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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
    Incase 2Incase is a brand known worldwide for its protective cases for Apple products –whether it be sleeves or hardshells. Today the company has hundreds if not thousands of different product variations to choose from, most of which are very nice. However, there are a select few which simply do not stand up to the job. It’s…
  • ‘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…
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