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Data Point: Google’s Dominance of the Mobile Ad Market Is Slipping - Digits - WSJ

Data Point: Google’s Dominance of the Mobile Ad Market Is Slipping - Digits - WSJ | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Together, Google and Facebook dominate the market for advertising dollars. But their arrows are pointing in opposite directions.
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iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors

iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

via The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand's history - with the the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there's a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
As per usual, the internet is awash with rumor, speculation and downright lies over this next-generation handset, which is why we spend our time trawling through each nugget of info, debating its merits and curating it into this easy-to-read hub for all things iPhone 6.

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A New Dating App Lets You Track Your Sexual History — And Every 20-Something Should Use It

A New Dating App Lets You Track Your Sexual History — And Every 20-Something Should Use It | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

 

Do you often think to yourself, "Man, I'd really like to see a pie chart of all my sexual activity?" There's an app for that.

Nipple is a new sexual activity tracker that basically acts as a public sex diary. (You can of course make your profile private, but where's the fun in that?) After registering as male, female or transgender, you can log who you've had sex with along with details about the experience, and see "how your performances evolve" with handy graphs and charts.

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8 of the best iOS apps for shooting and sharing video—beyond Vine and Instagram - The Next Web

8 of the best iOS apps for shooting and sharing video—beyond Vine and Instagram - The Next Web | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

et’s imagine you’re not toting a dedicated video camera or DSLR, but rather are using the the ever-present smartphone camera in your pocket. While you can always call on Instagram or Vine for shooting and sharing video, there are so many other cool video apps out there—some free, some costing a few dollars—that it’s worth broadening your field of view to include these eight innovative selections.

One major, and somewhat non-obvious, obstacle that stumps many filmmaking novices when recording on a smartphone is, ironically, too much volume. That’s right. Each second of unnecessary video is time wasted. That footage may be meaningful to you (if only marginally), but it can add unnecessary volume and clog up your narrative.

Everyone has a friend or relative who insists on the endless, mind-numbing slideshow or video of their weekend excursion. With the apps below, no one needs to be that person ever again.

 

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Antisocial Network: Cloak App Uses Location Data to Help You Avoid People | TIME

Antisocial Network: Cloak App Uses Location Data to Help You Avoid People | TIME | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Finally, a worthwhile use for all that location data. A new iOS app called Cloak rounds up users’ Foursquare and Instagram location data so that you can actively avoid bumping into people you know.

Cloak refers to itself as “incognito mode for real life” — a tip of the hat to Google’s private browsing setting on its Chrome web browser. “Think of it as the antisocial network,” readsthe app’s description in Apple’s App Store.

Once fired up, Cloak presents you with a map stocked with people you follow on Foursquare and Instagram, leveraging the most recent places where they’ve checked in or location-tagged photos. You can get instant alerts when people’s locations come within a block of yours, and four hours after someone’s tagged their location, their personal icon will fade, suggesting they may have moved.

The App Store description says that Twitter location data isn’t leveraged because “most users have it turned off and even when it’s on, it’s quite vague.”

As for that other social network, Cloak’s creators told me that “Facebook has good data, but a lot of it” and pointed out that a lot of people you’re connected to on Facebook, like friends from high school, probably aren’t near you at any given time. “But,” they said, “we’re going to be thinking about how to include this soon, as well as other networks, of course.”

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App of the Week: Find a vacation rental with Dwellable - GeekWire

App of the Week: Find a vacation rental with Dwellable - GeekWire | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

It’s getting to be the time of year when going on vacation sounds like a really good idea. Daylight Savings Time has kicked in, the first signs of Spring are starting to show, and taking a chance to kick back just sounds right.

For people looking to get their travel fix without the atmosphere of staying in a hotel, Dwellable, offers an alternative.

The free app, which is available for iOS and Android, gives users a way to search vacation rentals like houses and apartments that will give them a home away from home to visit, rather than having to cram their stuff into a room with two beds and a mini-fridge filled with overpriced tiny bottles of liquor.

It’s a popular idea, and the vacation rental space is incredibly crowded. In addition to Dwellable, other companies like HomeAway and AirBnB are also competing for a slice of the pie when it comes to serving people who are looking for a place to stay.

The Seattle company, which was co-founded by Adam Doppelt, one of the co-founders of Urbanspoon, and Snapvine co-founder Nathan Kriege, looks to stand out from the crowd by providing the best mobile experience among its competitors. While AirBnB’s app for the iPhone comes close, Dwellable’s listing pages are laid out in such a way that made immediate, intuitive sense to me.

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Stop Motion Animation and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Stop Motion Animation and More | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
From a mobile stop motion animation studio, to a news from Al Jazeera America, our latest list includes a range of can't miss apps users won't want to miss.
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13 Things You Can Do With The Galaxy S5 That You Can't Do With An iPhone

13 Things You Can Do With The Galaxy S5 That You Can't Do With An iPhone | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
"Anything you can do I can do better."
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Apple Rolls Out iOS 7.1 Update | TIME

Apple Rolls Out iOS 7.1 Update | TIME | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Apple is rolling out an iOS update for iPhone and iPad that sports a new iPhone feature called CarPlay, which enables the phone to connect with special car entertainment systems that automakers will be introducing in vehicles later this year
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Wake Up & Smell The Bacon — from the Oscar Mayer Institute For the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB) - YouTube

Prepare yourself for a bacon awakening beyond your wildest imagination. Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a multi-sensory alarm experience that starts your mornin...
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Apple rolls out CarPlay for safely using iPhones in the car

Apple rolls out CarPlay for safely using iPhones in the car | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Apple has launched its CarPlay feature to give drivers a “smarter, safer, and more fun” way to use iPhones in cars. It’s clear that Apple intends for the iPhone to be the center of car electronics. And to do that, it has to own your dashboard. Premiering at the Geneva International Motor Show, CarPlay lets users make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a spoken word or a single touch on a touchscreen. They can use the car’s native interface or push-and-hold the voice control button on a steering wheel to activate the Siri voice-driven artificial intelligence on an iPhone. That helps reduce distractions for drivers.
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Blackberry Z3

Blackberry Z3 | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

 Here at MWC 2014 BlackBerry announced its newest touch screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3. Once codenamed the Jakarta, the Z3 will offer a big 5-inch high-resolution display and rely on an all-touch interface, rather than a physical keyboard. BlackBerry plans to sell the Z3 for under $200, unlocked.

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Selfie App CamMe Wins 'Most Innovative App' at Mobile World Congress

Selfie App CamMe Wins 'Most Innovative App' at Mobile World Congress | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Selfie app CamMe won the "most innovative app" award at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Tuesday.
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Inside Google's plan to help you build the smartphone of your dreams

Inside Google's plan to help you build the smartphone of your dreams | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

We’ve written at length about Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara in the past, but substantial updates have been few and far between. With just a week left until the first developers conference for the device, MIT Technology Review has spoken with Paul Eremenko, the project lead, and Ara Knaian (after whom the project was named), who give us a little more context to the modular device and attempting to explain how it fits into a very crowded, competitive market.

“We believe that the smartphone hardware ecosystem should be, and can be, a lot more like the Android app ecosystem: with a low barrier to entry, lots and lots of developers, and faster, richer innovation,” says Eremenko.

Google’s role would begin and end with the “endoskeleton” — the base for the modular parts. Third-party developers would be the life blood of the project going forward, creating a diverse marketplace for users with an array of demands.

As for the smartphone business in developed regions, which might be on the verge of saturation, Google is aware that reaching out to other parts of the world might be the best way to introduce a modular smartphone to those who are not accustomed to a two-year upgrade cycle.

We hope to learn a lot more about Project Ara when Google takes the stage at the Ara Developers Conference on April 15th-16th in Mountain View, California.

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The Next Mobile Frontier [Infographic]

The Next Mobile Frontier [Infographic] | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
With 5.2 billion of the world’s 6.8 billion mobile subscribers in the developing world, handset manufacturers and developers such as Nokia, Ericsson, Facebook and Mozilla, are renewing their effort...
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Apple replaces iPad 2 with iPad 4 and launches cheapest iPhone ever | The National

Apple replaces iPad 2 with iPad 4 and launches cheapest iPhone ever | The National | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Apple said it would offer an iPad 4 tablet in place of the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price and the company launched a cheaper, lower capacity version of its plastic-backed iPhone 5C in Europe, Australia, and China.

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App Shopper: Deloitte C4Edge EdgeMap (Business)

App Shopper: Deloitte C4Edge EdgeMap (Business) | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Digital technology continues to disrupt industries and challenge once proven strategies and business models. How can organizations and individuals harness this dynamic to access information, attract resources, and achieve immediate and longer term goals? Deloitte’s Center for the Edge develops points of view and pragmatic pathways to help executives make sense of and profit from emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology. The EdgeMap guides leaders and influencers through the Center for the Edge’s perspectives around the topics on their agendas--growth, talent, strategy, and innovation. Explore the EdgeMap to learn how you can create increasing value in today’s world.
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Nokia Refocus vs Lytro: The interactive photo shootout

Nokia Refocus vs Lytro: The interactive photo shootout | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
We put the Lytro and a Refocus smartphone head-to-head. Nokia is on to something big here.
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Steller Is A Beautiful Visual Storytelling App For iPhone

Steller Is A Beautiful Visual Storytelling App For iPhone | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Steller is a beautiful visual storytelling app, similar to Storehouse, but for your iPhone and iPod Touch instead.
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Apple Adds New 'Selfies' Section to App Store

Apples has gotten caught up in the selfie hype, launching a new section in the App Store called 'Sharing Selfies.'
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5 Super-Specific iPhone Tricks You Need To Know Right Now

5 Super-Specific iPhone Tricks You Need To Know Right Now | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Is your iPhone feelin' a little rusty? Is it not running as smoothly and quickly as it once did? Don't despair.
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Get Better At Oral Sex By Licking Your Phone

Get Better At Oral Sex By Licking Your Phone | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
When it comes to oral sex, maybe it's time to start phoning it in. Lick This, a new App by San Francisco-based team "Club Sexy Time," promises to let users hone their cunnilingus skills by licking their smartphones, according to Fast Co...
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Bacon-Scented Alarm Clock: Oscar Mayer Invents Greatest iPhone Wakeup Tool … Ever [PHOTO]

Bacon-Scented Alarm Clock: Oscar Mayer Invents Greatest iPhone Wakeup Tool … Ever [PHOTO] | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

If your alarm clock just isn’t doing the trick to wake you up anymore, perhaps you’ll need to tap into another of your five senses: smell. And what’s the absolute, indisputable best smell in the world? Bacon, obviously.

Oscar Mayer, the American meat company famous for its wieners, created a device that turns your smartphone into a kitchen with a bacon-scented alarm clock. A small device is simply plugged into the headphone jack of an iPhone and connected to an app that allows users to emit the sounds and smells of fresh-cooked bacon.

The Kraft-owned company said “Wake Up & Smell The Bacon” will be available on the site from March 3 until April 4, 2014. However, it’s not for sale; those who desire a bacon-scented alarm clock must fill out an application and will only receive the device if they are chosen. Anyone could download the iPhone alarm app, though, which emits the sound of cooking bacon.

"With nearly two million mentions of #bacon on Instagram, it seems people never get tired of bacon. That’s why our team decided to develop a device to give folks what they long for most," Tom Bick, senior director of integrated marketing and advertising at Oscar Mayer, said in a statement. “As the category leader, Oscar Mayer is thrilled to bring the first-ever, bacon-scented mobile device to market, giving bacon aficionados a new reason to welcome their morning alarm clocks."

Oscar Mayer also released an epic video advertisement to promote the bacon alarm clock, with a nymph-like woman roaming a forest with the “finest” aroma discharging from bacon flowers. The latest invention comes from the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon, which dubs itself the "consortium of the world's greatest bacon minds dedicated to unlocking the bacon's deepest mysteries for the benefit of bacon lovers everywhere."

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UFC Heavyweight Contender, Launches BST Fitness, Boca Raton, Saturday 3/1.

UFC Heavyweight Contender, Launches BST Fitness, Boca Raton, Saturday 3/1. | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire/ -- BST FITNESS cordially invites interested parties to their Special "Red Carpet Event," featuring Todd Duffee, Owner and UFC Heavy Weight Contender, Cole Miller, Lynzy Ferris, Micah Miller, NFL Players, Actors, Musicians, body builders, and the fitness elite at their brand-new Florida facility "BST GYMS."
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Samsung Galaxy S5: Everything you need to know (FAQ)

Samsung Galaxy S5: Everything you need to know (FAQ) | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

BARCELONA, Spain -- Unless you were dead-set on a metal design and futuristic features, then Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a worthy successor in the evolving Galaxy S line.

Here at Mobile World Congress, where Samsung introduced its marquee phone to the world, I dove deep into the phone's new fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, tested out the new 16-minute camera, and uncovered a few new features of our own.

I know you still have questions, so I've put together a list of some answers. If you've got more, shout them out in the comments below.

 

When and where does it go on sale?
Samsung will sell the Galaxy S5 on April 11 in over 150 countries. Samsung's US PR outfit told us that it will come to these carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular. You'll also be able to pick it up at these retail stores: Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart.

How much will it cost?
Individual carriers and stores will announce pricing on their own, but look for the handset to cost the same amount as the Galaxy S4 did last year. In the U.S., this should be about $200 with a carrier contract and around $600 to $700 unlocked.

 

 

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