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Next Generation of Mobile Ads to Hit Smartphones By Next Year

A new type of smartphone advertisement is one its way: seamless integration of ad content into your mobile use. Traditional mobile advertising relied on clunky banners, amongst other ugly and intrusive methods of getting the users attention. Mobile ad developers are now focusing on creating ads that blend in with the intended normal content, creating a less distracting experience.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/the-new-face-of-mobile-ad-units-37977/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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U.S. Smartphone Ownership Reaches an All Time High

A new report from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which reports key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry, confirmed that 149.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (62.5 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months covered in the report. That is a sharp rise of an additional 4.1% since July. Apple was once again found to be the top smartphone manufacturer, while Android kept its spot as the top smartphone platform.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/u-s-smartphone-ownership-reaches-all-time-high-37954/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

There were mixed feelings about Apple’s iOS 7 upon its release on September 18, 2013. Apple has released official data showing that indicates a 74 percent adoption rate for iOS 7. That’s 3 out of every 4 Apple devices. The following article from iDownloadBlog states

“The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate is a huge share no matter how you look at it, especially versus the 22 percent seen by iOS 6. The company put the older iOS versions at just four percent.

By comparison, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently installed on a meager 1.1 percent of Android devices.”

Find out more in the full article below.

Official: iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

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Android Development in the Cloud

About a year ago I wrote about cloud development tools for Android. At the time, there was only one available that had been specifically designed for Android development, though demand for such tools was on the rise. This article talks about the cloud service for Android called Codenvy. Also it talks about how it is not the only cloud service available.

 

Android Development in the Cloud

 

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Spotify planning free music service for mobile, says WSJ

 

Spotify is planning to introduce a free mobile version of its streaming music service,according to The Wall Street Journal. The free version is said to be ad-supported and focused around playing personalized radio like Pandora or Rdio’s Stations feature, though users will also be able to play a limited number of songs on demand — it’s otherwise unclear how the free tier will differ from the existing Radio feature. Spotify’s current on-demand mobile service is only available to premium subscribers, with its free version restricted to PCs.

Spotify has wrapped up deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service, says the Journal; at issue were the rates the company would pay the label and the level of on-demand control users would have. The service could be announced as soon as next week at a Spotify event in New York City.

 

You can find more here. 

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Video: Nexus 5 Camera With 4.4.1 vs. Nexus 5 With 4.4

With the Android 4.4.1 update now available for the Nexus 5, we took its updated camera for a spin, but also compared it to the 4.4 camera on a non-updated Nexus 5. It’s pretty obvious through a few simple tests that the 4.4.1 camera is indeed improved. Google told us that we should expect to see “faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors,” and “less shutter lag.” I’d say all of that is true.

 

Find more here at this link.

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Applebee’s plans to install tablets at every table

National restaurant chain Applebee’s has just cut a deal to install 100,000 tablets at tables within at least 1,800 locations. While Chili’s announced a similar move three months ago, this is one of the largest, public tablet deployments within a U.S. company. Applebee’s plans to complete the roll out at all U.S. locations by the end of 2014 and Applebee’s parent company DineEquity is considering launching similar tablets at IHOP locations as well.

The tablets will have 7-inch screens, basically the same size as a Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet, and operate on a custom version of Android. The tablets also allow customers to pay for their meal at any time, ideal for anyone in a rush. For families, the tablets will include a variety of video games that can be accessed through a modest fee.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/applebees-rolls-plan-install-tablets-every-table/

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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the [CyanogenMod installer] app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According to the CyanogenMod team, Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team, they found that ‘though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

21.8% of all online Black Friday sales were made from mobile devices. Mobile traffic, meanwhile, accounted for 39.7% of all Black Friday traffic. Interestingly, iOS users accounted for 18.1% of online sales, while Android users accounted for just 3.5%.

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a dual screen smartphone has becoming a reality

The second generation YotaPhone is expected to come out in 2014. This phone is very unique because it does not just have one screen on the front, but it has second one on the back. The second screen is not an equal screen like the front, it is black and white and can offer mirroring of apps or provide interactive purpose.  THe example on the website showed that you can pull up Google Maps on the front LCD screen but if you saw your phone was about to die or wanted to use lower battery you could mirror it to the back screen and it would use less battery because it is black and white and not using all the pixels.  This phone is still in a prototype stage and it does not seem very practical, but it could bring some cool innovation.  For me personally if i was worried about battery, I would rather get a case with a battery built in to give me more hours on my device versus switching over to a black and white screen that is similar to the first Kindle.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614485-94/second-generation-yotaphone-already-slated-for-late-2014-launch/

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YotaPhone: The genesis of a dual-screen smartphone

Is the world ready for the Android-and-electronic paper YotaPhone — and do we even need it?

With a full-fledged Android display on one side and power saving e-ink on the other, the dual-mode YotaPhone is emerging from the concept cocoon and spread its wings in the real world.

The YotaPhone goes on sale this week in Russia, starting at 500 euros, before it expands to other European and Middle Eastern markets, and beyond. It’s a fairly hefty price tag for a phone containing last year’s Android specs, unchanged since we first saw the device nearly a year ago at CES 2013.

What do users see when they look at their current smartphone? A black screen. To get access to information, they need to pick up their phone, activate it and even sometimes go to an application. Even within an application, you have to wait until it is opens and finds the information. This is a major distraction and actually serves to impede our interaction and relationships with our friends, family and colleagues. In fact, the average smartphone user picks up their phone 150 times in the course of the day because they fear that they are missing something important hidden behind the black screen. Why is it black? Because the LCD uses tremendous amounts of power.

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Watch Out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

With all the hype about Google Glass in recent times, a company called Vuzix is started shipping the Vuzix M100 that is marked as the first commercially available smart glasses. Vuzix released these glasses for purchase by consumer for $1000, $500 cheaper than Google’s Glass Explorer Edition. Although Google Glass’ developer and early adopters edition glasses are $1500, Google has promised to lower the price for the consumer edition. It’s apparent that smart glasses are becoming more and more popular and there will be many more competitors for Google as time passes. This is also great for application developers in the sense that an entirely new market is rising with the development of these devices. Developers now have their hands on Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 smart glasses. It is only a matter of time until useful applications are built and smart glasses become a part of every day life. To read more about this topic, check out the article link below.

Source: Watch out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

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HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

With millions of people world-wide looking for great deals on electronics and other items on Cyber Monday, HP quietly released four new devices to the market and made them available for purchase. The four devices that were released include the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. All four of the tablets come equipped with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and very nice features such as the 1280×800 display and 8GB of internal storage featured in the HP Slate7 Plus for $150. Tablets are growing in popularity as time goes on and they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. This is great news for mobile application developers and users alike as there is a huge market for fresh applications. To read more about each tablet and their release, check out the article link below.

Source: HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

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Android App Inadvertently Can Leak Your Medical Info Online

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/318508-mobile-threat-monday-android-app-leaks-your-medical-info-online

iPharmacy is an app that can help you identify pills, learn more about your medications, and even keep track of your prescriptions with reminders. However, the security is not great, and the information can be leaked. From a conclusive look at the article, it is important to note that, economically, security should be of the highest concern when developing these sorts of apps.

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Misfit Wearables Launches An Android App For Its Activity Tracker

Misfit Wearables, the Khosla and Founders Fund-backed startup that builds elegant activity tracking hardware, is patching up a weak spot with the launch of its new Android app today. Misfit makes the Shine, a quarter-sized activity tracker that’s popular among women and costs about $99.95. It has a paired app that syncs through Bluetooth with a cool animation, and pulls in all of your activity data in day-by-day graphs. It has a paired app that syncs through Bluetooth with a cool animation, and pulls in all of your activity data in day-by-day graphs. They’re bringing the Android version to market today. Early reviews show that it’s crashing on some devices, though Misfit says it has fixes coming in the next version.Earlier this week, they also released an update to the app that brings some social features – users can see when their friends are passing them in points and get regular alerts. I think this is another great idea that has been implemented into society, I just think that since it having so many issues a lot of people wont jump onto it early on.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/misfit-android/

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Samsung S5 may come with a 20-megapixel camera

Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report. The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it’ll bundle into mobile devices in the second half of 2014, Korea’s ET News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. It should be noted, however, that ET News has had a bit of a spotty record on Samsung news, so the report should be taken with a grain of salt. Rumors have been swirling that the eventual Galaxy S5 will come with a 16-megapixel camera. Many analysts have predicted that Samsung is planning on a camera bump in its next-generation handsets. Nearly every major vendor, including LG, Nokia, and Apple, has emphasized aspects of its photographic savvy as a way to separate its phones from the pack. If the ET News report is true, Samsung plans to make its own splash in that space in the next year.

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Jolla phone is a colorful, Sailfish OS-powered Android alternative for 399 euros

Tired of Android? Still want to run most of your apps? Try Jolla phones. It’s based off the old MeeGo OS that Nokia used to use. It runs Sailfish OS and is quite poppy in my opinion. Check the link below for more information and maybe go pick up a Jolla phone.

http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/jolla/4505-6454_7-35823733.html

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Text message exploit can force your Nexus phone to reboot

Have a Nexus phone? Well get ready for a flood of Denial of Service attacks. Apparently if you send a large volume of messages you can force a nexus phone to reboot. Fortunately, there is already an app in Google Play that will block the problem. Click the link below for more information and the firewall app.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/29/text-message-exploit-can-force-your-nexus-phone-to-reboot/

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Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR

The time to buy a Moto X is now, Motorola has announced that they will take $150 off of the off-contract price as a part of the Cyber Monday deal. This includes the custom-design Moto Maker feature. The total price after is $350 for a custom designed smartphone with no carrier contract obligations.

Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR.

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Mobile gaming apps developers facing huge problem

The cost of getting a new mobile gamer exceeds the revenue that gamer produces. Super Data estimates that the cost per install (CPI, which is the measure of what it costs in advertising to get a user) was $2.73 for mobile games, compared to an average revenue per user of $1.96. And in the coming holiday season, Super Data estimates that the CPI will be more than double the average revenue per user. Super Data says that for 99 percent of game makers, that’s a problem.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/25/developers-brace-yourselves-for-a-bloodbath-the-cost-of-getting-a-new-mobile-gamer-exceeds-the-revenue-that-user-generates/

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1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

According to BitDefender, more than one percent of 420,000+ analyzed apps offered on Google’s official Android store are repackaged versions of legitimate apps. In the long run, their existence hurts the users, the legitimate developers, and Google’s reputation in general. Google Play has recently surpassed the one million mark when it comes to the apps it offers, and the researchers have analyzed a good chunk of the total in order to discover just how many are hiding their true nature.

via: http://it.slashdot.org/story/13/11/19/1739211/12-of-apps-on-google-play-are-repackaged-to-deliver-ads-collect-info

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Orange Script could be fruitful for Android app development

Android developers, particularly those with JavaScript, C, and C++ skills, have another option for mobile apps.

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Instagram reportedly adding private messages to compete with Snapchat

Slowly but surely, Instagram’s been adding features over the last few years — videos, web profiles, and an app for Windows Phone have been among the biggest additions to the app as of late. Now, according to a report from GigaOm, the company is planning its next major feature: private messaging. Before the end of the year, a new version of Instagram is expected to launch that contains both one-on-one and group messaging features. Aside from these features and a rough timeline, there weren’t any other details on this potential launch, but there’s no doubt that it’s a logical next step for Instagram. Photo comments on the service often include lively discussions between friends, and Snapchat has pretty conclusively proved the value of a private photo- and video-sharing network. While there’s no doubt Instagram has a vibrant and active community of its own, time will tell whether it can break some of the stranglehold Snapchat has amongst the picture-messaging crowd.

 

More can be found here. 

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iBotta, new app that pays you to shop

iBotta is an app that has recently taken off and become increasingly more popular since Apple recently named it a “Best New App”. The goal of iBotta is to provide its users a platform where they can earn cash just by shopping at grocery stores, home improvement stores, retailers and even restaurants. iBotta reports that users have already earned over 3.7 million dollars in cash back. The premise is this, you go into a grocery store and load up iBotta, the app shows you items that you can buy and earn cash back for, you purchase the item and provide proof of purchase by using your receipt as a record and iBotta gives you the cash via the app. From there you can load it on numerous forms of gift cards or transfer it to a paypal account. The only limitation I notes so far is that the products available to earn cash back on are limited. If the company can get numerous more restaurants and companies on board this app could prove to be very beneficial to consumers.

Source: iBotta

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Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play now interacts better with tablets. The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.

 

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

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Gaming tablet from AMD speculation

AMDmight be joining the tablet market by launching the a gaming tablet codenamed Project Discovery. AMD, a well-known chipmaker, would be joining an already well developed field with many competitors. AMD’s gaming tablet would come equipped with a game controller and a docking station and with Windows 8.1. Right now, they are stating that they aren’t entering the tablet market at this time.

 

http://wind8apps.com/amd-gaming-tablet-windows-8-1/

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Copycat app makers found in Google Play

 

Copycat malicious apps keep appearing under Google Play’s App Store. These copycats take a successful app, copy it, while adding malicious parts such as asking the user for more personal information or making them accept clauses that let the app post on their behalf.

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15976

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Quip, The Mobile-First Word Processing App, Now Imports From Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox

Today, Quip is rolling out a new feature to import documents from other popular software and services — Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Evernote and Dropbox; and it is adding more options to customize the experience with inbox filters, notification settings and “focus mode” to turn off alerts.With the release of today’s version 1.5, Quip is also unveiling some early usage metrics: in addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents and millions of messages, Quip says that half of its users are on iPad, and 40% use it on multiple devices (it’s also available on iOS and on the web, with an Android version currently being previewed). It’s always important for developers to support their software and especially to improve it greatly by adding more features to bring in a larger audience, I think this was a great move on Quips part.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/quip-the-mobile-first-word-processing-app-now-imports-from-microsoft-word-google-drive-evernote-dropbox/

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App.net Launches Broadcasts, Push-Based Custom Newsletters Engineered For Mobile

App.net Broadcasts, a tool that brings the concept of direct, occasional messages to an interested group to a mobile-native environment. Broadcasts works by essentially offering the one thing most publisher, blog and artist mobile apps do well: push notifications direct to fans. Many apps that fall into this category seem hastily put together and poorly maintained, and Caldwell thinks that’s because they really only need to serve one purpose, which is to offer up direct info to users about content related to the person putting out the app. “If really the reason you have an app is just to do push, I think that this really gives you the benefits of that, for free,” Caldwell explained in an interview. “Also, I think from a consumer perspective, having a ton of apps, say one for every tech publication or one for every band that you like is kind of goofy, and everyone already knows that. Perhaps having a lower friction way for people to subscribe to different kinds of broadcast channels will actually increase the number of people that are interested in these push notifications.” I think that this is an ingenious idea, getting the news you actually want from an application rather than mindless drivel.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/app-net-broadcasts/

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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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Nintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet for educational games

Nintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet that will be primarily for the educational market, according to a series of Twitter posts from Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Monterazo.

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Wireless Charger for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 available today on Google Play

Want to buy a wireless charger for you tablet (you should my HP Touchpad has one and it’s great). Well now nexus 4, 5 , 7 devices allow you to buy this wireless charger that done it by touch. Go ahead and check it out below.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/19/nexus-wireless-charger/

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update after complaints

Samsung has suspended a software update that upgraded UK-based Galaxy S3 owners to version 4.3 of the Android operating system – also known as Jelly Bean. Complaints of the software are inclusive to faster than normal battery drain, some apps refusing to work and alarms failing to trigger. Samsung is currently investigating the matter and issued this statement “We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” Hopefully Samsung will fix this issue soon without losing current customers or future ones.

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24995544

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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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Could Tizen be Android’s next nemesis? | Android and Me

Could Tizen be Android’s next nemesis? | Android and Me.

i thought this was pretty cool. Another open source phone os that could potentially give Android a run for its money. although it seems closely related to android, being based off of linux, it will get some attention but I doubt it can dethrone android.

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Google pays those who find Android security glitches

Those who pinpoint vulnerabilities in Google’s mobile operating system can earn cash rewards, similar to those paid out for identifying bugs in Chrome.

Google has expanded its bug-bounty program to cover vulnerabilities uncovered in Android.

The program began with Chrome and expanded to Google Web sites and other open-source software projects. Under the program, people who find security holes get paid bounties. That often equates to a few hundred dollars, but particularly skilled attacks can mean big money — $50,000 last week for one expert who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, for example.

The broader expansion, called the Patch Reward Program, now includes Android, Google security team member Michal Zalewski said in a blog post Monday.

The program also includes three widely used Web server packages: Apache’s http, Nginx, and Lighttpd, Zalewski said.

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The Galaxy Gear is reportedly an epic flop

BusinessKorea reports that Samsung has sold less than 50,000 Galaxy Gears so far, a stunningly low number that would put even the worst flops released this year to shame. That Samsung’s device has reportedly flopped this badly is rather surprising since the company poured a lot of money into an ad campaign designed to highlight its first-ever smartwatch.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/11/18/samsung-galaxy-gear-sales/

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CyanogenMod’s New Installer

Currently, the installer is a one-way street. If the user decides CyanogenMod isn’t for them and wants to go back, they’re stuck. Even worse, they could run into the situation I did, where CyanogenMod installs but everything is broken. I’ve done this enough that I know how to go back to stock, but for a novice, they would have been abandoned with a broken phone.

via: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/11/18/0047255/ars-checks-out-cyanogenmods-new-installer

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Android 4.3 update for the AT&T Samsung S4 has been temporarily pulled

It appears that now AT&T has pulled the update for some investigation. So those that are waiting on the update, can stop spamming that Check for Updates button. Currently, there’s no word about when the update will continue its rollout, or even what the issue was that caused the rollout to pulled. Samsung and AT&T have said that the update is on hold so both companies can look into “potential improvements”.

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Google Helping Developers Target Education Apps at K-12 Teachers – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/developer/google-helping-developers-target-education-apps-at-k-12-teachers.

Google has launched a special section in its Play store where educators can find cool apps for teaching their students. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/developer/google-helping-developers-target-education-apps-at-k-12-teachers.html#sthash.8iiGjrE7.dpuf

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Google Now Gets Smarter

This article talks about an update to the Google Now feature that is available for Android users for the time being. The update is meant to make the feature more like Siri from iOS.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/14/google-quietly-brings-siri-style-conversations-to-google-now/

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Android Tablet Revenue Beat Out iPad

This article talks about how Android revenues for tablets have eclipsed iPad revenues over the third quarter.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/15/android-tablet-revenue-surpasses-ipad-for-the-first-time-but-not-the-last/

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FCC Says to Mobile Giants: “Sort out your unlock rules, or else”

The FCC has now issued a warning to major mobile companies. They call for clear policy changes regarding unlock codes for mobile devices, once the consumer’s contract has expired. Traditionally mobile companies have been hesitant to release unlock codes, hoping that previous consumers will once again sign on for another mobile contract. This development is sure to change the way consumers choose their wireless plans in the future.

 

See the full story here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/15/fcc_unlock_policy_or_else/

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Urban Airship launches new tools to speed up apps

Urban airship released a new set of tools for delivering images to mobile app users 38 to 58 percent faster than traditional methods. Urban Airship is one of the leading companies providing tools for mobile app developers, from plug-in code that helps your app send messages to users (via the iPhone’s Notification Center, for instance) to tools for tracking usage and figuring out how people are actually using your apps.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/12/urban-airship-launches-new-tools-to-help-speed-up-mobile-apps/

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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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White House Files Petition Asking FCC to Require Carriers to Unlock All Mobile Devices

The Obama administration has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices, reports The Washington Post. This move comes several months after The White House backed a “We the People” petition that successfully gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. If the FCC forces carriers to unlock their phones, there will be a dramatic shift in the way consumers choose both their mobile phones and data plans (disruptive technology).

 

See the full story here: http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/17/white-house-files-petition-asking-fcc-to-require-carriers-to-unlock-all-mobile-devices/

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FCC Releases Android Speed Test App

The Federal Communications Commission has released an app in hopes that it will generate accurate comparisons of wireless carriers mobile speeds. The app called Speed Test App for Android will collect information, such as upload and download speeds, latency, and signal strength to allow the FCC to publish a map of this information in the next year. This map is expected to help consumers decide which services to go with and see if consumers are getting what they may be paying for. This creates an incentive for carries to improve their data services.

<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612472-94/fcc-releases-android-app-to-test-mobile-broadband-speeds/>

 

This is a fascinating step towards transparency in understanding current data speeds and what the average consumer is receiving currently. The data gathered will be interesting for multiple reasons, for designers designing applications to understand what sort of connection their target audience may have, consumers wishing to purchase plans, and providers to know what speeds their competitors may have. I only fear that much like internet speeds, this will mean that certain areas will not be developed as quickly as others, leading to large pockets that only have a slower connection, much like towns and areas that have no other option aside from dial-up, due to the inability or lack of desire for a provider to bring anything else in.

 

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Mapquest Aims to Regain Users via Mobile App.

Mapquest, previously one of the previous leaders of online mapping, is attempting to recapture users with their new mobile app. The brand still continues, but is barely a shadow of it’s former self. The new app has a much cleaner and pleasing UI. Sadly, there are errors with regards to finding and searching business profiles. Interestingly, they’ve chosen to go the route of paid to remove advertisements.

<Source: http://searchengineland.com/mapquest-aims-for-revival-with-new-mobile-app-177240>

This is interesting as it marks an attempt by an older former service to recapture users via offering a new improved app. While this shows the possibility of these sorts of tactics to work, sometimes it might be necessary to understand that one’s services may have too much stiff competition. While an interesting attempt, it may lead only to failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are actually two operating systems in every phone

Any phone with mobile communications capability  has 2 operating systems. Aside from the operating system that we as end-users see (Android, iOS, PalmOS), it also runs a small operating system that manages everything related to radio.

 

http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/11/13/0237214/the-second-operating-system-hiding-in-every-mobile-phone

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Researchers use smartphone camera to figure out PINs

The program researchers created uses the user's hand position to deduce what is being typed.
The program researchers created uses the user’s hand position to deduce what is being typed.

(CNN) — Researchers have found a way to figure out what personal identification number, or PIN, someone is typing into their smartphone by using the device’s built-in cameras and microphones to secretly record them.

Smartphones are handling an increasing amount of sensitive financial information, with banking and payment apps and other features that turn phones into full-featured mobile wallets. That makes mobile devices a ripe target for cybercriminals.

In a paper published Thursday, security researchers at the University of Cambridge detailed how they exploited the smartphone’s camera and microphone to detect PINs and gave some suggestions for making this type of hack more difficult.

This type of malware doesn’t exist in the wild just yet. The PIN Skimmer program was created by Cambridge’s Ross Anderson and Laurent Simon. The idea is to identify potential security holes before they can be exploited by criminals. In tests, the PIN Skimmer had a 30% success rate detecting four-digit PINs after monitoring a few attempts, and that number went up after it grabbed information over five tries.

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First, the microphone detects that a person is entering a PIN. On many apps, the device will vibrate each time a number is tapped. That vibration creates a sound that is picked up by the microphone, which lets the malware know that a “touch event” is happening — in this case it is the entering of a secret PIN.

Then the camera takes over. The camera isn’t looking for reflections in your eyes or triangulating what numbers you’re looking at while typing in the code. The researchers use the camera to detect the orientation of the phone and determine where the user’s finger is on the screen. On-screen keypads typically display number in a standard order, so if the program can tell where a finger is tapping on the screen based on how the person is holding it, it can deduce what number is there. In their example, researchers assume people are holding their phones with one hand and typing in numbers with their thumb.

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The malware captures some photos and a few seconds of video and uploads them to a remote server, evading detection by hiding any data usage charges by possibly waiting for the phone to have a WiFi connection.

Depending on the phone, it could take some additional precautions like disabling any LED light that would let a person know their smartphone camera was recording. The researchers tested the program on the Galaxy S3 and Google Nexus Android phones.

In the past, security researchers have warned that criminals could use other phone sensors like the accelerometer and gyroscope to puzzle out what someone is typing. The paper suggests that apps or electronic wallets like Trustzone take control of and disable all the available sensors when entering a secure mode. Another suggestion includes randomizing where the numbers appear on the screen.