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Casio announces Android-based EPOS terminal for retailers

Casio has announced the VX-100 business support terminal; an Electronic Point-of-Sale terminal that includes a touch-controlled display and a built-in printer.

Most notably, it runs version 2.2 of the Android operating system.<.p>

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Over a third of published apps are pulled from the Android Market

The latest insight from research2guidance reveals that the Android Market contains 319,161 applications - having added 42,000 in September alone - while the Apple App store has 459,589 apps.

The actual number of applications that have been published on the Android Market exceeded 500,000 last month, with the Apple App Store seeing just over 600,000 successful submissions.

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Technology makes cash transfers safer in Kenya

Cathy Majtenyi of voanews.com writes:

In the slums of Kenya's capital, residents and aid groups are using new technology to send and receive money.

Irene Okoth and her five children have been living on 50 cents a day in Nairobi's Korogocho settlement.  That is what she earns recycling garbage from the nearby dump.

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O2 starts branding beta applications as '1st Edition' products

Telefónica UK has announced a new brand for beta versions of mobile apps.

Some new O2 products will be branded as ‘1st Edition’, indicating that the company is looking for feedback from customers before the application is launched. The first app badged as 1st Edition will be the new O2 Connect VoIP service.

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HTC acquires child-friendly app company Inquisitive Minds

HTC Corporation is spending $13 million to acquire Inquisitive Minds, the company behind the Zoodles brand.

Zoodles is a free app for smartphones, tablets and computers that puts the device into a child-safe mode. It’s currently used by over two million people.

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