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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 M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Apple sold 51 million iPhones during the last three months of 2013, up from 47.8 million a year earlier. But Wall Street analysts were expecting closer to 57 million iPhones, after Apple launched its new iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones in China simultaneously with the United States and Western Europe for the first time this fall. Re... (more)

Do Software Patents Stifle Innovation?

Of late patents around mobile technologies have been in the news. Four high profile news items are (1) Oracle suing Google for Java patent violation, (2) Apple and Samsung fighting each other in different parts of the world, Microsoft, Apple, Rim and others jointly buying Nortel patent library for $4.5 billion and (4) Google buys Motorola Mobile and gets 17,000 patents. This is only the tip of the iceberg. This diagram from Reuters shows the complex battlefield of mobile patent and significant portion of these patents are for software. In the sideline of this patent war, a debate has been raging about the usefulness of the US patent law governing software patents. Point to note here is that each country has a different patent law. For example, in India, software per se cannot be patented. If you want to have a quick look at what patenting is all about have a look ... (more)

Apple Reported Testing TV Prototypes

Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iPhone and iPad, and Sharp. Apple has reportedly been testing TV prototypes internally for several years, but it's unclear if it will bring such a thing to market. The Journal points out that such a move is likely to annoy Samsung, the world's biggest TV maker by shipment and a major supplier of components to Apple. Their relationship is shot through with holes already because of their litigation over Android. Foxconn is already building 60-inch TVs for California-based Vizio using LCD panels from Sharp. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has a 37.6% interest in a Sharp LCD plant. Apple CEO Tim Cook... (more)

E*TRADE Launches Mobile Pro Application for Apple iPhone

E*TRADE FINANCIAL Corp. has announced that E*TRADE Securities LLC has introduced E*TRADE Mobile Pro for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch, expanding customer access to on-the-go, real-time investment, market and account information. The application provides many of the same interface, security, trading and banking features available on etrade.com to customers via their iPhone or iPod touch. The application is available at no additional cost to all E*TRADE Securities customers via the Apple App Store. “Right now, consumers are especially concerned about the state of the markets. More and more, individual investors want regular and immediate access to market information,” said Michael Curcio, President, E*TRADE Securities LLC. “By extending the Mobile Pro application to iPhone and iPod touch, we continue to empower our customers to take advantage of leading technology to... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit: iPhone Apps VS. ROI

ROI (Return on Investment) has never had such a major importance, especially in these economic crisis days. In many ways a well delivered ROI analysis is the most effective part of the whole pitching art, whether you are pitching for a web development, desktop application or the increasing popular mobile iPhone / iPod Touch projects. Since I am very involved in mobile solutions, in this case iPhone / iPod Touch Applications, we are always trying to create something that will make it, an offer that cannot be refused. We all know, that ROI is a very important aspect on any kind of project, although here I would like to point out, that, these days we need to be even more flexible and scalable, so that the client has a clear way of looking at the whole solution with complete confidence about its success. With an iPhone App’s, it is slightly easier because of the App Store... (more)

IBM Lotus Notes Apps Now on the iPhone

IBM Session at Cloud Expo iEnterprises, an IBM Premier Partner and global desktop and wireless customer relationship management (CRM) experts,on Monday announced the availability of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino collaboration software applications on the Apple iPhone through its wireless application, Mobile Edge. The announcement was made at Lotusphere, where iEnterprises is showcasing the mobile application in booth #717. Mobile Edge for the iPhone is a turnkey solution that is ideal for business users who use the iPhone and Lotus Notes, helping them work smart and faster, wherever they happen to be. With Mobile Edge, iPhone users can now access and update their Lotus Notes business applications such as CRM software, helpdesk and salesforce automation right from their iPhones. Mobile Edge works with Lotus Domino 6.0 or higher including Domino 8.5.1, taking advantage ... (more)

Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhones

Skype on Thursday announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling to millions of mobile users around the globe over both 3G and WiFi networks. Available to download from the Apple App Store today, the new Skype for iPhone App allows iPhone , iPad and iPod touch owners to make and/or receive free* Skype video calls for the first time. Users can now see their family, friends and colleagues around the world while talking to them. With approximately 25 million concurrent users logged into Skype at any given time**, the new Skype for iPhone makes it easier than ever to share moments wherever you are. Video calling significantly enhances the user experience of Skype for iPhone, which is one of the top five free iPhone apps in 2010 according to Apple. Now, users can make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls, call mobiles and landlines around... (more)

To AppStore, or Not to AppStore, That is the Question!

Nearly every web application that interacts with a user is faced with the dilemma of how to best support tablets and mobile devices.  As entrepreneurs we can no longer put off supporting these platforms as a nice to have.  The demand that is created by iPad users and the influx of Android tablets in the marketplace is significant especially for early stage companies.  Zoomstra is no different and we are currently facing our biggest technology decision yet.  What is our best option for supporting tablets? As a bootstrapped startup we have to make smart decisions on where we spend our time and money on development efforts.  We don’t have a big pot of sweet smelling VC cash to dip into for these projects. But this is good.  It makes us think hard and invest in only those areas that will drive revenue and keep our customers happy month after month. Our challenge at the ... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Growing Fastest in Asia

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. R... (more)

How Media Can Slice Through Always-On

[By Graeme Hutton] In my last column, I discussed how Always-On can now be seen for what it is: a potential biological addiction.  In a world where we are never far away from an electronic, online screen, we increasingly feel an inner urge to check our emails, social media pages and IM in every circumstance, despite how inappropriate that situation may be. The internal impulse to check our messages at such challenging times is fostered by the brain.  By checking our messages in such circumstances, the brain rewards our apparent furtiveness with a minute release of dopamine.  Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter related to the pleasure system of the brain.  In large doses, it can provide a real high. Intrigued by this phenomenon, we approached UM’s standing panel of academic psychologists about the concept of Always-On.  These psychologists are typically U.S. p... (more)

Book Review: iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters. The author starts off with a really cool chapter called The Basics. It covers a ton of basics. Everything from packaging iOS apps for distribution to Objective-C language basics to loading data from bundles to using NSNotificationCenter to broadcast events. The rest of the chapter's recipes topics are reflected in the titles of the chapters. I have listed them all below. 1. The Basics 2. Implementing Controllers and Views 3. Auto Layout and the Visual Format Language 4. Constructing and Using Table Views 5. Storyboards 6. Concurrency 7. Core Location and Maps 8. Implementing Gesture Recognizers 9. Netw... (more)