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UN sets stage for blazing fast new mobile devices

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

The U.N. must first approve of the international standards for its use. Once that happens, the technology will be used immediately for planning changes to equipment; but it could take two years to show up on consumers smartphone, tablets and other devices because of the time it takes to get to production.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120119/eu-un-mobile-technology/

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Amazon Dynamo DB: Big Data’s Big Cloud Moment

Amazon Web Services launched the DynamoDB NoSQL database service on Wednesday, marking the company’s boldest appeal yet for companies to trust a cloud-based service as a platform for running a business. The new system promises increased speed and capabilities because it is based on Dynamo, the NoSQL database Amazon developed internally and has used to run parts of its massive consumer commerce Web site since 2007.

http://informationweek.com/news/software/info_management/232500104

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New AT&T Smartphone plans could prove a better deal

http://moconews.net/article/419-att-raises-fees-on-smartphone-data-but-adds-more-data-to-monthly-plans/

 

AT&T has just revealed that they are increasing monthly rates on their basic Smartphone plans by $5 per month. These plans also have increased the amount of data users can consume per month before being charged for overage. So essentially, these new plans mean more bang for your buck!

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When Good Apps Go Bad

When Good Apps Go Bad – Dark Reading.

You know, just when you finally set your Facebook security settings to your liking, and you start feeling like you personal information is secure…more secure anyways… now this.  Are the seemingly harmless bundles of joy we call our most favorite apps stealing and sharing our info, too?!? Say it ain’t so.

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Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps

Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps | TechCrunch.

Appifier is a new service that boasts ease of usability and gives bloggers the power to individualize  themselves from the ever-crowded community of personal interest web writers who’s population multiplies seemingly by the second.  With the Appifier service you can turn your growingly popular WordPress blog into a custom-designed app of your very own, and can sell it via iTunes too.

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LG Android VMware Horizon Mobile hands-on

LG came out with a new software that allows a mobile phone to use two separate environments on the same phone. This technology allows users to have a version of Android that has security and version compatibility for your business, or a personal version for your own use. This software also allows manufacturers to “separate their software from their hardware.”

LG Android VMware Horizon Mobile hands-on – SlashGear.

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Digital Landing Prepares for More Mobile Users

Mobile Phones are taking over the U.S. which makes mobile phones the primary way that users are accessing the internet. The demand for high speed internet access, and mobile sites is at an all time high. Digital Landing, a leader of Internet, television, and other mobile devices is expanding to keep up with all the new smartphones that are out there.

Digital Landing Prepares for More Mobile Users – MarketWatch.

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Mobile Apps Quietly Steal Your Privacy

If you think you were safe using Mobile Apps, think again. Studies have shown that some apps infringe on the users privacy.  You would think it’s because of malware, but its not.  They are alot of concerns from apps that are sharing information that people aren’t aware of.  There are also app the have not been built securely.

Its been revealed that the authentication credentials for some apps are being stored on the backup file in clear text.  This allows anyone who has a backup of your phone to view that info in plain text.

People think that if they downloaded it from the store it is safe.  They are far from the truth.

 

Mobile Apps Quietly Steal Your Privacy – Security – Mobile Security – Informationweek.

 

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Grooveshark Launches HTML5 Mobile App to get Around Being Banned in App Stores

Grooveshark has been in legal issues with major music labels.  Like YouTube, Grooveshark depends on users to legally upload music that can be enjoyed by the community.  These legal issues has caused them to get banned from the Apple and Google mobile app stores.

With the launch of HTML5, they have found a way to work around not being in the app stores.  Users can access the app through their mobile browsers.  The app itself is simple in design right now, but functional.  But we can expect that to change in the near future.

 

Grooveshark launches HTML5 mobile app to get around being banned in app stores | VentureBeat.

 

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Lumia 900 – Nokia’s smartphone unveiled

The reviews on the new Windows Phone OS has been great, but the phones that it runs on, not so great. Nokia hopes to change this with their recently unwrapped Lumia 900, an addition to their Lumia line which has performed generally well in Europe. According to comments made by Thurrott, who runs the SuperSite for windows blog, the smartphone boasting a 4.3-inch resolution display, 512 MG of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and the Windows Phone Mango operating system, could be hitting the US shelves as early as March. “The Lumia 900 beautifully showcases the Windows Phone OS,” Ginny Mies of PC World wrote in a hands-on test of the Lumia this week.

Lumia 900 set for March release: report – CSMonitor.com.

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IPad 3 Said to Have High-Def Screen, LTE

Rumor has it that the next iPad, to be released in March, will deliver a lot more than it’s two predecessors. The bigger battery, it is said to have, will be able to support the power requirements of the newer LTE technology, which has already been introduced by other smartphone makers. A new display, with more pixels on screen than some high-definition TV’s and pixels small enough to makes the images look like printed material are also in the specs for the iPad 3. In addition it’s capability to work with the next-generation wireless networks and it’s high-defenition screen, the anticipated iPad will run a faster processor, enabling videos to be played almost instantly. The speculations were attained by three anonymous people who are familiar with the product, so I guess will have to wait until March to see how much is true.

IPad 3 Said to Have High-Def Screen, LTE – Bloomberg.

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Why Samsung Is The Next Apple

For most of the ten years I’ve been coming to CES, every presentation, every booth, has had one goal: to create an ecosystem in order to encourage consumer to lock in. Year after year, presentation after presentation, someone has come out to show how the phone will connect to the fridge which, in turn, will connect to the TV. And year after year, they failed.

Until now.

Samsung, and to some extent the other vendors, have finally cracked it. For most of the past few years they’ve watched as Apple ran circles around them in terms of media sharing and remote control. Obviously Apple’s systems have been limited to iPod/iTunes/iPad/Mac but Samsung, a major player in both the white goods and the mobile markets, can now have it all.

First, some numbers.

Samsung is number one in TVs for the sixth year in a row, selling approximately two TVs a second in November. While a minority of those TVs have been what Samsung is calling Smart TVs, all new TVs in 2012 will include boxless interactive television, which means a few things. First, it means Google and Apple are in trouble. Two TVs per second definitely beats any performance metrics for Google’s platform and, more important, Samsung has headed off Apple at the living room media pass.

Then consider Samsung’s lead in cellphone sales. While many would argue that Samsung specializes in meh and me-too, 60 million cellphones sold in 2011 can’t be a fluke. This isn’t about Android or iOS or Windows Phone – it’s about Samsung making and selling millions of phones to millions of people. Samsung is mercenary. They’re happy to use anyone’s OS as long as it puts phones into boxes and boxes into shopping bags.

So you have two superlatives: biggest phone manufacturer and biggest TV manufacturer. Add in some tablets, some washing machines, and some acceptable software and you have a real and vibrant ecosystem. The next year will bring plenty of efforts to bring streaming media into the home, but the guy who is already there will win.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/11/why-samsung-is-the-next-apple/

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iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

Apple has built a search engine for apps. It’s called iCloud – or more technically, it’s one aspect of the overall iCloud service. Using it, you can search through every app you have installed on your iOS device or have ever purchased in the past. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch right now.

The average smartphone user has 64 mobile apps installed on their mobile device. I’m ahead of the curve. I have around 400. It’s pushing nearly 7 GB of storage. Granted, many of these apps were installed for testing purposes only – they aren’t used daily by any means. But my real problem is that I’m not inclined to remove apps I don’t use. They just sit there on the phone, abandoned, languishing on the back screens. I could delete them, but I don’t. You know…just in case.

But the promise of iCloud, as I see it, is that these apps can disappear from the iPhone’s homescreen, but never have to fully disappear from reach.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/13/iclouds-app-search-engine-a-first-step-to-a-cloud-enabled-phone/

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MICROSOFT STUDENT APP DEVELPOMENT SITE

Microsoft has made a site specifically for students like us to make and distribute apps for windows on mobile devices.http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/findyourcolony/default.aspx.  interactive guides and tools allow for easy creation and refienment. intresting site,  seems very useful

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NEW ANDROID APP DEVELOPMENT SITE

Android has lanch a new sitehttp://android-developers.blogspot.com/2012/01/introducing-android-design-site.html that allows for easy and efficent app design with ice cream sandwhich  4.0. there is a place now that contains  multiple reasourcesto help developers called  Android Design: the place to learn about principles, building blocks, and patterns for creating world-class Android user interfaces. In addtion to the online resources there is also a blog section for the newst information on all things android so you can stay on the front edge of android app design.

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4G mobiles to be rolled out in Australia later this month

Running from 2MB to 40MB a second, the 4G network will double current 3G network speeds.  However, it is bad news for iPhone fans. Apple is yet to create a 4G-capable phone – even the iPhone 4S has a maximum download speed of 14.4MB.

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Telstra first to sign on to emergency alert service for mobile phones in Victoria

A WORLD-first emergency alert system to deliver text messages to mobile phones  will be in place this year.   New technology allows the alerts to be sent to all mobile phones in a certain  area and enables authorities to notify Victorians of fire, flood or other major  hazards at a moment’s notice.

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Google Publishes Ice Cream Sandwich Design Guide

Google has created a design guide for the new Android 4.0 operating system, known as Ice Cream Sandwich.  The guide shows how to make your app look nicer and easier to use, to make it easier to build a user base.  The guide provides tips to keep your app simple, make it look beautiful, and to ensure that you are taking advantage of the screen size of tablet devices.

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Boycott SOPA Act App Created

The ‘Boycott SOPA’ app and the informed consumer-citizen

An app called “Boycott SOPA” was created by two Canadian students trying to raise awareness to the United States’ Stop Online Piracy Act.  This bill, if passed, would change the way the internet is viewed not only by Americans, but people worldwide.  The app is available in the Android Marketplace, and works by scanning barcodes and reporting to the user whether the product is manufactured by a corporation that supports SOPA.

 

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Next-gen iPhone, iPad could deliver 20 times the graphics power

If you think  your iPod, iPhone, or iPad had high resolution just wait until you get your hand on the next generation of these devices. Such power would come courtesy of new graphics processing units developed by U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, which builds the GPUs for Apple’s mobile products. Announced on CES on Tuesday, Imagination’s new PowerVR Series6 GPU core chip family is touted as providing 20 times or more of the performance of the current generation. (cnet) Shocked? You should not be, as technology progress these things get better and better. As a result of this this would create a more pleasurable user experience for future customers. This leap would present developers with the opportunity to develop more detailed applications and games. With this at hand other top leaders in the market like android would have to make changes to their products to compete in the market.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57357766-37/next-gen-iphone-ipad-could-deliver-20-times-the-graphics-power/?tag=txt;title

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Hallelujah! Samsung promises all-day battery life on phones

Luckily for all future users for Samsung in the company just released great news. All devices coming out in 2012 will have all day battery life. According to Kevin Packingham, vice president of product innovation at Samsung. “When you wake up to when you go to bed, we don’t want you feeling anxiety about your battery life,” he said in an interview at CES.” According to Packingham future devies  will be designed the withhold the average heavy duty cell phone of the person, the is referring to heavy duty texters and app users. This a huge step a for modern technology, good and bad. Good because the average person wont have to carry a charger  around as much, but people will text and play games more just because they know their phone can handle it. This is going to add to the field of mobile tech development significantly, we all know that now a days that smart phone are equipped with power processors and more ram, the is presents developers with the opportunity to create more powerful apps and games. Therefore this may cut down on computer user for heavy duty use.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57358219-94/hallelujah-samsung-promises-all-day-battery-life-on-phones/?tag=txt;title

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Huge crowd forces delay of China’s iPhone 4S release

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-01-13/apple-china-iphone/52529164/1

 

Apple’s flagship Beijing store canceled the release of the iPhone 4s this Friday morning because of  anxiety of the threat of large crowds. Employees were preparing to open the doors at 7 am, but plans changed when they noticed hundreds of customers already crowding the streets. Police force was necessary and Apple made the executive decision to maintain the peace and safety of its employees by keeping the store closed. Apple representative Carolyn Wu commented “the iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being.”

 

-Alexandra Aron

 

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Android Device Makers Chase Apple With Cloud Strategies

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248128/android_device_makers_chase_apple_with_cloud_strategies.html

 

Acer and Lenovo, makers of Andriod-based tablets, smartphones and computers are researching cloud and hosting services. They hope to offer these additions within the next 18 months, with the hopes of increasing competition with Apple products and services.

 

-Alexandra Aron

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Wireless Charging Easier Than Ever

Wireless Charging Goes Further Into Tablets, Cars, the Home.

Sure, the technology behind placing your phone on a wired mat after wrapping it in a case that allows it to be charged wirelessly has been around for a few years. However, the folks at Fulton Innovation have now taken it a step further. They have developed a technology that allows a device to be charged wirelessly without physically touching the charging surface. This is a huge step in convenience for the mobile industry. Imagine placing a bag down on a table or sitting on the table with your phone in your pocket and it immediately starts charging. In the near future, mobile developers will most likely start to build wireless charging receivers into their devices, and wireless chargers will become more widely available.

-Chris Thompson

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iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Jailbreak On the Way

Jailbreak for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S Imminent.

Planetbeing, the hacker who helped jailbreak the original iPhone 4, is in the final stages of developing a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Jailbreaking is the equivalent of rooting an Android device and unlocks technology that Apple would rather their users not have, such as downloading and installing third party apps that aren’t available in the Apple AppStore, free wifi tethering, unlocking so the phone can be used on other carriers, and much more. Jailbreaking technically voids the warranty on an Apple device. However, the latest iOS firmware can be reinstalled easily and Apple Store geniuses are none the wiser.

-Chris Thompson

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Mobile app recommendation startup Apptap raises $4 million dollars

Apptap is a service designed to help mobile app developers reach a larger audience by analyzing what users are reading and searching for online and  then recommending apps that the user would most likely find interesting. Apptap helps developers get their apps more exposure in the ever crowded app stores. With this new funding, Apptap will hopefully be able to expand their already impressive average of 150 million app recommendations a month and help upstart developers make a name for themselves.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/12/mobile-app-search-and-recommendations-startup-apptap-raises-4-million/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

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Google releases design standards for Android 4.0

By releasing design guidelines for their newest OS, Google is hoping for a more consistent UI across all of their devices now that Android tablets are looking to challenge the iPad’s monopoly of the tablet industry.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/12/google-design-standards-android-4-ice-cream-sandwich/

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Microsoft inks patent agreement deal with LG, now makes money on 70% of Android devices

Microsoft inks patent agreement deal with LG, now makes money on 70% of Android devices | Android and Me.

 

Microsoft makes money off of 70% of Android Devices sold, more money than Microsoft makes off of its own Windows Phone 7 platform. This is interesting because Microsoft’s own mobile OS, although only a small percent of the market share, is a director competitor of Android. Microsoft would effectively lose money if they did something to hinder Android’s sales, so instead they are capitalizing off of their competitor’s success.

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Motorola and Intel announce multi-year mobile partnership

Motorola and Intel announce multi-year mobile partnership | Android and Me.

The freshly announced partnership between Intel and Motorola will surely mean that we will see Intel chips featured in many up and coming Motorola devices. More Intel chips in the mobile market is great for competition  and will help to drive the price down for consumers. Not only that, Intel’s chips will be faster than Nvidia’s latest Tegra 3 chips; always a plus for us mobile enthusiasts with a need for speed.

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The Next Big Thing: Android in the home, and in the fridge

The Next Big Thing: Android in the home, and in the fridge

In the near future, the Smartphone will become the gateway to other devices and appliances in the home. They will all work together and permit access to any kind of information you want anywhere in the house. You can already control the light system within your house via Smartphones. Google’s strategy is to use Android to shift the focus from mobile devices to a much more inclusive, practical and efficient function that shares information and intellect much like peer-to-peer devices do already. What Google faces now is the vast amount of differences in makes and models of devices.

 

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Texting profits at risk as consumers look elsewhere

 Texting profits at risk as consumers look elsewhere

U.S.mobile operators are realizing that consumers are finding cheaper ways of communication. Instead of using SMS text messaging, consumers are taking advantage of low-priced alternatives such as iMessenger, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook’s mobile messaging services. Because of this AT&T and Verizon Wireless have instituted higher service fees for text messaging.

 

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Android development speeds up: Market tops 400,000 apps

Android Market has topped the 400,000 app mark, doubling the software available for the smartphone platform in just eight months, according to app analytics firm Distimo. Android Market is still shy of the 500,000-app milestone Apple’s App Store hit recently, but it remains behind its biggest OS competitor in more ways than one.

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Apple releases new iOS beta to developers

Apple regularly releases new software updates to fix bugs and introduce new features that were not announced in previous versions. Anyone signed up to the Apple development program is able to download the software. Many non-developers use this to get early versions of the software, but Apple warns the software is not in its final state.

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91 Free Vector Web Icons

Freebie: Free Vector Web Icons (91 Icons)

The set is a collection of widely used UI elements, including volume, zoom, player, view, and download controls.

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Bijou — tiny, 10 pixel icons for free

Bijou — tiny, 10 pixel icons for freeBijou is a set of 126 (and counting) free icons, built specifically for working at smaller sizes.

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Introducing “Python for Android”

Introducing “Python for Android” …The goal of this project is to package your python application into an APK.  Worth a look!

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Android Market hits 400,000 active app milestone

Back in October, Google was said to have had 500,000 app submissions, though only 315,000 actually sat in the Android Market itself. The total number is continuously being pared back as rogue apps, malware and copyright-infringing titles are removed.

via Android Market hits 400,000 active app milestone – SlashGear.

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HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet

HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet.

This is a great resource for using HTML5 in mobile app development.

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Designing for the iPhone 4’s Retina display

Designing for the iPhone 4’s Retina display.

Building apps for the iPhone 4’s Retina display involves creating two sets of images — one at 163ppi and another at 326ppi. After slugging our way through an app build or two, we feel confident that we have a decent workflow for attacking future Retina display app designs. Hopefully this information is of use to other designers.

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With Just 3 Lines Of Code Add Twitter/Facebook Into Your iOS App

With Just 3 Lines Of Code Add Twitter/Facebook Into Your iOS App | iPhone, iOS 5, iPad SDK Development Tutorial and Programming Tips.

 

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iPhone Crushes Android at AT&T Corporate Stores in December

iPhone Crushes Android at AT&T Corporate Stores in December | News | The Mac Observer.

iPhones sold nearly 8:1 against Android devices at AT&T retail locations. This, of course, makes sense as AT&T stores are one of only a handful of places where iPhones are sold.

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Technology 2012: Four tech trends to watch – Mobile technologies in 2012 will free us – and save lives.

Technology 2012: Four tech trends to watch – Mobile technologies in 2012 will free us – and save lives.

Technological innovations lay at the heart of many of last year’s biggest stories — from citizen-recorded videos that fanned the flames of the Arab Spring to the social-media organized Occupy movement. So what new technologies – and unexpected uses of them – will change social habits and relationships this year? Here are four 2012 technology trends that are sure to play a role.