Nest Protect Smoke Detector Talks To You

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Description: A new smoke detector has just been launched that operates through your WiFi. The “Nest Protect” has many different features including path lighting and prevention methods. Source: CNET Date: November 19, 2013 Nest Protect’s smoke detector let’s you know when dangerous situations are happening in your home no matter what room you are in via WiFi… Read more »

Samsung Keeps its Cash Hoard Close

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Description: While companies like Apple have taken part in a number of acquisitions this year, Samsung has been a bit more frugal with their undertakings. Here’s a look at why they are keeping their cash locked up. Source: Globe and Mail Date: October 31, 2013   Samsung Electronics’ money pile is growing and its cash strategies… Read more »

BlackBerry Sees 10 Million Downloads of BBM for Android and iOS in First Day

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Description: Blackberry has finally launched its BBM app on Android and iOS platforms. The launch was a success but will it be able to keep up the momentum after the initial interest has worn off? Source: Techvibes Date: October 23, 2013 Within 24 hours of releasing BlackBerry Messenger for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer… Read more »

BlackBerry Offering Digital Music Distribution Service for Independent Artists on BB10

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Description: Blackberry has “gone indie”, announcing a  partnership with Zimbalam, an indie music distributor. Together, Blackberry and Zimbalam hope to empower artists through a new mobile channel. Source: TechVibes Date: March 22nd, 2013 BlackBerry has partnered with Zimbalam, a global digital music distributor for developing and independent artists, to offer unsigned musicians “an easy and efficient way”… Read more »

Nearly 35% Of Chinese Android Apps Steal User Data: Report

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Description: User privacy is an extremely sensitive subject, especially when it comes to our always-connected smartphones. After surfacing their new findings, China has begun to criticize Google for their apparently questionable practices. Source: FastCompany Date: March 15th, 2013 A fresh report from the Data Center of China Internet says that close to 35% of Android apps surveyed were slurping user… Read more »

The Reason Why Android Gets Apps Later Than IOS

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Description: There are too many operating systems, devices, and models for app developers to keep up. This diversified market makes the future of apps look  more corporate than entrepreneurial. Source: Mashable Date: March 6th, 2013 Even though there are more Android phones than iPhones in the United States, the number and variety of Android apps lags compared to Apple’s… Read more »

73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities

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Description: Results of a recent study show that the use of digital devices and social sharing is high among teachers. These trends are slowly making their way into the classroom, however, this practice is receiving mixed reviews. Source: Mashable Date: February 27th, 2013 More middle- and secondary-school teachers are using digital tools in their classrooms and professional lives,… Read more »

Firefox maker Mozilla to launch smartphone operating system

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Description: Mozilla is making a bold attempt to build on their success of the Firefox web browser. Following suite with competitors Apple and Google, Mozilla has announced that they will be launching a new smartphone operating system. Source: The Guardian Date: February 22nd, 2013 Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, will on Sunday launch… Read more »

The Five Ways Users Organize Their Apps And What App Designers Can Learn From This

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Description: A German research firm has recently conducted a study that examines how users organize their mobile applications. More than likely, you’ll find that you practice at least one of their five organizational methods. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 10th, 2013 A new report from German researchers reveals the five main ways people are organizing the applications on… Read more »

BlackBerry Confirms It Won’t Launch BB10 Devices In Japan

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Description: Blackberry’s latest Z10 and Q10 launch seems to be getting positive reactions from countries around the world. However, with support falling in Japan, the Canadian handset and software provider has stated that they will not be launching their newest models in this country. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 7th, 2013 BlackBerry may have been much… Read more »