Posts Tagged ‘mobile apps’

Mobile News | More Mobile App Developers Think Google+ Could Catch Up Facebook

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Three surveys revealed that almost 66% of mobile app developers believe that Google+ could equal or even surpass the popularity of Facebook.

Majority of respondents prefer Google+ because of the company’s wide range of assets including search, YouTube, Gmail and Android. They think that those assets can create a powerful network effect with Google+.

The two surveys were conducted by Appcelerator and research firm IDC in 2011 and followed in January 2012 with over 2,100 respondents.

Facebook is currently enjoying huge lead over Google+ with 900 million users. According to the surveys, Facebook is highly expected to be vastly more important to social strategies than Google but mobile app developers see the other thing. These developers consider the potential significant impacts to how social plays out in the mobile space, especially for the next billion social users.

In the latest survey, 39% of developers said that Google’s assets such as Android and search are more important to them than the social graph of Facebook.

According to Wikipedia, social graph has been described as the global mapping of everybody and how they’re related. The new survey revealed that most of the mobile developers simply do not understand the social graph of Facebook and are finding difficult to leverage it in their app development.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Mobile App Makers Take Data Without Owner’s Knowledge

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Mobile news – App developers are free to take user’s personal data without permission from the phone’s owners. App developers mostly get data from address book in smartphones.

Makers of most popular smartphones apps routinely get information from the phone’s personal address books and in some instances they store stolen information on their own computers. The practice was under investigation by members of Congress after seeing the news that getting such data was an industry best practice.

Based on the published rules on apps, Apple expressly disallows that practice. The company was sent a letter by lawmakers how approved apps were allowed to get address book data without the knowledge of the owners. However, it its statement, Apple did not mention reason why those apps had been approved.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said that that such practice in collecting user’s data secretly is strictly now allowed on their guidelines. He added that they are taking necessary steps to stop the practice and any app that want to access contact data will need user approval in a future software release.

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the use of data from consumers on the Internet, has sanctioned big companies such as Google and Facebook over privacy concerns. However, the commission still has no comment regarding the practices of app makers.

The most popular applications for iPod, iPad and iPhone such as Foodspotting, Hipster and Gowalla were not stopped by Apple from taking user’s contact and transmitting without user’s permission.
Android OS maker Google forces developers to ask user’s permission to access any personal data up front.

The purpose of app makers to collect data is to help easily expand the network of people using their program. The practice of getting information from address book came to light when mobile social network Path was noticed by a developer uploading the whole address books to its servers without permission from users. The company has promised to stop the practice and destroy the data it has collected after the news came out.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Mobile Apps for Music Enthusiasts

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

There are many music applications in very high quality available to download on tablet devices and even for smartphones. Even apps that specifically not developed for iPads and Android tablets can run beautifully on the larger screens with stronger audio capabilities.

Here are some of the mobile apps available for music fans out there.

Band of the Day
Anyone has a variety of choices when it comes in listening to music from favorite musicians and bands but it is difficult to know new recording artists. Band of the Day application can definitely save the day if you find it difficult to discover histories, discographies, videos and songs of a certain new band each day. It is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and can be obtained for free.

Pandora and Slacker are known to provide Internet radio websites that are also working on mobile devices as free applications. However, their downside is the frequent commercials which can be annoying to many. Raditaz, free mobile application for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android, eliminate the commercials found in Pandora and Slacker. Randitaz apps and website have over 13 million songs in the library that can be enjoyed without any promotional distractions. Like any other Internet radio services, users can type the name of artists or bands they intend to listen. The app also allows users to listen stations played by people in your place as well as stations that are popular or featured by Raditaz curators.

Audio detection apps such as SoundHound and Shazam have been available for some time now. These apps can recognize popular songs in your place and offer links to download, lyrics and other related information. However, these apps can’t help you if you would like to add a song to your library while on the go. Developed by the same makers of SoundHound, Hound locates tracks simply by voice commands. With the same features to Siri, iPhone 4S’s voice assistant, Hound can completely responds when prompted with the name of the band, artists and title of the song. Hound is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms for free.

For music lovers that want access to any certain song at any given time, Spotify is one of the best bet. This mobile app has 15 million tracks in its library making it the most elegantly designed independent mobile music subscription available. Users of the web-based application can listen to Spotify at no cost but with commercials while apps for Android and iOS devices can enjoy Spotify free of commercials at $10 per month.

Qello mobile app is for individuals who like concert videos. This is exclusively available for Android tablets, TVs and phones. It provides hundreds of HD videos to watch for $5 per month. Its developers are planning to make it available to iOS devices as it plans to dramatically increase the size of its library. (c) 2012

New Smartphone App Offers Traders Quick Access to Trading Tools

Monday, December 19th, 2011

TradingMotion, a company based in Madrid, and futures commission merchants PFGBEST have team up to offer the brokerage’s clients with better mobile investing via the iBroker mobile application. The app is developed to combine the smooth controls and configuration of well-known mobile gadgets such as the iPhone and iPad with a potent buying and selling platform and amazing digital display. Supported by Android, Mac OS and Windows systems, the application enables clients to remotely obtain the information they need and make the actions they want in a few easy taps on their cell phone or tablet, supported by the high quality assistance of the PFGBEST group.

It took many years to develop the application. Leading the development stage was the founder of Trading in Motion, Jon Berrojalbiz. He hooked up with PFGBEST in April, and they decided to join forces to get the app working.
PFGBEST President and COO Russ Wasendorf, Jr., a long-time supporter of advanced portable trading applications for a diverse range of asset classes, stated that PFGBEST is the only Futures Commission Merchant company at present that has incorporated iBroker into its proprietary front- and back-office systems. He added that those people using the iBroker app can send messages to customers who want to be informed when buy or sell triggers are attained, stretching the on-demand technology methods for brokers and advisers.

The growth of iBroker offers a special opportunity to futures brokers seeking for connection to the mobile trading arena. With a better display, more features and improved navigability, iBroker has the advantage over the competition, and can give futures brokers the power to hook up with their clients on the go. Doing work with iBroker’s group of connection professionals, iBroker can link a broker’s current trading program to their clients’ mobile gadgets at zero cost to the broker, delivering greater comfort to their clients within minutes of installing the app. The application is accessible for download in the Android Market, Apple App Store and Windows Marketplace. (c) 2011

Mobile Apps May Help People Finding the Right Price

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Wise consumer can now experience the untraditional retail behavior particularly in comparing the prices by only using mobile phone to scan product bar codes. Different mobile applications now let consumers to compare prices and read reviews once they do a quick scan. Even though scanning of a store product can be done sometimes in hidden manner, this could give consumer a thrill of illicit retail behavior without really breaking the law and could make consumer more educated.

Among the popular scanning apps are Bakodo, RedLaser and Scan It! Mobile. The advantage of these apps is that they can help consumers to avoid buying overpriced items. Most of these apps are free but consumers who want premium versions will pay for them. They are fairly easy to use since all the users will have to do to make them work is to point the phone’s camera at a bar code and within a few seconds, the camera will read it. Google Shopper app does not even need a bar code; it has the ability to scan the cover of the items such as book and identify them.

However, these apps may not work well at all circumstances in real world. Some stores have dark lighting making the phone’s camera not to work well. Other stores do not have bar codes on some products such as displayed shoes and some have their store bar code plastered over the bar code of a product. Additionally, some stores just prohibit using any scanning app or taking photos because they think that they could not benefit if customers tried on any items in the store just to purchase them online. (c) 2011