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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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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

Samsung is reportedly planning on equipping two new tablets with their new AMOLED displays  that are currently available on the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The following article from BGR explains that one tablet is going to have an 8 inch screen and the other will be 10 inches. It is no surprise that Samsung is working on making brighter, clearer and lighter displays in order to compete with Apple and their coined “Retina” screens.

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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

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Android Development in the Cloud

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

 

Android Development in the Cloud

 

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JetBrains builds on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

Building on a collaboration with Google, software vendor JetBrains has updated its IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE (integrated development environment) to offer more capabilities for creating applications to run on Android devices. IntelliJ IDEA 13 also features a number of improvements in how it supports the Java Spring framework, which is an essential component for Pivotal’s newly launched business intelligence PaaS (platform as a service). This article goes into great detail about the collaboration

 

JetBrains builds on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

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Spotify is going free for mobile users

Spotify will soon allow its ad-supported users to stream music on demand for free on their mobile devices.

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Samsung Kids App Network

This article talks about one of the most essential audience to go after. Children. This new idea by Samsung is to create a safe network of apps where parents can create an account for their children to play educational apps for ages 3-7. Samsung has partnered with Fingerprint to produce this. Parents can receive personalized reports of their child’s activity, adding peace of mind for parents. The service is soon to be released in early 2014 in Southeast Asia, and Oceania. What is incredibly interesting is the fact that Samsung is continuing to find ways to try and keep Apple out of Asia and leave them in the dust in share of the market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple try to do something similar.

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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.

 

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

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

 

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Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make it’s messaging service available to users in emerging markets whose users primarily have entry-level mobile phones that typically cannot access the Internet. All users that don’t have Interenet access need to do to access Twitter is simply dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter. This is huge specially for company’s like Utopia Fonetwish service.  U2opia Mobile, will launch its Twitter service come the first quarter of next year. This will help more than 11 millipon of Utopia users which already access Facebook and Google Talk on their mobiles without data connection. 

This move allows mobile users in the poorer parts of the world to have mobile interaction with Twitter and get an experience that us Americans don’t even have to think about if we have data on our mobile devices. The difference between U2opia’s Twitter feed and an average American Twitter feed will be what is shown on a U2opia user’s feed will be localized to their location. In a sense Twitter may be the newest news circular or advertising means for these countries.

 

Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

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Mobile Technology Allows Guests Easy Check-In at 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Dubai

Checking into a Marriott hotel, specifically over in the Middle East has become easier than ever before. Now in the Marriott in Dubai guests are being welcomed through the use of mobile technology. Marriott Reward members have the option to download the Marriott Mobile app to check in to their hotel up to two hours prior to their arrival, and they will recieve an automatic notification when their room is ready. The Marriott Mobile Check-In app makes it easy for travelers to join Marriott Rewards and instantly gain access to its benefits. With the goal of keeping travellers connected, this new Marriott app is just one of the many ideologies that allows Marriott to engage with guests and stay in the forefront of customer service.

Read how your mobile experience at the Marriott in Dubai may be in the article linked below.

Mobile Technology Allows Guests Easy Check-In at 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Dubai.

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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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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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Applebee’s plans to install tablets at every table

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

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

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

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

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

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a dual screen smartphone has becoming a reality

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

 

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

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Glass is already becoming a problem while driving

In California a woman, Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding but was also given another ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving.  Google Glass is a new piece of technology that fits over the eyes and gives many of Google’s services virtually hands free and right in front of the user. Cecilia Abadie claims the glasses were not on when she was driving, but this case opens up an interesting topic on how Glass will be handled while driving.  Over the years texting and driving has become a bigger problem and more and more states are making it illegal to text and drive because it distracts drivers from the road.  Google Glass is a new form of mobile technology and it is not even out yet and it is causing problems.  It will be interesting to see how google glass and other mobile devices besides phone impact the law, especially the laws of the road.  This is a prime example of disruptive technology because with this new industry it is changing how humans are doing everyday things.

 

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YotaPhone: The genesis of a dual-screen smartphone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

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

Source: HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

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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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Huawei still leads in mobile wireless networks

Huawei Technologies remains the world’s biggest vendor of cellular networks despite being effectively locked out of the huge U.S. LTE market.

Huawei took in 28.1 percent of all cellular network revenue in the third quarter, according to ABI Research results released Monday. That kept the Chinese vendor in the lead even though its share was down 3 percentage points from the second quarter, when it overtook Ericsson to claim the top spot, ABI analyst Nick Marshall said.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2068360/huawei-still-leads-in-mobile-wireless-networks.html

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Why Lack of Context is Killing Your Mobile App

Mobile was a fairly easy medium to ignore for several years. After all, smartphones were new, and most people still surfed the Internet on a laptop or desktop computer. However, that is no longer true today. Two-thirds of Americans who own a cell phone now use their phone to go online, and for 21 percent of phone owners, their phone is their primary source of using the Internet. This means businesses can no longer get away with ignoring mobile or building apps based off of websites built for PC’s. The world of mobile is significantly different than that of the desktop computer because mobile is all about context and that context is constantly changing. While prime time television hours are fairly set in stone, mobile phone users are checking in at all times of day from a variety of locations.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/why-lack-of-context-is-killing-your-mobile-app/

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Misfit Wearables Launches An Android App For Its Activity Tracker

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

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

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Motorola’s Moto G lands on Amazon

Just in time for Black Friday, the low-cost sibling to the Moto X pops up on the e-commerce giant with shipping starting on December 4.

Motorola surprised the smartphone world by launching its new Moto G cell phone on its Web site months early. Now, the device can also be bought on Amazon.

Initially, Motorola said it was planning to launch the Moto G in the US in January. However, the company surprised users by debuting the device in the US this week. In an interview, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told CNET that early demand for the phone has been strong overseas and the company was able to ramp up the manufacturing process faster than anticipated.

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$200 “smartspecks”

A Google Glass competitor is finally out there and it is a much cheaper and more immersive competitor. Smartspecks were created by an unfunded five-person team in Massachusetts and can display everything from social media to heads up directions. They will soon make a kickstarter to raise more interest and acquire the capital necessary for a larger production. To read more about how it works click here.

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Mobile technology tracks your every move – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

Marketers and mobile app developers have come together and developed a new way to help shoppers find what they want for less, or so that’s what consumers think. The incentive to this technique is to allow for more aggressive tracking of consumer behavior. The goal is to moniotr consumers online and off to detrmine what kind of buyer each individual might be and how much they may pay. How do brick and mortar stores get consumers to agree by pushing through their own mobile apps, offering in store Wi Fi so that their moible apps can entice shoppers with coupon deals or ads as they move throughout a store.   Not all of the new technology tracking is voluntary, some stores are using heat sensors and monitoring cellphone signals to monitor which aisles attract the most attention.

 

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Mobile technology tracks your every move

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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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Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/27/technology/sony-smartwig-patent/index.html

Wearable technology is on the rise! Wigs can now register blood pressure along with brainwaves! Bravo Sony!

Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

sony smartwigRegular wigs are so passé. Sony has just filed a patent for a “SmartWig”.

LONDON (CNNMoney)

Sony is taking wearable technology to a whole new level.

The Japanese electronics company has filed a U.S. patent for a “SmartWig,” which will use sensors to detect everything from blood pressure to brain waves.

The wearable wig could also be used in a number of practical ways, such as helping blind people navigate without any extra assistance, said Sony (SNE) in its filing.

It could also come in handy for the gaming industry, especially for virtual reality fans, and could be hooked up to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and radio transceivers, according to the patent application.

Related: The Sony Playstation 4 is only for very serious gamers

Wearable technology is starting to become a hot trend, with both Google(GOOGFortune 500) and Samsung (SSNLF) jostling for market share.

Google launched Google Glass in May and Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September.

Both products have generated a lot of buzz but skeptics have been pretty vocal, questioning the cost and benefits of the devices.

Don’t expect to see the “SmartWig” on store shelves anytime soon.

The technology is still in “fundamental research stage and it has not been decided whether to commercialize the technology or not,” said a Sony Europe spokesperson.

Related: Google Glass: Limited and clunky

Sony has been trying for years to keep pace with rapid changes in the consumer electronics business, struggling to match the innovative gadgets produced by rivals such as Apple (AAPLFortune 500).

Sony just released the new Playstation 4 this month, its first new gaming system in seven years. The system sells for $399 and is competing against Microsoft’s(MSFTFortune 500) rival Xbox One for sales in the upcoming the holiday season. To top of page

 

First Published: November 27, 2013: 9:58 AM ET

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New SIM card gets you local data rates everywhere, launches in HP tablets and Google Chromebooks

Everyone knows that going out of the country can cost a ton of money when it comes to using mobile technology. Using data to search for something on the internet, send an email, find a local restaurant, and many more things can use large amounts of data that cost the user an arm and a leg when overseas due to the data not being supplied from their provider. These days are gone with the introduction of a new SIM card that allows users to access their local data rates globally. This mean they can surf the web, send all the emails they want, and look up anything they desire without having to worry about paying a substantial fee to do so. Read more about this topic by clicking the link below.

Source: New SIM card gets you local data rates everywhere, launches in HP tablets and Google Chromebooks

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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

The deal, which was first announced in September, is worth €5.44bn EUR ($7.35bn USD / £4.57bn GBP), and also includes provisions for Microsoft to license patents from the Finnish company. 78% of those eligible to vote had already voted before the EGM. Of those early votes, a staggering 99% had voted in favour of the sale to Microsoft.

via: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/11/19/1429253/nokia-shareholders-approve-sale-to-microsoft

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

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

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

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Motorola working to build 3D printed phone

The company recently inked a deal with 3D Systems to develop a futuristic 3D-printing production platform for Project Ara, Motorola’s ambitious open-source mobile hardware ecosystem. Project Ara is a push to develop modularA phones, which would allow users to mix and match hardware with the ease of downloading and installing software. When Motorola announced Ara, the company specifically made mention of 3D printing as a key technology that would make an open-source hardware market feasible. Motorola just announced a multi-year development agreement with 3D Systems, the company that created the first 3D printer in the early 1980s and has developed 3D-printing technologies for both theA personal and industrial markets. As part of the agreement, 3D Systems has been tasked with developing an integrated, multi-material, high-speed production platform, which will include both conductive and functional materials. It’s fun to conjecture into the vacuum of the future, but the open-source hardware space is one that stands to disrupt the entire mobile market, especially with commercial titans backing it.

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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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Motorola Partners With 3D Systems to Help Build Project Ara Modular Phones

Well, folks, Motorola’s modular smartphone platform called Project Ara has a manufacturing partner. The company is called 3D Systems, a 3D printing outfit that helped them with their MakeWithMoto campaign shortly after the Moto X launch. 3D Systems will attempt to “create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system” to help deliver the pieces needed to make modular phones a reality.

With a manufacturing partner now in place, we’re one step closer to life with modular smartphones. 3D Systems CEO had this to say about the deal, “3D printing promotes a level of sustainability, functionality, and mass personalization that turns these kinds of global ambitions into attainable local realities. Project Ara combines two exponential technologies, and we expect that the resulting high-throughput advanced manufacturing platform will have far reaching implications on the entire digital thread that stitches together the factory of the future.”

 

Find more here. 

 

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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.

 

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Developer Interest Rises for Windows Phone

Strategy Analytics has released a new survey of more than 1,600 mobile app developers that shows 32% of them plan to support Windows Phone next year. While this is still far below the percentages of developers who say they’ll support iOS (68%) and Android (84%) next year, it’s a marked improvement from the 16% of developers who supported Windows Phone in 2013. Additionally, the windows platform has been slowly capturing a greater percentage of the smartphone market over the past year.

 

See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/windows-phone-developer-interest-2/

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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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Mobile carriers Slammed for Rejecting Smartphone ‘kill switch’

Cellular operators are being criticized by law enforcement officials for rejecting a solution that would help address the rein in smartphone theft. Officials have been pushing for a “kill switch” that could render smartphones inoperable after they’re stolen. Since smartphone robberies  have increased across the U.S., and in many major cities, these particular crimes make up the majority of serious street crime. In many cases, victims are physically attacked or threatened with knives or guns for their phones. Officials look to the kill switch as one of the greatest incentives to reduce smartphone theft.

Carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint could not be immediately reached to comment, but CTIA said they rejected the kill switch because customers are offered a list of apps to download that will serve the purpose of the kill switch. Lead way has been met with Apple and Samsung whom both have added new security features to their latest handsets.

This kill switch could be looked at as a beacon to limit smartphone thefts, but to what extent? If a thief knows how to themselves/knows a person who can take a part a phone and switch out all the necessary components to make the phone functional again, would this kill switch even be useful?

As well there are particular apps out there that can be downloaded to make a phone inoperable, but it is up to users to find these apps, possibly pay for them, and download them. If carriers or mobile manufacturers installed this kill switch functionality upon shipping devices out to stores, then the carriers would not have to carry the burden of utilizing the kill switch, but it would be up to manufacturers or the users to set up a means of killing their stolen devices themselves.

 

Read “Mobile carriers slammed for rejecting smartphone ‘ill switch”  in the Mobile Technology section at  InfoWorld.com

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Gaming tablet from AMD speculation

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

 

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

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The Windows Phone app store is shedding its ghost town image

According to Microsoft, 10 million app transactions happen every day and a total of 3 billion apps have been downloaded since the Windows Phone Store opened in 2010. The company also boasts that the Windows Phone Store has about 190,000 apps with 500 new apps added each day. All these apps have resulted in a 181% increase in monthly app revenue from a year ago and a 290% increase in overall app downloads from a year ago.

http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/windows-phone-app-store-downloads/

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Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Those on a tablet will see that as their default view, though they can still access non-tablet apps from the device.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57613473-94/google-play-warms-up-to-tablet-friendly-apps/

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Apple files for 5 new patents related to Liquidmetal, 3D printing

Apple has filed for 5 new patents regarding Liquidmetal Technologies that would likely be used to build their next generation products. This article on idownloadblog states that Liquidmetal alloys actually prove to be a stronger and harder substance based on its molecular structure compared to traditional alloys. The fact that 3D printing would be used opens a lot of possibilities in construction of such devices. “Apple suggests that this is quicker and less expensive than traditional machining.”

Read the full article at:

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/22/apple-liquidmetal-3d-print/

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Hydrobee, The New River Charger

Hydrobee lets you charge a battery from a fast-flowing river to juice up USB devices off-grid. There’s two parts to Hydrobee. When wearing its ‘Stream Body’, the gizmo can be placed in a river or dragged behind a boat so long as the water is flowing faster than 1.8m/s (or 4mph+), and two to four hours later its battery will be fully charged. A smaller inner unit can also be attached directly to a flowing faucet to charge so it could be used as a back-up power generator for your phone during a power outage.

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Dropbox introduces new iOS 7 app

The new app has a cleaner business-oriented design and adds new features, one of them is AirDrop. Also, Dropbox promises major speed improvements for viewing photos and playing back video. It’s available now in the App Store.

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Macy’s begins iBeacon shopping test

Macy’s is the first major retailer to roll out support for Apple’s new iBeacons, a type of Bluetooth hotspot introduced in the newest version of iOS. Within the “coming weeks,” iPhone owners who use the retail app Shopkick will start receiving a notification when they walk into either Macy’s Herald Square, New York or Union Square, San Francisco locations. The notification will direct them into Shopkick’s app, which can alert them to deals and remind them of products they were interested in that are on sale at the store.
So far the trial is limited — Macy’s will only ping your iPhone when you actually enter the store. But down the road, Macy’s might also ping shoppers on a department-by-department basis, possibly telling them about sneaker sales when they’re in the shoe section, or even recommending nearby products they could have an interest in. The iPhone integration is only a trial for now, but if it can actually get shoppers buying more clothes and goods, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Macy’s rolling support out to additional locations.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/21/5129336/macys-apple-ibeacon-support-herald-union-square-stores-shopkick

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LG’s new flexible phone heals itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a “self-healing” material. Now someone has put the company’s claims to the test. In YouTube personality / video producer Marques Brownlee’s hands-on with the device, he checks out the self-healing coating with a number of tests. First he creates some light scratches with a set of keys. The LG G Flex essentially “heals” the scratches made. It doesn’t completely remove them, but apparently makes the marks almost invisible to the naked eye. He then carves out a deeper scratch using a knife, which “half heals,” appearing far less visible than it would on a regular phone. While it might not work exactly as advertised, LG’s new coating looks to be a pretty big step forward for the everyday durability of our phones.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/20/5125194/lg-g-flex-knife-scratch-heal-video