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India has widened its security crackdown, asking all companies that provide encrypted communications — not just BlackBerry maker Research In Motion — to install servers in the country to make it easier for the government to obtain users' data. That would likely affect digital giants like Google and Skype.
LG Electronics announced yesterday its intent to launch a new line of dual-core smartphones, dubbed "Optimus," by year's end. The Tegra 2 incorporates two 1 GHz chips, which, according to LG, will mean "up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz."
Syclo announced today that it's rolling out major enhancements to its Agentry mobile enterprise application platform. Agentry is the backbone of Syclo's mobile solution framework as it provides both the tooling and infrastructure that enterprises need to develop, test, deploy and manage high availability mobile applications.
Apple confirmed the launch of its new Apple TV device for later this month. The media player with HDMI and Wi-Fi will allow users to stream online movies and TV series as well as content from their PCs to an HD TV.
Leapfactor, an SAP partner and start up, today announced a cloud-based system to support mobile applications, including back office custom applications for accounting and customer support.
Google's Android Market has the largest share of free applications. App store analytics firm Distimo reports that 60 percent of Android apps are free, an increase of three percent from May. Windows Marketplace for Mobile has the lowest percentage of free apps with just 22 percent, while 26 percent of apps in both Apple's App Store for the iPad and BlackBerry App World are free.
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Consumers buying items via iPads spend an average of up to 20 percent more per purchase than other mobile shoppers.
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Google is hoping to debut an Internet based digital music service that would launch later this year in conjunction with version 3 of its popular Android operating system for smartphones, according to various media reports.
Total Twitter mobile users has jumped 62 percent since mid April, and, remarkably, 16 percent of all new users to Twitter start on mobile now.
Sony Ericsson estimates that China will be its largest handset market in the next three to four years as it looks to increase its share of the country. The Japanese-Swedish joint venture said that smartphone use in China would reach 50 percent of all mobile phone users in the country by 2015.
The mobile applications market is estimated to be worth around $25 billion by 2015. However, the economic meltdown has caused some big names within the applications and telecoms industry to shutdown recently and the fears of the aftermath of a recession are still on the clouds.
SAP AG aims to make China “a second home” as local companies seeking management tools and real time business intelligence will provide “limitless growth” for the software maker, co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott said.
I registered for SAP's TechEd 2010 Las Vegas! I am excited about it this year - the year of mobility! SAP's 2010 focus is - on premise, on demand and on device - MOBILE device that is. I will be teaching a session on The Future of Enterprise Mobility. I have seen the conference agenda and it is packed full of sessions on mobility. I hope to see all of you there!
Samsung, the world’s second largest cell phone maker, has decided to use Google’s Android as a key software platform for its smartphones alongside its own new bada software.
According to IDC's worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker, handset vendors shipped a total of 317.5 million units worldwide in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year and eight percent sequentially, driven by seasonal strength.
Over the past year Apple has lost ground to Google, losing 11 percent of the mobile web consumption market, while Google picked up 17 percent more market share. iOS still maintains a significant lead with 56 percent of the market, more than twice that of Android, but current growth trends could cause problems for Apple in the near future.
Google Android and Windows Mobile will see their smartphone market share increase by 2014, while BlackBerry and Apple will experience declines, according to a new research note from IDC.
Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of mobile peripheral device ICs with the TC358751XBG, which provides the interface between a mobile device's host processor and embedded displays as well as external equipment, such as a TV set or projector. The buffer content can be rendered simultaneously on two displays (typically with different content) and external equipment.
Automotive service organization AAA is driving foot traffic to the locations of its retail partners via a loyalty focused Android application. The AAA Discounts application lets consumers know about nearby discounts available to members of its Show Your Card & Save loyalty program.
Amazon Kindle get’s new firmware and shows up on BestBuy.
A new survey has revealed that 65 percent of adults sleep with their cell phones on or next to their beds. This latest sampling from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows how cell phones continue to grow ever more vital in our livelihoods.
Salesforce.com, a provider of software as a service to companies over the web, has introduced mobile application Chatter for social networking inside companies.
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