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Encrypted Communications via App: Silent Circle

The Tibetan government, law firms, and human rights groups in Sudan are all using a new encrypted communications tool that easily fits onto one’s smartphone. The application is called Silent Circle encrypts voice, text, video and allows a file-transfer protocol across handsets. The app uses ZRTP key agreement protocol to ensure private communications. The text app, Silent Text, uses an encrypted instant messaging system that also contains features like a burn function (which deletes texts after a certain time period) and encrypted geotagging to share location. The most crucial feature, is that the encryption keys are located on the devices within the app, not on a server, boosting security against third-party interference.

This is a greatly powerful application, but there is obviously a fair bit of cost function as well. To make and receive voice calls from any phone number using the app or the desktop application, costs $24 a month. To be able to simply text others that have the Silent text apps would cost $9.95 a month. While there is a bit of cost, it is interesting to see that people do value their privacy and are willing to pay for some basic anonymity.

<Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Silent-Text-Basic-Anonymity-at-a-Hefty-Price-79381.html >

This article is interesting, because it highlights the extent that some people will go through to protect their anonymity. There is definitely a market for these types of services and multiple types of customers possible, ranging from those who need security, such as lawyers or CEO’s of larger companies all the way down to those who are in fear of government information collection. Simply put, there’s something to be said for people who value their privacy and people are more then willing to pay for it.

 

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PlayStation App arrives November 13

Gamers have awaited the day when they would be able to check their Playstation profile on their phones, well now they can. The Playstation App will be free for iOS and Android devices and will even allow players to use their device as a second screen for some of the new Playstation 4 games.  And Users will finally be able to purchase content from the Playstation Store on their mobile device.

 

PlayStation App arrives November 13 – GameSpot.

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Mobile Gaming is Displacing TV as Entertainment

According to Flurry research, U.S. consumers are spending 17% more time with their mobile phone than their TV. Also, TV viewership has been decreasing for those 18-24 for the past six consecutive quarters. Gaming is slowly becoming the future of entertainment. For example, Breaking Bad became a huge cultural phenomenon whose finale was watched by over ten million people; Yet, the Candy Crush Saga is played by almost 40 million people a month. This shows that mobile games, especially free-to-play games, are in a rapidly growing and expanding market. Quality games expand a brand’s value but may also bring in new revenue streams. Consumers are frequently deciding to play rather then watch tv. The understanding that mobile games and similar applications are slowly becoming the predominant form of entertainment is crucial to ensure not being left in the wayside.

<http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/10/16/television-gaming-mobile/>

 

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New App Allows You to Journal and Share Your Dreams

The new app, SHADOW, allows you to record and share your dreams. Currently, it is invitation only. It was initially funded through Kickstarter. It has a subtle alarm that helps you wake easily, as well as a feature to allow you to journal your dreams either privately or publically. There is also a voice activated digital recording feature.
The capacity to access many dreams could mean a lot of good for talk therapists. It is also a good tool for self-reflection. Some experts have discussed using SHADOW as a tool to analyze the dreams of cultures or to see if your dreams are affected by your day-to-day life.

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Facebook Tests Silent Auto-Play For User Videos In Mobile Feed

For a small subset of iOS and Android users, Facebook is testing auto-playing user-uploaded videos while scrolling through the mobile feed. The effect is similar to videos in the Instagram feed, as videos play silently until tapped to full-screen. This test could also pave the way for Facebook’s new upcoming video ads. For now, brands and off-Facebook video sources will not auto-play. Facebook’s more heavy-handed video ad unit is expected to launch in October.
http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/12/facebook-tests-silent-auto-play-for-user-videos-in-mobile-feed-foreshadowing-video-ads/

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RingMeMaybe Creates Free Self-Destructing Phone Numbers For iOS

Ever need to post your phone number on a site but felt uncomfortable doing so? Here’s your solution! RingMeMaybe is an application designed to give you a random phone number for a week at a time that you can use for such occasions. The fear of releasing your own personal number is behind us with this application that links your phone number to a random one temporarily.

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Scholly Helps Students Find Their Ideal Scholarships On Their Smartphones

This app simply asks you a few questions in the beginning about yourself such as your GPA, gender, race, state you live in, and grade. Then with that information as well as some other added information such as if you are of a certain religion or involved in sports. All of this information comes together in this application to help identify any scholarships you may be eligible for. Their goal is to aid students in finding scholarships they may not be aware of already. It is also a good application for some people who may have smart phones but limited access to a computer at home.
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U.S. Losing Ground In Mobile App Market | TechCrunch

U.S. Losing Ground In Mobile App Market | TechCrunch.

Flurry, a mobile analytics firm, published new findings on August 29th that showed the United State’s worldwide app market share has dropped from 45% to 36%. This clearly demonstrates the international nature of the mobile app industry. While apps built in the US are leading in total time, “taking into account user numbers and engagement”, the problem for American app developers is retaining markets in other countries, such as China where American applications only account for 16% of total time spent in apps. These findings could lead to disruptive technology if application developers begin to develop with a more global market in mind, whether that is offering their application in different languages or doing more market research about why American made apps are not having the same success in other counties as they do in America. This does change the field of mobile technology because users in the United States only represent a portion of the users in the world, and these findings may impact how developers decide to develop future mobile applications. Finally, while these findings do not change the economic state of mobile technology itself, it raises awareness about how international and widespread the mobile app industry has become and puts the industry into perspective by showing us where the United States fits in with the other countries around the world.

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NFL Mobile App Updated With Access For Canadians, Live Audio For Non-Verizon Users, And Google+

It’s football time in America, and you know what that means: a mad rush to get all the infrastructure updated in time for opening day. The official NFL Mobile app is getting its first major update since the publisher was switched back in August. A nice list of new features is included, most notably the addition of our neighbors to the north in Canada. Everyone in Canada should be able to access the app with its scores and news, but only Bell Mobile TV subscribers will be able to watch live games.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/05/nfl-mobile-app-updated-with-access-for-canadians-live-audio-for-non-verizon-users-and-google-sharing/

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Google Debuts Chrome Web Apps

Five years into the development of Google Chrome, Chrome Web Apps have broken free of the browser and landed on the desktop.

Chrome users visiting the Chrome Web Store can now install Chrome Web Apps that behave as if they were traditional, locally installed applications. These apps, written using Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, command their own windows, outside of Chrome. They have the ability to function offline, to work with connected devices and to update themselves automatically.

http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/google-debuts-chrome-web-apps/240160885

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Mobile app privacy: You get what you pay for

GSMA privacy-by-design guidelines embraced by carriers … but not app stores

Mobile app privacy controversies have dominated the technology headlines over recent weeks, but the push for tighter privacy standards may upset existing business models, which often use targeted advertising to subsidise the price users pay for the apps.

Last month it was discovered that iphone Path and Hipster were uploading user address book information without informed consent. Meanwhile Twitter was criticized because its privacy policy failed to explain that if users used the “Find Friends” feature on its iOS and Android clients – Twitter would store the user’s entire address book for 18 months. Days after this Facebook was obliged to deny that its iPhone app was reading private text messages.

“Giving users more transparency and understanding of data collection and giving them tools to opt-out is obviously going to impact on their targeted advertising business models. I think they are going to conveniently ignore these guidelines,”

read more at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/16/mobile_app_privacy_analysis/