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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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Samsung S5 may come with a 20-megapixel camera

Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report. The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it’ll bundle into mobile devices in the second half of 2014, Korea’s ET News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. It should be noted, however, that ET News has had a bit of a spotty record on Samsung news, so the report should be taken with a grain of salt. Rumors have been swirling that the eventual Galaxy S5 will come with a 16-megapixel camera. Many analysts have predicted that Samsung is planning on a camera bump in its next-generation handsets. Nearly every major vendor, including LG, Nokia, and Apple, has emphasized aspects of its photographic savvy as a way to separate its phones from the pack. If the ET News report is true, Samsung plans to make its own splash in that space in the next year.

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Oppo N1 rotating-camera smartphone

Android fans looking for a different smartphone experience will be be able to get their hands on Oppo’s latest phone, the N1, from December 10, the company said today. The phone will retail at €449 ($599). The 5.9 inch phablet has Oppo’s Android 4.2-based ColorOS and runs on a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with 2GB RAM. The device ships in 16GB or 32GB variants with a display at 1080p HD resolution, while the battery has a 3610 mAh capacity. From there, the device includes more unusual features, such as its camera: instead of a  main and front-facing cameras, the N1 has one which rotates 206 degrees. It’s also got O-Touch, the N1’s rear touch panel for scrolling, tapping or taking photos. Like Oppo’s previous devices, one potential drawback as a high end alternative is the N1’s lack of LTE support, which instead relies on four band GSM and five band WCDMA support for connectivity. Normal N1 devices will ship with with CyanogenMod pre-loaded and the OS can be installed from the device’s stock recovery without the need root the device, according to Oppo. CyagenMod’s support for O-Touch made it the first time the OS had been modified for a vendor’s hardware and followed CyagenMod’s move from a hobbyist tool to a business after receiving $7m of series A funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The N1 joins Oppo’s previously released five-inch display Find 5, which is selling on its European website at a discounted €349 for the 32GB model.

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Jolla phone is a colorful, Sailfish OS-powered Android alternative for 399 euros

Tired of Android? Still want to run most of your apps? Try Jolla phones. It’s based off the old MeeGo OS that Nokia used to use. It runs Sailfish OS and is quite poppy in my opinion. Check the link below for more information and maybe go pick up a Jolla phone.

http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/jolla/4505-6454_7-35823733.html

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HTC goes gold

Finland-based retailer Gigantti on Monday started selling a gold-colored HTC One, featuring a 4.7-inch display and 1.7GHz quad-core processor. The handset comes with the same design as previous HTC One models, but boasts the long-rumored gold finish. HTC already sells versions in silver, black, blue, and red.

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Thanksgiving 2013 Sales According to IBM: Mobile 43% Of All E-Commerce Traffic, Mobile Over 25% Of All Online Sales

Online sales in the U.S. this Thanksgiving were up nearly 20% (19.7%) on 2012, with an especially strong push from mobile devices, which accounted for over one-quarter (25.8%) of all sales on the day and nearly half of all e-commerce traffic.

IBM says that department stores’ online sales grew 60% this year over 2012, with mobile up 44%.

Mobile is nearing half of all e-commerce traffic on Thanksgiving. In all it accounted for 42.6% of all traffic, and nearly 26% of all sales – up 49% on 2012. As IBM noted yesterday, tablets see the most actual purchases – 16.5% of all online sales – while smartphones accounted for 9%. Those buying on tablets, with an average of $126.49 per order, are nearly on par with average basket size overall. (Smartphones are at $110 per order, fairly impressive considering that you are browsing on a small screen.) iOS ended up accounting for over one-fifth (21%) of all sales, and $121.61 per order. Android accounted for only 4.6% of sales.

PayPal also noted growth in mobile payments volumes on its platform for the day – up 114.7% over Thanksgiving 2012, with a 91% increase in consumers shopping through PayPal mobile compared to Thanksgiving 2012. It doesn’t break out what percentages of overall sales, or actual gross value of the transactions.

These sales statistics show that more people in the US are conducting more of their Thanksgiving shopping online and/or through the use of their tablet or mobile device.

This is important as these sales figures will encourage more brick-and-mortar physical businesses to offer more Black Friday Thanksgiving sales deals online through mobile platforms to be able to continually reach out to customers who primarily use their mobile devices for conducting their Thanksgiving shopping purchases. The high usage of iOS devices for purchases versus the low Android devices percentage could lead to more targeting of iOS devices by retailers.

These growing online & mobile sales will also lead to growth of more online & mobile payment companies like PayPal continuing to grow & develop as they will continue to manage growing amounts of online & mobile sales transactions.

See article link here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/29/thanksgiving-digest-ibm-e-commerce-edition-mobile-43-of-all-traffic-over-25-of-all-online-sales/

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Tablets sell more than phones in the holidays

This year the browsing and purchase percentage for tablets have surpassed the percentages on mobile phone. This can mean a lot to the the mobile app developers. If customers are buying more tablets than phones, this means the applications on tablets are going to be on high demand.

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IronSource Announces KudosKits, Allowing App Users To Show Their Appreciation With Money

Israeli company IronSource has come up with a new way for developers to ask their users for money or other forms of support.

With a KudosKit, instead of requiring users to pay for the app, or for additional content/virtual goods within the app, developers can present them with a screen asking for their support. That can ask users to “buy us a cup of coffee” (make a small donation), Like the app on Facebook, tweet about the app, rate it in the App Store, and more.

In some ways, it’s similar to the “tip jar” widgets that you’ll see on some websites, but customized for mobile. And with the underlying analytics technology, IronSource Chief Design Officer Dan Greenberg said his team is “100 percent focused on making this work.” Specifically, he said the KudosKits can identify the most effective points in the app to ask for support, direct requests at specific user segments (so loyal users see the message while first-time users don’t), and localize the messages in different geographies.

Six months of early usage are promising, with 700,000 users donating a total of $1.2 million. The KudosKits have supposedly seen an 0.58 percent conversion rate to paid “appreciations”, with an average appreciation size of $2.10.

IronSource uses a revenue sharing agreement with the app developers to make a profit from the KudosKit technology.

This KudosKit technology could provide an important revenue tool for app developers as one of their main struggles is with generating profit from the users of their mobile applications. This struggle is due to the ineffective targeting and advertising tools mobile developers currently have to use on the mobile apps users’.

The KudosKit technology appears to be similar to the user analytics technology used by Google and other companies for various websites online for managing user-specific targeted advertising.   If this KudosKit software is picked up and used effectively by many mobile application developers, this could allow for more effectively targeted user advertisements & messages within mobile applications .

The KudosKit software could also make it easier for mobile developers to receive money directly from the users’ of their mobile application.

Article link here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/29/ironsource-announces-kudoskits/

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Instagram’s Sponsored Advertising

Spinning off of the article that Farhood posted about pop-up ads and take-over ads negatively effecting user experience, now Instagram has implemented advertisements. Unlike the negative backlash of the full screen take-over ads, Instagram ads seem to be pretty effective and well-received. Although still in the beta testing with only a few brands implementing Instagram into their ad campaigns, it will be interesting to see if this is something that catches onto other companies and if it will prove to be beneficial.

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Mobile Gaming is Expensive

In class we talk about how expensive creating a mobile app can be. This article talks about how hard and costly it is to create a game app, get users, and then keep users.

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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Q3 Mobile Usage

This article talks about what users have spent their time on with their mobile devices. In this class, usability is an important topic, and if we know what people use mobile for, we can make money. http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/26/here-is-what-people-did-on-mobile-devices-in-q3-by-number-of-impressions-report/

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Touching Google Maps Story

This article and short video tells a very touching story about a very commonly used application. Google Maps helps a man find his home town by using street view and Google Earth to match the streets to his memories as a child. This article is a unique positive story about how digital applications have helped changed the world for the better.

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Apple stock closes at 2013 high

Apple always draws in lots of attention from consumers near the holiday season but they perhaps get even more attention from their investors. Investors have been watching Apple stock raise steadily over the month of November and many analysts were looking for a large jump in stock on the 2013 Black Friday shopping day. The is the day that Apple offers sales on many of their products when is never seen any other time of the year unless you are a student. Apple is projecting Q4 revenues of $55 billion and that has certainly caught the investors attention. Many were worried today when Apple released their Black Friday deals. There were not any sales though, only gift cards to be offered with certain purchases. That triggered speculation of investors because it may deter people from buying product but despite uncertainty stock closed today at 1.86 percent higher pushing the price up to $556.07, the highest price this year. This price is still short of November 29th, 2012 when it was $589.36. Read more…

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PowerUp 3.0 Is A Bluetooth Module That Turns A Paper Plane Into A Lean, Mean App-Controlled Flying Machine

There’s something intrinsically appealing about a choreographed blend of low and high tech. To wit, meet PowerUp 3.0: a Bluetooth 4.0 device that turns a bog-standard paper airplane into, well, a smartphone-controlled lean, mean flying machine. Or so its makers claim. And if those claims stack up pranking your teachers is about to get a whole lot more sophisticated.

What exactly is Power Up 3.0? It’s a Bluetooth module that connects to a paper plane to act as both frame, propulsion/steering device, and Bluetooth communications hub – meaning the user can control the plane via their smartphone. The Micro-USB charged module is apparently good for 10 minutes of flying per charge, and has an 180 feet/55 metre comms range (i.e. between it and you, piloting it via Bluetooth link to your smartphone). Max speed is 10mph.

So far PowerUp 3.0′s aviation enthusiast makers have a working prototype and an iOS app but they’ve taken to Kickstarter to get the project off the ground (ho-ho). The campaign launched on Saturday and blasted past its $50,000 target in just eight hours, according to inventor Shai Goitein, so there’s clearly considerable appetite for disruptions to paper-plane throwing mechanisms.

Or for a lower cost way of bagging yourself a remote-controlled airplane, which is basically what this is – albeit, not an ‘all weathers’ aircraft. Soggy paper planes aren’t going to go anywhere, app or no app.

At the time of writing PowerUp’s Kickstarter funding total is soaring north of $135,000 (and climbing steadily) – if they reach $150,000 an Android app will also be baked.

The basic PowerUp 3.0 package costs $30 but all those pledge levels have been bagged by early backers, so the kit now costs from $40 – or more if you want extras like rechargeable power packs.

The current iOS app, which has been in the works for more than a year, includes a throttle lever for ascending/descending, and a tilt to steer function – which manipulates a small fin on the rear of the module to shift the plane’s in-air trajectory. There can’t be a paper-plane folding kid in the world that hasn’t wished for such trajectory bending magic.

The module’s frame is made of carbon fibre, so it can survive the inevitable crash landings – as well as be light enough for flight.

Backers of the PowerUp 3.0 can expect to be disrupting their lessons come May next year, when the kit is due to ship. After the Kickstarter campaign, Goitein says the plan is to sell the module via retail outlets from June next year, with an RRP of $50.

 

TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/28/paper-plane-3-0/

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Bond, The App For Giving Gifts, Lands On The Web

Just in time for Black Friday,Bond is bringing its gifting platform to the web after spending a couple of months as a native mobile app.

Bond, created by Sonny Caberwal, takes all the heavy lifting out of gift giving, with a large focus on the enterprise and professional gifts.

So let’s say you just finished up a big interview at your dream job, or you just left the office of a brand new client after making a huge sale. That’s the perfect moment to open up Bond and choose a gift in a certain price bracket, easily obtain the recipient’s address, and even formulate a hand-written note.

Oh, did I mention? Bond has a robot that writes hand-written notes. And according to Caberwal, the Robot is being refined to learn new versions of handwriting, so that one could eventually send a hand-written note to a friend or colleague in their own handwriting.

But why?

Well, after a few months on the market, Bond has realized that big corporate clients are going to be the future for Bond.

Caberwal eventually sees Bond becoming a platform that large corporations can customize to their own gifting needs. As a first step, the team is bringing Bond to the web.

 

Tech Crunch:http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/29/bond-the-app-for-giving-gifts-lands-on-the-web/

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Bitcoin provides mobile app for live streaming (POV)

http://www.4-traders.com/CHANCELLOR-GROUP-INC-14350606/news/Chancellor-Group-Inc–Bitcoin-Enabled-Mobile-App-for-Wearable-Point-Of-View-POV-Video-Released-to-17568526/

Bitcoin has developed another application, but this time it utilizes Point-Of-View (POV) video to give users the ability to live stream video.  It was released in the Apple App Store, and is free with the option for in app purchases, for exclusive content.

This mobile application will give users the ability to follow someone using a POV video device, such as a GoPro or Google Glass, on their mobile device. It will most likely be utilized by celebrities and sport athletes to provide exciting live streaming video to fans.

While it sounds silly now, it makes sense considering where technology is going, and how user interaction and communication is moving from text to video.  Although, I foresee issues with privacy and the availability of video recording hardware.  This application may have been released too early, and could have bad consequences, especially with security and privacy.

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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.

 

Read more at the link provided below.

Mobile technology tracks your every move

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New Mobile Technology “Assisting” in Long Distance Relationships

 

Mobile technology undoubtedly has been a blessing for those who are in long distance relationships in this age in time. Sometimes smartphones are changing the way we as human beings manage our love life wither it is for better or worse. The dilemma now days is though  smart phones have provided us with an instantaneous way of communicating to each other at our fingertips, it  still feels like people or couples are still more disconnected than ever.

The creators behind the BOND bracelet have attempted to solve this disconnection by creating a bracelet that two significant partners wear and allow your mobile phone to generate vibrations to another despite distance across the globe.

Read more about this love bracelet at

Mobile technology helps relationships, but doesn’t replace touch 

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

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

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Datanator Application allows for cross-platform cloud

New Datanator Sync app for mobile data

The Datanator mobile application by Lollaksi, syncs mobile data (texts, calendar, contacts, documents, video, and images) across different operating systems.  It allows user to manage and back up content on all of their mobile devices, including Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices.  This means when you take a picture on your iPhone, you will be able to access it from your Windows tablet.  It is essentially a cloud based application, such as drop box, but works cross platform.

This is the only application that provides this service, making it first to the market and unique.  Many users have differing operating systems depending on the platform, for example iPhone (iOS) and a Windows Tablet.  Without this application, the formatting and viewing of data is skewed and takes time to correct.  This application backs up users personal information, so it has been designed to be secure.  There is also an option to pay monthly for extra features and to add more devices.

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Wave fingers, make faces: The future of computing at Intel

Intel is the king of PCs, but it hasn’t always been ahead of evolving innovations. Its processors power more than 80 percent of the world’s computers and the vast majority of its servers, but Intel has made little headway in smartphones and tablets. The goal is getting sensory inputs that make computers more human like. Devices will be able to sense emotion and detect a person’s biometric data simply using a camera.

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Some places are banning Google glasses

One of the early Google Glass adopters was asked to leave a restaurant as some of the customers were not comfortable with him wearing it.

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Sygic launching new gps app to to put HUD on windshield

Sygic is today launching a heads-up display (HUD) interface on its iPhone and Android apps — no extra gadgets required. You just need to place your smartphone under your windshield and Sygic’s high-contrast HUD interface will be reflected on it, making it appear as if your car has a futuristic smart windshield. The interface highlights the most important navigation information, like the distance to your next turn, and it works in conjunction with the app’s voice navigation.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/27/want-a-futuristic-navigation-hud-on-your-windshield-check-out-sygics-gps-app/

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Waiting in line Vs. Paying for shipping

The best deals are the hardest to find and can often be dangerous at attempting to get. So they made Cyber monday, a great way to keep the money moving and also incorporating the lazy and more occupied shoppers. So which day is better for buying a Smartphone? This article tackles that question and compares the two options for each shoppers preferences. With the days fast approaching this seemed like a most relevant bit of information and could help avoid a great deal of wasted time and unnecessary frustration.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57613868-94/black-friday-vs-cyber-monday-when-should-you-buy-a-smartphone/

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It might not be earth shattering news, but it sure is interesting

Cnet, my most common source for technological news and updates, has  created a list of the top 25 tech deals for black friday 2013. There are a good number of mobile devices on the list and with the day fast approaching this certainly seems like something worth checking out if you are going to be standing in like and wasting a thanksgiving for some good bargains.

 

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-35264_7-57613858/top-25-black-friday-tech-deals-2013/

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Space Instagram

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/28/tech/innovation/the-stratospheric-rise-nasa-instagram/index.html

 

 

NASA has taken another step to ramp up the space program, this time reaching mobile users via the application Instagram. Check out this IGer’s pic of the day!

 

 

The stratospheric rise of NASA’s Instagram

NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.

Out-of-this-world photos from Nasa’s Instagram

(CNN) — 350,000 followers agree: no one does selfies quite like NASA.

It’s the year of the “selfie” and the year that social media-transmitted self portraits were taken to new heights, with the arrival of U.S. space agency NASA on Instagram.

In less than three months, the space agency has accumulated over 350,000 followers and given them an incredible insight into the day-to-day lives of astronauts and Nasa’s work unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

NASA launched the account on September 6 — promising to take its fans on “an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond” — and soon spawned a slew of viral trends.

The account’s first post highlighted the launch of the agency’s LADEE research robot. But the spacecraft’s lift-off threw up some unexpected results in the form of an ill-fated photobomber, soon to be known as #nasafrog.

New photographs from NASA’s satelites and spacecraft have spread across the internet, too — a fresh view of Saturn making headlines — in addition to candid scenes aboard the International Space Station.

Three months in, the account is going strong, picking up hundred more followers each day. And that’s as good an excuse as any to have another gawk at 15 of the most awe-inspiring, incredible and moving NASA Instagram photos so far.

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Here is what people did on mobile devices in Q3, by number of impressions

Mobile advertising is becoming more prevalent with every year that passes, and Q3 of this year was no exception to the trend. The reports talked about in this article used “impressions”, or number of times an ad is displayed on a page, to see what mobile device users were doing with their devices. They also determined that Apple topped the list for both manufacturers and devices (as ranked by impressions) with three of the top four devices being Apple products. This study indicates that impressions increased lifestyle and sports applications by six times the usual amount. There are many other interesting numbers talked about in the article, so if you want to know more about this study please click the link to the article below.

Source: Here is what people did on mobile devices in Q3, by number of impressions

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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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Vulnerabilities common in mobile apps

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/336884/scitech/technology/nearly-90-of-mobile-apps-vulnerable-to-attack-study

A new study finds that up to nine out of 10 mobile apps – including those on Apple iOS products – may have security vulnerabilities that can be potentially exploited. This is economically useful information for a solutions provider in the security development niche.

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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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Notch Provides More Complete Body Tracking

Notch is a wearable sensor application with a twist, it allows users to use multiple notch sensors to create a more complete image of their movements. It can be turned on and off, as well as set to a continuous collection phase. Not only does it capture movement information, but it also provides haptic feedback through a small vibration on the sensor. The product is still in its Kickstarter phase in an already crowded mobile tracking market, so time will tell if it makes it off the ground.

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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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Phone Fraud on the Rise

Pindrop Security claims that call centers are losing $0.57 per call due to fraud. – See more at: http://www.eweek.com/security/phone-fraud-on-the-rise-report.html#sthash.dQavBmHv.dpuf

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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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Orange Script could be fruitful for Android app development

Android developers, particularly those with JavaScript, C, and C++ skills, have another option for mobile apps.

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Sprint Ranks Lowest in Customer Satisfaction

A recently published Consumer Reports survey of more than 58,000 American wireless subscribers places Sprint dead last in customer satisfaction after the carrier received “dismal” ratings for pricing and network reliability. This news does not come as much of a surprise, as Sprint has been slowly losing mobile subscribers in the recent past. Verizon Wireless was once again the top major carrier, receiving high marks for data service and some aspects of customer support.

 

See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/sprint-customer-satisfaction-ratings/

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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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Adroit Digital: Millennial moms will embrace mobile shopping this holiday season

Advertising company Adroit Digital has today announced the results of its holiday shopping survey, which measured the way moms are going to do their holiday shopping online this season. The survey found that 71 percent of moms are responsible for 75 percent or more of all gift purchases during the holiday season.

The survey was taken by 1,000 North American moms across three age groups, Millennials, GenX, and Boomers. Across all three groups, 32 percent of respondents say they will do 60 percent or more of their shopping online, whether on a desktop or a tablet or smartphone.

The survey found 50 percent of moms will check prices against online retailers while shopping in traditional stores, and 42 percent will use their phones to compare prices at other nearby locations.

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

Online shopping startup Sift, which just closed a $2 million seed round, simultaneously snubs and relies on retail marketing emails.

The company’s iOS app sifts through the glut of daily marketing emails clogging your inbox and transforms that into a personalized storefront. It also incorporates data it gathers through social media, other publicly available sources, and your browsing history within the app, which launched on iPhone today after arriving on iPad last year.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/22/sift-iphone-shopping-funding/

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Adobe and App Development

Adobe has a long history of being involved with the development and advancement of the Web, and has led the vision of a more creative online design surface with breakthrough interactivity. With scalable vector graphics (SVG), Adobe initiated creative vector graphics for the web that are now critical in a world of high resolution mobile devices and the applications that have become so popular on them.

Today’s world is different than it was even a few years ago. Adobe addresses this with focused, task-oriented tools and a lean development process to validate and iterate on the tools to incorporate feedback quickly.

But how do Adobe make that possible? Because of the ever-changing landscape in Web standards, app and gaming development, Adobe released experimental tools and prototypes quickly on what they call Adobe Labs. And since that process of agile, iterative development worked so well, Adobe made it a fundamental aspect of our Creative Cloud offering – rapid fixes and improvements based on real user feedback and reports.

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TextPride scores $1M to bring branded emojis and stickers to mobile apps

Mobile branded content company TextPride has completed a $1 million seed funding round, the company said. TextPride makes stickers and emojis that mobile messaging apps can add as paid upgrades to their services.

The company is currently working with over 200 brands, including the University of Notre Dame, the Chicago Blackhawks, NASCAR, and the U.S. Military, which is bound to be popular. From those 200 partners, TextPride has created over 8,000 branded emoji.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/20/textpride-scores-1m-to-bring-branded-emojis-and-stickers-to-mobile-apps/

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iBotta, new app that pays you to shop

iBotta is an app that has recently taken off and become increasingly more popular since Apple recently named it a “Best New App”. The goal of iBotta is to provide its users a platform where they can earn cash just by shopping at grocery stores, home improvement stores, retailers and even restaurants. iBotta reports that users have already earned over 3.7 million dollars in cash back. The premise is this, you go into a grocery store and load up iBotta, the app shows you items that you can buy and earn cash back for, you purchase the item and provide proof of purchase by using your receipt as a record and iBotta gives you the cash via the app. From there you can load it on numerous forms of gift cards or transfer it to a paypal account. The only limitation I notes so far is that the products available to earn cash back on are limited. If the company can get numerous more restaurants and companies on board this app could prove to be very beneficial to consumers.

Source: iBotta

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Eat out, fight hunger: Mogl donates meals to food banks when you eat at restaurants

This application allows you to receive money that is used to donate to food banks when you eat out at restaurants. It is only running in San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura County, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Phoenix so far, but its growth looks promising. They use a tracking feature to analyze the number of people that would be attending food banks to look at the need for this.

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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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Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play now interacts better with tablets. The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.

 

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

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Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

Microsoft will soon take over Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone and Windows 8 products.

 

Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal