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Mobile Technology News, April 30, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Kickstarter Sets Off $7 Million Stampede for a Watch Not Yet Made
    The Pebble, a watch that is being developed to work with the iPhone, has raised more than $7 million in financing on Kickstarter, a case that has signified the site’s coming of age.

  • Memo From Mexico: In Mexico Presidential Race, a Bruising Battle Online
    A law passed in 2007 that was intended to keep campaigning orderly and clean has been undercut by the unpredictable and uncontrollable Web.

  • The Braiser, a Site for Coverage of Celebrity Chefs
    The Braiser, a project by the television analyst and lawyer Dan Abrams, will arrive online in mid-May and cover chefs who have cultivated worldwide reputations.

  • Granny army teaches in the cloud
    UK-based pensioners educate Indian children via Skype
  • Campaign to speed up 4G roll-out
    Mobile firm Everything Everywhere has launched a campaign to pressure politicians to deliver the rollout of 4G services.
  • 1958 Postcard Finally Reaches Destination — With Facebook’s Help
    CHICAGO — A postcard mailed from Chicago in 1958 has finally reached its intended recipient, but not without a little help from Facebook. The 71-year-old…
  • Steve Rosenbaum: Alarm Bells: "Open Web" In Danger, Says Brin, Berners-Lee
    One thing is certain. Politicians throughout the democratic world are pushing for stronger censorship and surveillance by Internet companies to stop the theft of intellectual property.
  • Susan Landau: Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
    The hidden fact is that CISPA completely avoids the issue of protecting critical infrastructure. The bill’s authors said the reason for CISPA not covering critical infrastructure was "that [was] outside of our jurisdiction."
  • High pay ‘revolt’ web tool debuts
    A new online tool is launched that lets individuals complain if they feel executive pay at companies is too high.
  • The Digital (Gender) Divide: Women vs. Men Online
    When it comes to the demographic discrepancies of social media usage, we tend to think primarily about age. Young people, we assume, are Facebook addicts;…
  • The Daily Princetonian: #whatshouldwecallthisarticle
    I don’t think Internet trends like this necessarily mean we’re getting stupider. I think, instead, they provide important societal lens, a vital opportunity to glimpse mass consciousness. If we approach from the right angle, even the Y U NO guy can teach us something.
  • How One Facebook Billionaire Is Spending His Riches
    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Dustin Moskovitz is by many accounts the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. But the 27-year-old isn’t…
  • The iEconomy: Apple’s Tax Strategy Aims at Low-Tax States and Nations
    Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.

  • Lyric Hughes Hale: The New Law of the Sea and the Geopolitics of the Internet
    Perhaps we have found a new metric by which to measure political power — the cables that link nations to other nations and regions, the networks which allow their citizens to communicate with each other, and the round trip time for data to travel. It is the new Law of the Sea.
  • Dell says XPS 13 ultrabook exceeds sales expectations
    Dell’s first ultrabook is off to a strong start, offering some hope for the new class of skinny laptops.
  • Discovery Crashes Plane … On Puprose
    Discovery Channel has crashed a plane in the Mexican desert for its new series "Curiosity." According to the network, a Boeing 727 passenger jet was…
  • Forget Emoticons: Humoticons Are Here
    Don’t :) — smile! As part of its new ad campaign that rips into services like Facebook and Twitter with claims they undermine our humanity…
  • Get Sneaky: How To Hide From Face-Detection Technology
    If you take Adam Harvey’s advice, here’s what you might wanna wear to a party this weekend: A funny hat, asymmetrical glasses, a tuft of hair that…
  • How Apple Minimizes its Corporate Tax Burden
    In the latest installment of its “iEconomy” series, The New York Times takes a look at how Apple minimizes its corporate tax burden, taking advantage of a number of legal maneuvers and loopholes around the world. Apple’s strategies are of course fully legal and used by many other corporations, but with a spotlight on Apple as it has rapidly risen to become the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company with record-setting profits, it has obviously attracted much attention about how it handles its money.
    Apple, for instance, was among the first tech companies to designate overseas salespeople in high-tax countries in a manner that allowed them to sell on behalf of low-tax subsidiaries on other continents, sidestepping income taxes, according to former executives. Apple was a pioneer of an accounting technique known as the “Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich,” which reduces taxes by routing profits through Irish subsidiaries and the Netherlands and then to the Caribbean. Today, that tactic is used by hundreds of other corporations — some of which directly imitated Apple’s methods, say accountants at those companies.

    Among the tactics used by Apple:

    - Setting up subsidiaries in low-tax locations such as Nevada, Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the British Virgin Islands, routing as much revenue as possible through these locations. By routing much of its U.S. revenue through its Braeburn Capital subsidiary in tax-free Reno, Nevada, Apple is able to avoid California’s corporate tax rate of 8.84%, while also reducing its tax burden on money earned in other states.

    - Apple’s iTunes S.à r.l. subsidiary in Luxembourg consists mainly of a mailbox and a few dozen employees, but records $1 billion per year in revenue as the entity responsible for all iTunes Store transactions throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. With the iTunes Store offering strictly downloadable goods, Apple is able to take advantage of favorable tax treatment available in Luxembourg as part of the country’s efforts to attract businesses.

    - Apple has substantial operations in Ireland, but the report notes that one of the main benefits of locating there is that Apple is able to internally transfer its patent royalty earnings to a subsidiary there, with the money being subjected to a 12.5% tax rate rather than the 35% tax rate found in the United States. More than one-third of Apple’s worldwide revenue is booked through its Irish subsidiaries.

    - Apple records 70% of its revenue overseas, even though much of the product value would normally be considered to derive from their design, which occurs in the United States.



    Overall, Apple paid $3.3 billion in corporate taxes in 2011 on earnings of $34.2 billion in profits, an effective tax rate of 9.8%, which is considered low by corporate standards. But with the company’s tactics relying on a complex and disjointed system of tax laws throughout the world, it is difficult for the United States to single-handedly require Apple to book more of its revenue in its home country, which currently has the highest corporate tax rates in the world when federal and average state rates are included.

    Apple has provided an official response to The New York Times, highlighting its role in job creation in the United States, the tax payments it does make, and its charitable giving. The company also notes that its business practices are in full compliance with all laws and accounting rules.


Mobile Technology News, April 29, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, April 27, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Samsung overtakes Nokia in phones
    Samsung Electronics overtakes Nokia to become the world largest seller of mobile phones and reports an 81% increase in quarterly profits.
  • House Defies Veto Threat on Hacking Bill
    The vote defies a promised presidential veto on a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information on cyberthreats.

  • Amazon’s Profit Drops 35% but Tops Expectations
    Amazon.com’s net income dropped 35 percent in the first quarter as the company spent on its Kindle Fire and other projects, but earnings still beat Wall Street’s expectations.

  • Samsung tops Apple in global mobile phone shipments
    Samsung is on a tear and dominating worldwide mobile phone shipments, according to two market research firms.
  • F.T.C. Hires an Outside Litigator in Google Case
    The Federal Trade Commission named a former federal prosecutor to lead its antitrust inquiry in a sign that the agency is prepared to take the Internet giant to court.

  • Teen Victims Of Cyberbullying Fight Back In lawsuits
    ATLANTA — When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there…
  • Oracle Releases Java Development Kits for OS X as Work on Java SE 7 for Mac Continues
    Back in late 2010, Apple announced that it would cease supporting Java for OS X, with Steve Jobs noting that Apple was always a version behind that being distributed by Sun/Oracle, which handled Java for all other platforms.

    Confusion about whether Oracle would step into the Java void created by Apple’s removal of support was addressed several weeks later when Apple and Oracle announced plans to expand Oracle’s OpenJDK project to include OS X as a means to deliver Java SE 7 to Mac users.

    Oracle today announced that is taking the next step toward OS X compatibility with the release of Java SE 7 Update 4 and JavaFX 2.1. For Java developers, the update marks the first release of the Java Development Kit (JDK) and JavaFX Software Development Kit for OS X. The OpenJDK community is continuing its work on a consumer version of Java SE 7 for OS X, and Oracle says that a public release for consumers will be coming “later in 2012″.

    This release marks Oracle’s first delivery of both the Java Development Kit (JDK) and JavaFX Software Development Kit (SDK) for Mac OS X.

    - Java developers can now download Oracle’s JDK, which includes the JavaFX SDK, for Mac OS X from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

    - Oracle plans to release a consumer version of Java SE 7, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Mac OS X later in 2012.

    While the transition to Oracle/OpenJDK for Java support on OS X continues, Steve Jobs’ comments about Apple’s Java packages always being a version behind and how that arrangement “may not be the best way to do it” proved prescient in recent weeks with the appearance of the Flashback malware. The latest incarnations of Flashback managed to infect over 600,000 Macs by taking advantage of a vulnerability in Java that had been patched by Oracle in February but which had not yet been patched on OS X.

    In response, Apple released several updates to Java for OS X, including one that disables the automatic execution of Java applets. As an additional layer of security, once a user manually turns on automatic execution, the system will once again disable it after a period of time if no applets have been executed.


  • Security Firm: Microsoft Ahead Of Apple
    Look out, Apple. Eugene Kaspersky is calling you out. The founder and CEO of Kaspersky Labs spoke with Computer Business Review (CBR) about Apple’s slow…
  • Andy Plesser: Video: Yahoo’s Levinsohn: We Are Investing Heavily in Premium Content"
    Yahoo! is investing heavily in original, premium video for the Web, says Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP for the America’s in this intview with Beet.TV…
  • Cyber-security bill past US House
    A bill allowing access to private web data on suspicion of a cyber threat passes the US House of Representatives, despite a White House veto threat.
  • Firefox beta moves closer to SPDY
    A new home page, a refurbished New Tab page, and Google’s SPDY protocol for faster and safer browsing step up in the latest Firefox beta.
  • Never Fear Microclimates Again: New App Conquers Our Bizarre Weather
    It’s been said that if you don’t like the weather in San Francisco, just walk ten feet. The city is famous for its litany of…
  • Raspberry Pi: ‘a great experiment’
    Putting the Raspberry Pi through its paces
  • VIDEO: Raspberry Pi put to test by student
    A-Level computing student Isabell Long and technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones put the Raspberry Pi computer through its paces.
  • House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Bill
    The House of Representatives passed cybersecurity legislation Thursday aimed at protecting American companies from hackers who steal intellectual property. The bill passed 248 to 168,…
  • Unsettling Internet Surveillance Bill Passes In House
    In an unexpected turn on events, the House voted and passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) CISPA, Politico reported. The vote was…
  • Japan’s Instagram, For Better Or Worse
    If you don’t think there’s enough clutter on Instagram, it’s time to try Pick. Pick’s interface screams Instagram, as does its use of filters, borders,…
  • Republicans Block Second Password Protection Bid
    WASHINGTON — Republicans blocked a second bid in the House to pass an amendment barring employers from demanding Facebook and other social media passwords from…
  • WATCH: Flash Mob Reportedly Hired By Samsung Targets Apple Store
    Talk about aggressive marketing. It looks like Samsung’s jabs against Apple are now extending beyond cheeky advertisements and into real-life guerilla tactics. A flash mob,…

Mobile Technology News, April 26, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Angry Birds named top gaming app
    Angry Birds voted best gaming app while Sky Sports News takes top prize at this year’s Appys award ceremony.
  • Intel-based Lava Xolo phone measures up, says report
    Intel-based Lava Xolo smartphone keeps pace with ARM rivals, says report.
  • ‘No evidence’ of harm by mobiles
    There is still no evidence mobile phones harm human health, says a major safety review for the UK’s Health Protection Agency.
  • Opera 12′s first beta also swan song for quirky features
    The first beta of Opera 12 sees several new features take the stage as older browser options such as Unite and Widgets leave the scene.
  • Samsung announces quad-core chip for Galaxy S phone
    Samsung hints at what’s coming for Galaxy S3 phone with new quad-core chip.
  • Noticed: Celebrity Spats Thrive on Twitter
    By giving the famous and those who aspire to be an unfettered soapbox from which to spout, Twitter has become a platform for celebrities’ public spats.

  • Ericsson’s Net Income Soars 116%
    Ericsson posted profit that more than doubled on higher demand in Asia and Latin America and the sale of a stake in a cellphone venture with Sony.

  • IPhone Attracts Customers, but Sprint Loses $863 Million
    Sprint Nextel’s net quarterly loss was nearly twice last year’s $439 million because of the expense of shutting down its Nextel platform, but was less than analysts had expected.

  • Steve Jobs’ Plan for a Willy Wonka-Style Celebration of the Millionth iMac
    Among the many anecdotes about Steve Jobs included in Ken Segall’s new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, one in particular stands out for its glimpse into Jobs’ character, providing evidence of his willingness to engage in playful ideas when the mood suited him. The story takes place relatively soon after the launch of the original iMac, with Jobs wanting to find a high-profile way to celebrate the sale of the millionth one to mark Apple’s comeback from the dead.
    Steve’s idea was to do a Willy Wonka with it. Just as Wonka did in the movie, Steve wanted to put a golden certificate representing the millionth iMac inside the box of one iMac, and publicize that fact. Whoever opened the lucky iMac box would be refunded the purchase price and be flown to Cupertino, where he or she (and, presumably, the accompanying family) would be taken on a tour of the Apple campus.

    Steve had already instructed his internal creative group to design a prototype golden certificate, which he shared with us. But the killer was that Steve wanted to go all out on this. He wanted to meet the lucky winner in full Willy Wonka garb. Yes, complete with top hat and tails.

    Those in the room with Jobs were amused by his excitement over the idea, but less than enthusiastic about seeing it come to fruition. Fortunately for those looking for a way out of it, California law required that all such sweepstake contests allow entry without requiring a purchase. Given that people would then be able to enter the contest without purchasing an iMac and there in fact being a very good chance that the winner wouldn’t be an iMac owner or even an Apple fan, Jobs’ pet idea for a Willy Wonka-themed prize was cast aside.


  • For Couples, New Source of Online Friction
    Social media can become a source of irritation for couples. Some spouses have started insisting their partners ask for approval before broadcasting comments and photos.

  • Meredith Fineman: EngagementBook
    We need to talk. About Facebook. Or rather, EngagementBook. It’s Spring, the birds are chirping, and everyone is engaging the crap out of each other on my newsfeed.
  • Mozilla looks to summit ‘Kilimanjaro’ for project unity
    Following a series of aggressive development announcements this year, Mozilla unveils an equally ambitious plan to synchronize its release schedules by the end of summer.
  • O2 launches mobile wallet service
    O2 unveils an app that allows users to transfer up to £500 via text message and speed up purchases from online retailers.
  • World’s five top cyber threats
    The top five cyber threats for our world
  • Venture Capital Firm Giving Half of Profits To Charity
    (By Sarah McBride – Reuters) – In an effort to kickstart more charitable giving around Silicon Valley, the six general partners at venture firm Andreessen…
  • Middle School Girls Expelled Over Facebook Jokes ‘To Kill’ Peers
    INDIANAPOLIS — Three eighth-graders from northwest Indiana who say they were expelled after joking on Facebook about which of their classmates they would like to…
  • Jane Carlin and Barb Macke: The Legacy of a Digital Generation
    Most of us have trouble remembering a single instance where we produced a tangible remnant of ourselves — solid, irrefutable evidence that we existed in this day, this month, this year.
  • Analog Beauty In The Digital Age
    Between rising demand for vinyl records and the sepia-toned, Polaroid-inspired popularity of Instagram photos, it seems that the nostalgia market is booming even in the…
  • Photo-Sharing Site Set To Purchase Kodak Business
    (Reuters) – Photo-sharing service Shutterfly Inc <SFLY.O> said there were no competing bids for Eastman Kodak Co’s <EKDKQ.PK> online photo services business that Shutterfly is…

Mobile Technology News, April 25, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, April 24, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, April 23, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Apple Predicted to Discontinue 17-Inch MacBook Pro
    Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past offered accurate information on Apple’s Mac product roadmap, recently took on a new position with KGI Securities and has published a new report today indicating that Apple may be preparing to drop the 17-inch MacBook Pro from its lineup due to weak sales.



    Kuo’s prediction comes as Apple is expected to introduce new notebooks that serve as a hybrid between the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, offering greater power than the Air but greater portability than the Pro. Kuo believes that Apple will elect to drop the 17-inch size as part of this revamp in order to streamline the company’s product offerings.

    Apple’s Mac business in 2Q12 will be boosted by several factors. Three of which are: (1) Mountain Lion, which integrates iOS features with Mac OS, Apple TV’s interaction function, will be launched in June; (2) upgrading to Ivy Bridge; and (3) back-to-school demand. We forecast Apple will sell 5.32mn units of the Mac series (up 28.5% QoQ and 35.2% YoY) in 2Q12, making it the main growth driver.

    We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

    While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17” MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy.

    According to Kuo’s estimates for the first calendar quarter of 2012, Apple sold roughly 3.1 million notebooks, with nearly half of them being the 13-inch MacBook Pro, far and away the company’s best-selling Mac product. But while Kuo predicts sales of nearly 1.5 million units of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, he sees much lower sales of roughly 500,000 15-inch models and only 50,000 17-inch models.

    Kuo estimates Apple’s first quarter MacBook Air sales at roughly 1.1 million, split nearly equally between 11-inch and 13-inch models. He believes that the MacBook Air is only meeting Apple’s expectations and not exceeding them, in large part because solid-state drives are not yet available in large enough capacities to satisfy consumers. But the trend of abandoning optical and traditional hard disk drives from notebooks will continue, and solid-state drives will continue to become more cost competitive over time.


  • In-Cell Touch Technology Could Help Apple Reduce Next iPhone’s Thickness by 15%
    Following last week’s rumor that Apple is looking to adopt thinner in-cell touch technology for the display of the next-generation iPhone, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who recently took on a new position with KGI Securities, has issued a report looking at how that change could help Apple reduce the thickness of the iPhone from the current 9.3 mm of the iPhone 4S to under 8 mm. The move would help Apple to compete against its Android-based challengers, which have continued to see reductions in their thickness over time.
    Since Apple’s smartphone competitors have generally slimmed down their high-end offerings to 7-8mm, Apple needs to make a leap forward from 4S’ 9.3mm thickness. We believe Apple will aim at 8mm or below (at least 1.4mm slimmer) for iPhone 5, in a bid to ensure brisk sales through 2014, while peers will also continue to introduce increasingly slim models next year.

    As such, all iPhone 4S components that account for thickness must be slimmer, specifically, touch panel, battery and casing. Moreover, a marginal amount of space is required between the three parts for the sakes of assembly tolerance and thermal expansion of components.

    Kuo calculates that shifting to in-cell touch technology in the next iPhone will yield Apple just shy of 0.5 mm in terms of a reduction in thickness. Kuo envisions a similar reduction coming from the battery, which he predicts Apple will be able to broaden somewhat inside the casing, allowing for a roughly 10% reduction in battery thickness.

    A final 0.5 mm reduction in thickness could come from the use of a metal back case, which could come in at half the thickness of the glass back used in the current iPhone. Altogether, Apple could shave 1.4 mm from the iPhone’s thickness to bring the next-generation model in at just 7.9 mm thick.



    In yet another argument for the adoption of in-cell touch technology for the display in the next-generation iPhone, Kuo notes that display production would be greatly simplified, with fewer steps in the manufacturing process and fewer vendors being involved resulting in an estimated reduction in production time from 12-16 days to just 3-5 days.

    While the initial yield on in-cell touch displays is currently lower than for glass-on-glass manufacturing techniques such as those used for the iPhone 4S, that deficiency can be compensated for by re-bonding in-cell panels and cover glass units with the optically clear resin (OCR) used in the bonding process. The optically clear adhesive (OCA) used in the current manufacturing process can not be re-bonded if the initial bonding fails.


  • Five reasons Adobe’s CS6 subscription is smart
    The $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription that arrives with CS6 leaves plenty of customers cold. But Adobe’s doing the right thing by adding the option.
  • Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud
    Adobe today officially announced the launch of Creative Suite 6, the next major update to the company’s bundles of popular design applications. The release sees new versions of 14 separate applications, including the flagship Photoshop CS6 that has been offered as a free public beta for the past month.
    “Creatives get a ton of innovation across CS6, with milestone releases of all our flagship products,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “With CS6 and Creative Cloud, we’re also introducing new products, new mobile workflows and advanced publishing capabilities that show we are laser-focused on ensuring design, Web and video pros have everything they need for the delivery of high-impact content and apps.”

    As with previous editions of Creative Suite, Adobe is offering the CS6 applications individually, as well as in several different bundles targeting print, web, and video design professionals.

    Bundle pricing begins at $1299 for the Design Standard collection, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro. At an $1899 price point, Adobe offers either the Design & Web Premium collection, which includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro, or the Production Premium collection, which includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, and SpeedGrade. Finally, Adobe’s Master Collection containing all of the CS6 applications is available for $2599.



    Adobe today also officially introduced Creative Cloud, a subscription service offering access to all CS6 applications as well as other cloud services to facilitate the integration of desktop Adobe software with the company’s growing stable of tablet and smartphone applications.

    Creative Cloud is priced at $49.99 per month for an annual membership, or $74.99 per month on a month-to-month basis. The service is also being offered at a special introductory rate of $29.99 per month for current users of Adobe’s CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 software.

    All Creative Suite 6 products are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping within 30 days. Adobe will be hosting a streaming launch event at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, highlighting the new developments included in Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.


  • A Hit Maker Bets Future Earnings on an Expansion Plan
    The entertainment entrepreneur Peter Chernin has made an arrangement with investors, who are taking a stake in the future earnings of his films and television shows and channeling him the money now.

  • NimbleTV Aims to Stream TV on Devices
    NimbleTV is the latest example of technology companies trying to break into the closed system of television distribution in the United States.

  • Adobe makes the CS6 sales pitch
    What kind of software can you buy $2,600? Creative Suite 6, arriving in May with a long list of new features for those dealing with photo, video, Web sites, and publishing.
  • Obama To Target Foreign Nationals’ Use Of New Technologies
    President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to…
  • Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum turns 30
    Reunion for designers of Sinclair’s computer
  • Intel launches Ivy Bridge chips
    Intel unveils 13 Ivy Bridge chips, promising more processing power and less energy use to help it head off Arm and AMD’s challenges.
  • News Analysis: Don’t Be Evil but Don’t Miss the Tech Train
    Recent privacy controversies for Google and other Internet companies show the pains of an industry intent on changing the world.

  • Intel’s Ivy Bridge waits on Windows 8
    Can’t wait for an Ivy Bridge system running the next version of Microsoft’s OS? Be patient.
  • Torvalds receives 2012 Millennium Technology Prize
    Linux creator recognized for his creation and ongoing work on the open-source operating system.
  • A Divided Congress Confronts A Rising Cyberthreat
    WASHINGTON — The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies…
  • Google Celebrates Earth Day
    Google on Sunday replaced the logo on its search engine homepage with a blossoming animation in honor of Earth Day 2012. Visitors to Google.com will…
  • Homeland Security Has Some Questions For Indian Software Giant
    MUMBAI, April 22 (Reuters) – Infosys, India’s No. 2 software services exporter, is under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for likely errors…
  • Invent a balloon shape, print it, then just blow
    Want a party-balloon bunny or sausage dog but don’t have the twisting skills? 3D printing may soon provide balloons of any shape

NLP Models in the App Store

The NLP models app is now in the app store. Made for our clients Excellence For All, the NLP Models app is a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad.

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The app provides an introduction to some of the main models of NLP, presented with colourful images, video and audio explanations of the NLP concepts.

View or download ‘NLP Models’ at the app store.

 

 

Mobile Technology News, April 22, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, April 21, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Olympus Shareholders Shake Off Scandal
    The company had little trouble winning approval for a slate of directors at the first shareholders meeting since its $1.5 billion accounting scandal emerged.

  • Hillman Curtis, a Pioneer in Web Design, Dies at 51
    Mr. Curtis, who called himself a serial self-reinventor, played in a rock band in the 1980s and early ’90s before teaching himself Web design and then moved on to film, his third career.

  • James Cameron, Google Execs Team Up On Mysterious Space Project
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    We’re pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game’s release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now!

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