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Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • Prototype: Using Aluminum to Lighten Manufacturers’ Load
    Student research at Ohio State could play a role in creating lighter-weight, more environmentally sustainable cars and trucks.

  • Meg Whitman’s Toughest Campaign: Retooling Hewlett-Packard
    The former eBay chief and gubernatorial candidate has found her Act III at Hewlett-Packard. But the challenge of re-energizing the company for a new information era is daunting.

  • 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
    Simple surgery could endanger the lives of all on board a spacecraft if blood droplets get into cabin. A zero-gravity tool could help

  • 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
    Commercially available sensors monitor fetuses and then use a smartphone to transmit the data back to a hospital

  • Apple Apologizes for Misstep on Maps
    The problems with Apple’s new mobile maps were embarrassing, but the company has a tendency to bungle services that rely heavily on the Internet.

  • Crime Scene: Dazzled by a Cute Picture, More Nannies Fall for Swindle
    A teenager describes how, hooked by a photograph of a boy in a monster suit and the prospect of a job, she was defrauded of nearly $3,000.

  • 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
    The Federal Communications Commission approved a process to pay television broadcasters to give up airwaves that would then be auctioned to cellphone companies.

  • 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]
    NewImageScreen 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

    The update has been sent to Apple and should be pushed to the Mac App Store soon. It is a free download. [Direct Link]


  • 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.

    5 Stars

    Bad Piggies

    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!

    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

    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.

    4.5 Stars

    Lili™

    Lili™, $4.99

    [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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Complaints and jokes about Apple’s new maps have not stopped since the company released iOS 6 last week, a software update that replaced Google’s maps with its own.

Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • F.T.C. Moves to Tighten Online Privacy Protections for Children
    Federal regulations intended to curb the collection of data from youngsters without their parents’ permission might cause companies to stop creating child-centric sites.

  • Facebook and Gates Foundation host education hackathon
    Dubbed “HackEd,” the two tech giants come together to rally developers to create apps that will help students get into college and stay there.
  • BlackBerry Maker Posts a Loss, but Stock Jumps in After-Hours Trading
    Research in Motion said its net loss for the latest quarter was $235 million, a comedown from a year ago but an improvement on the previous quarter. Its shares surged after hours.

  • Intel’s Windows 8 gang will try to muscle in on iPad turf
    Intel and its PC partners will move aggressively to win business customers, which Intel claims is a key advantage for Windows 8 running on its chips.
  • Safeguard your online Persona with Mozilla ID system
    The makers of Firefox debut a new Web site login system called Persona that ought to appeal to privacy advocates and developers alike. But will you care?
  • Google to take down Brazil video
    The president of Google Brazil – arrested over his refusal to block access to a video attacking a politician – says he will remove it, after losing an appeal.
  • Nuance Acquires Quantim to Boost ICD-10 Health Care Transition
    Nuance has announced the acquisition of IT service provider Quantim to improve health care workflows in the transition to the new ICD-10 claims code.


  • Microsoft takes a stake in Klout and adds its data to Bing
    Microsoft’s Bing team is teaming up with social-media vendor Klout in the name of social influence and Big Data.
  • Easy online and offline pain journal keeping with Pain Care app
    Pain Care is an easy-to-use, comprehensive, and clinically oriented electronic pain journal, developed by an interventional physiatrist.
  • Blackberry maker posts $235m loss
    Research In Motion shares rise in after-hours trading as the maker of the Blackberry posts a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss.
  • U.S. Officials Opening Up on Cyberwarfare
    The federal government’s announcement of a program to enlist contractors to develop technology is seen as a turning point in a long-secret program.

  • Analytics, Data-Driven Culture Bring Business Success: Survey
    Analytics usage and adoption of a data-driven culture tend to lead to business success, according to a recent survey.


  • Father invents Verbal Victor app for his son, helps thousands of people with disabilities worldwide
    A father developed a successful and affordable communication app (Verbal Victor) for his son with Pitts Hopkins syndrome.
  • Netflix for iOS Updated to Support the iPhone 5′s Widescreen
    Netflix has updated its iOS app to support iOS 6 and to provide support for the iPhone 5′s 4″ screen. The update also claims to improve the browsing, searching and watching experience.



    Support for the iPhone 5′s taller screen is particularly useful in video/movie apps such as Netflix as it allows many widescreen movies to be viewed in their native aspect ratio. The Netflix app is a free download from the App Store [Direct Link] but requires a Netflix account.

    Many popular apps are being quickly updated to support the iPhone 5′s larger screen. Yesterday, Instagram was updated, and several iOS games have also seen updates.


  • Mac Game Store Launches Steam-Like Digital Download App
    MacGameStore.com has released a new Mac app to facilitate easy purchase and organization of games from the store. The app is similar to Steam, but specifically focused on digital game downloads for the Mac and includes many major titles from big studios like EA and Aspyr.

    One particularly useful feature is a “Game Compatibility Checker” that compares the user’s Mac to the game’s requirements in real time, making life easier for users with slightly older machines. Another is the ability to delete purchased games and redownload them from the cloud at any time, a useful feature for MacBook Air owners with limited storage space.

    Macgamestore
    The Mac Game Store can also act as a repository for all the user’s games, even those not purchased through the MGS, organizing them in one place for easy access. The store also gives access to demos for many games, as well as game reviews and ratings, and more.

    The app is available free from Mac Game Store’s website.


  • Bits Blog: Rented Computers Captured Customers Having Sex, F.T.C. Says
    Seven computer rental companies agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after it was discovered that they had captured photos of customers using webcams.

  • West Health Investment Fund closes two deals on heels of new CEO appointment
    The West Health Investment Fund has closed two new deals to invest in early stage startups RxAnte and GlySens.
  • For College Students, Social Media Tops the Bar Scene
    As more students turn to Facebook, texting, dating sites and sex apps to plan their evenings, the traditional dive has begun to play a less important role in campus life.

  • Camera+ Comes to the iPad with iCloud Sync Support [iOS Blog]
    NewImageCamera+, the top-selling non-game app for the iPhone, has made its way to the iPad.

    The app, which has sold more than 9 million copies, is a full-featured replacement for the standard Camera app that comes with the iPhone. It includes a plethora of options for editing and sharing pictures, as well as a variety of different shooting modes.

    The new version of Camera+ adds support for iCloud, as well as the new iPad app that will sync photos between the iPhone and iPad versions of the app to make editing easier.

    Together, the iPad and iPhone apps should pose a challenge to Adobe, which offers a suite of Photoshop apps for editing photos on the iPad, as well as its own cloud storage service.

    Like the iPhone version, the iPad app was designed to make editing photos quick and easy. It has five basic tools: Scenes for applying automatic touch-ups for photos taken in certain light conditions, like in low light or indoor areas; Adjust for making basic adjustments like rotating the image or removing red eye; Crops for cropping portions of a photo; FX Effects for applying fancy filters; and Borders for adding stylized borders.

    NewImage
    The New York Times spoke with the developers behind Camera+, hearing how difficult it was to make iCloud work the way they wanted it to. They said Apple’s iCloud API’s were inadequate and that it took their developers “twice as long as it should because of the problems with it.”

    Regardless of the difficulties in developing it, Camera+ is now available on the both the iPhone and iPad for $0.99 each. [Direct Links: iPhone, iPad]


Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • Advertising: Build-A-Bear Adds a Technology Factor
    The retailer is introducing new technology-enhanced stores with radio and digital ads, print ads in local newspapers and television commercials.

  • Beyond Wall Street, Curbs on High-Speed Trading
    Several nations have adopted or proposed a range of limits on high-speed trading, saying they have learned from problems in United States markets.

  • For College Students, Social Media Tops the Bar Scene
    As more students turn to Facebook, texting, dating sites and sex apps to plan their evenings, the traditional dive has begun to play a less important role in campus life.

  • Brazil police detain Google chief
    Police detain the head of Google’s operations in Brazil over the company’s refusal to take down videos judged to slander a local politician.
  • Rovio pins hopes on Bad Piggies
    Angry Birds-maker Rovio launches new title Bad Piggies, which it hopes will revitalise its fortunes in the mobile gaming market.
  • Silicon Valley’s hot start-ups
    The wi-fi enabled super-brewer and other hot Silicon Valley start-ups
  • Bits Blog: Rented Computers Captured Customers Having Sex, F.T.C. Says
    Seven computer rental companies agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after it was discovered that they had captured photos of customers using webcams.
  • Bits Blog: Google Working on Maps for iPhone and iPad
    Google is developing a maps application for the iPhone and the iPad that it is seeking to finish by the end of the year, according to people involved with the effort.
  • Trouble in paradise? Cracks show in Microsoft-Intel alliance
    Recent comments from Intel about Windows 8 underscore the tension between the chip giant and longtime partner Microsoft.
  • First Look at Rovio’s ‘Bad Piggies’, Launching Thursday [iOS Blog]
    NewImageOur sister site TouchArcade got an early peek at Bad Piggies, the contraption-focused addition to the Angry Birds-universe. The game has the Pigs building grand contraptions to steal eggs away from the birds.

    The game will arrive sometime tomorrow for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Historically, Rovio has released games at midnight Pacific time.

    We start things out with the first level, which shows the very basic gist of the game then immediately jump in to some more challenging levels later in the game before utterly failing at the star-gathering sandbox mode. So far, I like it a lot. It takes the Angry Birds franchise in a direction I’m not sure anyone was expecting with a really clever spin on the “contraption building” genre.


  • We really do think Windows 8 is great, Intel says
    The chip giant issues a statement today rebuffing yesterday’s report that CEO Paul Otellini doesn’t think Windows 8 is ready yet.
  • iPhone 5 Battery Life May Be Impacted Greatly by Cellular Signal Strength
    Deep in its lengthy review of the iPhone 5, iLounge has performed an analysis on the battery life of the iPhone 5. The site tested the device under a number of conditions, including both cellular and Wi-Fi web browsing, voice calls, FaceTime calls, video recording, and video and audio playback.

    Iphone5battery

    The phone performed fairly well but iLounge found battery life struggled when transferring cellular data or making voice calls, which they speculated was due to a weak signal:

    if you’re using your iPhone 5 in places a with a very strong (4- to 5-bar) LTE or 3G signal, your cellular battery life may approach that number, but if not, the cellular antenna will struggle to maintain a signal, and fall well short. Because LTE and 3G/4G towers are in a state of build-out flux right now, our tests suggest that many LTE users won’t come close to Apple’s promised numbers.

    Iphone5batterytesting

    iLounge has the detailed results on its battery testing in its iPhone 5 review, but unsurprisingly, mileage will vary greatly depending on a number of factors including health of the battery, signal strength, screen brightness, and other considerations.


  • Apple’s Split with Google Over iOS Maps Driven by Turn-by-Turn Navigation Dispute
    Reports about the high-profile split between Apple and Google that saw Apple replace its Google-powered Maps app for iOS with its own solution have continued to trickle out, with AllThingsD now reporting that the lack of turn-by-turn directions on Google’s Maps app for iOS was the key motivator for Apple.
    [M]ultiple sources familiar with Apple’s thinking say the company felt it had no choice but to replace Google maps with its own because of a disagreement over a key feature: Voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions.

    Spoken turn-by-turn navigation has been a free service offered through Google’s Android mobile OS for a few years now. But it was never part of the deal that brought Google’s maps to iOS. And Apple very much wanted it to be. Requiring iPhone users to look directly at handsets for directions and manually move through each step while Android users enjoyed native voice-guided instructions put Apple at a clear disadvantage in the mobile space. And having chosen Google as its original mapping partner, the iPhone-maker was now in a position where an arch rival was calling the shots on functionality important to the iOS maps feature set.

    Apple reportedly pushed hard for voice navigation in Google’s maps on iOS, but Google was unwilling to hand over the functionality without concessions from Apple. As detailed by other sources, Google was seeking greater control over the mapping experience on the iPhone, such as Google branding and Google Latitude integration, concessions Apple was unwilling to make.



    Combined with the deterioration of the overall Apple-Google relationship and Apple’s concerns that Google was collecting too much information from iOS users, Apple ramped up its mapping efforts in order to bring its own turn-by-turn directions to the device, ultimately deciding that it could afford to do away entirely with Google’s maps.


  • Yahoo’s Choice of New Chief Financial Officer Suggests a Plan for Deals
    The replacement of the company’s chief finance officer, Tim Morse, who had a history of cost-cutting, with Ken Goldman of Fortinet could indicate that Yahoo is ready to expand.

  • OpenDyslexic font gains ground
    A free font designed to help dyslexic people read online content is adopted by a range of software nine months after launch.
  • Apple Reportedly Sourcing Thinner Components for 2013 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
    While Apple’s MacBook Air is already extremely thin and the new Retina MacBook Pro has reduced the thickness of the company’s flagship notebook by 25%, work naturally continues on new ways to shave even more thickness from future versions of Apple’s notebooks.

    Digitimes reports that Apple is working with suppliers on a new process that will enable the company to shave 0.15 mm from the thickness of the light guide used to distribute lighting for the company’s illuminated keyboard in the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

    Apple will reduce the thickness of light guide plates for the illuminated keyboards in its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from 0.4mm currently to 0.25mm in 2013, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain.

    Since the current injection process for the production of 0.4mm light guide plates has been optimized to its limit, makers utilizing extrusion processes are likely to win orders for 0.25mm light guide plates, the sources indicated.



    A difference of 0.15mm seems a negligible reduction in thickness that would by itself be essentially imperceptible by users if it were even to translate to slightly thinner overall profiles for the machines, but the company is likely pursuing the reduction for some purpose. Apple is unlikely to significantly alter the overall form factor of next year’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, but combining small reductions in thickness for multiple components would pave the way for more significant overall reductions down the road.

    Kyle Wiens from iFixIt speculates that the added thinness for the keyboard may help prevent the keyboard leaving residual marks on the screen when the laptop is closed.


  • F.C.C. Considers New Spectrum Rules for Wireless Companies
    In an effort to compete with companies like AT&T and Verizon, smaller telecommunications firms asked the F.C.C. to limit ownership of spectrum that is valuable in urban areas.

  • From physician to app entrepreneur, one perspective
    At the recent Medicine 2.0 Congress, Dr. Jennifer Dyer, the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Duet Health (“The Mobile Patient education Experts”), led a session entitled “Physician Entrepreneurship and App Development: How Did I Do It.” Dr. Dyer told her unique story of how she stopped practicing medicine to focus on her entrepreneurial mHealth interests and various strategies for making money in this business sector.
  • Facebook groups gets Dropbox file-sharing option
    The two companies partner up to include easy access to the cloud-storage service.

Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • Cisco’s John Chambers eyes retirement, successor
    Cisco’s 63-year-old CEO has been running the networking equipment giant since 1995 but sees his retirement coming in the next two to four years.
  • Yahoo’s Choice of New Chief Financial Officer Suggests a Plan for Deals
    The replacement of the company’s chief finance officer, Tim Morse, who had a history of cost-cutting, with Ken Goldman of Fortinet could indicate that Yahoo is ready to expand.

  • Germany Is Expected to Act to Curb High-Speed Trades
    The rules would require passage by both houses of Parliament, and have been written with an eye toward similar legislation that could eventually apply across the European Union.

  • F.C.C. Considers New Spectrum Rules for Wireless Companies
    In an effort to compete with companies like AT&T and Verizon, smaller telecommunications firms asked the F.C.C. to limit ownership of spectrum that is valuable in urban areas.

  • Google adds coral reefs to maps
    Google adds images from coral reefs around the world to its Street View mapping service after teaming up with a group of scientists.
  • Advertising: NBC Unpacks Trove of Viewer Data From London Olympics
    Studies of more than 50,000 people who watched the Games depict vast shifts in how people watch television, especially with second devices like tablets or smartphones.

  • Apple Reportedly Had Over a Year Left on Maps Contract with Google
    Amid widespread complaints over Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps app, which replaced the Google-powered application that had shipped on iOS devices since the iPhone debuted in 2007, some observers have wondered how much of the shift was due to Apple’s desire to reduce its reliance upon on Google and how much might be due to other factors.



    In particular, there has been some speculation that demands by Google could also have played a role in Apple’s decision, with the suggestion being that Apple may have been forced to roll out its own mapping solution a bit sooner than it had planned for if its contract with Google had been running out.

    The Verge now reports that such speculation is unfounded, with Apple and Google having had over a year left on their contract for Google’s Maps app. Consequently, Apple could presumably have continued using Google’s app in iOS 6 as it worked to improve its own mapping product for a launch with iOS 7 next year.

    For its part, Apple apparently felt that the older Google Maps-powered Maps in iOS were falling behind Android — particularly since they didn’t have access to turn-by-turn navigation, which Google has shipped on Android phones for several years. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Google also wanted more prominent branding and the ability to add features like Latitude, and executives at the search giant were unhappy with Apple’s renewal terms. But the existing deal between the two companies was still valid and didn’t have any additional requirements, according to our sources — Apple decided to simply end it and ship the new maps with turn-by-turn.

    Apple’s decision apparently caught Google off-guard, as Google is reportedly still several months away from having a standalone maps app ready for submission to the App Store.


  • Rometty, I.B.M.’s Chief, Is Named Chairwoman
    Virginia M. Rometty will take the new role as the current chairman, Samuel J. Palmisano, prepares to retire at the end of the year.

  • The revolution will be home-made
    The revolution will be homemade
  • Plan to crowdsource a happy city
    Researchers aim to find out where the happiest and most peaceful places in London are by crowdsourcing images of the capital.
  • Brazil Google boss arrest ordered
    A judge orders the arrest of Google’s president in Brazil after the company failed to remove “slanderous” videos about an electoral candidate.
  • TechMom Tuesday: Is the Shiny Toy Worth It?
    It came! It’s here! And today really is Tuesday! Also in my excitement to get my new toy into my hot little hands – I did NOT fall off the roof. So that was a huge win. And I spent the weekend playing with my new SHINY TOY!

    On Sunday, I made a little field trip over to The Mall so I could get my [...]

  • Instagram Adds iPhone 5 Support [iOS Blog]
    With the iPhone 5 in the wild for five days now, major apps continue to be updated for the device’s larger screen. Today, popular photography app Instagram was updated with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support. However, as The Next Web points out, Instagram’s square photography method doesn’t gain much from the iPhone 5′s larger screen.

    Instagramupdate

    But the capture mode is a tad awkward, as Instagram’s square capture window isn’t really able to take advantage of the larger screen real-estate. Also, curiously, the live filtration options seem to be gone on iOS 6. We’re not sure if that’s a bug or what.

    Instagram was purchased by Facebook earlier this year, and the Facebook iOS app was one of the first major apps to add support for the 4″ screen.

    Instagram is a free download on the App Store. [Direct Link]


  • After Curfew: Campus Life Gains More Exposure on the Web
    A series of “I’m Shmacked” party videos on YouTube presents the highlights and low moments of college life in full color.

  • Intel CEO slams Windows 8, says it’s not ready — report
    Paul Otellini told employees during a meeting in Taiwan that Microsoft needs to make improvements to the OS, according to a Bloomberg report, though he adds they can be done after the product ships.
  • Garmin Releases Update to StreetPilot Navigation App With Google Street View and Public Transit Support [iOS Blog]
    Garmin has released an update to its StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone app, adding “urban guidance” and support for Google Street View. The urban guidance feature allows users to map out public transit options when looking at pedestrian routes, including support for Apple Maps integration. Users can bring up a location in Apple Maps, and they will have the option to map their destination using the Garmin app.

    Unlike Apple’s turn-by-turn directions, Garmin’s solution downloads all the map data to the iPhone, allowing use even when there is no cellular signal. The company does offer a Garmin StreetPilot onDemand app [App Store] that pulls navigation data from the cloud, but it requires a subscription service to work.

    Garminscreen

    - URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you’re able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.

    - GOOGLE STREET VIEW provides users a street-level view of their destination before starting a route and shortly before arriving. Users can also look at a full-screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination’s surroundings. The feature is available in cities with Google Street View coverage.

    Urban Guidance is an in app purchase for $4.99, on sale for $2.99 until October 7, 2012. It supports a number of major cities, listed at the end of this post.

    All the Garmin StreetPilot apps are on sale until October 7th.

    Garmin U.S.A is $39.99, regularly $49.99. [App Store]
    Garmin North America is $44.99, regularly $59.99. [App Store]
    Garmin U.K. & Ireland is $59.99, regularly $74.99. [App Store]
    Garmin Western Europe is $84.99, down from $99.99. [App Store]

    Urban Guidance is supported in the following cities:

    Garmintransit


  • Apple Maps Errors Send Japanese to Homegrown App
    Buyers of the iPhone 5 have turned to Mapion, a map application for smartphones produced by a Japanese company.

  • Foxconn Riot Underscores Labor Rift in China
    Analysts say the nation’s workers have become more aware of their rights but have few outlets to challenge or negotiate with employers.

  • LaCie Launches ‘Rugged’ Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives [Mac Blog]
    LaCie has released a new entry in its Rugged series of portable storage drives. This time, it’s a Thunderbolt/USB3 offering that comes equipped with a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive or either a 120GB or 256GB 6Gb/s solid state drive. LaCie says the SSD runs at speeds of up to 380MB/s.

    Ruggedlacie

    The LaCie Rugged brings two industry leading technologies, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt together so users can experience the fastest transfer speeds available on PC or Mac. The LaCie Rugged SSD delivers record-breaking speeds up to 380MB/s – making it the fastest bus-powered product ever. Respectively, the hard disk version performs up to 110MB/s, a 35 percent improvement over FireWire 800. Whether you are a photographer, videographer, or power user, the LaCie Rugged can move 10GB in a few seconds and ensure zero lag-time when accessing files, viewing photos, or editing videos.

    The 1TB version is $249, while the 120GB and 256GB SSD’s are $199 and $349 respectively. They’re available at Apple Stores and at LaCie.com.


Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • Intel touts inexpensive ultrabooks
    Chip giant wants you to know that ultrabooks are less expensive than you think. But there are still plenty of pricey models out there too.
  • Foxconn Riot Underscores Labor Rift in China
    Analysts say the nation’s workers have become more aware of their rights but have few outlets to challenge or negotiate with employers.

  • Apple Maps Errors Send Japanese to Homegrown App
    Buyers of the iPhone 5 have turned to Mapion, a map application for smartphones produced by a Japanese company.

  • On the Road: In-Flight Entertainment Is at Crossroad
    When a third of fliers bring their own tablets, smartphones and other devices, how do airlines respond?

  • The workplaces that build Africa’s future
    The workplaces nurturing Africa’s start-up seedlings
  • DisplayMate Rates iPhone 5 Screen as "Best Smartphone Display" They’ve Seen
    DisplayMate posts an extensive analysis of the new iPhone 5 screen and also provides detailed comparisons against the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.

    They conclude that the iPhone 5 represents the best Smartphone screen they’ve tested.

    Based on our extensive Lab measurements the iPhone 5 has a true state-of-the-art accurate display – it’s not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvements (and competitors) but it is the best Smartphone display we have seen to date based on extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests.

    In particular, they note that the iPhone 5 has much lower screen reflections, a much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting and notably improved color accuracy and picture quality.

    Here is their Overall Assessments chart comparing the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy SIII. They conclude the iPhone 5 significantly outperforms the other two units:



    The remainder of their charts detail differences in Reflections, Brightness and Contrast, Color and Intensities, Viewing Angles, Power Consumption and Battery Impact.


  • Verizon to Pay $250 Million to TiVo in Patent Settlement
    TiVo has turned to litigation to generate revenue from licensing fees as it struggles with competition from low-cost rivals.

  • VIDEO: Can computers cure PTSD?
    New tech gadgets help treat troops’ trauma
  • iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 displays go head to head — iPhone wins
    Samsung’s OLED tech has not reached the level of refinement of Apple’s Retina LCD, a display testing firm claims.
  • Facebook message rumour ‘false’
    Facebook is forced to deny a rumour that users’ private messages have been made public, while its shares fall after a financial journal says the stock is overvalued.
  • EHR Skills Lead Job Requirements in Health Care: Survey
    Electronic health record skills were most in demand in a survey of the health care industry jobs marketplace by Wanted Technologies.


  • Sparrow Getting iPhone 5 Support ‘Soon’ [iOS Blog]
    NewImageWhen Sparrow was acquired by Google, its developers said that development for the alternative email app had ceased with the exception of “support and critical updates.”

    It appears that support for the iPhone 5′s larger screen is considered a critical update, and Sparrow CEO Dom Leca has promised an update “soon”, saying so in a tweet noticed by The Next Web.


  • Foxconn Plant in China Closed After Worker Riot
    A spokesman said a fight among employees on Sunday night turned into a riot that had to be broken up by thousands of police officers.

  • Apple Flooded with iCloud Password Reset Requests Amid Tightened Account Security Controls
    In a high-profile case last month, a hacker was able to gain access to Wired reporter Mat Honan’s iCloud, Gmail, Twitter, and Amazon accounts, taking control of much of Honan’s digital life and remote wiping his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. Honan later detailed how the hack was accomplished through social engineering by entering the system through weaknesses in Amazon’s account security and then using credit card information stored there to gain access to Honan’s iCloud account.

    Following the incident, Apple temporarily halted over-the-phone iCloud password resets, which had required only the user’s billing address and the last four digits of the credit card on file with the account. Apple has since rolled out new authentication for password resets, including a requirement that users provide two correct responses to a small group of challenges that includes user-set security questions, more detailed credit card information, and device confirmations via either serial number or pushed Find My iPhone verification codes.

    We’ve heard from several Apple support employees who have noted that their abilities to help customers have been severely restricted as part of the effort to tighten up security, with staff only able to send password resets to email addresses on file with the account. Employees are no longer permitted to send password resets to arbitrary email addresses and can no longer set temporary passwords on accounts to enter troubleshooting mode during support calls.



    One employee we spoke with has detailed a tremendous influx in support calls with the release of iPhone 5, as customers looking to restore iCloud backups of their old phones onto their new phones are in some cases having difficulty remembering their passwords. Support calls are said to be up on the order of tenfold over the past week or so surrounding the iOS 6 and iPhone 5 launches.

    I know what you are thinking. The rightful person that owns the Apple ID should have no problem doing enough of that to be able to verify their ID and be able to then reset their password or security questions or unlock their account. And you would be wrong in thinking that.

    This employee has emphasized that if users can not confirm their identities within the new framework of authentication challenges, there is nothing Apple support staff can do to help them and they will be frozen out of their iCloud accounts. For this reason, the employee notes that users are strongly encouraged to know the exact answers to their security questions, make sure a proper credit card is associated with the account, and set up Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod, maximizing their chances of being able to regain access to their accounts should their passwords be lost.

    Finally, this employee has cautioned users about both changing their password and resetting their security questions at the same time, particularly if they do not have a credit card on file with the account. In that instance, if the user is unable to get into their account with the reset password, the deleted security questions and the lack of a credit card will essentially make it impossible for Apple support to verify their identity and regain access to the account.


  • How To Report a Problem With iOS 6 Maps Data
    A large amount of criticism has been correctly directed towards Apple regarding the new Maps app in iOS 6, with common complaints focusing on Points of Interest data. This is the information that Apple has purchased from third parties relating to addresses and phone numbers of stores, museums, hospitals and the like.

    Google Maps is a much more complete, more polished product offering, but that’s mostly because Google Maps has been around for years. Its developers have had plenty of time to refine it — but its users have helped a considerable amount as well. Every Google Maps page has “report a problem” located somewhere on it, allowing the company to crowdsource and verify much of its data.

    Like Google Maps, Apple also allows users to submit error reports and correct POI data. Last week, Apple said that “the more people use [Maps], the better it will get.” Reporting errors in information is surely part of how Apple plans to improve the product.


    The Home Depot in Durango, Colorado is located at 1301 South Camino del Rio, but, Apple’s map data puts it at 1301 Camino del Rio, in the middle of downtown Durango. It’s unclear how quickly the data will be integrated into Maps, nor what sort of quality control processes the company has in place to deal with malicious submissions.

    However, with Apple aggressively recruiting former Google Maps employees, it seems likely that lessons learned during Google Maps development will soon be implemented at Apple. Incidentally, Google Maps gets the address correct.


  • Shelly Palmer: Personal Facebook Cleanse
    I’m going post a simple message to my personal profile, "I’m doing a Facebook cleanse, like or comment here if you want to remain my Facebook friend." If people don’t like the post or comment, I am going to unfriend them.
  • Ruth Starkman: It’s All the Rage: ‘The Innocence of Muslims,’ Social Media, and Free Speech
    Indifferently offering equal shares of grotesque bigotry, reasoned debate, enlightened humor and a mind-boggling variety of other responses, social media raise complex questions about freedom of speech in an increasingly global world.
  • The Cloud Factories: Data Centers in Rural Washington State Gobble Power
    When Internet factories come to town, they can feel less like their sleek, clean and convenient image and more like old-time manufacturing.

  • AuthenTec Said to Cut Off Non-Apple Fingerprint Sensor Customers in 2013
    According to Korea’s etnews.com [Google translation], fingerprint sensor firm AuthenTec has notified a number of its customers, including Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu, that it will cease offering its technology to those companies as of next year. Apple agreed to acquire AuthenTec in July, and AuthenTec’s board is expected to approve the acquisition next month.

    AuthenTec’s current customers are said to be “in a state of panic” as they seek to secure alternative suppliers for the fingerprint recognition technology that has been seeing increasing adoption. But with AuthenTec holding a significant amount of intellectual property rights in the field, those companies may have difficulty finding adequate alternatives.



    Apple has not signaled its exact area of interest for AuthenTec’s technology, but many observers have speculated that Apple is interested in incorporating it into its mobile devices for user recognition and other purposes.

    The security of fingerprint scanning may also play into longer-term efforts at Apple for developing mobile payment solutions, although the company is said to be deliberately holding back on a public implementation as it explores the competitive landscape and potential. Rumors had suggested that Apple was looking at including near field communications (NFC) in the iPhone 5 in order to facilitate mobile payments integrated with the new Passbook app in iOS 6, but Apple elected not to pursue that technology with this round of iPhone hardware revisions.


Mobile Technology News, September 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.

  • Brawl halts Foxconn production
    Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology, a major supplier for Apple, has stopped production at a plant in northern China after a brawl involving 2,000 workers.
  • Can geoengineering avert climate chaos?
    From sunshades to algal blooms, there are plenty of ideas for cooling the planet. But are there hidden dangers? Stephen Battersby investigates

  • The Cloud Factories: Data Centers in Rural Washington State Gobble Power
    When Internet factories come to town, they can feel less like their sleek, clean and convenient image and more like old-time manufacturing.

  • Internet Radio Royalty Bill Would Change Rate-Setting Standard
    Internet radio services like Pandora hope legislation recently introduced in Congress will lower the rates they pay copyright holders to the levels paid by satellite radio.

  • Some users reporting Wi-Fi issues with iPhone 5
    Does the new iPhone 5 have a Wi-Fi problem? Some users seem to think so.
  • Apple’s Feud With Google Is Now Felt on the iPhone
    Once the best of friends, Google and Apple are battling in courtrooms and in the consumer marketplace, with iPhone users in the cross-fire after Apple removed Google’s maps app and YouTube.

  • Apple voted coolest brand in UK
    The technology company Apple is voted the coolest brand in the UK, beating Aston Martin in the annual CoolBrands survey.
  • Apple supplier Foxconn confirms worker riot at Taiyun factory
    The company claims a fight between workers escalated into a riot that required police intervention.
  • Apple wants higher Samsung payout
    Apple is seeking an additional $707m (£436m) in damages from Samsung Electronics, after a US jury awarded the iPhone and iPad maker more than $1bn.
  • VIDEO: McLaren technology used beyond F1
    The Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix gave McLaren an ideal opportunity to showcase its technology, proving its uses beyond racing.
  • Fight Breaks Out at Foxconn Plant in China
    Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group said a fight among workers from different production lines occurred at its Taiyuan plant in northern China early on Monday morning.

  • Rural broadband internet warning
    Economic development in rural areas is being put at risk because of failures to provide adequate access to the internet, a business group warns.
  • Reports of Slow and Inconsistent Wi-Fi Connections on Some iPhone 5 Devices
    Now that the iPhone 5 has reached the hands of possibly millions of new customers, there are reports that some customers are having a problem with the iPhone 5′s Wi-Fi connectivity.

    A thread titled Painfully Slow WiFi on new iPhone 5 on our own forums details some of the problems that have been seen by some customers. Byran85 writes:

    I just got done setting up my iPhone 5 (as new, not restore). I was trying to download my music from iTunes when it seemed to be taking forever. I cancelled the downloads and then kept testing the WiFi in various other ways. Just loading the app store, my iPhone 4 will load anything faster than my iPhone 5 right now. I’ve rebooted the router and tried multiple devices and have narrowed the problem down to the WiFi in the iPhone 5. I’ve also tried using different bands, 2.4 and 5 both produce the same outcome. I launched speedtest.net app about 2 minutes ago and hit begin test. Its still “finding the closest server”. I have also tried the reset network settings. Still the same issue.

    The rest of the thread shows others with the same type of problem (slow to no connectivity), while others report simply slower-than-normal connectivity. The image on the right was posted by @I_Am_Lucas showing ~2.5Mbps (~300K/s) on his Wi-Fi network. Others have even reported speeds down to 0.5Mbps (~62K/s).

    Some users have been able to isolate their problem to when connecting to WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi routers, and found that moving to (the much less secure) WEP encryption or being unprotected can resolve the issue. Since Apple Retail Stores have unprotected Wi-Fi, the issue may not show up at all in-store. Some have reported success with iPhone 5 hardware replacements from Apple, but several users have reported no success after getting a replacement unit. It should be noted that there may be multiple Wi-Fi related issues that could be affecting users. A lengthy thread in Apple’s own discussion forum also reflects the same issues amongst many customers.

    One Apple forum poster received confirmation from AppleCare that Apple seems to be aware of the issue, but a resolution is not yet available:

    Just spoke with iPhone AppleCare and they are definitely aware of the problem and Apple engineers are working on it. I asked if it was hardware or software related and she said the WPA2 issue seems to be software based and the non-connecting issue may be hardware based, but that they are still trying to identify the cause.

    According to the AppleCare representative, they are still working on the issue. The issue seems to affect a small minority of iPhone 5 owners.


  • Apple Actively Recruiting Ex-Google Maps Employees
    TechCrunch reports that Apple is aggressively pursuing former and current Google Maps employees as part of its effort to build out its own Mapping solution.
    My source — a contractor who worked on Google Maps as part of a massive undertaking to integrate Street View and newly licensed third-party data to improve European coverage, as well as develop the platform’s turn-by-turn navigation — says that when attention turned to indoor mapping, things started to become less interesting and a lot of staff began looking around for other opportunities.



    Apple’s own Mapping solution launched as part of iOS 6 just last week. The launch was marred by significant criticism of the quality of the data in many parts of the world. Apple has posted a number of job listings for Maps-related jobs over the past few weeks. Given Google’s history and resources placed into their own mapping solution, it’s no surprise that many qualified candidates may have worked on Google’s product as well.

    Early rumors had suggested that Google has already submitted their own Maps application to the iOS app store, but that seems to have been debunked by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple. It still seems that Google may be working on their own iOS app this time, but TechCrunch’s prediction of a “before Christmas” target may be a more realistic timeframe.


  • NYT story on data center waste scares some, frustrates others
    The New York Times today kicks off a series on how the cloud’s physical infrastructure affects the environment with a persuasive story that offers some harrowing stats. But some say it’s unfair.
  • The Cloud Factories: Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image
    Helping to process the staggering amount of Internet activity that occurs, data centers waste vast amounts of energy, belying the information industry’s image of environmental friendliness.

  • Oh, Behave! 6 Helpful Apps To Make You A Better Person
    Most of the time, my phone makes me rude. I’ll break eye contact to send a text, leave conversations to snap a photo, or look…
  • Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts Of Energy, Belying Industry Image
    Most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner, interviews and documents show. Online companies typically run their…
  • Verizon’s iPhone 5 Has Secret Feature
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Verizon version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, comes with a secret and unexpected feature: it works…

Mobile Technology News, September 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.

Mobile Technology News, September 22, 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.

  • Europe Hints at Impatience in Settling Google Case
    The top antitrust regulator for the European Union said there were limits to how much longer his office would try to negotiate a settlement with Google over its Internet search engine.

  • To Stay Relevant in a Career, Workers Train Nonstop
    The need to constantly adapt is the new reality for anyone whose job is touched by computing — not just to change careers, but simply to stay competitive on one’s chosen path.

  • In Europe, Facebook Agrees to Stop Facial Recognition
    The company’s agreement with European regulators to discontinue an automated photo-tagging feature presents a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets: pictures.

  • Facebook Plays Role in Pittsburgh Hostage Case
    During a six-hour standoff at a downtown Pittsburgh office, a 22-year-old man’s messages of despair were answered by friends before he surrendered to the police.

  • After Curfew: Campus Life Gains More Exposure on the Web
    A series of “I’m Shmacked” party videos on YouTube presents the highlights and low moments of college life in full color.

  • 3G signal reaches Brazilian Amazon
    How rural Brazil is getting mobile capabilities for the first time
  • Apple Introduces Four Television Spots for the iPhone 5
    With the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has started running a full slate of television ads promoting the product. Typical with Apple advertising, all the spots focus on the features of the iPhone 5 and iOS, rather than price. They are voiced by Jeff Daniels, currently starring as Will McAvoy on HBO’s Newsroom.

    One is focused on the new EarPod headphones, while another shows off the new Panorama feature in iOS 6, and a third touts the larger screen of the iPhone 5. The fourth ad shows how the iPhone 5 is the perfect size for “your thumb”, a subtle jab at the larger screens of some Android phones that can be difficult to use with one hand.


  • Quick, painless way to buy an iPhone 5: Don’t plan
    Getting an iPhone 5 can actually be pretty uneventful, even in Los Angeles.
  • Apple’s A6 chip sports 3-core graphics
    Apple’s A6 graphics silicon boasts three processor cores.
  • iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S Video Comparison [iOS Blog]
    A YouTube video posted by f1ipzid3 shows a side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S video taking abilities.
    Comparing the video shots from the iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4s

    This video looks at indoor and outdoor light, front and rear camera, depth of field & also notice the difference in stabilization.

    Both iPhones were handheld on top of one another to have equal comparison

    All Video has not been altered other than cropping/sizing


  • iPhone 5 Rear Case Scratch Test Video [iOS Blog]
    In response to concerns about the durability of the Black iPhone 5′s back shell, iFixIt has posted a video pitting a black iPhone 5 against a 2 year old with a set of keys.

    Again, this video shows more purposeful abuse to the iPhone 5 than in daily usage, but they do compare it to an iPhone 4S glass backing. As expected, the glass back is not as susceptible to blemishes as the iPhone 5 with the same amount of abuse.


  • Verizon iPhone 5 ships unlocked, works on any GSM network

    If you’re planning to get a new Verizon iPhone 5, there might be a little bonus feature included that neither Apple nor Verizon are keen to admit. As units have started making it out of the stores, it appears that the Verizon version of the device is fully unlocked out of the box and able [...]

  • Noted: Celebrity Hoax Death Reports
    One Web site makes it easy to post a phony death report about a famous person.

  • Inside the iPhone 5: Bigger battery, easier to repair
    The iPhone 5 design is easier to access and thus easier to repair, says a teardown site. Inside the phone, there is a larger-capacity battery and key new chips like Qualcomm’s 4G LTE silicon.
  • This New Gadget Helps Long-Distance Lovers Simulate Sex
    If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, then you can certainly relate to the old (slightly altered) truism, "Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder."…
  • Apple’s A6 Chip Confirmed to Carry Triple-Core Graphics
    As part of its report on Apple’s custom ARM chip design for the A6 found in the iPhone 5, AnandTech speculated that the improved graphics performance in the iPhone 5 was achieved through the use of a triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics processing unit (GPU) rather than doubling the clock speed of the dual-core SGX 543MP2 found in the A5 or using the quad-core SGX 543MP4 found in the A5X for the third-generation iPad.
    The [SGX 543MP3] is sort of the best of both worlds. You don’t take a huge die area penalty and at the same time don’t run at a significantly higher frequency, and you can get to that same 2x value.

    The [SGX 543MP3] option is the most elegant and likely what Apple chose here.

    AnandTech has now followed up with a new report based on fresh images from UBM TechInsights showing the layout of the A6 with three graphics cores as had been predicted.


    The image above shows two 32-bit LPDDR2 memory channels and three GPU cores. We’re likely looking at a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 running at 266MHz.

    UBM estimates the die size at 95.04mm2 and the manufacturer as Samsung.

    More information and analysis on the A6 will undoubtedly be forthcoming as UBM TechInsights continues its work, but the first glimpse inside Apple’s custom chip design for the iPhone 5 demonstrates how the company has been able to balance processing power needs with die size constraints to achieve significant performance gains for the iPhone 5 compared to its predecessors.


  • GPS Kit Kat Campaign: Nestlé Will Hunt You Down And Give You Money
    We don’t know if Willy Wonka would be horrified or delighted by Nestlés latest ad campaign in the UK. The candy giant has embedded six…
  • Bits Blog: The iPhone 5 Now on the Loose
    The grumbling over a new Apple maps service didn’t deter customers from once again jamming stores to get the latest iPhone.

  • Iranian Hackers Wage War Against Major U.S. Banks
    * Attacks began in late 2011, escalated this year-sources * Hackers disrupted bank websites and networks-sources * Attacks come after Iran beefed up cyber capabilities…

Mobile Technology News, September 21, 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.

  • Inside the iPhone 5: Bigger battery, easier to repair
    The iPhone 5 design is easier to access and thus easier to repair, says a teardown site. Inside the phone, there is a larger-capacity battery and key new chips like Qualcomm’s 4G LTE silicon.
  • iPhone 5 Goes on Sale Around the World, First Impressions
    The iPhone 5 has been launching across the world this evening, starting in Australia and now extending into Europe. The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the U.S. at 8am local time.



    Mac-TV.de posted this image of the Frankfurt, Germany Apple Store shortly before it opens. USA Today reports on large lines in many countries:

    Eager buyers formed long lines at Apple stores in Australia and Japan. In Hong Kong, buyers had to sign up online for the chance to pick up the device at a preset time. The first customers were greeted by staff cheering, clapping, chanting “iPhone 5! iPhone 5!” and high-fiving them as they were escorted through the front door.

    Meanwhile, one reader from Australia has posted their first impressions of their new iPhone 5 and has been posting more photos in the thread.



    Of their new iPhone, thaifood wrote:

    The screen size is noticeably taller. The change in aspect ratio feels good. The lack of increase in width seems awkward in photos, but when you hold it you understand how much more comfortable it feels when compared to a wider phone. The dock is so tiny now! I almost missed it when checking out the bottom of the device. The speaker grills also look great in the finished modal. They do not appear as large as photos portray them to be.

    Italian site iSpazio.net has posted their own unboxing photos and video.

    Those who have pre-ordered can follow their packages with others in our AT&T, Apple (U.S.), UK, Canadian, Verizon or Sprint pre-order discussion threads. The iPhone 5 will become available in the U.S. at retail stores at 8 a.m. local time.


  • Snake robot may help fight cancer
    The robot joining the fight against cancer
  • How the iPhone 4 Displays Map Directions in iOS 6 [iOS Blog]
    With the arrival of iOS 6, users have begun using the new turn-by-turn directions built into Apple’s mapping app. iPhone 5, 4S and iPad 2 and 3 users get turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions that automatically route users to their destination. The iPhone 4 does not support the much promoted feature.

    In iOS 5′s Google version of Maps, the app provided directions in list-form and allowed users to press ‘next’ and ‘previous’ to navigate from turn to turn. Though the iPhone 4 doesn’t officially support turn-by-turn directions, Apple has significantly upgraded how the Maps app presents them.

    Iphone4directions2

    Directions are displayed on the screen in the same style as “turn-by-turn” but users can swipe manually just like the iOS 5 version, or the directions change after you reach the turn.


  • iFixit Tears Down the iPhone 5 As It Goes On Sale in Australia
    NewImage
    The iPhone 5 is already on sale in Australia where, because of time zones, it’s already tomorrow. iFixit has sent a technician to an Down Under Apple Store so the site can be one of the first worldwide to tear down the iPhone 5.

    iFixit co-founder Luke Soules trekked halfway around the world to Melbourne, Australia to be one of the first to receive the iPhone 5. Then, he flew like the wind back to MacFixit Australia’s office and started taking apart our unit. The process is now well underway.

    iFixit will be updating their their tear down on the fly, and we will be updating our post as they update theirs.

    The iPhone 5 continues to use the 5-point pentalobe screw that Apple began using in the iPhone 4, requiring a special screwdriver to take apart the device.

    NewImage
    Ars Technica‘s Chris Foresman points out that the battery in the iPhone 5 has practically the same capacity as the battery from the iPhone 4S, going from 5.3Whr @ 3.7V to 5.45Whr @ 3.8V, or 1432 mAh to 1434 mAh.

    iFixit notes that “Apple is very concerned with making sure that all the connectors are firmly seated and won’t rattle lose over time.” The teardown has reached the logic board, exposing Apple’s proprietary A6 processor.

    NewImage

    The Lightning connector assembly, which includes the headphone jack and loudspeaker, comes out next.

    It seems inevitable that Apple was going to switch its charging source eventually. There’s no way they could have crammed a 30-pin dock connector into this assembly.

    iFixit also wonders about the iPhone 5′s vibration motor. They say that the 4S used a linear-oscillating vibrator and for the 5, Apple has returned to a rotational motor with a counterweight. The linear-oscillating vibrator is “quieter and less annoying” and iFixit is “scratching our heads as to why” Apple reverted to the less elegant design.


  • VIDEO: Digital graffiti at the Tate
    Artist Olafur Eliasson discusses his Sunlight Graffiti project, which invites the public to make their own digital compositions at the Tate Modern in London.
  • mHealth evidence tweet chat archive available
    Archive for the mHealth tweet chat on September 19, 2012, discussing how to obtain sound research to support the enthusiasm for mHealth.
  • Japanese Web sites attacked in tense dispute with China
    The territorial dispute between Japan and China has escalated into cyberattacks, Japan-based reports say.
  • iPhone 5 on it’s way!
    As I’m working away I get an interruption.  It is my iPad giving sounding off with the Glass text tone.
    “Shiny toy shipped!”  Read the iMessage.  It was from TechMomTuesday author, Tricia.  The moniker “Shiny Toy” has been the name give to the iPhone 5 – well, really any new cool piece of [...]
  • Apple Issues Statement Over Day 1 ‘Maps’ Glitches, Maps Team Reportedly Under Lockdown to Fix Issues
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    With iOS 6 released to the public for just over 24 hours now, Apple’s new and highly touted Maps application has received a large amount of public criticism over missing features and glitches. Google has already submitted its own iOS Maps app to Apple, but the company has responded via a public statement issued to AllThingsD:

    “Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service,” said spokeswoman Trudy Miller. “We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn by turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”

    Later in his piece, AllThingsD writer John Paczkowski says the developer team assigned to the Maps app is “under lockdown” working to fix the app.


  • Google Said to Have Already Submitted Native iOS Maps App to Apple [Updated]
    Amid major criticism of Apple’s new Maps app for iOS 6 that replaces the Google-powered app included on the iPhone since 2007, multiple sources are now reporting that Google already has a separate Maps app for iOS ready to go and in fact already submitted to Apple.

    The first report comes by way of The Guardian, which says that Google is indeed preparing its own Maps app for iOS 6.

    Google, I hear from roundabout sources, is enjoying the bad press Apple is suffering. It would be surprising if its mappers could resist some schadenfreude, since they are very proud of their work; having it rejected wholesale must be galling.

    The same sources say that Google is preparing a Google Maps app for iOS6, which will appear in time. No official statement has been made and there will inevitably be questions over whether Apple will approve it in the App Store. (Apple might not, on the basis that it “competes with existing functionality”, but would invite a further backlash if it did.)

    The Guardian‘s report was tweeted by well-connected iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who added a “Yep” to the assertion and framed it as if the app has already been submitted to Apple.


    9to5Mac has also weighed in with its own claims that Google has had a standalone version of its Maps app for iOS for a number of years and that an iOS 6-compatible version has indeed been submitted to the App Store.

    Finally, TechCrunch is also claiming that a Google app is in the works, with the company aiming to have it available on the App Store “before Christmas”. Apple has, however, been known to hold other Google apps in limbo for extended periods of time, so it remains to be seen if and when Google’s solution will be available as an alternative to the built-in Maps app from Apple in iOS 6.

    Update: The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who is well sourced at Apple, pours a bit of water on the story that Google has submitted its own Maps app to Apple.


  • Oracle’s profit looks fine, but sales? Not so much
    Oracle met analysts’ estimates of $0.53 per share but fell short of expected revenues by $210 million. Software sales were up six percent.
  • iPhone 5 Lines Lengthening as First Launches Approach
    Less than two hours before the first Australian Apple retail stores open to begin selling the iPhone 5, lines at stores around the world are lengthening in anticipation of the event. With Apple’s pre-orders for the device having sold it out in just about an hour and current shipping estimates registering at 3-4 weeks, it seems that in-store purchases will be popular with those still looking to get their hands on an iPhone 5 as quickly as possible.

    A representative from iFixit is currently in Australia waiting to purchase an iPhone 5 for teardown purposes, and he has posted a photo showing the line outside the Telstra retail store where he is currently sixth in line.



    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has also checked in at the Chermside Apple retail store outside of Brisbane where he is waiting for one of the first iPhone 5 units to hit the streets.

    But even in the United States where customers have close to 16 hours to go at a minimum before sales begin, lines are beginning to grow, as shown in this video from @pdparticle at the Palo Alto store near Apple’s headquarters.

    The iPhone 5 launches at 8:00 AM local time Friday in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The device will launch in 22 more countries a week later on September 28.


  • Microsoft beats Google in court
    Microsoft wins a third patent victory against Google’s Motorola unit in Germany.
  • Weekend Deal from MacMall: 11.6″ MacBook Air only $748.99 (MC968LL/A)
    AlliOSNews affiliate MacMall has a great offer going through this weekend (or while supplies last) on a 11.6″ MacBook Air for $748.99, a $250 savings.
    The MacBook Air (MC968LL/A) comes with a Core i5 1.6GHZ processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB Flash Storage.  It also qualifies for a free upgrade to OS X [...]
  • AUDIO: New guidelines for Twitter prosecutions
    There has been such an increase in people being arrested for things they have written on Twitter that the most senior prosecutor in England and Wales, Keir Starmer, is issuing new guidelines.
  • French Union Calls for Apple Retail Store Employee Strike Coinciding with iPhone 5 Launch
    Reuters reports that a union representing roughly a quarter of Apple’s retail employees in France has authorized a strike to protest working conditions at the company’s stores. The strike is being timed to coincide with tomorrow’s 8:00 AM iPhone 5 launch for maximum impact.
    Demands by the SUD union, which represents about a quarter of Apple Store employees, included the installation of water fountains, providing meal vouchers and paying a thirteenth month of salary as is common at French companies.

    “We’re inviting all the employees who consider insufficient the advances made as part of annual labor negotiations and think Apple isn’t showing enough of an interest in its French employees to join us tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. in front of the Opera Apple Store,” union head Thomas Bordage said.

    Other unions representing the remainder of Apple’s French retail store workforce are not participating in the strike.



    Apple’s Opéra retail store in Paris

    French newsmagazine Le Nouvel Observateur notes [Google translation] that the union does not know how many employees will take part in the strike, as many employees are worried that they will be fired or have their work contracts not be renewed if they participate.

    Apple retail store employees in France have been wearing green wristbands this week to express solidarity and hope that an agreement can be reached, but the union suggests that a deal is unlikely before the strike goes into effect as last-minute talks have not yielded significant common ground for an agreement.


  • American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology App review, entering the grey zone
    Review of the official app for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the iPad.
  • Congressional report dings Microsoft, HP for avoiding taxes
    Report examines how two of technology’s biggest companies exploited weaknesses and loopholes in tax and accounting rules. But they’re not doing anything illegal.

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