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Snap Chat is taking over!

May 31st 2013

Snap Chat is taking over the world! If you don’t know what snap chat is your probably living under a rock! Snap chat is a photo messaging app developed by four Stanford University Students. You can take photos, record videos; add text, drawings and send them to any of your recipients. The app, made for iOS and Android is easy to use and pretty similar to apps like Voxer Whatsapp and Viber, but with one very special feature! Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their photos, up to 10 seconds, after which it will be hidden from the recipients device and deleted from the company’s severs. It has been reported recently, by Forbes, that photos don’t actually disappear and can be retrieved with minimum technical know-how. Check out Facebook for some of the interesting pages popping up – it’s amazing what people send when they think it will vanish into thin air after 10seconds!

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BlackBerry unveils BBM for iOS and Android.

May 17th 2013

BlackBerry has unveiled its new BlackBerry 10-powered device – Q5 as well as announcing it will make BlackBerry messenger available for iOS and Android.

The Q5 comes after the release of the Q10 in January and is aimed at developing markets. It has a QWERTY keyboard and comes in a selection of colours. Release of the Q5 is expected to be in early July.

BlackBerry plan to make BlackBerry Messenger technology available to iOS6 and Android, free, this summer. Non BlackBerry users will initially only be able to access messaging and group messaging, followed with voice, screen sharing and video later.

And while they were at it, BlackBerry also unveiled a new social engagement platform, BlackBerry Messenger Channels, allowing users to connect with businesses, brands and groups within the BBM service.

At the BlackBerry Live event in Florida, President and CEO, Thorsten Heins, had this to say “We’re not only still here, we’re firing on all cylinders as a company — we’re taking our innovation and creativity to new levels. We’re definitely still in the race”

Is BlackBerry making a comeback...?

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Introducing TweetPee!

May 10th 2013

Here’s an App for all the parents out there, Huggies in Brazil has just introduced TweetPee, a twitter app based sensor that lets parents know every time their baby needs a diaper change! I know what you’re thinking… and believe me I wish this was a joke!

A Twitter bird – shaped sensor is attached to the baby’s diaper and set up to link to the parent’s phone. The app lets you know that the baby’s diaper is wet by gauging an increase in humidity. It logs how often they’ve peed that day, tracks how many diapers you have left and even gives parents the ability to order more diapers online!

It won’t be long before there’s an app to change the diaper for you to!

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How many Text Messages do you send?

May 9th 2013

About 200,000 text messages are sent (and received) every year per second. Text messaging hasn’t always been that popular though, back in 1995, three years after their invention, an average user sent only one text every two and a half months! The SMS used to be more popular in Europe than the USA, but thanks to American Idol, Americans learnt how to text. And they sure are good at it, with an average American teenager sending 3,000 text messages a month!

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The Father of SMS

May 9th 2013

The father of SMS is Matti Makkonen, a Finnish engineer. He came up with the idea of a Message Handling Service for GSM digital mobile phones in 1984 in a pizzeria in Copenhagen, during a conference on the future of mobile communications. Unfortunately, he never received a penny for his pioneering work, because he didn’t apply for a patent.

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Why 160 characters for an SMS?

May 1st 2013

In 1985 Communications Researcher Friedham Hillebrand determined 160 characters was all that would be needed for a text message. While trying to standardize the technology that would allow cell phones to transmit and display messages, he discovered that the average sentence or questions needed just 160 characters. Back in 1985 people clearly didn’t have much to say!

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The new Nokia Asha 210!

April 26th 2013

The second quarter of 2013 is expected to see a new low-cost device released by Nokia. The Asha 210 will be part of the Asha family and is marketed towards the cost conscious.

The new device comes with the marketing tag “the world’s first phone to have a dedicated WhatsApp button”. WhatsApp services will be free for all users of the device.

The Asha 210 will be available in single and dual-SIM versions and includes a QWERTY keyboard. At a cost of around $72, the specifications reflect that, with 2G only, 2.4inch non-touch screen and a 2 megapixel camera.

The Asha 210 is said to be for those people who want to easily update their social networks and stay in touch with friends and family. Nokia haven’t released which demographic they are targeting, but we think this might be for the teenyboppers!

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Tweet your music

April 23rd 2013

Want to tweet your music? Now you can, thanks to Twitters new iPhone app. #music not only can you tweet songs from the app it also recommends and streams song based on your Twitter followers and the tweets they make. You can navigate #NowPlaying to view and listen to songs that people or artists you follow tweet. Use iTunes to preview tracks, or if you’re an Rdio or Spotify subscriber you can access tracks through their service. The app is hot right now and available in US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Tweet your sounds now!

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The App that "bumps" in Iceland!

April 23rd 2013

“Bump the app before you bump in bed”. A team of software engineers at the University of Iceland have produced an Android app called IslendigaApp. The app, which was built after the publicly accessible genealogy website was scraped, is just what an Island nation of 300,000 people need. Along with the usual search function the app features a “bump” function. Two users tap phones to see how close they are related. Too close a match and an “incest alarm” will sound. The app has received rave reviews and currently has a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Google Play store. What better way to avoid sleeping with close relatives?

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Why contactless payments are the way forward.

April 18th 2013

Earlier in the week I looked into Mobile Apps that allow you to pre-order and pay on your handset before collecting your purchases in store. It’s almost as good as the ‘swipe and pay’ contactless payments. Contactless payments joined the world of Mobile back in September 2012, and haven’t looked back, here’s why.

Contactless payments have been around for a while now, back in 2011 you could make contactless payments using your debit or credit cards. It wasn’t as simple as just ‘swipe and pay’; first you had to have your debit or credit card set up for it. You can only make purchases up to £15, and after every five transactions you have to revert back to the chip and pin method. This had another down side; you still have to carry a debit or credit card.

Barclay card, Orange and Samsung went that one step further with ‘quick tap’ in September 2012. All you needed was an orange networked Samsung S3. Quick and easy to set up, simply download an app. Payments can be made up to £20 a time and no chip or pin needed! This method of payment is fast, secure and easier, and you don’t need to be a Barclay card account holder to use it! 6 months on this payment method is being used more and more, and with other networks jumping on board, why wouldn’t it!

Back in 2011 there were only 1 million or so transactions using contactless payments, now thanks to ‘Quick Tap’ that’s doubling every year. And I can see why! It’s fast for a start, no need for pin numbers either! And you don’t have to carry loads of cards or cash around. You can simply pop out for a coffee break or grab your lunch with only your mobile phone in your hand – it’s not like you’d leave it behind anyway!

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KFC has joined the world of Mobile!

April 15th 2013

The world of Mobile can be very exciting, with new technology and apps being released every day. KFC has recently joined our exciting world, with their new trial in the UK. Now you can place your order via your mobile and then head to your nearest store to collect your food! KFC will have dedicated checkouts just for mobile collections – so no need to queue either!

I can’t wait to try this out at lunch time, but I can’t help but think they can’t be the only fast food chain doing this. Guess what – they’re not! So who else is using this amazing technology?

McDonalds of course! They tested an app last year that allowed customers to pay via Paypal on their phone or online and then collect the food from a separate queue – sounds pretty similar right?

Our friends over in Australia have gone that one step further in their trial using facial recognition to speed up transactions! Starbucks is planning something similar, regular customers will have their name and photos appear on the cashiers screen when paying; this is to authenticate a transaction.

And let’s not forget the incredible tap and pay, swipe your mobile phone to pay and complete a transaction.

Why do we need this kind of technology? Well, we live in a fast paced world, who wants to stand around in queues all day. Who wants to carry debit cards and cash in their pockets just to pop down the road for a coffee, or lunch? We all carry our mobiles with us, like our lives depend on it; why not order and pay with it as well.

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Why we like the new Samsung Galaxy S4!

April 12th 2013

The Directors of Mobile Commerce & Other Media cannot wait to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S4.

The S4 was ‘developed to redefine the way we live our lives’. And it has succeeded in doing just that. The S4 has four major life aspects to it – Fun, Relationships, Tasks and Care.

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We’ve Moved Offices!

April 24th 2012

We thought we’d let you know that Mobile Commerce & Other Media have moved onwards and upwards and taken our headquarters to bright, airy new offices in the heart of London’s financial district. READ MORE /

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