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Mobile Technology News, May 6, 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.

  • Novelties: Audio Devices Give New Options to Those Hard of Hearing
    Technological advances are helping refine tools for hearing in less-than-ideal circumstances.

  • Bits: Creating a Language for the Web
    Companies are creating words and symbols that are gaining recognition on the Web and followers. Examples include the “like” of Facebook and the abbreviation LOL (laugh out loud).

  • ‘All People Need Dignity, Right?’
    SAN FRANCISCO — On the foggy streets of San Francisco, tech superstars and the homeless can be hard to tell apart in their identical hoodies….
  • Obama to take made-in-America tour to N.Y. chipmaking hub
    After visiting an Intel plant in Arizona earlier this year, Obama is taking his made-in-America chip tour to upstate New York.
  • AT&T Chief Regrets Offering Unlimited Data For iPhone
    When Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chief executive, spoke about the state of the wireless industry at a conference this week, he shared some surprisingly frank comments…
  • Watch The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week
    If you’re looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we’re bringing you the week’s most-watched videos,…
  • Facebook Makes New Acquisition
    Facebook has snapped up Glancee, a social discovery app that shows users when Facebook friends, friends-of-Facebook-friends and people with similar interests are nearby. Like Instagram,…
  • DealBook: Hedge Fund Intensifies Attack on Yahoo Amid Storm Over Padded Résumés
    Third Point, which is the middle of a contentious proxy battle with Yahoo, called for the dismissal of the company’s chief executive, Scott Thompson, after revealing that he had inaccurately stated his credentials.

  • Sprint CEO Slashes His Salary Over ‘Investment With Apple’
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse on Friday said he’s cutting his 2012 pay by $3.25 million after shareholder complaints about how…
  • VIDEO: ‘Fearless With Marlo Thomas’, Featuring Pioneering Iranian Astronaut Anousheh Ansari
    At Marlothomas.com, we’re always talking about how important it is for women to continue dreaming, no matter how impossible their goals may seem. Anousheh Ansari…
  • WATCH: Dancing Water Droplets Rock Out On Space Station
    Watching water droplets dance is cool, but watching water droplets rock out in space is even cooler. NASA astronaut Donald R. Pettit does just that…
  • Bringing interactive medical lectures to the iPad: Taimma Communications
    The future of eLearning by Taimma Communications Inc on the iPad. These apps deliver fully narrated learning packages to students.
  • Shawn Amos: WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media
    The Internet isn’t just lolcats and high-tech acquisitions anymore. A lot of people are working hard to harness the power of social media for social change around the world.
  • Craig Kanalley: 10 Key Takeaways From The Guardian’s Activate Summit 2012
    There were a number of interesting insights shared at the event, held at The Paley Center for Media, but for those who missed it and are crunched for time, here are 10 key takeaways for the news business.
  • Facebook Messenger App Gains Read Receipts, Location Information [iOS Blog]
    Facebook has updated its standalone mobile messaging app, as it tries to make messaging more modern. The Facebook Messenger app has gained read receipts, which tell senders when their messages have been read, as well as providing the senders location information. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is trying to make mobile conversations “feel more real.”

    Product Manager Peter Deng tells “SMS has been around for 20 years, built it was for these T9 phones. We’re focused on leveraging all the capabilities of today’s devices to create a new messaging experience.” He also says these are just the start of app updates designed to make mobile conversations feel more real, as if you had body language cues and more to go by.



    Unlike iMessage, which requires that read receipts be explicitly turned on by the receiver, Facebook doesn’t provide a way to disable read receipts — but the company will let users hide their location.

    The updates are going mobile first, showing up first in the standalone Facebook Messenger apps, and will eventually move out to the Facebook mobile app and the web interface on Facebook.com.

    Facebook Messenger for iPhone is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]


  • AT&T CEO’s “Only Regret” is Offering Unlimited Data Packages
    Speaking at a conference this week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson noted that he only had one regret about AT&T being the first cellular carrier to support the iPhone. As reported by the New York Times:

    “My only regret was how we introduced pricing in the beginning, because how did we introduce pricing? Thirty dollars and you get all you can eat,” he said in the on-stage interview at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference on Wednesday. “And it’s a variable cost model. Every additional megabyte you use in this network, I have to invest capital.”

    Since then, AT&T has discontinued offering unlimited data plans to new customers, as well as throttling users who have been grandfathered in from older plans.

    Stephenson is also concerned about services like Apple’s iMessage texting service and Skype affecting AT&T’s existing business models.

    “You lie awake at night worrying about what is that which will disrupt your business model,” he said. “Apple iMessage is a classic example. If you’re using iMessage, you’re not using one of our messaging services, right? That’s disruptive to our messaging revenue stream.”

    All those concerns aside, AT&T has been extraordinarily successful attracting and keeping profitable iPhone users. In the last quarter, AT&T made $3.58 billion in profit on $29 billion in sales. The iPhone accounted for 60% of the carrier’s total phone sales to postpaid customers in that quarter.


  • WATCH: 80-Year-Old Widow Is An Unlikely Internet Celebrity
    A Staten Island grandmother has one lofty goal to accomplish before she passes on, and as of Friday afternoon, she’s already 94 percent on her…
  • Google May Face Fine Up To $10 Million For Security Breach
    Google Inc. (GOOG) is negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over how big a fine it will have to pay for its breach of…
  • Celebrity Deaths Take Over Twitter
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