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News coming out of Canada suggests that Verizon, the largest US carrier, is in “exploratory talks” to acquire WIND mobile in Canada. WIND, the carrier sitting comfortably behind the likes of Bell, Rogers and Telus, is no stranger to acquisitions. Telus tried in vain to acquire WIND not long ago, so the low-hanging fruit is there to be had for Verizon.
The issues with such a deal are not easily overcome for Verizon. There are certain criteria to be met when owning a foreign company, and their partnership with Vodafone limits their ability to deal independently. While obtaining WIND may be a good idea on paper, the reality is much more difficult than simply cutting a check.
The upside, and perhaps real interest from Verizon, has to do with spectrum. There is an auction coming up for 700mHz spectrum in Canada, and we’re all well aware of Verizon’s desire for more bandwidth. The auction has been pushed back to January 2014, which gives Verizon a bit of time to explore the deal a bit more. If WIND did end up under the Verizon brand, it gives them a much stronger position to bid in the auction.
So why WIND? The Canadian government recently altered their rules concerning foreign ownership of domestic carriers. As it now reads, a foreign company like Verizon could own a carrier with less than 10% market share. With 600,000 subscribers, WIND definitely fits that description.
It’s a long shot, but still an interesting avenue for Verizon to be pursuing.
iMore 2.1 for iPhone – Now you can login with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Mobile Nations Passport!0
Small but awesome update to our very own iMore for iPhone app today — Mobile Nations passport integration. Existing readers can still login with their iMore accounts, of course, but readers from other Mobile Nations sites can also login with Android Central, CrackBerry, and Windows Phone Central accounts, and brand new readers can now login with Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google accounts as well.
And this is just the beginning! Instead of waiting and doing major version updates like last time, we’re now going to be doing a bunch of smaller updates. That means that not only will we be getting you all the new features you’ve been clamoring for, but we’ll be getting them to you faster than ever!
Other than that, it’s still your go-to iPhone app for all things iMore, including news, apps, how-to, podcasts, and more! Still free too, of course. Grab it now!
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Ladies and gentleman, the era of wearable technology is here, ready or not! While currently in its infancy, wearable technology already exist in various forms from wristbands, to watches or even tattoos. Then of course there is Google’s own highly ambitious Glass headware.
So what’s next for wearable tech? Imagine bio-sensing, smart clothes that can collect important information and communicate it back to your mobile devices. This might sound like something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, but that’s exactly what OMsignal has been silently working on in “stealth mode” since 2011.
Yesterday, the company announced they were one step closer to making their ideas a reality thanks to million in seed funding from Real Ventures, Gold Venture Partners and TechStars CEO David Cohen.
The company isn’t quite ready for commercial release just yet. The next step is to take their working shirt prototype and produce it in mass. After that, OMsignal hopes to get 100 units out to developers by the end of this year. OMsignals’ approach is sort of like Google Glass, where Google is first testing the waters with developers and then later plans for a wider commercial release.
So what exactly does OMsignal apparel do? The clothing monitors physical activity, ECG data and breathing patterns. It can then transmit this data to an accompanying smartphone app.
Ultimately these clothes will be designed to work in multiple forms and fashion. That means there will be “smart clothes” for just about every occasion.
Smart Clothing has an epic amount of potential
The company has a long ways to go before they hit commercial availability, but there is a ton of potential here.
In their promotional video, OMsignal demo’d a few possible uses of the tech. In one scene, a wife was notified of her husband’s rising stress levels so she could send him a comforting text. There was also an example where a woman was alerted when her father’s heart rate dramatically elevated, and so she was able to get get him to the hospital quickly.
There are also possible health, exercise, medical and even social uses for bio-sensing clothing. OMsignal says it is already working with interested companies in the medical field and elsewhere.
Of course this kind of tech has some downsides as well. First, don’t expect it to be super-cheap. More than likely the earliest forms of smart clothing will be around 0 or more when they first arrive to retail.
On the plus side, bio-sensing clothing is also very flexible, lighweight, unobtrusive and washable. It could certainly provide a great alternative to wristbands and other similar wearables.
This is just the beginning for “smart clothing”, and make no mistake about it, OMsignal is far from the only company or apparel brand interested in the technology. We are just scratching the surface here, folks.
As the technology advances, we could someday have smart clothes that can detect low blood sugar, heart attacks and other medical conditions. The tech could then relay all of this back to our mobile devices or even a doctor or professional careworker.
This is certainly exciting stuff. Don’t you just love living in the future? I know I do.
BlackBerry to demonstrate new mobile computing service for automakers at Telematics Detroit conference0
We caught a glimpse of in-car OTA updates during the QNX Bentley demo at BlackBerry Live 2013 and now BlackBerry is once again looking to show off their over the air software update and management capabilities. Taking place at the Telematics Detroit conference, BlackBerry will preview a new solution for automakers that lets them manage and deliver over the air software updates to vehicles.
In addition to the consumer facing benefits, automakers can be confident that the information is being delivered across a secure global and highly scalable channel provided by the BlackBerry network. Over the past few years, development of such products has increased based on consumer demand and it’s becoming quite clear, BlackBerry wants to be at the forefront of it all. If you’re looking for more details, jump below for the full press release. Interestingly enough, the press release notes we’ll be hearing more about this information and further BlackBerry innovations in the area in the near future. Exciting!
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The roundtable videos are the ones where Phil Nickinson of Android Central, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and yours truly, Rene Ritchie of iMore get together and, moderated by Cali Lewis and John P. of GeekBeat.TV, start the conversation about the issues in mobile that matter the most.
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After seeing in a series of images potential changes for Google’s mobile email app, a new screenshot seem to reveal that the Gmail’s web user interface will also be overhauled.
The Next Web has an image that indicates a tab-based UI is coming to Gmail at some point in the near future. As you can see in the screenshot below, we’re looking at four different tabs, with each one presumably storing certain types of emails.
There are four tabs in the screenshot that read Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. However, the publication mentions other tabs including Main, Notifications and Forums.
In Main, users will reportedly eceive emails from friends, while Social and Offers will include social networking emails and emails from retailers, respectively. The Notifications tab will include emails mentioning bills, dining reservations, flight alerts, and similar important mails. Finally, Forums will include notifications from forums.
Apparently each tab will show you that there are new emails requiring your attention, and that “+” sign in the screenshot could indicate that users will be able to create custom tabs as well – although that’s only a speculation from our part.
At this point, it’s not clear when the new UI will be rolled out, but we would assume that both the web and the mobile Gmail versions would be updated at the same time. The screenshot for the Android Gmail app below shows some of the same tabs we talked about for the web version, including Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. To activate it, you’d have to tap on the three-line menu on the top left side.
Before Google I/O, a source told us that a Gmail update was on its way, but Google did not introduce it during the keynote. Will the new Gmail UI arrive once Android 4.3 launches? We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, Google has refused to comment “on rumor and speculation,” according to The Next Web.
We are starting to see a bit more in terms of using an Android handset in the workplace. While the Android adoption may take some time, we are currently seeing apps that will help to keep your work and personal data seperate. The latest in this bunch has arrived by way of VMware. The app is called WMware Horizon Mobile and the app has been announced for Verizon Wireless users.
Specifically, the WMware Horizon Mobile app will be available for Verizon users provided they are carrying an LG Intuition or Motorola RAZR M smartphone. At present the app is only supported on these two handsets, however there was a mention of additional device support arriving “throughout the year.” More important for now, WMware Horizon Mobile will create what is being referred to as a “virtualized operating system” on your device.
In simpler terms, this app will allow the user to keep their work and personal profiles seperate. Additionally, the work profile will be controlled and managed by your IT department. This IT department managed section will have its own virtualized operating system as well as its own applications and policies. The key here though, security.
Sticking with the topic of security. The app is said to have “enterprise-grade security for Android” and in addition to simply keeping the work and personal data separate, the app will also encrypt the work side. All that being said, the VMware Horizon Mobile app brings a licensing fee which starts at 5 per user. Those looking to get setup will able to do so through Verizon Wireless as well as with a VWware reseller.
Otherwise, looking at some of the similar solutions and we have the recently updated BlackBerry Secure Work Space and Samsung KNOX. Both of these items have support for Android handsets and they are similar to the VMware offering in that they keep the work and personal data seperate with the work place data being encrypted.
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This time around there are 11 games up for grabs. You can get the first four games (first row in the picture above) by setting your own price. To get everything on the bottom row, including two PC games, you’ll have to pay above the average, which at the time of this writing, is a little under .
Just like the Humble Bundle, you can choose where your money goes too. A slider at the bottom will allow you to divide your money between the developers, charity or the Indie Gala folks who put bundle on. AbleGamers is the charity option this time around. In short, the foundation seeks to help increase the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
The games available are: Chimpact, Trainz Simulator, 9th Dawn, Bag It!, Great Big War Game, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack, Slender Man! Chapter One: Alone and Trainz Driver. There are three other games that are mystery, one Android and two PC, which unlock during the second week of the sale.
Not everyone will like every game in this package, but if you want my opinion, 9th Dawn, Great Big War Game and Slender Man are some of the best titles in this bundle.
If you’re not interested in The Indie Gala Mobile 3 package, The Indie Gala Weekly is also running in tandem. Paying a mere will get you two games, Miner Wars Arena and Zombies. Paying above the average will net you Miner Wars 2081 as well.
Do you any of the games in The Indie Gala Mobile 3 bundle interest you at all? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Herndon, Virginia – Zerion Software, Inc., the creator of the iFormBuilder mobile platform, participated in the 2013 National CyberWatch Center Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). Held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland on April 10-13, collegiate cyber-defenders worked to protect a mock national democratic election against expert computer hackers.
“The CCDC really shows these students what it’s like to protect a network from a coordinated, malicious cyberattack,” said Casey O’Brien, director of the National CyberWatch Center at Prince George’s Community College (MD). “It’s a phenomenal educational experience that’s also teaching them what it’s like out there in the cybersecurity world.”
Zerion Software provided eight iPads, running iForm Kiosk, allowing participants to vote in the mock election. Using Socket Mobile CHS barcode scanners, participants scanned their Voter ID Card and voted on the factitious country’s president, flag, animal, and local congressional representative. Using the iFormBuilder mobile platform with the iForm Kiosk App, participants scanned their voter card information with the Socket scanner to easily populate voter information and then proceeded to vote. The data was passed securely to the Cloud to allow for real-time results.
“Socket Mobile is proud to have our CHS barcode scanner featured with iFormBuilder’s electronic voting iPad app at the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition,” said Mike Gifford, executive vice president of Socket Mobile. “iFormBuilder is Socket Mobile’s leading software partner offering Apple MFi approved solutions on the Apple App Store customized for our barcode scanners, and the electronic voting system is another great example of the broad range of web applications made possible by iFormBuilder’s easy-to-use platform.”
By integrating with Klipfolio, real time election results were displayed on large monitors minutes after the votes were captured.
“People have an insatiable appetite for data – they want more data, they want data to be easy to access, and they want that data now,” says Allan Wille, President of Klipfolio. “The integration between iFormBuilder and Klipfolio addresses this challenge. On one hand, iFormBuilder makes it easy to collect and share data using mobile devices; on the other hand, Klipfolio takes that data and presents it on beautiful real-time dashboards.”
Eight teams of college students competed for the mid-Atlantic regional title during competition: Anne Arundel Community College (MD), Capitol College (MD), Craven Community College (NC), Millersville University (PA), North Carolina State University, Radford University (VA), University of Maryland at College Park, and University of Maryland University College. The winning team, Millersville University, moved on to the National CCDC in San Antonio.
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Located in Herndon, Virginia, Zerion Software creates mobile applications for businesses of all sizes on emerging platforms including the iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and iPad. Founded in 2003, Zerion Software’s SAAS based mobile business applications help businesses reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve customer satisfaction. Zerion Software’s flagship product, iFormBuilder, is an award-winning, patented mobile platform that is being used across the globe in many different industries. iFormBuilder is targeted towards individuals and professionals alike, involved in general data collection, clinical trials, field services, research studies, task and work order management. Copyright (C) 2003-2013 Zerion Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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It’s an Android port but Saul Goodman
Like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead or Comic Book Men? The AMC Mobile app and BlackBerry 10 have you covered.
If you’re looking to stay up-to-date on all the news, clips and even episodes then there really isn’t a better way than making use of the AMC Mobile app. Having now arrived in BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 devices, the AMC Mobile app offers access to sneak peeks, behind the scenes video, cast interviews and tweets in addition to access to Facebook groups for all your favorite shows.
Need to know when a show is on? No problem! The AMC Mobile app also offers access to their broadcast schedule so you can be sure to never miss an episode. Keep in mind though, the app is only supported in the US and Canada. You can grab AMC Mobile by hitting the link below.