News Scan: NFL Now to offer mobile content; BYOD ups data recovery requests; more


>> NFL Now to personalize mobile content for fans

The National Football League (NFL) is partnering with Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo and Gillette to launch a new personalized video service that will enable fans to see game highlights, news and analysis across multiple device types, including mobile devices, this summer. Fans will be able to log in with their favorite teams and players and be served personalized content based on their interests. Mobile content will be accessed through the NFL Now mobile app, available at the Windows, iOS and Android app stores, and through NFL Mobile from Verizon. Fans will also be able to subscribe to NFL Now Plus, which will provide them access to premium content and features for a monthly fee. Read more on NFL Now.

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>> Mobile phone use at work will increase need for data recovery

The rise in mobile phone use at work will be one factor increasing the volume of data recovery requests in 2014, predicts Kroll Ontrack. BYOD and choose-your-own-device programs will spur the use of virtualized environments, which will lead to more data recovery requests due to the complexity of virtualization and the lack of IT expertise in dealing with user errors. Other factors that will spur the need for data recovery include erase verifications for SSDs, widespread use of HDD drives and online cloud services, says Kroll Ontrack. Read more on data recovery trends.

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>> Researchers develop Android app to alert users about location tracking

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed an Android app that enables phone users to monitor when apps are tracking their location, IDG News Service reports. The researchers use the Android Location application programming interface as "an effective side channel" to let the user know when their location is being tracked. "All apps that access location need to request permission from the Android platform. The problem is that people don't pay attention to these default disclosures," Janne Lindqvist, who led the research project, tells IDG in an email. Read more about the Android app.

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>> Inq Mobile closes shop

Inq Mobile, which was founded in 2008, has closed its doors, TechCrunch is reporting. The firm was one of the first to build a phone optimized for the Facebook social network, the reports notes. In addition to Android mobile phones, Inq Mobile provided the Material news reader and the SO.HO social media aggregator, neither of which will be updated going forward. Support pages for its Cloud Tech smartphone, designed for the U.K. market, and its feature phones are still on the website, the report explains. Read more on the Inq closure.

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>> Facebook launches mobile news app called Paper

Facebook's mobile news app called Paper enables uses to follow their interests and view content from a range of publications, as well as share their own stories, Mobile Marketer reports. While Facebook is competing with many other companies offering mobile news apps, Jay Hawkinson, senior vice president of emerging products at SIM Partners, thinks the social network might have a leg up on the competition. Facebook users are "very active, often logging in multiple times per day--if not staying logged in all day--making Facebook a natural source for news consumption," Hawkinson tells Mobile Marketer. Read more on the Facebook mobile news app.

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