be found and with expenses so low, someone with the knowledge or will can bring down the network.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/11/14/disable-4g-phone-network/

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China’s Smartphone Market dominated by Android

During the third quarter of this year Android took hold of 90.1 percent of the smartphone market in China. During the second quarter Android only held 83 percent. While iOS fell to 4.2 percent from 6 during the third quarter. Apple still plans to release iPhone 5 into the Chinese market but with Android holding such a large portion, and iPhones costing more than Androids, it will be difficult for Apple to gain more share of the market which would lock iOS out from a large portion of the smartphone market, with 42 million smartphones shipped to China during the second quarter, out of 158 million smartphones shipped worldwide.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57550336-94/android-takes-90-percent-smartphone-share-in-china-in-q3/

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Apple Patents “Dual-Mode Headphone”

Apple has filed a patent that will allow headphones to be able to switch from headsets to external speakers. This technology would allow Apple to give better functionality to its headphones for users. The technology could also damage the industry of creating iHome and other docking stations for Apple products which act as external speakers. This would allow a user to seamlessly switch from listening to their iPod by their headphones to placing the iPod on a table and listening to it externally without having to plug the iPod into any device to play their music instead. It is also better for the user as they can listen to their iPod externally anywhere now instead of having to move an external speaker around to different locations.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57546918-94/apple-patent-could-transform-headphones-into-loudspeakers/

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Google Free Zone to Connect Developing Countries

Google has launched a new service that will give developing countries access to Google’s main core offerings such as Gmail, Google+, and Google Search. This service is first starting off in the Philippines and if successful will branch out to other developing countries. The service if it works will give users in developing countries the chance to connect better to the modern world.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57546899-94/google-free-zone-aims-at-connecting-developing-countries/

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Pentagon Looking to buy iPhones and Androids for Staff

The Pentagon is planning to add a network for iPhones and Androids for their employees to use. Currently the Pentagon is trying to hire a contractor to build a system that will manage and secure at least 162500 Android and Apple products and the network could be expanded to handle 8 million devices. A lot of sales for Blackberry is dependent on government purchases, and with the Pentagon taking a step to allow its staff to choose different smartphones could cause another blow against Blackberry.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pentagon-plans-to-buy-iphones-androids-in-threat-to-blackberrys-market-share/2012/10/28/aeafb0a4-1f8f-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

 

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Smartphone Battery Life Doubled

A MIT company named ETA Devices says that it has created a new design for batteries that cut smartphone energy consumption by half. The device works by choosing the voltage that would use the least power across the device’s chip transistors. The technology is called Asymmetric Multilevel Outphasing and ETA Devices hopes to show the product off next year in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This technology if successful could allow smartphones to become stronger in the things they are able to do while still using less battery life.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57543673-94/tech-breakthrough-may-double-smartphone-life/

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Square Introduced into Canada

Square is now offering its services in Canada, with the same percentage per swipe offered in the US. Square will also introduce its register app to the new market, allowing smaller companies to exclusively use Square, allowing the company to be more mobile than it would with traditional companies.

 

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/square-steps-canada-jack-dorseys-global-payments-service-goes-international-853329

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Gorilla Glass Featured on One Billion Devices

Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a scratch resistant front screen covering for smart phone devices. Originally it was featured on the Iphone, and since then the product has been featured on over a billion devices worldwide ranging from the Iphone to Dell, HP, LG, etc. With Gorilla Glass being so popular it causes other competitors to have little chance in entering the market for making screen protectors. Corning as a company has grown, in Q3 2012 alone the company has earned 363 million dollars which is up 21% from last year.

Gorilla Glass Gets Around: Now Featured On 1 Billion Devices Worldwide

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Restaurant Using Instagram to Create its Menu

A restaurant in New York City is allowing customers to take pictures of their food and then use the restaurant’s hashtag so it is added to the menu. This allows other customers to than view the menu and see the pictures relating to each meal. By using crowdsourcing to help create a menu for a restaurant, could potentially introduce other opportunities, for example, allowing customers to have a say on what items are on the menu.

 

 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/nyc-restaurant-instagram-menu/

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Graphene Use in Mobile Technology

Graphene is a carbon-based material that is stronger than steel and extremely thin. Scientists are still trying to figure out how to economically produce large quantities of graphene. Once it is cheap to produce graphene it can be used to create cell phones almost as thin as paper and yet still very strong. Right now graphene is being used to create flexible solar panels to cover the outside of buildings, but scientists hope to use the product in cell phones in the near future.

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/graphene-could-usher-flexible-ultra-slim-gadgets/

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Six Billionth Cell Phone Subscription Purchased

The International Telecommunications Union published statistics that the entire world population has purchased six billion cell phone subscriptions. The world population estimates slightly above seven billion people, soon enough we will have enough cell phone subscriptions to supply everyone with one.

 

http://www.intomobile.com/2012/10/11/itu-6-billion-cell-phones-worldwide-11-billion-gigabytes-data/

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South Korea delays ban on Apple Products

The Seoul Central District Court decided to keep Apple products on store shelves until the appeal process is concluded. Back in August the Seoul court ruled that Samsung and Apple violated each other’s patents. If Apple loses the appeal process, its products could potentially be banned from stores in Korea which would shut down an entire market for Apple.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57530384-94/korea-court-delays-apples-iphone-ipad-ban/

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Starbucks allows Square Mobile Payments in November

Square users next month will be able to enter a Starbucks and purchase products by scanning a bar code on their phone at the register. Eventually the process will change where Square will use GPS on the customer’s phone, allowing a customer to simply pay by telling the cashier his or her name. The cashier will than identify the customer by a photo display on the register and confirm the purchase without the customer having to pull out their phone or wallet.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/04/us-starbucks-square-idUSBRE89310A20121004?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=56505

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Chemical Analysis on Phones for Toxics

Ifixit and HealthyStuff did a chemical analysis on 36 phones to find the amount of chemical toxins. They took apart the phones and used X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to find the chemical composition of each phone. Phones released after 2010 proved to be much healthier on the scale such as the Iphone 5 and Samsung Evergreen. While older phones such as the Iphone 2G and Palm m125 were some of the worse overall ratings. Even though a lot of phones scored average on the overall does not mean they did good on specific tests such as the Samsung Reclaim having a high proportion of arsenic even though it scored low on the other tests.

 

http://ifixit.org/3443/chemical-analysis-reveals-that-new-phones-have-fewer-toxics/

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Only Five Percent of Smartphones have Security Software

According to Juniper Research, globally only five percent of smartphones and tablets have security software installed by their user. The study suggests that with rising malware, fraud, and device theft that mobile security will increase dramatically in the next five years. Up to one in five devices will be secured by third party software and that the number of consumer protected devices will be greater than business devices by 2015. This could allow several companies to enter the mobile industry by providing security software superior to what few services are offered already.

http://www.intomobile.com/2012/09/27/juniper-research-mobile-malware-incidents-increase-only-5-smartphone-owners-run-some-security-software/

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AT&T begins Trials to Translate Text Messages

AT&T has begun trials where a text message sent through their network is automatically translated to the preferred language specified by the user. So if someone sends a message in Spanish, AT&T will be able to recognize if the receiver prefers the message in English or not, and if so AT&T will automatically translate it. Currently the service only works for English and Spanish, but AT&T is already working on expanding the structure of the technology to include more languages.

With this technology, language barriers could become even more broken, allowing two people who speak different languages to understand one another through their mobile device.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/429375/att-trials-text-message-translation/

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An app designed to test how healthy your lungs are

Graduate students from the University of Washington in Seattle have created an app to replace a spirometer. Patients with chronic lung conditions such as asthma use a spirometer to test their airways. A patient has to visit a doctor’s office and blow into the spirometer for the doctor, such a device easily costing thousands of dollars.

The app as of right now compared to a commercial brand spirometer is 5.1% off. The team hopes to make the app as close to accurate as possible with the increase funding they have received. Such an app could potentially save thousands of dollars for hospitals. The app would also allow doctors to perform tests on the patient, without the patient having to leave home to see the doctor in person, creating a more convenient life for the patients.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57516173-76/see-how-healthy-your-lungs-are-just-blow-into-your-phone/

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Apple’s app for maps performing poorly

The app designed by Apple to replace Google maps on iOS 6 is having multiple issues by users, ranging from a farm mislabeled as an airport, to a museum wrongly located in a river to cities and towns located in different parts of the world. Certain buildings do not even show up on the map while others are covered by clouds.

These issues are causing a poor image of iOS 6, which could potentially convince some users who are looking for a Smartphone with good navigation to, not buy the iphone.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57516718-94/apples-maps-app-slammed-over-missing-cities-and-other-mistakes/

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Google forces Acer to stop support for Alibaba

On Thursday afternoon, Acer was to unveil a new smartphone that would run on Aliyun an open source operating system created by Alibaba. Right before the big announcement Google pressured Acer by threatening to cancel Acer’s license to use Android for its other phones.

In the Chinese market, the Acer phone called CloudMobile A800 would not be the first to use the Aliyun OS. Two other companies were already using the OS on their own phones as a cheap inexpensive smartphone for the local market. The CloudMobile A800 would not be an entry-level phone, instead it was to be announced as the most expensive phone in the country boasting a slimmer and lighter model than the iphone 4S.

 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-13/the-acer-smartphone-that-never-was

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Isis mobile payment service delays trial run

Isis is a mobile payment, which allows users to pay for services and products by their smartphone at a cash register. Unlike Google Wallet, which had a larger launch, Isis has chosen to open in select markets. Ryan Hughes the head of marketing for Isis said, “Our focus has been on making sure when we launch we do it properly and do it right.” He declined to explain why the project was delayed, saying that Isis was going through a list of objectives.

Like Isis, the idea of mobile payments have attracted other companies as well which the majority have agreed on using a technology called NFC which allows for a tap-and-pay function. The lack of NFC in certain smartphones such as the iphone is not a setback Hughes further said. Hughes believes that the mobile payment service will take time to be adopted. Even with Google Wallet gaining much buzz last year, it has seen a slow adoption itself.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57512526-94/isis-mobile-payment-service-hits-snag-delays-trial-run/

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Apple reportedly cuts order for Samsung chips for new iPhone

Apple Inc has reduced its orders for memory chips for its new iPhone from its main supplier and competitor Samsung Electronics Co, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Apple has been cutting back its orders from Samsung as it seeks to diversify its memory chip supply lines, although the South Korean firm remains on the list of initial suppliers for the new iPhone, the source told Reuters. The person declined to be named because the negotiations are confidential.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/07/net-us-apple-samsung-supply-idUSBRE88603A20120907

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Motorola goes big and small with Razr line-up

Motorola joined the parade of fall smartphone announcements, unveiling three new Droid Razr smartphones for Verizon just hours after Nokia debuted its first Windows Phone 8 devices.  The Razr phones — the Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD and Razr M — follow on the heels of last year’s launch of the Razr and Razr Maxx, which revived the Razr name as an Android smartphone.

The Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD will be the higher-end options, serving as flagships for Motorola’s fall smartphone line-up. The Razr HD will feature a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The device will offer a 2,530 mAh battery and will get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year.

http://gigaom.com/mobile/motorola-goes-big-and-small-with-razr-line-up/