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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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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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OFF Pocket, designed to prevent GPS tracking

A new start-up has launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce a new phone case to consumers that are concerned with tracking and privacy issues. Their product named OFF Pocket is designed to block all signals coming to and from your smartphone by means of a case that interferes with the signals. It is reported to block Wi-Fi, Cellular and GPS signals. People might say why don’t you just shutdown the device but most devices still transmit even when completely off so this product would even stop that. The technology is like an electric field blocker similar to that of a Faraday Cage. This is a good product for consumers worried about their privacy but it isn’t quite practical in my opinion. The case offers little protection as it is just a metal fabric cloth like sack that you place your phone in. Also what happens when you have to take your phone out to use it? You will become ‘visible’ again and you’ll have to wait for your phone to load all of the data from when it was not reachable.

Sources: OffPocket.com, Popular Science

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Spark By Google

Spark is a Chrome app IDE(integrated development environment). This allows users to create chrome apps much quicker than before. In this class, we talk about how users are creating more content than ever before.  Spark gives them greater capabilities to do so.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/21/google-is-building-a-chrome-app-ide-to-help-developers-make-more-chrome-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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There are actually two operating systems in every phone

Any phone with mobile communications capability  has 2 operating systems. Aside from the operating system that we as end-users see (Android, iOS, PalmOS), it also runs a small operating system that manages everything related to radio.

 

http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/11/13/0237214/the-second-operating-system-hiding-in-every-mobile-phone

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EU allowing passengers on flights use their 3G and 4G!

While Americans are happy because we can keep our Kindle’s out, the EU is now allowing passengers to use their 3G and 4G while flying. They just need to watch out for roaming charges.

 

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/11/14/1632207/eu-to-allow-3g-and-4g-connections-on-planes

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Mobile technology will continue to revolutionise the way we shop

Advances in mobile technology have led to people personalizing their lives to such an extent that we only consume the media we want, read the blogs and tweets we agree with, and visit only the online fashion stores we favour. Nowadays, the mobile phone has become the window to all of our lives, where personal experiences and tastes can be seen in the photos we share, playlists we listen to and the online games we play. The natural extension of this customization of our lives is that, as consumers, we now want to customize the products we purchase too.

 

Read the entire article here: http://www.retail-week.com/events/christmas/comment-mobile-technology-will-continue-to-revolutionise-the-way-we-shop/5054881.article?blocktitle=More-news-&-analysis&contentID=13146

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Court: Homeland Security must disclose cellular shutdown protocols

The US Department of Homeland Security’s ability to seek a shutdown of cellular and wireless networks in times of crisis, such as the potential of a remote detonation bomb threat isn’t new. Exactly how and when that authority can be used, however, must be disclosed, thanks to a new ruling by a Washington, D.C.-based court.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has rejected Homeland Security’s argument that its reasoning and protocols for the so-called “kill switch” were exempt from public disclosure.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612529-94/court-homeland-security-must-disclose-cellular-shutdown-protocols/

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Apple, Samsung Whip Out Calculators in Patent Penalty Redux

Apple and Samsung are in U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s court again, this time revisiting how much Samsung should pay Apple for violating its patents. Apple is seeking US$379.8 million for violation of five of its patents; Samsung wants to pay Apple $52.7 million. The proceedings, which began Wednesday, became necessary after Koh set aside a portion of the original $1 billion-plus award because the jury erred in making its calculations.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/79439.html

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Wolfram announces ‘most important’ project: a general-purpose programming language, like C++ or Java, that can be used to create a variety of different applications.

The power of Wolfram Alpha — the intelligent search engine that can answer natural language questions and solve complex math problems — is being built into an upcoming programming language that its founder, Stephen Wolfram, says will be incredibly easy to use. The language, Wolfram writes, is “a way to go from an idea to a fully deployed realization in an absurdly short time.” It’s called Wolfram Language, and it’s an evolution of what’s been used inside of his company Wolfram’s popular Mathematica software for over 25 years now.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/14/5103446/wolfram-language-announced-intelligent-knowledge-based-programming

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Ninja Metrics Uses Predictive Analytics to Unlock the Value of Social Gamers

Before Ninja Metrics opened up their predictive analytics business yesterday, they spent 10 years of research in developing it.  They have developed the Katana Analytics Engine.  It “tracks social interactions among gamers and predicts which ones will drop out, buy items, or share your game the most with friends.”  This tracking, however, is not like normal statistics tracking.  It tracks a lot more items ultimately to give gamers’ measurement of social influence and how much that is worth in real monetary value.

This is extremely important in the mobile gaming world.  Having your users share your app is the best advertisement any company can get.  It is more personalized than any one ad can make.  If Ninja Metrics can lock down this predictive trend, companies will be swarming all over them trying to get ahold of that data.

Ninja Metrics aims to unlock the value of social gamers through predictive analytics

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Georgia Tech employing new way of using wifi

Focus the Wi-Fi signal from the ceiling-mounted access point in a precise cone-shaped pattern, that’s the trick. Users now consistently get up to 144Mbps instead of crappy signal like before, and like we’re used to here at FSU.

 

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/110413-georgia-tech-antennas-275521.html?hpg1=bn

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Kill Android’s crapware and avoid security holes

Security holes in pre-installed apps on Android can hurt your phone, so prepare yourself better by just getting rid of these useless apps. There’s software called NoBloat Free can that help with this.

http://www.itworld.com/security/381716/want-protect-your-android-phone-heres-how-kill-its-crapware

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The Pre-fetching method, and how Uber uses it wrong

Pre-fetching is a method for loading Webpages and other content in a (ideally) quick way; necessary content for the requested page is loaded first, while subsequent pages are loaded in the background. The goal of this method is to load an entire site at once, making the user’s navigation to other pages faster and more seamless. For example, a user opens a website and the Home-page opens. While the user is looking at the Home-page, the other pages are pre-loaded in the background so they won’t need to be loaded when the user navigates elsewhere. However, if this method is done incorrectly, the Home-page can fail to load quickly while other content is being loaded and the entire process defeats itself.

Keynote, a company that runs analyses on websites and applications, released new data on startup times. Uber, an application for finding personal drivers and transportation, was tested as having a very long startup time of 19.6 seconds. The Uber app uses pre-fetching to load its content, although it is an excellent example of using the method incorrectly. When the Uber website is loaded, over 50 HTTP requests are sent, and the slow startup time is due to many non-essential elements being loaded before those that are essential to the user.

Here’s more about how the Uber apps use Pre-fetching, and why it is implemented poorly: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/07/why-are-ubers-apps-slow-to-load-its-due-to-pre-fetching/

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Apple is once again rated the world’s most valuable brand

Forbes once again rates Apple as the world’s most valuable brand above Microsoft, Coca-Cola, IBM and Google. Forbes lists Apple’s brand value at $104.3 billion, nearly double that of second-place Microsoft. Interestingly, the list notes that Apple’s advertising budget is significantly smaller than the three brands directly behind it. Samsung, which “had the strongest one-year gain of any brand in the top 100″ and is up by 53% from 2012.

http://bgr.com/2013/11/07/apple-worlds-most-valuable-brand-2013/

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Augmented Reality to Drastically Jump in near Future

Juniper Research came out with a new report stating that 200 million people will use augmented reality apps on a regular basis by 2018.  It also claims that AR is expanding from gaming and going into the lifestyle and healthcare category.

This can be seen already in hospitals and clinics.  Some rocket companies are using some of this technology as well.  It seems, however, that some of this report is based off of Android’s growing dominance.  Juniper appears to claim that a more standardized platform to work from will create a better AR user experience and adoption.

Either way, this study looks very promising for AR developers.  The report looks extremely thorough and something to not just take lightly.

Smartphones + smart glasses: Augmented reality to jump 333% by 2018

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iPad Air launch greeted with low repairability score

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

 

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

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6 Design Tips For Improving Your Mobile Retail Conversions

Hipmob, author Ayo Omojola, provides tips on how to help mobile businesses better communicate to custoemrs. This particular post focuses on design choices prevalent in mobile retail and mobile eCommerce apps. The tips are as follows:

  1. Pictures Matter
  2. Bring the “point” front and center
  3. Bring the “call-to-action” front and center
  4. Limit the amount of taps
  5. Turn the funnel upside down
  6. Think Paypal and Amazon, not Visa and Amex

Omojola says “All in – this gets you a mobile shopping interface which takes 3 clicks to buy. Doesn’t work for everyone, but if you plan to sell real world goods or services from a mobile interface, it’s a good start. ”

Read more about Omojola’s tips in Forbes Cyber Monday Prep article 6 Design Tips For Improving Your Mobile Retail Conversions

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Facebook Mobile Ads Prove to be Effective

Mobile advertisement seems to be the way to go.  This is again seen with Facebook in their quarterly results.  In general, mobile monthly active users increased 45 percent.  49 percent of all Facebook’s revenue came from mobile revenue.  Facebook now accounts for a 15.8 percent share of all global mobile ad spending.

Whether these results are just from more users or Facebook has found a way to market smarter, their profit is increasing.  Other companies must learn and follow suit if they do not want to get left behind in our ever increasing mobile world.

Facebook ads firing on all cylinders: Revenue up 63%, profit up $484M

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New report: what city-dwellers want from their mobile devices

Around 7,500 people from various major world cities were polled by Ericsson for a new report on their mobile device desires and needs. Here are some common topics that were mentioned:

  • Traffic – Almost half of those surveyed want an improved personal navigator/GPS for both inside and outside navigation.
  • Childcare – ICT-enabled child-care services are desired/predicted in the future.
  • Communication – People mentioned  a need for improved mobile communication with authority (such as contacting police).
  • Food – A desire for restaurant ingredient-checkers was frequently mentioned and expected in the near future.

Mobile technology is inevitably booming, and smartphone users are clearly embracing any and all innovations in the field. It is important to understand that people are ready for change and welcoming of any improvements that mobile technology can help bring to their lives.

Here is the press release from Ericsson – http://www.ericsson.com/news/1738816

And the report in its entirety – http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2013/consumerlab/smartphones-change-cities.pdf

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Android’s KitKat could be taking on TV

The new Android OS called KitKat is rumored to be centered around not only improving the smartphone usability, but to also incorporate TV functionality.  It is not specific yet how Google will have Android incorporate TV into its new software but Google has tried a couple times before to take on the TV market. Google has teamed up with Samsung before for Google TV which ended up failing, they recently came out of Chromecast which is their response to Apple TV. Many companies like Apple and Google has been coming out with alternative to TV to make it more mobile and easier for consumers but no one has exactly ‘changed the game’ in the TV industry. Maybe with Google’s KitKat they will incorporate your DVR to be on your phone, use the phone as a remote, or make it easier to display content on both your phone and TV to see more information.  There are many possibilities with how Google will try to change the way consumers view TV again, hopefully this time it is effective and works.

 

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57609163-251/android-4.4-kitkat-update-could-focus-on-tv-report-says/

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Motion Technology To Your Mobile Device

Motion technology is a hot area right now, and it’s quickly changing. With the Xbox Kinect being the first to the table with wireless motion detection and then the new Samsung S4 having motion detecting abilities, everyone now wants in. Good news, a company has now developed a software that will bring motion detection to ANY device.

An Oslo, Norway-based startup, Elliptic Labs, has launched a software development kit and hardware proof-of-concept of a new way of controlling your smartphone or tablet — with simple touchless gestures. The company says it has major Asian smartphone manufacturers onboard for shipping products next year, is demoing the product at CEATEC in Tokyo today, and is already playing Fruit Ninja and Subway Surfer on an Android phone as if it was an Xbox Kinect game.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/02/this-new-ultrasound-touchless-gesturing-tech-lets-you-control-your-android-phone-like-xbox-kinnect/#3Or4Fvra9VxkbLBb.99

 

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Brand survey shows simplicity is the secret to Samsung’s success

In Siegel & Gale’s Simplicity Index, Samsung has not only leapfrogged Apple, but now ranks above every other smartphone manufacturer on the planet, including the high-ranking Nokia and LG. Comparing these results with last year’s, Apple ranked 7th while Samsung did not appear in the top 10. Now Samsung has taken the 8th spot, while Apple has sunk to 19th.

http://bgr.com/2013/10/24/samsung-global-brand-simplicity-index-2013/

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Hulu Shifts to Free, but Limited Mobile Video

Since Hulu announced Mike Hopinks as their permanent CEO last week, the company has taken a notable shift in the mobile arena. Hulu shifts to let anyone watch clips on its mobile site, after previously making mobile video off limits to all but paying subscribers.

 

But this new change has a condition,users are only able to watch a curated collection of TV’s best moments, hand-picked & crafted by our editorial team that are available to be viewed on mobile devices. The company describes it as “a daily portal of what’s going on in TV, pop culture and news” with a stockpile of clip content.  This new offering is available free of charge and you do not need to login! Just type in hulu.com on your phone or tablet browser, and you’re all set to enjoy the best of TV instantaneously.

 

Read more about Hulu makes some mobile video free, but no full episodes  at  CNET News.

Don’t believe the hype then visit their blog page to read it for yourself.

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Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 not worth installing just yet

A user recently tried Ubuntu Touch OS on a Nexus 7 with better results than anticipated, but still not worth the trouble of a new operating system. Cons: Lag when loading apps (just opening the calculator took 7 seconds), horrible battery life, and screen spasms when trying to do to many things at once. Pros: Easy installation with no hiccups, easy, short tutorial on how to work it (given you’re familiar with Linux systems), and a “peppy” web browser with a sleek keyboard. Overall though, he argues it’s not ready for day to day use.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/review-ubuntu-touch-nexus-7-almost-awesome

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Love Movies? Then you’ll love MUBI

MUBI is an app for classic and independent movie lovers: Each day, the MUBI team hand picks an international, independent or classic film. MUBI subscribers can then view that film for up to 30 days, and effectively, this means that you can watch 30 or so movies each month for US$4.99, or less per month if you sign up for six months or a year.

Streaming movies is becoming a fast growing market, Netflix is the leader of streaming and many other companies are heading that way. Mobile phones are already fully capable of streaming, now its time to flood the market.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/79060.html

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European homes now have 100 percent broadband coverage

Every citizen in the European Union now has broadband Internet access at home, a goal the European Commission said it reached before its year-end deadline.

Pushing the needle all the way to 100 percent is satellite-based Internet access, which reached the 0.6 percent of homes that wired connections and mobile networks couldn’t reach, the EC announced Thursday. DSL, cable TV, and fiber-optic lines reach 96.1 percent, and mobile networks reach 99.4 percent.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57608022-94/european-homes-now-have-100-percent-broadband-coverage/

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A Third of Google’s Paid Clicks Come from Mobile

The Search Agency has just published a report on the state of paid search report.  It found that 33 percent of clicks on Google ads are now from smartphones or tablets.  Google has greatly increased their mobile usage overall but their biggest growth comes from its product listing ads.  They have found a way to mingle mobile and desktop advertising in a single, blended format.

This is just further proof that our society is moving to a more mobile age.  With better enhanced mobile functions, come more users and possibly more money.  Users want it, but it has to be in a user-friendly unobtrusive way.

A full third of Google’s paid clicks now coming from mobile (report)

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6 Ways Mobile Technology Has Transformed the World’s Poor

Mobile technology is rapidly changing the face of communication in the most remote areas of the world. Today, out of the seven billion people in the world, approximately six billion are cell phone subscribers. In response, companies, governments, and NGOS alike have realized the potential of this tool in addressing today’s most pressing global challenges.

Education and health are two of the biggest ways the article mentions among other areas. Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clara-tsao/6-ways-mobile-techology-h_b_4054076.html

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Mobile Gaming Market Future May Challenge Established Handhold Platform, Starting with iOS

Mobile gaming has become increasingly more popular on mobile devices as systems improve and touch screen controls are optimized. With the advent of iOS 7, Apple added in compatibility for the use of external gamepads to streamline, optimize, and enhance the mobile gaming experience. Logitech, so far, seems to be the only one taking this new development seriously.

Three days ago, a picture of one of Logitech’s controllers was leaked on Twitter by a source known for reliability in producing images of future mobile products. The image is of one of three style designs presented back in June at Apple’s WWDC (2013). This would completely negate the necessity for the current poor functioning Bluetooth keyboard hacks being used to simulate the button inputs of a gamepad. The obvious benefits of the materialization of such objects over current hacks are more precise button mapping and better response times, due to a physical connection. There is also a standalone gamepad model that was exhibited to communicate via Bluetooth, all of which would offer more precise tactile control with most or all styles of games that don’t function well with touch screens.

A last interesting tidbit takes into account the gaming revenues on both Android and iOS as they are beginning to rival handhold traffic from the big names like Nintendo. Depending on the orchestration of gamepad technology and development for mobile devices or the inclusion of dual analog sticks (as has been rumored), the current portable powerhouses might have new troubles to deal with. A wise decision to include this implementation on Apple’s part, I would say.

 

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/be-still-my-beating-heart-this-might-be-logitechs-gamepad-for-the-iphone/

 

 

 

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Android is huge in China but it’s also out of Google’s control

Enders Analysis analyst Benedict Evans has posted a chart on his Twitter account that uses data from the Umeng Analytics Platform to show that Chinese Android users only used Google Play for downloading 5.6% of all mobile apps on their devices. The vast majority of Android apps downloaded in China — a full 72.6%, Umeng found — are from third-party app stores.

http://bgr.com/2013/10/03/android-china-app-store-analysis/

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Cheap Smartphones Overtaking High-end Sales

Juniper Research has predicted that “ultra-low cost” smartphone sales will grow to 200 million in 2018.  They also predict that the high-end smartphone market will “diminish proportionally.”  If this is true, some companies, especially Apple, may have something to worry about in the next few years.  This could have been the reason for introducing the 5c.  Juniper also states that high-end hardware in other countries are being sold for lower prices than in the US.

Juniper: Ultracheap smartphone sales to grow 20 times by 2018 while high-end phones suffer

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Chart shows how Android is more responsible for BlackBerry’s downfall than iPhone

BlackBerry still had a reasonably significant share of the smartphone market throughout most of 2009, two years after Apple first launched its iconic device. Things only start to go south for BlackBerry in 2010 when Android’s market share started exploding in the mobile landscape.  Android has ballooned to an 80% share of the global smartphone market, Apple’s market share has remained remarkably consistent and has stayed in the 15% to 20% range for the past four years.

http://bgr.com/2013/09/26/blackberry-downfall-analysis-android/

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The Hottest App Out…HotelTonight

HotelTonight connects travelers with last-minute deals on hotel rooms. Every day at noon local time, the app presents a selection of unsold rooms at steep discounts that travelers book through their smartphones. This approach is useful for travelers who need a place to stay, but also for hotels that want to fill up their empty inventory and reach an audience of travel-savvy consumers. And today, they released some more news for their audience.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/25/hoteltonight-launches-in-15-new-destination-and-adds-highroller-option/#RzywkpfPfzhXgk1K.99

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The Explosion In Mobile-Centric Audiences And What It Means For The Tech And Media Industries

A recent report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s subscription research service, digs into the latest mobile usage trends, explain why there’s still plenty of runway left for mobile industry growth, and identifies the businesses that stand to gain the most.

By year-end 2013 there will be some 2 billion active smartphones and tablets in the world, and they will outnumber PCs by a significant margin.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mobile-centric-media-audiences-2013-9#ixzz2fRcCThVX

 

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Latin America mobile ad industry needs more innovation and education

According to a survey released by The Festival of Media LatAm and Telefonica. The survey is comprised of the views of industry representatives from the region: advertisers, media agencies, media owners, and others.

There is a mixed picture around innovation in the market with 40% agreeing that there are many industry players innovating in the LatAm mobile ad market, and 36% disagreeing.Overall, 63% confirm that mobile is important to their and their clients’ marketing strategies – in fact 35% say it’s ‘very important’. And 79% think mobile is as effective as other types of advertising, with 52% believing it delivers strong results.

Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/latin-america-mobile-ad-industry/#ixzz2fRZyr2qT

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People don’t want to wait more than 3 seconds for an app

Waiting for things to load is on the bottom of people’s to do list. VentureBeat posts an article from New Relic that shows the timings and inner workings of why apps are slow sometimes and the problems that arise from multiple users picking that exact time to want to use your app. You have to be ready and understand how to work around these issues.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/02/this-is-why-users-think-your-mobile-app-sucks-a-3-second-response-time/

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Kids Favor Tablets Over Smartphones For Games

We talked a little bit in class about how tablets are exponentially increasing.  Here is just some more proof from Mixpanel confirming that.  The percentages are drastic.  This allows us to see where the mobile market is going, and we must be prepared for it.

Little fingers love big touchscreens: Kids favor tablets over smartphones for games.

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App in Bermuda changing the headaches of city parking

A recently made app in Bermuda is testing out a way to pay for you meters through your phone instead of loose change. You have to register with them, set an account up, and then you can park anywhere with a meter. You can text, use an app, or call and it starts counting. A sticker is given to put on your car so you don’t get a citation. This has the potential to be a very popular app, especially for those who never have spare change on them. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130912/BUSINESS03/130919912

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eGood making an easy way to donate when you buy

Instead of dumping your excess change into a little bin for a shady sounding fundraiser, eGood has made an app that makes it easy and non-invasive to donate to charities. When you buy from your favorite coffee shop for example, 5% of that will go to the coffee shop’s choice of cause. it’s still in beta version though and being tested with 25 businesses currently, but they hope to have individuals choose where their money goes, and businesses pick how big a percentage they can donate if it picks up traffic. http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/10/egood-is-a-mobile-payment-and-loyalty-system-that-helps-users-give-back/

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How mobile games are monetized

An intriguing explanation of how many mobile and social games have been successfully monetized. Techniques include creating app-specific premium currency (like chips in a casino), relieving users of difficult tasks/levels with a small fee (sometimes referred to as a “boost”), and creating the illusion that advancement in the game is based on skill and not on spending.

http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/RaminShokrizade/20130626/194933/

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Cloud Speeds Deployment Of New Mobile Apps – Forbes

Some companies, particularly banks, who are in need of well-designed mobile apps produced in a hurry are turning to cloud-based solutions. MicroStrategy, for example, has a cloud-based drag-and-drop app building platform being used to create many financial services apps.

Cloud Speeds Deployment Of New Mobile Apps – Forbes.

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Tips for marketing mobile apps

Greg Shuey, a Digital Marketing Executive for Stryde writes this brief but good article on five tactics that could potentially help people market their mobile apps. Noting it is not just important to have developed a good app, but that it be recognizable and downloaded, to become the ultimate success you hoped it to be.

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iPad & iPhone graph paper for designers and developers

Download the PDF file and print as many sheets as you need, then start sketching out your new app interface, interaction and screen flow.  Both are US standard 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper, complete with grid and guides to help you quickly get your ideas down.

Able Pear Software: iPad & iPhone graph paper for designers and developers.

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The Launch of New Mobile Apps Development Kit for Aerospace

http://mobile.siliconindia.com/news/IBS-Group-Member-Launches-New-Mobile-Apps-Development-Kit-for-Aerospace-nid-135929.html

A member of IBS Group and a leading global provider of advanced application and product development services, recently introduced a Mobile Applications Development Kit for engineering needs of aerospace and other enterprise, at the Aeromart Toulouse 2012.

The new kit adds another dimension to Luxoft’s existing technology solutions portfolio for engineers and includes a Mobile Bill of Material (BOM), a Mobile Certification Application, and a Mobile 3D-Visualization Tool.

The ultimate goal of each of the kit’s modules is to add capability for the engineers and mechanics to assess tasks “on the go” during a new aircraft inspection, existing aircraft maintenance or during the engineering and assembly process. Combination of mobile secure ecosystem and visualization adds granularity to every aspect of the engineering and maintenance process, streamlining the reporting, giving quick access to the bottom level of detail and bringing the entire process closer to the real-time mode.

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Common Security Threats with Inexperienced App Developers

http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=70673

Some of the most common security gaffs nestled inside of those decompiled and inspected Android apps according to Godfrey Nolan, founder of RIIS and author of both Decompiling Java and Decompiling Android?

  1. Without using obfuscating tools like HoseDex2Jar, people can easily reverse engineer the code in most Android applications.
  2. Sensitive data is being stored unencrypted on devices.
  3. Code that communicates with back-end systems often includes plain text security credentials. That means your security problem is no longer people getting those embarrassing and X-rated images you’ve taken of your ‘front end’, but instead, they now have access to your entire ‘back end’ as well.
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Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

While some see potential in Microsoft’s Surface tablet, most industry watchers appear to have written off the device at this point. Orders were reportedly cut in half following a slow launch, and Microsoft’s debut slate has been hammered time and time again by reviewers and analysts. The latest to pile on is Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, which estimates that when all is said and done, Microsoft will have sold fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in the slate’s debut quarter.

Read more: http://bgr.com/2012/12/05/microsoft-surface-sales-q4-2012-est/

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Instead of a Password, Security Software Just Checks Your Eyes

Typing a password into your smartphone might be a reasonable way to access the sensitive information it holds, but a startup called EyeVerify thinks it would be easier—and more secure—to just look into the phone’s camera lens and move your eyes to the side.

EyeVerify’s software identifies you by your “eyeprints,” the pattern of veins in the whites of your eyes. Everybody has four eyeprints, two in each eye on either side of the iris. The company claims that its method is as accurate as a fingerprint or iris scan, without requiring any special hardware.

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