News Scan: Making it rain; Virgin Mobile to offer Galaxy S5; more


>> Making it rain with hot new mobile game

"Make It Rain" is the hottest new free mobile game for iOS and Android devices, USA Today reports. It comes from the makers of "Disco Bees". To play, users swipe their screen to "win" millions of dollars and use their winnings to buy piggy banks or stocks. Users can also invest their money in legitimate ventures and businesses or take the less legitimate route of money laundering or paying off judges. Read more

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>> Virgin Mobile to begin offering Samsung Galaxy S5 on May 19

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available through Virgin Mobile on May 19, reports Pricing is expected to be around $500, although Virgin hasn't revealed details yet. Riding the Sprint network, Virgin Mobile offers contract-free plans for as low as $35 per month for unlimited data, texting and 300 minutes, the report notes. Read more

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>> IoT market for remote health monitoring to top $8B in 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) IT market for remote health monitoring is forecast by IDC to grow from $8.2 billion in 2014 to over $12.4 billion in 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4 percent. In addition, the IoT IT market associated with in-store consumer digital offers is expected to grow from $181 million in 2014 to $223 million in 2018, representing a 7.4 percent CAGR. Read more

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>> Bluetooth chipset shipments to surpass 4 billion in 2018

Shipments of Bluetooth chipsets are set to surpass 4 billion units in 2018, up from 2 billion in 2012, forecasts ABI Research. Cumulatively, over the next five years, Bluetooth chipsets are expected to total 19 billion over the next five years. "Of various integration levels, standalone Bluetooth chipsets will be the largest group in 2019 followed by combo chipsets with Bluetooth and then integrated platforms with Bluetooth," says ABI research director Philip Solis. Read more

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>> Google, Apple to top in-vehicle smartphone integration units

The auto industry is forecast by IHS Research to see more than 370 million smartphone app integration software units in use by 2020. Cars with Google Projected Mode software are expected to top 100 million units by 2020, up from just 86,000 units in 2014, while those with Apple CarPlay will exceed 94 million units in 2020, up from 105,000 in 2014. MirrorLink, Aha by Harman and Ford SYNC AppLink are other products in this growing market, notes IHS. Read more

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