By the end of 2013, there will be a total of 2.7 billion Internet users and 6.8 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions in the world, according to the latest Measuring the Information Society report by United Nations’ ITU.
The mobile-broadband has been growing impressively at 40 per cent CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) since 2007. Mobile-broadband subscriptions in developing countries have already outnumbered subscriptions in the developed world. Mobile-broadband penetration rate in the developed countries is reaching 75 per cent against 20 per cent in developing world. Global penetration rate is expected to reach almost 30 per cent, or 2 billion subscriptions, by end of 2013 (although roughly half of the world’s population lives within the reach of 3G networks).
Mobile-broadband Subscriptions, 2007 – 2013 (Source: ITU)
Burpple food app is beautiful and now even more useful. The new Explore feature in its latest app release (v1.2) makes it easier for people to discover good food and like-minded foodies. Whereas foursquare’s Explore recommends places, Burpple recommends good food (photos posted by its community).
In the totally revamped Explore page, a user can find collections like What’s Good Nearby, Suggested Users, and Top Picks. Top Picks, for example, lists food recommendations and the list is based on the user’s current location. Using your GPS, the app can also guess which restaurant you are at and show you what others have eaten, liked and commented. A StumbleUpon-sort button on Burpple would be nice to aid serendipitous discovery.
Top Picks Collection on Burpple
Path remains my constant favorite iPhone app since its launch in November 2010. The ‘personal network’ app differentiates itself by limiting each user to share updates, or moments, with only 50 friends and family (later increased to 150). A year after the launch, Path 2.0 was unveiled with a massively revamped interface and an enhanced set of features. The new iteration won well-deserved raves, particularly for its über-cool interface design. Its daily active users went 10,000 to 300,000 in just two and a half weeks!
I was about to spend $1.99 on a new iPhone game called Counter Strike. The game developer, Top Best Adult Entertainment, described it the “ORIGINAL Counter Strike is FINALLY Available on the iPhone.” Playing CS on my iPhone sounds like an awesome weekend plan!
Before clicking on the buy button, I checked the reviews. The app has 8 reviews (so far) with only one star rating in App Store (US).
Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.
StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.
Last month at 2012 International CES, Huawei unveiled its world’s slimmest Android smartphone. Now, at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei is stake its claim as the creator of the world’s fastest smartphone – the Huawei Ascend D quad, powered by the Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor. It also boast the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones (ultra-thin frame measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim) and comes with Huawei’s proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.
Other notable features include:
- 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen
- Industry’s most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor
- 330 PPI (pixels per inch) screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Camera: 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing, 1.3 megapixel front-facing and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, which it claims is the world’s slimmest smartphone.
Running on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Ascend P1 S is only 6.68mm thin; in comparison, the Motorola RAZR is 7.1mm thick and the Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. In addition to its super slim form factor, the Ascend P1 S is also the fastest and most compact smartphone in its class, with a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM.
On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.
Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.
Apple will release free iOS updates next week, responding to the ongoing iPhone tracking fiasco. Specifically, the updates will fix some bugs and alter the way iOS functions, with regards the use of location services:
- reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
- ceases backing up this cache, and
- deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
These upgrades are mostly invisible to end-users. Apple also released series of Q&A to address some of the concerns raised during the past 1 week, since the discovery of iPhone tracker.
LATEST: IT’S OFFICIAL. Apple just announced iPad 2 launch dates – Japan (Thursday April 28) ; Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE (Friday April 29).
Back in March 2011, Apple Inc. announced that iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. April is now coming to the end and the anticipation for the iPad 2 here in Malaysia is reaching fever pitch. (The original iPad was launched in Malaysia in November 2010).
Imagine a room, a command center of sorts, illuminated by dozens of monitors in front of which nameless observers sit scrutinizing the data displayed before them. On the room walls are bigger displays; one showing the map of the country, some showing overhead views of several cities while others track the movements of selected individuals, identified only as numerics. On the door we see an emblem; not the crest of the Central Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency… but an Apple.
This imagery is not from Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State, but rather it was what came to my mind when I read about the discovery made by two security researchers – Pete Warden, Founder of Data Science Toolkit and Alasdair Allan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter, that the Apple’s iOS 4.x mobile operating system records the user’s location for iPhone and iPad into a hidden file on the devices, named “consolidated.db”.