First empirical study on how users pay visual attention to mobile app designs shows larger and brighter elements don’t catch our eyes after all — ScienceDaily

As part of an international collaboration, Aalto University researchers have shown that our common understanding of what attracts visual attention to screens, in fact, does not transfer to mobile applications. Despite the widespread use of mobile phones and tablets in our everyday lives, this is the first study to empirically test how users’ eyes follow commonly used mobile app elements.

Previous work on what attracts visual attention, or visual saliency, has centered on desktop and web-interfaces.

‘Apps appear differently on a phone than on a desktop computer or browser: they’re on a smaller screen which simply fits fewer elements and, instead of a horizontal view, mobile devices typically use a vertical layout. Until now it was unclear how these factors would affect how apps actually attract our eyes,’ explains Aalto University Professor Antti Oulasvirta.

In the study, the research team used a large set of representative mobile interfaces and eye

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New tech could offer ‘faster, cheaper and mobile’ COVID-19 diagnosis

UQ tech could offer 'faster, cheaper and mobile' COVID-19 diagnosis
A simple dipstick allows genetic material to be extracted in as little as 30 seconds. Credit: The University of Queensland

Technology that helps to quickly extract and analyze genetic material could be used for cheap, accurate and mobile COVID-19 testing, including at airports and remote testing centers.

‘Dipstick’ technology, developed by the University of Queensland’s Professor Jimmy Botella and Dr. Michael Mason, allows genetic material to be extracted in as little as 30 seconds, with a full molecular diagnosis in 40 minutes.

“That process is currently achieved using large and expensive commercial set-ups that require multistep procedures and specialized laboratory equipment,” Professor Botella said.

“In contrast, our dipstick tech is incredibly cheap and can be used virtually anywhere, without the need for specialized equipment or a laboratory.

“Our tech enables the purification of DNA and RNA nucleic acids from patient samples—a critical step in COVID-19 diagnosis.

“Combined with a portable

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A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government — FCW


A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government


The shift to telework has required many federal agencies to consider new security approaches to fill in the gaps between traditional network-centric security that is not built to scale to a dynamic telework environment, the IT network architecture, and various cloud architectures.

To address these complexity and cybersecurity issues, agencies are turning to policies including CISA’s Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 that provide guidance on reducing risks and enabling secure connections to government networks.

TIC 3.0 opens the door for modern, hybrid cloud environments, and provides agencies with greater flexibility. Rather than focusing on a physical network perimeter that no longer exists, the guidance recommends considering each zone within an agency environment to ensure baseline security across dispersed networks. As agencies continue to support a remote and distributed workforce, this security approach will be critically important.


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Windows 10 Mobile (almost) supported Android apps

Microsoft Lumia 950 Windows 10 Mobile

The overwhelming majority of smartphones on the market today are powered by Android or iOS, but it wasn’t long ago that Microsoft was in the game with Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows 10 Mobile was Microsoft’s last attempt to gain traction with a smartphone operating system. It offered a distinctive Live Tile interface, a desktop mode for external displays, and support for universal Windows apps.

Unfortunately, the Achilles Heel for Microsoft’s latest mobile OS continued to be a lack of apps compared to Android and iOS. This would be a significant contributing factor to the platform’s demise, but did you know that Microsoft was in the advanced stages of bringing Android app support to Windows 10 Mobile?

Project Astoria

Microsoft's Project Astoria initiative.

Microsoft initially developed multiple software “bridges” for Windows 10 Mobile, with the purpose of helping developers easily port their apps from legacy Windows, iOS, and Android. The first two

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IronSource’s LevelPlay helps mobile game and app devs score bigger ad revenues

IronSource is introducing LevelPlay as a broadly available tool to help smaller mobile game and app developers generate higher revenues from advertising.

Launched a year ago, LevelPlay is an in-app bidding tool that is now automatically enabled for every developer, giving them instant access to all bidding networks. Only the biggest publishers previously had access to LevelPlay as the company refined the technology for automating monetization.

In-app bidding flattens the traditional ad waterfall, allowing every demand source to bid for an available impression simultaneously, in real time. This shift speeds things up and increases competition for available ad impressions, which can in turn lead to an increase in revenue.

It means that at the very last second, LevelPlay can insert an ad that might generate more money than another ad would have. LevelPlay helps create more competition among advertisers looking to insert ads into developers’ apps and games. But it

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How A Mobile App Can Change Your Business

CEO, OneGold & APMEX.

In 2020, the retail market looks vastly different than it did even five years ago. Consumers are looking for new ways to purchase their favorite products. Whether it’s a website, mobile app or social media, companies are getting more creative in the ways they can deliver their product to their customers in quick, easy and cost-effective ways.

For my company, OneGold, that’s where our mobile app came into play. It joined the 91.9% of free apps available for Apple users and the 96.4% of Android users, respectively.

The finance app industry is experiencing growth in global adoption, from 16% in 2015 to 64% in 2019. Fintech is the fastest growing mobile app category and accounts for 5% of app downloads in 2019. Consumers downloaded 204 billion mobile apps in 2019, up from 140.7 billion app downloads in 2016. That is 204 billion opportunities.

Even though

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Mobile Photo Printer Market : Rising Trends with Top Countries Data, Technology and Business Outlook 2020 to 2026

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Sep 30, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Mobile Photo Printer Market” is valued at 2491.3 million USD in 2020 is expected to reach 5732.5 million USD by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 12.5% during 2021-2026, According to New Research Study. 360 Research Reports provides key analysis on the global market in a report, titled “Mobile Photo Printer Market by Types (Desktop Type, Handheld Type), Applications (Online Sales, Offline Sales) and Region – Global Forecast to 2026” Browse Market data Tables and Figures spread through 95 Pages and in-depth TOC on Mobile Photo Printer Market.

COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets.

Final Report will add the analysis

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Two mobile gaming trends and how operators can ‘play the game’

The global mobile gaming market is expected to reach $165.9 billion in 2020

Mobile games make up the majority of the gaming market, according to a study by DCI, which reported that 51% of global gaming revenue comes from mobile gaming, followed by console games (25%) and PC games (24%). Mobile gaming’s popularity is coupled with the fact that a number of key technologies are emerging that will enhance the player experience, making it a particularity hot market.

In fact, DCI’s study revealed that the global mobile gaming market in 2019 was $151.9 billion and is expected to reach $165.9 billion in 2020.

As mobile service providers become more invested and involved in gaming, there are a number of trends that could impact them. Below is a brief exploration of two of the most prominent trends, as well as a look at telecom operator strategies.

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Monzo offers most valued mobile banking tools among UK neobanks

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Monzo offers the most sought-after mobile banking tools among the UK’s largest neobanks in 2020, according to Business Insider Intelligence’s inaugural UK Neobank Competitive Edge Study. 

The UK is home to some of the world’s largest and most advanced digital-only challenger banks, led in user count by Starling Bank, Monese, Revolut, and Monzo.

In the past few years, these banks have grown to over a million users each, putting them in competition with the nation’s largest banks and building societies. One of the key factors behind neobanks’ rapid growth is their advanced mobile feature sets. 

Business Insider Intelligence’s 2020 UK Neobank

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Using mobile technology to predict invasive species transmission

Using mobile technology to predict invasive species transmission
Invasive Eurasian milfoil entangled on a boat and trailer. Credit: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

A cooler full of fish might not be the only thing anglers bring back from a trip to the lake. Unknowingly, they may also be transporting small aquatic “hitchhikers” that attach themselves to boats, motors ― and even fishing gear ― when moving between bodies of water.

Considerable research shows that aquatic invasive species can completely transform ecosystems by introducing disease, out-competing and eating native species, altering food webs, changing physical habitat, devastating water-delivery systems and damaging economies. Furthermore, once established, eradication of nuisance species is near impossible, and management can be extremely difficult and costly.

Although preventative measures have been enacted to reduce their introduction and spread, such as mandatory watercraft inspections, educational programs and even dogs trained in sniffing out invasive species, these aquatic stowaways still manage to find their way into new

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