Monday, 17 October 2011

Smartphone Market expected to Surpass $15b by 2013

By 2013, the smart phone applications market is expected to surpass $15 billion, up from $1.94 billion in 2009 according to research2guidance. The surge will be attributed to the dramatic increase in the amount of smart phone users, which should top 1 billion in 2013.

Plenty of companies are benefiting from this increase in attention, like Glu Mobile makers of original games like Beat It! And Brain Genius to NetSuite who gears its applications towards financial and customer management needs.

There are also niche markets emerging, Vringo, recently unveiled its Facetones(TM) application via Verizon V CAST Apps. This application creates an automated video slideshow using friends' photos from social media websites and photo sites and then plays this video slideshow as the phone rings. Applications are making their way into traditional areas of business as well, The Allstate Corp., which operates in most facets of insurance allows users of their applications to do everything from get policy and claim information to pay their bill and receive accident support.

According to a semi-annual survey, CTIA, which has its Enterprise & Applications(TM) conference in San Diego which started on October 11th, and runs through October 13th, found that there are 327.6 million wireless subscriber connections, an increase of 9 percent from mid-year 2010, when that number was at 292.8 million. Of that number, 95.8 million are smart phones and wireless enabled PDAs. For the first time, the number of wireless subscriber connections has surpassed the U.S. population.

Namma Metro to Launch smart card this Thursday.

Nama Metro, the Bangalore transportation company is to launch a new smart card system this Thursday and 10% of the smart cards have already been sold. "Of the 200,000 cards available for sale in the stations, around 20,000 cards have been sold," said U.A. Vasanth Rao, General Manager (Finance), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL)., Nearly 3,000 tickets were sold online, he added.

And with around 50,000 people expected to travel daily when Reach 1 becomes operational Mr. Rao said, "We expect the sales of cards and tokens to increase drastically after the launch."

"In online tickets, we give the option of choosing the digits of the 11-digit number. This way, the card can be personalised to include telephone numbers or birthdays or such," said Mr. Rao.

"These are electronic tokens and are recyclable. The commuter drops it when he exits a station, and this is recycled," said Mr. Rao

American Adoption of NFC With New Conference and Web resources

With major Near Field Communication (NFC) programs underway with Google and Isis, and the imminent arrival of millions of NFC-enabled handsets for consumers, NFC is gaining momentum in the U.S. The Smart Card Alliance today announced plans to lead education and awareness about the technology's capabilities and benefits for mobile applications.

"NFC has the ability to transform peoples' lives and make everyday activities more convenient and secure, not only for payments but with many non-payment applications like coupons, loyalty, ticketing, building access, identity credentialing, healthcare and social networking," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance. "We've created our upcoming conference and expanded the NFC resources on our website as a direct response to the increasing demand we're seeing for education about the technology.

The Smart Card Alliance and the NFC Forum have teamed up to host the NFC Solutions Summit that is organised for May next year.

C programming Creator Dennis Ritchie Dies

Google+ post from longtime colleague Rob Pike reported Dennis Ritchie's death this weekend. Dennis Ritchie created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague, Ken Thompson, the UNIX operating system.

President Bill Clinton awarded Ritchie and Thompson the National Medal of Technology in 1999 for their contributions to Unix and C. He won many other national and international awards for his work and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988 for "development of the C programming language and for co-development of the Unix operating system".

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