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.
- Prototype: Using Aluminum to Lighten Manufacturers’ Load
- Meg Whitman’s Toughest Campaign: Retooling Hewlett-Packard
- Digital Domain: Flightfox Lets the Crowd Find the Best Airfares
It’s a travel sweepstakes with a twist: Flightfox.com asks users to find the lowest fares for other travelers planning trips — and gives a finder’s fee to the winner.
- Apple’s iOS 6 stumbles on basic connectivity: Wi-Fi
Apple is struggling with a number of issues after the release of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, not least of which is Wi-Fi connectivity.
- VIDEO: Alzheimer’s patients tracked
A council in London is trying out a new way of helping people with dementia.
- Space surgery possible with zero-gravity tool
- VIDEO: Plans to improve Gulf water technology
The entire Gulf region is reliant on desalination technology to get most of its water but it’s an energy inefficient process.
- Home prenatal scans help keep babies safe
- Apple Apologizes for Misstep on Maps
- Crime Scene: Dazzled by a Cute Picture, More Nannies Fall for Swindle
- Another iPad Mini Physical Mockup on Video
Mactakara posts some photos and a video with hands on a mockup of the rumored iPad Mini. The video isn’t particularly revealing, and we’ve seen video of these mockups before, but provides another frame of reference for the size of such a device. The photo below shows the relative size next to a 15″ MacBook Pro.
Apparently, the models are relatively easy to obtain for approximately 13 USD, according to a previous video report.
The iPad Mini mockup shown on the video reveals a new Lightning port on the bottom of the device, while the headphone jack remains on the top of the device.
The 7.85″ iPad Mini has been widely rumored to be approaching launch with reports having suggested that Apple may introduce such a device in October. That rumor came from AllThingsD, which is a traditionally reliable source of Apple event rumors. However, there’s been a surprising absence of new rumors about the device as we are heading into October.
- F.C.C. Backs Plan on Reclaiming Spectrum for a Wireless Auction
- Court: Motorola can’t enforce injunction against Microsoft
Federal appeals court upholds judge’s order preventing Motorola from blocking the sale of Xbox and Windows software in Germany.
- Skitch Updated With Features Restored; Version 1.0 Made Available Again [Mac Blog]
Screen shot sharing app Skitch was recently updated to version 2.0, but without a number of features that were frequently used by a number of its users.
It received a lot of criticism from for removing features like the ability to minimize the app to the menu bar or to resize images by grabbing the corner of a window. Also, users were no longer able to choose the file format of their screenshots; it could only export .PNG files.
However, Evernote, the company that owns Skitch, has heard the uproar and responded. The company is releasing an updated version of Skitch with a number of changes — and made Skitch 1.0 available for download again.
Here’s a quick overview of the changes:
- Choose your file type: there’s now a filetype selector in the Drag Me tab, where you can choose between PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP
- Smarter screen snap: you can modify selected area or change it to specific dimensions
- Improved sync options: it gives you control over how/when you save notes to Evernote (Always, Ask, Never ask)
- Flip and rotate: new Image menu options that also get keyboard shortcuts
- Multi-select in the Library: to easily delete unwanted images
- New keyboard shortcuts
- Change arrow directions
- And the old version of Skitch is available for those who still want it
- Pedi QuikCalc app is true to its name, a quick and easy medical calculator for pediatricians
This is a review of the Pedi QuikCalc app, a medical calculator and reference app for physicians treating pediatric patients.
- Bits Blog: As Apple’s Maps Stumbles, AOL’s MapQuest Flourishes
Apple’s map application debacle has been a boon for MapQuest, which had been eclipsed in the era of in-car GPS and smartphones.
- TouchArcade’s Best iOS Games for September 2012 [iOS Blog]
iOS gaming site (and sister site) TouchArcade has posted a roundup of their Best iOS Games for September 2012.
The list of games consists of the highest rated iOS games from just the month of September, and offers a variety of genres. Topping the list are a physics puzzler, matching puzzler, and a side-scrolling hack-and-slash game. The remainder of the list offers a similarly diverse list that may appeal to different types of gamers.
Bad Piggies, $0.99 / HD
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – A fantastically fresh spin on the Angry Birds formula, this time you play as the pigs and build various contraptions to reassemble your grand plan for stealing the eggs from the birds. This game is shockingly good, and shouldn’t be missed. Sandbox mode, in particular, is incredible.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo!, $0.99
[Review] [Forum Thread] – The original game was awesome, but this new Bejeweled Blitz-like spin on the formula cranks things up to 11. Two minute long games are hectic from start to finish, and if you’re good, you can still pull off those insane scores that people loved bragging about in the original Monsters Ate My Condo.
God of Blades, $2.99
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – An incredibly unique game with art and sound design that’s out of this world. It almost reminds us of Sword & Sworcery in a way in that the game is so artistic that the entire experience is something you don’t see very often on the App Store. Definitely dig into our review.
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – This Unreal engine powered game has a look at feel that is by far the most Nintendo-like I’ve seen on the App Store. Add a sword fighting mechanic and a Triforce, and it might pass for Zelda. The flower picking mechanic is a little weird, but it’s easy to get into.
Rayman Jungle Run, $2.99
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – When I first heard of this game, I rolled my eyes expecting another Temple Run clone. Instead, we got a platformer that is not only totally awesome but feels perfect on the iPhone.
Plight of the Zombie, $2.99
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – A really slick line drawing stealth game that puts the player in charge of moving zombies around various levels. If you’re tired of zombie games, give this one a try, it feels really fresh compared to most mindless zombie games.
Super Hexagon, $0.99
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – This game has taken the TouchArcade crew by storm, with Jared and Arn fiercely competing on leaderboards with a few of our mutual Twitter followers. I’m not good enough at video games to make a good effort, but if you like very short very fast paced games, you need this one.
Splice : Tree of Life, $3.99
[Review] – [Forum Thread] – Cipher Prime nails it again with an oddly obscure cellular puzzler. It started its life on the PC, but like all of their games, the iPad almost feels like Splice’s natural home.
TouchArcade also lists their readers’ top most anticipated games. Topping the list is Infinity Blade Dungeons, which was first previewed at Apple’s iPad 3 media event in March, but hasn’t yet been released.
- Minecraft creator attacks Windows
Minecraft’s Markus “Notch” Persson accuses Microsoft of “trying to ruin the PC as an open platform”.
- Bits Blog: Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple’s Maps