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For The First Time Ever, Americans Spend More Time Using Mobile Devices Than TV

For The First Time Ever, Americans Spend More Time Using Mobile Devices Than TV | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the first time, Americans spent more time on average looking at their mobile devices than at a television screen. Based on Flurry data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Americans spent an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes a day on a mobile device, compared to 2 hours and 48 minutes in front of a TV set.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Turning point as for the first time, mobile surpasses TV in the US in terms of daily time spent !

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Dashlane raises $22 Million to go head-to-head with 1Password

Dashlane raises $22 Million to go head-to-head with 1Password | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Paris- and New York-based Dashlane has raised $22 Million from Bessemer Venture Partners as well as existing investors for their password protection solution, the company announced this week. Born in 2010 as a project by co-founder Bernard Liautaud as Paris engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris, Dashlane has grown to a service with more than 2 million users, “[enabling] over $1 billion in e-commerce transactions,” as the company points out in their statement about the fundraising.

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Very interesting piece written in the bus by @Liam who sat next to me in the bus and picked some of my brain while heading to Orange Institute 12 — Day 1 in Tel Aviv. And congrats anyway to Bernard LIAUTAUD and Emmanuel SCHALIT :)

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The Five Mistakes Startups Make When Building for Mobile

The Five Mistakes Startups Make When Building for Mobile | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
In 2009, Farhan Thawar joined mobile development firm Xtreme Labs as VP of Engineering. At the time, it handled accounts for some of the biggest brands in the world — a roster including the largest social networks and popular sports organizations. And they all had one thing in common: They all sensed the urgency to break into mobile in a big way.
This trend has borne itself out. Facebook reported last year that 78% of its daily users in the U.S. access the site from their phones. For Twitter, the figure is 75%, with mobile representing 65% of its ad revenues.
Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions around mobile development that many newer startups end up squandering time and money they simply can’t afford, says Thawar. Today he helms engineering for Pivotal Labs Canada following Xtreme’s acquisition, and after years observing what works and what doesn’t, he’s honed in on the top five myths that startups must bust to do mobile right.
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Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S.

Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If there's one negative thing you've heard about the iPhone in past few years, it's that it's getting walloped in market share battle with Android. 

Around the world, that's certainly true, but in the U.S., the iPhone is doing pretty well. As you can see in this chart from Statista based on data from comScore, Android is actually falling while the iPhone continues to take share.

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Who remembers Palm ? Symbian ? BlackBerry ? Welcome to the two horse race (US only)

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Spritz reinvents mobile reading

Spritz reinvents mobile reading | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Reading is inherently time consuming because your eyes have to move from word to word and line to line. Traditional reading also consumes huge amounts of physical space on a page or screen, which limits reading effectiveness on small displays. Scrolling, pinching, and resizing a reading area doesn’t fix the problem and only frustrates people. Now, with compact text streaming from Spritz, content can be streamed one word at a time, without forcing your eyes to spend time moving around the page. Spritz makes streaming your content easy and more comfortable, especially on small displays. Our “Redicle” technology enhances readability even more by using horizontal lines and hash marks to direct your eyes to the red letter in each word, so you can focus on the content that interests you. Best of all, Spritz’s patent-pending technology can integrate into photos, maps, videos, and websites to promote more effective communication.

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at what speed do you Spritz?

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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company announced after markets closed on Wednesday. Google will keep the "vast majority" of around 10,000 patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
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So roughly Google acquired 10.000 patents at $1 million each on average ? [Update: patent average price looks closer to 1/10th of my initial guesstimate as it seems that Google acquired closer to 17.000 patents for 1.6Bn$ net as evidenced by http://bgr.com/2014/01/30/google-motorola-lenovo-sale-patents-earnings/]
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Audi and Google Team up on Android Powered dashboards

Audi and Google Team up on Android Powered dashboards | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has just forged a partnership with German automaker Audi to bring an Android-powered entertainment and information system to Audi vehicle dashboards in the near future. It's a clear shot against Apple, which announced an 'iOS in the Car' program last year, with the collaboration of Mercedes, BMW and Honda — as well as GM in the United States. Here's the Wall Street Journal's take on the deal, which was their scoop: "With 80 million new cars and light trucks sold each year, automobiles represent a significant new opportunity for Internet-based software and services. 'The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,' said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at the research firm Gartner. 'Apple and Google see that and are trying to line up allies to bring their technology into the vehicle.'"
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Time to remember that mobile started as a car phone, and that Microsoft announced 'Auto PC' a few years ago...

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, December 31, 2013 4:15 AM

Il y a quelques mois, les constructeurs ne voulaient surtout pas dire si Android était embarqué. C'est le cas depuis longtemps. Une excellente chose que cela soit enfin clair...

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40% Of YouTube Traffic is Now Mobile

40% Of YouTube Traffic is Now Mobile | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It’s hard to get people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets, yet YouTube seems to be the exception. The video service is quickly going mobile, with small screens making up 40% of its traffic now compared to 25% last year, Google said on itsearnings call today. In 2011, just 6% of YouTube traffic came from mobile.

Google’s not the only one rapidly shifting a 1 billion+ user base to mobile.

To put its transition in perspective, Facebook said it had 819 million monthly mobile users (73%) out of its total 1.15 billion users in Q2 2013, up from 543 million (56%) of 955 million in Q2 2012, 325 million (43%) of 739 million in Q2 2011, and 155 million (32%) of 482 million in Q2 2010. Note these people used Facebook mobile at least once, but may also have used desktop. Facebook doesn’t share what total percentage of usage comes from mobile, but 41% of its ad revenue comes from phones and tablets, up from 30% in Q1 2013, 23% in Q4 2012, and 14% in Q3 2012.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

What a quick and massive uptake  ! was 25% In 2012,  and just 6% In 2011.

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In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets.

In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Here's a pretty neat chart from comScore, via...
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Mobile now accounts for 20% of web traffic

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Google: Mobile Web Access Speeds Increased 30% Over The Last 12 Months | TechCrunch

Google: Mobile Web Access Speeds Increased 30% Over The Last 12 Months | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mobile browsing got significantly faster over the last 12 months, according to a new report from Google, and the average page load times on mobile are now comparable to desktop page load times. On mobile, Web pages now load about 30% faster than a year ago, but when it comes to desktops, Google only found some very minor speed-ups. That, however, is actually quite impressive, given that the size of the average Web page increased by over 56% in the last 12 months.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Do you actually experience the feeling? And why isn't France part of the survey???

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Loading web pages in France is still much too slow..3G sucks.
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More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic]

More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic] | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For example, every day more than 1.3 million Android devices are activated — which is way more than the 300,000 babies born daily. Users now spend more time each day surfing the web or on their mobile apps than they do watching television.

 

There are more than a billion smartphones in use around the world, and age is no barrier — teens, adults and seniors are all well represented among their users.

 

More than 60% of the apps in the Apple app store have never been downloaded (not even once)

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On average, people check their phones 150 times a day... and a few other surprising mobile facts

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This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells

This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"a tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying  to give your iPhone the senses of smell and taste, too.

The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them," explains Sam Khamis, Adamant's founder and CEO.

This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.

This was a pretty tricky problem to solve. A computer can easily identify a chemical in the air, but put a bunch of them together and it's stumped. For instance, humans can tell when there's pizza and chocolate chip cookies in the same room. Computers have a harder time with that."

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This may stink IMHO

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So much for a BlackBerry cloud: RIM sells NewBay to Synchronoss

So much for a BlackBerry cloud: RIM sells NewBay to Synchronoss | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A year ago RIM bought NewBay, presumably to join Apple and Google in the cloud storage and synch arena. Now it's selling NewBay at a steep discount to Synchronoss.
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How Synchronoss will integrate NewBay, Miyowa and FusionOne is also a mystery...

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Mobile uber alles, leaves desktop in the dust

Mobile uber alles, leaves desktop in the dust | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If it wasn’t clear that media usage is shifting from desktop to mobile, here’s a nifty chart provided for us by Statista, using data from the latest comScore report released Thursday.

According to comScore, this is the first time mobile apps have accounted for more than 50% of all digital media consumption. As far as content goes, mobile users tend to use radio and photo applications the most, followed by mapping and instant messaging applications, and of course, games.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

If you're still thinking website first, you might want to reconsider. Even responsive design might be traded off for a mobile app development.

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Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone

Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Last year, it took a shot at creating its own pseudo mobile operating system with Facebook Home, an Android app that replaced your home screen with a pretty stream of photos and updates from your Facebook feed. It was a dud.

Then there were the series of separate mobile apps like Poke, Camera, and Paper that have largely failed to resonate with people. Most seem to be happy with the regular Facebook app, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

 

But at today's F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled some new tools that will give Facebook a deeper level of control over your phone, no matter what kind of device you use.

 

The most important one is called App Link, a tool that developers can use to help their apps and websites talk to each other.

To use Facebook's example, imagine looking up a movie review on your phone on the mobile Rotten Tomatoes site. Well, what happens if you want to use the Fandango app to buy tickets to that movie? As things stand now, you'd have to close out your browser, launch the Fandango app, and then search for the movie again. With App Link, the Rotten Tomatoes developers would be able to provide you with a link that lets you jump right into the movie's ticket page in the Fandango app. In theory, it's seamless.

That process is also called deep linking, and it's been a messy problem for app developers until now. Apple, Google, and Microsoft don't make it very easy for developers to use deep linking on their respective mobile operating systems. App Link is open for any developer to use, so over the next few months you can expect to see more and more of your apps start playing nicely with each other.

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What you offer often tells what you (want to) control.

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Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14.

Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google Play worldwide downloads now exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 45%, driven by growth in emerging markets. Russia and Brazil have been on the rise for some time now, but Mexico and Turkey also had a strong influence on Google Play downloads in Q1 2014.The iOS App Store remains comfortably ahead in worldwide revenue, generating about 85% more revenue than Google Play. This gap narrowed over the last quarter though, as Google Play revenue increased markedly in the United States and United Kingdom.China was the key market for iOS App Store growth, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70% quarter-over-quarter.Games remained the key category driving growth in both app stores. However, there was also growth in categories outside of Games. Tools saw gains in Google Play revenue, dominated by anti-virus and security apps. On iOS, Finance grew in revenue during tax season in the United States.Messaging apps remained a huge growth area, contributing to the gains for the Communication category on Google Play and Social Networking on iOS.
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It's all about Volume vs. Value

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Mobile Devices almost doubled time spent online in the US

Mobile Devices almost doubled time spent online in the US | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If you were ever wondering why Google has aggressively pursued Android, this chart is the answer. Mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets have drastically increased the time we spend online according to a new report by comScore. The more time we're online, the better it is for Google.

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We are talking billion minutes here, and I wonder what share of this mobile time is devoted / consumed / wasted / distracted with Candy Crush or 2048...

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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows

Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Of Microsoft’s many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on. Windows 8 apps are also few and far between, and Microsoft is stuck in a position where it’s struggling to generate developer interest in its latest style of apps across phones and tablets. Some argue Microsoft should dump Windows Phone and create its own "forked" version of Android — not unlike what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablets — while others claim that’s an unreasonably difficult task. With a new, mobile- and cloud-focused CEO in place, Nokia's decision to build an Android phone, and rumors of Android apps coming to Windows, could we finally see Microsoft experimenting with Google’s forbidden fruit?

 

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it's still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

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Apparently Nokia has it already done

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Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple

Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

ULTRAMOBILE YEAR AHEAD: Gartner has updated its annual device forecasts for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones for the new year. On the whole, the research outfit thinks sales of all of these devices combined will grow by just over 7% in 2014, which would be a re-acceleration in growth compared to the 4% growth achieved between 2012 and 2013. 

Mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones, will dominate in terms of sales volume, with expected annual sales of almost 1.9 billion. But it will be the "ultramobiles" category, in which Gartner includes tablets, hybrids, and flip-form devices, that will set the pace for growth, with increased sales of nearly 54% during the year. We feel this is a function of growing demand for "phablets," or devices that carry a screen size somewhere between the standard 5-inch smartphone and the 8-inch tablet. Phablet shipments have already skyrocketed in key markets for mobile growth like China and India. PC sales, meanwhile, will continue to be hampered by the mobile movement. Gartner thinks PC sales will decline 7% in 2014. 

ONE BILLION ANDROID DEVICES! If 2013 was the watershed year for Android in terms of market share, then 2014 will be the year Android solidifies its stronghold on the global mobile market. Gartner estimates Android will sell 1.1 billion devices for the year. They also confirm that Android blows past Apple in terms of installed base, with 1.9 billion active Android devices already in use. With slowing growth in mobile uptake in developed markets, expect Android to make massive waves with new, lower-income users in emerging mobile markets, where most new customers are priced out of the premium device market dominated by Apple. (Gartner)

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Ultra Mobile year ahead... Nearly 2 Bn handsets forecasted in 2014 and 1Bn Android devices. Meanwhile Apple passed the $10Bn sales mark on the App Store.

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Paid Apps Are Dead

Paid Apps Are Dead | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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In-app may be the only path unless you have a massive audience and can sustain ads

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BlackBerry just "gutted" its salesforce

BlackBerry just "gutted" its salesforce | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
According to a source close to the matter, BlackBerry today laid off more than half of its salesforce. The source, based in Waterloo, says consumers sales is basically "gone" and "enterprise is gutted".
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Apsalar Raises $9M Series B Led by DCM to Expand Mobile DSP

Apsalar Raises $9M Series B Led by DCM to Expand Mobile DSP | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apsalar, a leading mobile advertising and analytics company, today announced that it has closed a $9 million Series B round of financing.  The round was led by DCM, with participation from Correlation Ventures and existing investors, including Thomvest Ventures and DN Capital.Apsalar’s data-powered mobile advertising product, a mobile Demand-Side Platform (DSP), helps mobile app marketers and agencies buy high-ROI mobile ads for their apps across over 70 networks and real-time bidding (RTB) exchanges, using one centralized platform.  The company taps into the power of behavioral targeting, using its anonymized first-party data on over 800 Million mobile app users to help advertisers more effectively acquire and retarget profitable and engaged users.

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Congrats To Fazal and Michael !

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The Major Mobile Announcement Facebook Just Made Explained In A Single Graphic

The Major Mobile Announcement Facebook Just Made Explained In A Single Graphic | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mark  Zuckerberg swore his team wasn't making a Facebook  phone. But today, he greeted a room full of press in Menlo Park with a different  message.

"Today we're finally going to talk about that Facebook phone," the social  network's CEO said.

But by "Facebook phone," Zuckerberg doesn't mean actual hardware. Instead his  team created Home, a concept that changes the "soul of the phone," the home  screen.

"What would it feel like if our phones were designed around people, not  apps?" Zuckerberg asked the audience.

"We're not building a  phone. We're not building a new MP3 player. And we're not building a new  internet communication device," Zuckerberg said.

Instead, Facebook Home  appears the moment you turn on your phone or wake it up from stand-by mode  (Zuckerberg says people turn on their phones an average of 100 times per day).

Facebook Home doesn't  display the typical static background photo. It shows story after story posted  by friends to Facebook or Instagram  in real-time. It displays status updates, photos, and other open graph stories  with large images.

Below is a graphic that  simply explains what Facebook Home is. It's an integration on top of Android's  Operating System but beneath the app icon layer we're all used to seeing on our  smart phones.

Facebook has built the  first home screen that comes to life, and updates in real time.

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A powerful reminder that User Interface and User Experience designs has become both the battleground and the weapon...

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Mobile devices overtake TVs in the bedroom

Mobile devices overtake TVs in the bedroom | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Motorola Mobility's study of 9,500 global consumers found that a majority of respondents who view video programming in the bedroom use their smartphones and tablets versus broadcast TV. Read this article by Dan Farber on CNET News.
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Expect pillow fights ?

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As long as it doesn't overtake love making we are good...
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How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management

How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

How do you improve the mobile experience when all you have is a visibility over a carrier’s network?

 

That is the question that started carrier IQ (CiQ) in 2005. They set out to open up a window on the devices. To show what was happening inside what was until then a closed ‘black box’ after it left the factory.

Seven years later, the company now has a tremendous technology foundation, from a unique agent software which gathers system data on smartphones (180 million rolled out so far), to an incredible analytics big data platform that’s able to deliver real-time drill-down information on technical parameters of a phone as well as trends and statistics. Last ime I checked CiQ was processing over 7 terabytes of smartphone system data each month…

 

They have a great business team, too, and managed to develop solid relationships with major mobile carriers in the US and abroad. And weathered an incredible storm in late 2011 — more on this at the bottom of this post.

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CarrierIQ's new GM Devices explains it all, one device at a time

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