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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 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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iPhone 5s is a best-selling phone in Japan

Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are selling very well in Japan, accounting for 76% of new smartphone sales this October. This is an impressive number, considering the fact that Japan’s largest mobile operator did not sell any iPhone models before the 2013 iPhones were launched.

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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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AUUG Motion Synth Is An iPhone Grip That Makes Music From Motion

AUUG is an iphone grip that makes music based on how you move your phone. It is an aluminum grip with elastic strap that converts your motions into sounds that you choose. The box does not play the sounds itself, but instead sends them to a sound applications or devices from your iphone. It has 8 buttons that let users play diatonic scales. Initially designed for electronic musicians, it has potential applications for dancers, music teachers and artists.
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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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China Mobile iPhone Announcement May Come Dec. 18

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

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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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Apple iPhone 6 to introduce larger screens

Next year will bring the release of the iPhone 6, a completely redesigned phone that is reported to feature a 5 inch 1080p display. In addition to the iPhone, it is reported that Apple with also introduce a phone to compete with the Galaxy Note. That display is said to be somewhere in the range of 5.5 to 6 inches. After the iPhone 5s release many consumers were disappointed that the phone did not feature a large screen than the earlier 5. Apple has been slow to introduce new technologies over the years because of their strict approach to user experience and large screens have a large affect on user experience in good and bad ways. The market is moving toward larger devices and it appears that Apple is now moving into that territory. Read More…

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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 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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Isis Mobile Wallet

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.

via: http://bgr.com/2013/11/14/isis-mobile-wallet-release-date/

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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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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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Apple is Planning to Develop a Curved Screen Phone

Apple’s next iPhone will be featured with a new curved screen and more enhanced touch screen sensors. These new sensors will be able to detect heavy and light touches. There will be two different models, a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone, the 5.5″ will be Apple’s largest iPhone. However, Apple is still developing these new models but it is rumored they will be released in the third quarter of next year. This is obviously a competition with Android’d LG Flex, since Apple is developing this after Android did in my opinion the Apple phone will be better.

 

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Apple to launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones next year

Apple is building a new, larger, curved iPhone which will include pressure-sensitive sensors to detect how hard fanboys squeeze and fondle their small slab, it has been claimed. According to a report on Bloomberg, an unnamed Apple source said a new iPhone slated for release next year would include a larger display with glass that curves down at the edges. So this is all seemingly speculative at the moment. The super mobes are expected to come in two models with screens of 4.7 and 5.5 inches – Apple’s largest yet. The phone will also come complete with unprecedented pressure sensitivity which can work out the amount of force that’s applied by a user on the glass screen. This ability to tell a slap from a tickle could be handy for a number of reasons. Firstly, it could offer another way of navigating through the phone, perhaps allowing a new way of flicking through apps by adding a Z dimension to the X and Y which already exist.

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A ‘car alarm’ for your iPhone: Halo’s intriguing security gadget hits Indiegogo

Say hello to Halo, a new iPhone 5 security accessory that’s kicking off its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today. It’s the first iPhone security gadget I’ve seen that implements a loud alarm, which is helpful for preventing both snatch-and-grab theft and those instances where your phone wanders off in the hands of a sly thief

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Apple continues to follow Samsung; plans extra-big iPhones with enhanced pressure sensors, curved screens

An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Apple is working on two extra-large iPhones that will have curved screens, and is also working on touch screens that can register different levels of pressure.

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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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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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Apple Will Start Repairing Devices In-House

Apple appears to be expanding their new in-store repair programs. While Apple has previously performed some repairs in their stores, the new program will expand to a large variety of components. Apple has started shipping parts, manuals, and callibration machines to stores in preparation for the program’s launch. This new repair program will be good for consumers as it allows them to easily have phones repaired by Apple technicians and will build customer satisfaction. The large cottage industry of shops that repair Apple devices may be affected, as Apple may threaten these shops, but may not have any affect at all, due to the limited number of Apple Stores in the U.S. Additionally, these shops can offer services that Apple may not, such as repairing water damage.

<Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Apple-May-Be-Getting-Repair-Dont-Replace-Religion-79385.html >

This is interesting to nte because this marks the first time Apple has truly dove into the in store repair services. What remains to be seen is if this new found focus on repairing devices will spill over onto Apple’s designs. Apple devices are a very difficult to repair and work on, and if there’s a large amount of consumers repairing devices, they may design devices to become more repairable. The other interesting idea would be to see how this influences consumers. Will consumers simply keep repairing a device and keep it longer then they traditionally would, or will they continue replacing with new devices every few years? It will be interesting to see how this possibly effects consumer behaviors.

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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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App unlocks Mac with two thumps on your iPhone

A new iOS app, Knock, uses Bluetooth low energy technology to let you skip over the password process on a Mac and simply tap the back of your iPhone. The founders of ‘Knock’ want to make getting into your computer as easy as rapping your knuckles through the pocket of your jeans.

The iOS app is $3.99 and works in conjunction with a free Mac counterpart.For the app to work (which it does with moderate regularity in my limited experience), your iPhone must have the app running in the background at all times. However, the phone does not need to be unlocked to register the knocking.

Here is a promotional video for further explanation.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57610972-94/knock-knock-app-unlocks-mac-with-two-thumps-on-your-iphone/

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Theremin I/O turns your iPhone into a touchless music instrument

Theremin uses your iPhone’s camera and flash to measure light reflected off your hand. This signal is then passed in to the synthesizer, creating a tone. Theremin uses your iPhone’s camera and flash to measure light reflected off your hand. This signal is then passed in to the synthesizer, creating a tone. Theremin ships with 8 default effects. Sound like Wall-E or create a symphony. We’ll keep adding effects in future releases. Playing a theremin can be hard – that’s why we bundle a harmony quantizer that snaps the frequency to a note. Create your own scale or select one from the many presets.

 

http://theremin.io/

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Knock iPhone App Wirelessly Unlocks your Mac

A new app called Knock allows users to unlock their computers without a password. For $3.99 Knock allows a Mac to be unlocked just by knocking on a paired iPhone. The two devices connect over Bluetooth LE, allowing a phone to automatically detect when it nears a paired computer. Though the knocking effect can also be achieved by waving an iPhone in the air, Knock suggests just tapping on it through your pants’ pocket, so you never have to pick up the device.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5069614/knock-iphone-app-wirelessly-unlocks-your-mac

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Apple to offer in-store iPhone repairs

Apple is prepping its stores to repair and replace parts for the iPhone 5S and 5C, “sources with knowledge of the upcoming initiative” told 9to5Mac. This means that damaged iPhones won’t necessarily need to be turned in for an entirely new unit.The initiative will cover several components, according to the sources, including the screen, the rear camera, the volume buttons, the motor, the speaker system, and the 5C’s conventional (non-Touch ID) home button. Special calibration equipment will be provided to the stores to allow employees to replace the touch screen.Users covered by an AppleCare warranty can get the parts replaced or repaired for free. Other owners will have to shell out some cash. Replacing the touch screen will cost $149. A new battery will run $79. And a new home button for the iPhone 5C will cost $29. This comes as a huge relief to consumers, since a majority of them have broken an iphone screen or their entire phone; also I think that this service will phase out a lot of phone repair shops i.e. iDope.

URL: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57611269-94/apple-to-offer-in-store-iphone-repairs-says-report/

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Plain Vanilla’s QuizUp for iPhone will be the ‘biggest trivia game in the world’

Plain Vanilla Games is launching QuizUp, an iPhone title that it calls the “biggest trivia game in the world.” It makes that claim because it has created more than 100,000 trivia questions in 300 categories. In QuizUp, players can play trivia games individually or asynchronously against another player. Players can issue direct challenges to friends via Facebook connectivity or allow QuizUp to match them up with a similar opponent.

Read more here….

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Apple is Quietly Taking Over Yet Another Industry. This Time its In Your Car.

According to a recent report from market research firm ABI Research, Apple’s in-car infotainment system integration efforts in iOS are going to pay off in the coming years. As smartphone integration in cars grows over the next five years to reach 35.1 million units globally, Apple’s iOS is seen getting support from more systems than any other platform with 49.8% of the market. MirrorLink is seen following with 43.6% and everything else falls into the “other” category.  Solid in-car integration will allow iPhone owners to continue using Apple services while in the car, and it could appeal to new buyers as well as they seek out devices that integrate well with cars they already own.

 

Read more here:  http://bgr.com/2013/11/06/apple-ios-in-car-market-share/

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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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ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than ESPN.com in September for first time ever – GeekWire

ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than ESPN.com in September for first time ever – GeekWire.

This September, ESPN saw more unique visitors navigate to their mobile properties than on ESPN.com. This is the first time this has happened and is another example of the shift to reliance on mobile devices for information. “According to comScore’s Multi-Platform data, ESPN saw 47.4 million people using its mobile products — just a tad more than the 46.1 million accessing ESPN.com.” This is an example of how mobile technology is disruptive to previous generations of technology, like ESPN’s desktop website. This does not represent a development in mobile technology, but the continued success of mobile technology as an industry. Finally, it does not change the economic state of mobile technology because there is no opportunity for 3rd party developers to profit of off this information since ESPN has built their following and viewership through years of branding and market placement.  

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Cycloramic app turns iPhone 5s into a hands-free 360-degree panoramic camera

Egos Ventures, an Atlanta, Georgia-based company has created an app called Cycloramic. The app makes use of the high-quality camera and vibrating motor in the iPhone 5 and 5s to create a hands-free 360-degree video camera. Thanks to the flat edges and balanced weight distribution of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, Cycloramic is able to use the handsets’ vibrating motors to actually physically rotate the devices on a flat surface while recording. This means that the phones are able to record video or capture panoramic photographs without any user intervention. Just place it on a flat surface, tap a button, and the phone will slowly rotate 360 degrees as it captures video or a panoramic photo.

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

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ICS Mobile launches AppXchange platform for mobile app discovery

ICS Mobile, the creator of the FeeAppADay promo site, has launched its new app to help you find even more cool pieces of mobile software: AppXchange

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company previously announced that it had teamed up with the big talent agency ICM Partners to get A-list celebrities to promote its new platform. The new app, formerly codenamed ProjectX, has received Apple approval, and it will help apps spread among friends and families, said Joe Bayen, the chief executive of ICS Mobile.

 http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/31/ics-mobile-launches-appxchange-platform-for-mobile-app-discovery/

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Try Your Clothes on BEFORE You Order Them!

Online apparel store ModCloth is turning to its user data to solve one of the biggest problems with buying clothes online — ordering clothes that fit the first time.

Online shopping is great! No lines, hassle of other rude inconsiderate shoppers, and you can do it straight from the comfort of your own home. Online shopping retailers are a growing industry with more stores and brands pumping out their products through the web.

But, probably the biggest issue that online shopping has is the absence of a fitting room. Yes, we all know our size and know what we probably need, but that can still be a problem with todays fashion begin so different and having so many varieties. We all have ordered something that doesn’t fit, and that just presents more problems.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57610322-94/online-retailer-modcloth-adds-crowdsourced-apparel-fittings/

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Your iPhone 5s is a hands-free 360-degree panoramic camera and you didn’t even know it

The innovative development company Egos Ventures has a very interesting app called Cycloramic that utilizes the vibrating motor in Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 which allows users to take 360-degree videos and panoramic pictures. This app is not new; it is actually a year old. However it has been recently updated with an iOS 7 themed design and is available for FREE on the app store for a limited time. Check it out!

Your iPhone 5s is a hands-free 360-degree panoramic camera and you didn’t even know it

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iPhone 5s vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: Camera Shootout

In a recent test done by Laptop Mag, the iPhone 5S and the Nokia Lumia 1020 were compared side by side in a photo shootout. The results placed the iPhone 5S as the winner. This is shocking considering the Nokia Lumia 1020 was built entirely around its massive 41 megapixel camera. The iPhone 5S is equipped with only an 8 megapixel camera, which won 8 out of 11 shots over the Lumia 1020.

Read the full article here:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/iphone-5s-vs-lumia-1020-camera

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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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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.