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Mobile Technology News, May 12, 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.

  • Bits Blog: A Facebook Founder Renounces His U.S. Citizenship
    Unfriending the I.R.S.? A Facebook co-founder decamps to tax-friendlier shores, but Eduardo Saverin’s spokesman says it isn’t about the money. When you are investing in lots of countries, apparently, it’s better in Singapore.

  • Bits Blog: Why Is Everyone Focused on Zuckerberg’s Hoodie?
    Over the last two days, there has been a great deal of mud-slinging and hand-wringing about the significance of what Mark Zuckerberg, 27, the chief of executive of Facebook, wore when he went courting would-be investors in New York. Why the fascination and why did some take offense?

  • Intel to investors: Now we’re serious about smartphones
    Intel says it’s ready to apply its considerable development and manufacturing resources to smartphones. What took it so long?
  • Wargaming a fight against hackers
    Training the next generation of digital defenders
  • Andreas Bernström: 5 Great Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Tech-Savvy Mom
    So while Mom will always appreciate a card and a lovely spring bouquet on Mother’s Day, it’s a safe bet that she’s just as eager to get her hands on the hottest new tech gadgets as you are.
  • New iPhone Rumors Reiterate Claims of Smaller Dock Connector, No Change to Screen Aspect Ratio
    Apple is planning on implementing a new, smaller dock connector, according to a report by iMore. The site has been reliable in the past and correctly predicted the release of an LTE equipped iPad. iMore also reported that Apple is still in the prototyping phase for the next iPhone and that the design is not yet set in stone.

    Ilounge iphone 5 dock

    Despite some rumors to the contrary, according to our sources Apple still hasn’t finalized the design of the next generation iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple ends up calling iPhone 5,1). No giant screen. No 16:9 aspect ratio. No metal back.

    […]

    Once again we’re hearing that if the screen size does change, it won’t be by a lot (no larger than 4-inches). We’ve heard nothing to indicate a planned change in the aspect ratio either way (and such a change still doesn’t make much sense to us).

    iLounge previously claimed that the next iPhone would have a smaller, redesigned dock connector as well as a 4″ screen that is larger in height only — this would result in an adjustment to the screen’s aspect ratio. The iPhone 4’s design has served Apple very well, with the company selling millions upon millions of units. It is possible that the company will choose to stick with the successful design, albeit with some minor changes, rather than a wholesale redesign.

    Other recent iPhone rumors include a claims that the next iPhone will launch in September; another that it would use the same micro-SIM as current iPhones, rather than a new nano-SIM concept; and that the next iPhone will retain its physical home button — a claim that iMore reiterates.


  • Hilarious Prom Theme Fails (TWEETS)
    Prom season is upon us. It’s that time of year again where girls pour themselves into Pepto Bismol colored dresses and high schools choose ever…
  • HP to Reenter Tablet Market with Windows 8
    Among Apple’s early competitors in the tablet market, HP gained a significant amount of attention as it initially sought to build its niche around webOS, which it acquired along with Palm in early 2010. HP introduced its webOS-based TouchPad in early 2011, launching the device on July 1 of that year only to exit the tablet and smartphone business just six weeks later.

    HP then successfully sold off its backlog of TouchPads at $99 fire sale prices, announcing that it would make webOS an open source project.

    The Bangkok Post now reports that HP has decided to reenter the tablet market, this time taking advantage of Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 platform in a fresh attempt to make an impact in the rapidly-growing tablet market.

    Restarting production is a strategic move aimed at capitalising on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales, chief executive Meg Whitman said yesterday at the Global Influencer Summit 2012. […]

    Todd Bradley, the executive vice-president for printing and personal systems, said HP’s Windows 8 tablets will come equipped with cloud-based technology, enabling users to share and store content online between different devices.

    Apple continues to dominate the tablet market two years after the debut of the original iPad, with its shipment share even rising to 68% in the first quarter of 2012 as early momentum from Amazon’s Kindle Fire seems to have faded.

    Google’s Android operating system as had only limited success in the tablet market, led by Samsung’s Galaxy Tab offerings, while Amazon’s heavily-customized Kindle Fire implementation of Android has also attempted to stake a claim to the market. Other competitors have had less success, with webOS falling by the wayside almost before it got started.

    Microsoft is the latest entrant into the tablet market since Apple reinvented the segment, banking on its Windows 8 products to bridge the gap between PCs and tablets. The company showed off Windows 8 last September and earlier this year revealed its plans for bringing Windows to ARM processors in a further effort to blur the lines between desktop and mobile. HP, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, could play a key role in working to spread Windows to the tablet market, but it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will have success with its efforts.


  • Art Brodsky: Going Dutch a Great Idea for the Internet
    Earlier this week, the Dutch government gave final approval to one of the strongest open Internet laws in the world. Imagine that. A government guaranteeing through law that Internet connections can’t be manipulated by big telecom companies.
  • Shakira Hits 50 Million Facebook Fans
    If her newly released music video for her song "Addicted To You"–which is quite possibly her sexiest video ever– doesn’t prove Shakira is a pop-star,…
  • Hackers Vandalize Tea Party Website
    Hackers managed to seize the reins of a Tea Party PAC’s website this week, replacing existing material with a variety of offensive messages, before it…
  • New medical training app being developed by game developers for DARPA
    Video and computer games are something that most children living in the developed world have been exposed to. From the early days of Super Mario on the Nintendo Entertainment System, to the engrossing, cinematic-like titles that are part of today’s game consoles and computers, gaming is something that is familiar to many. Because of this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to tap into this gaming expertise to apply the interactive techniques found in video games to create an educational app that can be used on mobile devices that will specifically teach medical first responders.
  • Nick Offerman Is So Nick Offerman Here
    Funny Or Die is releasing the second issue of their iPad-only humor magazine "The Occasional" on Monday, and fans of "Parks and Recreation" should be…
  • Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.: Is ‘Unfollowing’ Someone on Twitter the New ‘Dis’?
    On Twitter you’re just following someone from afar, sort of like stalking but in a distant and unattached kind of way. So why should it matter whether she’s following him or not? It’s not like they were friends on Facebook.
  • Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Ph.D.: A Bold New Chance for Mars Exploration!
    Certainly, there is no replacement for Earth, and Mars will never be a replacement for Earth. But we do need to move forward, and mission proposals, such as BOLD, will be the first step toward a grand vision.
  • CTIA show signals future of wireless
    week in review This year’s wireless show was less about introducing a bevy of new phones and more about future trends like ICS and LTE. Also: Oracle may get just a fraction of what it hoped for in ongoing Oracle v. Google trial.
  • Facebook Co-Founder May Have Sidestepped Taxes By Dropping U.S. Citizenship
    One of Facebook’s billionaire co-founders may have found a way to sidestep taxes on the money he’ll get when the social network goes public later…
  • Against judge’s advice, Oracle goes after infringed profits
    In what the judge described as the “height of ridiculousness,” Oracle turned down statutory damages and is going to try for an infringer’s profit case.
  • Spotify Updates Mac App With Pandora-esque Radio Stations [Mac Blog]
    Spotify has updated its Mac app to version 0.8.3, bringing Pandora-like playlist-based radio stations to the music service. Users can start a new radio channel from any playlist or album in order to listen to similar songs.

    Playlist radio
    Among other new features, users can now get HTML embed codes to easily share Spotify songs on websites, as well as new sharing links to post songs directly to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

    Current users can download the update from within the Spotify app, or directly from Spotify’s website.


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