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Mobile Technology News, July 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.

  • Peers criticise broadband focus
    The government’s broadband strategy risks leaving many communities behind, by focusing on speed over reach, says a House of Lords committee.
  • Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as Corporate Focus Groups
    Some companies are leaning on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare for advice on what products to bring to market.

  • Newest HP ultrabook faces shipment delays
    Hewlett-Packard is still trying to get its latest and greatest ultrabook out the door. The design is HP”s thinnest and lightest ultrabook to date.
  • Mountain Lion roars past 3 million downloads in just 4 days
    There has been little doubt from the press and the Apple-focused blogs that OS X Mountain Lion has been a huge hit.  Now it seems Apple has confirmed it for everyone as well.
    Apple today announced that downloads of OS X Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most […]
  • DealBook: Alibaba Is Said to Be Close to Raising $8 Billion
    Some American Internet companies may be unpopular with investors these days, but a Chinese one is finding plenty of takers.

  • PowerPoint: 25 years at Microsoft
    The software’s inventor looks back at its success
  • Video review of Folders in iWork and iCloud
    With the release of Mountain Lion and the new iWork apps for both Mac and iOS, a folder functionality in iCloud has now become available.  The folder function, similar to the one in iOS where you can group similar apps, allows you to group together Pages, Keynote or Numbers documents in their […]
  • Why the fax thrives in Japan
    Why are fax machines still so popular in Japan?
  • Africa’s healthcare technology revolution
    Tech opens doors to affordable healthcare in Africa
  • British industry needs reinvention
    James Dyson on why the image of British industry needs updating
  • DealBook: Levinsohn Confirms That He’s Leaving Yahoo
    Ross Levinsohn, the executive who served as Yahoo’s interim chief, confirmed on Monday that he was leaving the Internet company after being passed over to fill the spot permanently.

  • IBX Game Changers Challenge announces 15 finalists
    Fifteen finalists announced in the IBX Game Changers Challenge hosted by Independence Blue Cross.
  • Apple Media Event All But Confirmed for Mid-September, iPhone Launch Likely [Updated]
    Following a report from iMore earlier today claiming that Apple will hold a media event to introduce the next-generation iPhone and the “iPad mini” on September 12 ahead of September 21 availability for the new iPhone, AllThingsD reports that it has confirmed an Apple media event will be taking place that week. While the report’s sources have apparently not confirmed the topic of the event or the exact date, it certainly appears to corroborate iMore‘s claims.

    Apple hasn’t yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it’s definitely planning one.

    iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Wednesday, September 12, and now we’ve confirmed it as well. Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple is currently planning an event for that week. And while we haven’t yet confirmed its focus, history suggests it will indeed be the new iPhone.

    AllThingsD has been very accurate in the past regarding Apple rumors, and has on several occasions been the first to reveal dates for Apple media events, lending significant weight to this report’s support of the September 12 date from iMore.

    The report goes on to note that Apple’s latest quarterly report has revealed a massive increase in component prepayments, signaling that the company is moving full speed ahead on preparing its supply chain for production on the next iPhone and perhaps other devices such as the iPad mini.

    Update: The Verge has also “confirmed” the September 12 date with its own sources.

    The rumor cycle this time around for the next iPhone has been a bit unusual — multiple leaks have all depicted the exact same components — but it looks like we’ll be seeing what Apple has up its sleeves come Wednesday, September 12th. Our own sources have confirmed that date, and multiple websites have similar reports as well.

    Update: The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple also weighs in on the September 12 date:


  • Riff: Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’
    Who knew there was such a mainstream market for artfully arranged pictures of other people’s stuff?

  • Jonathan Ive on Design and Apple’s Focus on Great Products Instead of Profits
    Wired UK reports that Apple design chief Jonathan Ive participated in a keynote session today at the UK Trade & Investment department’s Global Business Summit on Creative Services in which he offered up some of his thoughts on the creative process at Apple and other anecdotes about his two decades at the company. While he had previously shared some of his thoughts on design, his comments today offer a bit more perspective on how things work at Apple.

    “To me I still think it’s remarkable that at a point in time on a Tuesday afternoon there isn’t an idea and then suddenly later on there is an idea. Invariably they start as a tentative, barely-formed thought that becomes a conversation between a couple of people.”

    Apple then builds a prototype that embodies the idea and that’s when the idea goes through “the most incredible transition”. “You go from something tentative and exclusive to something tangible and — by nature of it being a thing — a table of people can sit around it and start to understand it; it becomes inclusive and it galvanises and points to a direction for effort.”

    Ive, who shared his unsurprising view that design should be a “prerequisite” and not simply one aspect of product development, also repeated several mantras that have been commonly quoted by Apple executives, calling good the enemy of great and noting that Apple says “no” to many, many good ideas in order to focus all of its energies on a select few great ones.

    Ive also made reference to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in 1997, noting that he brought a fresh view in which the company focused on making great products with the belief that profits would follow, rather than focusing first on profits.

    “We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn’t to make money. It sounds a little flippant, but it’s the truth. Our goal and what makes us excited is to make great products. If we are successful people will like them and if we are operationally competent, we will make money,” he said.

    Ive has long been a very private individual, but has begun opening up a bit more to the public as Apple’s stature has grown and accolades for his group’s design work have continued to roll in. Ive was knighted in late May, and he noted at the time that Apple’s current projects are “the most important and the best work” his team has done with the company.

  • Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.5 Beta Build 11G30 to Developers [Mac Blog]
    Apple may have just released OS X Mountain Lion, moving more than three million units in four days, but that doesn’t mean it’s done updating the prior version, OS X Lion 10.7.

    As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has seeded new versions of OS X Lion 10.7.5 in both server and standard versions to developers. The betas have a build number of 11G30.

    Apple also released a new beta of the iCloud Control Panel for Windows, which adds support for Shared Photo Stream and several other items.

  • GREAT News For Downtown LA! E3 Signs Up For Three More Years
    Organizers of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) announced on Monday that the 45,000-person video game conference will remain in downtown L.A. for the next three…
  • When Craigslist Blocks Innovations
    In 1995, a good-hearted programmer named Craig Newmark thought of a way to make newspaper classified ad listings simple, and in turn, people’s lives easier….
  • Audit Claims Apple Received Favorable Treatment in Grand Central Terminal Lease Talks [Mac Blog]
    Last December, Apple opened a massive new retail store in Manhattan’s historic Grand Central Terminal, adding a high-profile presence to the busy commuting, tourist, and shopping hub. Apple’s lease agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was quickly questioned by government officials, who were concerned that Apple had received favorable treatment during the negotiations and was paying significant lower rent than would otherwise have been expected for the location.

    The MTA countered those claims with its own statements outlining how Apple is paying four times as much rent as the restaurant it replaced while also paying $5 million to the restaurant to vacate its lease and investing in building upgrades for the new store. The agency also argued that Apple’s presence would indirectly boost terminal revenue through increased traffic at other merchants that, unlike Apple, pay a portion of their revenue to the terminal.

    But the New York Post now reports that a state audit of those lease negotiations has determined that Apple did indeed receive an “unfair” edge in what was supposed to be an open competition for the space.

    A fresh audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the MTA last May allowed the California-based tech giant to set a daunting hurdle for rival bidders to clear in a tight, 30-day window — namely, that they be willing to front $5 million in cash.

    “The competitive process followed by MTA . . . was at a minimum severely slanted toward Apple,” reads the report, submitted to MTA officials Friday and expected to be made public today.

    The state comptroller’s office has announced the release of the audit report, revealing that Apple and the MTA had been in negotiations for the space for over two years and that Apple had already made payments to the vacating restaurant before the space was publicly opened for proposals.

    “While Apple may turn out to be a good tenant, the MTA set a troubling precedent when it played favorites and gave Apple a competitive edge over others for the Grand Central space,” DiNapoli said. “Apple was directly involved in setting the terms of the lease and given exclusive access to information more than a year before any other vendor knew the Grand Central location was available. The company even signed a $2 million agreement with the current tenant to vacate its space five days before the MTA issued the RFP.

    In response to the audit, the state is proposing increased oversight on competitive public authority contracts, a move which give the comptroller’s office more authority to examine such agreements before they are finalized.

    In a statement responding to the audit, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota called the results “not fact-based” and “worthless”, also accusing the comptroller’s basis of “overt bias” against both the MTA and Apple in declaring that the process was not open and transparent.

Mobile Technology News, July 30, 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.

  • Ramallah Journal: Palestinians Building Tech Hub in West Bank
    Many say the small but burgeoning Palestinian tech sector is on the verge of big things, aided by the lack of impediments to movement that Israel imposes in the name of security.

  • Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other
    Machine-to-machine communication, a stream of consciousness based on semiconductors, is poised to reinvigorate the mobile industry.

  • Apple-Samsung Trial Highlights Tricky Patent Wars
    A trial opening Monday is the latest phase in a global campaign of smartphone patent litigation whose importance goes beyond legal maneuvering.

  • UK enforces video game ratings
    Retailers can be prosecuted if they sell games to minors who are underage according to the Pegi system classification.
  • Apple and Samsung face jury trial
    The world’s two biggest smartphone makers head to court in California for one of the biggest patent trials to date.
  • F1 technology helps sick children
    Motor racing tech helps monitor critically ill children
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Hate on Social Media Against President Obama Soars
    As the closely contested 2012 presidential election further heats up, more groups will skirt the social media censors and ratchet up their hate filled vitriol on their sites. They’ll pawn it off as poking fun and satire at Obama, and minorities. And for the most part they’ll get away with it.
  • Photos of Complete Next-Generation iPhone Enclosure Leaked
    Japanese website iLab has posted a set of high-resolution photos (via CydiaBlog) of what is alleged to be the next-generation iPhone.

    The front of the next iPhone

    CydiaBlog gives this assessment of the images:

    The leaked parts shows the bigger screen, different internals (such as a new flex cable holding the Home button in place), and the camera modules (front and rear). The camera module cutout looks to be larger, there is an enhanced version of speaker and microphone configuration at the bottom, new smaller dock connector (instead of 30-pin Dock Connector, 16-pin connector could be introduced). Another notable design change in the new iPhone front panel shows the FaceTime camera has been moved to a centered position above the earpiece speaker (it is currently to left of the earpiece in iPhone 4S and iPhone 4).

    Rear image of new iPhone

    The photographs mirror reports from this past May that the next iPhone would sport a taller 4″ screen, but would remain the same width. The next iPhone is expected to be released this fall along with iOS 6.

  • The best Retina wallpapers
    When Apple unleashed its Retina MacBook Pro earlier this summer, a sizable population of user’s wallpaper stockpiles were rendered useless as the computer demands a monstrous 2880×1800 image –– otherwise, it is forced to stretch or tile the image. Fortunately, we’ve hoarded some of the most alluring retina wallpapers for use on your new Retina MacBook Pro…
  • Rainer Sigl: Video Games Are A Photographer’s New Hunting Grounds
    It’s surprising that in-game-photography – for purely aesthetical reasons as opposed to documenting victories or snapping a pic of an impressive vista for use as a desktop wallpaper – is still as unexplored a country as it seems to be. A few game-photographers, however, have started to travel these spaces to hunt for pictures.
  • The best Twitter clients for Mac
    We’ve all run into situations where we grow tired of an application. Whether it be due to missing functionality or just that long for something different, it just happens. For me, Twitter clients tend to have the shortest run on my Mac. largely due to the population of clients on the market today; call me a Twitter hopper. Having…

Mobile Technology News, July 29, 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.

Mobile Technology News, July 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.

  • Apple Considered Purchasing a Large Stake in Twitter
    TwitterApple is either actively considering purchasing a major stake in Twitter or discussed making an investment with the social company more than a year ago and the talks have since ceased, depending on which newspaper one wishes to believe.

    The New York Times reported tonight that Apple and Twitter were talking “in recent months” about a major strategic investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.

    There is no guarantee that the two companies, which are not in negotiations at the moment, will come to an agreement. But the earlier talks are a sign that they may form a stronger partnership amid intensifying competition from the likes of Google and Facebook.

    However, within several hours of the posting of the Times piece, The Wall Street Journal posted a rebuttal of sorts, saying that the Apple/Twitter discussions took place more than a year ago and didn’t go anywhere:

    Apple Inc. held discussions with Twitter Inc. more than a year ago about taking a strategic investment in the short-messaging service, according to a person familiar with the talks.

    People familiar with the matter said there are no current formal investment or acquisition discussions between the companies.

    News of the investment talks was first reported by the New York Times.

    Apple has run into difficulties in its social media efforts with the Ping social network on the chopping block according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, said recently that social was one nut that Steve Jobs couldn’t crack.

    In the past year, rather than building its own social product, Apple has partnered with both Twitter and Facebook to integrate their API’s into the new versions of both the iOS and OS X platforms.

  • Apple Introduces Three New Mac Ads During Olympics Opening Ceremonies
    Apple debuted three new ads tonight during the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies featuring an “Apple Genius” helping a Mac owner on a plane, and another while his wife is giving birth. A third ad features a Genius telling a customer who thought he bought a Mac that he really purchased a knock-off because it doesn’t come with iPhoto, iMovie, or GarageBand.

    The ads are a departure from previous ad campaigns — they don’t feature products and they don’t mention any specific service that Apple offers. Instead, they hint at the training services provided at Apple Retail Stores by the Creatives (Genius’ are used for tech support, rather than training) and the fact that just because a computer looks like a Mac, it isn’t necessarily one.

    They are also a bit of a throwback to the ‘Get a Mac’ ads featuring Justin Long and John Hodgman. By emphasizing the personal aspects of Apple’s services, it appears that the company is looking to humanize itself and make it less about the products and more about the entire Apple ecosystem, including the personal services offered at the Apple Retail Stores including the Genius Bar and One-to-One training service.

  • As Social Sites’ Shares Fall, Some Hear Echo of 2000
    Tech companies that were thought to be the foundation of a new Internet era declined this week.

  • Common Sense: EBay’s Turnaround Defies Convention for Internet Companies
    The Internet company’s surprise earnings report was the result of technological innovation, a management overhaul and an embrace of new opportunities.

  • Apple Is Said to Discuss an Investment in Twitter
    Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter.

  • Senators Force Weaker Safeguards Against Cyberattacks
    Lawmakers led by Senator John McCain weakened legislation the Obama administration said was crucial to protecting key computer systems.

  • Homemade tech at Mini Maker Faire
    Giant versions of well-known family games such as Kerplunk, Operation and Connect 4 feature at a celebration of home hackery in Manchester.
  • Shawn Amos: WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media
    Welcome to the Socialympics! The 2012 games will undoubtedly go down in history as the most social Olympics yet.
  • Claire Diaz-Ortiz: How to Connect (With Anyone) on LinkedIn
    Cringing, I spend likely no less than 1 minute and 45 seconds (or more!) each and every day deleting terrible LinkedIn "requests," wishing and hoping that someone — somewhere — could teach folks to use LinkedIn appropriately.
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students invent app that checks your symptoms
    Two fourth-year Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students, Craig Monsen and David Do, have recently created a website that is smartphone compatible and able to help determine what your sickness is based on symptoms that are input into the system.
  • Facebook shares drop to new low
    Shares in Facebook fall almost 12% as investors react to the social network’s first set of results since its flotation.
  • Slipstream: Acxiom Consumer Data, Often Unavailable to Consumers
    When a reporter asked a database marketing company for details it had amassed about her — details that companies might use to profile and to judge her — the reply was anything but complete.

  • Karen Purcell, P.E.: The Importance of Female Mentors in STEM
    If we want to attract the best and brightest minds into the fields that will move us forward, we can no longer look to only half of the population. More women can contribute to our field and we can help make that happen.
  • Hacker delves into secret world of warranties
    Nobody likes to read the tiny, legalese-ridden warranty statements that come with tech products. But a 17-year-old hacker at Defcon has been doing so, and has advice for consumers and companies alike.
  • Now Apple Want To Read Your Fingerprints
    NEW YORK — Apple has agreed to buy fingerprint reader AuthenTec Inc. for approximately $356 million as the maker of iPhones and iPads looks to…
  • Apple and Google Lead Separate Groups in Bidding for Kodak Patents
    NewImageGoogle and Apple are once again going head to head in bidding for a major collection of patents owned by a bankrupt corporation. According to The Wall Street Journal, two consortiums have formed to bid for the patents owned by camera giant Kodak, which is currently in bankruptcy.

    Apple, Microsoft, and patent-aggregation firm Intellectual Ventures are teaming up, while Google, Samsung, LG, HTC and RPX Corp are forming the second alliance.

    The people familiar with the discussions cautioned that work on bids could continue over the weekend, with alliances changing and other bidders potentially emerging.


    A bankruptcy court supervised auction of Kodak’s patents is set for Aug. 8. The patents are being sold in two lots: the digital-capture portfolio related to capturing and processing images on cameras, smartphones and tablets; and the Kodak Imaging Systems and Services patents related to storing and analyzing images, among other things.

    The two teams are unsurprising. A consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM, and Sony purchased 6,000 patents from Nortel last year, beating out a group that included Intel and Google. For the Kodak patents, we see Google paired up with Samsung, LG and HTC — three major Android handset makers — along with RPX Corp., another patent aggregation firm.

    Apple and Kodak have filed a number of lawsuits and countersuits against each other in the ongoing tech patent wars.

  • Apple Enables ‘Power Nap’ for Retina MacBook Pro With SMC Update
    Apple has issued a system management controller (SMC) update for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, enabling Power Nap support in OS X Mountain Lion.

    This update fixes several sleep/wake issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro with Retina display (Mid 2012) computers and is recommended for all users running OS X v10.7.4. It also enables Power Nap support for users running OS X v10.8 or later.

    The update is available via Apple’s software download webpage, Software Update for those under OS X Lion and via the Mac App store for those with OS X Mountain Lion installed.

  • Riff: Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’
    Who knew there was such a mainstream market for artfully arranged pictures of other people’s stuff?

  • L.A. Hotspot Gives VIP Access — If You Have Enough Facebook Friends
    In the latest sign that geek is the new chic, a swanky L.A. nightclub has said that it will let you cut the line if…

Mobile Technology News, July 27, 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.

  • Samsung extends lead over Apple in Q2 phone shipments
    Samsung bested Apple in phone shipments in the second quarter. But that may change when the next iPhone arrives later this year.
  • Cyberattacks Are Up, National Security Chief Says
    Gen. Keith B. Alexander of the National Security Agency said that the nation was not fully prepared for the attacks on electricity grids, water supplies and other targets.

  • Windows 8 fear and uncertainty kicks in
    Is Windows 8 really the makings of a fiasco? True or not, get ready to hear this more and more as the Windows 8 general release approaches.
  • Facebook Reports a Loss, but Its Revenue Beats Expectations
    Shares of Facebook lost 18 percent of their value in one day, and 37 percent since the company’s celebrated public offering in May.

  • Facebook makes loss on payouts
    Facebook reports a $157m (£100m) loss due to payments to shareholders such as founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Amazon Reports High Sales but Modest Net Income
    The company reported net income of $7 million, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $12.8 billion. It was less profit than analysts had estimated, but the revenue was in line with forecasts.

  • Smartphones lift Samsung earnings
    Samsung Electronics reports a record quarterly profit, boosted by a surge in smartphone sales and improved margins in its TV business.
  • Janet Tavakoli: Facebook: Is Stock Research Rigged?
    The investment banks that helped inflate Facebook’s share price may stand to earn fees as Facebook acquires other companies. Unfortunately, the fall in value puts a damper on these plans.
  • Robot deal knocks Amazon profits
    The online retailer Amazon reports a 96% fall in profits for the three months to the end of June due to a robot maker deal.
  • Olympics puts tech to the test
    Mobile operators believe smartphones will work as normal in the Olympic Park despite up to 300,000 people being on site.
  • Tech can empower African women
    With technology, African women can change the face of business
  • On tablets, can Microsoft be right and Apple, Amazon, and Google wrong?
    If you haven’t realized it yet, Microsoft is trying to do something different in tablets. But, the strategy has three big question marks.
  • Early iPhone Prototype Resembles Latest iPhone 5 Part Leaks
    As we noted, The Verge has come across a number of photos of iPhone prototypes in court documents related to Apple’s lawsuit with Samsung. One of the early prototype images seemed particularly familiar to us.

    This two-tone design with a central aluminum backing looks like an early version of the rumored next-generation iPhone:

    On the right is a prototype iPhone design posted by the Verge. The image on the left is a rendering of the next generation iPhone by Blackpool Creative. The rendering was based on leaked parts of the upcoming iPhone. The parts were also shown on video here:

    Similar parts have been circulating for a couple of months now. One early report described it as such:

    According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.

    It seems possible that the new iPhone has evolved from some of the early Apple prototyping of possible designs.

  • Brad Spirrison: New Showyou App is the Best Way to Find Video on Your iPhone
    Showyou showcases videos shared by members of your social graph (most prominently Facebook, Twitter and users you follow within the app), as well as from a growing list of professional providers.
  • Samsung v. Apple Trial Documents Reveal Early iPhone and iPad Prototypes
    The plethora of court cases between Apple and other companies over trademarks, design decisions, and patents have only occasionally offered anything of interest to the average observer. Today, however, The Verge has dug up a treasure trove of images of early iPhone and iPad prototypes.


    Early designs include an eight-sided iPhone with diagonal corners, early Sony-inspired designs, and another model that has the same aluminum-based design as the old iPod Mini.

    Of particular note are multiple iterations of the iPad featuring different types of kickstands, what appears to be a 16:9 model with wide handles on either side, and an eight-sided iPhone with diagonal corners. Also of interest is a slim, sleek iPhone prototype labeled the N90. The N90 was widely believed to be the codename for the iPhone 4, and while this narrow device definitely bear some aesthetic similarities to Apple’s glass-and-metal design, this variant appears to feature a much smaller screen.


    One Sony-inspired design from 2006, which bears a “JONY” logo in honor of Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive, looks strikingly similar to the iPhone 4 that debuted years later.

    The Verge has a number of other images scattered across two different posts. They’re worth a look.

  • Mitch Feierstein: Hey, There’s a Worm in the Apple (Inc.)
    I love this company. I love its products. I own the lot. But you need to put those things to one side when considering your stock portfolio. You need to operate with reason, not adoration.
  • Rob Spiro: A Better Economy Through Empowered Foodmakers
    The opportunity is not to invent a movement, but to build software to support one that already exists. By bringing meaningful technology to the thousands of local food entrepreneurs out there, we can accelerate the changes that they’re already making.
  • Apple’s London Stores to Distribute iPhone and iPad Olympic Pins
    With the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics set for tomorrow in London, Apple is preparing to offer an extra bonus to some customers visiting its stores in the area during the roughly two-week event. The company has produced a series of four lapel pins commemorating the London Olympics, displaying the flag of the United Kingdom in place of the screen of both black and white iPhones and iPads.

    The pins are distributed attached to larger sheets of cardboard that appear as five iOS device flags hanging on a line, with the center one being the actual lapel pin.

    We have not confirmed the exact details on distribution of the pins, but we’ve heard that select stores will be distributing the free of charge while supplies last on select days. Also unclear is how broad the distribution will be: Apple has a total of six retail stores inside the M25 motorway encircling London, with several others just outside and a total of 33 in the United Kingdom.

    Apple offered a similar promotion during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, distributing an iPod nano pin with the Canadian maple leaf at one store and a pair of pins showing off the maple leaf and the Apple logo at the other Vancouver-area store open at the time. Apple now has four stores in the Vancouver area.

  • ‘Subscribe to Feed’ Extension Puts RSS Button Back in Safari 6 [Mac Blog]
    SafarilogoAs part of the streamlining of Safari 6, Apple removed a number of items from the main toolbar including the dedicated Google search box and the button that allowed users to easily subscribe to RSS feeds right from the toolbar.

    The lack of a Google Search box doesn’t affect much as users can now search by typing within the address box, much like in Google Chrome. The lack of an RSS button is a bit trickier, however.

    Safari no longer includes RSS detection and one-click subscriptions to RSS feeds. For users looking to get that button back, Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software — makers of software products like MarsEdit and Black Ink — has created a “beta-quality, more-or-less unsupported” Safari Extension called Subscribe to Feed.

    [The] extension adds a handy button to the toolbar that, when a page offers RSS or Atom feeds, can be clicked to easily open the feed:// link, which should automatically open your favorite news reader.

    The extension works as advertised, however it falls flat when used on a website with multiple RSS feeds. MacRumors, for example, has four RSS feeds listed — one for the Front Page, two more for the Mac and iOS Blogs, and one feed that lists every post to the site.

    We’ve reached out to Jalkut to ask if this limitation is something that could be easily remedied.

    Update: Daniel Jalkut, the designer of the extension, says he’ll “be looking into” the multiple RSS feed issue.

Mobile Technology News, July 26, 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.

Mobile Technology News, July 25, 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.

  • Crowdsourcing serves up the subtitles to your life
    A system that turns to the crowd to provide deaf people with live captions uses some clever tricks to make sure it is accurate

  • Apple Sales and Profit Miss Analysts’ Estimates
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  • Women & Co: 5 Tech Gadgets for Your Next Picnic
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  • Apple on ‘Fall Transition’, Apple TV, Impact of Rumors and More
    Apple held its Q3 2012 financial results conference call this evening. We have posted a full transcript of the call.

    From the call, Apple discusses their expectations for the next quarter which runs through July, August and September. In particular, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer expects gross margins to decline in the next quarter due to a “Fall transition”. He was unwilling to provide more details on direct questioning:

    A: “Fall transition” that I spoke about is driving most of the decline that we see sequentially in gross margin. Not something that we’re going to talk about in any level of detail today. We could not be more confident in our new product pipeline.

    Apple uses such terms as “Fall transition” to represent changes to their product lines. Lower expected gross margins could point to new products with lower prices. The obvious speculation would point to the much rumored smaller/cheaper 7.85″ iPad. Whatever the “fall transition” is, Apple expects it to take place before the end of September in order for it to impact the next quarter.

    Apple was also asked about the impact of rumors and speculation on their sales

    Q: Rumor and speculation, how much does it hurt sales in the quarter?

    A: There’s a lot of speculation out there. It’s difficult to sort out but I’m fairly convinced that there’s an incredible anticipation out there for future products. As you would expect given what we’ve been able to deliver in the past. I think it’s a reasonable amount.

    And later…

    Try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential. We go to extremes to do that. That, however, doesn’t stop people from speculating or wondering and they’ll never do that. The great thing about this country is that people can say what they think and so-forth. I’m not going to spend any energy trying to change that. I’m glad that people want the next thing. I’m super happy about it. There are obviously quite a few that want what we’re doing now as well. I’m not going to put any energy into trying to get people to stop speculating. I don’t think it would amount to anything.

    Finally, Apple is still optimistic about the Apple TV, and continues to believe in it despite it being a comparably smaller market.

    Q: Did you give an Apple TV number and updated thoughts?

    A: Sold 1.3 million last quarter, up more than 170% year over year. Brings fiscal year to 4 million units. This is pretty incredible. Still at a level that we would call a “hobby” — continue to pull the string to see where it takes us. Not one to keep around projects that we don’t believe in. Lot of people here that believe in Apple TV. Continue to invest.

    Q: Don’t do hobbies to be hobbies — do it to make something bigger?

    A: We do it because we think it’ll lead us somewhere. We’ll see. 4 million isn’t a small number and there are a lot of believers in it.

    We have a full transcript available from the call.

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Mobile Technology News, July 24, 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.

  • Silicon Valley Worries About Addiction to Devices
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  • Apple to Update iPod Touch with 4-Inch Display, A5 Chip, Buffed Aluminum Rear Shell?
    In line with a fresh report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that Apple will be updating the iPod touch later this year with an “all-new” design using the same in-cell touch display technology rumored to be used in the next iPhone, Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple will also be moving the iPod touch to a 4-inch display from the current 3.5-inch display. Apple is otherwise said to be basing the iPod touch’s internals on the iPhone 4S, although the case will include a “buffed aluminum” rear shell rather than the glass back of the iPhone 4S or the mirrored aluminum of the current iPod touch.

    According to asian source, new iPod touch (5th generation) will have 4 inch LCD which is the same size with coming iPhone 5.

    CPU or other spec is considered to be same with iPhone 4S, and has different back-case design, which will be not mirror polished but buffed alminum one. And it seems to be prepared black and white color model.

    Rough mockup of fifth-generation iPod touch with buffed aluminum rear shell and larger display

    The report’s source also indicates that there is an additional hole in the lower portion of the rear shell, separate from the camera found on the current model. It is, however, currently unknown what the function of the hole will be.

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    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released a significant new report outlining his estimates of Apple’s product launch schedule for the second half of this year, pointing to all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models as well as new iPhone and iPad mini models and tweaked internals for the full-size iPad.

    Kuo’s report also touches on the Mac side, reiterating his earlier claims that Apple will be launching its 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in that timeframe. He believes, however, that impact from the launch will initially be muted amid tight supplies and consumer budgets that will likely prioritize purchases of new iPhone and iPad mini models.

    We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13” MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13” Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor. However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13” Retina MacBook Pro won’t be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers’ budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13” Retina MacBook Pro.

    While early 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro sales may be modest, Kuo does believes that with Retina displays clearly being the future of Mac notebooks the stage will be set for explosive growth heading into 2013.

    As for the iMac, Kuo believes that new Ivy Bridge-based iMacs have been delayed by screen lamination issues, with Apple’s supply chain status suggesting it will be a tight schedule to meet an end of September launch for the updated models.

    The chances of the new iMac debuting in September are slim. But, judging by the current supply chain situation, it could be rolled out by end-September. […]

    [Supply chain] shipments for Mac desktop models will be low due to inventory adjustment in July, and will see the most dramatic MoM rise in August as shipments for the new iMac begin.

    Several other sources have claimed that Apple will be targeting an October launch for updated iMacs, although there has been disagreement over whether the new models will include Retina displays, which are almost certainly the most highly-anticipated feature in the product’s future. Kuo’s report does not address whether or not he believes the feature will be included in the next revision or held for a later update.

  • Tweaked iPad and New ‘iPad Mini’ Said to Closely Follow Next-Generation iPhone Launch
    In addition to coverage of all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models in his report released earlier today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also offered more predictions about Apple’s iOS device plans for the September-October timeframe. According to Kuo, Apple is looking to launch the next-generation iPhone in September, perhaps closer to the beginning of the month. But with component shortages and limited on-sale time during the quarter following an expected pullback from consumers in expectation of the launch, he predicts only a modest bump in unit sales over the second quarter’s numbers.

    iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.

    On the iPad front, Kuo is expecting the iPad mini to debut later in September following component ramping in August. He predicts sales of just 1.8 million units during the short time the device will be on sale during the third quarter, exploding to overtake the full-size iPad in the fourth quarter with an estimate of over 13 million units.

    Mockup of 7.85-inch “iPad mini” next to an iPhone (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)

    Interestingly, Kuo also claims that Apple will be tweaking the internals of the current full-size iPad around the same time, making changes to address thermal issues and reduce costs. Digitimes had previously claimed that Apple would be revamping the third-generation iPad later this year with a thinner enclosure, IGZO display, and new heat dissipation capabilities, but Kuo’s sources indicate that the changes will be invisible to users.

    Though shipments of iPad mini’s components will start in August, the new iPad line will end production, ready for transition to a modified New iPad line. As such, component shipments will drop in August as iPad mini’s components shipments growth will be offset. On a side note, the modified New iPad shares the same exterior as the original model, but contains modifications to correct its thermal dissipation problem and lower-cost components.

    Overall, Kuo is predicting massive iPhone and iPad sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 once the new models have full quarters of sales to build upon. His estimates put total iPhone sales at over 55 million and iPad sales at nearly 24 million during the quarter, spurred in large part by momentum from the iPhone and iPad mini launches.

  • Apple Planning ‘All-New’ iPod Touch and iPod Nano for September Launch?
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past offered remarkably accurate information on Apple’s product plans, today released a new report addressing Apple’s upcoming release plans, indicating that the company is planning for a very busy September-October schedule.

    Kicking off the schedule of launches are said to be “all-new” iPod touch and iPod nano models. Details on the new models are currently slim, but the revised iPod touch is said to include the new in-cell touch display technology that has been rumored by several sources for the next-generation iPhone.

    Overall, Kuo believes that strong quarter-over-quarter growth in iPod sales for the third calendar quarter will be driven by the new iPod nano rather than the iPod touch, which will see constrained supplies due to the move in-cell touch display technology.

    Though all new design iPod touch and iPod nano will be launched, growth momentum will mainly come from the latter. The new iPod touch, like iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stage. Shipments will therefore be hindered.

    Apple of course did not make any substantial hardware changes to the iPod touch last September, electing to merely add white models and lower the entry-level pricing from $229 to $199. Consequently, the iPod touch retained the A4-based hardware introduced in September 2010 even as the iPhone 4S moved to the new A5 system-on-a-chip.

    Mockup of redesigned iPod nano with oblong body and home button

    Apple likewise did not offer any major changes to the iPod nano last September, merely lowering pricing and rolling out a software update for the line. One recent rumor has claimed that the iPod nano will be seeing a complete redesign with an oblong body, rectangular screen, and home button similar to that found on iOS devices. It is unclear, however, whether Kuo’s sources are hearing similar details or if they only have generic information about a forthcoming redesign.

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  • Apple Running New Celebrity Television Ad Featuring Martin Scorsese
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    Scorsese: What’s my day look like?

    Siri: Another busy day today.

    Scorsese: Are you serious?

    Siri: Yes, I’m not allowed to be frivolous.

    Scorsese: Ah, OK. Move my 4 o’clock today to tomorrow. Change my 11AM to 2.

    Siri: OK, Marty. I scheduled it for today.

    Scorsese: Is that Rick? Where’s Rick?

    Siri: Here’s Rick.

    Scorsese: Oh, no that’s not Rick. Now, how’s the traffic headed downtown?

    Siri: Here’s the traffic.

    Scorsese: Oh, it’s terrible, terrible. Driver, driver, cut across. Cut across. We’ll never make it downtown this way. I like you Siri, you’re going places.

    Siri: I’ll try to remember that.

    The ad is the fourth in Apple’s series of celebrity television ads featuring celebrities using the technology. Prior ads have seen actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich, and Zooey Deschanel using Siri.

    Thanks Sean!

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Mobile Technology News, July 23, 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.

  • iPhone 5 production begins in Shanghai, says report
    Pegatron has begun production of the iPhone 5, adding to the growing number of reports claiming that iPhone production lines are humming.
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  • Another Report that the Next iPhone is Already in Production in China
    Digitimes seemingly confirms a previous report that the next generation iPhone has already started production in China.

    Pegatron has begun production of a new version of the Apple iPhone at its factory in Shanghai, eastern China, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

    The newspaper cites “industry sources” for the knowledge.

    Rendered mockup of the rumored taller iPhone with 4-inch display (left) and iPhone 4S (right)

    Click for larger

    Earlier this month, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported that the next generation iPhone had already gone into production. These reports do somewhat conflict with a BGR report that the next generation iPhone is still in an engineering verification test. BGR believes that the new iPhone will carry 1GB of RAM as well as both LTE and NFC support. Regardless, it seems there are ongoing signs that the next iPhone is approaching.

    The next generation iPhone will likely launch in the September or October — approximately one year after the launch of the iPhone 4S.

  • OS X Mountain Lion Distributed to AppleCare Representatives Ahead of Public Launch
    With just over a week left in the month of July that is expected to see the launch OS X Mountain Lion, 9to5Mac reports that Apple has officially distributed the final version of OS X Mountain Lion to members of its AppleCare support team. The company has provided employees with Mac App Store download codes to allow them to install the forthcoming operating system on their main work machines.

    AppleCare representatives have been testing OS X Mountain Lion on special Macs and via remote computing for the past few weeks, but today’s news marks that the OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master seed has been supplied to representatives to be installed on their main work Macs.

    The OS was supplied today to all AppleCare employees via a Mac App Store redeem code. Employees who have installed the build have confirmed that their seed is build 12A269, the same build provided to developers on July 9th.

    Apple has yet to announce an exact launch date for OS X Mountain Lion beyond “July”, but it appears that it could be targeting this Wednesday, July 25, with an announcement perhaps coming on the company’s earnings conference call the day before. Apple used a similar launch strategy last year for OS X Lion, announcing as part of the introductory remarks for its earnings conference call that the operating system would launch the following day.

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Mobile Technology News, July 22, 2012

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