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Samsung’s IoT, Google & Title II, Marriott’s Ploy

Samsung’s IoT Hopes With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Enormous, Apple successfully (very successfully, to the tune of 20 million units already sold) entered the large-screen market, and breached the last wall of Samsung’s dominance barriers. Watching its market share rapidly eroded by Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Micromax, Samsung has gone into …

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Mobile Apps that (Continue to) Surprise and Delight

With stellar design, advanced functionality, unprecedented success, surprising innovation, unsurpassed longevity or a combination of all, these are the apps that continue stand out in the sea of 1.5 million (and counting). Monument Valley Released by UsTwo in 2014, this surreal, interactive game turns perspective on its head in a visually exquisite programming achievement. It’s …

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4 Ways API and Mobile App Development Teams Can Work Together To Ensure Security

Mobile represents new risks and unique attack vectors that require the focus of the whole organization, not just one team Underwriters Laboratories (UL) rates safes on the length of time it would take an attacker with normal tools to break in and steal your valuables. In addition, most safes are bolted to the floor from within the …

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Caveat Emptor: Why Most M&As Destroy Value

Between 2009-2013 Google, Inc made a staggering 69 acquisitions, Facebook 33, and lately Yahoo seems to acquiring companies (112 to date) faster than you can say Marissa Mayer. Most of these acquisitions center around mobile. But there’s a persistent belief in big business that mergers and acquisitions inherently destroy the value of the acquired company. …

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AT&T (again), CAPTCHA’s fall, Microsoft’s latest fails

Big business v. small town We’re starting to think that AT&T is a firm believer in the “all PR is good PR” theory, since this is the second time in a single week they’ve made headlines for pretty sketchy behavior. After Wednesday’s interesting admission that they’re moving ahead with expansion plans regardless of the outcome …

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The war rages on, and “free” is just another word for something more to pay

He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart; his passport shall be made.  The iOS/Android feud has always been intense. Coke v. Pepsi intense. Dodgers v. Giants intense. The most polite of your friends will let a disparaging comment fly if you switch from one platform to the other (as I recently …

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Why Android Fragmentation Isn’t a Problem (Anymore) in Developing Mobile Apps

Google has done a remarkable job solving the problem of development fragmentation with their implementation of Google Play Services.  A Brief History The Android landscape was in a precarious position in terms of development. On the positive side, it was rapidly exploding with several manufacturers releasing a multitude of devices. This barrage of so many …

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