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.
The Federal Communications Commission has released an app in hopes that it will generate accurate comparisons of wireless carriers mobile speeds. The app called Speed Test App for Android will collect information, such as upload and download speeds, latency, and signal strength to allow the FCC to publish a map of this information in the next year. This map is expected to help consumers decide which services to go with and see if consumers are getting what they may be paying for. This creates an incentive for carries to improve their data services.
This is a fascinating step towards transparency in understanding current data speeds and what the average consumer is receiving currently. The data gathered will be interesting for multiple reasons, for designers designing applications to understand what sort of connection their target audience may have, consumers wishing to purchase plans, and providers to know what speeds their competitors may have. I only fear that much like internet speeds, this will mean that certain areas will not be developed as quickly as others, leading to large pockets that only have a slower connection, much like towns and areas that have no other option aside from dial-up, due to the inability or lack of desire for a provider to bring anything else in.
Nook has not done well amongst it’s competition with iPads and Kindles. The Nook Glowlight takes the feedback given by its customers and is a device that will hopefully give consumers what they are looking for in an e-reader. Kindles are tied to Amazon’s store, whereas Nook allows people to get their books from a wide range of providers. This paired with the new design will hopefully help them compete better in the marketplace.
Amazon has been working on a new set-top box that is designed to compete with Apple’s Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku. However the Verge reports that the release of this new device may unfortunately be delayed until after the holidays. The device would likely provide similar services to its competitors and would offer video streaming of the companies library of Prime videos. These also include some original shows available only on Amazon products so it only makes sense that Amazon enters this growing market of. It would also be expected to work alongside Amazon’s line of tablets if it ran some form of the Fire OS.
Beddit is a sensor that goes under your sheets to measure how you sleep. From your sleep quality, nighttime movement, breathing styles, and more, Beddit collects all this data and then sends it to your mobile device. Having this information about your regular sleeping habits will help you to find a way to get a better nights sleep.
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A New Zealand company funded by the U.S. intelligence community’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, has built a smartphone technology called Spike that lets anyone take precise measurements of — and make 3D models of — anything in the outside world. This technology makes use of a calibrated laser camera that can take snapshots of buildings, cars, or any other object from up to 200 yards away then measure, map and make a 3D model of it, all within the application. Spike includes a laser-based hardware device that attaches to your phone. It also includes compass, camera and GPS technology. The versatility of this new technology is incredible and its services will be available to anyone with a smart phone. The product is targeted at architects, engineers, interior designers, film set locators, insurance appraisers, underwriter/valuers, commercial painters, arborists, and others. One of the best parts of this technology is that it includes an API for developers that allows them to embed the company’s tools into their applications, or build applications over the data stream from the calibrated laser camera, to offer long range accuracy and depth perception. When thinking about the development of 3D printers and other technology that uses 3D modeling, Spike’s marketability is incredible.
Mobile applications have become very popular these days. Many people are trying to develop their own. This is where crittercism comes in. It is a company that hopes to show consumers what their costs would be if the application fails.
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Adobe attempts to close the gap between drawing on paper and using a tablet. The Mighty pen will be a Adobe Creative Cloud service many users will like. It will be a great pairing to the Napoleon ruler coming out as well. The stylus offers a much smaller point than many before. It is going to begin by working with the most updated iPad apps by Adobe, but it is predicted will become available for Android tablet users soon enough.
BlackBerry has announced its next BlackBerry 10 device, the z30. The z30 has a 5 inch screen, and a faster 1.7 gigahertz dual-core processor. The z30 is also BlackBerry’s first phone to ship with the BB 10 version 10.2. BlackBerry seems to be stepping up their game with smartphones, but can they keep up?
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.
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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Mobile network optimization is a good area to go into if you are a startup company. With Amdocs dropping nine figures to buy Actix, it is becoming a good place to make a grand exit. These mobile network optimization companies allow companies to work towards faster speeds and quickly fixing network problems that customers often face.
The Italian tech company IK Multimedia recently released what it claims to be “the most versatile compact audio interface in the world”. Their newest product is called the iRig Pro. It’s core function is to allow musicians to connect their microphones, guitars or MIDI devices to their Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The iRig Pro is packed with features including built-in Lightning, 30-pin and USB ports allowing it to connect to just about any device. Even better, the iRig Pro is small enough to fit in your pocket.
There has been a lot of hype around Apple’s new iPhone 5S and the “cheaper” iPhone 5c that will be revealed on Sept. 10th. However, while many tech specs have leaked, there has been no confirmation of the price Apple will be putting on their new devices. It looks like Apple is realizing that there is a strong market for cheaper smartphones as their iPhone 4 is popular in emerging markets. They also face competition from Android’s very cheap smartphones. It is said that the price of the new iPhone 5C could run between $300-$450, which is still not much less than they are charging for the iPhone 4. Apple faces a compromise between the US market and the Chinese market based on what price they decide on for their latest phone.
Want to know how Venture Capital (VC) is spent on mobile technology? Rajeen Chand, Managing Director as well as Head of Research for Rutberg & Co., a research-centric investment bank has recently come out with a 2012 update on VC and its relationship to mobile phone technology. This document covers such areas as VC Investments in Mobile, the Proportion of Mobile VC to Overall Technical VC, VC Investments vs. Technical Companies’ R&D Expenditures, and other relevant mobile charts and diagrams.
VC is a major economic factor in mobile technology development and can also be instrumental in fueling disruptive technologies. A very interesting VC in Mobile 1h2012 Cluster Map by Chand shows the relationship as well as the breakdown of VC across such areas as Advertising, Video, Consumer Apps, Commerce, Enterprise, Device and mHealth.