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Mobile Technology News, May 13, 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’s Mark Zuckerberg, at a Turning Point
    Facebook’s founder will soon face the unfamiliar landscape of running a public company, monitored by a merciless stock market.

  • ‘iPhone 5’ Headphone Jack and Earpiece Component Surfaces
    Part leaks from the next-generation iPhone are beginning to ramp up, with component vendor SW-BOX.com having recently added a new headphone jack/earpiece/Wi-Fi cable part claimed to be from the device (via Cydia Blog). The new part joins a claimed micro-SIM tray that surfaced on the site several weeks ago and home buttons that appeared on several sites late last month.

    If the new part is indeed legitimate, it does represent a significant departure from the component organization in the current iPhone. In the iPhone 4 and 4S, the headphone jack, volume buttons, and mute switch are grouped together on a single component, while this new part associates the headphone jack with the earpiece speaker and Wi-Fi cabling.

    It is not terribly unusual for Apple to tweak the organization of components, and the new part leak offers essentially no information on any potential changes to the device’s form factor, but with part leaks beginning to accelerate it may not be long before more substantial parts begin showing up.

  • Ashton Kutcher Spotted Wearing Steve Jobs’ Trademark Wardrobe [Mac Blog]
    The casting of Ashton Kutcher in the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming independent film focusing on the Apple co-founder’s life has certainly generated a significant amount of attention for the project, despite the fact that the film is a completely separate effort from the high-profile planned Sony Pictures film to be based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs.

    With filming on the indie film starring Kutcher having already begun with the star on break from his work on the TV show Two and a Half Men, TMZ shares a few photos of Kutcher seen wearing Jobs’ trademark outfit of a black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers. The photos were reportedly taken on Friday while Kutcher was walking to the set of the film.

    Kutcher has been said by some to bear an uncanny resemblance to a young Steve Jobs, particularly with having adopted a close copy of Jobs’ hairstyle and facial hair from those days. Jobs did not adopt his trademark wardrobe until a number of years later, but Kutcher is clearly taking on that aspect of Jobs’ identity for the role as well.

  • Prototype: An I.B.M. Computer Program Rewards Healthy Diets
    A computer program developed at I.B.M. uses game techniques and psychology to influence dieting: eat a salad, for example, and you could win 50 cents.

  • What Facebook’s America-Ditching Co-Founder Owes America
    When Eduardo Saverin was 13, his family discovered that his name had turned up on a list of victims to be kidnapped by Brazilian gangs….
  • Apple Interested In Acquiring German Television Maker Loewe?
    Apple is in talks to acquire German luxury television manufacturer Loewe, according to an unconfirmed report from AppleInsider. The site claims Apple has offered €87.3 million for the company, a 48% premium from Loewe’s Friday close on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

    Word of the negotiations was exclusively revealed to AppleInsider, and although the offer has yet to be accepted, a source claims that Loewe “has been advised by its financial advisor to accept the offer and a final decision is scheduled to be announced internally before 18 May 2012.”

    Loewe makes sleek, minimalist televisions that would seem to fit well with Jony Ive’s product designs. The company also makes speaker systems, including the AirPlay-compatible AirSpeaker, as well as a sleek app that controls the Loewe television set via an iPad.

    Loewe’s largest shareholder is Sharp, the same company that has been rumored to be Apple’s choice to work with Foxconn to build a television set. Foxconn and Sharp announced a partnership to work together in March. AppleInsider says a decision on the acquisition will be announced internally by the end of this week.

  • App City: Taxi Rides Are Getting Smarter by the App
    The most ambitious projects are smartphone apps that book and pay for taxi cabs directly.

  • Digital Domain: On Nextdoor.com, Social Networks for Neighbors
    Nextdoor.com provides social networks for neighborhoods, offering members a chance to exchange ideas and recommendations with those who live nearby.

  • Poll: Windows 8 or Windows RT device?
    Which upcoming Windows device seems more appealing? One running on Windows 8 or one on Windows RT?
  • William Bradley: Nuclear’s Once Bright and Shiny Future Blinks Out
    Where, outside of Iran, will new nuclear power plants be contemplated? Wherever that may be, it looks to be increasingly few and far between.
  • Apple Co-Founder Admits He Doesn’t Have Broadband At Home
    Steve Wozniak shocked a business forum in Australia recently when he revealed his house in California doesn’t have broadband, according to the website News.com.au. Although…
  • Queen Is Bringing Freddie Mercury Back On Stage
    Queen is getting into the digital resurrection game, but the band insists it won’t be using a hologram to bring Freddie Mercury back on stage….
  • Inside The World’s First Underwater Hotel
    By Karissa Rosenfield Click here for the original article. Courtesy of Deep Ocean Technology Dubai shipbuilder Drydocks World has signed on with Switzerland’s BIG InvestConsult,…
  • Acoustic graphene could act as a sonic cloak
    The amazing electrical properties of graphene have inspired the creation of a perspex material with remarkable sound-channelling characteristics
  • Whatever happened to carbon capture?
    Carbon capture battles money, politics and technology
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