Mobile Minutes: Mobile shopping, India, NSA, Google Glass
By Staff reports
December 9, 2013
More than ever this holiday season, smartphones and tablets are the way to shop, according to USA Today.
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Mobile payments gain traction among India’s poor
In a narrow room filled with acrid fumes in one of the world’s largest slums, Chinak Ramtheol earns about $4 a day tending machines that melt and slice plastic trash into pellets for recycling, The New York times reports.
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NSA wrongly says warrantless mobile-phone location tracking is legal
National Security Agency snoops are harvesting as many as 5 billion records daily to track mobile phones as they ping nearby cell towers across the globe, per Wired.
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Finally, an app that makes Google Glass seem like a good idea
In the early days of smartphones, apps that layered data over the real world—”augmented reality” apps—were all the rage. Point your phone’s camera at the street and the screen would show nearby restaurants and bars. Aim at a building to learn about its history. Or view a magazine through an augmented reality (AR) app and watch the ads comes to life (and who doesn’t want more from their ads.) It seemed like a nice idea. But it never really took off. The technology didn’t work very well. Content was limited in its scope. Users got bored once the novelty wore off. And it didn’t exactly change our relationship with ads, according to Quartz.
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