Spotify will soon allow its ad-supported users to stream music on demand for free on their mobile devices.
In our class, we have talked about how users creating their own content is quite popular because of mobile. Someone can take a picture of a plate of food at a decent angle, put a filter on it, and reap the benefits of their “art” through instagram. Now this article talks about how brands are doing just about the same thing with their products/services, to get potential customers to see their advertising and increase exposure.
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.
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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.
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Twitter is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make it’s messaging service available to users in emerging markets whose users primarily have entry-level mobile phones that typically cannot access the Internet. All users that don’t have Interenet access need to do to access Twitter is simply dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter. This is huge specially for company’s like Utopia Fonetwish service. U2opia Mobile, will launch its Twitter service come the first quarter of next year. This will help more than 11 millipon of Utopia users which already access Facebook and Google Talk on their mobiles without data connection.
This move allows mobile users in the poorer parts of the world to have mobile interaction with Twitter and get an experience that us Americans don’t even have to think about if we have data on our mobile devices. The difference between U2opia’s Twitter feed and an average American Twitter feed will be what is shown on a U2opia user’s feed will be localized to their location. In a sense Twitter may be the newest news circular or advertising means for these countries.
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.
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.
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%.
In California a woman, Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding but was also given another ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. Google Glass is a new piece of technology that fits over the eyes and gives many of Google’s services virtually hands free and right in front of the user. Cecilia Abadie claims the glasses were not on when she was driving, but this case opens up an interesting topic on how Glass will be handled while driving. Over the years texting and driving has become a bigger problem and more and more states are making it illegal to text and drive because it distracts drivers from the road. Google Glass is a new form of mobile technology and it is not even out yet and it is causing problems. It will be interesting to see how google glass and other mobile devices besides phone impact the law, especially the laws of the road. This is a prime example of disruptive technology because with this new industry it is changing how humans are doing everyday things.
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.
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.
Here’s an article that gives several examples of how mobile apps offer more incentive to accomplish consumer tasks, such as ordering ahead before going to a restaurant. It shows classic examples of how disruptive mobile technology has become.
Huawei Technologies remains the world’s biggest vendor of cellular networks despite being effectively locked out of the huge U.S. LTE market.
Huawei took in 28.1 percent of all cellular network revenue in the third quarter, according to ABI Research results released Monday. That kept the Chinese vendor in the lead even though its share was down 3 percentage points from the second quarter, when it overtook Ericsson to claim the top spot, ABI analyst Nick Marshall said.
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A new start-up has launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce a new phone case to consumers that are concerned with tracking and privacy issues. Their product named OFF Pocket is designed to block all signals coming to and from your smartphone by means of a case that interferes with the signals. It is reported to block Wi-Fi, Cellular and GPS signals. People might say why don’t you just shutdown the device but most devices still transmit even when completely off so this product would even stop that. The technology is like an electric field blocker similar to that of a Faraday Cage. This is a good product for consumers worried about their privacy but it isn’t quite practical in my opinion. The case offers little protection as it is just a metal fabric cloth like sack that you place your phone in. Also what happens when you have to take your phone out to use it? You will become ‘visible’ again and you’ll have to wait for your phone to load all of the data from when it was not reachable.
Marketers and mobile app developers have come together and developed a new way to help shoppers find what they want for less, or so that’s what consumers think. The incentive to this technique is to allow for more aggressive tracking of consumer behavior. The goal is to moniotr consumers online and off to detrmine what kind of buyer each individual might be and how much they may pay. How do brick and mortar stores get consumers to agree by pushing through their own mobile apps, offering in store Wi Fi so that their moible apps can entice shoppers with coupon deals or ads as they move throughout a store. Not all of the new technology tracking is voluntary, some stores are using heat sensors and monitoring cellphone signals to monitor which aisles attract the most attention.
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One of the early Google Glass adopters was asked to leave a restaurant as some of the customers were not comfortable with him wearing it.
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.
Wearable technology is on the rise! Wigs can now register blood pressure along with brainwaves! Bravo Sony!
Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”
Sony is taking wearable technology to a whole new level.
The Japanese electronics company has filed a U.S. patent for a “SmartWig,” which will use sensors to detect everything from blood pressure to brain waves.
The wearable wig could also be used in a number of practical ways, such as helping blind people navigate without any extra assistance, said Sony (SNE) in its filing.
Both products have generated a lot of buzz but skeptics have been pretty vocal, questioning the cost and benefits of the devices.
Don’t expect to see the “SmartWig” on store shelves anytime soon.
The technology is still in “fundamental research stage and it has not been decided whether to commercialize the technology or not,” said a Sony Europe spokesperson.
Sony just released the new Playstation 4 this month, its first new gaming system in seven years. The system sells for $399 and is competing against Microsoft’s(MSFT, Fortune 500) rival Xbox One for sales in the upcoming the holiday season.
First Published: November 27, 2013: 9:58 AM ET
Everyone knows that going out of the country can cost a ton of money when it comes to using mobile technology. Using data to search for something on the internet, send an email, find a local restaurant, and many more things can use large amounts of data that cost the user an arm and a leg when overseas due to the data not being supplied from their provider. These days are gone with the introduction of a new SIM card that allows users to access their local data rates globally. This mean they can surf the web, send all the emails they want, and look up anything they desire without having to worry about paying a substantial fee to do so. Read more about this topic by clicking the link below.
The deal, which was first announced in September, is worth €5.44bn EUR ($7.35bn USD / £4.57bn GBP), and also includes provisions for Microsoft to license patents from the Finnish company. 78% of those eligible to vote had already voted before the EGM. Of those early votes, a staggering 99% had voted in favour of the sale to Microsoft.
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.
The company recently inked a deal with 3D Systems to develop a futuristic 3D-printing production platform for Project Ara, Motorola’s ambitious open-source mobile hardware ecosystem. Project Ara is a push to develop modularA phones, which would allow users to mix and match hardware with the ease of downloading and installing software. When Motorola announced Ara, the company specifically made mention of 3D printing as a key technology that would make an open-source hardware market feasible. Motorola just announced a multi-year development agreement with 3D Systems, the company that created the first 3D printer in the early 1980s and has developed 3D-printing technologies for both theA personal and industrial markets. As part of the agreement, 3D Systems has been tasked with developing an integrated, multi-material, high-speed production platform, which will include both conductive and functional materials. It’s fun to conjecture into the vacuum of the future, but the open-source hardware space is one that stands to disrupt the entire mobile market, especially with commercial titans backing it.
Pindrop Security claims that call centers are losing $0.57 per call due to fraud. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/security/phone-fraud-on-the-rise-report.html#sthash.dQavBmHv.dpuf
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, has a big announcement planned for Dec. 18. Will it finally begin selling an Apple iPhone? – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/china-mobile-iphone-announcement-may-come-dec.-18-report.html#sthash.ZcVZK8tX.dpuf
Well, folks, Motorola’s modular smartphone platform called Project Ara has a manufacturing partner. The company is called 3D Systems, a 3D printing outfit that helped them with their MakeWithMoto campaign shortly after the Moto X launch. 3D Systems will attempt to “create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system” to help deliver the pieces needed to make modular phones a reality.
With a manufacturing partner now in place, we’re one step closer to life with modular smartphones. 3D Systems CEO had this to say about the deal, “3D printing promotes a level of sustainability, functionality, and mass personalization that turns these kinds of global ambitions into attainable local realities. Project Ara combines two exponential technologies, and we expect that the resulting high-throughput advanced manufacturing platform will have far reaching implications on the entire digital thread that stitches together the factory of the future.”
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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.
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Spark is a Chrome app IDE(integrated development environment). This allows users to create chrome apps much quicker than before. In this class, we talk about how users are creating more content than ever before. Spark gives them greater capabilities to do so.
Cellular operators are being criticized by law enforcement officials for rejecting a solution that would help address the rein in smartphone theft. Officials have been pushing for a “kill switch” that could render smartphones inoperable after they’re stolen. Since smartphone robberies have increased across the U.S., and in many major cities, these particular crimes make up the majority of serious street crime. In many cases, victims are physically attacked or threatened with knives or guns for their phones. Officials look to the kill switch as one of the greatest incentives to reduce smartphone theft.
Carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint could not be immediately reached to comment, but CTIA said they rejected the kill switch because customers are offered a list of apps to download that will serve the purpose of the kill switch. Lead way has been met with Apple and Samsung whom both have added new security features to their latest handsets.
This kill switch could be looked at as a beacon to limit smartphone thefts, but to what extent? If a thief knows how to themselves/knows a person who can take a part a phone and switch out all the necessary components to make the phone functional again, would this kill switch even be useful?
As well there are particular apps out there that can be downloaded to make a phone inoperable, but it is up to users to find these apps, possibly pay for them, and download them. If carriers or mobile manufacturers installed this kill switch functionality upon shipping devices out to stores, then the carriers would not have to carry the burden of utilizing the kill switch, but it would be up to manufacturers or the users to set up a means of killing their stolen devices themselves.
Read “Mobile carriers slammed for rejecting smartphone ‘ill switch” in the Mobile Technology section at InfoWorld.com
Tablets have become a learning fixture in many K-12 classrooms. The quick access to information and capability to provide personalized learning are just a few of the reasons why teachers, administrators and parents have been behind the push for one-to-one tablet programs in classrooms throughout the country.
The “main” reason administrators have NOT implemented the one-to-one tablet initiative is there is no room in the budget for it. The cost of the tablets themselves, along with maintenance costs, higher bandwidth and security features, and more manpower in school IT departments, and training educators how to effecitvely use it towards learning purposes are certainly obstacles.
But is money really the only point of issue when it comes to adding mobile technology to the classroom? Students will be given a convenient means for self-direction and given the ability to find information faster but will this advanced technology based learning option take a way from practices that older generations grew up to do?Practices such as how to track down a library book via the Dewey Decimal System, eventually it may lead to student’s not knowing to spell properly for there is always spell check or even perfect their handwriting skills.
Another thing to think about is the sentiments tablets will play in education process. “Will mobile technology in classrooms really ever live up to the hype that surrounds it?” The current push for tablets in K-12 classrooms echoes the sentiments once reserved for in-class computers. In many cases, the learning promises associated with those computers did not come to fruition. Which inevitably left behind a wake of technology-jaded educators whom soom looked at technology as a an overpriced distraction opposed to a useful teaching tool.
Motorla is starting to reveal some of the particulars of how its modular smartphones will work. They will produce what they call “endoskeletons,” which are basically screens with slots on the back to snap individual components into place. Then users will be able to purchase upgrades to specific parts of their phone when they wish.
The new app has a cleaner business-oriented design and adds new features, one of them is AirDrop. Also, Dropbox promises major speed improvements for viewing photos and playing back video. It’s available now in the App Store.
With Coin being the new big hype for the universal digital card holder, the company has opened even more preorders. Coin hit their crowdfunding goal of $50,000 in just 40 minutes. This type of hype is bound to get some criticism, however, with security and how reliable this card will actually be.
With that in mind, Coin has added some new security focused features. Now you can lock Coin to a single card so nobody can swipe multiple cards in the same sitting. Also, an alarm can be sent to your phone if Coin is being swiped too many times. They put up a new FAQ to assure people of their credit card safety.
Google wallet has been around for a while now, but it has not been very successful with having many users. Today Google announced a Wallet Card that is a physical card for users to use in conjunction with Google Wallet. How the card works is you have to put money on it before hand, so it serves as a prepaid card. You swipe it just like you would any other credit or debit card after you first activate it online. Google already has an android and ios app for Google Wallet where people can make it easier to put other 3rd party companies promos on it for free stuff and such. The Wallet Card is in direct competition with the new Coin Card that can hold up to 8 credit cards at once. This Wallet Card does not seem to be too practical because there already are prepaid debit cards out there. I think that this is cool technology and Google has bigger plans for Wallet later on, but for right now it does not seem to be very practical and worth the money.
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.
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.
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.
Distracted driving is a major problem in America, where drivers are constantly being alerted, notified and engaged by their smartphones and other mobile devices. Some states have even banned cell phone use completely while operating a vehicle. However, the people at NeXt may have found a safer way to use your cell phone in the car. HeadsUP! is a visual display that projects commonly used cell phone features like texting, voice calls and e-mail, onto the inside of your car’s windshield. Controlled by voice dictation and touch free swiping, users can interact with the screen without having to look down at their smartphone. Potential backers have been hesitant to support the HeadsUP! display due to concerns that interacting with a heads up display is not better than interacting with a cell phone. Potential backers are also concerned with the legality the HeadsUP! display, especially since one woman received a ticket in San Francisco for wearing Google Glass while driving. The HeadsUP! display is disruptive technology as it aims to replace our smartphones, at least while we’re inside our cars. The successful implementation of a HeadsUP! display unit would almost totally replace the common tasks that drivers use their phones for. It adds to the field of mobile technology by being one of the first to try bring heads up displays to the every day consumer. It will also serve as an example for others looking to enter the field as there are many questions and concerns with the idea of heads up displays in our vehicles. Finally, it adds to the field of mobile technology because of the $299 that NeXt is asking backers to pay. If successful, there is a possibility for the cost of this mobile technology to affect the prices of vehicles and the price of insurance as insurance companies are assuredly concerned over the thought of drivers looking anywhere else but the road.
Mobile technologies assist the student population both in and out of the classroom. This is especially true at the University of Arkansas; the Arkansas basketball program is putting mobile technology to work in hopes that it will translate to wins on the court. SparkMotion is the iPad app that Strength Coach David Deets has been using to help his players identify and correct their mistakes. The ability to instantly show the player what they are doing wrong allows them to make corrections quicker and helps to build the proper muscle memory. When asked about why the app has had such positive effects, Coach Deets believes that the success is due to the way the incorporate it, so that “guys [can] see themselves and they get that visual feedback. It is easier to learn the movement patterns and what they are doing wrong and help correct any imbalances [they] might have.” This demonstrates disruptive technology as it replaces more traditional methods of coaching where feedback would have been slower and more conceptual. With SparkMotion, feedback is instant and is presented visually so the mistakes and adjustments that must be made are easy to comprehend. While this is not a new piece of technology, this is one of the first universities I have personally heard about that is taking advantage of the technology available to them. Finally, it does not have a significant impact on the economic state of mobile technology. While this is not idea for the app developer, it is perfect for the Arkansas basketball program. The relatively low cost of the iPad and the app pales in comparison to other, more expensive training solutions or training programs.
Recently a credit card-sized device called Coin has been developed that allows users to store all of their credit cards on one device and select which card they want to use by pressing a button. This is very convenient for people that use multiple credit cards due to the small size of the device and the convenience of only having to carry one card around instead of many. The device includes built-in encryption and alerts the user if their Coin card surpasses as certain range from the linked smart phone. According to this article there a couple areas of concern. First, the battery that powers the device only lasts for up to two years of regular use. This means spending $100 every two years to obtain a new one since there is no way to recharge the battery. Second, convenience is questioned by many in terms of smart phone alerts when the card reaches a certain distance from the phone. False alarms may become a problem when the waiter/waitress takes the device for payment processing, which could prove to be very annoying and defeat the convenience the device creates. A third concern is if the device is somehow damage or lost, the user must get a new one. Even though there are problems that could arise with this new technology, I personally believe the convenience it creates outweighs the concerns talked in this summary.
Three of the four major wireless carriers in the United States are supporting the release of the new Isis mobile-payment app, and in the process are enabling NFC-based payments on a wide scale to many wireless phones. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/isis-carrier-support-will-add-momentum-to-mobile-payment-adoption.html#sthash.hJxQMeR8.dpuf
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
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.
The Yankee Group has come up with the Bluetooth Smart technology. This ability will help businesses interact with customers more by adding an intelligent factor to location services. It will allow businesses to change the Geo-location based on a persons interests. It uses a smaller geofence than most other services which is proven to be more effective.
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).
While Americans are happy because we can keep our Kindle’s out, the EU is now allowing passengers to use their 3G and 4G while flying. They just need to watch out for roaming charges.
(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.
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.
Opinion: Your smartphone is hackers’ next big target
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.
According to CNET, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have announced that they will now be supporting an application called Isis. Unfortunately, there aren’t many people interested in NFC(near field communication)-based mobile wallets after Google’s Google Wallet failed a year ago. Also, Apple products do not support NFC, which, in turn, eliminates a large portion of potential users. To counter this downfall, the carriers are offering free cans of Coca-Cola at select vending machines and up to 20% off on select items when American Express card users use the Isis application. People are already uneasy about putting too much personal information into their phones and although, this would make some instances more efficient and convenient, I don’t think it will be enough to relieve users with the peace of mind that their financial information is secure.
Advances in mobile technology have led to people personalizing their lives to such an extent that we only consume the media we want, read the blogs and tweets we agree with, and visit only the online fashion stores we favour. Nowadays, the mobile phone has become the window to all of our lives, where personal experiences and tastes can be seen in the photos we share, playlists we listen to and the online games we play. The natural extension of this customization of our lives is that, as consumers, we now want to customize the products we purchase too.
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Coin is a credit-card-sized device that holds other credit cards, allowing you to swap from card to card and even store gift cards inside its ultra-thin device.