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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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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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New Twitter advertising huge success

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

 

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

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iOS 7 Adoption At 74% Based On App Store Usage Numbers

iOS 7 usage has increased by 10 percent since October according to Apple’s numbers, bumping it up to 74 percent,this is surprising since many users moaned and complained about switching over to iOS7 since it looked similar to windows. The most surprising aspect of the report, is that only 4 percent of Apple users are using an OS version lesser than 6. Truthfully I have not switched over to iOS 7 because I like the look and feel to 6; maybe once I begrudgingly decide to update my phone it will be forced on me.

URL: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/ios-7-adoption-official-apple/

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Instagram to host mystery event

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

 

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

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Houzz Launches Redesigned iOS App With Full Screen Images, Easier Navigation

Houzz, the popular online platform for home remodeling and design, is launching a completely redesigned iOS app for iPhone and iPad today. The new version features an updated look and feel in line with Apple’s iOS 7 design guidelines, but also improved navigation, support for AirDrop and an emphasis on full-screen photos. The app now features many of the new graphical effects iOS 7 introduced, for example, and makes use of dynamic type and the new, and relatively little utilized, AirDrop capability in the updated OS.

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Apple reportedly prepping 12.9-inch iPads

A number of sites and news outlets suggest that Apple is testing large, possibly 12.9-inch tablet models, with the company looking to launch two versions next year. PadNews’ sources say the first version of what would be the tech giant’s biggest tablet to date could start selling as early as April.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-reportedly-prepping-two-12-9-inch-ipads-2014-launch/

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Circle connects You to People and Events Nearby

Circle is a local social mobile app for the iPhone and is actually growing in users.  It has exceeded 10 million users with over 1 million  joining every month.  It is in 1,765 cities across the country.

This app lets users know what is happening near their current location.  It will show you activity feeds of local occurrences.  Circle can be used to post questions, ask for help, or just post general information of what is going on in the city.  The CEO states it is different than Facebook and Twitter in that everything is localized.  He also wanted Circle to be “relevant to where you are, than who you are.”

A big concern still is privacy and location sharing.  Their CEO believes, however, that users are starting to use apps like Circle and be ok with sharing their location.  New features that were recently introduced were categories for trending, news, family, sport, question, events, nightlife, and other.

Need a spare tire or free doughnut? Circle connects you to people and events nearby

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Apple could sell 17M iPhones via China Mobile, analyst says

Apple could add as many as 17 million iPhones to its 2014 sales tally in a reported deal with China Mobile, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster

The two companies have signed an agreement, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing a “person familiar with the situation.” The source told the Journal that — after months of speculation and anticipation — the iPhone is expected to roll out through China Mobile on December 18 to the carrier’s 760 million subscribers.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614616-94/apple-could-sell-17m-iphones-via-china-mobile-analyst-says/

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Assassin’s Creed: Pirates sets sail in Apple’s App Store

Game-maker Ubisoft on Thursday launched Assassin’s Creed: Pirates for iOS. The game is essentially a pirate simulator, allowing gamers to engage in naval combat, build up their pirate ship, and explore the Caribbean.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614624-94/assassins-creed-pirates-sets-sail-in-apples-app-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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Digital Scrapbook Ember Makes Its Way To iOS

Digital scrapbook Ember from RealMac Software has made its way to iOS today! Now on mobile, the app allows you to access and manage your shared image collections between devices, as well as capture and save images you love, that inspire you, or anything else you want to keep sorted in a simply designed photo-sharing application. Ember isn’t necessarily designed for your personal photos, but the intention here is to offer a way to build organized collections around things you love, like great design ideas, inspiration for future vacation spots, mockups, and others things you want to remember.

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21.8% of Black Friday purchases were made on mobile devices

Over 20% of sales were made on mobile devices Friday, with iOS making up 18.1% of that traffic. Smartphones made more traffic than tablets, however, tablets had twice the number of sales.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/12/02/1636216/over-20-of-online-black-friday-sales-came-from-mobile-devices

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Nokia takes a shot at iPad, touts its own Lumia 2520

It’s Nokia’s turn to fire a potshot at Apple and the iPad. Nokia whimsically attacks Apple’s hit tablet by going after the lack of keyboard and weak battery life, and touts its own Lumia 2520 as the “right tablet.”

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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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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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Dropbox iOS7

This article talks about how Dropbox has released an update to their app for the new iOS. Which might be an effort to keep users from switching to skydrive or google drive. We talk about how important interfaces and usability are in order to keep users involved.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/22/dropbox-iphone-ipad-app-ios7-airdrop/

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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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Shopping service Sift comes to iPhone, riding high on $2M seed round

Sift makes a personalized storefront from your email inbox and social media interests. This app is new but has great potential from its introduction through the past few months.

Read more about Sift here!

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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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YouTube reveals video advertising on mobile devices

YouTube Opens Up Prime Real Estate For Advertisers On Its Mobile App

YouTube recently revealed a premium video advertising unit on its Apple iOS application. According to their claims,  40% of its traffic now comes from mobile devices. This is useful information economically for aspiring developers to get an idea of exactly how much people are dependent upon their mobile devices.

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Hogs Basketball Utilizing iPad App For Training

Hogs Basketball Utilizing IPad App For Training – NWAhomepage.com.

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.

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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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Google Play Music makes its debut in Apple’s App Store

With the new Google Play application, users can listen to millions of songs already in the Google Play’s library as well as upload up to 20,000 songs of their own to access anywhere! The music is streamed to give the user the capability to listen anywhere. It is such a large library that it is at war with the other music streaming applications.

Read the full article here!

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Electronic Arts launches Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander companion app

If you’re a fan of Battlefield 4 you’ll be excited to hear about the new app Electronic Arts released for tablets. An article on idownloadblog states “the Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander app provides a no-compromise second-screen experience letting you command the battlefield and compete with the opposing teams commander directly from your iPad, using easy touch gestures and drag-and-drop interface.” Also, “other features include the ability to jam the enemy’s radar using EMP, call in UAVs to scan the area, send reinforcement, supplies and vehicles to your troops on the ground, all via the nicely done drag and drop controls.”

Check out the full article below.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/15/electronic-arts-launches-battlefield-4-tablet-commander-companion-app/

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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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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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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.

Group claims to have hacked finger-print sensor on iPhone 5s

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.

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Microsoft Office to the iPad!! Finally!!

iPad owners tired of waiting for Microsoft to launch a version of Office for the tablet now have yet another option.

Released Thursday, HopTop is a free iPad app that lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. The ability to edit a PowerPoint file is slated for an upcoming version.

You can access files and documents from Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. A representative for HopTo told me the company plans to add support for Microsoft SkyDrive in the near future. You also can retrieve files from your local computer by installing a File Connector program. For now, the program works only on Windows PCs, but HopTo said that Mac support is coming soon.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612567-94/microsoft-office-hopto-app-hops-onto-the-ipad/

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Flipboard Moves Into Commerce With New Shopping Channel

Flipboard will now let users collect products from the new shopping channel or any online retailer into their own Flipboard magazine. They can also browse content that’s pre-loaded into the channel, like custom catalogues from brands like Birchbox, Banana Republic and ModCloth.

After establishing itself as an editorial content discovery engine, Flipboard is hoping to do the same for commerce with a new shopping channel that will let people discover, view and share products. This can be great for the app which has seen significant growth in users every month.

http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/flipboard-moves-commerce-new-shopping-channel-153719

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Justin Bieber-Backed “Shots Of Me” Launches Selfie Sharing App

Taking advantage of the huge “selfie” trend that has been sweeping the younger generation, “Shots of Me” has launched with backing from Justin Bieber. The app only works with a phone’s front-facing camera, encouraging users to stick to its goal of serving as a platform for selfies. It also disables comments on photos, in an attempt to cut down on bullying.

Justin Bieber-Backed “Shots Of Me” Launches Selfie Sharing App | TechCrunch.

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Voxel Brings Its App Virtualization Tools To Android

A company called Voxel offers an app virtualization service, where developers are able to run a native Android or iOS app in the cloud. This allows users to interact with the app without actually downloading and installing it on their phone. This could have many uses, ranging from sampling apps before installing them to heightened data security for enterprise apps.

Voxel Brings Its App Virtualization Tools To Android | TechCrunch.

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How to build your first mobile app in 12 steps

http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2013/11/14/how-to-build-your-first-mobile-app-in-12-steps-part-2/

This is the 2nd part of a two part article in the process of building a native app. On the surface, it seems kind of like a gimmicky article that is written for the sake of being written. However, upend further inspection, some of the infographs that were provided are pretty informative and may be economically useful to someone who thinks they can just jump into the building of a complex app.

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Twitter Now Allowing Targeted Advertising By WiFi Connection, OS Version, and Mobile Device.

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

Click here for more information.

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Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings. According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistan have figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones, and have them transmit even when they’re off.

via: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/11/03/1654252/mobile-devices-banned-from-uk-cabinet-meetings-over-surveillance-fears

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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

A new survey out this week says that the number of motorists who surf the Web has nearly doubled over the past four years. In 2009, 13 percent of motorists admitted that they’d accessed the Internet while driving. In 2013, that figure had jumped to 24 percent. Smartphones are the primary culprit, making the unsafe task even easier.

via: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/11/13/1944237/nearly-1-in-4-adults-surf-the-web-while-driving

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Protecting Your Smartphone from Thieves

With smartphone thefts being so prevalent in recent times, companies such as Apple and Samsung are taking the initiative to introduce security features that will hopefully deter thieves from stealing them. Apple has introduced a feature called Activation Lock that ties a user’s iPhone to their Apple ID preventing thieves from wiping the phone clean before trying to sell them. By preventing thieves from wiping the phones clean, the smartphones are deemed virtually worthless since no one will be able to erase information previously stored in the iPhone without the Apple ID and password tied to the phone. Samsung is taking similar measures and introducing security features as well in an effort to try and get rid of smartphone theft. To read more about this topic, check out the attached article below.

Source: Protecting your smartphone from thieves

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An App “Middle Class” Continues To Grow

Although it is slowly becoming more difficult for developers to break into the top charts in various app stores, the “middle class” of app developers continues to grow. According to new data released by analytics firm Flurry this morning, there has been 357% growth over the past 18 months from independently owned apps that have a worldwide audience of over 20 million monthly actives, and 121% growth from those with an audience of over 1 million.

 

See the full story here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/08/an-app-middle-class-continues-to-grow-independently-owned-apps-with-a-million-plus-users-up-121-in-past-18-months/

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Griffin introduces new iOS-controlled ‘Moto TC Rally’ car

Griffin has released a new remote control car that connects to your iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0. The choice to use Bluetooth allows for minimal power usage as well as avoiding the issue of “line of sight” with the iOS controlled car. The car is also rechargeable via USB which avoids the need for a bulky charger or large batteries seen in traditional remote control cars. The car is called the ‘Moto TC Rally’ and is available for purchase for $100.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/08/griffin-launches-moto-tc-rally/

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Maybe One of The Most Creative Apps But Functionality Lacks

As we discussed in class last week, this app called Cycloramic, posses a great concept. It allows users with iPhone 5’s and iPhone 5s’s to take 360 panoramic photos or videos hands free. The makers of Cycloramic say that all you need is to download the free app (or the $1.99 paid version for HD photos/videos), make sure the phone has not case on it, and to apply it on a flat surface (preferably glass or granite). I’ve attempted to use this app various times, on a multitude of flat surfaces, and I have yet to get one good picture or video that I’d be proud to share. Even though it’s optimized for iOS7, is aesthetically pleasing and seems fairly easy to use, I can still take better pictures/videos by just using my own hand. I truly believe it’s a great idea and has potential but it definitely needs some kinks worked out.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/11/01/iphone-5s-panorama-360-cycloramic/

 

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Google Search iOS app now offers hands-free voice search

Google Search for iOS finally seems to have caught up with its Android counterpart.

Released Tuesday, version 3.1 of Google Search for iOS updates Google Now, which provides notifications, reminders, and other personalized taps on the shoulder.

Google Search is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57610916-94/google-search-ios-app-now-offers-hands-free-voice-search/

 

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Broken iPhone Screen? Apple Has Your Solution

According to 9to5Mac’s sources, Apple will soon be starting to implement machines in their retail stores to restore broken iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c screens. This is the first step Apple is taking to the start of their new on-the-spot iPhone repair program. The cost will be around $149 and although that might seem steep, it’s less than the hundreds it would cost to completely replace an iPhone. Maybe this will attract more customers to getting their phones fixed through Apple, instead of going to 3rd party retail stores.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/11/07/cracked-iphone-display-repair/

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Encrypted Communications via App: Silent Circle

The Tibetan government, law firms, and human rights groups in Sudan are all using a new encrypted communications tool that easily fits onto one’s smartphone. The application is called Silent Circle encrypts voice, text, video and allows a file-transfer protocol across handsets. The app uses ZRTP key agreement protocol to ensure private communications. The text app, Silent Text, uses an encrypted instant messaging system that also contains features like a burn function (which deletes texts after a certain time period) and encrypted geotagging to share location. The most crucial feature, is that the encryption keys are located on the devices within the app, not on a server, boosting security against third-party interference.

This is a greatly powerful application, but there is obviously a fair bit of cost function as well. To make and receive voice calls from any phone number using the app or the desktop application, costs $24 a month. To be able to simply text others that have the Silent text apps would cost $9.95 a month. While there is a bit of cost, it is interesting to see that people do value their privacy and are willing to pay for some basic anonymity.

<Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Silent-Text-Basic-Anonymity-at-a-Hefty-Price-79381.html >

This article is interesting, because it highlights the extent that some people will go through to protect their anonymity. There is definitely a market for these types of services and multiple types of customers possible, ranging from those who need security, such as lawyers or CEO’s of larger companies all the way down to those who are in fear of government information collection. Simply put, there’s something to be said for people who value their privacy and people are more then willing to pay for it.

 

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The iKettle makes coffee at the touch of your Smartphone

The iKettle is the world’s first kettle to come with Wi-Fi and its own dedicated app for your smartphone. Once the kettle is safely connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can use the app to boil up some water regardless of where you are in the house, then keep the water warm if necessary. The iPhone and Android compatible app comes with an alarm, so when it wakes you up in the morning, you’re given the option to switch on the iKettle ready for a steaming morning beverage. Currently, the iKettle is an exclusive to Firebox.com in the UK, where it costs £100, or around $160, and it’s due for release at the end of November.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ikettle-iphone-wifi-kettle/

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Restaurant search service Zomato devours $37M to fuel global expansion

Zomato, a company based in India, has been one of the first Indian consumer internet companies to build a significant presence outside of India. The app that they have built is a restaurant search app that is based on iOS, Android, Windows phone, and the web. Their biggest competition they face is Yelp which gets 115 million visitors a month. Zomato uses crowdsourced reviews, ratings, pictures and menus for their app and the menus on the app are updated once every 3 months. In the next two years they hope to continue expanding into 22 more countries.

 

Restaurant search service Zomato devours $37M to fuel global expansion | VentureBeat.

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Firefox gets mobile foothold from Android preinstallation deals | Internet & Media – CNET News

Second-tier phones and tablets from Gigabyte and Kobo will have Mozilla Firefox’s mobile browser built. This may be an essential move for Mozilla’s ambition of having more mobile influence; it would be more helpful if Mozilla could get its browser on higher-profile devices such as on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android device maker Samsung, HTC, and LG Electronics.

Pre-installation of software on computing devices means that people could more likely try or at least see software that most users wouldn’t even go out their way to install. Firefox OS, is Mozilla’s browser-based operating system for smartphones that has started reaching some markets in July.

 

 

Firefox gets mobile foothold from Android preinstallation deals | Internet & Media – CNET News.