1. Android on 79% of the 998 million smartphones shipped in 2013, Windows Phone fastest growing platform

    most 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.

    (Source: thenextweb.com)

  2. Google to bring net access to Africa using blimps, masts and satellites

    Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit signals across hundreds of square kilometres.

    With smartphone penetration already higher than 50% in many western markets, mobile manufacturers are racing to connect customers in emerging markets. Google is highly focused on these new markets, and is developing low-cost Nexus smartphones and tablets.

    (Source: Guardian)

  3. Smartphones Are Eating the World

    Smartphones have created a bridge between two previously separate industries—wireless networks and personal computing. For Internet firms and device makers, this means access to the world’s largest network of people.

  4. Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication

    There aren’t a lot of bridges between us and Google, but we are aligned with their open philosophy.

    (Source: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication)

  5. Your Life In 2020

    'a future of ubiquitous computing is one where computers actually go unnoticed. That's 2020. It is when Nicholas Negroponte's assertion in 1995 of “being digital” switches to “been digital” because we will have been there and done that. Kids who have grown up stealing free views of recent movie releases online or regularly chatting with a friend in Bangalore or Atlanta will be working adults in a world where the notion of “work” has changed because of digital technology. But it's no longer “technology” in 2020 anymore—it's just how we get things done.'

    (Source: forbes.com)

  6. Google to open Wallet app to third-party passes, loyalty cards, and IDs

    "One of the types of things we’re trying to do is make it easy for airlines, transit providers, and other types of issuers of credentials to make it super simple for them to get their credentials stored in the wallet…That’s the goal. We want you to be able to leave your leather wallet at home and carry your phone and transact with that as your primary transaction device."

    (Source: theverge.com)

  7. ‘Real Simple’ Gets Into Direct Sales With Gift Guide App

    Where the app deviates from your standard, one-off magazine app is in its shopping capabilities. Rather than sending users to third-party retail sites, the magazine partnered with DropWallet to enable users to purchase any of the items directly within the app. Real Simple receives an (undisclosed) cut of each sale, managing editor Kathleen Harris tells Mashable, which is stated in a disclaimer in the app.

    (Source: Mashable)

  8. Shop Right Off The Subway Wall With PayPal

    PayPal has created catalog ‘mobile shopping walls’ in 15 metro stations in Singapore. The large display features Valentine’s Day offers from eight participating retailers.
    via @dancall1

    (Source: psfk.com)

  9. Groupon Kiosks Hit Chicago Wednesday, Selling Geo-Localized Deals Across The City

    SmartDIGITAL CEO George Burciaga, a lifelong Chicagoan, says the company plans to have 100 kiosks operating in heavily-trafficked areas within 90 days, some of which will be Groupon-exclusive, according to Crain’s Chicago. Current models also run CTA schedules and tracking applications, news content and interactive advertising.

    (Source: The Huffington Post)

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    Tags: mobility

    Google to Buy Zagat

    In a blog post, Marissa Mayer, Google’s top executive for local and location services, wrote that Zagat would become the cornerstone for the search giant’s local offerings.

    (Source: The New York Times)