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Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Many people have wondered what has taken Microsoft so long to update its lackluster Windows Mobile platform. It finally did it! At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series, its latest operating system for phones. The Software giant’s Windows Mobile has been getting the short end of the stick and stood no chance to compete with the likes of iPhones, Blackberries and Android devices. It was also embarrassingly ignored by apps developers who spearheaded the success of Apple’s devices and now are bestowing their undivided attention on Android. Microsoft's mobile system appeared in 13.1 percent of smart phones sold in the U.S. last year, according to research firm In-Stat making it No. 3 after Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and the iPhone. But Microsoft has been fast losing its relevance in ... (more)

RSS Biscuit and Database Caching

This recently launched feature has been improved: If a RSS feed has not been retrieved and cached by Netbiscuits yet, the end user will get a page which refreshes automatically to see the RSS content as soon as it becomes available. Download the Netbiscuits Getting Started Guide "Integration of Dynamic Content Feeds" ... (more)

Starbucks QR Latte

The New York Times reported on the use of QR Codes by Starbucks. The code is used to trigger a mobile payment and is part of their myStarbucks app on the iphone. An analyst quoted doubted whether using mobile tags for payment in this way will catch on when compared to the option to use near field technology that reads passive RFID tags. ... (more)

Stitcher Introduces Location-Based Content to iPhone App

Stitcher released version 2.3 of its iPhone app this week. Highlights of the new version include Premium Shows, alarm-clock capabilities, and location-based content. Stitcher 2.3 uses the iPhone’s geolocator to pinpoint a listener’s location, allowing the app to create customized stations with local shows and relevant content. “We tried to find shows from the five biggest cities in each state,” said Matty Staudt, Stitcher’s content director. “There are a lot of great local shows people don’t know about, and now the Stitcher app is a great way to find them.” Stitcher also now authenticates online subscription information for eight Premium Shows, allowing listeners even greater access to premium content. Subscribers can now listen to complete episodes of their favorite premium shows from their iPhone. “We’re excited about Stitcher 2.3’s unique new features, all of w... (more)

Blackberry is For Sophisticated People

Wireless Technology Magazine on Ulitzer The era is for mobile phones. It has become the essential need for almost every people. They have designed it so nicely that it has made a widespread popularity among the people in the arena of electronic devices. These multitasking device is very user friendly than other mobile. BlackBerry, has launched many handsets with some interesting features and beautiful look. When you visit to the mobile store so many latest mobile phones you may find of BlackBerry handsets. There are lots of models available in the market particularly on this brand likely BlackBerry Storm 9500, Curve 8900, Bold 9000, Pearl Flip 34 and Pearl 8110 etc. Most of the handset supports QWERTY keyboard that helps us for easy messaging. The Storm 9500 comes with all the useful advanced features. The 3.2 megapixel camera supports a screen resolution of 320 x 2... (more)

Google Goggles: Tag Killer?

Google on Ulitzer Google on Ulitzer - Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) looks certain to hit the big time now that Google have embraced the technology as part of their new visual search service called Google Goggles. As with any MIR app you point your mobile phone camera at something - Google gives examples of landmarks, books, business cards, artworks etc. - and the image is checked against a back end database of images to resolve to Stewart [email protected] ... (more)

HP Buys Palm and Its Cloud Potential for $1B

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! HP jumped in Wednesday to save a deteriorating money-losing Palm Inc from collapse, picking up the phone company for $1.2 billion cash, or $5.70 a share, a seemingly dubious ~24% premium on the company's $4.63 closing price. Concomitant with the news Palm slashed its revenue expectations this quarter from a Wall Street estimate of $165 million to somewhere between $90 million and $100 million because of slack sales, a drop of 42%. HP will actually wind up paying about a billion dollars for the joint after it takes over Palm's bank account and retires its debt. But it also intends to pour a lot more money into Palm's R&D and into its sales and marketing. HP wants Palm so it can get serious about the $100 billion connected mobile market that's growing a 20% annual clip. It wants a leadership position,... (more)

Windows Phone 7 Beta Tools

I cannot believe I have only been working on the Windows Phone 7 team for three months.  So much has happened, it feels like a lifetime.  What’s been most impressive to me has been the pace of the engineering team.  Considering how many technologies from across the company we are bringing to WP7, it’s absolutely amazing what they are doing. This week, during Andy Lees’s keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, we announced that the Windows Phone Developer Tools have gone BETA.  Beta means that we have a near final version of the tools for building apps and games for Windows Phone 7. I wanted to share with the community just how excited the developer community has been.  As a data guy, I like numbers because they tend not to lie.  Since the Mix10 release in March of the first CTP tools (and then the refresh in April), we have seen over 200K downloads of... (more)

Big Data Highlights from McKinsey: Part 1 - Personal Location Data

McKinsey & Company recently released a report on the emerging future of big data. Given that so much has been written about big data in business circles, it’s very refreshing to see an study of this length. It’s very heartening to see that McKinsey has looked specifically at the potential of personal location data to generate value. McKinsey has estimated that the growing penetration of mobile devices with GPS-enabled tracking can enable a range of geolocation based services, valued at an estimated $100 billion over the next ten years. Personal location data is a function of the growth of smartphone penetration,as 2010 saw the use of 600 million devices with a projected growth rate of 20 percent per year. But this is far more than just more people with mobile devices–it’s also stronger personal location technologies that can determine personal location from within ... (more)

Apple Offered Samsung a License Two Years Ago

Apple is apparently more reasonable than it lets on.   Back in 2010 it offered Samsung a license. Apple estimates that it might have cost Samsung $288 million back then. Now it's asking $2.5 billion and that's just in the current case in California. FOSS Patents calls it "the most spectacular revelation of the ongoing trial." In August of 2010 a "shocked" Apple, upset that a major supplier could copy its iPhone technology, handed Samsung a detailed presentation of dozens of examples of where it believed the Korean company's Galaxy S phone infringed its patents. Most of those patents haven't been asserted in litigation anywhere.   Two months later in a document pointedly called "Samsung-Apple Licensing Discussion" it offered to license its patents for $30 per handset and $40 per tablet. The license would have covered Samsung devices running Android, Symbian, Bada a... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly HTC Corp. warned it will likely slip into an operating loss in the third quarter, as the smartphone maker faces rising costs and inventories amid intensifying competition.  Read Original Content BlackBerry's Secure Work Space is now available on the most popular operating system platforms in the mobile market. Android and iOS users can now use the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service add-on, which is known for its enterprise security features.  Read Original Content Research firm Good T... (more)