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Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 18, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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World Vision Canada is using a $900,000 grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs — three times as much as it originally asked for — to expand the use of a cutting-edge mobile phone app to register refugees and other aid recipients.  Read Original Content

A crowd funding campaign for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has set a record for raising more money in pledges than any other such venture.  The London-based developer, Canonical, has generated $10,288,472 (about £6.6 million) in pledges, passing the record set by Pebble smart watches last year.  Read Original Content

Austin-based SecureCare Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of the new mobile app version of its secure cloud fax service, Sfax. Sfax for Mobile allows users to securely send, receive and manage faxes from their iOS or Android mobile devices.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

The United States Agency for International Development is still fascinated by the story of Sara Maunda, a Malawian village farmer whose life was completely transformed when she embraced modern cellular communication technology and used it to keep up to date on the latest prices and best locations to sell her groundnuts.  Read Original Content

New findings from Juniper Research, have revealed that the Smartphone OS market will see new emerging players, such as Asha, Sailfish and emerging HTML 5 based OS players begin to gain ground in niche areas.  The market globally however is expected to continue to be dominated by Android and iOS.  Read Original Content
Google announced its mobile maps will now include real-time updates about accidents, construction and other potential sources of traffic snarls. The information will come from the 50 million users of Waze, the social-mapping app that Google bought in June for $1.1 billion.  Read Original Content

Smartphone shipments in the UK reached 7.4 million units in the second quarter of this year, growing 34 percent from a year earlier, according to new data from technology analyst firm Canalys.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Ltd. has cut production of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone devices by at least another 10 percent after having sliced their monthly output in half just a month ago, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek.  Read Original Content

After all the buzz with Google Glass and Mercedes-Benz lately integrating the technology with its cars, Samsung is now taking the lead to introduce a watch-like phone on September 4.  Dubbed as Galaxy Gear one can make phone calls, send and receive e-mails and surf the Web with this new gadget.  Read Original Content

For the first time smartphones have surpassed sales made from feature phones, a report from Gartner Inc said. Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013.  Read Original Content

Unprecedented coordination by radio broadcasters led to the announcement that Sprint will begin installing the NextRadio application in a broad array of FM-enabled wireless devices over the coming years, allowing consumers to listen to their local radio stations on their smartphones.  Read Original Content

The world’s first LTE-connected car, courtesy of Audi, has begun rolling out of the factory and onto lots in Europe. The Audi S3 Sportback now comes with an option for an embedded Sierra Wireless LTE module as part of its technology package, making it the first production car to come with fully integrated 4G connectivity.  Read Original Content

Twenty percent of Apple's iPhone customers over the past year were switching from an Android phone, but only seven percent of Samsung buyers had previously owned an iPhone, according to a new study released to Fortune by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.  Read Original Content

Nokia is currently testing a six-inch phablet device running the latest Microsoft Windows Phone software with AT&T Mobility, and plans to release the gadget before year-end, according to a report from The Verge.  Read Original Content

Apple is pushing assembly partner Hon Hai Precision Co., better known as Foxconn, to start shipping both a new, high-end and a new, low-end iPhone in early September, according to a Wall Street Journal report.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.