Once in a while a blog or media outlet will post a little blurb about this newfangled “mobile technology” stuff. We kid! There are hundreds of important, interesting, fun and just plain cool mobile stories out there every day. Since mobile is our wheelhouse at Handset Detection, we thought we’d make it a point to round up the ones you don’t want to miss. Check back every Friday for the weekly roundup!
1. iPad Mini
This may stretching the idea of “missed stories,” but Apple is planning on releasing a Mini version of the iPad. My only question: isn’t that essentially an iPhone?
2. Mountain Lion
I saw a tweet yesterday that read, “An email with the subject ‘Mountain Lion Released in Office’ is much more exciting if you don’t know anything about operating systems.” Pretty funny. Anyway, is Mountain Lion really worth it?
3. AT&T Acquires NextWave
AT&t has gobbled up NextWave, which can potentially lead to better use of broadband as NextWave holds the rights to sections of the wireless spectrum. But are there unresolved problems they didn’t consider?
4. Facebook is “Fake”book
Facebook has been in the headlines as of late, and hardly any of it is positive. This week’s news is that close to 10% of Facebook accounts on the site are totally fake. Couple this with their “spam bot” issues and nothing seems to be going right for this oh-so-public company.
5. Android Platforms Make Me Hungry
Seriously – Ice Cream Sandwich? Jelly Bean? Froyo? Good grief. Latest news is Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (versions 4.0 and 4.1, respectively) are on upwards of 16% of Android devices. Gingerbread, version 2.3, remains the most popular by a long shot.
6. New Blackberry PlayBook
RIM obviously doesn’t listen to the bad news about their company as they’ve announced the release of their new PlayBook, the 4G LTE. It comes with cellular data and only comes in the 32GB variant.
7. Google Wants You to Bonk Your Wallet
Google Wallet lets you pay for things with little effort, and now they’ve allowed you to “bonk” purchases with the Near Field Communications wireless option. The only issue: uploading your information to the cloud may be scary for some.
8. Context Engines
We’ve all heard about information overload, and we’re right in the middle of it. But what about memory overload? How are we supposed to keep up with the constant stream of info coming our way when we can barely remember lunch? One way might be the growing age of the Context Engine.
9. QR Crisis
Is American in a QR crisis? This infographics goes over the common errors in QR campaigns you find today, and there are a lot of good points raised. What do you think?
10. CIA’s Mobile App
Want to know what the CIA is up to? Why not download the CIA mobile app? Yes, even the secret agencies around the world let you know what they’re eating for lunch. It’s definitely a new world.
11. More iPhone Rumors
The latest iPhone 5 rumor has the new iPhone (whatever it may be called) announced on September 12th and released on September 21st. Even if you’re having trouble culling truth out of all the fictions swirling around the release, I guess this means we’ll know soon enough!
Did we miss anything vital this week? Let us know in the comments!