Applelinks iOS News Reader - Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Samsung Extends Smartphone Sales Lead In Q3 2012, Widening Gap With Apple
Sharing Office Documents Between Windows And iPad Better Than Using iWork
iPad Mini Creating More Demand Than It Cannibalizes
Skava Report: Only 7% of Top 100 US Retailers Have Tablet Optimized Websites ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Belkin Expands Keyboard Case Lineup to New Apple iPad mini
New Dropcam iPad App Lets Users Keep an Eye on the Things They Care About From Anywhere
Fisheye + Wide Angle (+Macro) + 2X + 9X + 12X Telephoto Lens Combo for iPhone 5
TAAZ Enables Women to Try the Latest Hairstyles From Their iPhone
Infrared Thermometer For Smartphones Takes Body (+ Cooking, Automotive, Construction, Etc.) Temperatures Without Contact in Less than One Second
NCP Engineering's Secure Enterprise VPN Server Now Integrates with Apple iOS Devices



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Samsung Extends Smartphone Sales Lead In Q3 2012, Widening Gap With Apple

Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users reached almost 428 million units in the third quarter of 2012, a 3.1 percent decline from the third quarter of 2011, according to Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales accounted for 39.6 percent of total mobile phone sales, as smartphone sales increased 46.9 percent from the third quarter of 2011. While the mobile phone market declined year-on-year, Gartner analysts said there were positive signs for the industry during the third quarter.

"After two consecutive quarter of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both mature and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. In China, sales of mobile phones grew driven by sales of smartphones, while demand of feature phones remained weak. In mature markets, we finally saw replacement sales pick up with the launch of new devices in the quarter.

Smartphones continued to fuel sales of mobile phones worldwide with sales rising to 169.2 million units in the third quarter of 2012. The smartphone market was dominated by Apple and Samsung. Both vendors together controlled 46.5 percent of smartphone market leaving a handful of vendors fighting over a distant third spot, said Mr. Gupta.

Nokia slipped from No. 3 in the second quarter of 2012 to No. 7 in smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2012. RIM moved to the No. 3 spot with HTC not far behind, at No. 4. Both HTC and RIM have seen their sales declining in past few quarters, and the challenges might prevent them from holding on to their current rankings in coming quarters, added Mr. Gupta.

While seasonality in the fourth quarter of 2012 will help end-of-year mobile phone sales to end users, Gartner analysts said that there will be a lower-than-usual boost from the holiday season. Consumers are either cautious with their spending or finding new gadgets like tablets, as more attractive presents.

Samsungs mobile phones sales continued to accelerate, totaling almost 98 million units in the third quarter of 2012 (see Table 1), up 18.6 percent year-on-year. Samsung saw strong demand for Galaxy smartphones across different price points, and it further widened the gap with Apple in the smartphone market, selling 55 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2012. It commanded 32.5 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2012.

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Nokia's mobile phone sales declined 21.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012, but overall sales at 82.3 million were better than Gartners early estimate, largely driven by increased sales of the Asha full touch range. Nokia had a particularly bad quarter with smartphone sales, and it tumbled to the No. 7 worldwide position with 7.2 million smartphones sold in the third quarter. The arrival of the new Lumia devices on Windows 8 should help to halt the decline in share in the fourth quarter of 2012, although it wont be until 2013 to see a significant improvement in Nokias position.

Apples sales to end users totaled 23.6 million units in the third quarter of 2012, up 36.2 percent year-on-year. We saw inventory built up into the channel as Apple prepared for the coming holiday season, global expansions and the launch into China in the fourth quarter of 2012, said Mr. Gupta. With iPhone 5 launching in more territories in the fourth quarter of 2012, including China, and the upcoming holiday season Gartner analysts expect Apple will have its traditionally strongest quarter.

In the smartphone market, Android continued to increase its market share, up 19.9 percentage points in the third quarter of 2012. Although RIM lost market share, it climbed to the No. 3 position as Symbian is nearing the end of its lifecycle. There was also channel destocking in preparation of new device launches for RIM, which resulted into 8.9 million sales to end users in the third quarter of 2012. With the launch of iPhone 5, Gartner analysts expect iOS share will grow strongly in the fourth quarter of 2012 because users held on to their replacements in many markets ahead of the iPhone 5 wider roll out. Windows Phones share weakened quarter-on-quarter as the Windows Phone 8 launch dampened demand of Windows Phone 7 devices.

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Additional information can be found in the Gartner report "Market Share: Mobile Phones by Region and Country, 3Q12." The report is available on Gartner's website at:
http://www.gartner.com/resId=2236115






Sharing Office Documents Between Windows And iPad Better Than Using iWork

PCWorld’s Lincoln Spector notes that none of Apple’s iWork programs play well with Dropbox, and that as near as he can tell, that's intentional, however, on a Windows PC, Dropbox integrates itself with the operating system's own file management system, making it compatible with everything.

Unhappily (in many more contexts than just this one, Ed.) the iOS doesn't have a user-accessory file management system. Instead, every app manages its own files, decides what other apps it will share those files, and how it will share them.

Sime folks think that's an iOS virtue that makes things simpler. Spector disagrees, noting that when you're really trying to get work done efficiently, storing documents with your word processor and spreadsheets with your spreadsheet program makes things more complicated in the long run than just logically grouping all files for a particular project, for example in a common folder.

Spector notes that Apple's iWork apps will accept documents sent from Dropbox, but won't send them back, leaving as your best option the kludgy workaround of emailing the file back to yourself, and compounding the obtuseness, iWork apps can read both old and new MS Office document formats, but can only write the old format.

Spector suggests that best solution for those of us who bridle at moving entirely into the Apple universe, is to give up on the iWork apps, and suggests checking out one of several iPad office suites that compete with iWork. For example, Office2 HD includes built-in Dropbox, includes word processor spreadsheet, and presentation, modules, and sells for $8.50.

For the full report, visit here:
http://bit.ly/TJyLXq






iPad Mini Creating More Demand Than It Cannibalizes

AllThingsD's John Paczkowski says that while theres no doubt the full-size iPad will suffer some iPad mini cannibalization, according to a survey from Cowen and Co., the effect may turn out to be minor, if not inconsequential, with Cowan's research metrics indicating that more than 50 percent of iPad mini buyers are acquiring their first tablet computer, and just 16.6 percent saying the mini iscintended it as a replacement for another device. And in those intances, in only 29 percent of cases the gadget being replaced was an iPad.

For the full report, visit here:
http://dthin.gs/UCCfho






Skava Report: Only 7% of Top 100 US Retailers Have Tablet Optimized Websites ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Skava, a provider of multi-touch point retail technology, has announced the results of their "The Impact of Tablet for Retailers 2012" survey, which confirms that only seven percent of the top 100 US retailers have optimized their websites for tablet devices. This comes ahead of the busiest week of the year for the retail sector, yet online retailers are not catering to the unique requirements of Tablet shoppers who are more lucrative online shoppers than their smartphone counterparts. The report notes that 95% of retailers' ecommerce websites are optimized for smartphones[1], yet a tablet shopper is almost four times more likely to purchase goods online than those using a smartphone (2.3% for tablet as compared to 0.6% for smartphone visitors)[2]. The report outlines the necessity for optimizing tablet shoppers online experience, and how they should be catered to differently by online retailers.

"Online retailers have recently seen a large increase in tablet traffic and they are beginning to stand up and take notice," says Arish Ali, Co-founder and President, Skava Inc. "We are set to launch a number of tablet optimized sites for several leading retailers in the coming weeks and we anticipate that in 2013 many more will follow the trend. We work with many of the top tier retailers who are looking to create much more engaging, on brand and interactive experience on the tablet to cater to the lucrative tablet owner, and at Skava we are making their vision a reality."

Market research firm Forrester predicts that by 2016, one in three Americans will own a Tablet[3] and Tablet e-commerce traffic is growing exponentially, already surpassing traditional smartphone traffic. This news that only seven percent of retailers have tablet optimized sites comes despite the fact that a tablet shopper is more affluent and spends more time on their tablet compared to any other device. The average purchase for a tablet shopper is 153% higher than that of a smartphone shopper, with their average purchase equating to $123. This is even higher than the average desktop shopper who spends $102 on an average purchase online 2.

The report includes a guide to retailers on best practices on how to develop tablet websites. By developing a tablet optimized website, retailers can create a far more engaging experience for shoppers, leading to a higher conversion rate in terms of visits to purchases. Skava has developed a whitepaper outlining the profile of a tablet shopper and how retailers can take advantage of the opportunity. To view the full report click here.
https://skava.wufoo.com/forms/the-impact-of-tablet-for-retailers/

[1] Stats generated by a study made by Skava on the top 100 online retailers.

[2] Adobe Digital Marketing Report, The Impact of Tablet Visitors on Retail Websites.

[3] Sucharita Mulpuru & Sarah Rotman Epps with Patti Freeman Evans, Douglas Roberge, Why Tablet Commerce May Soon Trump Mobile Commerce, Forrester Report, July 25, 2011.

Skava is a leading provider of mobile and omni-commerce solutions to many of top tier retailers in the US. The Skava platform converts their e-commerce platform across mobile web, tablet, Facebook and in-store technologies. Skava clients include: Macy's, Gap, Bloomingdales, Sears, Kohls, Staples and Banana Republic






Belkin Expands Keyboard Case Lineup to New Apple iPad mini

Belkin today announced the launch of a new portable keyboard folio for the iPad mini. Designed to provide a better typing experience in a smaller package, the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case combines a removable keyboard and convenient folio in one slim, lightweight design.

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"Because the iPad mini enjoys most of the same features as a full-sized iPad, it only makes sense to offer a scaled down version of our award-winning keyboard folio for the iPad mini," says Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. "No matter the size of the device, people want an alternative to touchscreen typing that is comfortable, intuitive and accurate, and our new portable keyboard gives them that option."

With a laptop-style keyboard and well-spaced keys for its size, the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini helps reduce typing mistakes common on tablets. It also connects simply via Bluetooth wireless technology and has iPad mini-specific shortcut keys to easily control audio and video. The integrated folio offers sleek, low-profile protection with a smooth inner lining to protect against everyday wear and tear. When not in use, the keyboard folds flat into the case making it easy to pack away and go.

Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini (F5L145) sells for $79.99

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Features:
• Well-spaced keys with tactile feedback for accurate typing
• Shortcut keys for easy media control
• Connects to iPad mini via Bluetooth
• Durable exterior and soft inner lining
• Removable keyboard for more comfortable, convenient typing angles
• Keyboard folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for on the go
• 155 hours active battery life
• Includes USB-to-mini-USB cable for easy recharging
• Camera-lens cutout

The Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com and will be available at Belkin.com and Walmart later in November. It also will be available in Canada at Best Buy and Future Shop.

To learn more, visit:
http://www.belkin.com/






New Dropcam iPad App Lets Users Keep an Eye on the Things They Care About From Anywhere

Dropcam, Inc., makers of Dropcam HD - the award-winning Wi-Fi video camera with cloud-based monitoring and DVR service - has released Dropcam for iPad in the Apple App Store. The free app enables Dropcam users to view live video streams of up to four cameras simultaneously as well as receive activity alerts and capture photos. Subscribers of the Cloud-based DVR service can access their video timelines and create and share video clips from their iPads.

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An iPad paired with a Dropcam is now, short of being there, the best way to check in on the people and places you care about.

"The iPad has fundamentally changed consumer expectations of software and media consumption, so it's no surprise that our users were clamoring for a native app," says Dropcam CEO and Co-Founder Greg Duffy. "An iPad paired with a Dropcam is now, short of being there, the best way to check in on the people and places you care about."

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Customers simply log into their Dropcam account on an iPad to:
• View Four Cameras at Once: The Dropcam app has a full-motion multi-camera view of up to four cameras at a time. Users can now view multiple rooms to keep an eye on the nursery, kitchen, living room, and entryway all from one screen.
• Review Events: Using cutting edge-data analysis and motion/audio sensing, Dropcam automatically sends an alert or email when something happens, and users can switch to the app to see what is going on.
• Snap Photos: While watching a video stream on their iPad, users can snap a photo and it is automatically saved to their iPad photo library.
• Share and Save Video: DVR subscribers see a graphical timeline of events with thumbnails. They can capture and save key moments from the family dogs latest trick to the baby standing up in her crib using My Clips. The clips can be shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter and they always reside on Dropcams secure servers making them accessible anytime from a Mac, PC, and now iPad.
• Dropcam for iPad is free in the Apple App Store and supports iPad 2, the third and fourth generation iPads, and iPad mini. The iPad app works with all Dropcam models: Dropcam HD, Dropcam Echo, and Dropcam Original. In addition to Dropcam for iPad, there are also Dropcam apps available for Android devices, iPhone and iPod touch.

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Dropcam is claimed to be the only Wi-Fi video monitoring camera that offers truly simple, intuitive, and fast setup with intelligent monitoring features so people can check in on the things they care about from anywhere in the world 24/7. Dropcam utilizes bank-level security to encrypt all video and stores it securely offsite in the cloud so users can rest assured that no one but them can ever access their video. Dropcam HD includes night vision, digital zoom and two-way talk back so users can respond to what theyre watching as it happens. Users can also set up email and activity alerts triggered by Dropcams motion and sound sensing technology.

System Requirements:
• Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Free

Dropcam HD is available on Amazon and dropcam.com for $149.

App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropcam/id351175162?mt=8






Fisheye + Wide Angle (+Macro) + 2X + 9X + 12X Telephoto Lens Combo for iPhone 5

This lens combo package includes:
- 180 Fisheye Lens for iPhone 5
- Wide Angle Lens (+ Macro Lens) for iPhone 5
- (Macro Lens) for iPhone 5 (see note below)
- 2X Telephoto Lens for iPhone 5
- 9X Telephoto Case for iPhone 5
- 12X Telephoto for iPhone 5

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The selected lens provides all the basic elements for a pro SDLR / iPhone 5 camera.

Features:
- One Package for Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens (+Macro Lens), 2X, 9X and 12X Telephoto Lenses
- One Back Cover for All Lens
- With Tripod for taking pictures under extreme situation.
- Suitable for other professional tripod (Diameter 1/4" (1/4"-20" or 1/4-20) thread)
- Independent Back Cover, when you don't need any lens, just screw them off then you can go.

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This accessory is compatible with:
- Apple iPhone 5

You can also buy the lens as follows to make your iPhone 4 a more powerful phototaking tool.
- Threaded (Screw On) Glass 190 Fisheye Lens
- Threaded (Screw On) 4X Telephoto Lens
- Threaded (Screw On) Mini Glass 0.5X Super Wide Angle Lens
- Threaded (Screw On) CPL (circular Polarized Lens) Lens
- Threaded (Screw On) 20X Super Macro Lens
- 60X ~ 100X zoomable Telescope / Super Macro lens

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Colors Available (Back Cover only):
- Smoky Black (pre-set case to be shipped)
- Black

USB Fever Advantages:
- Back cover can let you attach with a handstrap, neckstrap
- Back cover does not block the flashlight (see the pictures above), unlike other lens set in the market
- Back cover can let you use with more lens, see the list above or check the LENS DIY set here
- Our Back cover got 2 color: Black and Smoky Black, smoky black is the default color to ship while black is an additional option.
- High quality lenses

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Package Contents:
- Wide Angle (+ Marco Lens) Lens x 1
- Fisheye Lens x 1
- 2X Telephoto Lens x 1
- 9X Telescope with manual fine tune x 1
- Super 12X Telescope with manual fine tune x 1
- Back Hard Case (Back cover) x 1
- Cell Phone holder (Clipper) x 1
- Holder Ring (attaching to the 12X Telephoto) x 1
- Mini Tripod x 1

Notes:
- The Back cover included in this package is just for the Lens in this package, not suitable for other lens in our shop unless otherwise specified.
- Only one back cover will be shipped.
- The Wide angle lens has included a Macro Lens inside, so there will be not a individual Macro Lens. please note.
- The Fisheye lens to be shipped may be also come with a macro lens.

US$104.99

For more information, visit:
http://usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2891






TAAZ Enables Women to Try the Latest Hairstyles From Their iPhone

TAAZ Inc. has announced the availability of its iPhone app that allows women to virtually try on hairstyles on their own face/photo right from their phones. Instead of tearing out pictures from magazines and taking them to a stylist, women can now easily see a myriad of hairstyles on their own faces right from their iPhone.

With the TAAZ iPhone app, women can safely experiment and stay up to date with the latest hairstyles by simply uploading their photo and trying hundreds of color and cut combinations to instantly see how they will look. Using the iPhone app, women can find a new look and share it with friends to get their opinions before making a change. When the perfect new hairstyle is found, women can show their stylist to make it happen. Women can now be more adventurous and bold in their style changes because of the certainty they have in how they will look.

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"We want to empower women to confidently make decisions about their personal style,"says David Schafer, general manager at TAAZ. "What better way to eliminate the fear and uncertainty that surrounds a new cut or style than by allowing women to see how they will look with that new bold color and cut."

The iPhone app uses the core technology that powers TAAZ.com, where users can apply hair and makeup changes to an uploaded photo, creating a virtual makeover. In addition to beauty products, TAAZ technology is used for fashion accessories like sunglasses and jewelry, and by top beauty brands, retailers and media companies, including InStyle, Real Simple, Laura Mercier, Este Lauder and Marks & Spencer.

For more information, visit:
http://www.taaz.com

The mobile try-on app can be found in the iTunes store at:
http://bit.ly/Z1tbkP






Infrared Thermometer For Smartphones Takes Body (+ Cooking, Automotive, Construction, Etc.) Temperatures Without Contact in Less than One Second

Fraden Corporation (http://www.fraden.com) and President Dr. Jacob Fraden, inventor of the ThermoScan Ear Thermometer and the holder of over 50 patents, with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Braun, and Gillette, have announced the grant of a U.S. patent for Wireless Communication Device with Integrated Electromagnetic Radiation Sensors for its new Infrared (IR) Thermometer Technology with built-in module for smartphones to remotely take temperatures without any contact with a person or object.

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Clinically Accurate Smartphone Thermometer for Parents with Small Children, Nurses, Doctors, & Caregivers

Now available for licensing to qualified companies with a significant presence in the mobile phone market, the Fraden Smartphone Sensing patented technology and IP (Intellectual Property) employs a non-contact infrared sensor built into a smartphone or tablet to instantly and accurately measure patient temperature in less than one second with absolutely no contact with the human body. A priceless feature for parents with small children, nurses, doctors, caregivers or anyone that has ever had trouble taking a temperature, the sensor accurately detects infrared signals that naturally emanate from any surface. Just aim the smartphone at the face and it automatically takes the internal body temperature. A small infrared lens is positioned near the camera lens, with no protruding parts, making the device appear identical to existing smartphones.

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The sensor's wide range, from -22 F to +400F, offers broad applications in taking temperatures of not only humans, but also of inanimate objects in the home environment, such as kitchen (cooking and refrigeration), bathroom (baby bath water temperature), school (science class), and industry (automotive and production machinery, chemical processes, energy management, and construction).

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"Most smartphone models differ little from one another, with only small evolutionary changes. The vendor with breakthrough functions for real world everyday use, like reading a child's temperature, can distance themselves from their competitors. We believe this new patent can be a significant competitive differentiator for a smartphone manufacturer," sas Dr. Jacob Fraden, President of Fraden Corporation, a co-inventor of the technology and expert in non-contact temperature measurements, a holder of over 50 patents and the inventor of the Thermoscan ear thermometer.

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"We believe that major conveniences afforded by built-in sensors, particularly thermal infrared sensors and their low incremental cost in smartphones, represent a compelling proposition for the manufacturers," adds co-inventor Dr. David Pintsov.

Fraden Infrared Thermometer for Smartphone Technology Features:
• Patented technology U.S. issued and world pending patents.
• No comparable products on the market a great differentiator for the smartphone industry.
• Minimal incremental cost.
• Non-protruding, works with digital camera in smartphone.
• Quick time to market.
• Very easy to use.
• Instant response, less than 1 second.
• Computes the body's inner temperature (medical mode).
• Clinical accuracy meets ISO standards.
• Measures temperatures of inanimate objects (food, water, buildings, machinery, circuit boards, etc.).
• Small (2.5 mm) infrared (IR) lens is located next to the digital camera lens.
• Technology is expandable to thermal imaging, UV and EMF pollution exposure and others.

Technology Now Available for Licensing

The Fraden Smartphone Sensing Technology and IP are now available for licensing to qualified companies with a significant presence in the mobile phone market. For more information, see the website:
http://fraden.com/ourclients.html
or
http://www.fraden.com





NCP Engineering's Secure Enterprise VPN Server Now Integrates with Apple iOS Devices

NCP engineering has announced the NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Server now integrates with Apple's iOS to perform certificate-based authentication to control network access of iPhones and iPads.

In this era of Bring-Your-Own-Device, users increasingly prefer to access the company network via various devices, often applying a standard username and password across them all. With its iOS secure authentication, NCP enables IT administrators to use certificates to control assignment rights on these end devices without interfering with the user-determined username and passwords.

Key Facts:

• Apple's mobile device management (MDM) distributes various certificates to all authorized iOS devices. When users establish VPN tunnels from their devices, the NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Server uses these certificates to determine whether the user is accessing the network via a notebook, iPad or iPhone and subsequently assigns centrally-defined rights.

• This enables network administrators to, for example, allow a Windows or Mac OS X notebook full access rights, while limiting iOS devices to partial access to the central network. Users are unable to decipher or manipulate the certificates, significantly reducing the risk of certifications being duplicated for unauthorized devices.

• With its iOS compatibility, NCP enables end users and enterprises to leverage the latest devices and operating systems, while maintaining secure remote access with its easy-to-use yet powerful VPN software. NCP's hybrid Secure Enterprise VPN Server is also available for Windows and Linux in 32 and 64 bit versions and supports all VPN technologies.

For more information about NCP engineering and its centrally managed enterprise VPN solution, visit:
http://www.ncp-e.com



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