J. Angelo Racoma(444 posts)

J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.

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Google rolls out new full-screen ad formats for in-app viewing

by: J. Angelo RacomaOctober 1, 2014
Google is rolling out several new ad formats meant for full-screen viewing within smartphone and tablet apps. While this will make it easier for businesses to bring their message across, will these be obtrusive to mobile users?
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(Update: it’s official!) Microsoft to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang

by: J. Angelo RacomaSeptember 15, 2014
Mojang, the Swedish company that produces the hit game Minecraft, is reportedly in acquisition talks with Microsoft. What could the $2 billion strategy be?
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Trends: Almost a quarter of Android devices now on KitKat

by: J. Angelo RacomaSeptember 11, 2014
KitKat, the latest version of Android, is gaining ground, now running on almost a quarter of all Android devices, while older versions such as FroYo and Gingerbread are on the decline.
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webOS Ports team launches LuneOS for smartphones and tablets

by: J. Angelo RacomaSeptember 4, 2014
The webOS Ports team has released the first version of LuneOS, which will run on devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and HP TouchPad.
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This Kickstarter project turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote, no IR blaster needed

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 27, 2014
AnyMote is a Kickstarter-funded device that will turn any smartphone or tablet into a universal remote control even without an IR blaster. The app also automatically tweaks climate control, lighting and sound settings for the perfect home theater experience.
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With Jetpac acquired by Google, will we get improved context in image searches?

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 18, 2014

Google has been on a string of acquisitions, snapping up tech startups that have the potential to either gain traction or to contribute their intellectual property to the search giant’s own offerings. One of these tech startups is Jetpac, a platform that algorithmically scans Instagram photos to come up with city guides made up of photos from certain groups of people. For instance, you may get “10 Outdoor Activities in Hong Kong” or guides from groups like intellectuals, skateboarders or businesspeople.

The effectiveness of the algorithm in getting you photos from your desired group of people may be debatable, although as with many other acquired [...]

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Android to get better Open Document support with LibreOffice

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 13, 2014
LibreOffice developers have expressed interest in porting the open source office suite to mobile platforms, Android included.
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Qualcomm showcases Snapdragon 801’s Hexagon DSP capabilities in music playback

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 11, 2014
Qualcomm showcases the power-saving capabilities of the Snapdragon 801 in music playback via Hexagon DSP, allowing continuous playback on the OnePlus One for 60 hours.
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OnePlus signifies interest in officially launching in India

by: J. Angelo RacomaJuly 25, 2014

The smartphone market in India is becoming increasingly competitive, with major international brands and local ones alike vying for the interest among the populace, which is one of the bigger mobile device markets in the world. According to research by analysts at Mediacells, India is set to be the second largest smartphone market this year, overtaking the US, and just behind China. Meanwhile, Samsung already expects India to be the fifth largest mobile market in the world by 2020.

OnePlus caught the interest of mobile users with its hyped-up marketing for the OnePlus One, which is supposedly a flagship-killer, but without the flagship price. OnePlus launched to mixed [...]

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Data centers built into cellsites could boost mobile Internet speed

by: J. Angelo RacomaJuly 24, 2014

Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the lag in connectivity between the cell sites — radio towers that communicate with mobile devices — and the data centers that actually process and deliver the content.

In the UK, mobile carrier Vodafone is experimenting with hosting small data centers directly at the cell sites, in a project done in collaboration with the computer science department at the Imperial [...]

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