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Mobile Technology News, November 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.

  • Review of the new iTunes 11 for Mac
    The release of iTunes 11 marks a major upgrade for the media, entertainment and app store application from Apple.  This update has been anticipated for weeks now as Apple delayed the release by a month and that users have complained about the archaic menus and navigation of iTunes for several years [...]
  • Official Syrian Web Sites Hosted in U.S.
    The handful of Internet service providers that offered services to the government of President Bashar al-Assad violated United States sanctions.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Overhaul of Electronic Communications Privacy Act
    A bill, approved by the Judiciary Committee, would require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant from a judge before gaining access to messages in individual accounts.

  • India to Revise Enforcement of Internet Law
    Following the arrest of two women for their mild criticism of a politician on Facebook, police will no longer be able to take action so easily against commenters.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro is more ultrabook than tablet
    The core silicon in the Microsoft Surface Pro is not unlike that of an ultrabook. So, think of it as a hybrid ultrabook more than a pure tablet play.
  • Apple SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield Cashes in Over $20 Million in Stock [Mac Blog]
    Apple Senior Vice President of Technologies Bob Mansfield has decided to sell off a set of stock for over $20 million, according to a regulatory filing. Mansfield sold off 35,000 shares of his Apple stock at a price of $582.21 per share.

    The move comes nine months after Mansfield sold 30,000 shares of stock for a gain of $12.5 million in early February, with Apple shares netting an average of $452.28 at the time. Since then, Mansfield has retired, taken an advisory role, and then recently un-retired to take charge of a new “Technologies” group in an executive reshuffling that saw iOS chief Scott Forstall ousted.

    Mansfield’s stock sale does not mean that he is looking to exit his ownership in Apple, as he has regularly cashed in on stock options and is an active participant in Apple’s stock option and grant award programs for senior executives. Mansfield still has 29,548 shares of Apple stock and stands to gain an additional 150,000 shares in two equal portions June 2013 and March 2016. He also holds a restricted stock grant that could earn him another 100,000 shares in 2014. All of those shares, which would net him $145.5 million at current stock prices, would only be awarded to him if he remained with Apple.

    Mansfield and other executives may also be looking to unload stock as 2012 draws to a close due to a scheduled increase in capital gains taxes for 2013. By selling stock now rather than holding it into 2013, sellers can reduce their tax burden, although fluctuations in the company’s stock price over time could more than compensate for the higher tax rate should Apple’s stock continue to rise.


  • Apple Now Selling Unlocked GSM iPhones in the U.S.
    Apple has begun selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models in the United States, some two months after it originally went on sale. This is similar to the delay that preceded sales of the unlocked iPhone 4S last year.

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    The launch follows the drop of the iPhone 5′s estimated shipping times to one week just a few days ago. The unlocked GSM models are available for $649/$749/$849 for the 16/32/64 GB models and also have an estimated ship time of one week. In the U.S., the unlocked models will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile.

    The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

    If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It does not come with a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5, so you’ll need to get one from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.


  • Apple and Starbucks Partner for (Product) Red Gift Cards
    Just in time for the holidays, Apple and Starbucks have partnered up for a (Product) Red gift card combo. When you buy the $15 iTunes + $15 Starbucks gift card both companies together will contribute 5% to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS research.

    Give a gift that gives back this holiday season with Starbucks iTunes (RED)™ eGift basket. You can send loved ones a thoughtful gift of two digital eGifts—$15 eGift to Starbucks and $15 eGift to iTunes—for $30. Plus, for every gift sold, Starbucks and iTunes will together contribute 5% of the purchase price to the Global Fund to help deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015. With the convenience of a Starbucks Card, Starbucks Card eGifts can be used for purchases in-store at participating company-owned and licensed stores in the U.S. and online. This unique and meaningful eGift basket can be purchased at www.starbucks.com/REDeGift.



    Apple has long been a supporter of the (Product) Red campaign, selling red iPod nano models, iPad Smart Cases and Smart Covers. Most recently, Apple released a (Product) Red bumper for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. At an Apple town hall meeting in February, Tim Cook mentioned that Apple (Product) Red products have generated over $50 million to help fund AIDS research. The gift card combo can be purchased at this website.


  • New Way To Track Tsunami Debris
    A new smartphone app developed in Victoria will enable people to help track debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan as it gets within…
  • Griffin Launching Official Lightning Connector Cables Next Week
    Griffin today announced the upcoming release of Apple-certified Lightning charge and sync cables for the iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPad and iPad mini.

    Though there have been several unofficial third party Lightning accessories, Griffin’s accessories will be the first official third-party standalone Lightning connector cables on the market when they launch next week.

    Griffin’s new cables with Lightning Connector are affordable charging solutions that are built to resist kinks and tangles. The cables work perfectly with Griffin’s family of PowerBlocks and PowerJolts as well as Apple’s USB power adapters, or plug into a computer’s USB to sync with iTunes.

    The company is offering several different cable configurations:

    - 2’ straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($16.99)

    - 3’ straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($18.99)

    - 4’ coiled USB-to-Lightning cable ($24.99)

    - 9.8’ (3 meter) straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($29.99)

    Earlier this month, Belkin introduced two official Lightning accessories, including a car charger and the Charge + Sync Dock. Scosche has also announced car and home chargers, although its products have yet to begin shipping.

    Apple has been maintaining strict control over its Lightning connectors, which has made it difficult for third party manufacturers to introduce new accessories.

    Vendors that launch Lightning-related accessories must produce them in Apple-approved facilities. The Lightning connector also requires controller chips to take advantage of adaptive technology, which has delayed the release of third party Lightning accessories.


  • Security Essentials fails latest AV-Test
    Microsoft’s free antivirus suite did not pass the most recent efficacy test by AV-Test.org — the only one out of 24 suites tested to not earn certification.
  • Microsoft Details Surface Pro Pricing Amidst Reports of Poor Sales of RT Version
    Microsoft announced pricing information on its Surface Pro tablet this morning. The tablet will cost $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version. The Surface Pro comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, and a display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080.

    Instead of running Windows RT like the standard version of the Surface released earlier this month, the Surface Pro tablet will run the full version of Windows 8. The tablet will ship with a Surface pen, but it does not include a Touch or Type Cover, each of which cost another $100. While the official announcement didn’t include information on the Surface Pro’s battery life, the spec list on Microsoft’s website lists a 42 watt-hour battery.

    Engadget, however, discovered a tweet from a curious Twitter user revealing that the tablet will have a battery life half as long as the Surface RT. After asking for more information on the battery, the user received a reply directly from Microsoft’s official Twitter account:

    @shahroom Hey Shahroom, #Surface pro will have approximately half the batter life of Surface RT. — Surface (@surface) November 29, 2012

    The RT version of the Surface officially has an eight hour battery life with some testers finding slightly longer running times, implying that the Surface Pro will feature a battery life of roughly four-and-a-half hours, less than most laptops. This low battery life information comes at a time when Microsoft is seeing poor sales of the Surface RT. A report on Black Friday from Piper Jaffray revealed that the brick and mortar Microsoft stores experienced low Surface sales in comparison to iPad sales at the Apple Store.

    There was 47% less foot traffic at the Microsoft (MSFT) outlet than the Apple (AAPL) store. Shoppers bought 17.2 items per hour at the Apple Store and only 3.5 items per hour at the Microsoft Store. All but two of the Microsoft purchases were X-Box games. Shoppers at the Apple Store bought an average of 11 iPads per hour. Despite heavy TV, print and billboard advertising for the new Microsoft Surface tablet, not one was sold sold during the two hours Piper Jaffray spent monitoring that store. Doesn’t bode well for Microsoft’s answer to the iPad.

    A recent report from Digitimes also indicates that Microsoft has reduced its tablet orders and may consider lowering the price of the Surface RT.

    The upstream supply chain of Microsoft’s Surface RT has recently seen the tablet’s orders reduced by half, and with other Windows RT-based tablet orders also seeing weak performance, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the new operating system may not perform as well as expected in the market. Microsoft originally expected to ship four million Surface RT devices by the end of 2012, but has recently reduced the orders by half to only two million units. The sources also noted that Microsoft may consider reducing its Surface Pro price to attract more consumers; however, such a decision may put the already awkward relationship between the software giant and notebook vendors in an even worse situation.

    The Surface RT is currently available from Microsoft for $499 for the entry level 32GB tablet. There was no specific release date mentioned for the Surface Pro, but it is expected to be released in January 2013.


  • Lydia Dobyns: Making It a Team Effort: Students Learn to Collaborate
    Watching high school freshmen navigate a collaborative project for the first time is a delight, or should I say watching them cross the "finish line" is a source of pride for all involved. Think of it like teaching your child to ride a bike, only this is a tandem bike built for six.
  • New mobile technology revolutionizes drug-resistant TB diagnosis
    Veredus Laboratories has developed a diagnostic method that significantly decreases the time required to diagnose tuberculosis (TB).
  • Brian Honigman: 100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012
    Here are 100 of the most fascinating social media statistics and figures from 2012 that can help you better understand Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus for the coming year.
  • Bezos: Amazon Web Services is lean manufacturing for IT
    At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos explains how the company’s Web services business model — and a 10,000-year clock — embody innovation.
  • Viewpoint: The robots are coming
    Robotics are now a big part of our lives.
  • Bendy phones ‘to appear in 2013′
    The first wave of handsets with flexible screens
  • Roundup of Changes in iTunes 11: ‘Expanded View’, No Cover Flow, ‘Up Next’ and More
    NewituneslogoiTunes 11 has finally arrived, nearly a month after it was originally promised because of the need to “get it right” according to Apple. The app promises a redesigned store, simplified layout, and more.

    Aside from the tentpole changes, there are a number of other things — both promising and confusing — that have changed in iTunes 11. Here’s a selection:

    - The default iTunes 11 view removes the sidebar that has been a staple of iTunes since it was first released. The Mac Observer tells us how to get it back. Head to the View menu and select Show Sidebar.

    - iPods have come in a wide variety of capacities in their time, but one notable capacity has never graced the device. There has never been a 128GB iPod, though as Sonny Dickson points out, iTunes appears to be ready for such an eventuality. A 128GB iOS device has been consistently rumored over the years, but has yet to make an appearance.

    - Users can now redeem store-purchased iTunes Gift Cards by using the camera built into most recent Macs (or Windows machines) to scan the redemption code. This should make redeeming cards quicker and reduce user frustration.

    - It has a new icon, as seen above.

    - The red/yellow/green buttons at the top left of the window again perform in the standard OS X manner. Previously, the green button would send the iTunes into its special MiniPlayer window. Now, a special icon in the top right corner, next to the full screen button, toggles minimization.

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    - John Gruber at Daring Fireball notes the new ‘Expanded View’ mode:

    I think my favorite new design element is what Apple is calling “Expanded View”. In a graphical list of albums or movies or shows, you click one and it opens in a subview right there under the album/movie/show. Instead of going to a new view, you stay where you are. No way to get confused about where you are, more of a sense of direct manipulation. I think this is a brilliant design for everyone, particularly typical users. And there’s a neat trick: the colors for the song listing are chosen algorithmically based on the album or poster art. (Examples: here and here.) Very clever, very fun. It’s a digital approximation of going through real-world albums or DVD jewel boxes and opening them in place — with the custom color palettes, the listings feel like the “inside” of the albums.

    - Gruber also noticed that the ‘Up Next’ menu displays differently on retina and standard displays. “On regular displays, the Up Next icon is a bullet list. But on retina displays, it’s a numbered list with minuscule numerals.

    - iTunes DJ, formerly called Party Shuffle, is gone. It’s been replaced by the clever ‘Up Next’.

    - Cover Flow, a major feature when it was introduced, is gone. It’s been replaced by the ‘Expanded View’ mentioned above.

    - There seems to be a bug with the AirPlay button. The button, which has been moved from the bottom right to the top left of the main window is missing for some users. Some have reported restoring the button by going to the MiniWindow and activating AirPlay there and it will then appear in the main window. Not all users are affected by the issue, however.

    - Many users are reporting label issues within the iTunes and App Stores. As the stores are basically glorified web pages, these issues will likely be fixed server side while Apple gets the bugs shaken out.


Mobile Technology News, November 29, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Tony Fadell: Father of the iPod
    Tony Fadell: From iPod father to thermostat start-up
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for App Updates
    As we enter December (hard to believe it’s this late in the year already!) it’s time to start making sure you pay attention to app updates in the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store.  They are coming fast and furious and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks.
    Why you ask?  For [...]
  • Ex-NASA Scientist’s Effort to Protect Privacy Is Frustrated by Courts and Thieves
    A former astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California sued NASA, claiming its background checks violated his privacy rights. He lost the case, but his claim now has proved true.

  • Peter Swire Named Mediator in Internet ‘Do Not Track’ Effort
    Peter Swire, a former White House privacy official, will try to bring together two sides of a rancorous battle over how to let consumers control the collection of their online data.

  • Google Fires a Rare Public Salvo Over Aggregators
    Google is fighting a proposal that would force it and other online aggregators to pay German newspaper and magazine publishers to display snippets of news in Web searches.

  • Nomad Wants to Make a 3" Apple-Certified Lightning Cable for Your Keychain [iOS Blog]
    The Nomad Lightning Cable for iPhone 5 and iPad mini is a 3″ Lightning to USB cable that’s trying to become a real product via social crowd funding website Kickstarter. The cable is designed to attach to a keyring and uses an Apple certified lightning connector.



    Kegan and Roberto, the duo behind the Nomad, say in the pitch video on their Kickstarter page that having bought unofficial lightning connectors and having them not work inspired them to buy their connectors directly from Apple-certified manufacturers. Recently, there have been a number of unofficial lightning cables springing up.



    The prototypes were built by a Chinese manufacturer that produces iPhone accessories, according to the Kickstarter page. The duo will choose one of three Chinese manufacturers to produce the final products once funding is complete.

    The project is about $16,000 away from its $29,000 goal with about 20 days to go to become a reality. Kegan and Roberto are taking pledges starting at $1 for the project. Backers who pledge $5 or more receive a Nomad, although the lower-end pledge tiers are sold out ($5, $9, $10 and $15 tiers at the time of this writing). Pledging support for the Kickstarter project is more like an investment and does not always mean that you’ll receive the final product, as there’s no guarantee that the project succeeds and becomes a reality. Pledges aren’t charged unless they hit their target goal.

    More details on how Kickstarter works can be found in their Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Andy Russell Bets on Social Media to Reinvent Night Life
    Andy Russell, once of Moomba, is trying to reimagine club life, in part by getting night crawlers to come out early.

  • Google Updates Chrome for iOS with Passbook Support [iOS Blog]
    Google has updated their Chrome for iOS mobile web browser with Passbook support, the ability to open PDFs in other apps and more.


    What’s New in Version 23.0.1271.91

    - Open PDFs in other apps

    - Save your boarding passes and tickets with Passbook

    - Seeing garbled characters? Turn on text encoding detection in settings.

    - Stability and security improvements

    - Many bug fixes

    The browser will prompt the user to add a ticket or boarding pass to Passbook if the site supports Passbook and .pkpass file types. Chrome for iOS is the mobile version of their full featured Google Chrome web browser for desktops and is available for free for both iPad and iPhone in the App Store. [Direct Link]


  • VIDEO: Interview with ‘Father of the iPod’
    Tony Fadell, known as the ‘Father of the iPod’, gives a rare interview to the BBC, discussing his time with Apple, and his latest venture, Nest.
  • iTunes 11 to Launch as Soon as Thursday?
    The Wall Street Journal has published a profile of Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, which includes hints about the release date of iTunes 11.

    The newest version of iTunes was expected to be released at the end of October. Instead the software was delayed with a new release date pegged at the end of November, and The Wall Street Journal believes it will come out as soon as tomorrow. The reason for the delay was reportedly due to engineering issues.

    This week, Mr. Cue faces a test of how well Apple can keep up in online services with the launch of a new desktop version of iTunes, which is expected as soon as Thursday.

    The new iTunes has been delayed a month by engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt, according to people who have seen it.

    iTunes 11 is expected to feature a redesign of the user interface in addition to enhanced iCloud integration.

    The article goes on to detail Mr. Cue’s role as “Mr. Fix-It” at Apple. Cue has taken over some of the most troubled projects at Apple, most recently taking responsibility for Maps and Siri.


  • Apple Plans New Santa Clara Campus


    The Oakland Tribune is reporting that Apple has closed a deal with developer Peery Arrillaga for a custom two-building campus in Santa Clara, California, just a short distance from their headquarters in Cupertino.

    Apple and Peery Arrillaga declined to discuss the development and leasing deal. However, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the transaction told this newspaper that Apple has leased nearly 296,000 square feet from Peery Arrillaga in a deal that included demolition of existing buildings.

    The campus would include two six-story office buildings that would hold 1,200 Apple employees. The first building, which is 188,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in mid-2014. The second building doesn’t have a starting construction date yet, but will be 108,000 square feet. Recently, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s “Spaceship” campus would be completed in 2016.


  • Larry Magid: Microsoft’s Future Looks Grim
    Based on what I’ve seen lately, things don’t look promising for Microsoft. This is not wishful thinking. I’ve been a fan of its products for decades and am writing this column in Microsoft Word on my Windows 7 PC, which I like.
  • Microsoft Claims Google ‘Scroogled’ Shoppers, But Uses Similar Pay-To-Play Tactics
    As the Federal Trade Commission nears a decision on whether to sue Google for antitrust violations, a new company practice has emerged as an example…
  • Critics pile on HP as Moody’s cuts rating
    Hewlett-Packard faces a torrent of criticism after Moody’s cuts its long-term credit rating to three levels above junk.
  • Berlin’s hi-tech boom in ‘Silicon Allee’
    Can Berlin overtake London as Europe’s hi-tech hub?
  • WATCH: The Rise Of The Sex Machines
    Douglas Hines, founder of TrueCompanion, joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss the next frontier of sex: human-on-robot love. His company is best known for…
  • Study Finds More Facebook Friends Equals More Stress
    The more the merrier, right? Except, maybe not on Facebook. According to a recent study from University of Edinburgh Business School, increasing your friend count…
  • Major Computer Company’s Black Friday Fail Enrages Customers
    Customers are fuming at Dell Computer after the company’s widely promoted laptop sale went off the rails on Black Friday. The Austin-based PC-maker oversold its…
  • Marian Salzman: Sound of the Year for 2013: Co
    One great way of reading the zeitgeist is to track which prefixes and suffixes are getting used to spice up old words and create new ones.

Mobile Technology News, November 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.

  • Privacy professor to try to break Do Not Track logjam
    Peter Swire is the W3C’s new co-chair for a contentious effort to create a standard that will let people tell Web sites not to track their online behavior.
  • Dark Warnings About Future of Internet Access
    With envoys from more than 100 nations convening in Dubai to discuss telecommunications, diverse groups are warning of plans to censor the Internet. But analysts say the real debate is about business.

  • Facebook Gift Store Urges Users to Shop While They Share
    Facebook has started an online gift service, hoping that the moneymaking potential of social gift giving will please its Wall Street investors.

  • Bits Blog: Apple Fires a Manager Over Its Misfire on Maps
    A shakeup at Apple continued with the firing of Richard Williamson, a manager who oversaw the company’s flawed mapping service, according to two people briefed on the matter.

  • New Apple Print Ads Feature iPad Mini and Newsstand
    9to5Mac has pooled together some images of a new set of print ads from Apple. The ads show off the 7.9-inch iPad mini’s Newsstand capabilities on the back covers of magazines like The New Yorker and Time.



    The ads tout that the magazines that people are reading are also available on the iPad mini in a digital format in a package smaller than the traditional print magazine size. Depicting the iPad mini at its actual size not only offers a comparison to the print versions but also highlights how the iPad may be better for periodicals from Newsstand than the full-sized iPad because of its smaller size and lighter weight.


  • Olloclip Releases 3-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5 [iOS Blog]
    olloclip has released a new version of its 3-in–1 photo lens solution, which has been redesigned for the iPhone 5. The lens set comes in three different colors, red, black, and white, and features three lens types in a single accessory.



    The fisheye lens captures photos with a 180 degree field of view, while the wide-angle lens doubles the iPhone’s normal field of view and the macro lens applies a 10x macro magnification.

    olloclip’s fisheye lens is also designed to work with Apple’s new Panorama camera feature, which was introduced with iOS 6. With Panorama 360 Plus, the lens is able to capture a 360 degree image with both a wider and taller field of view than the standard iPhone 5 camera can produce.

    As with the olloclip for the iPhone 4 and 4S, olloclip for the iPhone 5 snaps on to the upper right corner of the phone over the camera and allows for the quick changing of lenses.

    Steven Sande of TUAW recently released a review of the olloclip for the iPhone 5.

    I was impressed with the olloclip both for the quality and ease of use. If you’re in the aftermarket for some creative lenses for your iPhone 5 (or the 4/4S), it’s definitely worth buying one of these little gems.

    The olloclip 3-in–1 lens system for the iPhone 5 costs $69.99 and is available for purchase from the olloclip website.


  • Intel to kill off desktop as we know it, reports claim
    As the chip giant puts its eggs in the mobile basket, the desktop is at risk, reports claim.
  • Kal Raustiala: The New Pathway of Journalism, Thanks to Google
    The proposal to create a new form of copyright in links raises two important questions. Will such a rule actually benefit newspapers? And will it ultimately benefit us — the readers of the news?
  • Rewards halve for digital miners
    People trying to profit via the bitcoin electronic currency will soon have to work harder to mint the digital coins.
  • How MIDI changed the world of music
    The technology that changed the music industry
  • Op-Ed Contributor: Break Up the Telecom Cartels
    It’s time — once again — to bust up the telecom trusts.

  • Eric K. Clemons: Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 1: When Fear Turned to Loathing
    Laws must regulate Google’s behavior, in the U.S. and abroad, and must be clear and unambiguous. And punishments must be sufficiently severe that clearly violating unambiguous laws is demonstrably very bad for Google, for its shareholders, and for its external directors.
  • Microsoft plans to fix rebooting Windows Phones next month
    Software giant says it has identified the cause of the issue and plans to release an over-the-air fix in December.
  • New York City Police Amassing a Trove of Cellphone Logs
    Subpoenas for call records of stolen cellphones have allowed the Police Department to store the information of thousands of victims a year.

  • Pinterest Founder: ‘I’d Better Not F**k This Up’
    Chances are, you’re pretty familiar with Pinterest, the tremendously addictive site that allows users to "pin" any image from the Web — from drool-worthy casseroles…
  • Microsoft says it’s sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far
    Tami Reller, the chief marketing and financial officer for Windows, announces the tally today during the Credit Suisse tech conference.
  • Journalist Uses Only Facebook To Win Local Election
    Power to the people. At least the people on Facebook. That’s the sentiment shared by Jim Cook, online editor at the South Jersey Times, who…
  • Chris Dodd: An Illustrative Hoax
    At a time when personal and artistic content is just a click away, copyright protection is more important than ever.
  • John Geoghegan: Orbital Weapons Platform
    The problem with new technologies is that it’s not always clear how useful they are especially in the beginning. Take, for example, the Air Force’s X-37B scheduled for its third blast off. Though still in the experimental stage, it seems to be "operating within its designated parameters."

Mobile Technology News, November 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.

Mobile Technology News, November 26, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, November 26, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, November 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.

  • G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption
    General Electric is betting that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy, much as the consumer Internet has transformed media.

  • Will.i.am to Launch 14 Megapixel Camera Add-on for iPhone
    Telegraph reports that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am will be launching an iPhone accessory next week that promises to boost your iPhone’s camera significantly.
    The first product from his new consumer electronics and app venture i.am+ is an accessory that clips onto an iPhone and transforms the eight megapixel smartphone camera into a 14 megapixel camera, which it is claimed dramatically enhances the clarity and definition of your photographs. Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, he says: ‘We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.’

    Few details are offered, but it is described as interfacing to the iPhone through the dock-connector and has its own camera and flash hardware.


  • App City: Having a Beer With a Smartphone
    The increasing accessibility of craft ales and lagers has been accompanied by the creation of dozens of related apps, which can help you discover good beer and where to get it.

  • Joint Custody, From a Distance
    Technology has enabled divorced parents to communicate with each other without the face time.

  • Black Friday Deals Lure Shoppers Earlier Than Ever
    BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — Gravy was still warm. Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages…
  • Black Friday 2012: Steeper Discounts on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air


    As Black Friday continues, there have been a few notable discounts on MacBook Pro and Air models during the day, including one discount as high as 20% on the 13″ MacBook Pro.

    - Amazon: 13″ MacBook Air: $1199 -> $1011 ($187 Off)

    - Amazon: 13″ MacBook Pro: $1199 -> $962 ($236 Off) $1199 -> $1,034 ($164 Off)

    - Frys.com: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro: $1699 -> $1499 ($200 Off)

    Amazon’s discounts, in particular, can be very volatile and can change quickly. See our full roundup of all other interesting discounts on Black Friday.


  • DealBook: Banned on Wall St.: Facebook, Twitter and Gmail
    Young Wall Street analysts, who are mostly not permitted to use social media at work, are finding ways to get around the corporate firewalls.

  • The Wii U, Featuring a Touch-Screen Controller
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  • PHOTOS: Dad-To-Be’s Show Of Solidarity Goes Viral
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  • About-face on e-mail surveillance bill
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  • HP offers Black Friday deals on high-end laptops
    Hewlett-Packard is offering Black Friday deals on its top-of-the-line ultrabooks.
  • How Verizon And AT&T Will ‘Break Your Internet’ If They Catch You Pirating
    You might want to think twice before downloading anything illegally in the near future. Following the untimely demise of proposed anti-piracy laws SOPA and PIPA,…
  • Polaroid Snapshots of the First Apple Computers Ever Made
    Technologizer‘s Harry McCracken has unearthed some photographs taken by Paul Terrell of the Byte Shop in Mountain View, California in 1976. At the time, the Byte Shop was one of the only computer stores in the world, and ended up being the first dealer for an upstart company called Apple Computer.

    According to Terrell, Jobs and Wozniak came into his shop with the first version of the Apple-1 asking him to sell it to his customers. Here’s an early photo of the circuit board hooked up to a keyboard and monitor.

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    They called their machine the Apple-1, and it was a bare board; any buyers would have to solder on the necessary chips themselves, then supply accoutrements such as a power supply, keyboard and display.

    Terrell was intrigued, but told Jobs that what he really needed were fully-assembled computers. In fact, if Jobs could come back with an assembled version of the Apple-1, the Byte Shop would buy fifty of them. Jobs did, and the Byte Shop became the first Apple dealer (it eventually offered the Apple-1 in a wooden case with keyboard and power supply).

    Terrell eventually paid $500 each for 50 Apple-1′s, which history says sold for $666.66 each at retail. There are more pictures, and some additional backstory, at Technologizer.


  • John F. Gray: Vancouver’s Startup Community Accelerating Out Of Diapers
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  • iPad Mini ruins Retina chic
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  • The Shrewd Shopper Carries a Smartphone
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  • Saudi women ‘monitored by SMS’
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  • Design: Who Made That Emoticon?
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Mobile Technology News, November 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, November 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.

  • When Phones Come Out Long Before the Turkey
    Given the millions who will be using social media to record their Thanksgivings and share them with far-flung relatives, this year’s holiday could be the most documented in its history.

  • Apple told to disclose HTC deal
    A US judge orders Apple to disclose details of its patent sharing deal with Taiwan’s HTC to its Korean rival Samsung.
  • In Gaza Conflict, Fighting With Weapons and Postings on Twitter
    The violence has played out in social media, mixing the gravity of war with a medium that can appear obsessed with triviality.

  • Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie
    From Des Moines to Omaha to Kansas City — a region known more for its barns than its bandwidth — a start-up tech scene is blossoming.

  • In Search Engine Results, a Peek at What We Wonder
    Sites like Google and Bing are showing the precise questions that are most frequently asked, giving everyone a chance to peer virtually over one another’s shoulders at private curiosities.

  • Black Friday Deals Start Earlier Than Ever
    For many of the country’s largest retailers, Black Friday could not come soon enough. Here’s a list of the retailers who plan to open their…
  • This Man Could Be Your Answering Machine
    NEW YORK — Imagine having William Shatner supply your outgoing voicemail message. Or maybe you’d prefer Morgan Freeman coolly telling callers to wait for the…
  • GUILTY: Steve Jobs’ Burglar Enters Plea
    An Alameda man pleaded guilty today to a four-county, Bay-area home burglary spree that included breaking into the Palo Alto home of the late Apple,…
  • Remembering the coffee pot webcam
    How caffeine addiction led to the world’s first webcam
  • Boost for biometrics ID research
    The University of Southampton is to investigate if ear size and the way people walk can be used as identity checks in the future.
  • Michael Gregg: 5 New Online Threats for Cyber Monday Shoppers
    Identity theft and financial fraud usually increase between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. So, what are the top scams to watch out for this holiday season?
  • Holiday Shopping Online Is Off To A Strong Start
    By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Holiday season online spending got off to an early and strong start, spurred by rising consumer confidence and…
  • Ryan Caldbeck: Giving Thanks and Getting Deals: Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2012
    Cyber Monday represents a fantastic trend that benefits both consumers and small consumer product businesses. Needless to say, consumers love the idea of getting their shopping done in less time, with less hassle, and while sitting at home in their pajamas.
  • Julie Spira: MTV’s Catfish: The Digital Pen-Pal Syndrome
    It doesn’t surprise me that singles looking for love online on MTV’s Catfish have their hopes at an all-time high, but I wonder, why wait so long to meet in real life if you think you’ve found your soul mate?
  • Christopher Carter Sanderson: Writing a Novel — 140 Characters at a Time
    I’m a dramatist interested in form and my experiment is the novel written in 1000 tweets 140 characters each. It’s @1000thenovel on Twitter.
  • Nationwide Hearings To Help Avoid Mass Network Outages During Natural Disasters
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  • Katherine Marshall: Let The Sun Shine In
    More than ever before, strong and creative advocates and allies need to translate the power of information into a greater power for good. Miracles can come from the information revolution and its capacity to bring sunlight to topics that were long obscure.
  • DealBook: H.P. Claim Highlights a Gray Area in Software Sales
    Hewlett-Packard contends that Autonomy, the British software firm it acquired for $10 billion last year, misclassified revenue, including sales of hardware with sales of software licenses.

  • MacMall Kicks off Black Friday 2012 Sale on Macs, iPods and iPads


    Online retailer MacMall has kicked off their 60 hour Black Friday sale just now. The sale runs until midnight on Friday. Traditionally, 3rd party retailers have offered better discounts than Apple once sales tax is taken into account. MacRumors is an affiliate partner of MacMall.

    Their full sale list covers both new and previous generation products. We’ve pulled out the current-generation products of interest and their respective discounts:

    Current Model Retail MacMall
    16GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $499 -$25
    32GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $599 -$41
    64GB iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) $699 -$45
    11″ 1.7GHz 64GB MacBook Air $999 -$101
    11″ 1.7Hz 128GB MacBook Air $1099 -$101
    13″ 1.8GHz 128GB MacBook Air $1199 -$101
    13″ 1.8GHz 256GB MacBook Air $1499 -$101
    13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro $1199 -$101
    13″ 2.9GHz MacBook Pro $1499 -$101
    15″ 2.3GHz MacBook Pro $1799 -$101
    15″ 2.6GHz MacBook Pro $2199 -$101
    13″ 2.5GHz Retina MBP $1699 -$101
    13″ 2.5GHz Retina MBP $1999 -$101
    15″ 2.3GHz Retina MBP $2199 -$151
    15″ 2.6GHz Retina MBP $2799 -$151
    2.5GHz Dual-Core Mac Mini $599 -$25
    2.3Ghz Quad-Core Mac Mini $799 -$25

    Click on prices to link directly to product.

    Discounts on the MacBook Airs are notable for a percentage of their total price, while the 15″ Retina MacBook Pros have the largest dollar amount in savings.

    When looking for the cheapest price, it’s good to know which retailers charge sales tax automatically. MacMall charges sales tax in California, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

    We expect to see additional Black Friday sales at Apple’s online store though that doesn’t kick in until Black Friday itself. We will also cover other sales and discounts. Please send in any notable Apple-related sales.


Mobile Technology News, November 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.

  • Amazon iOS app updated with Push Notification for Shipments and Deals
    Amazon has released an update to their Universal iOS app today, Amazon Mobile.  The new version brings a new set of Push Notifications on both the iPhone and iPad version that will alert you when a purchase has been shipped and delivered to you.  With the holiday season fast approaching this is a [...]
  • India Police Arrest Student Over Facebook Post
    A medical student in India complained on Facebook about the attention a political leader’s death was getting, and she and a friend were charged.

  • Apple ‘Spaceship’ Campus Unlikely to Open Before 2016 [Mac Blog]
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    Bloomberg reports that Apple’s ambitious Spaceship-like campus will likely be delayed until 2016. The project was originally revealed back in June and was presented to the Cupertino city council by Steve Jobs himself.
    Apple Inc. (AAPL) said the construction of a new spaceship-like headquarters with a circular design in Cupertino, California, won’t be completed until mid-2016, later than originally projected, as the company revises its plans.

    The new campus was originally targeted for completion by 2015, but November filing made city approval unlikely by the originally planned dates.

    Bloomberg reports the new plans show no major changes to the original campus plans, but does include some additional parking, more landscaped area and other small changes. The main four-story building remains the same circular shape as shown above.


  • AT&T Seems to Be Extending FaceTime-Over-Cellular to All Customers
    AT&T appears to be quietly extending FaceTime-Over-Cellular capabilities to all their iPhone customers. Earlier this month, AT&T announced that they would allow any customer “with an LTE device” on a “tiered data plan” to use iOS 6′s FaceTime over Cellular feature.

    This, however, excluded a number of customers, including those with grandfathered unlimited data plans as well as those with the iPhones 4S. (Note, iOS 6, itself, can only supports FaceTime-over-Cellular on the 4S, 5 and iPad 3rd Gen or higher)



    Tonight, Forum user kre62 noticed that both his iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 with unlimited AT&T data plans now support FaceTime over cellular.

    In a recent thread we were discussing AT&T members getting facetime with LTE devices and tiered plans. However I noticed today that I have facetime over cellular and I have an unlimited plan on my 5.

    I just turned off my other phone, a 4S and turned it back on, only to find the switch flipped to ON for facetime over cellular. Both phones work perfectly over cellular.

    I also checked a few coworkers phones, all now have FT over cellular.

    This finding has been confirmed by a number of users in this discussion thread — though some users have been unable to activate it so it may still be rolling out to some areas. AT&T had said the original rollout for tiered plans could take 8-10 weeks. Most of the positive responses have been those with the iPhone 5 and grandfathered unlimited data, but the original poster also had luck with an iPhone 4S.

    Some users have had to completely restart their phones for the service to go into effect. There still remains a possibility that this is an oversight on AT&T’s part. We are reaching out to AT&T for clarification on their policy.


  • Microsoft, Motorola finish arguments in patent trial
    The two tech titans argued over how much the software giant should pay the wireless technology company to use its patents, which are used in Windows and the Xbox console.
  • More Details of South Carolina Hacking Episode
    South Carolina’s governor said state officials had not done enough to stop computer hackers who recently stole millions of personal financial records from the state’s Department of Revenue.

  • DealBook: Hewlett’s Loss: A Folly Unfolds, by the Numbers
    Even before accounting problems, the acquisition of Autonomy, a British software maker, looked troubled.

  • Apple Posts Two New iPhone 5 Television Ads, ‘Orchestra’ and ‘Turkey’
    Apple just posted two new iPhone 5 television ads. The ads are entitled ‘Orchestra‘ and ‘Turkey‘. Orchestra focuses on the microphones that Apple uses to reduce background noise during calls. Turkey shows off the Shared Photo Stream feature of iOS 6.

    Excuse me, maestro? Bring it down please!

    Better.

    That’s what happens to background noise when you’re making a call on this.

    This microphone here picks up the sounds around you and helps turn them down.

    So when the world gets noisy, calls sound better.

    Well, it’s that time of year again.

    You know, picture taking season?

    And, with Photo Stream, you can share all the photos you want.

    With just the people you want.

    It’s as easy as pie. Mmmm… pie.


  • Dean Jayson: How Windows 8 Could Save Microsoft’s Online Advertising Business
    If Windows 8 is a success, Microsoft advertising business could become the company’s newest bright spot, instead of its perennial black eye.
  • DealBook: H.P. Claim Highlights a Gray Area in Software Sales
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  • John Geoghegan: Goblins From the Sky
    Why does it seem like the largest investments in white elephant technology are made by the military? Is it because they have the biggest budgets? The most exotic needs? Or an inability to learn from past mistakes? Take the X-85 Goblin.
  • DealBook: Latest Slip for H.P. Forces a New Write-Down
    Hewlett-Packard’s new charge comes just one quarter after a write-down in relation to Electronic Data Systems.

  • iOS 6 Fixes iMessage "Bug" that Sends Texts to Stolen iPhones
    Last December, an apparent bug appeared in Apple’s iMessage service that caused iMessages to continue to be linked to a stolen iPhone. The customer’s messages would continue to arrive and be sent from the stolen phone even after changing passwords, a remote wipe, and a SIM card deactivation. Apple initially denied it was a bug, but did later compensate at least one affected user for her trouble.

    TheNextWeb now reports that that iOS 6 resolves this issue by forcing all devices to re-enter credentials if your Apple ID settings change.

    According to a source with knowledge of Apple’s steps to correct the matter, the issue has been fixed in iOS 6 through a variety of checks placed on iMessage. The most important of these is that Apple now uses its push systems to force a user to re-enter a password to use iMessage once your Apple ID credentials have been changed.

    Now, if your iPhone is stolen, simply changing the password of your Apple ID will force the stolen device to prompt for a password in order to continue receiving and sending iMessages from your account. In addition, wiping your iPhone remotely using Find My iPhone will now disable the stolen device from receiving iMessages.


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