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by George Heymann

Virtual currencies proving popular with gamers

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market

The presence of virtual currencies within games is one of the main reasons behind the popularity and monetization success of in-app purchases, according to new research by Distimo. “Some 35% of the 300 most popular free games in June use some sort of virtual currencies to monetize in the Apple App Store for iPhone,” it said.

Distimo’s report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, Apple App Store for iPhone, Apple Mac App Store, BlackBerry App World, GetJar, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog, and Windows Phone 7 Marketplace in the United States in June 2011.

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Mobile security software will be essential for smartphone users in the near future

by George Heymann

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It’s unfortunate but the time is rapidly approaching where installing some type of mobile security software will be essential to the operation of a smartphone. Several well publicized security breaches in the news recently including attacks on Sony, Citibank, Discover have security and malware on the radar for many consumers.

On the mobile side, Google has had to remove dozens of malware applications that were introduced to the Android Market. iOS has been affected to a lesser degree but hasn’t been immune from Malware. Security experts Stonesoft and McAfee are both forecasting that sophisticated malware attacks to iOS will increase as mobile continues to grow and additional attention is focused on popular smartphones.

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The survey says: Tablets are changing the way users consume media!

by George Heymann

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The tablet segment is growing at a frantic pace as more users adopt this medium to consume content. Marketers and developers are analyzing the implications of these new usage patterns created by this segment, whose traffic has reportedly grown by 300 percent in the past six months alone.

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Five 800×480 wallpaper/lock-screen collections by XDA developer members

By George Heymann

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Here are links to five 800×480 wallpaper/lock-screen collections posted by various XDA Developer members. You must register on their site in order to download the collections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Faster=Better, Google Voice=Better, Make outgoing calls faster with “direct access numbers”!

Google launched an enhancement to the Android and Blackberry Google Voice App yesterday that speeds up the call connections using “Direct Access Numbers”. Prior to this update the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server everytime a call was placed to send the number you wanted to dial.

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Check in with Gowalla for a chance to win one of 500 4GB Eye-Fi cards.

Check in with Gowalla at any Apple or Best Buy Buy store for a chance to win one of 500 4GB Eye-Fi cards. The promotion was announced yesterday (06/17) and will continue till the cards are gone. If you win you can send Gowalla your shipping address within the gowalla app. Additional information and video after the break.

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Mobile OS Roundup!


Regardless of your mobile preference 2010 is going to be a very good year!  Most platforms are planning to release major OS updates sometime this year.

Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of features but a summary of key changes or enhancements planned for each platform. In many cases this is pre-release information so the features are subject to change or may not be included in the final release software.

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Must have mobile apps list!

With the iPhone app store heading towards the 200,000 application mark and other platforms with thousands of applications to choose from do you find yourself suffering from application overload? Most phones come with a basic set of applications to handle day to day tasks. Outside of the phone application itself starter apps usually include a contact manager, email program, messaging application, maps and calender.

With so many other applications to choose from where do you go next? Let me get you off to a great start by sharing my current must have list of mobile applications.

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Hp to Acquire Palm for 1.2 Billion!

HP and Palm entered into an agreement where HP will purchase Palm for $5.70 a share approximately 1.2 billion. The most exciting part of the announcement for me is that HP intends to move forward with Palm WebOS not only in mobile phones but across multiple mobile connected devices.

HP WebOS Slate anyone? Line forms here! See the HP news release here.

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WebOS 1.4.1.1 for Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus expected to start rolling out today!

Update WebOS 1.4.1.1 for Verizon downloading as of 04/28/10 10:27 pm MDT

Verizon is expected to start rolling out the WebOS 1.4.1.1 today. From the PDF improvements include:

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