Wearable computing is at the forefront of every conversation
these days when it comes to predicting the next big thing
in mobile. As it turns out, however, the next big thing might already be here. According to a new report issued on Tuesday by market research firm Juniper Research
, gambling is in the process of becoming the next monster mobile market. Be it sports betting, mobile casinos or various lotteries, Juniper says that 64 million people will use mobile devices to gamble in 2013 and that figure will balloon to 164 million in 2018. Interestingly, Juniper believes that strong growth in North America will drive the market — while mobile gambling adoption as been slow thus far in the U.S. due to regulatory issues, Juniper believes recent and ongoing legislative changes along with successful launches in Nevada and New Jersey will be the start of accelerated growth in the U.S. In a previous report, the firm estimated that revenue from mobile gambling would surpass $100 billion in 2017. Juniper's full press release follows below.Continue reading...
The CTIA on Wednesday announced that the database system for lost smartphones
launched by the country’s main mobile operators back in April 2012 is finally complete, beating the initial November 30th deadline by a few days. The database will allow local carriers to block the activation of 4G and 3G smartphones not just in the U.S. but also abroad, as it will also integrate with similar databases from international carriers. But San Francisco district attorney George Gascón believes that the new database will not be that effective. “The UK tried a national registry and has not slowed down thefts,” he told The Verge
Brian and Kari from Pad and Quill have sent me a few of their drop dead gorgeous iPhone and iPad cases over the past few months. These are hand-made with natural leather and wood materials with high-quality stitching throughout. The ‘Little Pocket Book’ above is a great wallet case for the iPhone 5/5s. You can just feel the quality of the materials and craftsmanship here. People stop and ask me where I got my iPhone case and if it was hand made.
This week, Pad and Quill launched the Satchel Bag, Messenger Bag and Field Bag (videos below). Again, incredible looking product for any Apple user that wants to differentiate from the every day stuff. If the quality is anything like the iPhone and iPad cases, these will be around for a long time.
You can also find some of Pad and Quill’s collection discounted at Amazon.
Oh, and we’ll give away a few products from Pad and Quill to insightful feedback left in the comments on these products.
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A WSJ piece on Foxconn ramping up production of the iPhone 5s to meet demand provided an interesting glimpse at some of the numbers involved.
Foxconn operates 100 production lines, which are now operating at maximum capacity 24/7 to turn out 500,000 iPhones 5s handsets per day according to the report. Each iPhone represents the combined work of around 600 people. The unnamed Foxconn source said that this amounted to 100 people more than for the iPhone 5c due to the increased complexity of the high-end phone …
For the iPhone 5C or the iPhone 5, we only have 500 workers per production line as the assembly procedure is less complicated.
While the relationship between Apple and Foxconn is a crucially important one to both companies, each side is reportedly looking to reduce its reliance on the other – Apple looking to diversify its supply chain, and Foxconn keen to retain capacity for other clients. Apple currently represents around 40 percent of Foxconn’s revenue.
Availability of the 5s was initially heavily constrained, especially the gold model whose popularity appeared to take Apple by surprise. It was suggested yesterday that supplies may have almost caught up with demand, but we wouldn’t recommend relying on this if you plan on buying one as a holiday gift.
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Smartphone shipments are expected to equal one-seventh of the Earth's population by the end of the year, but how has the market maintained its momentum
? Easy: lower prices. According to an IDC forecast
are expected to see 39.3% year-over-year growth in 2013, while their average selling prices (ASPs) will decline 12.8%, from $387 to $337.Continue reading...