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This Week in Mobile: SXSW, Samsung and Shaq

SXSW, Samsung and Shaq: your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry


Here at Fueled, a design and development company based in New York and London, we are obsessed with everything that happens in mobile, be it rumors of iPhone hardware, delectable Android updates or new apps we love.

Every Friday, we’d like to help you “top up” your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse.

The Release of iOS 7.1


Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday. The software update includes a number of improvements aimed to significantly improve the performance of the phone. The free 280-megabyte download adds options to Siri, an inproved fingerprint sensor, and a fix for the bug that caused some users to have their iPhones spontaneously reboot. via Re/code

Whisper Raises Serious Funding


Whisper, the popular anonymous sharing app that isn't Secret, is racking in more money from venture capitalists just six months after its last funding round. This time, the app raised $30 million, with a valuation at around $200 million. Its competitor, Secret announced today that it has raised $10 million at a $50 valuation. Secrets, Secretsvia Re/code

Samsung Teaser Videos

Samsung released a couple of videos showing off the Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit this week to give users an in-depth look at some sweet new features. The smartphone video showcases new camera features and the Gear 2 and Gear Fit shows off slick userfacing capabilities. We're excited. via CNet

Lebron Tweets

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Speaking of Samsung, noted spokesman LeBron James tweeted this week that his Galaxy had a major meltdown that erased everything on it. The basketball player, who has been in many commercials for Samsung, tweeted that he had "one of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life!!!" after the event. He quickly realized his mistake and deleted the tweet, but not before the internet took notice. via Business Insider

SXSW: Our Favorite App = Humin


Long gone are the days of the big, bulky Rolodex. We carry our contacts with us wherever we go. Yet, Apple's Contacts App is messy. It's not smart. It's not personal. It's not human. Or, shall we say Humin. Humin is a brand new smart app to manage your contacts that quietly drummed up attention during this week's SXSW. We love how it tells us who we know, and when and where we met them. While it hasn't officially launched yet, you can get Humin here with this special SXSW link.

Bonus: Shaq Loves Apps


It was a slow week in tech, perhaps due to everyone's SXSW hangover, but, at least we've got Shaquille O’Neal. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the 7'1 basketball legend and self-professed geek (who was a pre-IPO investor in Google) spends about $1,000 per week on apps. via WSJ

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