Tam Hanna

Oct 022012
 

When it comes to all things A, many an user turns off all ratio – which is why the fruit-named brand is often used for all kinds of shady stuff.

Sophos now reports the following scam:

Dear Apple Customer,

Apple is rewarding its long-term customers. Your loyalty for our products made you eligible for buying an Apple Discount Card. With this only 9 AU$ Discount Card you will have 100 AU$ credit at any Australian Apple Store or on http://www.apple.com/au/ .

To acquire your Apple Discount Card please download and complete the attached form.

100 AU$ Credit Bonus

( You will receive your Apple Discount Card via e-mail in the following 24 hours after your payment has been made.)

Should you receive such an email, just delete it – hell would freeze over before Apple gives you sth for free….

Oct 022012
 

The idea of using cell phones to interact with ads is not new – T-Mobile Austria deployed IR Kiosks all over Vienna about six years ago (see here and here).
anasta 16% of European smartphone users scan QR codes erram 16% of European smartphone users scan QR codes

As cameras in cell phones became better, QR codes replaced the now-unpopular IR booths. Accoding to ComScore, these codes become more and more popular every day:

Smartphone Audience Scanning QR Codes via their Devices
3 Month Average Ending July 2012 vs. July 2011
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Smartphone Audience (000) YoY Growth % of Smartphone Audience YoY Percentage Point Increase
EU5 17,390 96% 14.1% +4.0
France 2,843 71% 12.5% +1.9
Germany 5,084 128% 18.6% +6.1
Italy 2,765 75% 11.9% +3.2
Spain 3,381 218% 16.0% +9.0
UK 3,316 43% 11.4% +0.6

The result of most of the queries is the obtaining of product information – this is broken down further in the table below:

Result of Scanning QR Codes by Percent of Smartphone Scanning Audience
3 Month Average Ending July 2012
Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Penetration (%) of QR Code Users
EU5 France Germany Italy Spain UK
Product information 71.7% 65.4% 77.9% 69.2% 71.1% 70.1%
Event information 31.8% 32.7% 28.9% 36.4% 36.5% 27.0%
Charity/cause information 12.1% 9.5% 10.0% 18.6% 13.4% 10.8%
Coupon or offer 19.4% 20.3% 19.6% 17.6% 22.2% 17.0%
Application download 13.4% 17.5% 11.4% 14.8% 13.7% 11.2%

Not much to add here…

Oct 012012
 

When iOS 6 was released, the App Store was redesigned. For some developers, this has caused significant benefits – others lost a lot of sales.

TechCrunch has now done a pretty detailed analysis which also contains an interesting presentation from AppCod.es. Their findings read as following:

Although it can be a challenge to get the keywords right, doing so can actually mean a boost in discovery as users begin to craft more targeted search queries. For example (see below), an app that ranks low on the charts for “poker” might be in the number one position for “poker casino.”

Find out more via the URL below:
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/29/five-big-changes-in-the-ios-6-app-store-and-what-developers-should-do/

Sep 302012
 

We started covering FireFox OS when it was still called Boot to Gecko – the webOS “imitator” is also based on HTML5 and will use the “browser” as an app runtime.
1 FireFox OS to grab 1% marketshare by 2013

Mobile Business Briefing now claims the following:

Mozilla’s mobile platform, Firefox OS, will take a 1 percent share of the global smartphone market by the end of 2013, as it carves out a niche in the entry-level phone space currently dominated by Android.

Strategy Analytics forecasts that the open source, low-cost platform which supports HTML5 apps, will benefit from the interest it has gained from hardware vendors and operators.

Hit the link below to see our MWC coverage:
http://tamspalm.tamoggemon.com/2012/02/29/mozilla-boot-to-gecko-webos-reloaded/

Sep 292012
 

The recent political turmoil has given FaceBook a lot of attention – after all, many popular uprisings have been started on FaceBook. This has caused mobile developers and operators to think about using FaceBook for marketing – the question is if this makes sense.

The Danish research firm StrandConsult has now provided us with an except of their analysus on why FaceBook is not well-suited to carrier marketing. Some of the points also apply to smaller houses, which is why the most important ones are right here:

2. Facebook boasts a “free” and open platform. This misleads operators to think that Facebook is an inexpensive medium for marketing. To control its costs and force companies to pay up, Facebook limits the distribution of a company’s message to its fan base, so only a fraction of the fans see the company’s posts. Facebook is not interested to talk to you unless you are already a major brand and are willing to invest hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in advertising. The dirty little secret about Facebook is that you have to pay to play.

7. Facebook doesn’t build brands; it reflects brands. The biggest brands on Facebook already have a large presence outside of Facebook, and they have large advertising/marketing budgets both online and offline. Almost no companies have been able to build a brand on Facebook from scratch.

10. Facebook can change its terms of service for any reason at any time and with no warning. These changes can have material and negative impacts to operators. One example was when Facebook announced its change to the Timeline format. All those tabs and apps the mobile operators developed, the mini-websites within Facebook so to speak, were made nearly invisible. . Collectively, companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars to customize their Facebook page, and thousands of independent Facebook developers and agencies sprung up in the process. With one announcement, Facebook effectively and instantly rendered operators’ investment on their platform worthless.

Did your company see success on FaceBook?

Sep 282012
 

When it comes to localizing applications, developers profit a lot from having access to top-lists for the various countries. Opera makes these available from time to time.

Of course, this list contains only J2ME-Capable devices (and the iPhone) – nevertheless, it could be more than useful for determining which locales to target:

Antigua and Barbuda

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Nokia X2-01
4. Apple iPhone
5. Apple_iPod
6. BlackBerry 9700
7. BLU Magic
8. BLU
9. Motorola XT502
10. BlackBerry 9780

Argentina

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Nokia 5130c
3. Nokia 2220s
4. Nokia C2-01
5. Nokia N8
6. Alcatel OT-802A
7. SonyEricsson E15a
8. Nokia X2-01
9. Samsung GT-I5500L
10. Samsung GT-S5830L

Bahamas

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Apple iPhone
4. Nokia X2-01
5. Apple_iPod
6. SonyEricsson W800i
7. Apple iPad
8. Samsung GT-S5360L
9. BlackBerry 9800
10. BlackBerry 9550

Barbados

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Alcatel OT-606
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Nokia X2-01
5. Apple iPhone
6. Nokia 5130c
7. Nokia C2-01
8. SonyEricsson W200i
9. BlackBerry 9700
10. Nokia 2690

Belize

Top 10 handsets
1. Alcatel OT-800
2. Nokia C3-00
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Alcatel OT-880
5. Nokia 2690
6. Nokia 2700c
7. Nokia 2730c
8. Alcatel OT-606
9. Apple iPhone
10. SonyEricsson W800i

Colombia

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. BlackBerry 9300
4. Samsung GT-S3350
5. Nokia 2220s
6. Samsung GT-S5830L
7. Nokia 5130c
8. Nokia C1-01
9. Samsung GT-S5260
10. Apple iPhone

Chile

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. LG T310
3. Samsung GT-I5500L
4. Samsung GT-S5570L
5. Samsung GT-S5830L
6. SonyEricsson E15a
7. LG P500h
8. LG P350g
9. BlackBerry 8520
10. Samsung GT-I9100

Costa Rica

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia 2730c
2. Nokia C2-01
3. Nokia C3-00
4. Nokia X3-02
5. Nokia 7230
6. SonyEricsson E15a
7. Nokia C1-01
8. Nokia 5130c
9. Nokia N8
10. Nokia 2690

Dominica

Top 10 handsets
1. BlackBerry 8520
2. Nokia C3-00
3. SonyEricsson W800
4. BlackBerry 9700
5. BlackBerry 8900
6. BlackBerry 9550
7. Nokia C3
8. BlackBerry 9300
9. Samsung SGHi600
10. BlackBerry 9000

Dominican Republic

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Alcatel OT-802A
4. Apple iPhone
5. Alcatel OT-800
6. BlackBerry 9700
7. Alcatel OT-807
8. BlackBerry 9300
9. Alcatel OT-710
10. BlackBerry 8530

Ecuador

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Nokia 5130c
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Nokia X3-02
5. Nokia 2690
6. Samsung GT-S5830B
7. Nokia X2-00
8. Nokia C1-01
9. Nokia 303
10. BlackBerry 9300

El Salvador

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Maui E800
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Nokia 5130c
5. Nokia X2-01
6. Alcatel OT-802A
7. Nokia 2220s
8. Samsung GT-S3350
9. Alcatel OT-710
10. Nokia 2730c

Grenada

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. SonyEricsson W800
4. Nokia C3
5. BlackBerry 9700
6. Apple iPhone_ver1
7. BlackBerry 8900
8. BlackBerry 9300
9. BlackBerry 9000
10. BlackBerry 9800

Guatemala

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Alcatel OT-606
3. Maui E800
4. BlackBerry 8520
5. Alcatel OT-880
6. Alcatel OT-800
7. Nokia C1-01
8. Nokia 2220s
9. Nokia 2730c
10. Alcatel OT-799

Guyana

Top 10 handsets
1. BlackBerry 8520
2. Alcatel OT-606
3. Nokia C3-00
4. Samsung SGH-A517
5. Motorola_MOT-Z3
6. Apple iPhone
7. Alcatel OT-800
8. BlackBerry 9300
9. Nokia 2690
10. Nokia 2700c

Haiti

Top 10 handsets
1. BlackBerry 8520
2. SonyEricsson W800i
3. Samsung SGH-A437
4. Nokia C3-00
5. Nokia C1-01
6. Samsung SGH-A737
7. Samsung SGH-A707
8. BlackBerry 9700
9. BlackBerry 8900
10. BlackBerry 8310

Honduras

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Alcatel OT-606
4. Nokia 5130c
5. Nokia 2220s
6. Nokia 2730c
7. Alcatel OT-800
8. Apple iPhone
9. Motorola EX108
10. BlackBerry 9300

Mexico

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry8520
3. Alcatel OT-808A
4. Samsung GT-S5830L
5. LG GM360
6. Alcatel OT-800A
7. Nokia 5130c
8. Samsung GT-S5233T
9. Nokia 303
10. Alcatel OT-802A

Nicaragua

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Nokia 2730c
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Nokia 7230
5. SonyEricsson W205a
6. Alcatel OT-606
7. Nokia 2220s
8. Nokia X3-02
9. Nokia 5130c
10. Samsung GT-S5233T

Panama

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. Nokia C1-01
3. Nokia 2220s
4. Nokia 2690
5. Samsung GT-S5830L
6. BlackBerry 8520
7. Samsung GT-S5830M
8. Samsung GT-S5570L
9. Nokia X2-01
10. Samsung GT-S5360L

Peru

Top 10 handsets
1. Alcatel OT-606
2. Alcatel OT-710
3. Nokia C3-00
4. SonyEricsson W800i
5. Samsung GT-S5570L
6. Nokia 5130c
7. Alcatel OT-800A
8. Nokia C1-01
9. BlackBerry 8520
10. Nokia 2330c

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. BlackBerry 9700
4. SonyEricsson W800
5. BlackBerry 9550
6. Nokia C3
7. BlackBerry 9800
8. BlackBerry 9780
9. SonyEricsson W800i
10. BlackBerry 8900

Saint Lucia

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Apple iPhone
4. BlackBerry 9700
5. Apple_iPod
6. BlackBerry 9780
7. BlackBerry 9300
8. BlackBerry 9800
9. SonyEricsson W800i
10. BlackBerry 8900

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. SonyEricsson W800
3. BlackBerry 8520
4. Nokia C3
5. Nokia N72
6. BlackBerry 9700
7. BlackBerry 9800
8. Nokia E63
9. BlackBerry 9300
10. BlackBerry 9000

Suriname

Top 10 handsets
1. BlackBerry 8520
2. Nokia C3-00
3. Nokia 5130c
4. SonyEricsson W800i
5. BlackBerry 9700
6. Nokia 2690
7. Alcatel OT-880
8. Nokia C1-01
9. Alcatel OT-800
10. Nokia 2700c

Trinidad and Tobago

Top 10 handsets
1. Nokia C3-00
2. BlackBerry 8520
3. Nokia 2690
4. Nokia C1-01
5. Nokia 2220s
6. BlackBerry 9300
7. Nokia C1-01
8. Nokia 5130c
9. Apple iPhone
10. SonyEricsson W800i

Uruguay

Top 10 handsets
1. Alcatel OT-606
2. Nokia C3-00
3. Alcatel OT-710
4. Alcatel OT-808
5. SonyEricsson W800i
6. Alcatel OT-660
7. Samsung GT-S5230
8. BlackBerry 8520
9. Nokia X3-02
10. Nokia X3-00

Venezuela

Top 10 handsets
1. Alcatel OT-606
2. Nokia C3-00
3. Alcatel OT-880
4. Alcatel OT-800A
5. Huawei UM840
6. Nokia 2730c
7. Nokia C1-01
8. BlackBerry8520
9. Alcatel OT-606
10. Nokia X2-01

Get the full PDF with population information here:
http://media.opera.com/media/smw/2012/smw082012.pdf

Sep 282012
 

Long-term followers of this blog are likely to know PackT – the innovative UK-based publisher has thrown out a huge amount of interesting books in the last few years.

Having reached a thousand tomes, PackT has now sent out the following and highly attractive offer:

Packt Publishing has come a long way since it published its first book in 2004, and is now one of the leading technical publishers, renowned among developers for its focused and practical books on a wide range of tools and technologies.

Packt has just published its 1000th book. You are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone with a gift. Access our library, PacktLib, for free for a week, and choose any of our eBooks to download and keep.

To make use of this offer, you simply need to go to www.packtpub.com and log into your account, or register for an account, between the 28th and 30th September.
At Packt, we really appreciate your support in helping us get this far, and hope that you will continue to enjoy our range of books.

Not much to add here except that we congratulate whole-heartedly…

Sep 262012
 

Usually, the folks at iFixit’s tend to tear down cell phones.

When the Apple A6 came out, they changed their program and take their readers on a trip into a semiconductor analysis lab. This is quite interesting to see, and makes a worthwile read for every electronics head – even if he profusely dislikes the iPhone 5.

As quite a few rumors pointing to a quad core processor are around, it is a nice touch to see iFixit debunk that:

* Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!

In addition to that, Apple seems to reduce their technical exposure to Samsung:

* During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.

Find a bunch of images here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-A6-Teardown/10528/1

Sep 252012
 

Even though MobileFun’s advertising is currently focused on iPhone 5 cases, they nevertheless sent our reviewer Oliver W Leibenguth a sample of one of their styli. He has performed an accurate review – let’s see if the thing stacks up!

First we have to talk about the technical background behind all this:

In earlier days (the time before the first iPhone) all manufacturers used resistive Touchscreens in their PDAs and Smartphones. They offered a high resolution but had to be used with a stylus and lacked multitouch-capabilities.

Now we all use smartphones with capacitive Touchscreens: they offer multitouch capabilities and can be used with your fingers… or better said: they *have* to be used with your fingers. Stylus-Operation is, by design, not possible (Unless you own a Galaxy Note or a HTC Flyer that have that feature due to a modified digitizer and a special stylus). That means that you can’t do drawings or handwritten notes like you used to do – drawing and writing with your finger just doesn’t work right (unless you are a master with finger paint…)

But there are stylii available for capacitive Touchscreens: Most of them have big tips made out of a sponge-like material or rubber that simulate the user’s finger. The results are quite disillusioning: Ok, you’ve got a pen… that is exactly as inaccurate as your fingers are.

But now we’re looking at someting I’d like to call the „second generation of capacitive stylii“:
0 DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

Actually, this looks like an ordinary ballpoint-pen with a protective cap.
1 DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

But the tip looks totally different…
2 DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

Dagi has built a stylus with a sharp tip that has a transparent disc attached to it. The disc has the diameter needed for the touchscreen to register its touch – and you can actually see, where and what you are drawing.
The disc itself is attached with a small spring that lets you tilt the pen in almost every possible angle without loosing contact to the touchscreen.
3a DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review
3b DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

I’m not an artist but with this pen I can draw and write almost as I would do with a regular ballpoint-pen on paper. There are some issues with certain apps that make use of multitouch-features that can lead to unwanted effects when you rest your hand on the touchscreen while using the pen.
4a DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review
4b DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

What‘s in the box?
5 DAGi Capacitive Stylus   the review

- the stylus ;-)
- a replacement tip
- 5 replacement glide-pads that reduce the friction of the disc (one is already attached)
- a (very) small piece of paper with instructions on how to replace the tip

The pen (30 EUR) is quite pricey compared to those with rubber tips, but if you need a stylus that actually works, this pen is worth every cent. Thanks to mobilefun UK for supplying the sample used in this review.

Sep 252012
 

When it comes to figuring out what’s inside a handset, very few sources are as useful as iFixit.

They recently got an iPhone 5 into their hands and scored its repariability very favourable:

Good news for all the phone droppers out there: the front glass/display is the first thing that comes off the iPhone 5! Replacing a cracked front panel is significantly easier than the iPhone 4/4S.

And the further we delved, the more excited we got — even though we had to remove two pentalobe screws to get inside. The oft-broken and hard to repair home button now sports an integrated metal support bracket that should reduce the chance of failure, and the battery comes out just as easily as in last year’s model. Overall, the iPhone 5 received a very solid 7/10 repairability score!

In addition to that, the press release contained the usual list of interesting stuff – some of which is below:

* Because the iPhone 5 is opened front-to-back, replacing a cracked screen is going to be easier than ever. Thank you, Apple! Compare this to the iPhone 4S, where it took 38 [repair guide] steps to isolate the display assembly, and this iPhone may be the most repairable iPhone we’ve seen in a while.

* Unlike the iPhone 4S, which used a linear-oscillating vibrator, Apple has gone back to a rotational motor with a counterweight. We praised Apple in the past for going with the quieter and less annoying linear oscillating vibrator, but now we’re scratching our heads as to why they went back.

* Apple’s newest iteration of its classic home button sports an integrated metal support bracket, which we hope will greatly strengthen the oft-used switch. Many iPhone 4 and 4S users have experienced the woes of worn out home buttons, which are somewhat involved to repair. This new design should not only increase longevity, but also make replacing the home button a lot less of a hassle.

* Apple is very proud of their decision to use a sapphire crystal in their new-and-improved camera. Sapphire would be a sensible choice to use as the outermost camera element because it is remarkably hard — a 9/10 on the Mohs hardness scale. We tried scratching the clear cover with a pair of steel tweezers and the lens remained scratch-free. While this doesn’t confirm that the protective cover is made from sapphire crystal, it does mean that it is quite hard and scratch resistant.

For all those of you interested in pictures, the URL below might be interesting:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-5-Teardown/10525/1