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Majority of CIOs surveyed are buying tablets for employees

Morgan Stanley’s latest report on corporate technology development reveals a very interesting statistic that shows the impact tablets are having on corporate America.  According to the suvey of 50 enterprise CIOs, 21 percent are already involved in widespread tablet purchases for employees and another 51 percent are expected to begin doing so within the next twelve months. That’s a whopping 67% marketshare for tablets in corporate America.

Breaking the survey down further, iPads represented the largest percentage of new enterprise tablet activations with 29% in December, up 25% from the previous month. That number is sure to slip in the long run as Android tablets like the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 become more widely available.

And what impact tablets are having specifically on corporate America isn’t clear, but considering a previous report by Morgan Stanley that showed Tablets were starting to cause a drop in printer activity and supplies orders, or that companies are simply becoming more tablet centric, rather than being chained to a desktop. One thing is certain, tablets are getting traction.

[via Android Community]


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Make Vacuuming More Fun With Kinect And Roomba Hack

Microsoft’s Kinect has been the target of hackers since the day it launched. Since the Kinect recognizes gestures and movements the number of hacks seems limitless. Another one has popped up on YouTube today and demonstrates a more entertaining and interactive way to vacuum with a roomba.

The hack recognizes certain movements and directs the Roomba where to clean. A Japanese programmer, who goes by the name Ogutti, demonstrates the hack, making several different gestures to direct the tiny vacuum to move forward, backward, to turn, and to shut off. The Roomba was connected via a Bluetooth sensor on the bottom of the device.

The Roomba usually follows its own path or has to be controlled by remote. But with this hack, you can toss that remote and start playing symphony conductor as your Roomba follows your every gesture.

[Via NY Times]


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Windows Phone 7 Connector App Syncs Windows Phone With Mac

If you’ve adopted a Windows Phone 7 device but still hang on to your Mac or your large iTunes collection, then you should be glad to know that Microsoft just released a new app to help you sync up everything. This app is called the Windows Phone 7 Connector and is available now for free download from the App Store.

With the Windows Phone 7 Connector app, you can sync photos, music, and movies from your existing iTunes library. You can also sync photos and videos from your existing iPhoto library. The app also allows you to sync music and movies to a Zune HD.

System updates for your Windows Phone device can also be downloaded and installed from this app. However, the app doesn’t seem to support syncing of iCal and Mail contact data.

[Via Business Insider]


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Vivox Voice Chat Hugely Popular Among Gamers

Voice chat company Vivox has been able to find a great niche, gamers. According to Monty Sharma, vice president of product management and marketing at Vivox, they have been adding users at a rate of 2.5 million a month. And people are spending 3 billion minutes a month chatting while playing games online. Vivox is popular since it has been able to offer users a high quality solution that they don’t have to download seperately. The chat service is integrated into a number of games from companies like Wargaming.net, IMVU, Runewalker Entertainment, and Bigpoint.com. Just check out that graph…

Vivox announced today that it had 45 million users in 2010, up 150 percent from 18.5 million in 2009. Users can talk to each other on a kind of party line and plan out strategies for the game.

Vivox is expecting more growth in 2011, at least 100 percent, according to Sharma. Growth is likely to come from Sony PlayStation 3 players, since Vivox is now used on DC Universe Online.

Sharma predicted the company could grow at least 100 percent in 2011. Much of the growth this year could come from Sony PlayStation 3 players, Sharma said. One of the most recent popular games to use it is DC Universe Online. Vivox creates revenue through audio advertising and virtual goods. Sony Online Entertainment, CCP Games, Linden Lab, and Nexon use the service as well.


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MobileMe Makeover? To Add Facebook Style Front Page, Mobile Check-Ins, And Video-Streaming?

Information has leaked about Apple’s ambitious revamp of MobileMe. The update would give the service geo-tagging, location based check-ins, and video-streaming capabilities. In addition users would have a Facebook style front page with your current location and status updates.

Cult of Mac has a source that says Apple is focusing on streaming media and location-based services. The front page will be updated from your iOS device automatically with your location, status updates, pictures you’ve taken, and videos you’ve uploaded. It will also have the apps and music you’ve purchased and games your playing. It sounds like every modern social networking service combined into one.

“The concept is that you would have your own website that’s dynamic, all based on what you’re doing at that moment,“ says the source. “Apple thinks of it as having a webserver in your pocket…everything will be dynamically updated to MobileMe.”

The user will have privacy controls to limit just how much information you are putting out there. Friends can be grouped together in iGroups and MobileMe will share information to those in your group and will let you know when you are within close proximity to one another.

With all these cloud computing services possibly being added and built into iOS, it strengthens some of the rumors that Apple could come out with an iPhone with no physical memory and runs on streaming-only. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple does take MobileMe in this direction. It might make other location-based services out there a little nervous.

[Via Cult of Mac]


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Sony Lays Down The Law For PS3 Hackers

Amidst the whole PS3 hacking saga that is Sony vs. Geohot, a new announcement–or warning–has just been released by Sony to really lay down the law. Their message basically says that if you get caught then you’re banned for life.

Sony believes that circumvented devices and pirated games not only damage their industry but can also negatively affect the online experience for their loyal customers via hacks and cheats. It seems that they will be able to detect circumvented systems once they connect to the PlayStation Network. The announcement says, “Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.”

The full message here:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

[Via ArsTechnica]


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Report: Android App Market Outpacing iPhone Apps

According to a report released today by the mobile security firm Lookout, the Android Market is growing at three times the rate of the iTunes App Store. The number of apps in Apple’s store increased by 44% since August, while the number of Android Market apps increased by 127% during the same period. This is according to Lookout’s App Genome Project report, based on an analysis of more than 500,000 mobile apps for these platforms.

Apple’s store still has more apps, but that may not last long. Apple has 350,000 apps for the iPhone, compared to 88,000 in the Android Market. But according to Lookout Chief Technology Officer Kevin Mahaffey in an interview with CNET, “If apps continue to be developed for each platform at this same rate, the Android Market will have more apps than the Apple App Store by mid-2012.”

Apple also has a much higher percentage of paid apps (66%), but that percentage has declined from 70% since August. 34% of the apps on the Android Market are paid apps, and that has increased from 22% since August.

It will be interesting to see the impact that subscriptions and in-app purchases have on the app market in the next year as well.

[via CNET]


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SIRF Walk Indoor GPS – Coming to a Smartphone Near You

If you’ve ever gotten lost in a mall and had to spend time searching for one of those “directions” kiosks, then help is on the way. SIRF Walk, an indoor positioning system created by CSR, will be able to help you find your destination, even when you are inside and out of satellite view. The system will use a phone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and even a barometer.

SIRF walk would be counting on companies like TomTom, Garmin, or Google to store building schematics. That way, the system would be able to tell if you’re on the first or fifth floor using a barometer, and how many steps you have taken, using the accelerometer. And you don’t need to worry about the technology being fooled by the phone bouncing around in your purse or pocket. “We can work out context,” Raj Gawera, VP of Marketing for CSR, told the blog PocketLint: “There is some really smart processing going on to combat the phone’s movements.”

Though the technology is close to being ready now, the holdup will be getting all of the building schematics mapped. Of course, companies would have a vested interest in getting that done, since they want you to find their store and spend money there. The company expects the technology to be available to manufacturers by the end of the year, so we could see this technology on phones in 2012. Which phones? Gawera would not confirm, but said they are working with Nokia, Samsung, LG, and BlackBerry.

[via Pocketlint]


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MobClix Says Apple iOS Users More Valuable Than Android Users

Mobclix–mobile advertising platform and open marketplace–just drew together a chart from revenue data that shows Apple iOS users to be more valuable than Android users. Their study looks at the value of an app user for developers on a per user basis. Android is everywhere and growing bigger by the minute with several different confectionary versions running on smartphones and tablets, but Apple’s iOS reigns supreme right now as king of the money mountain.

The iPhone beat Android in the games, utilities, and entertainment app categories. The study says utility app users have a higher value than game and entertainment users. Aside from young kids, most iPhone users probably access utility apps like photography apps or business apps more times a day than games.

Mobclix used five criteria in their study:
– Average revenue is define as monthly revenue/unique users per month
– Apps with 500k+ downloads and/or 75k+ daily active users were used for calculation purposes
– Apps spent an average of two weeks in their categories ‘Top 10’ listing and are free apps
– Value is based on advertising revenues
– Active user is defined as a usage of 3 times a week for a minimum of 5 minutes.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Apple can keep its lead over Android as more and more Android devices roll out.

[Via Mobclix Blog]


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Angry Birds Heading To WP7, 3D Version Coming Soon

Rovio, the company behind the popular Angry Birds game, has just confirmed that it is working on a Windows Phone 7 version. On top of that, they confirm plans to develop a 3D version for the slew of 3D devices on the way.

This announcement is interesting because just last fall, Rovio and Microsoft had a slight kerfuffle due to Microsoft’s unlawful use of an Angry Birds icon in WP7 advertising. The situation elicited a tweet from Rovio saying : “We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version. Microsoft put Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.”

Now it appears that everything is patched up and Rovio head, Peter Vesterbecka confirms that the WP7 version of Angry Birds is in the works. He also confirms that they are working on a 3D version of the game but has not given a specific timeline for either version.

[Via Techland]


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