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iPad Air being called the tablet “reborn”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57614834-37/the-ipad-air-one-month-in-a-tote-worthy-tablet/

 

It’s only been about a month since the iPad Air has been on the market and already it’s being proclaimed as a reborn Apple tablet made easier for the users.  Interesting notes about why some people didn’t like the former iPad 3 and iPad 4 ranged from bulkiness, inability to support the at the time new Retina displays.  But the new iPad Air seems to have eliminated many of those problems. While it is bigger than the iPad Mini, the reviewer in this article makes a note to say that it for her seems more portable and is easier for her to do critical work on.

While I personally prefer Android based gadgets over Apple, the comparisons between this and other devices like a Nexus tablet were interesting food for thought for what to put on my Christmas/Birthday list.

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Microsoft to lower price for Dell Windows 8.1 tablet to $99 for a day

This deal is only good until suplies last. Starting Monday, Microsoft’s new 12 days of deals promotion promises a sale each day until Christmas week rings in. To kick off the holiday discounts, Microsoft will sell the Dell Venue 8 Pro for just $99, down dramatically from $299 at its retail outlets and online stores.

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Google play expected to get new features

Google Play will tell you if an app or game features in-app purchases. While it won’t indicate the cost or how many transactions might be available, it lets one know that the free game might not be free in the end.One new addition to the Google Play app is the introduction of an activity feed. In essence, this lets users view and share a stream of your activities as it pertains to the Play store.

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Amazon Helps Promote Android with Free 50BG Cloud Storage

Amazon has struck a promotional deal with Android hoping to see a later ROI. Amazon is offering 50GB of it’s cloud storage free with the purchase of any Android smartphone. The list also includes all the latest devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and more. Amazon is hoping that this will be enough incentive to get customers to renew their storage for another year. Your data will be saved but you won’t be able to access it after a year without paying the annual fee.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614508-94/amazon-offers-free-online-storage-to-android-phone-buyers/

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YotaPhone is bring to the future a dual-screen smartphone

YotaPhone is exploring new ways to save your battery life on your smartphone without losing any functionality. YotoPhone has combined the old e-ink screen on one side to save power and the regular smartphone screen on the other. YotaPhone has a few apps including navigation that can use this feature. I think this is going to be a flop that stays outside the US.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614306-94/yotaphone-the-genesis-of-a-dual-screen-smartphone-q-a/

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U.S. Smartphone Ownership Reaches an All Time High

A new report from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which reports key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry, confirmed that 149.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (62.5 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months covered in the report. That is a sharp rise of an additional 4.1% since July. Apple was once again found to be the top smartphone manufacturer, while Android kept its spot as the top smartphone platform.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/u-s-smartphone-ownership-reaches-all-time-high-37954/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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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.

Click the hyperlink or the link below for the full article.

Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

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iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

There were mixed feelings about Apple’s iOS 7 upon its release on September 18, 2013. Apple has released official data showing that indicates a 74 percent adoption rate for iOS 7. That’s 3 out of every 4 Apple devices. The following article from iDownloadBlog states

“The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate is a huge share no matter how you look at it, especially versus the 22 percent seen by iOS 6. The company put the older iOS versions at just four percent.

By comparison, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently installed on a meager 1.1 percent of Android devices.”

Find out more in the full article below.

Official: iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

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More Americans searched Yahoo for Miley Cyrus than Obamacare – NBC News.com

More Americans searched Yahoo for Miley Cyrus than Obamacare – NBC News.com.

 

In 2013, Miley Cyrus ended up being the most searched topic due to her outrageous performance at the VMAs and other instances as well. Cyrus beat other searched topics on Yahoo! including the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Miley Cyrus search has been directly a year after the 2012 presidential election. Other Yahoo! users were searching topics related to the Boston Marathon bombing, the royal baby birth, and the George Zimmerman trial. Yahoo! falls behind Google and Bing in the popular search engines.

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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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Spotify to launch new mobile streaming service: report – NBC News.com

Free music! Spotify to launch new mobile streaming service: report – NBC News.com.

 

Spotify, a music streaming app, is getting ready to release a free mobile service that is ad-supported. Spotify is currently offered on computers for free with ads, but in order to listen to music from your mobile device you need an account that costs $9.99 a month. Similar to Pandora, Spotify will offer a limited number of songs but will mostly be playing recommended songs. Spotify currently has over 20 million users and will most likely increase when the free mobile streaming setting is released.

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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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AT&T introduces new value plans

On Thursday AT&T announced a brand new set of service plans that are far more consumer-friendly. AT&T is still making plenty of money on them, of course, but several of the plans offer significant savings compared to the older plans they replace.

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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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Cyber Monday 2013

This article details the facts about this past Monday – Cyber Monday to be exact. The concept of Cyber Monday is a “disruptive technology” in itself. This day has forever changed the way Black Friday and holiday shopping is approached. The article touches on how social media helped in advertising different online deals and that ultimately:

“Cyber Monday itself continues to be the most important day of the online holiday shopping season.”

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Razer iPhone game controller leaked online

iPhone users apparently will have yet another game controller to add to their arsenal.

Seen in a series of photos tweeted by Evleaks, the Razer Kazuyo will offer a wraparound case that turns your iPhone into a lean, mean gaming machine. The photos reveal a design similar to iPhone game controllers offered by Logitech and Moga.

The controller sports four action buttons on the right and an arrow button on the left. The iPhone can also be tilted to give you a better view of the action.

Razer is known for its gaming tablets, laptops, mice, keyboards, and accessories. The company already offers a lineup of game controllers for the Xbox 360 and other systems, so an iPhone controller seems like a good fit.

Evleaks didn’t reveal any pricing or other details. But the new controller will have to compete with Logitech’s PowerShell Controller and the Moga Ace Power, both of which sell for $100.

CNET contacted Razer for comment and will update the story with any further information.

CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614766-94/razer-iphone-game-controller-leaked-online/

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5 Tips on Mobile Marketing

This article was written by Michael Dawson, the VP of Business Development at Pocket Gems. He gives 5 tips on how to market your mobile app (specifically a game) effectively. This is important advice to take into consideration for those of us looking to pursue a career in this industry and those of us signed up for the advanced course next semester. Below are his 5 tips highlighted in the article:

1. Deploying too many channels at once, and not reassessing your chosen channels

2) Creative assets that are fixed and forgotten

3) Acting as if all players are created equal and that all installs should have the same pric

4) Underestimating the complexity of tracking where customers come from

5) Not knowing if you are marketing profitably

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Barcelona Will Be a Big Test For HotSpot 2.0 Wi-Fi Connections

“There are currently several million smartphones certified to run on a ‘HotSpot 2.0’ Wi-Fi network, which promises automatic Wi-Fi authentication and connection, and seamless roaming between different Wi-Fi hotspot brands, and eventually between Wi-Fi and cellular connections. In November, about 400 smartphone users finally got a chance to do so — in Beijing, China. The next big public demonstration of what’s confusingly referred to as both Hotspot 2.0 and Next Generation Hotspot will be in February: an estimated 75,000 attendees at the next Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will be able to take part.”

Slashdot: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/12/05/202255/barcelona-will-be-a-big-test-for-hotspot-20-wi-fi-connections

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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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Instagram is the best platform for brands in 2013

In our class, we have talked about how users creating their own content is quite popular because of mobile. Someone can take a picture of a plate of food at a decent angle, put a filter on it, and reap the benefits of their “art” through instagram. Now this article talks about how brands are doing just about the same thing with their products/services, to get potential customers to see their advertising and increase exposure.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/05/instagram-the-best-platform-for-brands-in-2013-beating-out-facebook-twitter-and-google/

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Spotify planning free music service for mobile, says WSJ

 

Spotify is planning to introduce a free mobile version of its streaming music service,according to The Wall Street Journal. The free version is said to be ad-supported and focused around playing personalized radio like Pandora or Rdio’s Stations feature, though users will also be able to play a limited number of songs on demand — it’s otherwise unclear how the free tier will differ from the existing Radio feature. Spotify’s current on-demand mobile service is only available to premium subscribers, with its free version restricted to PCs.

Spotify has wrapped up deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service, says the Journal; at issue were the rates the company would pay the label and the level of on-demand control users would have. The service could be announced as soon as next week at a Spotify event in New York City.

 

You can find more here. 

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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.

 

Find more here at this link.

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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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How Mobile Technology is Empowering the Philippines’ Poor

How Mobile Technology is Empowering the Philippines’ Poor

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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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NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

The NSA is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the locations of cellphones around the world. This information is according to top-secret documents and interviews with the U.S. intelligence officials. Of course this information is “only metadata” so it is not invading privacy if you were to ask the NSA.

 

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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 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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Samsung and Fingerprint Create Mobile Apps Network for Kids

Fingerprint Digital is really getting their name out there and trying to make a child friendly mobile world.  They have teamed up with Samsung to create a mobile kids app network for Samsung devices.  The main purpose of this network, called Samsung Kids’ Mobile Network Powered by Fingerprint, will be to provide safe apps and games “with an educational twist for kids ages 3 to 7.”  The apps will be specifically designed for Samsung’s own select devices.

Parents will have full control of what the children play.  It will recommend more content for that child and even generate reports on his/her activity.  The service will first open up in Southeast Asia and Oceania with plans of global releases later on.

Samsung and Fingerprint team up to create safe mobile apps network for kids

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All your drones are belong to us…

Hacking genius, Samy Kamkar, responsible for taking down MySpace with an exploit back in 2005, is back again. This time, with a drone hijacking scheme. Kamkar has provided all the necessary specs for creating a SkyJack system which will hijack the wireless controlling a Parrot AR drone. This comes in the wake of Amazon announcing that it will begin delivering packages by drone.

 

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/12/flying-hacker-contraption-hunts-other-drones-turns-them-into-zombies/

 

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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the [CyanogenMod installer] app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According to the CyanogenMod team, Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team, they found that ‘though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

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Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition now a done deal with final EU approval

Prepare for a world of Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 devices. Hot on the heels ofyesterday’s Department of Justice decisionReuters is reporting that the European Commission has granted final approval of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. The $7.35 billion deal, which is now all guaranteed, will see Nokia’s mobile assets folded into the Microsoft camp, effectively giving Microsoft an end-to-end smartphone vertical for its Windows Phone 8 line, as well as a treasure trove of related patents. There’s still no word on whether Nokia’s former CEO Stephen Elop will helm Microsoft in Ballmer’s absence. But with this merger out of the way, we expect that’ll be next on Microsoft’s to-do list.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/04/microsofts-nokia-acquisition-now-a-done-deal-with-final-eu-appr/

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2014 Honda Civic hits the lot with built-in Siri

iPhone owners who pick up a 2014 Honda Civic will be able to chat with Siri without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.

Siri will be a key ingredient of Honda’s new Display Audio in-car technology when the Civic goes on sale Wednesday, the automaker has announced. Drivers with Bluetooth-connected iPhones will be able to activate Siri by holding down a Talk button on the steering wheel, eliminating the need to tap on or hold the phone.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614483-94/2014-honda-civic-hits-the-lot-with-built-in-siri/

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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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Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API

Instagram blocked competitor Mobli from their API. This blocks users from sharing cross platforms. Previously Mobli users could share on Instagram by one click. This change essentially makes users choose between the two similar platforms. While Instagram did not state why they blocked Mobli it is seen as an attempt to slow the growth of Mobli

Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API

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Amazon Workspaces Arrives for iPad

Amazon announced recently that they are launching a virtual desktop services. They also just launched a new app for iPad’s to view work in progress through the cloud and continue their work on the iPad. This is the start of Amazon’s cloud network to competed with Apple’s iCloud or Microsofts 365 service.

Amazon’s New Cloud Desktop Service, Amazon WorkSpaces, Arrives On iPad

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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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Meter Parking paid with phone

http://grossepointe.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/new-mobile-parking-app-available-for-meters-in-the-city-of-grosse-pointe

Traditionally, those who parked in cities usually needed to find a parking meter spot, and carry change wherever they went.  Parkmobile USA has provided a mobile application that uses a person’s smartphone to pay for parking meters electronically.  Users are able to pay for parking through the application, without having to carry around change, or worry about running back to the meter to refill it.  This allows for a more precise measurement and usability for both the city and residents.

Another cool feature, is that the city is able to put discounts on parking meters during certain days, giving a once unmarketable activity a new market.  The city of Grosse Point is using it as an incentive to download the application, get people to visit the city on certain days, and gather data on busy parking times and events.  This is just another way how a seemingly insignificant mobile application idea, can be used to reach and gather data on a much larger scale.

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Terms of Service – Facebook Messenger goes too far

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/the-insidiousness-of-face_b_4365645.html

When users download and install any mobile application, they must always accept the Terms of Service.  It happens so often now, that most people do not even read the text, and just click the check box and move on.  What most users fail to realize is that when accepting the Terms of Service in mobile applications, they give the developers permissions to their phones hardware and user’s personal information.

The Facebook messenger application is an example of a mobile application that asks for “excessive” permissions in their terms of service, and with over 1 million downloads, has been skipped over by most users.  Some examples of how the Messenger Application takes advantage of users is being able to record audio and video, call and text contacts, and reads personal contacts and data.  The application does not even need to be opened.  The reason for this is because it is a free application and probably makes money off selling personal data, or using it in some way to profit/market.

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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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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/