Handheld computers have simplified many activities. Individuals can surf the Web, text message their friends, buy a new pair of pants, and, increasingly, try to hit the jackpot in the lottery.Market research firm Juniper Research expects the worldwide mobile gambling market to grow from US$1.35 billion in 2006 to $16.6 billion by 2011 -- and the increase is coming outside of the U.S., which currently prohibits the activity."The mobile channel will push gambling services out to a broader, lower stake market than existing channels, offering significant opportunities for market growth," Bruce Gibson, research director at Juniper, told TechNewsWorld.Mobile gambling is rising because of the ubiquity of handheld devices as well as the convenience these devices offer. In 2006, the number of handheld devices sold worldwide passed the 1 billion mark, indicating a gigantic pool of potential users.Mobile gambling functions rely largely on text messaging, which has become simple to use and quite … [Read more...] about Mobile Gambling: Will the US Join a Growing Market?
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Salesforce.com is moving aggressively to carve out its own place in a hot emerging technology niche: wearable computing. With its new initiative, Salesforce Wear, it appears to be following its usual MO of co-opting technology in the consumer world and repositioning it for the enterprise.However, unlike social networking, which Salesforce.com adapted for its own user base with marvelous effect -- wearable technology is still an iffy proposition among consumers. Still, the Wear initiative fits well with Salesforce.com's Internet of the Customer concept.Salesforce Wear is accompanied by the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack, which provides tools to build apps for wearables across a wide range of devices offered by ARM, Fitbit, Pebble, Philips, Samsung and others.The Wear Developer Pack addresses the various application architectures, UX patterns and data flows of these devices, connecting them to the Salesforce1 platform. All the developer has to do, according to Salesforce.com, is build a … [Read more...] about Salesforce Tries On Wearable Tech for Size
In a move that signals the growing importance of gaming on hand-held devices, Electronic Arts (EA) said it was buying mobile game developer Jamdat Mobile Inc. for US$680 million in cash.The agreement calls for Redwood City, Calif.-based EA to pay $27 in cash for all outstanding shares of Los Angeles-based Jamdat stock, about a 15 percent premium over the $22.77 closing price before the deal was announced late yesterday.The deal gives EA almost immediate access to a leading mobile gaming platform, which in turn will enable it to offer some of its broad catalog of game titles to mobile phone gamers, a fast-growing niche market within the gaming space. Analysts say EA chose to buy rather than spend years and a comparable amount money building a mobile platform that could compete with Jamdat and others.The companies said the partnership would bear fruit quickly, with the two co-publishing some 50 titles aimed at mobile phones in the next 12 months, including titles such as Tetris, … [Read more...] about EA Makes Mobile Gaming Play With Jamdat Buy
Trawling porn sites used to be the best way to pick up an electronically transmitted disease on your smartphone. That's not the case anymore.Every one in five times a mobile user is redirected to a malware site on the Internet, it's done through a malicious ad, according to a report released last week by Blue Coat. That's three times what it was two years ago.One reason malicious ads have been able to outperform porn sites is they can garner more traffic than the smut peddlers."We're seeing a shift in mobile user behavior," said Sasi Murthy, vice president of product marketing security at Blue Coat."We're seeing an increase in recreational usage for mobile users around shopping and entertainment," she told TechNewsWorld. "When we contrast that with the desktop world, recreational usage for mobile users is double.""Our friends in the cybercrime world are going to be focused on the same kinds of behaviors we are -- but for different purposes -- and set their strategies based on those … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Bad Ads Outstrip Porn as Mobile Phone Infection Vectors
The Reveton Gang is at it again. This time, though, they're targeting users of Android phones -- typically visitors to porn sites.The gang that pioneered the idea of locking up a target's computer and demanding a ransom to unlock it has turned its attention to the rapidly growing mobile market.Once Reveton mobile infects a phone, it will display a bogus warning from a fractured local law enforcement authority. In the U.S. it's "Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security/FBI Department of Defense/U.S.A. Cyber Crime Center."Needless to say, the gang doesn't know a lot about the U.S. government or law enforcement, but that's irrelevant to someone whose phone is suddenly bricked until the online extortionists get their payment.The gang's tactics haven't changed since they introduced their malware years ago."Just as its Windows-based variant, it performs a geolocation lookup for the device's IP and displays a customized page using some local law enforcement branding," explained Bogdan Botezatu, a … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Ransomware Gang Targets Android Phones