2013 should be a big year for mobile data as more people are expected to access the internet from their mobile devices than from their desktops next year. Smartphone and tablet options continue to proliferate and become more affordable than ever, and a growing number of people are opting to purchase these devices. In fact, more American adults own smartphones than simpler feature phones now, with households earning less than $30,000 annually being the fastest growing income segment of smartphone users in the past year.
This infographic from The Economist details the shift to mobile data:
We’ve been speculating for months (here, here, and here) about whether the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be capable of receiving Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) messages, also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Well, as our friends at the Alerts and Notifications blog wrote this weekend, iPhone 5s and other iPhones that upgrade to the new OS will receive these messages.
Well, some will receive them, at least. Continue reading »
As we reported on last week, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, is set to be released with the new iPhone 5 in the coming weeks, and as an update to existing iOS devices at the end of this week. We are still looking for information on whether iOS 6 will make the iPhone capable of receiving Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) messages. But if the devices will be able to receive these messages (also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA), a new “Do Not Disturb” feature may keep them from displaying the alert. Continue reading »
The rumor mill is in full swing: a new iPhone will either be announced, launched, or both on September 12th. Our understanding at AWARE is that the next iPhone/iOS will be CMAS capable. We will have to wait until the model is launched to confirm, but all indications are that this will translate into a significant new population with CMAS-capable phones.
Aside from CMAS capability, here is my wish list of alerts and warnings-related features for next iPhone – assuming any relevant policy or regulatory issues could be painlessly overcome. Continue reading »
The focus of yesterday’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Practitioner Webinar was “Reaching the Whole Community: Accessible Alerts and Warnings for Everyone”. Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Integration and Disability Coordination (ODIC), presented on ODIC’s efforts to assist local, state, and Federal governments in developing emergency programs in accordance with Federal civil rights laws and regulations. Federal law requires emergency programs to provide people with disabilities equal access to the same programs and services as the general population; physical access to locations where emergency programs and services are provided; and access to the same information provided to the general population using equally effective and timely methods. Here is a recap of the webinar and a few key points we came away with.