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  • The Biggest Stories of 2013:[Story 4]Bitcoin Ballin - Moborobo
    hope of making a fortune when its value rises even higher With the advent of Bitcoin ATMs people can even walk in off the street and swap their cash for the digital money Before it went mainstream however Bitcoin had a reputation for being used by the more nefarious of internet citizens Unregulated difficult to trace and without a central bank to keep things in check it s very easy to buy and sell goods without interference which explains why it was the currency of choice for the now defunct online black market Silk Road With increased notoriety comes the interest of governments and when Fed chief Ben Bernanke says that Bitcoin may have long term promise it seems as if regulation isn t far behind Recently China moved to block people from buying Bitcoins with yuan in an attempt to control the nation s planned economy causing the currency s values to plummet from a high of more than 1 000 to less than 500 in the course of a few days At the start of the year one Bitcoin was worth around 20 but by the end of November it was more than 1 000 Bitcoin differs from regular currencies in two ways Firstly there s a total limit on the number of coins that can be created through mining and secondly if a coin is destroyed there s no way to get it back forever reducing the total liquidity of the Bitcoin economy Now while dropping a few coins down a drain won t cause you to go bankrupt feel sorry for Briton James Howells an early Bitcoin adopter who accidentally threw out the hard drive that contained his coinage By the time he realized his mistake around 8 million worth of BTC was crushed at the

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  • The Biggest Stories of 2013:[Story 3]Wearables Make a Play for the Mainstream - Moborobo
    question on everyone s lips Is that thing recording Of course there were a number of other notable gadgets in the category and a number of other unanswered questions Among them Is the world ready for wearable computers It s clear that manufacturers are with Sony Samsung and Pebble all offering their own takes on the smartwatch a slew of new fitness trackers hitting the market and the promise of the Oculus Rift and similar headsets capturing the imagination of gamers everywhere Even Apple s Tim Cook has his eye on the market dubbing wearables very interesting in an interview with AllThingsD sounds familiar right Despite the onslaught of head mounted and wrist friendly devices it s still early days Google has yet to release a consumer version of Glass the much rumored iWatch is still just that and Oculus VR still hasn t committed to a release date That s not to say we won t see head mounted displays on every Tom Dick and Harry in the coming years or that mainstream interest in wearables doesn t exist but most of the devices we ve tried on are still dependent on the smartphones many of them aim to

    Original URL path: http://www.moborobo.com/blog/news/2013/1231/The_Biggest_Stories_of_2013__Story_3_Wearables_Make_a_Play_for_the_Mainstream_2718.html (2016-05-01)
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  • The Biggest Stories of 2013:[Story Two] Microsoft's Mega-touch Transition - Moborobo
    quadruple and folds in much of Nokia to do so the company s left to ponder just who will effectively lead that charge The Redmond based tech giant is in the midst of a difficult transition one that Ballmer couldn t quite engineer Though Microsoft s 7 35 billion purchase of Nokia s devices and services business patents and mapping tech will simply be licensed may seem to outsiders as if it s following Apple s vertical integration that doesn t mean it s abandoning support for Windows Phone manufacturers On the contrary Microsoft believes it needs to create a halo Windows Phone product to drive adoption of the platform which could in turn attract more manufacturer interest in the number three mobile OS And let s not forget about Nokia s Asha line Microsoft s already laid bare its intentions to reach the next billion in emerging markets and with Asha under its belt it s positioned advantageously to do just that Now it just needs a CEO to see it through Much of the press speculation has focused on Stephen Elop former Nokia CEO and future head of Microsoft s Device and Services division as candidatenumero uno for

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  • The Biggest Stories of 2013:[Story One] The NSA's Very Bad Year - Moborobo
    stories that rocked the industry had a profound impact not only on technology but also on society as a whole So let s raise those half empty glasses and make a toast as we recap the year that was Here s to the glassholes Story One THE NSA S VERY BAD YEAR Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden took online privacy concerns to a whole new level when he leaked documents to The Guardian proving the agency tapped into user data from Apple Facebook Google and others as part of its larger PRISM surveillance program Companies initially denied knowledge of the NSA s activities but Snowden s additional leaks showed that this was more than an isolated incident The agency collected bulk call records from Verizon and other carriersthanks to a warrant from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Further revelations revealed the UK government also used PRISM to gather data on internet companies the NSA s spying covers as much as 75 percent of US online traffic and custom software allows the government to sort collected databy country Of course this is only what we know so far Though President Barack Obama claimed that PRISM collected only metadata rather than

    Original URL path: http://www.moborobo.com/blog/news/2013/1231/The_Biggest_Stories_of_2013__Story_One__The_NSA_s_Very_Bad_Year_2716.html (2016-05-01)
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  • Nokia Closes Out 2013 With 92% Of The Windows Phone Market - Moborobo
    up a few points at 92 1 percent this is a calculation of usage share tracked through AdDuplex s network And the Lumia 520 handset continues to dominate its brethren with a new high of 39 3 percent share And that Windows Phone 8 grew against the now fading Windows 7 x system with record relative market share of 78 3 percent Windows Phone s 2013 if you had to put it into basic trends would be that Nokia cleaned up and its Lumia 520 was the weapon of choice Thurrott well describes the current low ending of Windows Phone bolding original Almost no high end phones are popular Worldwide only the Lumia 920 makes the top 10 list for usage among all Windows Phone handsets and if you look just at Windows Phone 8 handsets only two high end devices make the list The Lumia 920 and the 925 In the US there are three The Lumia 920 928 and 1020 All the rest are new low end devices or old devices The Lumia 1520 phablet doesn t appear anywhere in this report What this means is that the sales momentum that Windows Phone has comes at the cost

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  • Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Other Devices Free - Moborobo
    is in second place in overall sales in 2013 of tablets only to Apple s iPad According to Apple they sold in the first quarter of 2013 19 5 million in the second quarter and 14 6 million units in the third quarter 14 1 Though Apple hasn t yet reported their fourth quarter sales of iPads it s been estimated that they will beat last year s fourth quarter figure of around 23 million iPads sold What s the code to unlock the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the other Galaxy devices For example if you are on the Verizon or AT T network but don t want to be stuck having to use only their services there s a way around that impediment Then you can travel with your Galaxy Note 3 or your other Galaxy devices around the world or ship them to someone overseas to use All you have to do is first take out the SIM from the Galaxy Note 3 and put in its place a SIM from a different carrier then turn the device off and on After you do this enter into your dial pad 197328640 Then at your main menu of

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  • New data show where Facebook has (and hasn’t) made the shift to mobile - Moborobo
    across the globe TechCrunch got its hands on new data that sheds light on where Facebook s mobile push has been most successful Our chart above shows the portion of monthly active users MAUs in each country who access Facebook on their phones at least once a month mobile MAUs Asia isn t represented here because the data come from an annual report for Facebook s advertisers in Europe and

    Original URL path: http://www.moborobo.com/blog/news/2013/1230/New_data_show_where_Facebook_has__and_hasn_t__made_the_shift_to_mobile_2713.html (2016-05-01)
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  • Marco Polo Is A Simple App For Sharing Your Location With Selected Friends - Moborobo
    friends and you choose who to share it with You can also add an image or a message to the pin Once other users get notified about your location they have the option to share their location back with you And if someone hadn t downloaded the app you can still send them a link to your location There are of course many other location sharing apps and a broader category of similar apps under the horrendous buzzword SoLoMo However I haven t seen anything with that works exactly the way Marco Polo does Co founder Aneel Ranadive argued via email that the app is more low key and less formal than texting and less invasive than say turning on Apple s Find My Friends or broadcasting to your entire network on Foursquare or Facebook Unlike Find My Friends you re not sharing your location on a persistent basis and unlike Foursquare you choose who you share with each time I ve certainly had moments where I realized that I didn t really want to share a given location with someone but I didn t have the guts to unfriend them on Foursquare so I just didn t bother sharing at all He also pitched the app as part of a trend of people wanting to share more privately for example with Snapchat Update A couple of people also brought up Glympse which may have a similar aim but achieves it in a different away as I understand it you continually share your location for a set period of time The app actually represents a shift for the startup which was previously known as Pinchit and which started out as a daily deals site with seed funding from investor and Six Californias advocate Tim Draper Facebook co founder Eduardo Saverin

    Original URL path: http://www.moborobo.com/blog/news/2013/1230/Marco_Polo_Is_A_Simple_App_For_Sharing_Your_Location_With_Selected_Friends_2712.html (2016-05-01)
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