Magic Quadrants for Mobile Development

These two ‘Magic Quadrants’ show the current status of Mobile Application Development in Enterprise platforms for big IT companies and their dev tools.

1. Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software : src from Gartner

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software

 

2. Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms : src from Gartner

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

 

Hope this helps for your mobile development, mobile developers! 🙂

 

Nike’s new FuelBand SE is smarter about tracking activity, reminds you to get moving

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In its first big update since launching its activity tracker early last year, Nike is taking the wraps off its newest device, the FuelBand SE. On Tuesday, the company showed off its second-generation FuelBand, which not only comes in black with an array of colors on the inside band but includes a range of features meant to improve fitness tracking and encourage users to move more.

“Everything you know and love remains the same,” said Stefan Olander, Nike’s VP of digital sport, at a launch event in New York. “But thousands of activity hours went into refining [it], to make it smarter… to make sure you do get credit for deliberate movement and it filters out the activity that shouldn’t [get credit].”

The new device, which will retail for $149, is better able at separating actual exercise from movement meant to trick the device into registering more “Fuel” points, which…

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Researchers use Whistle’s dog activity tracker to quantify canine health

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Canine activity tracker Whistle may not have launched its first commercial device yet, but its product is already being put to use by veterinary research and pharmaceutical companies to help understand dog illness and behavior.

The San Francisco startup has designed what could only be described as a Fitbit (see disclosure) or Fuelband for dogs. The small puck worn on the dog’s collar contains a three-axis accelerometer as well as Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi radios, which can track when and with whom a pooch is walking, playing or resting. That data is the parsed in the cloud and used to paint on overall picture of the dog’s activity via a smartphone app.

But Whistle believes it can do more with that data than tell you whether you’re playing enough fetch with Fido. Whistle’s accelerometer data could be used to detect whether a dog is behaving abnormally or has fallen…

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Watch the Galaxy Gear run Candy Crush

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is somewhat limited out of the box, with a decent amount of functionality but a relatively small number of native apps. When you look at what powers the smartwatch, though – an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM – it’s basically on par with a midrange Android(s goog) smartphone from a couple of years ago, like the original LG Optimus series. That’s enough power to run most basic Android apps, and Ars Technica has hacked the watch to do just that.

Apparently hacking the Galaxy Gear is relatively simple. Just check off the “USB debug” toggle in the watch’s settings, hook it up to your computer via USB cable, and you can sideload apps onto it using ADB, the Android Debug Bridge. Though Ars Technica has still not been able to root the watch, it has successfully run a number of apps on it, including…

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With new API, Dropbox disrupted a startup engaged in real-time data syncing

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The two founders of NimbusBase, Alex Volodarsky and Ray Wang, watched in shock as Dropbox CEO Drew Houston pitched a new API that does pretty much the same thing their previously announced product does: use cloud storage as a bucket for syncing application data.

“Holy s**t, we’re not the only game in town anymore.” That’s what Volodarsky was thinking. “Dropbox is sort of a big deal. They’re doing this.”

At first, said Volodarsky, the company’s COO, it was like a punch in the gut. But then he and Wang realized that they could survive. They see the Dropbox Datastore API as validation of their vision: that people’s personal clouds could function as the back end of applications.

They believe it’s only a matter of time before other major personal cloud-storage providers come out with their own APIs, and so they are preparing to be a sort of platform on…

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