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Mobile Technology News, May 31, 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.

  • Key EU votes on piracy treaty due
    Three key EU committees are to vote on a controversial anti-piracy treaty which campaigners warn is a threat to internet freedom.
  • LIVE: SpaceX Dragon Returns To Earth
    The SpaceX Dragon capsule is set to return to Earth on Thursday after a successful mission to restock the International Space Station. After its launch…
  • Apple’s Cook right about PC-tablet fusion fantasy
    Apple’s chief executive expounds: A tablet and a PC is not a marriage made in heaven.
  • Researchers Link Flame Virus to Stuxnet and Duqu
    Researchers said they believe the Flame computer virus came from different programmers but the same, state-sponsored campaign that damaged Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

  • Daddy, What Are Turntables, Eight-Tracks and Floppy Disks?
    A reporter imagines when the world will be completely wireless and digital and how much the products will cost.

  • DealBook: Weakness in Facebook Stock Adds to Pause in I.P.O.’s
    After Facebook flopped in its market debut, investors are nervous about new stock offerings. As a result, many companies, like Kayak, are reconsidering plans to go public.

  • Sheryl Sandberg: A New Metaphor for Your Career
    A career is no longer like a ladder; it’s like a jungle gym. For your career, look for opportunities, look for growth, look for impact, look for a mission. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off.
  • Ellison: Oracle’s cloud will cast a shadow over enterprise software world
    In a wide-ranging interview at the D10 conference, the Oracle CEO opens up about the June 6 announcement of a new cloud-based platform and complete rewrites of CRM and ERP applications.
  • Russian Millionaire Throws Cash Out His Window
    While Mark Zuckerberg is failing to leave tips at restaurants on his honeymoon in Rome, his Russian counterpart is doing just the opposite. According to…
  • ‘Fantastical’ Adds iCal and iOS Reminders to Version 1.3 [Mac Blog]
    Fantastical, an OS X natural language calendar assistant, has been updated to version 1.3 today. The new version includes support for iCal and iOS reminders.



    MacStories describes the new feature:

    Fantastical can create, edit, and delete reminders with natural language recognition. In testing the app, I told Fantastical to “remind me to take out the trash”, and the app intelligently parsed the command as just “take out the trash”, interpreting the initial portion of the sentence as a reminder input.

    The utility can then sync reminders across iCloud and iOS devices. Fantastical is available as a free trial download from the developer’s site, or directly from the Mac App Store for $19.99. [Direct Link]

    Flexibits is also the company that we’ve hired to develop a MacRumors iOS app which is currently in the works.


  • John Paul Caponigro: Correct Perspective With the App Front View
    Control of perspective and aspect ratio are two powerful reasons to use FrontView. The limits of believability are potentially your only constraints.
  • Kleiner’s Doerr denies gender discrimination allegations
    Kleiner Perkins’ powerful partner John Doerr issues a statement that refutes the claims in a junior partner’s suit and defends his firm’s commitment to diversity.
  • Emma Gray: Sheryl Sandberg Tells Women It’s OK To Cry At Work
    Sandberg’s point that we should (somewhat) blur the lines between our "professional selves" and our "authentic selves" seems relevant to Americans in a whole variety of fields.
  • LOOK: Water Color Images That Will Blow Your Mind
    British photographer Mark Mawson has taken our breath away with another photo series made from the simple ingredients of paint and water. Dubbed "Aqueous Electreau,"…
  • Sony nixes idea of online-only console, WSJ says
    The video game console developer flirted with the idea of dropping the optical drive, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • What Happens When Dreams Die?
    The emails from Know About It stopped coming at the end of March. A few weeks later, I received a message from the site: "What…
  • Netflix Reveals What It Will Do With Ex-Customers’ Data
    Turns out that nobody has to know about that copy of Bad Girls of Red Light District 6: The Extended Cut you rented from Netflix…
  • Tim Cook at D10: Loves That Customers, Rumor and News Sites Care About Apple
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    At this year’s All Things D conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook about a range of topics. We offer a transcript of the interview, but didn’t include the Q&A session because we were standing in line to ask Cook a question.

    A number of questions were asked, including about Apple’s product naming strategy and how Cook originally joined Apple — I asked about his feelings regarding the attention paid to Apple and himself by rumor sites, the media and Apple’s extremely passionate customers:

    MacRumors: Jordan Golson from MacRumors.

    You talk a lot about the emotion of the customers, there’s a lot of passion amongst customers. Do you think the sort of attention that’s paid to Apple from rumor sites and news sites and everybody is a distraction or a driver? How does that affect you and the company?

    Tim Cook: I think it’s a privilege to have people that care about the company and care enough to write, care enough to talk, and care enough to send me an email and say “you’re out to lunch on this thing” and “you should be looking at this differently”.

    I think all of that is great, I love it. And do I want something printed on a website that’s confidential? No, but I don’t think that’s what you’re asking.

    I view our ecosystem as including great sites that care deeply about the company and want to inform customers. I have no problem with people that disagree with things that we’re doing. That’s our country and I love it. It’s great that we have disagreements.

    Does that make sense?

    Kara Swisher: He loves you.

    (Image courtesy Dan Frommer/ReadWriteWeb)


  • Facebook Opens New Office
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Facebook Inc. launched its first office in the Arab world Wednesday, aiming to drum up new advertising business from Dubai…

Mobile Technology News, May 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.

  • Nuclear alchemy: Thorium promises power from waste
    Reactors driven by particle accelerators could eat nuclear waste – and generate power at the same time. Does this mean thorium’s time has come at last?

  • Stocks and Bonds: Overall Market Turns Up While Facebook Slides
    Shares of the social networking company are now down 24 percent from their initial public offering earlier this month.

  • New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online
    As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time using them for purposes other than for education.

  • Apple boss: Not trying to be Jobs
    Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook says Steve Jobs was a “visionary” and his role “was never to replace him”.
  • Apple’s iPhone, iPad ‘engine’ made in U.S., says Cook
    iPhone and iPad have some key U.S.-made components, according to Apple’s CEO.
  • Iran Confirms Attack by a Virus That Steals Data
    Though newly identified, the virus, called Flame, could be five years old, experts say. It is designed not to do damage, but to collect information from sources.

  • Tim Cook Offers Cryptic Clues To Huge Apple Secret
    Gather ’round, Apple enthusiasts. It’s time for some iTV talk. Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage on Tuesday night at AllThingsD’s D10 conference in…
  • Tim Cook at D10: Hints at Facebook Integration, and Siri Improvements
    At this year’s All Things D conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook about a range of topics. We offer a transcript of the entire interview. During the talk, Cook provided hints at two upcoming features for Apple customers.

    The first has to do with the possibility of Facebook integration into iOS. Apple and Facebook are believed to have previously been in tough negotiations about Facebook integration into Apple’s products. As a result, tight Facebook integration has been absent in iOS while Twitter has seen service-level support.

    When asked about Apple’s relationship with Facebook, Cook suggests that there will be news in the near future:

    For us, we want to provide customers simple and elegant ways to do the things they want to do. Facebook has hundreds of millions of customers. So, anyone that has an iPhone or iPad, we want them to have the best experience with Facebook on those platforms. So stay tuned.

    Next, when questioned about Siri, Cook reports that customers love the voice assistant feature on the iPhone 4S, and that its one of the most popular features on the device. He goes on to report that they have a lot more coming:

    But, there’s more that it can do. We have a lot of people working on this. You’ll be really pleased with the things you’ll see over the coming months. The breadth that you’re talking about — we’ve got some cool ideas about what Siri can do. We have a lot going on on this.

    Cook goes on to say that he thinks they’ll be “really happy” with where it’s going.


  • New display tech making its way to iPad, says analyst
    Apple’s iPad is getting Sharp’s “IGZO” display — a technology that was slated to appear in the iPad when it launched.
  • Tim Cook at D10: Dodges Questions about TV, Is an Area of "Intense Interest"


    At this year’s All Things D conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about the Apple TV and the company’s interest in making a full fledged television set. Rumors of such a product have been persistent but with increasing frequency over the past few years.

    Cook reiterated the relatively small success of the current Apple TV set top box. He notes that the device has been selling at twice the rate of the previous year with 2.7 million units sold in the first 6 months of 2012. As he has in the past, Cook reports that there is incredibly high customer satisfaction with the current Apple TV set top box, and it’s an area they have intense interest in:

    This is an area of intense interest for us. Many of us, the TV that we do watch, is almost exclusively on [the Apple TV]. That’s what my TV watching is. All of my movies, everything is coming through Apple TV.

    So, the customer satisfaction with that product is incredible. We’re going to keep pulling this string and see where it takes us. Many people would say “this is an area in their life that they aren’t pleased with.” They might not be pleased with many things about it. The whole TV experience. It’s an interesting area. We’ll have to see what we do. Right now our contribution is Apple TV.

    A bit later in the interview, Mossberg comes out and asked Tim Cook directly “Are you making a television”, to which Cook replies that he’s not going to answer that question.

    Cook does discuss their general approach to product design in response to Apple’s possible contribution to the television market:

    We would look at this and say can we control the key technology? Can we make a significant contribution beyond what others have made in this area? Can we make a product that we would all want? That’s all thing we would ask about any new product category. It’s the ones we ask about products within families we’re thinking about now.


  • Tim Cook at D10: "We’re going to double down on secrecy on products."


    Image from AllThingsD

    Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher spent time interviewing Apple CEO Tim Cook tonight on a range of topics. The interview took place at the All Things D conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. We have a full transcript of the interview available.

    When asked about what Cook has changed at Apple, he discusses that he plans on doubling down on secrecy on products.

    We’re going to double down on secrecy on products. I’m serious.

    Cook, however, does goes on to say that he is going to be the most transparent company on other topics such as social change and supplier responsibility.

    Apple’s secrecy surrounding its product line is legendary. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs even identified secrecy as one of the specific tenets at Apple that has been responsible for its success. Apple’s ability to keep products secret has been hampered in recent years by Apple’s reliance on Foxconn and other 3rd party manufacturers. Just earlier today, part leaks seem to have revealed the look of the next generation iPhone.


  • Police Blackberry plan criticised
    A £71m government scheme to cut the cost of paperwork by giving police forces smartphones and other devices makes only “woeful” savings, a report by MPs suggests.
  • Experts dispute threat posed by backdoor found in Chinese chip
    A Cambridge University researcher warns that a security bypass could allow third parties to take control of weapons and nuclear power plants. Another expert calls those claims “bogus.”
  • VIDEO: New chapter for indie bookstores
    Can e-books save independent book stores?
  • Dan Solin: What Facebook Stock Is Worth
    Facebook’s much discussed IPO has generated a lot of discussion about the "real value" of the stock. Much of the information being disseminated is both inaccurate and harmful to investors.
  • DealBook: Research in Motion Projects a Quarterly Loss
    Research in Motion, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker, disclosed that it had tapped J.P. Morgan Securities and RBC Capital Market to assess its business, and said it expected a loss for its current quarter.

  • Douglas Crets: Designing a Life, Making Meaning: Simple Design Choices
    Inside the second floor design studio, I found a white board shown above. I have been looking at that phrase written across the bottom, written down by a student trying to figure out a design thesis: "Deep existential search for meaning."
  • Adam Kirr: Twitter’s ‘Freedom of Expression’ Is a Privilege; Not a Right
    Given that some celebrities and public figures are deciding to leave Twitter because of hateful, racist, or threatening attacks from "Twitter Trolls"; is it completely unreasonable to speculate that Twitter may enact measures to mitigate this problem?
  • What Impact Will Facebook Have On Organ Donations?
    By Larry Greenemeier (Click here for the original article) Since launching in February 2004, Facebook has proved highly effective at creating opportunities for the average…

Mobile Technology News, May 28, 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.

  • Facebook Recruiting Former Apple iPhone Engineers for Facebook Phone


    There have been persistent rumors that Facebook may be trying to enter the mobile phone market with its own device.

    The NYTimes revives these rumors this weekend with a report claiming that Facebook is planning to release its own smartphone by next year. Amongst other talent, Facebook has already recruited a number of former Apple iPhone/iPad engineers for the project:

    The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.

    This is reportedly the 3rd attempt by Facebook to build a smartphone. Previous plans had reportedly “crumbled” after running into technical difficulties. Facebook is now trying to recruit engineers with previous mobile phone experience to streamline the process.

    Facebook has a natural interest in selling smartphones. The company already has incredibly popular mobile apps for iOS and Android, but lacks much control on those platforms.

    “Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee said


  • For Tech Start-Ups, New York Has Increasing Allure
    New York may not be overtaking the Bay Area as a technology hub, but it is becoming enough of an alternative that a few West Coast-born startups are moving east.

  • Digital Domain: Windows Live Brand Fades Into the Sunset – Digital Domain
    Microsoft is leaving behind the once-ubiquitous, yet often confusing, Windows Live as a brand name, and renaming every product that currently features that two-word phrase.

  • Daniel R. Schwarz: What Is the Cultural Significance of Facebook’s May 18, 2012 IPO?
    I am less interested in the business model than the value our culture is putting on what is still perhaps the most important news gathering institution in the world — versus the value it is placing on a social media company.
  • ‘China’s Twitter’ adopts new code
    China’s most popular Twitter-like service, Weibo, adopts a new contract limiting the types of messages its users can post.
  • Disruptions: Facebook Might Have a Smartphone in Its Future
    Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year.

  • Inside Facebook’s Royal Wedding
    THE wedding of Mark Zuckerberg to Priscilla Chan last weekend here in the backyard of their $7 million home had all the staging of a…
  • Incase’s Pro Slider Case Review: It Doesn’t Stand Up to the Task
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  • ‘Emotions Got The Better Of Me’
    – To say that Facebook’s debut as a public company was bungled is something like saying Facebook is a website you might have heard…

Mobile Technology News, May 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.

Mobile Technology News, May 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, May 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, May 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.

Mobile Technology News, May 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.

  • Stepping down from ARM Holdings
    Tudor Brown recalls his time at ARM, and its parent Acorn
  • Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage
    Whatever Mark Zuckerberg earned before marrying his college sweetheart is still solely his property afterward.

  • Without Apple, ‘supply chain’ shrinking, says analyst
    Apple is not only a important company for consumers but for manufacturers too.
  • Google Given Antitrust Ultimatum From Europe Regulators
    The European Commission warned Google to propose changes in “a matter of weeks” to its method of answering user queries, or possibly face an antitrust lawsuit.

  • Intel vs. AMD: Who’s got the fastest chip now?
    Has AMD finally got Intel beat? Overall, the answer is no.
  • Leap 3D More Accurate than Kinect and More Affordable
    Leap 3DLeap Motion, a California-based motion control start-up has just released a demo of its Leap 3D motion control system. The Leap 3D is accurate down to .01mm making it 100 times more accurate than Microsoft’s Kinect motion control system. The Leap 3D ecosystem consists of a small-sized USB device (fit with high-tech sensors and cameras) which,…
  • Disk Art Giveaway
    Disk ArtClean Cut Code, the makers of CalendarBar, DisplayPad and Cloud Calendar have just released a new application on the Mac App Store, Disk Art. It is an app which allows you to easily find and delete large unwanted files on your disk. On the App Store, Disk Art will cost $4.99 (link), however the team…
  • DealBook: As Facebook’s Stock Struggles, Fingers Start Pointing
    Much of the blame for Facebook’s initial public offering debacle is landing on Morgan Stanley, the lead banker.

  • VIDEO: Serving China’s app-hungry billion
    The BBC’s John Sudworth meets the Chinese entrepreneurs targeting the world’s biggest mobile phone market.
  • Cuba’s High-Speed Internet Mystery
    HAVANA — It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba’s…
  • Google To Close Its Largest Deal Ever This Week
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is planning to complete its $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings before Wednesday. Motorola outlined the…
  • Dubai Police Crackdown On Alleged Facebook Abuses
    Dubai police reportedly shut down 15 Facebook and Twitter accounts whose users were reportedly involved in defamation and abuse cases. While a majority of the…
  • Women 2.0: My Experience as a Field Engineer Off the Coast of Angola
    The timer had started running 30 minutes ago. I was sweating from the exertion of rigging up a 500-pound tool string with my crew and the nervousness of being responsible of running a $2 million exploration job in an offshore oil platform in Africa.
  • Great Scott! The DeLorean Is Now A Bike
    This DeLorean may never get up to 88 miles per hour, but "Back to the Future" fans will still be interested. While the car made…
  • Facebook closes below float price
    Shares in Facebook close 11% below Friday’s initial flotation price, sparking debate that one of the world’s biggest stock market listings may have been over-valued.
  • OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac
    As noted by Zach Kahn (via 9to5Mac), the latest developer build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week sets the stage for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.


    Like on the iPhone and iPad, when you buy and install an app on one of your Macs, all of your other Macs logged into the same App Store account will automatically install the app too.

    Unfortunately, the feature does not seem to be working completely. While the App Store will still offer to enable automatic downloads (as seen above), it does not actually install anything when you purchase apps from another computer.

    Apple has been issuing regular updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. OS X Mountain Lion is currently scheduled to see a public launch in “late summer” of this year and will bring a number of enhancements including several features drawn from iOS such as Notification Center, Game Center, Messages, and Reminders.


  • Major League Baseball Embracing Twitter and Facebook
    Baseball teams are reaching out to fans through social media like Twitter, and they are encouraging fans to communicate with them.

  • Tim Cook Meets Samsung Chief In Undisclosed Location
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The chief executives of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd were summoned for court-directed mediation on Monday…
  • Facebook Stock Crash: 8 Winners And Losers
    Looks like the Facebook IPO has fizzled out like that North Korean rocket launch. The stock barely managed to hold above its initial public offering…

Mobile Technology News, May 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.

Mobile Technology News, May 20, 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.

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