Applelinks iOS News Reader - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

GivingTuesday a National Giving Day (Penence For Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday Excess?)
Why Apple Won’t Add This Cool Feature To Your iPad Or iOS 7
Obamacare & Washington Problems Are Impacting The Holiday Shopping Season - SOASTA Survey
Broadcasting - Not Social Networks - Is The Key Communication Medium In Emergencies: ITU Report
Apple's iPads Are Doing Well - iPad Search Term The Leader By A Significant Margin
Using The iPhone 5s/5c For Small Business
Roughly 40% of Black Friday iPads Bought By Android Users
iPhone Sales Slip In Europe As Windows Phone Claims Over 10% Market Share
Microsoft Surface No iPad Rival for Web Usage - Study
Research and Markets: Global Packaged Software Market 2012-2016: Global Tablet Market Expected to Grow By 40% During the Period 2013-2014


GivingTuesday a National Giving Day (Penence For Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday Excess?)

The unofficial pre-Christmas holiday isn't over yet. "GivingTuesday" (December 3, 2013.) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, encouraging giving and sharing. It was launched in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a New York non-profit community centre, in partnership with the UN Foundation. In Giving Tuesday'a first time out last year, its organizers report that online charitable giving in the U.S. jumped 53 percent, with more than 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday partners from all 50 states of the United States, and the collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helping fuel a marked increase in charitable giving. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, Giving Tuesday wants the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday, asking that partners create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks and to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.


This year GivingTuesday has expanded to Canada as the “opening day of the giving season,” for charities, companies and individuals to join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too," GivingTuesday Canada says on its Website. (

For more information about Giving Tuesday, visit:

Why Apple Won’t Add This Cool Feature To Your iPad Or iOS 7

Mac360's Kate Mackenzie notes that one highly-desirable feature other tablets have but that you’re not likely to see in an iPad any time soon is multiple use accounts, making more than one user space possible on the same tablet, each with their own user space for photos, music, contacts, calendar, email and files.

OS X supports multiple users, and Ms. MacKenzie observes that there’s no technological reason why iOS can't support multiple user accounts, too, but Apple prefers that instead of sharing an iPad between two or three people in a household, they'd rather everyone have their own iPad, which of course means Apple makes more money.

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Obamacare & Washington Problems Are Impacting The Holiday Shopping Season - SOASTA Survey

Forty-four percent of Americans say the problems in Washington D.C. have affected their decision to shop online for the holidays this year, according to cloud and mobile testing specialists SOASTA, who have analyzed how the botched rollout of Obamacare Website Exchanges and in-fighting between lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are likely to impact the 2013 holiday shopping season in an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of SOASTA, polling 2,038 Americans 18 and older, with data weighted to be representative of the entire country.

In the latest installment of its 2013 Holiday Retail Readiness Survey, SOASTA discovered that 44% of Americans say the problems in Washington D.C. (the government shutdown, the concerns about the default, and the upcoming budget battles in January and February) have affected their decision to shop online for the holidays this year. Their reasons include:

24% - Because there are better deals online than in stores
22% - There are more deals online than in stores
19% - I don’t want to spend money on gas driving from store to store
15% - There is just too much uncertainty at the start of 2014 to spend much money on the holidays
4% - If money is tight at the start of 2014 it will be easier to return gifts for money

An overwhelming percentage of Americans (77%) felt that retailers should take some sort of action with their websites and apps this holiday season after the problems with the online Obamacare Health Exchanges, including:

53% feel companies should test their websites for performance issues more often
19% think companies should say when their site was last tested
44% think companies should focus more on testing and less on marketing
36% think companies should test their apps more
16% think companies should say when their apps were last tested

“The problems with the Obamacare exchange rollout shows how crucial testing is for website and app deployment,” says Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO. "Throughout our extensive experience with 9 out of 10 of the world’s biggest online retailers, we have learned that if you don't get the user experience right the first time, consumers will go somewhere else. The problems with the Obamacare online exchanges have made consumers more aware than ever before about how crucial it is to test websites – whether it’s for retail or for healthcare.”

“What was interesting about this data was how much of an impact what happens in Washington has on spending and shopping for the holidays,” says Regina A. Corso, Senior Vice President, Harris Poll and Public Relations. “When over two in five Americans say that the mess in DC and the potential for another one in January/February impacts how they are going to shop, retailers need to take notice and adjust their plans accordingly.”

The survey results come as SOASTA prepares many of the top online retailers today for the busy holiday season by providing a mobile test automation solution that ensures websites and mobile apps work as planned, while catering to hundreds of thousands of concurrent users. For more information, go to:

Broadcasting - Not Social Networks - Is The Key Communication Medium In Emergencies: ITU Report

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) held a Workshop last week on Emergency Broadcasting, to highlight the importance of international cooperation needed to enhance the reach of broadcasting in emergency situations, such as in the Philippines, which was recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and the cyclones that have battered the coastal districts of eastern India.

A new ITU Report on Emergency Broadcasting on the essential role of terrestrial radio and television broadcasting will be finalized by April 2014 and made available online free of charge. The Report will be compiled by co-Rapporteurs to Study Group 6, Lynn Claudy (National Association of Broadcasters, USA) and Gary Stanley (Babcock International Group, U.K.).

“Emergency broadcasting plays a critical role in the rapid dissemination of information to the public, and is a key element in helping save lives in the aftermath of natural disasters,” says ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “The ITU Report on Emergency Broadcasting will provide broadcasters, first responders and the general public important information on how to prepare for natural disasters and their aftermath.”

The strong ITU emphasis on traditional information dissemination modalities likely won't set well with with those who advocate social media as the avant garde solution to everything, but the Twitterverse has far less comprehensive reach than old school media, and its thoroughgoing devotees who complain about disaster information agencies focusing primarily on radio and T.V. rather than, say, Twitter are an example of what internet activist Eli Pariser dubbed a “filter bubble” ( - a high-tech ghetto that tends to shield some social networking aficionados from cognizance of the real world. Twitter may be the nexus of their universe, but it doesn't even register in the worlds of many people, including a large proportion of those who have computer and/or cellphone access.

The ITU notes that for many decades, radio and television broadcasters have been the primary source of critical information to the public in the event of disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, snowstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and even terrorist attacks and industrial catastrophes. Due to their wide coverage, broadcasting services are more likely to survive such events than other communication networks.

Radio and television broadcasting provides reliable point-to-multipoint delivery of essential information and safety advice to the public as well as to first responders and others via widely available consumer receivers, both mobile and fixed. Even in cases where electricity and mobile-phone base stations are no longer available, reception of broadcast signals is still possible with battery-operated receivers in cars and in hand-held devices such as mobile phones equipped with a radio or TV receiver.

“The Workshop addressed key issues related to broadcasting as a means of communicating to the public during emergencies and how it fulfils these requirements most reliably and effectively,” says Mr. François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau.

“With the number of natural disasters and other large-scale emergency situations on the rise around the world, as we have seen with the devastation caused by the recent Typhoon Haiyan, it is absolutely essential that the public is provided the necessary emergency information quickly, comprehensively and accurately,” comments Christoph Dosch, Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 6 (Broadcasting service). “Terrestrial television and radio broadcasters provide the fastest, reliable and most effective means of delivering information to the public in these critical situations.”

A Video interview is available on ITU’s YouTube channel:

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Apple's iPads Are Doing Well - iPad Search Term The Leader By A Significant Margin

Forbes' Chuck Jones reports that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Black Friday survey showed that of the consumers who bought consumer electronics (CE) 55% did so on-line, vs. 45% last year. Of the 35% that bought a CE product tablets at 29% were the most popular item with headphones in second at 24%, video game hardware third at 21%, smartphones at 19% and laptop/notebook computers rounded out the top five at 17%. Additionally when purchase intentions for the weekend are included tablets would be bought by 39% of consumers.

Jones also cites InfoScout data that Apple’s iPads are among the most popular items at Target and Walmart. Google Trends allows you to run comparisons between search terms to see how they compare relatively to each other. The highest data point is given a value of 100 (week of October 20-26) and all the other data points are scaled in relation that it.

He nnotes that the weekly numbers show the iPad to have been the consistent leader by a wide margin and that Microsoft’s Surface, Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 are in the single to mid-teens range.

For the full report visit here:

Using The iPhone 5s/5c For Small Business

Forbes' Lisa Wirthman report that with a billion smartphones expected to be sold by year’s end, it’s clear the market has reached a tipping point: 2013 will be the first year that smartphones account for a majority of mobile phone shipments worldwide, reports International Data Corp (IDC). Apple’s iPhone 5s, an early success with consumers, helped drive strong third-quarter sales of smartphones this year. Will its more powerful processor and improved security also make it a hit with small businesses?

Ms. Wirtman notes that with its improved 64-bit processing, productivity and security, the iPhone 5s has plenty of new features with small-business appeal., and time will tell whether these features stand up to small-businesses’ needs–and whether smartphones can truly be transformed into reliable business computing platforms.

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Roughly 40% of Black Friday iPads Bought By Android Users

InfoScout Blog's Alexandre Linares reports that InfoScout analysts had the opportunity to observe and analyze Black Friday tablet purchases in real-time, with their U.S.-based panel of Android & iOS users submitting over 90,000 shopping trip receipts within the day, giving them plenty of data to work with. The data showed that iPads are this year’s hottest commodity, and that roughly 40% of Black Friday iPad purchases could be attributed to existing Android smartphone users.

Linares suggests that this discovery clearly poses a challenge for Android moving forward and heightens the importance of Chromecast as Google competes for mindshare in the living room of the future.

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iPhone Sales Slip In Europe As Windows Phone Claims Over 10% Market Share

The Register's Shaun Nichols reports that Apple's iPhones are losing ground in Europe as consumers increasingly opt for Android and Windows Phone handsets, according to researchers, citing research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech whose analysts found that over the third quarter of this year, Apple saw its share of the market in Germany, France, and the UK decline over the same period in 2012, a sign that the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c failed to attract consumers as did the launch of the iPhone 5. Moreover Apple's overall share of the European market shrank on the quarter from 20.8 percent to 15.8 percent, while Android saw its share of the market climb to 70.9 percent and Windows Phone reeled in a 10.2 percent share of the market, up from just 4.8 percent for the previous year's quarter.

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Microsoft Surface No iPad Rival for Web Usage - Study

The VAR Guy's DH Kass says users may be buying Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface 2 and the original, albeit beleaguered, Surface RT in greater numbers of late - prodded by the holiday-induced, $199 floor-dropping prices - but both versions of the tablet are getting crushed by Apple’s (AAPL) iPad in web usage.

KAss observes that following Surface 2’s debut Oct. 22, online ad network researcher Chitika compiled web usage data for Surface RT and the new platform for a month and released its figures Nov. 26, finding that Surface RT and Surface 2 together account for a scant 1 percent of total tablet-related Internet traffic in North America, with the latter barely registering any activity, and tablet-generated Web access thoroughly dominated by the iPad, which is responsible for 80 percent of all Internet traffic from the hardware platform.

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Research and Markets: Global Packaged Software Market 2012-2016: Global Tablet Market Expected to Grow By 40% During the Period 2013-2014

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Global Packaged Software Market 2012-2016" report to their offering.

The analysts forecast the Global Packaged Software market to grow at a CAGR of 6.93 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in IT spending by BRIC nations. The Global Packaged Software market has also been witnessing the increasing demand for tablets and smartphones. However, the increasing demand for open-source, third-party software could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

The key vendors dominating this market space are IBM corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., and SAP AG.

Other vendors mentioned in the report are Apple Inc., The Attachmate Group Inc., BMC Software Inc., CA Technologies Inc., Citrix Systems Inc., EMC Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., HCL Technologies Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co., Hitachi Ltd., Intel Corp., Kaspersky Lab, NEC Corp., NetApp Inc., Red Hat Inc., Symantec Corp., Trend Micro Inc., and VMware Inc.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from the team said: "The increasing demand for smartphones is expected to propel the growth of the Global Packaged Software market to a considerable level. There has been a rapid increase in consumers who prefer mobile devices to PCs in terms of internet usage. This dependence has increased the demand for packaged software. In addition, the Tablet market is expected to grow by 40 percent during the period 2013-2014, largely assisted by Apple's iPad mini, Google's Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble's NOOK devices. Additionally, employees working in various organizations are taking their own mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to their workplace and connecting them to their company's network. These devices also facilitate remote access to data and help employees remain productive at all times even when they are not at their workstations. The increasing number of devices used with company networks is increasing the need for IT security and storage, thus driving the growth of the market."

According to the report, one of the major drivers of the market is the increased IT spending by emerging markets. The BRIC countries are expected to dominate the market as they hold a major market share among the emerging markets. The increased IT spending will contribute considerably to the growth of the Global Packaged Software market during the forecast period.

Further, the report states that an important challenge curtailing the growth of the Global Packaged Software market is the increase in software piracy worldwide. According to a survey, digital software piracy has been costing the Packaged Software industry more than US$64 billion annually.

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