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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…
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