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.
- When Floodwaters Rise, Web Sites May Fall
- Microsoft is right about touch-screen laptops
commentary Microsoft is evangelizing touch and Windows 8 at its Build conference. Don’t be surprised if your next laptop comes with a touch screen.
- Bits Blog: Hurricane Sandy Knocks Out Gawker and Other News Sites
- 4th Generation iPad Reviews: Faster, Better Camera, Lightning Port
Besides the iPad mini, Apple is launching another new iPad on Friday — the 4th Generation iPad. The embargo has been lifted on those reviews as well, though they contain no real surprises. The 4th Generation iPad came out only seven months after the 3rd Generation model.
Image from CNet
The changes include a faster A6X processor running at 1.4GHz allowing the device to run twice as fast as its predecessor. The new processor doesn’t worsen battery life. Engadget’s testing even showed it to be slightly improved. The front facing camera has been upgraded to take HD video, and the only other external change is the replacement of the 30 pin dock connector with the new smaller Lightning connector. CNet sums it up:
The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It’s better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
The other interesting effect the new iPad has on Apple’s product line is that it increases the gap between the iPad 2 and the “new iPad”. Apple has chosen to keep the iPad 2 at the $399 starting price point and simply retired the 3rd Generation model, replacing it with the new one. That $100 difference between the two models now represent a larger feature gap than before.
- First iPad Mini Reviews: "Shockingly Nice to Hold", Non-Retina Display, Pricier than Rivals
The embargo has just lifted on the first iPad Mini reviews. Apple has provided some publications with an early review unit of the iPad Mini. We are collecting some of the more interesting points from each review, but you can click each title to read the full writeup. The iPad Mini will officially launch on November 2nd and will likely be available in retail stores beginning at 8am.
- “What’s unique about the Mini? Without a doubt, it’s the design. It’s cute, it’s discreet, and it’s very, very light.”
- “If you’re an obsessive over crisp text, you’ll notice the fuzziness. If you’re comparing the Mini to a laptop, you won’t.”
- “A Retina Display and a lower price would have made the iPad Mini perfect.”
- “it’s really shockingly nice to hold.”
- Regrading smaller bezel: “All I know is that when reading books on the Kindle app or iBooks, holding on the side wasn’t a problem.”
- “I actually had a little trouble holding onto the device when I wasn’t using the Smart Cover due to the back being as smooth as it is, and the frame being so thin.”
- “There’s something endearing about the mini that makes you want to keep it on-hand and use it often.”
- “I don’t think the lower resolution is a deal-breaker in this product, but it is a compromise you have to be aware of.”
- “Battery life was — not surprisingly — everything Apple claimed it would be.”
- “The iPad mini hasn’t wrapped up the “cheapest tablet” market by any stretch of the imagination. But the “best small tablet” market? Consider it captured.”
- “Overall, the tablet is very comfortable to hold; its thinness and lightness are both attributes that must be perceived first-hand.”
- “Colors are very pleasing to the eye and viewing angles, as ever with an Apple display, do not disappoint.”
- “In our standard battery run-down test, which entails looping a video with WiFi enabled and a fixed display brightness, the iPad mini managed an astounding 12 hours and 43 minutes.”
- “This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. ”
- “To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.”
- “Lining those pluses and minuses up against those for the Nexus 7 – which garnered four stars – there’s no doubt that this is indeed a five-star device. The 20% difference in comparative price is more than made up by the difference in build quality and software selection.”
- “What I found was surprising to me. I actually used the iPad mini more than my iPad.”
- “If you want to save $50 and buy a cheap-ass tablet, go ahead. If you want quality the iPad mini will be waiting for you when you come to your senses.”
- “Everything just works on the mini — all of your old apps, iCloud, everything.”
- Fund site Kickstarter UK launch
Crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, which has raised over $300m for small projects and businesses in the US, has launched in the UK.
- Selling Kickstarter to the British
Will Britain get on board with crowdfunding site Kickstarter?
- Michael Litt: Get Started With Video: 4 Videos You Can Produce in Less Than One Hour
Rather than investing 100 hours into production and editing, then an additional couple thousand in putting videos together, we’re here to show you what videos can be done in one hour, with the technologies you have at hand.
- FEMA Information For Civilians Affected By Hurricane Sandy
On Tuesday evening, the White House released an update on FEMA’s efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those…
- Websites Scramble As Hurricane Sandy Floods Data Centers
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- Bits Blog: Google Introduces New Emergency Resources in Response to Sandy
- As Sandy Knocks Out Power, New Yorkers Find Creative Ways To Plug Back In
NEW YORK — Power outages left millions in the dark as Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast on Monday. The storm also left many disconnected…
- Chris Castle: The Tide Has Risen: Five Reasons to Worry About the Internet Radio Fairness Act
Let’s be clear — it’s not about "Internet Radio", the Internet or Fairness. It’s about money, power and lobbying, although I guess you could say it’s an act.
- Kay Koplovitz: Women Powering the Global Economy By Daring to Be Great
Women who dare to be great are rising to the top of their professions. None are more exemplary than the three who are being feted at Springboard’s Winners’ Circle awards October 24th in New York.
- More Than 70,000 People Call For Ann Coulter To Publicly Apologize For ‘Retard’ Tweet
A petition urging Ann Coulter to publicly apologize for "constantly using the R-word" has racked up more than 70,000 supporters since its launch. Dennis Morgan…
- Google Search App Brings Siri-Competitor to iPhone
Google has given its iOS app a new search feature that squares it directly at Apple’s Siri. Google even calls it the “most advanced voice search” on iOS. Google gives a number of examples of how the service can be used.
- “What does Yankee Stadium look like?” Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly. – “Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.” The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search. -”When does daylight savings time end?” The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link. -”Who’s in the cast of The Office?” See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.
The service feels notably faster than Siri, recognizing words as they are spoken rather than all at once in the end. It even works on devices that aren’t supported by Siri. One commenter on Hacker News confirms that the voice search works on his iPhone 4.
- Apple’s In Safe Hands
(Reuters) – The exit of Apple Inc’s longtime mobile software products chief may be a surprise, but a band of able executives led by Tim…
- What Happens When They Spend The Party Playing XBox?
My son’s 10th birthday just passed this last weekend, and I pulled out all the stops to create and organize an entire backyard carnival party…
- Hurricane Relief Efforts: How Social Media Helps And Hurts
As Hurricane Sandy eases away from the East Coast and the cleanup begins, major charitable organizations are increasing their reach and personalizing relief efforts thanks…