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Nigeria’s $1 billion mobile applications market is expected to witness significant growth this year riding on the back of rising smartphone ownership and improvement in broadband internet service, according to industry analysts. Read Original Content
A day after securing control of the company he founded, Michael Dell has ruled out an attempt by the firm to develop a range of smartphones. Speaking to CNBC, Michael Dell said the company would instead maintain a position as a re-seller of phones made by other companies, adding they will “participate in tablets and all sorts of client devices.” Read Original Content
AT&T and SAP AG are working to help simplify the enterprise mobile lifecycle including mobile application development, mobile security and management for businesses. AT&T has announced the comprehensive suite of mobile solutions from SAP is expected to be available to AT&T business customers in the fourth quarter of 2013. Read Original Content
While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.
There’s more bad news for Taiwan’s HTC Corp. The Taiwanese smartphone maker said it cut an unspecified number of jobs at its U.S. offices, which is a “necessary step to streamline and optimize” its operation in a major overseas market. Read Original Content
The global multi-core smartphone applications processor market registered more than two-fold year-on-year growth in 1H 2013, according to Strategy Analytics. Read Original Content
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Barclays has added “mobile checkout” and “buy it” features to its Pingit payment services, hoping to make it quicker and easier for businesses to monopolize the growing mobile payments market. Read Original Content
Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has launched Nielsen TOPTEN, a mobile app that provides insight into trends across a variety of category lists. Mitchell Habib, chief operating officer, Nielsen said, “This new app provides consumers with a single source for viewing diverse categories of top content and products based on objective data.” Read Original Content
A new smartphone app has hit the market to enlist the public's help in locating unknown child predator suspects and fugitives. The free app, "Operation Predator," was developed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read Original Content
According to a new market research report entitled, World Mobile Applications Market published by MarketsandMarkets, the total global mobile applications market is expected to be worth $25.0 billion by 2015, out of which, the Apple App Store will account for nearly 20.5 percent of the total revenues. The global market is expected to record a compound annual growth rate of 29.6 percent from 2009 to 2014. Read Original Content
A few months ago, sources quoted by leading news organizations expected Apple’s budget smartphone to be as cheap as $300 without contract. In the past couple of weeks, estimates crept up to $400-450. Now we know that the cheapest iPhone 5C will start at $549 without contract. The “budget iPhone” turned out to be another high-end iPhone, just slightly less costly than the iPhone 5S. Read Original Content
Android-compatible smartphones running Jolla's open-source Sailfish mobile operating system will ship with the company's own mobile app store instead of the Google Play storefront app, Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki told Forbes. Read Original Content
A handful of potential bidders, including private equity firms, are lining up to look at BlackBerry Ltd, but initial indications suggest interest is tepid and buyers are eyeing parts of the Canadian smartphone maker rather than the whole company, several sources familiar with the situation said. Read Original Content
A new study from Current Analysis and commissioned by the Competitive Carriers' Association found that more than 80 percent of rural subscribers plan to purchase a smartphone in the next three months. The study also found 34 percent of those who own a smartphone use wireless exclusively for their telecommunications needs. Read Original Content
Chinese manufacturer Huawei will continue its efforts in making smartphones that run on the Windows Phone system, even amid concerns following Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to purchase Nokia’s devices business. Read Original Content
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