Applications & Apps Business

NuVo Music Port Gets Android App

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The NuVo  Music Port and Music Port Elite source components receive a further control option-- a free Android remote control app is now available from the Google Play store.

NuVo SystemBoth Music Port and Music Port Elite work with the NuVo Concerto, Essentia and Renovia whole home audio systems, and can act as standalone sources. The systems offer 4 simultaneous audio streams from internally- or network-stored content and a number of internet radio subscription services.

Currently in beta, the app is compatible with any NuVo system including the Music Port or Music Port Elite components. It allows for simple source navigation and zone control, as well as queue filling, volume adjustment and source switching, via Android devices.

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ABI: 2013 App Market Worth $27 Billion

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ABI Research forecasts the mobile app market will reach 2013 revenues of $27 billion as apps remain the critical factor in the battle of mobile operating systems. 

appsUnsurprisingly iOS and Android remain app leaders, while BlackBerry and Windows Phone are still "far behind" in their competition for 3rd ecosystem. 

“iOS continues to lead the way, and the OS is projected to generate over 66% of the revenues for smartphone and tablet apps in 2013,” ABI says. “Although Android OS recently surpassed Apple in terms of total app numbers, iOS users continue to prove they’re more willing to depart with their cash. The revenue gap between the two leading OSes looks unlikely to close over the next 18 months.”

In an interesting point-- tablet-generated app revenues appear to be catching up with smartphones, and the analyst predicts tablet revenues will overtake smartphones by 2017. The reason? Tablet users are willing to pay more for apps, mainly due to large display sizes and a superior gaming/reading experiences. 

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Motorola Solutions Takes on Device Management

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Motorola Mobility launches Mobility Lifecycle Management (MLM)-- an enterprise solution taking care of lifecycle management for the mobile devices in use by organisations. 

MotorolaMLM offers platform-agnostic lifecycle management across Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices from a large number of device makers, speeding rollout and providing support for mobile device and application planning. 

In addition it supports deployment, management, service desk, repairs and reporting, and analysis. 

A browser-based management portal allows customers to check operations and performance measures, while customer-specific service-level agreements govern performance. 


Turning iDevices into Security Cameras

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People Power finds use for any spare iPads, iPhones or iPods your customers might have-- it releases Presence, an app turning iDevices into wireless home-monitoring cameras.

Presence iPadThe app allows users to set one device as a video camera while another acts as a monitor, with the "camera" device providing a live feed to the "monitor" over wifi.

Further options include motion detection (the app records a 5-second clip once it detects motion before sending an email alert), simple if/then security camera programming, face-to-face 2-way audio and multiple device support.

"Presence rocks the home automation industry as the first free, self-installable camera and service," People Power claims.

Also included in the app is a list of available accessories-- including stands, tripods, extra-long cables and extra chargers. People Power is also looking into deals with accessory makers before eventually turning the app into a control point for further connected devices around the home.

The Presence app is a free download in the Apple App store.

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Huawei Intros iOS Telepresence Control

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Huawei launches the TP Controller-- an app offering allowing customers to control Huawei telepresence products via iOS devices.

TP ControllerUsing the same UI as Huawei's Android-based telepresence system, the TP Controller provides an easy-to-navigate system for video conferencing system management and control.  

Users can also customise personal configurations through the app. 

The TP Controller is available from the App Store and compatible with TP1102 and RP series products, as well as future tri-screen telepresence system versions. 

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