Okay, so this week the big story across the headlines may not exactly have been mobile web related as we all chewed our collective fingernails to the nub waiting for the Obamacare decision. Whether you were celebrating or commiserating this week, a landmark motion has been passed, and while we all were watching and waiting for the supreme court’s decision, the world of mobile web was churning out some pretty groundbreaking news of its own. In case you missed it, as we always do, we have compiled a few of our favorite tidbits and top stories from the past week.
• Our Facebook news of the week should be no surprise as this week Team Zuckerberg made headlines for yet another possible privacy breach. The company very quietly debuted the Find Friends Nearby geo-locating friend finding app, which was almost immediately lambasted for putting users’ privacy at risk. While the app was quickly pulled by the Facebook team, we think it might not have been the big bad wolf many made it out to be.
• While mobile marketing is crucial in any serious business’s efforts, and we all know the immense potential it has, there is still a vast disparity in what it is and what it can be. This week, Jason Wells of ContactPoint offered an explanation of why this incredible opportunity is slow to be adopted, in an article for Mobile Marketing Watch titled, “The Mobile User and Mobile Marketers: Miles Apart.”
• You know that feeling when a star athlete tries to keep his career going just one more season, and you have to watch embarrassed as he desperately struggles to compete but ends up looking like a flimsy, worn out, husk of the player he once was? Well, that’s kind of how most of the world feels about RIM, and this week the once great company moved even closer to its inevitable collapse as it reportedly will be ending its sale of BlackBerry phones.
• Google has been king in terms of mobile search for basically mobile’s entire run, but that tenure may be slowly coming to an end. According to a report from Keynote Systems this week, Bing may actually be poised to catch up to Google in terms of mobile performance.
• We were among the many that predicted NFC technology would be huge in terms of the future of mobile payments. and according to an article from TechCrunch this week, it seems those predictions were dead on. The report shows that over a million NFC Android devices are shipping each week, and it seems the iPhone 5 will also be NFC equipped.
• BONUS: Remember when you were a kid and you would take mental pictures by blinking? No, just me? Well apparently it was me and at least on other person, Mimi Zhou, a 24 year old Design Engineer who has developed a prototype for a camera that tracks your eye movement, and takes pictures when you blink.
Crazy stuff all around and some incredible developments as usual from the world of mobile. We’ll keep our ears to the ground for more headlines and breaking stories, but for now, enjoy the weekend, and keep following FiddleFly.