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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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Android

Android App Inadvertently Can Leak Your Medical Info Online

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/318508-mobile-threat-monday-android-app-leaks-your-medical-info-online

iPharmacy is an app that can help you identify pills, learn more about your medications, and even keep track of your prescriptions with reminders. However, the security is not great, and the information can be leaked. From a conclusive look at the article, it is important to note that, economically, security should be of the highest concern when developing these sorts of apps.

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How mobile apps increase sales during peak times

http://www.fastcasual.com/blog/11319/How-mobile-apps-increase-sales-during-peak-times

Here’s an article that gives several examples of how mobile apps offer more incentive to accomplish consumer tasks, such as ordering ahead before going to a restaurant. It shows classic examples of how disruptive mobile technology has become.

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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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iOS mobile development usability

21.8% of Black Friday purchases were made on mobile devices

Over 20% of sales were made on mobile devices Friday, with iOS making up 18.1% of that traffic. Smartphones made more traffic than tablets, however, tablets had twice the number of sales.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/12/02/1636216/over-20-of-online-black-friday-sales-came-from-mobile-devices

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Huawei still leads in mobile wireless networks

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

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

 

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

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Why Lack of Context is Killing Your Mobile App

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

 

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

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Android mobile development mobile news

Misfit Wearables Launches An Android App For Its Activity Tracker

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

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

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Motorola’s Moto G lands on Amazon

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

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

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

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Android mobile news

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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Android mobile news

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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Text message exploit can force your Nexus phone to reboot

Have a Nexus phone? Well get ready for a flood of Denial of Service attacks. Apparently if you send a large volume of messages you can force a nexus phone to reboot. Fortunately, there is already an app in Google Play that will block the problem. Click the link below for more information and the firewall app.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/29/text-message-exploit-can-force-your-nexus-phone-to-reboot/

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mobile news

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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Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR

The time to buy a Moto X is now, Motorola has announced that they will take $150 off of the off-contract price as a part of the Cyber Monday deal. This includes the custom-design Moto Maker feature. The total price after is $350 for a custom designed smartphone with no carrier contract obligations.

Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR.

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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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mobile development

$200 “smartspecks”

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

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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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mobile news

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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mobile news

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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iPhone 5s is a best-selling phone in Japan

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

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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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Mobile gaming apps developers facing huge problem

The cost of getting a new mobile gamer exceeds the revenue that gamer produces. Super Data estimates that the cost per install (CPI, which is the measure of what it costs in advertising to get a user) was $2.73 for mobile games, compared to an average revenue per user of $1.96. And in the coming holiday season, Super Data estimates that the CPI will be more than double the average revenue per user. Super Data says that for 99 percent of game makers, that’s a problem.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/25/developers-brace-yourselves-for-a-bloodbath-the-cost-of-getting-a-new-mobile-gamer-exceeds-the-revenue-that-user-generates/

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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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Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

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

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

Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

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

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Sony is taking wearable technology to a whole new level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related: Google Glass: Limited and clunky

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

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

 

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

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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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New mobile chat application supports up to 500 participants

Quad’s Mobile Messaging App For College Groups Supports 500-Person Chats

A new mobile app targeted for college organizations such as fraternities or sororities supports up to 500 participants. It is designed to be a solution for issues with email in such demographics. Economically, this is a useful example of “solutionism” in mobile apps for an aspiring developer.

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

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