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Apple adds Facial Recognition & loves European startups

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Apple just bought Swedish startup Polar Rose which basically makes facial recognition software for mobile phones as demoed in the video embedded below. As creepy as it sounds, this feature is amazing and feels so much easier than bump to connect with someone. The other very interesting thing is that Apple is Buying Out Eurpean Startups !!! This is the second example in just 2 months (first one brought the HDR feature to the new iOS 4.1). I’d be really curious to see how they are going to integrate the…read more

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Palm helps bring jQuery to mobile web

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Palm just announced on his blog that jQuery Mobile has been released. Aside from Windows Mobile and Maemo (!?!?) All the modern platforms are supported as you can see in the chart below. We’ve seen how web apps can look gorgeous on the iPhone Safari browser, now all the mobile browsers get a leveled dynamic experience of the mobile web. It’s hard to anticipate just now if this is going to be a game-changer or simply a nice to have feature, and while many have envisioned that web-apps would prevail…read more

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Backup, Lock, Locate and Wipe for Blackberry

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RIMâ??s consumer-grade protection software for BlackBerry smartphones, dubbed Blackberry Protect, has just been officially announced. Rumored for months, the new service lets customers not attached to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server: â?¢ Protect important information on a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely wiping or locking the device from your desktop â?¢ Remotely add contact information to the home screen of a locked BlackBerry smartphone so it can be returned if found â?¢ See your BlackBerry smartphoneâ??s location and pinpoint the current whereabouts of a lost or stolen device with cell tower and…read more

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GTD Funware mobile app

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Gotta love the idea idea – turn your todo list into quests and level up as you go through them. When GTD meets with RPG and Funware : “Epic Win” coming soon on the app store !

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Flash comes to jailbroken iPads

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Grats to “comex” who is apparently getting somewhere in porting flash to iPad. He is basing his work on the libflashplayer.so made by Adbobe for Android, and indeed since both are ARM devices, with a lot of hacking around he got it right !

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Mobile Development market data

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A couple of charts I found worthy to share excerpted from Vision Mobile’s “Mobile Developer Economics 2010 and Beyond” study which you should definitely read (it’s free – sponsored by Telefonica).

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Security on smartphones gets real

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Seems like the mobile security industry is shaking : In May, McAfee bought mobile security provider Trust Digital for an undisclosed price Last week, Lookout announced it has gotten more than a million registered users in the past six months for its smartphone security app which includes anti-virus, anti-spy/mal-ware, lock and wipe and backup and restore for android, windows mobile and blackberry Lookout recently secured a second round of funding increasing total funding to a wooping $16.5 million and has only 20 employees – sounds lean enough and ready to last.

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e-commerce from your iPhone

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Shopping from a mobile phone has always been a very theoretical exerience. Sounds like a good idea but nobody ever really managed to make a clean 360 experience from window licking to actually paying for goods.  Mobile phone may be used to give more info on a product but at the end the purchase was always done in-store or on the PC. Apple’s app-store made it real and mainstream for apps and now today they just released a mobile app version of their app-store. You can download it right here….read more

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Mobile Phones are targeted by hackers

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While the app stores have been marketed as a safe place by Apple since the very beginning, turns out they can become quite easily the haven of the new-age app piracy. The WSJ runs an article on the subject (thanks @gr for the link) where they give as an example a fake banking application sold 1,50USD on the Google app store. Of course Apple has a very strict human-based approval process that should limit those malwares/spywares, but while the other app stores only react to notification, bottom line is the mobile app…read more

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Sharp brings 3D HD video capabilities to handhelds

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From Sharp’s press release : Sharp Corporation has developed a 3D camera module for mobile devices capable of capturing high-definition (720p*2) 3D video images, an industry first. Sharp will start shipping samples in July. Mass production of these modules will begin within 2010. 3D images are composed of two views taken using two cameras that simultaneously capture separate images for the right and left eyes. Consequently, a 3D camera requires peripheral circuitry to apply image processing to the two images, for example, to adjust color or to correct positioning between…read more

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