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December 28, 2012
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  • Tablet activations outpace smartphones on Christmas Day
    Christmas Day brought a surge of iOS and Android wireless device activations -- more than 17 million -- with tablets accounting for 51% of that figure, according to Flurry, an application analytical firm that said total activations almost tripled from a year ago. Flurry also found that mobile device owners downloaded 328 million applications on the holiday, a record number and 112% more than a year ago. Also, non-Apple tablets gained on the iPad in popularity, according to Chitika Insights, the research arm of the company's advertising network. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (12/27), GigaOm (12/27), ReadWrite (12/27), PC Magazine (12/27)
  • CTIA taps new officers, exec committee members for 2013
    CTIA-The Wireless Association® has tapped U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon as its new chairwoman for 2013 with Verizon Wireless head Dan Mead as vice chairman. The group appointed five new members to its executive committee as well as new officers. Rounding out the leadership posts: Ericsson CEO Angel Ruiz will serve as secretary; Bret Comolli, chairman of Asurion, will be treasurer; and Cellcom CEO Pat Riordan will act as chairman emeritus. Channel Partners (12/27), RCR Wireless News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Apps 
  • Microsoft doubled Windows Phone Marketplace offerings
    Microsoft added 75,000 mobile applications and games to its Windows Phone Marketplace this year, more than double its 2011 total, a company executive said Wednesday, adding that users downloaded an average of 54 apps during the year. That figure could grow substantially in the years ahead: IDC has predicted Windows's mobile market share will increase from 2.6% this year to over 11% by 2016. TechCrunch (12/27), All Things D (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • FCC gives nod to Pebble, Kickstarter-funded smart watch
    The Federal Communications Commission gave its approval to the Pebble smart watch, which has received backing from 65,000 people on the Kickstarter venture capital site. Pebble, which employs Bluetooth to display data from Android and iOS smartphones, has generated $10 million in Kickstarter support but has faced delays amid reports that Apple has its own smart watch in development. All Things D (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyundai preps phone-controlled cars for 2015 models
    Hyundai is planning to sell cars that will allow phones equipped with near-field communications technology to exercise greater control over the vehicles than the current model of connected automobiles. Hyundai, which recently previewed the concept at its German offices, will replace car keys with phones and let users control various settings within the car as well as stream content via a 7-inch touch screen. Ubergizmo.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • How mobile banking will evolve in 2013
    As smartphone users become more comfortable using mobile applications, banks must keep plowing ahead in their development of mobile technologies. In the coming year, expected developments include the expansion of remote-deposit capture and other camera-enabled services; new mobile payment offerings from banks; and marketing campaigns that drive customers to use mobile apps. MobileCommerceDaily.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • The 5 stages of losing a smartphone
     
    To help consumers, CTIA and its members developed a public service announcement (PSA) video that serves as a funny reminder to use their smartphones' features and apps to remotely lock, track and wipe if the devices are lost or stolen. Watch the video and learn how you can protect your smartphone by visiting CTIA's Before You Lose It website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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