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Speculate and share your perspective on the factors mobile application developers should consider before deciding to charge or offer free/ad-sponsored products? If you decide to go with ad-support, is this a first release choice or as an update?

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1. Assess the effectiveness and efficiency mobile-based applications provide to capture geolocation data and customer data, and quickly upload to a processing server without users having to use a desktop system.

2. Evaluate benefits realized by consumers because of the ability to gain access to their own data via mobile applications.

3. Examine the challenges of developing applications that run on mobile devices because of the small screen size.

4. Describe the methods that can be used to decide which platform to support, i.e., iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, or Android.

5. Mobile applications require high availability because end users need to have continuous access to IT and IS systems.

6. Discuss ways of providing high availability.

7. Mobile devices are subjected to hacking at a higher rate than non-mobile devices. Discuss methods of making mobile devices more secure.

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