The Rise Of Android: How The Most Criticised Mobile OS Rose To The Top
The rise of Android – a Smartphone operating system developed by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) – is doing well, to say the least. Based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for mobile computers such as tablets and smartphones, Android was initially released in the year 2008. It has steadily taken over the market ever since and is being used on smartphones and tablets that are manufactured by numerous vendors, including Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Sony, and HTC.
In Q3 2013, Android captured 81.9% of total Smartphone sales, outpacing iOS and Windows Phone OS by a distinct margin. Interestingly, Android and the late-entrant Windows Phone OS were the only ones that registered a positive Y-O-Y growth in Q3 this year.
Android In The Early Days
Android, Inc. was founded in October 2003, in Palo Alto, California. At the time, the intent was to focus on developing a smart operating system for digital cameras. The company operated secretly, not revealing anything more than the fact that they were working on software for a mobile operating system…
Essential steps for securing your phone, and what else can be done to foil thieves
Comparing Security features by OSActivation Lock
Lost Mode also plays a role in Activation Lock, which is a new feature added in iOS 7. Built after Apple users rightfully complained that Find My iPhone wasn’t comprehensive enough, Activation Lock tries to close the loop by preventing a thief from reusing your device after you’ve accepted that it’s gone for good.
Running in the background from the moment you turn on Find My iPhone, Activation Lock pairs your Apple ID and password with the serial number of your handset in Apple’s servers. Your ID and password are then required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your handset, attempt to erase any data (that’s assuming they aren’t stopped by your password), reactivate your phone under a different account, or claim a new phone under your warranty. Activation Lock also remains in place if a thief tries to swap out your SIM card. If you happen to get your phone back and can’t remember your password, you can retrieve it by calling Apple support and properly identifying yourself.
College Athletes: The Key Ingredient in TV’s Bountiful Thanksgiving Food Chain
Schooled The Price of College Sports
Jeff Krolik Fox Sports
Much has been written this year about low-wage workers being compelled to work on Thanksgiving day, as major retail employers expand Black Friday holiday-selling hours. But this work-on-the-holiday reality has already been true for a while regarding another class of under-compensated laborers: College athletes.
The Thanksgiving weekend brings a dizzying assortment of college basketball tournaments and football games, a prelude to the latter’s bowl season, which now begins in mid-December and extends well into January. How quaint it is to think back on the day when everyone consumed their fill of football on New Year’s Day and then got back to other pastimes.
While the analogy isn’t perfect — and yes, some of these kids will eventually become millionaires — the exploitation of college athletes has become a major topic of conversation, as detailed in the recent documentary “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” which makes the case that universities and TV networks have created a multibillion-dollar business fueled by the free labor of young men, most of whom will never have a professional career.
Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (pictured), who did make it to the NFL, also noted the onerous restrictions placed on athletes, all part of the NCAA’s arcane rules designed to protect and preserve the ideal of amateurism. (“Schooled” was adapted from an exhaustive magazine piece by Taylor Branch that, if you have a couple of days, is well worth reading.)
Moreover, in the case of football, a lot of those guys face the prospect of debilitating injuries, as a separate doc, “Frontline’s” “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” outlined.
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera has been especially aggressive about calling out college sports for its hypocrisy, writing last June in regard to legal action instituted to compel the NCAA to compensate athletes, “the day is coming when the players will be paid. The only question is when.” (Lest anyone say “But these kids get free books and tuition,” true, but that’s a relative pittance based on the revenue the major collegiate sports bring in — a haul padded by escalating TV rights deals as well as the launch of regional networks dedicated to specific conferences.)
For now, though, the system remains as it has been for decades. Meanwhile, ESPN and other outlets hungrily clamor for every game they can get their hands on — in the Disney-owned sports titan’s case, even determining the schedule and dictating who plays when and where. It’s all because sports have become essentially the perfect food for television — a commodity people prefer to watch live, in an age where delayed viewing and DVRs are seriously threatening the old models.
It’s easy, of course, to blame greedy schools and networks for the current inequities, but let’s face it, everyone who plops on the couch and watches basketball or football over the long weekend (yours truly included) is complicit in supporting the system as presently constituted. Notably, ESPN’s hoops coverage this season got off to a strong start.
Perhaps that’s why college athletics are so well positioned to weather the criticism. Because at this point, the only thing more traditional about Thanksgiving than family and a portion from that juicy Butterball is the big helping of football and basketball that follows.
The first thing you’ll need to do, even before downloading the app, is set up your Google Music account. Visit play.google.com/music using your computer or tablet to enable the service for your account. You’ll need to add a credit card to the account just in case you decide to purchase music at some point.
It’s for that reason, I believe, that Google doesn’t allow users to set up a Google Music account using the app. This is something that has to be done via the Web site.
Get your music to Google
Google allows you to upload music you already own to its service. You can upload a total of 20,000 songs before being cut off.
To get your music to Google’s cloud you’ll need to use its Google Music Manager app. By visiting your Play Music profile you can find a download link for the music manager.
Once it’s downloaded and installed, sign in to your Google account, point it to the folder you keep all of your music in, and let it do the rest. The initial upload time period may be pretty lengthy, so be patient.
As part of the iOS release, Google is offering iOS users a month of its streaming-radio service, All Access, for free. After the first month you’ll be charged $9.99 per month for access to Google’s entire catalog.
The service works similarly to Pandora or even iTunes Radio. You can set up stations based on a single song or artist. There are no ads, and you get unlimited skips with Goggle’s All Access service.
Twitter Now Lets Advertisers Target Users By Mobile OS Version, Mobile Device & Wi-Fi Connectivity | TechCrunch
Twitter is not the only social service to help drive mobile app installs through ads – Facebook, too, has seen its mobile ads become a major growth driver in general, and its Mobile App Ads have driven over 145 million app installs this year, the company announced last month.
Twitter also points out that app marketers aren’t necessarily the only ones who could benefit from its new capabilities, however. Telco marketers may want to reach those users on select devices, or target those who are nearing an upgrade. Other campaigns may have a need to identify users by mobile OS version, device or Wi-Fi connectivity, too.
Already the company allows advertisers to target by other metrics, including gender, interests, and location, among other things, and the updated dashboard allows for a deeper analysis across these lines, showing things like impressions, engagements (clicks, retweets, etc.), ad spend and more.
No Free Shots: How Walmart Responds to Social Media Haters - Digiday
Interesting take on “damage control” in the age of social media, but I’m not sure people are really buying it. I think most people see it as spin and just walk away. They no longer engage because they don’t see the point if all they get in return are stats and prepared statements.
Over the past two years, the growth in Twitter activity around TV shows has been nothing short of remarkable. Tweets about live TV and the number of Twitter authors talking about TV programming are both increasing in double-digit fashion, steadily broadening the landscape at a record pace.
And with this extraordinary growth has come opportunity. But until now, TV networks, advertisers and agencies haven’t had a way to measure the true impact of this social TV phenomenon. Today, however, the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating provides that comprehensive picture, measuring both Twitter TV-specific activity (authors, Tweets) and reach (unique audience, impressions).
For perspective on the relationship between authors and audience, an initial analysis of Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings reveals that the Twitter TV audience for an episode is, on average, 50 times larger than the authors who are generating Tweets. For example, if 2,000 are Tweeting about a program, 100,000 people are seeing those Tweets. This multiplier varies across programs, with the early data indicating that the ratio of the audience to the authors generally decreases (meaning the multiplier is smaller) as the number of authors sending Tweets about an episode increases. That’s because of the increasing overlap of followers as the number of Twitter authors grows. Comparatively, a single follower is increasingly likely to follow multiple authors.