DailyDose: Samsung’s New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages, Amazon Launches Mobile Ads API

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#Stuff

Apple iWatch Could Be More Profitable Than TV

Features under consideration include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates [source]

Samsung’s New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages

For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text. [source]

Also see: Samsung Releases Teaser Video for S4 Launch, The Countdown Begins

Twitter to discontinue TweetDeck’s iPhone, Android, and Air versions

TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone rely on v1.0 of Twitter’s API, which we are retiring starting this month. Leading up to that retirement, Twitter’s platform team will be performing occasional tests that will affect applications that rely on API v1.0. Over the next two months users of TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone may experience some outages with those apps before they are removed from their respective app stores in early May.[more]

Amazon introduces Mobile Ads API, offering in-app advertising to U.S. viewers of any Android app

The Amazon Mobile Ads API is an in-app display advertising API, which offers:

  • Great monetization opportunity with competitive eCPM
  • High-quality ads from Amazon and brand advertisers
  • Easy integration and revenue tracking through a single portal
  • Distribution at scale through Amazon and other Android platforms

The Amazon Mobile Ads API serves ads to U.S. users and works with mobile apps on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Android phones and tablets. Apps that use the Amazon Mobile Ads API may be distributed through any Android platform as long as they are distributed through the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Program. [source]

#Enterprise

IBM Makes a Big Bet on OpenStack in the Cloud

Big Blue announced today that all of its cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. It’s good news for potential IBM customers because it means they can mix and match service and equipment vendors — Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Rackspace are also big OpenStack fans — without worrying about getting stuck with one.[source]

A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days

At a recent tech conference, Kurt DelBene, president of the Office division, said they have mechanisms in place to update Office on a quarterly basis. Of course to get these new wondrous features and bugfixes you have to have a subscription to Office 365. Will this bring change to that way of doing things, or will Microsoft’s cloud offerings with outsourced Exchange and Sharepoint make up for it using cost savings and continually updated software in the enterprise? [source]