Your Weekly Mobile News Round Up Has Returned…

After a brief retooling your weekly mobile news round up is back.  As always its brought to you by our friends at Mutual Mobile and the letter C (because C is for cookie, and who doesn’t like cookies!).

This week, mobile industry analyst Mary Meeker presented her annual report on the state of the industry. We take a look at the key trends. Plus: mobile’s major influence on retail, both in-store and out.

News and Insights

Mary Meeker Peers Into the Future of Mobile, Wearables and Facebook – New York Times, We take a look at the major themes from the KPCG analyst’s annual report.

Apple’s Tim Cook Points To Dearth Of Multiple-Use Wrist Gadgets – Forbes, At a recent conference, Cook voiced skepticism about wearables like Glass.

Here’s What to Expect From Apple at WWDC 2013 – WIRED, Upgrades to iOS, OS X, hardware, and a whole lot more.

Walmart Takes Contextual, Pragmatic Approach to Mobile – Forrester, Walmart’s mobile approach has paid off in sales, loyal customers, and engagement.

Google Is Learning How Smartphones Impact In-Store Shopping – Fast Company, People who consistently use smartphones while shopping spend 25% more.

Google Won’t Approve Glass Apps That Recognize People’s Faces – TechCrunch, A recent announcement from Google is eliminating the Glass “creep factor.”

7 Cool Consumer Technologies Coming Soon to a Cubicle Near You – CIO, Augmented reality, natural user interfaces, and more entering the enterprise.

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual – Fast Company, Coming soon: always-present computers that will anticipate, augment your behavior.

Research

If You Bought An ‘iWatch’, You’d Check it ~95 Times Per Day – Business Insider, Why an Apple smartwatch could be big business.

13 Alarming Stats About Retail in Digital – Digiday, Mobile and digital is forcing retailers to redefine how they market and sell to consumers.

Smartphone Adoption Tips Past 50% in Major Markets Worldwide – eMarketer, Over half of mobile phone users in 6 countries have switched to smartphones.

3 Reasons Why the Tablet is Set to Replace Your Laptop and Desktop – TabTimes, IDC’s latest report predicts tablet shipments to grow 59% this year.

The Wallet is Doomed! – Mobile Payments Today, PayPal’s recent study shows that 83% of consumers prefer digital payment methods.

The Forecast for Google Glass – Business Insider, BI predicts Glass will reach 21 million annual unit sales by 2018.

This Weeks Mobile round up

As always, brought to you by our friends at Mutual Mobile

Bold predictions ran amok in this week’s mobile headlines: from brain-computer interfaces, to Google Glass being chastised for “dorkiness”, to Blackberry’s CEO claiming the death of the tablet (for the record, we think he’s wrong).

News and Insights

Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass – WIRED, Will Glass’ inherent dorkiness kill the concept before it gets off the ground?

Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream – New York Times, Soon, we might interact with our devices simply by using our minds.

Apple’s iOS 7 Team in Deadline Crunch Mode, Adding Engineers – All Things D, iOS 7 is scheduled to ship on time for WWDC, with massive UI updates.

Web Apps vs. Native Apps Is Still a Thing – Daring Fireball, John Gruber discusses the pros and cons of each app type.

Top Challenges for Brands in Mobile – Digiday, What mobile challenges are brands like Unilever, Mastercard, and others facing?

Mobile Games Are Leaping Into the Real World – WIRED, Mobile games are starting to incorporate aspects of the real world into their virtual one.

What Walmart Likes in Mobile – Digiday, Four mobile technologies the world’s largest retailer has set its sights on.

Bank of America: Mobile Payments Need to Create Value before Coming to Market – Mobile Marketer, “Customers are adopting mobile banking at a faster pace than other channels.”

Car Tech: Users Aren’t the Problem – The Push, When it comes to cars, mobile technology should simplify, not complicate.

Research

Sorry, Blackberry: Tablets Won’t Be Dead in 5 Years – Forrester, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Hein’s claim is bold, but not accurate.

By 2017, Half of Employees Will Be Required to Supply Device for Work – Gartner, The firm predicts a significant decline in BYOD programs.

Schools are Starting to Spend Big on iPads and Other Tablets – TabTimes, K- 12 tablet sales are expected to to reach close to 7 million in 2013.

Forrester: 75% of Consumers Access Smartphones In-Store – Mobile Marketer, Analyst Julie Ask on key differences between smartphone, tablet use in retail.

Microsoft a Top 5 Tablet Vendor … With 1.8% Market Share – All Things D, Apple is still the clear global leader in the tablet market.

Tablets Will Outsell Laptops 6 to 1 by 2017 – VentureBeat, NPD: Tablet shipments will reach a massive 579.4 million in 2017.

This Week’s Must-Read Mobile Headlines // April 29

Brought to you by the letter M, and our friends over at Mutual Mobile

This week IDC announced that smartphones outnumbered feature phones in worldwide shipments: a true turning point for the mobile industry. Plus, Apple’s WWDC sold out in under 2 minutes. What are iOS developers most excited for this year?

 News and Insights

Apple’s Next Big Product Will Not Be A Gadget – Business Insider, Why are developers excited for WWDC this year? Software, not smartphones.

The ‘Smart’ Trend in Hotels – New York Times, Hotels are using mobile to speed up and personalize services for guests.

Mobile Centers Of Excellence: Stupid Name, Smart Enterprise Idea– ReadWrite, IDC outlines how enterprises should coordinate mobile efforts across the business.

How CIOs Can Navigate the Mobile Hyperbole – ComputerWorld, Six tips to keep in mind as your company takes on mobile.

Starbucks Generates 10% of US Revenue from Mobile – Mobile Commerce Daily, Every week, Starbucks sees close to four million mobile payment transactions.

Apple’s WWDC Set for June 10-14, Hints at Fall Launch of Next iPhone – CIO, Apple will give developers previews of the next versions of iOS and OS X.

Your App’s Next Interface: Tracking Spatial Controls And “No UI” – Fast Company, The way we interact with devices is about to change dramatically.

Why On Earth Would Apple Sign Onto The Volkswagen iBeetle? – Fast Company, VW’s new ride is a perplexing addition to the iFamily.

Mobile’s Role in Lead Generation Grows as Conversions Blow Past 25% – Mobile Marketer, “Mobile is becoming increasingly important for lead generation.”

Research

As Smartphones Reach A Global Tipping Point, Leader Samsung Shipped 71M Devices In Q1, Nearly 2X As Many As Apple – TechCrunch, For the first time ever, more smartphones shipped than feature phones.

Android’s Leaky Bucket: Loyalty Gives Apple the Edge Over Time – All Things D, 91% of iPhone owners intend to buy another iPhone, which gives the platform a leg up.

iOS is Leader in Both US Smartphone and Tablet Browsing– Adobe, iPhones have re-emerged as the dominant web browsing smartphone.

Smartphones, Tablets Drive Faster Growth in Ecommerce Sales – eMarketer, This year, 15% of online retail sales will take place via mobile devices.

Apple’s Tablet Market Share Plummets in Q1 as Android Gains – BGR, Apple holds 48.2% of the tablet market globally, Android with 43.4%.

Loss of a great mind

Today we mourn the loss of a great champion of open information, Aaron Swartz.  Co-founder of Reddit, Co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard, digital activist, and author of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto.

Everyday billions of people have him to thank for the news they receive.  We all owe him a HUGE debt of gratitude for the work he did in preventing the SOPA monstrosity from becoming law.

On this day my small voice screams for a moment of silence to be observed in ALL RSS feeds for at least 10 mins with the only feed being: “Thank you Aaron you shall be missed and not forgotten.”.

For those that don’t know what the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto is I suggest you read it. http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=cefxMVAy

There is so much more to be written but it would be impossible for me to do so and not get on my SOPA box (pun fully intended) and this is not the time nor the place to do so.

My hope is that you will read this post, search for the truth, read the stories (via RSS feeds) and hopefully the outrage you will feel will drive you to act for the greater good like Aaron did.

 

 

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domain renewal spam email letter-top

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Other info about this spam domain renewal email

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