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Mobile Technology News, June 9, 2014

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

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  • Minecraft-maker releases Cliffhorse
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  • Mary Meeker's Data Drives Video 2.0
    She is truly the Internet’s most analytical historian.

    It’s easy to proclaim that change is in the air, but the thing about Mary Meeker is that she makes the pace and the acceleration of change so darn tangible. Starting back in the olden days of 1995, Meeker published The Internet Report while a research analyst at Morgan Stanley Since 2010, she’s’ been publishing the report from her new home as a partner at Kleiner Perkins.

    So when Meeker proclaims this to be a new “Golden Age” for TV… and credits “Content Creation, Consumption, Curation, and Distribution” as the drivers of this massive change, it’s time to lean in.

    At this year’s Code Conference, hosted by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, the former leaders of the D Conference, Meeker’s numbers around video were hard to ignore.

    “Internet Advertising is up 16%, while mobile is up 47%, and still ONLY 11% of total ad dollars spent.” Which leads Meeker to proclaim that “In Screen and Video Growth – we’re still in the early innings.” She quotes Reed Hastings of Netflix NFLX +0.44% in saying that screens are proliferating – multiplying in fact. Traditional remote controls are disappearing, and software apps are replacing channels.

    “You Screen, I Screen, We All Screen” says Meeker. “Internet TV is replacing linear TV.”


    Mobile device shipments — smartphone and tablets — are up four to five times the sales of TVs and PCs. And that’s just 10 years since they’ve arrived on the scene.

    A stunning 84 percent of mobile device owners use their phones while watching TVs… that’s most of us. And its doubled in just two years. People are watching while surfing the web, while shopping, while checking sports scores, and checking on show plots, actors, athletes — all activities related to content on their screens. Emailing and texting — using social media — is also up there, but not one of the top four activities. In many countries today, smartphones are the most used media consumption devices.


    So how does having more screens impact the consumption of content? Meeker says; “Media engagement rises with screen usage — doubling with multi-screen consumers. With more screens, people get more content in less time, making commercials less interruptive and more efficient.”

    The new remote control is an IP enabled enabled search engine, says Meeker, crediting Quincy Smith with the concept. And smartphones play a key part. Meeker points to both Chromecast and Kindle Fire TV as “Game-changers” in how people access the internet from their TVs. Smart TV shipments are growing like crazy, with 39% of TV’s shipped now that are “Smart” internet enabled TV’s. But it’s still less than 10% of the installed base – lots more room to grow. Smart TV adapters and Smart TV’s are game changers for Internet Enabled Screens of all sizes… big and small.


    As viewers move to new screens, TV content is following them there, with 34 million (52%) of ESPN Digital users accessing ESPN just on smartphones and tablets. The BBC is seeing 234 million requests for TV programs via its iPlayer – HBO now provides 1,000 hours of video content via HBO Go.

    But no longer are viewers ‘passive consumers’ of content. They are engaged, they are participating. Says Meeker, quoting YouTube’s Alex Carloss; “Fans trump audiences. An audience tunes when they’re told to, a fanbase choose when and what to watch… an audience changes the channel when their show is over, a fanbase shares, comments, curates, creates.” Yup. She said the word. Curates.


    And Social TV is more than just a new way to play with TV. It changes the business as well. Meeker says Social TV provides measurable advertiser lift. Showing data from both Twitter and Facebook, Meeker says that social TV lifts ad value, recall, and purchase intent if well integrated.

    Trends can be seen in younger viewers – where Millennials spend 3 times the amount time with internet based TV – 34% of their TV time. Internet TV is replacing linear TV. Meeker proclaims this – “The Early Stages of TV’s Golden Age with Epic Content Creation, Consumption, Curation, and Distribution”, as Internet TV replaces Linear TV.

    And, how sure is she? “Consumers increasingly expect to watch TV Content on their own terms.” The TV consumption pie is increasingly segmented, with 57% of viewing happening on conventional TV’s, 23% on DVRs,VOD, or DVD’s, 10% on connected TV’s, 6% on computers, and 4% on mobile devices.

    But the dramatic shift is in mobile, with 22% of online video time now spent on mobile, up 2x year over year.

    It’s the trifecta of change, with devices, content, and monetization all massively on the move. And Meeker’s track record makes it hard to ignore. There’s data that backs her crystal ball. She sees the future of the web -and increasingly it’s one thing – TV 2.0.

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  • Internet Giants Erect Barriers To Spy Agencies
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  • Dad Hits Teacher With Baseball Bat After 'Inappropriate' Texts Sent To Daughter
    A Maryland dad likely won’t see any charges after he struck a local teacher with a baseball bat.

    Police say the dad saw a series of texts on Thursday between the 42-year-old teacher and his daughter, a 15-year-old student. The girl’s mother deemed them “inappropriate for a teacher and a student” to be sharing, News Net 5 reports. Investigators didn’t agree and never charged the teacher with a crime, but the situation took a downturn later that day when the unidentified teacher showed up at the girl’s house.

    He wanted to speak to the girl’s father, but was told to leave, CBS local reports. When he refused, the dad reportedly whacked him with a baseball bat. The teacher sustained minor injuries.

    Police arrived at the Nottingham home at about 9:45 p.m., but the teacher didn’t press charges.

    The Crimes Against Children Unit continues to investigate, according to The Baltimore Sun. The department said it won’t release the names of the girl and her parents.

    Would you do the same in the father’s position?

  • Teens' Online Behavior Can Get Them in Trouble

    Do you really know what your kids are doing all the time? Probably not, unless you’re a stalker (just kidding). But really, there has to be some element of trust and you can’t physically be everywhere your kids are. And that also applies to the online world. As parents, we need to be aware of what our kids are doing, teach the “rules of the road,” and help them stay safe, but we can’t always be there with them every moment of every day.

    But we do need to understand that our kids are doing things online that could expose them to risk. McAfee’s 2014 Teens and Screens study showed that tween and teens continue to interact with strangers online and overshare information, even though they realize that these activities can put them at risk.

    So what else did the study unveil? About 75% of tweens and teens friend people whom they know in the real world, however, 59% engage with strangers online. And one out of 12 meet the online stranger in real life. This could be because 33% of them say they feel more accepted online than in real life.

    Additional facts to understand:

    • Our tweens and teens overshare personal information – 50% posted their email address, 30% their phone number and 14% (which is 14% too many) posted their home address, even though 77% know that what is posted online can’t be deleted and 80% have had a conversation with their parents on how to stay safe online
    • Social media friends are not always friendly – 52% have gotten into a fight because of social media, 50% have gotten into trouble at home or at school and 49% have regretted posted something.
    • Our kids are still hiding things from us – Although 90% believe their parents trust them to do what is right online, 45% would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were watching, 53% close or minimize their web browsers when their parents walk into the room and 50% clear the history of their online activity

    Alarmingly, 24% said that they would not know what to do in the event of cyberbullying (how about stay away from the bully’s page and block the bully from your page?). A whopping 87% have witnessed cyberbullying and 26% have been victims themselves.

    So with all these, how do we ensure we help our kids stay can enjoy the benefits of being online, while staying safe online. Here’s my top tips:

    • Establish rules: Parents should establish pinpointed rules about computer activities including sites the kids can visit and what is and isn’t appropriate behavior online, including the fact that online is forever.
    • Check in: Kids should be told to immediately report cyberbullying. whether they are witnessing it or being a victim.
    • Meet their “friends”: If it’s not possible to meet that person in person, then your child shouldn’t be chatting with them online.
    • Learn their technology: You should know more about the various devices that your kids use than your kids do, not the other way around.
    • Get their passwords: Parents should have full access to their kids’ devices and social media accounts at all times; they need the passwords.
    • Have security software on all their devices: Make sure all your kids’ devices and yours have comprehensive security software, like McAfee LiveSafe™ service.

    Or you can just relegate your kids to their rooms and never let them out—like I’ve told my girls. Just kidding. But on a serious note – parents, it’s time to make this a priority, for you and your kids.

    To join the conversation online, use #TeensNScreens or follow @McAfeeConsumer or like McAfee on Facebook.

    Robert Siciliano is an Online Security Expert to McAfee. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked!  Disclosures.

  • New Laser Device May Be A Drunk Driver's Worst Nightmare
    Scientists in Poland may have come up with a powerful new deterrent to drunk driving. It’s a laser-based device that can detect alcohol vapor–like that exhaled by someone who’s been drinking–inside a car as it passes by.

    The device works by detecting subtle changes in the laser beam as it passes through the alcohol vapor.

    “We all are already familiar with laser instruments used by the police for speed-limit enforcement,” Dr. Marco Gianinetto, a Polytechnic University of Milan researcher who has no connection to the Polish research, said in a written statement. “In the future, a similar technology may be developed to detect different chemical compounds, enabling the detection of drivers under the influence of other intoxicants.”

    The researchers, from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, successfully tested the device by aiming its laser at a car passing by at a distance of up to 20 meters. The car’s interior had been filled with alcohol vapor, simulating the exhalations of a drinker inside the car.

    laser alcohol carsAn illustration of how two lasers involved in the study reflected off of mirrors to reveal the presence of alcohol vapors in a test car.

    The device is in a very early stage of development. But the researchers envision that police could use it in much the same way that they use speed guns to catch speeders. The device could alert police to drunk drivers or could be equipped with a camera that sends out a photo of a drunk driver’s car.

    Of course, the device has some limitations. It could alert police to cars in which someone who is drunk is only a passenger and not the driver.

    Also, “from the practical point of view, there seem to be some countermeasures, such as driving with windows open, solar screens on the side windows, etc., that can be applied by drivers to deceive the system,” the researchers wrote in their study’s conclusion. “However, such situations are very easily detected by the system, which sends this information to the policeman indicating that the car should be checked.”

    A paper describing the device was published online in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing on May 19, 2014.

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