Last week a group of six 'm-commerce' experts took part in a round robin discussion in Manchester, England to determine the best ways forward for developers interested in creating a serious mobile web presence yet wanting to make money through the medium of mobile advertising at the same time. Anyone who has been involved in this particular area of Internet growth will appreciate just what a serious challenge the mobile web presents to those who have not invested, in thought and deed as much as financially, in getting to grips with a realistic m-commerce marketing strategy. Unless you are creative …

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You might be forgiven for thinking that the iPhone is the most secure of the smartphone choices, especially if you've opted for a 5S or above with that fingerprint reader for secure ID and iOS 8 as the most robust of operating systems. Forgiven, but wrong; despite the claims from Apple that iOS is designed with advanced security technologies built in rather than bolted on. If you go by the results of the annual [PWN2OWN](http://www.pwn2own.com/) hacking competition which was held in Tokyo last week, then iOS fell behind Android and to add to the jaw-dropping amongst many pundits Android in …

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Another day, another breach. The latest to disclose that there had been some 'unauthorised access' to systems and internal company data' is music streaming service Spotify. The disclosure itself was something of an odd one, claiming that investigation suggested only a single user's data had been compromised following an issue with the Android app. Oskar Stal, CTO at Spotify, claims that the investigation suggests no password, financial or payment information was accessed. "Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident" Stal insists, continuing "...as a general precaution will …

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Wearable computing has been a buzzword for so long that it's easy to get blinded by the hype and not realise that actually it's a reality; and one that got even more real with the announcement by Google of Android Wear. Forget the fitness bands of today and the 'smart watches' of yesteryear, with Android Wear Google hopes to get the jump on Apple (likely to announce a smart watch iOS platform real soon now) by extending the hugely popular Android OS to wearables. The starting point of this strategy being smart watches that combine time-telling with app notifications, voice …

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Aggressive adware, of the kind that creates shortcuts on your screen or changes your search engine configuration, has arrived on Android devices and then some. According to security vendor Bitdefender, as much as 90% of free Android apps contain adware with up to 75% coming with the 'aggressive' variety. ![dweb-androidadware](/attachments/small/0/dweb-androidadware.jpg "align-right") Although adware on the PC has become something of a non-problem courtesy of better educated users and software solutions both within browser clients and third party solutions combining to make it relatively easy to deal with these days. The kind of pop-up creating adware most often seen on the …

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A successful tournament poker player from Japan, with earnings estimated at $1.5 million from his prowess at bluffing and holding his nerve under pressure, has been arrested and charged with being behind an Android malware distribution operation that netted even more: $3.9 million according to Symantec. The Chiba Prefectural Police in Japan arrested a total of nine people in connection with distributing spam emails with download links to the Android.Enesoluty malware. Symantec [reports](http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/big-poker-player-loses-high-stakes-android-scam-game) that one of these was 50 year old Masaaki Kagawa, president of an IT firm from Shibuya, Tokyo. "His passion for taking chances and risks has paid …

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The UK-based [Surrey Police Force](http://www.surrey.police.uk/) has long since embraced Internet culture as being a way to help fight crime. It has an online crime reporting tool, active accounts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a video channel on YouTube. But now it has moved into smartphone territory in order to entice members of the public into identifying suspected criminals by looking at CCTV mugshots using an app called Facewatch. ![dweb-facewatch](/attachments/small/0/dweb-facewatch.jpg "align-right") Available for free on the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms as well as [on the web](http://www.facewatchid.co.uk), Facewatch lets the would be home-detective input their postcode and a distance …

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The world's largest digital jobs survey, using data extracted from more than 230,000 jobs posted to The Freelancer.co.uk site, reveals some interesting hiring trends in the developer sector. ![dweb-androidapps](/attachments/small/0/dweb-androidapps.jpg "align-right") According to the latest Freelancer Fast 50 survey, if you are a mobile apps developer than it's pretty good news overall with job offers in both Android and iOS marketplaces on the up. However, Android developers should have the broadest smiles on their faces after the survey showed that job offers for them were up by 16% on the previous quarter. Meanwhile, although I would hardly have used the word …

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Samsung has fixed the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) exploit that could remotely wipe data from a Galaxy S III smartphone, but that doesn't mean the USSD threat is over: far from it in fact. According to some security researchers, 400 million Android device users are at risk from having their hardware bricked. It's not just owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III that are vulnerable to this particular attack, or indeed just Samsung handsets at all as first thought. As is often the case, the discovery of a vulnerability leads to several new ways to exploit it and that's …

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The results from what is claimed to be the most comprehensive global online job trends survey, the 'Fast 50' Q2 2012 report took data from 190,000 online job postings as an indicator of the global online employment economy. Some of the findings are surprising to say the least, such as how the Facebook IPO fiasco has impacted negatively upon employment within the social media sector and why Apple is leaving Android in its dust. The Facebook IPO 'fizzer' has seen Facebook related jobs fall by 14% in the quarter, and Freelancer.co.uk (the authors of the Fast 50 report) reckon this …

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With the recent announcement of an easy way to gain root access for Android phones running 2.3.4, to add to the list of similar exploits for earlier versions and 3.0 and beyond, it should come as no real surprise that the bad guys are taking advantage of the relative weakness of the Android OS when compared to iOS devices. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23200[/ATTACH]According to the latest FortiGuard Labs report looking at the top five Android Malware Families, there are approximately five times the number of malicious families on the Android OS as compared Apple's iOS. Of course, some of this will be down …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22271[/ATTACH]It's official: Android now has a greater market share than iPhone across the EU5 countries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. According to newly published data from the [URL="http://www.comscore.com/Products_Services/Product_Index/MobiLens"]comScore MobiLens service[/URL], nearly one in four smartphone users in the EU5 region were using smartphones running on a Google Android platform. In the three months covered by the research, ending in July 2011, there were a total of 88.4 million smartphone users amongst mobile subscribers in the EU5 which represents a 44 percent increase from the year before. Of these, the undoubted winner was Android with an increase in …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21839[/ATTACH]Appcelerator and International Data Corporation released the results of their joint [URL="http://appcel.us/q3_2011_report"]survey[/URL] today, August 3, 2011. This survey of 2, 012 Appcelerator developers shows that Apple and Google are accelerating their market share in mobile with the new Google+ and iCloud. Developers surveyed believed Apple and Google will offer fierce competition to Amazon and Facebook, which will in turn create more opportunities for all companies in the "mobile ecosystem". Two-thirds of the developers polled indicated that Google+ will catch up to Facebook because Google+ features such as circles, sparks and hangouts, and their Search, YouTube and Maps assets are more …

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A [URL="http://bit.ly/appcelerator_idc_q4_mobile_developer_report"]new survey[/URL] jointly conducted by Appcelerator® and International Data Corporation (IDC) released September 27, 2010 reveals Appcelerator Titanium developers favor Android over iOS in TVs and other devices.[ATTACH=right]17397[/ATTACH] Although the market shows that Apple currently leads in iPhone/iPad sales and popularity, the survey reveals that of the approximately 2,300 developers polled, 72% believe Android is more suitable to power a larger number and variety of connected devices in the future and in the long-run, compared to 25% for iOS. However, with respect to smart phones, iPhone still leads in developer preference over Android with 91% to 82%. And Google …

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News reports suggest that March has been a good month for lovers of, and developers for, the Android operating system in pretty much every regard. That good news comes at the expense of the Apple iPhone and iOS we are led to believe, which appears to be losing the fight against Android in a number of areas. But looking behind the headlines, just how accurate is this notion of Android beats Apple in everything? [attach]19743[/attach] Tesco, the second largest retailer in the world by profit after Walmart, has revealed that it is now selling more Android-powered handsets than iPhones for …

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[ATTACH=left]17409[/ATTACH]A [URL="http://www.safecellapp.com"]new app[/URL] now connects smart phone's GPSs with its location's federal, state, county and city current cell phone usage laws to prevent accidents from distracted driving. SAFECELLapp, released on Apple September 27, 2010 and slated for Android release in early October, issues real-time alerts to drivers entering areas with restrictions on text or cell phone usage and the nearest school zones within a 5-mile radius.The app utilizes Continuous Visual AdvisoryTM capability and Web based trip tracking (Trip Tracker)™ . According to the company this app automatically disables phone, email, and messaging functions on "98 percent of smart phones when …

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[URL="http://vimeo.com/15374659"]Titanium +Geo[/URL], a new location-based analytics platform for mobile applications, released on September 29, 2010 and developed jointly by Appcelerator® and FortiusOne, allows marketers and retailers to accurately measure the effect of where, when and how their mobile applications are being used by their customers. [ATTACH=right]17421[/ATTACH] This is a data management system that captures and analyzes visual real time data from mobile devices and social media services allowing intuitive exploration and the sharing of geo-tagged data. With this tool, businesses will no longer have to guess about the effectiveness or the relevancy of their mobile content, but will have real …

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When I was studying computer programming in college many years ago, I didn't imagine that our work could impact lives, particularly in a negative way. We've heard reports (mostly true) of death, dying, and destruction as a result of software problems, such as the time a plane flew right into a mountain due to the users not being informed of changes to the software. (For more interesting tidbits, check out the check out this [URL="http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~nachumd/horror.html"]Software Horror Stories page[/URL].) We can never predict what kind of bizarre things will happen as a result of software bugs, but today's news is certainly …

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[ATTACH=left]17531[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.5o9inc.com/products/download/"]5o9® EZMobile[/URL], to be released on October 11, 2010 is a new mobile context app for all Web apps that utilize the browser to deliver real-time context (mobile user, device and location data) to the Web server for use in any Web application. This new software enables developers to know in real-time from whom, what and where that the Web request is being made. It is not a service but a client-server middleware. The software uses the same mobile device APIs as any native application and deliver this metadata to the Web server.[ATTACH=right]17532[/ATTACH]According to 5o9, Inc. COO Elizabeth Coker, 5o9® …

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Apple has tonight given us a sneak preview of what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 major update which DaniWeb writer Davey Winder was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4137.html"]second guessing[/URL] earlier. While Davey managed to predict the arrival of cut, copy and paste functionality for iPhone 3.0, this was pretty much a given to be honest. He also got it bang on when he said the event would "pretty much all be iPhone business" and there would be none of the mythical Apple Tablet announcements some had speculated about. So what exactly did Apple announce in what turned out to be less launch event …

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[ATTACH=left]17212[/ATTACH]In the past, the word [I]embedded[/I] was limited to specialty devices that a lot of us used, but few programmers really cared about. Embedded devices meant things like the controllers on your microwave oven or the computer that ran your car's fuel injection system. There are certainly a lot of software engineers working in that realm, but for those of us who program for PCs, we had little interest in embedded technology. But that is all changing thanks to the huge number of handheld devices that need programming. While most of us still won't be writing at the assembly-language level, …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17189[/ATTACH]I'm here at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 in San Francisco, and this has been a great opportunity for a programmer such as myself. While most programmers might think of Intel as a hardware manufacturer and look to other companies (such as Microsoft) for their development tools, in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. In addition to creating some amazing hardware technology, Intel has a huge set of tools for developing software that runs on the devices and computers powered by their technology. One such such device that has a whole set of tools is the Atom processor. …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17138[/ATTACH]In an impressive gesture of goodwill, Apple has decided to publicize their app store review guidelines for developers, and has even lifted their restriction on third party development software. Yes, this even includes apps written in actionscript, the code behind Adobe Air and the ever-contested, Flash. While the does not mean that Flash is supported in any of the mobile browsers available for the iPhone and iPad, it does mean that developers can now convert Flash applications using Adobe's iOS packaging tool, and submit them to the App Store without fear of automatic rejection. As Adobe puts it, “Apple's announcement …

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With the Android developer community buzzing about how easy it is to pirate apps, one outfit took it upon itself to try and track down the pirates. The results are truly shocking. [attach]16959[/attach]The provocatively named Android Police site last week claimed that [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/626374/android-app-flaw-allows-easy-piracy"]most Android apps can be simply patched and stripped of their licensing protection[/URL]. Indeed, Android Police even went as far as to produce a video demonstration entitled 'Breaking Google's Android Licensing Verification Library (LVL)' which proved just how easy it actually is. And with [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/27/android_market_devs_unhappy/"]49 percent of publishers making less than they had hoped for from Android development[/URL] …

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[URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] has upgraded its mobile version of [URL="http://www.youtube.com"]YouTube[/URL] so that it shares more in common with the desktop version on HTML5 enabled phones. This anticipates the idea that more people will watch videos on the move than on the desktop, so you'll get a better browsing experience, the ability to like and dislike and other social elements. Put this in the context of a [URL="http://www.juniperresearch.com/reports/4G_LTE_Hardware_Opportunities"]Jupiter report[/URL] which says there will be 300 million mobile broadband subscribers by 2015 and you can see why Google would want to do something like this. More importantly it's arguably taking the mobile video market …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16646[/ATTACH]Yesterday, Facebook released an [URL="http://github.com/facebook/facebook-ios-sdk"]updated SDK[/URL] for the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review291912.html"]Apple iOS4[/URL], intended for use with Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Between this and the recently released Facebook SDK for Android, third-party developers can build applications with a social networking component for two of the most popular mobile platforms. Two key features of the new release are [URL="http://developers.facebook.com/docs/api"]the Graph API[/URL] and its use of [URL="http://wiki.oauth.net/OAuth-2"]OAuth 2.0[/URL]. The Graph API simplifies the way data is read from or written to Facebook. It looks at Facebook's [URL="http://podtech.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/official-definition-of-facebooks-social-graph-dave-morin-from-facebook-graphing-social-patterns-day-2/"]social graph[/URL], the network of connections through which Facebook users communicate, and represents each object in the …

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Because it is unrealistic for companies to mandate a particular kind of smartphone for all their mobile employees, a new app will soon makes it possible for iPhone and iPad users to have the same access to their companies mobile "line-of-business" applications as employees carrying Android or Windows mobile devices. [ATTACH=right]16517[/ATTACH]The new app, [URL="http://www.formotus.com/DesignOnce.html"]Design Once, Deploy Anywhere[/URL], is currently in development, according to news released this week by Formotus and its network of partners. This app will present a new strategy for mobile business development by bypassing the traditional Web-based apps that "trap the user in a mobile browser, or …

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[ATTACH=right]15792[/ATTACH]Google has been attempting to break out of their search engine based box for quite some time by presenting challenges to some of the IT world's biggest names such as Microsoft and Apple. Now with the new App Inventor that Google has launched for Android it is giving developers more incentive to use their platform, giving the iPhone's developmental platform a run for its money. Today's launch of the [URL="http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/"]Android App Inventor[/URL] came after a year long effort of Google's development team to put users in the driver's seat. This app development tool received wide spread exposure this weekend when …

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According to recent [URL="http://blog.quantcast.com/quantcast/2010/06/may-mobile-os-share-north-america.html"]reports[/URL] the Android operating system has an impressive 19.9% share of the US mobile web market. That's still some way behind Apple iOS on 58.8% but the iPhone has been around for a lot longer. It should come as no surprise, then, that Yahoo! wants to get a piece of that Android action. Which is why it has now [URL="http://ymobileblog.com/blog/2010/06/30/yahoo-brings-its-world-class-communications-experiences-to-your-android-phone-plus-introduces-the-all-new-html5-mobile-web-mail/"]announced[/URL] the continuing expansion of its reach with the immediate availability of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps plus a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android. [attach]15667[/attach]The new apps come complete with new functionality and enhancements that have been …

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I recently argued '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story289730.html"]Why Goatse was right to disclose iPad data leak[/URL]' after it came to light that the FBI had started an investigation into the hacker group following the responsible disclosure of an iPad data leak caused by poor AT&T security measures. I said "The security researchers which discovered the vulnerability ensured that AT&T were not only informed, but that it had also closed the hole down, before going public with the news. So why are they, and not the dumbass security folk at AT&T responsible for not securing that data in the first place, the ones under investigation …

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