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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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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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Dell’s Venue 8 Tablet falls short

Heavier than the iPad, a battery with a lackluster life, dim screen, sensitive touchscreen, and a more to be desired camera.
It displays natural colors though, and has a good USB port.

http://mashable.com/2013/11/27/dell-venue-8-tablet-review/

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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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Apple buys PrimeSense

PrimeSense’s technology is in more than 24 million digital devices, letting them monitor a scene and spot things like people’s bodies, movements and gestures, furniture and walls. And Apple Inc paid about $350 million to acquire PrimeSense, the Israeli start-up that developed the motion-sensing technology in Microsoft’s Xbox video game console. The deal suggests that Apple is interested in incorporating motion-sensing technology into its own products in the future. When the company purchased finger-print sensor company AuthenTec in 2012, the technology appeared in the latest iPhone 5s just over a year later.

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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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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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Apple Store Application Released for iPad

Apple has released an Apple Store application for the iPad. It allows users to compare Apple products with gestures such as swiping or pinching, and then purchase them through the application. It also has a nearby store locator and a “Now Trending” feature which allows users to see popular items.
Click here for more information.

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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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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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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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Apple developing curved iPhone screens

It’s been reported that Apple is now jumping on the curved phone screen trend that Samsung recently started a few weeks ago. They are developing curved iPhone screens, and enhanced sensors. There are reportedly 2 new models planned for the second half of next year that will contain these features.

Read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-10/apple-said-developing-curved-iphone-screens-enhanced-sensors.html

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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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iPad Air: Best tablet ever made

That Apple has crammed so much functionality in such a small package is a testament to its engineers. The iPad Air is barely bigger than the iPad mini, yet packs so much more inside. At less than a third of an inch thick and one pound in weight, this slate is what all other tablets wish to be. The iPad Air has a slightly bigger display (9.7in vs. 7.9in), so the small size penalty carries a big benefit.

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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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Apple seeking to use sapphire screens

Apple has prepaid for $578 million dollars of sapphire growth equipment for GT Advanced Technologies to use in their Arizona facilities. The new facilities that will be establish due to Apples funding will have the capacity to grow and produce 30 plus million 5 inch iPhone screen covers. Whether or not they sapphire will be used for screens is unknown. It is more likely that the sapphire production will be used on iPhone and iPad camera lenses and touchID sensors. If production were geared toward replacing the current Corning Gorilla glass screens the Corning company might have to worry because that would result in a huge loss of prodcution since 190 million iPhones are projected to be shipped in 2014. Read More…

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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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Slader’s mobile app rewards students for helping eachother with homework

One of the best things about being an adult is we don’t have to do homework.

Ed-tech startup Slader released a mobile app today to make homework a less painful part of students’ lives.

Slader is an online network where students can collaborate and help each other with their homework. They join academic classes and find the relevant textbooks. From there students can post homework assignments, pose questions to their peers, and view and share their work.

Slader said it has worked with over 2 million students around the world and helped solve more than 2 million problems to date. Slader’s goal is to make working on homework at home more collaborative. The network encourages students to work together to answer their own questions, rather than puzzling over it on their own.

 http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/07/sladers-mobile-app-rewards-students-for-helping-eachother-with-homework/

 

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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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Apple stays mum on iPad Air’s first-weekend sales

It looks like Apple won’t be bragging just yet about the early sales of its iPad Air. Apple, which has made it a routine to release first-weekend sales figures after the launches of new iPads and iPhones, this morning did not release a statement, which typically comes out at 5:30 a.m. PT the first Monday after a launch.

The lack of a press release could mean Apple is holding off until a later time, or that it is waiting for the launch of its iPad Mini with Retina Display , which is slated to hit stores later this month.

via: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57610627-37/apple-stays-mum-on-ipad-airs-first-weekend-sales/

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Samsung edges Apple in tablet-satisfaction survey

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/01/tech/mobile/samsung-apple-tablets-satisfaction/index.html

Samsung edges Apple in tablet-satisfaction survey

While the iPad still leads the way, the tablet-computer market has become a more diverse and competitive one in the past year or so. Users looking to upgrade from their smartphone screen, or get simpler than a laptop, have options that include Apple's offering, as well as new designs from Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Asus and others.While the iPad still leads the way, the tablet-computer market has become a more diverse and competitive one in the past year or so. Users looking to upgrade from their smartphone screen, or get simpler than a laptop, have options that include Apple’s offering, as well as new designs from Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Asus and others.

 

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(CNN) — Samsung tablets have edged out iPads for the first time in JD Power’s biannual customer-satisfaction survey, although some observers say the results don’t quite add up.

Samsung topped JD Power’s rankings with a score of 835 out of 1,000, narrowly beating out Apple’s 833. Amazon was third in customer satisfaction at 826, followed by Asus and Acer.

The rankings are based on the experiences of 3,375 tablet owners who responded between March and August of this year, and don’t include the new iPad Air and iPad Mini, which went on sale Friday.

But some tech pundits questioned the market-research company’s scoring system.

Survey respondents scored Apple’s iPad higher than Samsung’s tablets in four of five categories — performance, ease of operation, styling/design, and features — while Samsung scored higher in just one: cost.

A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with an almost 8-inch screen, Wi-Fi-only connectivity and 16GB of storage sells for $299, compared to $399 for a comparable iPad Mini.

“Reporters who got their hands on the attached chart were left scratching their heads,” wrote Philip Elmer DeWitt in Fortune. “The only category that Samsung beat Apple in was (duh) cost. And cost, according to Power’s press release, counts for at most 16% of the total score.”

“Did J.D. Power overreach in giving its top customer satisfaction nod to Samsung instead of Apple?” wondered Don Reisinger of CNET. “So who’s the real winner?”

JD Power did not immediately respond Friday to CNN’s request for comment.

Apple in the past has trumpeted JD Power’s rankings as evidence of its products’ popularity with consumers. At the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook bragged that iOS devices have won nine consecutive JD Power awards.

JD Power’s survey notes that Samsung is the only manufacturer to improve across all five categories since its last survey in April.

The survey found that before buying their tablet, 50% of consumers rely on recommendations from friends, family members or colleagues, while 49% gather information from the manufacturer’s website.

Other factors that determine tablet-buying choices include brand reputation (42%) and past experience with the brand (32%).

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iPad Air launch greeted with low repairability score

iFixit on Thursday published its official iPad Air teardown, examining the device’s internal components and determining how easy it is to take apart and fix. The company, which tears down a wide array of technology products, gave the iPad Air a repairability score of just 2 out of 10, saying that if the tablet is taken apart, there’s a chance the device’s glass could be damaged

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57610366-94/ipad-air-launch-greeted-with-low-repairability-score/

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Samsung vs. Apple: The J.D. Power satisfaction shakeup

Samsung was excited to learn that J.D. Power and Associates (who you probably know best from car commercials) has ranked Samsung over Apple as the manufacturer of the tablet with the highest overall satisfaction. This rating was based on a survey of several thousand tablet owners. The article below discusses how it could be a flawed rating system that led this this ranking, as Apple beat Samsung in every category but one.

Samsung vs. Apple: The J.D. Power satisfaction shakeup | Mobile – CNET News.

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Apple Experiments With Solar Power

This article talks about a new patent by Apple which is a plan for a solar powered charger. The plans however, aren’t sleek and slim as you would expect from Apple. Instead of incorporating something within an iPhone to use solar power to charge, the plan seems to be an external solar panel that connects to the phone to increase battery levels. It will be interesting to see where this goes. Several smaller companies have come up with a sleeker option for using solar energy with smart devices. The article talks about a few of them and possible solutions. We’ll just need to wait and see what happens!

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/31/yes-apple-is-working-on-solar-power-for-iphones-ipads-no-its-not-nearly-as-cool-as-it-sounds/

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Apple’s iPad Air is now on sale

The iPad Air is now available in the US, China, and dozens of other countries. You can order Apple’s thinner and lighter 9.7-inch tablet right now from the online Apple Store, and it’ll also be at carrier stores and brick-and-mortar retailers starting at 8AM local time. The pricing starts from $499 for a Wi-Fi-only 16GB model and goes all the way up to $929 for the LTE-equipped 128GB version.

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Mobile Ads Fuel a Jump in Profit at Facebook

Facebook, which operates the largest online social network, reported Wednesday that its profits doubled in the third quarter, to $621 million, after excluding expenses related to stock options. The company’s revenue rose 60 percent, to $2.02 billion, compared with last year’s third quarter. Most of that, about $1.8 billion, came from advertising. Perhaps most important for Facebook’s future as an advertising-driven company in a world of iPads and Android smartphones, the company noted that mobile ads accounted for 49 percent of its advertising revenue, up from 41 percent in the second quarter. Facebook said prices for mobile ads remained high, and users were clicking on them in their news feeds more frequently.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/technology/rising-mobile-ad-sales-propel-facebook-profit.html?_r=0

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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig’s Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

“A glitch in iOS7 has cost “a significant number” of Apple users their Wi-Fi access, according to ZDNet. But they also report that Apple is now censoring posts in their “Apple Support Communities” forums where users suggest possible responses to their loss of WiFi capabilities (including exercising their product warranty en masse).

via: http://apple.slashdot.org/story/13/10/29/1531244/apple-blocks-lawrence-lessigs-comment-on-ios-7-wi-fi-glitch

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Apple’s $171 billion 2013: Amazing … and amazingly forgettable

All those shiny new gadgets generated $37.5 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion in profit for the Cupertino, Calif., company.

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Apple Q4 2013: $37.5B revenue, $7.5B profit, 33.8M iPhones, 14.1M iPads

Apple released its fourth quarter numbers today, and the results were pretty similar to what most analysts had predicted: good but not great, up from 2012 but not by much.

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Apple’s record quarter in education: iPad has 94% of tablet market

“We had over a billion dollars in revenues for the first time ever,” Cook said. “Macs were up eight percent — while the PC market was down 12 percent — and iPad sales were up 22 percent.”

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Livescribe 3 smartpen is built to work with your tablet and smartphone

Yesterday, Livescribe released the Livescribe 3 smartpen that features a new design that is built to work with smartphones and tablets. Basically, the Livescribe 3 smartpen can now connect to the user’s mobile devices such as an iPad or iPhone and automatically transfer any notes taken to the said devices. Previous versions of smartpens were all about syncing to the users desktop/laptop through the use of software called Evernote. The new smartpens allow the user to record audio from their mobile device’s built-in microphone and share recordings and notes taken through email and services such as Evernote and Dropbox. By syncing the smartpens and mobile devices, users can make use of and share notes much easier than before. Livescribe’s new smartpen is attempting to revolutionize note-taking for users constantly on the go, and it seems as if they are doing a great job.

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T-Mobile Announces 200MB Free Tablet Data for Life, $0 Down on Tablet Purchases

Yesterday, T-Mobile told us to mark our calendars for a big UnCarrier announcement involving tablets. This morning, they delivered that announcement, which involves 200MB of free tablet data for life, other affordable tablet plans, and $0 down on the purchases of new tablets. This is the latest move in this UnCarrier world that T-Mobile has attempted to create.

For example, if you bought an unlocked tablet like say the new Nexus 7 LTE, you could pick up a T-Mobile SIM and start enjoying 200MB of free data per month with “no strings attached.” T-Mobile claims that 200MB amounts to “800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or stream 200 minutes of music.”

If you want more data, T-Mobile now offers daily, weekly, and monthly data options. For voice customers, you can get unlimited data (500MB full 4G LTE speeds) at $10 per month. If you want to up that full speed data in 2GB increments, simply add on $10 per month. If you want to go the daily route, T-Mobile is offering 500MB of 4G LTE data for $5. Weekly passes run $10 for 1GB of 4G LTE data.

Should you like the sounds of these new plans, T-Mobile wants you to know that you can buy tablets from them at $0 down with monthly payments afterwards. Better yet, if you own a WiFi tablet, but want to take advantage of their new data plans, you can trade it in for a discount on a new tablet. T-Mobile currently plans to sell the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

 

Find more info here at this link. 

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Apple releases the iPhone 5s & 5c in 35 new markets

A little over a month since the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c in Apples major markets like the US, UK, Canada and China Apple is releasing the devices in 35 new markets. A majority of the 35 countries are in Europe but the expansion will include Russia, Thailand and South Korea to name a few. Apple hopes to get the device to more than 50 markets by the end of the year, making the iPhone 5s and 5c available in more than 300 countries. The iPhone 5 was only available in 240. With the release of the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini this would be a huge step as both of those are set to launch in 42 countries right from the start. Read More…

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Apple fixes a slew of errors in 7.0.3

Earlier this week Apple released iOS 7.0.3, a much needed update to fix a few bugs that had been plaguing the mobile operating system since its release a month ago. Many of the more than 200 million users of i0S 7 experienced issues with their iMessage failing to send messages. Apple’s release notes seem to indicate that this was due to a bug that prevented iMessage from properly activating. Another important fix with the minor update was the accelerometer calibration issues for the new iPhone 5s and 5c. Many users noted that the compass and new level applications available in iOS 7 were significantly off on the new 5s and 5c devices compared to the older iPhone 5. Apple also fixed a bug that allowed users to by pass the lockscreen after a doing a series of specific tasks and they enhanced the option to reduce the motion effects for the fair number of users that experience sickness due to the graphics. In addition to all the fixes Apple added some new functionalities including iCloud Keychain and Password Generator. These have been a part of iOS 7 but they are now fully integrated due to the release of OSX Mavericks. Read More…

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Tiggly making apps to help toddlers develop skills

Motor skills are extremely important for toddlers to learn. Since parents give their children mobile devices to distract them, Tiggly saw this a chance to help kids develop those skills. Tiggly is an iPad app that comes with a set of four shapes for toddlers that have sensors on them to replicate the human touch, as well as Tiggly Safari, Tiggly Stamp and Tiffly Draw, which gives the shapes and the toddlers other functions and goals.  The games are made to increase creativity, spatial thinking, language and motor skills. This is a great opportunity for children to take advantage of the technology we have available to us. Tiggly is extremely innovative because it enhances the learning process. As Chief Learning Officer of the company, Azi Jamalian, said, “kids can just play with blocks, but the blocks don’t play with the kids”. Tiggly is more interactive and will help increase learning. Tiggly was released on Nordstrom.com for $29.99, and plans to introduce four more games by Christmas.

 

Tiggly is making sure our tech-savvy toddlers develop basic motor skills (exclusive)

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Man Sues Apple Over iOS 7 Because He Hates It That Much

Mark Menacher from Poway, Calif. has filed a complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook seeking the removal of the file on his Apple devices that prompts owners to download iOS 7 every time an iPhone or iPad is restarted, as CNET first reported. Menacher is seeking a way to get rid of the installer file, as well as $50. “Apple’s disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS7 is corporate thuggery,” Menacher said in a statement.

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iPad Air Officially Announced

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

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Apple is expected to reveal a fifth-generation iPad and a new iPad Mini next Tuesday.

The iPad…Dead or Alive?

Rumor has it, Apple is expect to reveal the next generation iPad/iPad Mini on Tuesday. Will this be a slight upgrade like the iPhone 5c/5s?
Will a finger print scanner be implemented in this system? Who knows… Rumors surfacing on the Internet yield slim chances of any major advances in this mobile technology that seems to be on a downward trend. Check out the full story from CNN below…

 

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/18/technology/mobile/apple-ipad/index.html

IPad sales are slumping, and Apple’s share of the tablet market is in a tailspin.

Apple (AAPLFortune 500) is hoping to reverse the trend on Tuesday. The company is expected to reveal its first revamped iPad in a year during an event in San Francisco.

But don’t expect Apple to produce a radically new device in an effort to turn the tide — the new iPad will likely be a marginal upgrade from the current version. Apple is expected to unveil a slightly thinner and faster iPad with a fingerprint sensor.

“What are they supposed to do, add wings and make it fly?” asked Colin Gillis, senior tech analyst at BCG Financial. “It’s a tablet. There’s only so much you can upgrade.”

During Apple’s fiscal third quarter, which ended in June, iPad sales fell to $6.3 billion — a 27% drop over last year. But this year, Apple didn’t get a boost from a new version of the tablet. The company released a new iPad in March 2012, while the fourth-generation iPad came out in November. Even though last quarter’s iPad sales were weak, tablet revenue jumped 40% and 22% in the prior two quarters.

More striking is the fact that Apple no longer dominates in tablets. Apple’s global tablet market share currently stands at 32%, down from 60% a year ago, according to IDC.

That’s because rivals are taking advantage of Apple’s lack of major updates: The tablet market share controlled by Samsung, Acer and Lenovo tripled last quarter from the previous year. That kind of wild changing of the guards is common for markets that are in their infancy — but it still isn’t particularly good news for Apple.

Although the iPhone gets the lion’s share of Apple hype, the iPad is still extremely important to the company’s overall business.

“The iPad is the company’s second-largest revenue stream, so you definitely can’t discount it,” said Gillis.

Related story: Verizon: Apple has an iPhone supply problem

And there is still a strong growth opportunity for the iPad, via the smaller iPad mini.

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Apple is also expected to update the iPad mini on Tuesday, giving it a much more robust upgrade. Most notably, the mini tablet is expected to get a Retina display, significantly upgrading the resolution of its screen.

The “mini” category of tablets that includes the iPad Mini, Amazon (AMZNFortune 500) Kindle Fire and Google (GOOGFortune 500) Nexus 7 is primed for skyrocketing growth, analysts believe.

“The seven-inch is absolutely dominant right now, and we expect it to stay that way for some time,” said IHS iSuppli tablet market analyst Rhoda Alexander.

Tablets with screens smaller than eight inches accounted for only about a quarter of the tablet market in 2011, according to IHS, but the consultancy predicts the category will take a majority 55% share this year and grow to 57% by 2017.

Meanwhile, medium-sized tablets like the iPad are expected to fall to a 37% share in 2017.

“Apple caught a lot of heat for launching the iPad Mini, with critics saying the low end isn’t where the competition is,” Alexander said. “But they’ve overcome the naysayers pretty quickly.” To top of page

 

First Published: October 18, 2013: 3:46 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

 

 

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iOS 7 adoption ‘much slower’ than iOS 6

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 7, reached an 18% adoption rate in its first 24 hours of launch and surpassing iOS 6 within a few days. According to Millennial Media, iOS 7 actually has a slower adoption rate than iOS 6. iOS 7 had a 185% daily growth rate but iOS 6 had a 264% daily growth rate. The speculated reasons for this could have been the size of the update or the fact that iOS 7 had a much bigger impact on how users used their devices has it gave the look and feel of iOS 7 a flatter appearance.

 

My take: There are more iPhones and iPads on the market than when iOS 6 came out. This could give the appearance that not as many people are taking to as quickly when really the numbers could be a lot closer. Since this source does not give graphs that are labeled they could be exaggerated a lot.

 

iOS 7 adoption ‘much slower’ than iOS 6, ad network says | VentureBeat.

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Rosetta Stone Targets Free-To-Play Mobile Gaming

Rosetta Stone has decided to jump on the gamifaction bandwagon by releasing Rosetta Stone Arcade Academy. This free-to-play mobile game is designed to help people learn a small amount of Spanish, and makes money through the sale of “credits” which allow users to unlock more content or progress through the content more rapidly. This app is just one of the many attempts to sell non-game products/services through the creation of games.

Rosetta Stone Targets Free-To-Play Mobile Gaming – Forbes.

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iPad owns 91 percent of tablet ad impressions

Apple and Android have had a fierce competition in the mobile industry and one way to tell which is ahead may be where advertisers are spending their money. This idownloadblog article explains new numbers show that Apple’s iOS is vastly surpassing Google and its iPad is leading the way. It states specifically that the iPad was the target of 91% of mobile ad impressions. In addition, the article explains that Apple’s iPhone actually brings in more ad revenue than competing Android handsets.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/18/apples-ipad-ios-mobile-ads/

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Roambi Data Visualization

This article discusses an app created by Roambi. The app allows you capture data from spreadsheets and other documents in order to visualize it for yourself and others. The article talks about how the app is focusing on skeumorphics and the flat design of iOS7, something that we talked about in class. The app also talks about the whole design process for iOS7, how Roambi rebuilt the app in order to provide the best UI possible. A thing that I found interesting was the precision required in when to release the app. Roambi has waited to release the app because they want users to become accustomed to the new interface of the mobile operating system. Although there is a rush to quickly optimize apps, Roambi is taking their time in order to provide the best.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/17/roambi-focuses-on-clean-design-not-features-for-new-ios-7-data-visualization-app/

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Apple Loses Some of its Magic Touch with iOS 7

Since iOS 7’s launch on Sept. 18,2013 , it has quickly become Apple’s most troubled mobile operating system update. Increasing is concern that  the technology giant has significantly lost some of its magic touch since co-founder Steve Jobs passed away two years ago.

Reasoning for this concern is the list of bugs and flaws: draining batteries, dropping Wi-Fi and spotty Bluetooth connections are just a few of the issues that are getting big boos across discussion boards at Apple’s own support communities.

Other issues range from  the functionality of some apps working poorly or slowly, to the new interface being harder to use, to Apple’s move to do away with skeuomorphism.

Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system iteration took a radical leap from iOS 6, which raises  the question if Jony Ive is the reasoning for its dramatic mobile makeover decision.

Despite iOS 7’s problems that causing harm, it’s not at the level of some of Windows OS downfalls, like Vista and Windows 8.

Read more about how Apple is losing some of its  magic touch with iOS 7  at WUSA9.com.