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Skype adds video messaging to its Windows Phone 8 app

Skype updated its Windows Phone 8 app today, and version 2.10 adds a much-loved Skype feature: video messaging.

Video messaging is another handy way to keep in touch with the people that matter most—and the ideal format for birthday messages, long-distance goodnight kisses, and anything else that demands to be seen. Once you‘ve updated the app, just open a conversation and tap + to create a new video. New to Skype? You can download the latest version of the app from the Windows Phone Store.

There’s more about the new update on the Skype Garage Blog: http://blogs.skype.com/2013/09/04/skype-2-10-for-windows-phone-8-now-with-video-messaging

View the source article: http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2013/09/04/skype-adds-video-messaging-to-its-windows-phone-8-app.aspx

Feed: Windows Phone Blog
Author: Michael Stroh

Nokia Lumia 925 Delivery

This is one delivery that will wake you up from a fever!

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Nokia Lumia 925

Just ordered the new Nokia Lumia 925 / Windows 8 phone. Saaweeet!

Nokia Lumia 925

Overall, Android is on top, but wealthiest consumers likelier to own an iPhone

According to a report from eMarketer on a study by Pew Internet & American Life Project, wealthier Americans are more likely to choose the iPhone over Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones.

In May 2013, Android was ahead of iOS  by 3 percentage points; Android ran on 28% of mobile phone owners’ smartphones,  compared with 25% on iPhones running iOS. BlackBerry and Windows took very small shares by comparison, at 4% of mobile  phone owners and 1%, respectively.

But among the wealthiest consumers, the iPhone is still No. 1. Two out of five  mobile phone owners with incomes of $75,000 or more owned an iPhone. And  similarly, among those with college educations or higher, iPhone ownership  reached 38% penetration, compared with 29% for Android.

Smartphone Survey

To understand more about small business websites and serving the ever-growing mobile consumer, hop on over to these articles on jasegroup.com on mobile website development.

Does it surprise you to hear that less than half mobile phone users are smartphone users?

NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2013)—According to new figures from  eMarketer, several markets worldwide reached a milestone in mobile usage last  year. By the end of 2012, over half of mobile phone users in each country had  made the switch from feature phones to smartphones. The coming years will see a  domino effect hit regions around the world as smartphones become the norm in  more places.

source: http://www.emarketer.com/newsroom/index.php/smartphone-adoption-tips-50-major-markets-worldwide-follow

Reason #1 (of many to come) that WIN8 Phone Stole My BlackBerry Heart

Perfect integration across my laptop, tablet, smartphone, Xbox and whatever else I decide to buy. Perfect integration = Efficient!

BGR reports:

One of the most appealing things about the direction Microsoft (MSFT) has been taking with Windows 8 is the prospect that applications downloaded on the PC platform could be transferred seamlessly to tablet and smartphone form factors. Or put another way, imagine how cool it would be to download a new Angry Birds game onto your smartphone and have it automatically downloaded onto your Windows-based tablet and PC as well.

Who sold the most iPhones last quarter?

According to CNN Money:

  1. AT&T - 8.1 million
  2. Verizon - 6.2 million
  3. Sprint – 1.7 million

iPhone 5s

Firefox Phone. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but Mozilla is releasing a Firefox Smartphone

From the Mozilla Hacks website:

Firefox OS is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards. In Firefox OS, HTML5 apps can do “phone things” – they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text message.

This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the web to mobile. These developer phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica and Geeksphone.

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
  • 3 MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card

Firefox OS smartphone

iPhone Users Get Free Minutes with Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messengre Free iPhone CallsMike writes:

The new calling option is a rather streamlined affair: Simply open up a conversation with one of your Facebook friends from the app’s menu, select the “i” icon in the corner and then hit the “Free Call” button. The recipient will get an alert window letting them know that you are calling.

The calls won’t count against your phone’s minutes, but it will eat up some mobile data if you’re not connected to WiFi, so while the call may be free as far as Facebook is concerned, it’s important to keep an eye on your data usage.

The Gov says you need to be “mobile ready” before our next disaster

I can’t say that I agree with him but for what it’s worth, below is the press announcement from Governor McDonnell on the new Virginia mobile app. I wonder who talked him into paying for this. Thanks for wasting my tax money on an app that is the same information that’s on the Virginia website.

Ready Virginia

Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2013

Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Bob Spieldenner
Phone: (804) 897-6510
Email: Bob.Spieldenner@vdem.virginia.gov

Be Mobile Ready
Virginia launches free emergency preparedness mobile app

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today a way for Virginians to become “mobile ready” for disasters. The Ready Virginia mobile app, developed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, gives Virginians a new way to prepare for disasters and also to stay informed during emergencies with the latest information.

The free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices provides emergency planning and preparedness guidance along with several other important features, including:

  • Location- specific weather watches and warnings as well as flood information issued by the National Weather Service
  • Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Maps with open American Red Cross shelters, hurricane evacuation routes, hurricane storm surge zones and stream gauges
  • A template for creating a customized family emergency plan that can be easily shared
  • Local emergency manager contact information
  • Links to register for local emergency alerts

“Mobile phones and tablets quickly have become a primary way for people to stay informed during disasters. Last year, social media and web-based information were critical to informing the public and keeping individuals updated with important information during the severe derecho wind storm and Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor McDonnell. “The new Ready Virginia mobile app gives people another way to stay informed and quickly identify services and other valuable resources regardless of their location.

The Ready Virginia app is available for download in the App StoreSM and in Google Play™ for Android™.

In addition to the mobile app, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management launched a mobile version of its website at m.vaemergency.gov. The mobile site contains all the information available on VDEM’s regular website, but with easier navigation for those who use smart phones and tablets to access websites.

“This new app is one of the most important ones Virginians can install on their mobile devices. Now our citizens can get ‘mobile ready’ and ensure that their families are prepared for emergencies and stay informed with official disaster information when an emergency occurs,” said Governor McDonnell.

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Could RIM be serious this time about BlackBerry App World & Android App Store Partnership?

The BerryReview Team reports:

RIM has made another connection with a third party Android app store to assist developers in bringing their apps to BlackBerry 10 and App World. They teamed up with Soc.Io Mall and setup a website develop4bb10.com to help developers port their apps.

RIM Partners With Soc.Io Mall To Help Devs Port Android Apps

Fry’s Selling Windows Phone 8X For $49 for T-Mobile

Wish we had a Fry’s near us. I’d be on this today!

http://www.tmonews.com/2013/01/deal-alert-frys-selling-windows-phone-8x-for-49/

If you’re a Windows Phone 8X fan and you live near or around a Fry’s retail location, check out this special offer. Good through January 17th, Fry’s is offering the WP8X for with a new two-year service agreement. The price is good for both new and existing customers. Compare Fry’s special offer against the 9 after mail-in rebate on T-Mobile.com and you know this is one deal you shouldn’t pass up.

What’s New for Business Users in Microsoft Windows Phone 8

I ran across this article from Mary Jo Foley and the key features of the WIN8 phone for business users. I thought you may find this of interest. The link to the full article is at the bottom.

At its Windows Phone 8 launch on October 29, Microsoft unveiled a few additional business-focused features in the newest release of its phone operating system.

wp8devices

Back in June of this year, Microsoft disclosed a handful of business-tailored featuresthat it had built into the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Among them: Device encryption and UEFI secure boot; private application sideloading and inclusion of a custom company hub.

 

Here are a few of the other just-disclosed business capabilities in the platform, listed in no particular order:

More payment and delivery options: Users can pay for Windows Phone Store purchases using credit cards, PayPal, Microsoft gift cards and/or via monthly mobile-service-provider bills.

Redesigned Office hub: Microsoft has shifted things around in the Office Hub with the goal of making it easier for users to find documents.

Voice notes: Users can dictate their notes and have them automatically transcribed and added to OneNote without having to type them in by hand.

SmartScreen Filter: Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8 includes a Smartscreen Filter, just like IE 10 on Windows 8 does.

Nokia Map technology: Nokia maps are built into all Windows Phone 8 devices.

Over-the-air updates: Updates are now delivered over the air, eliminating the need to plug a phone into a PC.

Improved Skype client: The new Windows Phone 8 Skype client keeps users signed in even when the app is closed, allowing users to be always reachable.

Improved multitasking: In some cases, Windows Phone 8 will automatically pause built-in and third-party apps when users do other tasks, preventing users to have to start from scratch when they return to the apps later.

New Windows Phone client for PCs/Macs: There’s a Windows 8 Phone app; a version of this app for Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop and a Windows Phone app client for Mac that’s similar to the current Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac.

Phone wiping safeguards: The new Windows Phones are less likely to allow users to accidentally wipe their data.

Windows Phone 8 devices will be on sale starting in November.

source: Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8: What’s new for business users

Who is really the most popular mobile handset in the world?

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

No propaganda. No advertiser infused fake numbers. It’s Nokia. Then Samsung. Then everyone else.

Apple is not in the discussion. Nor is Android. Nor is BlackBerry.

Here are the numbers:

  1. Nokia – 417.1M sold in 2011.
  2. Samsung – 327.4M sold in 2011.
  3. Apple – 93.0M sold in 2011.

This is exactly why I tell my friends that I’m excited about Nokia coming to T-Mobile in the United States. The Nokia running Windows Mobile 8 or Windows Mobile 9 will be the smartphone that gets me away from BlackBerry.

* source: Strategy Analytics

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HTC Velocity runs impressive speed test on Australias new 4G network

Oh. My. Gosh! download speeds of 32.82Mbps, with upload rates of 11.26Mbps.
HTC Velocity runs impressive speed test on Australia’s new 4G network
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/23/htc-velocity-runs-impressive-speed-test-on-australias-new-4g-ne/

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Want to know more about mobile web apps for your business? Hit up our team at http://jasegroup.com/technology

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Argentina says No to iPhone and BlackBerry sales

Argentina told both Apple and Rim to GET OUT. Now. Either build a manufacturing plant in our country or no selling your product here. Bold move.
Argentina says “No” to iPhone and BlackBerry sales
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/12/argentina-bans-iphone-blackberry/
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Christmas Day was Huge for iOS & Android New Activations

It looks like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems were the big winners on Christmas Day this year with almost 7 million new activations.

iOS & Android activations

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Coffee with the CEO: LinkedIn for Business, with a touch of Inbound Marketing Strategy p.VIII – Q&A [video]

Keith Parnell, @parnellk63, CEO, JASE Digital Media
Coffee with the CEO – http://coffeewiththeceo.com/

Question & Answer session on all things Inbound Marketing from the “LinkedIn for Business, with a touch of Inbound Marketing Strategy” seminar at Alpha College of Real Estate on August 4, 2011.

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New iPhone 5 to land on Sprint

New iPhone 5 to land on Sprint
http://venturebeat.com/2011/08/23/new-iphone-5-sprint/

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RIM to unleash redesigned BlackBerry App World 3.0 on August 22nd

RIM to unleash redesigned BlackBerry App World 3.0 on August 22nd
http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/21/rim-to-unleash-redesigned-blackberry-app-world-3-0-on-august-22n/

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Microsoft confirms coming Windows 8 app store

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Is Google+ The Good, The Bad, or The Ugly?

Will you use Google+ when it opens to the public?

One warning: If you take a photo with an Android smartphone, it automatically gets uploaded to your Google+ profile. I see BIG OOPS’s coming!

Read more info on Google+ here.

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Have an extra $7k Lying Around for a TAG Heuer Smartphone?

TAG Heuer Link Smartphone

TAG Heuer smartphoneStep right up and enter the weird, wacky world of… luxury phones. The TAG Heuer Link Smartphone (€4,700; roughly $6,800) is the latest in a long line of insane handsets, using watch-worthy construction and materials like stainless steel, gold, diamonds, black PVD, titanium, rubber, calfskin and carbon leather, alligator, and lizard to augment its fairly pedestrian feature set that includes an 800×480, 3.5-inch screen, a five megapixel camera, GSM 3G, Bluetooth, aGPS, Wi-Fi, WAPI, and the “avant-garde” Android 2.2 operating system. Right.

Original article is here.

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IDC predicts Windows Phone at No. 2, Android on top by 2015

IDC predicts Windows Phone at No. 2, Android on top by 2015
http://venturebeat.com/2011/06/10/idc-predicts-windows-phone-at-no-2-android-on-top-by-2015/

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