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Are you a mobile addict?

Do you love your mobile so much that you can’t live without it, Do you check your mobile before going to sleep? Are you a mobile addict?

While everyone is talking about this great piece of technology called the smartphone mobiles of today – it’s been great to hear about the positive side of the story that the humble mobile which we used to carry around so people could stay or get in touch with us when we were traveling or away from home – has a potential dark side to it…yes, we are all proud of our flashy new mobiles or tablet device but ask yourself a few questions and if you were to answer “yes” to a majority of these then it’s time to think about it…

Answer these questions (truthfully…) and check out if you ARE A MOBILE ADDICT?

 

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Samsung unpacks Samsung Galaxy S3 at Mobile Unpacked 2012

London has a lot happening this year! This one is about Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked 2012 event and an event where Samsung launched the “Samsung Galaxy S3”

As our lives become increasingly complex, people are no longer enthused about new technology for technology’s sake! They desire products that genuinely think and care about them. Products created with humanity at heart! – voice over at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012, London.

Must say, Samsung have been trying quite relentlessly adding in new features and updates to their models of Smartphones – specially talking about the “S” range. Samsung has now announced their next mobile the ‘Samsung Galaxy S3‘ with a lot of new features and some of them seem quite cool I’d say and whether they’re compared to the iPhone or not – they have the first mover advantage this time around (sorry Apple!). Samsung announced the launch is going be across 145 countries across 296 Mobile operators.

Yes, you’d expect that a new mobile is going to have higher specs, better style…stuff like better resolution, a better look than it’s predecessor, a better camera and probably a few tweaks here and there which make your consideration score go up when you’re either out of contract from your telco or need to buy a new mobile no matter what the reason. Here’s a few features that we picked up which are quite different and cool too!

Samsung Smartstay technology that use eye tracking technology to keep awake!

Smart stay: It’s like your mobile looking at you and keeping awake! A feature keeps the brightness up as long as you’re looking at it. A feature that use eye recognition technology that tracks eye movement and keeps the screen “ON” as long as you’re looking at it.

Direct Call: Texting someone….and how many times we feel the need to just pick up the phone and ring..this one does it automatically…ah! what say…LIKE?

Smart Alert: Think iPhone and a few other phones have this feature but in a mention, but not sure exactly how this feature is different from the notifications of the iOS version. The phone apparently has a vibrating nudge to let you know that you missed a call or a text. uhmm…nice anyways.

S Voice: Probably for “Samsung” Voice. A feature which iPhone made popular by the SIRI in their mobiles.

Will be on the lookout to get our hands on one, will probably have to let the boss know we need one for ‘testing’ or internal R&D purposes 🙂 that way we can explore it in and out! and if it were a car, I’d say ‘take her out for a spin’! Go Samsung!

Social Tag & Buddy Photo Share: Now, this seems like a cool feature. As per the Samsung website – this feature is to keep track of your loved ones, a glance at your friends’ photos will show you their Social Network Status…there’s also the Buddy Photo Share feature. How many times that we take a photo and what do we end up doing with it? Send it to our buddies. Samsung S3 comes with this feature that recognises (guess made popular by Facebook’s tagging feature) and shares photo’s instantly. I think if there is a good enough way to control what you end up sharing and what not – this is a good feature! Hopefully we don’t end up sharing all photos and spam our buddies 😉

Do check out some of the other features – there’s stuff like the “All Share Play” then there is the Pop Up Play – a feature to watch HD videos whilst you’re texting ah…multitasking! For those thinking of Apple’s ‘Air Play‘ there’s the Allshare cast feature ie – this is to watch photo’s, videos from your mobile on your TV and your mobile then becomes the controller. Pretty nifty feature these days if you want to experience HD content or sit back, relax and watch content on a larger screen at home.

For those who need to know the specs – The Samsung S3 is 4.8″ HD, includes a 4.8″ 720p resolution screen with an inbuilt quad-core processor, has inbuilt [Near Field Communications] NFC built in runs Google’s ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version of the Android operating system. Guess a lot will depend on the ease of using the phone in terms of the user experience too!

In all, seems like good timing (expected to be released end of May in Europe) and a good mobile when there’s rumors that the next iPhone (the 6th generation from Apple) is probably going to be released end of year and Samsung have played their card first!

PS; we are not paid nor contracted by Samsung to say good things 🙂 

If you are interested and have time to watch the whole event – here’s a link below:

Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Event – FULL [London]

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Australian’s Multi Screen Affair! Smartphones, Tablets & the Digital Home…

“Screen Screen…who is the fairest of them all?” Probably the toughest question as we love all our screens!

TV’s, Mobiles, Tablets are getting smarter and smarter…we came across the Australian Multi-Screen report from the last quarter of 2011 by OZTAM / Neilsen and quoting a few interesting stats from this report.

  • 49% OF AUSSIE’S NOW OWN A SMARTPHONE
  • 10% HOUSEHOLDS OWN A TABLET DEVICE

Firstly, Aussies love affair with the smartphones continues which is now estimated at about 49% ownership (up from 43% from the third quarter last year, age 14+). The household Tablets penetration seems to be getting there too, starting at about 8% in the second quarter last year, shooting up by 2 points to almost 10% metro by end of last quarter 2011 and on the rise! According to Nielsen’s Australian Online Consumer report, watching any viewing ‘video’ content on Tablets grew from just 2% of the total online population at the end of 2010, to 5% by the end of 2011.

  • 95% OF HOMES HAVE ACCESS TO DIGITAL BROADCAST
  • 44% HAVING PVR ACCESS

As at the end of the last quarter of 2011, 95% of all homes were estimated to have access to digital broadcasts on at least one TV set in the home, this is up from 90% in the first quarter. Currently 44% of homes have access to some form of a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) allowing consumers to use the ‘time shifting’ incase you can’t watch ‘Home & Away’ whilst you are doing the child care pickup’s or need to unwind at your own leisure and catch up with ‘Desperate Housewives’ when it suits you!

  • HOUSEHOLD INTERNET IS AT 77%
  • WATCHING ONLINE VIDEO HAS INCREASED BY 13% 

Household internet remains at about 77% but there is an increase in the time that content is being consumed online, watching online video has increased by about 13% and all probably due to the popularity of the smart TV’s which most of them come with their own browser, app setup’s or access to browsing your own internet of connect devices at home. Consumers spent about 3Hrs 27Minutes watching any video on the internet. No longer do you have to take someone to your bedroom to put on your PC to share some photo’s from your trip to Fiji – it’s all about having ‘smart access’ to your content in the house and out and about on the mobile too! Watching video on the mobile phone is not that hot a number, guess mainly due to the fact that a lot of users are unsure of how much bill they’re going to clock up when they’re going to watch the news via video or play catch up TV via mobile on their way home on the train! But, sure we’ll get there.

Watching any video on a mobile phone is at about 1hr 20mins per month average but interestingly almost at 3 hours per month with the 25 – 34 year olds. Video consumption via mobile phones for the 16 years and over category is at about 1 hour 20 minutes per month (up significantly since Q1), the main users are those aged 18 – 34, averaging almost 3 hours per month.

The combination of the extended screens (PC and mobile phone) usage for any video content still accounts for just 4% of video consumption on traditional TV, as quoted in this OZTAM/Neilsen report.

Mobile devices are not only used outside of the house now but playing a key role within the house too as Australia’s love affair with multiple screen’s grows!

DOWNLOAD HERE [PDF] incase you want to full report  the Australian Multi-Screen Report for Q4, 2011.

Thanks to OZTAM and Neilsen for putting this report together. It is preferred that you download the complete report at the above link and make note of all the fine print and the greater detail. 

 

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That’ll be £6,000,000 Sir! Seen these Luxury Mobiles?

Have you been to that fancy cup cake shop down the road, must be something fancy about that place? What about that lil’ italian joint down your street where you have to wait to order a take away…oh, and what about the various types of Milk you get at your supermarket, when all you want is just ‘Milk’?

Well, there’s a lot more that meets the eye! And as they say – there’s a customer for every product out there. Mobile phones as a category are not excluded if you really have a spare few lazy millions!

Seems a bit like that when it comes to mobiles these days that “commoditisation” is the word that springs up my mind. I remember years ago, you either had a Nokia or a Motorola or a few had the Ericsson.

You look around these days and hardware manufacturing in the mobile sector has gone crazy and I’m not even looking at the ‘non-brands’ here. Apple got into it, then Google Got onto it – Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sagem, Blackberry…and now what amazes me is that even luxury brands are onto it – Vertu (which is a division on Nokia), luxury accessories designers, fancy watch and racing brands all seem to have taken a fancy to coming up with their own signature mobile phone versions too.

Check out some of the below, bet some of them will surprise you, as it did to me!

  • Ulysse Nardin’s The Chairman – $49,000…uhmm slightly believable…when you go down this list!
  • Sony Ericsson Black Diamond – $300,000….oh well, slightly less than a mortgage ;))
  • Vertu Signature Cobra – $310,000…hissssssss
  • Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot – costs approx $1 million….yay!! that’s a jackpot!!
  • GoldVish ‘Le Million’ Piece Unique  – $1.3 million…can’t be true…..err maybe??
  • The Diamond Crypto Smartphone – think about $1.3 million.…oops…that hurts!!
  • Peter Aloisson’s Kings Button iPhone – $2.4 million….is what I read….really….??
  • Stuart Hughes iPad 2 Gold Edition – Price – £5,000,000.00 as quoted on their website!!!!

Special mention to what is claimed to be the world’s most expensive iPhone:

The most unique mobile phone ever created with a total construction cost of £6 million. The bezel is handmade from rose with approx 500 individual flawless diamonds which total over 100ct. The rear section is formed using 24ct gold with the added touch of its 24ct gold Apple logo and 53 diamonds. The main navigation is made from gold which holds a single cut 8.6ct diamond. Also included is a rare 7.4ct single cut Flawless pink diamond which can replace the existing one.

Claimed to be the world's MOST expensive iPhone

Apparently (and quite unbelievable…) the chest is made from solid Platinum with polished pieces of original Dinosaur bone from the T-REX (really….?) along with rare stones such as Opal, Pietersite, Charoite , Rutile Quartz, Star Sunstone. The handset is 64GB and limited edition of only 2 to be ever made…(damn!) and a price tag of £6,000,000.00 

And also check out TAG Heuer Racer mobile – not sure what the price ‘tag’ is on this ‘tag’ but guess when you own a tag – you don’t bother about the price.

What's the price TAG on this TAG?

TAG's Racer Mobile - Register interest on their website

So, if you’re thinking of new mobile? what’s it going to be? My iPhone 4S looks so ordinary now but you know what….I’m happy and can have a peaceful sleep with my iPhone on my bedside not a million dollar baby :)) Infact, I might go get that fancy cup cake now! 

Check out TAG Racer’s video too:

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Android touches 700,000+ activations per day and 10 Billion App downloads

What better time of the year than this for Android fans, and we at mobiDdiction also agree that 2012 is going to be the YEAR of the MOBILE, if you didn’t read one of our earlier posts.

Google recently announced that the Android Market Place passed 10 Billion App downloads from their market place with the Android device activations reaching a staggering 700,000+ activations per day, the figure of 550,000 was released back in June 2011.

There is also a supporting infographic that tells stories such as the ‘most popular time to download an app’ to the least popular. Also the most app-crazed countries in the world from South Korea being number #1 to Norway at number #10. I was a bit surprised to see that Australia doesn’t even feature in the Top 10 list of countries though we’ve been hearing a lot of Android talks specially from last year. Guess, it’s all thanks to the iPhone’s out there and their loyal base.

Few stats from the Android – [INFOGRAPHIC]:

  • Most popular time to download an App: Sunday 9pm
  • Least popular time to download an App: Monday 4am
  • People from 190 countries download apps every day
  • 25.6% of downloads are Games (39.25% of which are Arcade games)
  • 12.2% Entertainment related
  • 4.0% Social related
  • 11.17% Tools aka productivity, utility factor associated
  • 100 Million words translated every week in 200 different countries on Google Translate
  • 4054 years spent playing Talking Tom during which Tom has been knocked down 10.6 Billion times.

We had a few more stats on our blog for 2011 – incase you’re interested.

Google’s infographic on Android Market Growth:

REF:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/10-billion-android-market-downloads-and.html
http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/12/closer-look-at-10-billion-downloads.html

For those who’re interested in the Android developers channel on YouTube, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/androiddevelopers

 

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Commonwealth Bank launches “Kaching” Mobile Payment App

Left your wallet and cards at home and need to pay? Need to make a quick payment to your friends on Facebook…no worries, use your mobile! 

Ok, I’ve said it in the past that I think the banks have been doing well in the way they’re thinking ahead of coming up with mobile apps that are based on providing “on-the-go” utility leveraging the growth in the area of mobile technology. Back in July 2011, we wrote a piece on when we noted that the Commbank updated their App and also another quick blog on the future of mobile payments and why it’s all that important.

Almost all the major banks and the mid-tier ones too such as co-op’s and building society’s have come up with mobile banking apps. Sure you’ve seen that the banks have started to use this in their marketing too, as in – you would have spotted a poster when you entered a St George or a Westpac or any other bank, looked at a bus-side talking about their mobile banking facility. For those who have used the ANZ’s “Pay to Mobile” feature, it does work like a breeze specially from one ANZ to another ANZ customer account. And now – to add to all this, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have launched their ‘Kaching’ app. For those who are unaware of what ‘Kaching‘ means – it’s a slang thingy meaning to “cash in” or make a lot of money. Sometimes, “rich” this being derived from the sound of an old fashioned cash register – get it? “Kaching” “Kaching”… not a bad thought as the CommBank mobile app is about payments — wonder if the app makes the “Kaching” noise too 😉

 

Here’s the AppStore link to download the Kaching App and here’s a page on the Commonwealth bank Kaching website with a video showing how Kaching works – check it out.

So, what does this CommBank Kaching App do?

  • Send money to someone using their mobile number
  • Make payments using your email contacts or by entering an email address
  • Make payments to your Facebook friends
  • Shop without cash or cards by holding your iPhone4S or 4, using the iCarte case, over the PayPass™ contactless terminal
  • Make payments via BPAY® or with an account number and BSB

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There’s a requirement mentioned too that users first need to be registered for NetBank and have NetCode activated to make payments and purchases using a mobile phone and the Recipients of payments via mobile, Facebook and email need an Australian bank account to claim.

Whilst it’s really early days, both banks and users have a lot of extra areas to be cautious of I guess, in terms of security and how tight the measures are – and it’s great that users are able to do all this but not to forget that we’re in a hyper connected world and now our information is being accessed by multiple applications so yes there are exciting times ahead in terms of convenience and the fact that we are entering another new era of cashless transactions, security is going to be of prime importance.

Android is on it’s way

The Commbank Kaching is compatible with all iPhone’s operating iOS 4.2 and above. The Commbank Kaching for iPhone 4S, 4 3GS and 3G, you can pay anyone via mobile, email or Facebook, make BPAY payments and transfer money between your Commbank accounts. An extra bit of stuff you need to do to set up your iPhone 4S or 4 for contactless payments by ordering an iCarte case from Commbank via the app. When you receive and activate your iCarte case, just hold your iPhone 4S or 4 over any PayPass™ contactless terminal to pay for purchases under $100.

Read more on the App Store description – Link Here – Seems like the Android fans will have to wait for a bit more as per the note on the website but knowing Commbank sure the Android and the tablet version won’t be too far down the track!

The Commbank’s media release section on their website claims this App is the first in the world that you would be able to make payments to your Facebook friends which is an awesome feature I think as you now don’t need to worry about asking your mates that you some beer monies for their BSB and account number details which I’m sure most of us don’t even remember or if we do remember, we need to recheck somewhere on our bank statements or a notepad hidden somewhere.

It’s a New App

One thing I’m still a bit unsure of is when I’ve got the CommBank App which also allows me to login to my mobile banking which I’ve been using for quite a while now, the Kaching is an all together new app that one needs to download. No wonder it does use the same access details but not sure why this is done as an altogether new app, being a customer I would’ve liked to see this integrated into my current mobile banking behaviour.

NFC but still uses external hardware

To use the contact-less PayPass payment you still need to buy a piece of hardware that is in effect your NFC (Near Field Communication) reader by buying an iCarte case (for A$54.95) through Commbank and I tell ya it was quite hard to find where to buy this! Having searched for quite some time on almost all of the Commbank’s websites, we then found the below info on the support page

iCarte cases are available for order within Commbank Kaching. In the ‘Cards’ tab, select the credit or debit MasterCard you wish to set up, press the ‘Set up PayPass’ button and follow the on screen instructions.

It seems like the purchase of the iCarte case needs to be made from within the App itself but I did not have that option showing up of buying the iCarte case…not sure why, maybe the reason being that I don’t have a master card. But would’ve thought that if that was the case, it would’ve been used as an opportunity to sell me one? But, there’s no obvious link from any online site that you can buy the iCarte case from – must be s

We did register interest to hear about this app a few months ago but didn’t hear about this and just a few days ago we came across this App while googling something about the upcoming NFC technology I think it was…or maybe it’s that we jumped the gun and searched for it even before they could let us know. But at the end of the day, Kaching is here and must say Commbank have taken a giant step to try and move ahead in the world of mobile payments.

Sure, as we go on – there will be more and more phones with inbuilt NFC and other mobile payment gateways that we can use so we don’t external cases but for now it’s “KACHING KACHING” time 😉

Cheerios!

 

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APPCESSORIES FOR AN APPY XMAS!

Is it that time of the year already? Bet it is – and yes the year has gone by quickly and here we are looking forward to another big year whether we get a reprieve from our bank’s on the interest rates or whether the world’s going into a ’round 2′ on the recession, but seems like one thing’s on the rise! YES, no prizes for guessing – the world of APPS & MOBILE TECHNOLOGY.

Interestingly so, what started off as being a ‘smartphone’ aka the iPhone or even the Android’s of today – some of the App developers have started to come up with really cool ideas and really taking the world of mobile applications to an altogether new. Not that long ago, I came across an App that was looking at directing the blind by way of sounds or signals which would recognize the size of object in front and hence aiding the blind to walk. Then, there was the app which was used by medical institutions to check patient records and access details on the go – replacing that daggy old sheets of papers hanging around in patient beds!

APPCESSORIES

But having said all this, what I really wanted to share was something I came across in the David Jones’ (or DJ’s as it’s referred to here in Australia) from their Xmas catalogue over the last week. They have a section called ‘APPCESSORIES’ and caught my attention as really I thought of it as ‘mobiDdiction….’ get it? uh…

Apart from the usual iPad iPhone, Android and the new Sony Tablet S – there are some interesting products in that catalogue that relate to using an App for some cool things to do over Xmas and add them to the wish-list! I dug out a few links that I thought might be useful – Have you been naughty or nice? Check em out…and by the way, don’t quote me on the prices – they’re straight off the catalogue.

iBaby Monitor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You pay about $249.95 but you get to see you lil bub from your iPhone. So, whilst your wife thinks you’re monitoring the bub – you could be facebooking or watching some YouTube clips 😉

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor & Wi-Fi Body Scale:

Around $179 bucks gets you some kind of a thing that you wrap around your arm and measure your BP but using your iPhone, iPod or iTouch at the other end for the reading. Smart uh?

Withing’s also seem to have Wi-Fi Body scale. About $295 gets you this and registers your weight, fat and BMI calculation through your iPhone or iPad.

 

 

iBike Coach:

GPS measurement of speed, distance evaluation kilojoules and more on your iPhone. Think there’s a few out there like this, but I havent given this a go.

iGrill:

Nope — you don’t use this instead of the stove!! It’s a bluetooth cooking thermometer.

iKon:

Buggy remote control — guess what you control this with. Nah, no price for guesses!

iON:

 

 

 

 

Need piano lessons and need to learn to play the Piano just like the cat on YouTube? Shell out $149.95 and you get Audio Piano. Doesn’t play the piano for you but apparently teaches you how to play the piano.

GOPOINT BT1 Bluetooth vehicle diagnostic:

If you are not sure what the ‘Check Engine’ light in your car is about – this one claims to speaks to your vehicle in a language which your car understands, decodes and translates it back to you what exactly the “Check Engine” light means and in all in a human friendly language!

 

Gosh iPanda Speakers

iRemoco Remote Control Chopper

Last but not the least – there’s the GOSH iPanda speakers, Zeppelin’s @ $799 using Apple’s Air Play technology that allows music to be streamed wirelessly to your Zepplin Air from your Mac or iPhone and iREMOCO which is a remote chopper which you control with your iPhone, iPad or iTouch device. Just make sure you have enough charge in the device to avoid crashing into your Christmas pudding!

 

 

We came across all these as mentioned in the DJ’s Xmas printed catalogue so I’m sure if you’re somewhere in Australia and went up one of the DJ outlets you could check ’em out.

Not sure why, the “i” seemed to be quite a common theme across all these products. But nevertheless, if you do have any thoughts or comments or have come across any weird and wonderful toys that somehow use the mobile, do share them with us.

That’s about it folks, it has been a busy year and we look forward to bringing you a lot more interesting stories in the new year.

Stay safe & have a fab Xmas and New Year. Best for 2012!

 

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