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Mobile Technology News, December 31, 2012

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

  • Foursquare cautiously and clearly changes privacy policy
    In light of the recent uproar over the privacy and policy changes at Instagram, apps that provide services are, understandably, treading cautiously with any terms, conditions and privacy changes going forward.  Instagram suffered an almost instant backlash publicly but it seems debatable how much [...]
  • Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013
    According to TechCrunch, Intel is planning to launch its own virtual cable TV service and set top box in the near future. The news comes at a time when rumors of Apple’s own television service have been becoming more frequent.

    To combat licensing issues, Intel has decided to roll out the service on a city-by-city basis rather than launching nationwide, allowing Intel to negotiate for control of smaller markets with content providers, who have been reluctant to hand over valuable licensing rights.

    A source in the video distribution industry directly familiar with Intel’s plans and content dealings tells TechCrunch the semiconductor company is dead serious about getting its chips into the living room. After its effort to convince smart TV manufacturers to use its chips in the initial launch of Google TV failed a few years ago, it’s decided to go it alone. The source said that Intel was frustrated with “everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it’s going to do it themselves and do it right.”

    The plan is to create a set-top box and subscription TV service that would appeal to people who want streaming TV access but don’t want to entirely cut the cable cord and lose key content like sports.

    Like Intel, Apple has been said to be working on a similar set up for its rumored Apple-branded television set, an idea that was made famous by Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, when Jobs expressed his desire to revolutionize the television industry.


    Since then, the Apple television set has been the source of much speculation, and it is believed that Apple is hoping to include features like Siri and FaceTime, as well as content from third party providers and motion control.

    Apple has faced problems with content procuration, which may be why the much rumored TV has yet to make an appearance. There have been similar rumors about a more robust version of the Cupertino-based company’s existing Apple TV set top box, but that too has yet to be seen.

    As of mid–2012, Apple has been rumored to be in talks with cable services like Comcast and Timer Warner Cable, though no content deals seem to have been made public.

    The Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch) notes that Intel has also had problems securing content deals, with content providers unwilling to offer television channels piece meal because of contractual barriers set in place by cable providers. Intel’s city-by-city launch aims to allow content providers to experiment with access in less restrictive markets.

    Intel’s cable TV service and set top box may launch as soon as January 7 at Intel’s CES event, according to tipsters. There’s still no word on when an Apple television might be announced.

    The most recent rumors state that Apple’s Foxconn factories are currently testing several television set designs, in the 46–55 inch range.

  • Huawei linked to plan to sell restricted equipment to Iran
    A major partner of the Chinese telecommunications gear maker offered to sell $1.7 million worth of embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.
  • iCade Jr. Arcade Controller Discounted to $9.99 [iOS Blog]

    ThinkGeek has discounted the iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone to only $9.99. That represents 80% off its normal price of $49.99.

    The iCade Jr. was originally launched in January 2012 at CES. It represents a smaller iPhone/iPod Touch sized version of the original iPad-sized iCade. Like its big brother, the iCade Jr. connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch using Bluetooth. This model was originally designed to fit the iPhone 4/4S and 4th Generation iPod touch form factors, but is said to work with the iPhone 5 “if you leave the top lid hinged back”.

    The controller has an arcade stick, four front and rear buttons and works with existing iCade-compatible games.

  • 2012′s top memes and viral videos
    The year in memes and social media must-sees
  • Alan W. Silberberg: Truth Hurts? More Coming in 2013
    2012 saw many people get foiled by their own attempts at keeping secrets online. General Petraeus is only the most vivid and open example. But this is happening to regular people every day. Expect this trend to continue into 2013.
  • TV REVIEW: Neil Armstrong – First Man On The Moon
    Neil Armstrong – First Man On The Moon The fact that more people in the world could today recognise the butt of Kim Kardashian than…
  • Questcor Finds Profit for Acthar Drug, at $28,000 a Vial
    After pricing its once-obscure drug, Acthar, in the stratosphere, Questcor gained many fans on Wall Street. But the company has also drawn some doubters.

  • YouTube Ban Lifted in Pakistan, for 3 Minutes
    A ban imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots was reinstated when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site.

  • India’s Aakash Venture Produces Optimism but Few Computers
    The Aakash project was supposed to provide $50 tablet computers for students across India, revolutionizing the nation’s schools and its tech industry, but so far those goals remain elusive.

  • Shira Lazar: What’s Trending and Kassem G Present the Top 20 YouTube Videos of 2012
    Every weekday, What’s Trending brings you the best that YouTube has to offer. Now that we’re wrapping up an unbelievable year in Internet history, we’re serving up a definitive guide to the 20 biggest, most incredible and best YouTube videos of 2012.
  • PHOTOS: This Family’s Truly Unbelievable Secret
    We could never live like this.
  • Moment Of Impact Caught On Tape
    Video from a dashboard camera captured the moment of impact when a passenger plane crashed into a highway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. The Red Wings…
  • Good News For In-Flight Internet
    By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has cleared the way for wider adoption of in-flight Internet services, aiming to cut…
  • Overshare! 7 Things We Forget We Do On Social Media Everyday
    Let’s own up to it: Social media is an addictive part of our everyday lives. In fact, habits like flipping through Facebook or Instagram have…
  • The Big Lesson Apple Learned In 2012
    By Sarah Kessler This story originally appeared at Fast Company. While Apple’s new products are generally met with fawning praise and long lines, its first…
  • The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week
    If you’re looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we’re bringing you the week’s most-watched videos,…
  • Pinterest Sued By Businessman Who Says He Had The Idea First
    Pinterest has arrived at that special milestone for any successful start-up: The day you get sued by someone who says the whole thing was his…
  • Google Torpedoes Links To ‘Pirate’ Sites
    Over the past year copyright holders have asked Google to remove 51,395,353 links to infringing webpages, a dramatic surge compared to previous years. The search…

Mobile Technology News, December 29, 2012

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

Mobile Technology News, December 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.

Mobile Technology News, December 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.

  • Latest Netflix Disruption Highlights Challenges of Cloud Computing
    Amazon’s cloud computing service went down for Netflix for much of Christmas Eve, highlighting potential difficulties in the technology.

  • Marvell Ordered to Pay $1.17 Billion in Patent Case
    A jury in Pittsburgh ruled Marvell Technology had sold billions of semiconductors using technology developed at Carnegie Mellon without a license.

  • The iEconomy: Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China
    After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.

  • James Berman: The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity
    The physical book will always remain in some respect, but more as an aesthetic curiosity, and a fine, curated remnant of a prior age. But reading? Whether by candlelight or halogen, that will be done by Kindles, Nooks and iPads.
  • The Zuckerbergs Got A Big Pile Of Irony For Christmas
    The Zuckerbergs, normal family folk like you or me, did what many did on Christmas Day: Posted an awkward family photo onto Facebook. Except when…
  • Apple Investigating Thinner, Lower Power IGZO Displays Across iPad and iPhone Product Lines for 2013
    According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is evaluating the feasibility of using IGZO displays across their iPad, iPad mini and iPhone products in 2013.
    The sources said Apple is in further discussions with Sharp over IGZO panel production capacity estimates for 2013 and is also inquiring about whether AU Optronics’ (AUO) L5C line could be used to produce the technology.

    We’ve heard rumors about Sharp’s IGZO displays over the past year, but no Apple products yet seem to use the new technology. There had been talk of production delays that may have prevented Apple from pursuing the technology.

    Qualcomm recently invested in Sharp to push forward the technology. Sharp is reportedly betting on IGZO to save the company, which is in dire financial straits.

    IGZO has been touted as having many benefits over existing technology. PCWorld notes lower power consumption, improved touch sensitivity and increased pixel density among these benefits.

    This difference in current flow inside the screen also means that transistors don’t have to be continually refreshed when a still image is on the screen. That leads to lower power consumption and, for touch panels, much less interference from the screen’s electronics so the touch panel becomes more accurate and sensitive, said Nobuhiro Okan, a manager with Sharp’s display device group.

    The glass edge of each display can also be made slimmer, allowing for smaller devices.

    Obviously, those improvements would be highly desired for Apple to advance their products. The iPad, in particular, actually found itself both thicker and heavier in the 3rd Generation model in order to accommodate the battery for the power-hungry Retina display. Display power consumption and thickness were also likely factors that prevented the iPad mini from adopting a Retina display in its first generation. Rumors have already suggested that the 2013 5th Generation iPad could be slightly thinner and smaller than the current models.

  • Samsung seeks US ban on Ericsson
    Samsung Electronics seeks a ban on the import and sales of some Ericsson products in the US which it claims infringe its patents.
  • Apple to Move Mac mini Production to U.S.
    DigiTimes reports that contrary to the early speculation, it will be the Mac mini, not the Mac Pro, that will be shifted to U.S. production.
    Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac mini production lines back to the US with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to be responsible of handling establishment, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    According to the report, Foxconn already has “about 15 operating bases” in the U.S. and the company plans on recruiting workers for 2013 for new automated production lines. The Mac mini is expected to reach 1.8 million sales units in 2013, up from 1.4 million units in 2012.

    During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Early speculation had suggested the Mac Pro might be that Mac model due to its relatively low volume of sales.

  • Netflix Social Sharing Bill Heads To Obama
    Congress just passed a bill that lets you share your Michael Bay movie marathon with everyone on Facebook. What you still can’t do: send an…
  • Jeremy Kintigh: CES: What to Expect From the Nightlife
    In other cities across the U.S. if you don’t have "the look" you aren’t getting into the club. Period. Not so in Vegas, if you have the money then you have the look.
  • Chipmaker Marvell Loses $1.17 Billion Patent Verdict
    A federal jury ordered Marvell Technology Group to pay the damages in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Carnegie Mellon University, court records show.

  • It Wasn’t Autocorrect, It Was A Stroke
    When a 25-year-old pregnant woman replied to her husband’s text about an appointment with the obstetrician with "every where thinging days nighing," her husband knew…
  • Yelp Users Pan Dentist For Firing ‘Irresistible’ Worker
    Users are taking to Yelp to discredit an Iowa dentist who fired his assistant for being too hot. An all-male Iowa court ruled last week…
  • WATCH: SpaceX Tests Hovering Rocket
    By: Miriam Kramer Published: 12/26/2012 04:05 PM EST on SPACE.com A privately built rocket prototype that could lead to a completely reusable spaceflight system has…
  • You’ll Never Believe Where This Farm Is
    CUPERTINO — Up in the hills above Silicon Valley, past the point where sewer lines give way to septic systems and city lights no longer…
  • Face It, You’re Stuck With Facebook — Here’s How To Make It A Warmer Place
    NEW YORK — A woman I haven’t spoken to in six years is pregnant with her second son. Another college acquaintance reads the Bible a…
  • Brian Penny: My Love Letter to the Internet
    It took time to connect, but once we did, I was in love. Whenever I had a bad day at school, you were there to listen. We tied up my parents’ phone line all night exploring life together and discussing our beliefs. Those days will always make me smile.
  • 5 Huge Tech Trends In 2012
  • GOOGLE THYSELF: How Students Can Save Their Online Reputations..
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Samantha Grossman wasn’t always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name. "It wasn’t anything too horrible," she said….

Mobile Technology News, December 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, December 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.

  • Happy Christmas from AlliOSNews
    To all who celebrate, here at AlliOSNews we wish you a very Happy Christmas.  2012 has been a spectacular year for AlliOSNews and as we reflect on things, we are honoured and humbled by you, our readers, coming here regularly to read our How To’s, TechMomTuesday and all of the news and bits of [...]
  • Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture Marketing Link
    The makers of firearms and the producers of violent video games have quietly forged a mutually beneficial marketing relationship.

  • Viewpoint: On the logistics frontline
    Dispatches from the frontline of logistics
  • Steve Jobs’ Yacht Released After Security Deposit Posted
    Last Friday, we noted that the Jobs family’s new yacht had been impounded by Dutch authorities as a result of a dispute over the design fee to be paid to famed French designer Philippe Starck. Starck had claimed that he was due to be paid €9 million for designing the yacht, while the Jobs family said that the agreed rate was 6% of the €105 million construction cost for the yacht, or roughly €3 million less than Starck claimed he was owed.


    AFP now reports that the yacht has been freed after the Jobs family posted a security deposit to a bank account.

    “The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer for the Jobs estate, told AFP.

    “A security deposit was paid into a bank account, but I cannot say for how much,” Moussault said after French designer Starck last week asked Amsterdam bailiffs to seize the sleek 70-metre (230-foot) yacht.

    The yacht remains in harbor in Amsterdam due to bad weather, and the report notes that the yacht is scheduled to be transported by ship to the United States to be turned over to the Jobs family at an unspecified date.

  • MyStudies literature app with holiday subscription sale of $1
    MyStudies is currently having a sale for the holidays where an annual subscription is running for $1 through an in-app purchase. However, registration via the website users can also get a free subscription.
  • Arianna Huffington: Destressing the Holidays: Making a List, Checking It Twice
    Why does a season that’s supposed to be about happiness and joy so often result in just the opposite? A survey by Consumer Reports found that 90 percent of Americans find at least one thing stressful about the holiday season (who are these 10 percent who feel no holiday stress?). Of course, it’s possible that just having such expectations of the season to begin with, and then feeling the guilt at not meeting them, might be part of the problem. But whatever the reason, stress is what a lot of people will be unwrapping this year. Fortunately, much of it is returnable. So what follows are tips not only for holiday stress, but for the rest of the year as well. If you’re in that 90 percent who’s stressed out this week and next, this might be the list you should be checking twice. Your mind and body — as well as your family — will thank you.
  • Life With Mind-Reading Machines
    Smile: Your computer is watching. Affectiva, a nearly 2-year-old startup that grew out of MIT’s Media Lab, is teaching machines to understand what you feel….
  • Bits Blog: Is Paying to Message Strangers a New Texting Business?
    As free third-party messaging services make the cellphone text message seem old-fashioned, Facebook is testing a pay service that allows people to send messages directly to strangers.

  • Bits Blog: Test Run: Facebook’s Poke App Is a Head-Scratcher
    Facebook’s Poke app is a clone of Snapchat, an app popular among teenagers who use it for “sexting.” It’s a bit of a head-scratcher for adults.

  • A (Bad) First For Instagram
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Facebook’s Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first…
  • Mike Montgomery: FCC’s Holiday Message to Silicon Valley: We’re Serious About Supporting an IP Future
    Silicon Valley got an early and welcome holiday gift from the Federal Communications Commission. Of course, as with many gifts, there is some assembly required, but it has enormous potential.
  • E-Book Price War Has Yet to Arrive
    After a Justice Department investigation into e-book price-fixing, the cost of buying an e-book was supposed to plunge, but sales of e-readers and the content for them have stalled.

  • Microsoft’s strategy chief limits role, will retire in 2014
    Craig Mundie, who inherited some of Bill Gates’ duties when Gates left his full-time position at Microsoft, will take on the role of “senior adviser to CEO.”
  • All the World’s a Game, and Business Is a Player
    Many businesses are using gamification to get people hooked on their products and services — and it is working, thanks to smartphones and the Internet.

  • Retailers launch online bargains
    Several retailers begin their online sales earlier than usual amid reports of lacklustre High Street spending in the run up to Christmas.
  • Tepid Sales of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Point to Shaky Market
    Weak PC sales this holiday season suggest the struggles of Microsoft and other companies that depend heavily on the computer business will not abate soon.

  • Websites Vary Prices, Deals Based on Users’ Information
    It was the same Swingline stapler, on the same Staples.com SPLS -2.04% website. But for Kim Wamble, the price was $15.79, while the price on…
  • Just in time for the holidays, Santa Anatomy app!
    Pocket Anatomy developers created a fun little app called Santa Anatomy for the holidays. It allows users to view the anatomy of Santa Claus. Free for the time period, enjoy this app for the holiday.
  • Follow Where Santa Is This Christmas Eve
    On Christmas Eves of yore, kids could only dream of where Santa Claus and his reindeer were flying at any moment, hoping that their house…

Mobile Technology News, December 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.

  • Amazon Book Reviews Deleted in a Purge Aimed at Manipulation
    Amazon’s decision to delete thousands of book reviews has generated an uproar, but the company has not offered a public explanation for the sweeping purge.

  • The Boss: Blair LaCorte of XOJet, on an Unintended Career Turn
    The chief executive of XOJet describes the unexpected job that led him to many years of working in the technology field.

  • Digital Domain: Smart Parking Has a Learning Curve, Too
    In cities, smart-parking technology is designed to help solve traffic problems and make it easier to find available spaces. But the systems are still in the early stages.

  • The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week
    If you’re looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we’re bringing you the week’s most-watched videos,…
  • VIDEO: North-south route for China train
    The world’s longest high-speed train route will start operating in China on Wednesday, between Beijing and Guangzhou, after the completion of final tests.
  • EchoSource app is a useful introduction to echocardiography
    EchoSource is a useful app not just limited to cardiology trainees. EchoSource provides a detailed overview of clinical disorders and their evaluation using echocardiography, incorporating educational figures and videos as well as reviews of relevant medical literature.
  • Last-Minute Shopping Guide
    Did you leave your Christmas shopping for the very last minute? Not to worry. America’s retailers have got you covered. Here is a list of…
  • Auxo Shows Off a Redesigned iOS App Switcher
    Apple has spent little focus updating its iOS app switcher since it was introduced with iOS 4, so designer @Sentry_NC decided to try his hand at a new concept for app switching.

    In October, he created a mockup on The Verge forums of an iOS app switcher that takes advantage of the iPhone 5′s elongated screen, providing easy access to settings and additional app management tools.


    Though it was originally designed as just a concept, the Auxo iOS app switcher has now become a reality as a jailbreak tweak after Sentry teamed up with two app developers.

    Auxo’s design allows users to control apps with intuitive touch gestures. For example, sliding down on an app closes it, while swiping left reveals both music controls and toggle controls for adjusting brightness and turning Wi-Fi on and off. The video below, from iDownloadBlog, demonstrates how Auxo works.

    The Auxo tweak may be limited to jailbroken devices, but it serves as an impressive example of the improvements that could be made to future versions of iOS if Apple takes notice. Auxo is not currently available, but it is coming soon to Cydia for jailbroken iOS 6 devices.

  • Here comes Microsoft Surface Pro, 64 bits and all
    The Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is just around the corner. Here’s what to expect.
  • Rebecca Black’s Shocking Confession
    Rebecca Black, the world’s biggest lover of Fridays, has made a shocking confession. The teen singer took to her Twitter this week to confess her…
  • As Shoppers Hop From Tablet to PC to Phone, Retailers Try to Adapt
    Online merchants are trying to figure out how to tie together the several methods a customer may use on the way to buying something.

  • ‘Phonehenge’ Creator To Be Jailed
    LANCASTER, Calif. — A man who built a quirky Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was sentenced to nearly 18 months in jail because…
  • Legendary AIDS Activist Dies At 44
    NEW YORK — AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AIDS…
  • Instagram Reversal Doesn’t Appease Everyone
    Even as the social network furiously backpedaled on its proposal to change its privacy terms, some users said they were carrying through on plans to leave.

  • Microsoft Releases Wordament, the First iPhone Game with Xbox Live Achievements
    Microsoft has released a game tonight called Wordament for the iPhone. The game has been a popular Windows Phone game, but is now also available on iOS. Wordament was originally a side-project for two Windows Live employees that was later acquired and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

    Wordament is notably the first Microsoft game to come to iOS with Xbox Achievements.

    When you sign in with your free Microsoft account, you can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from our 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. If you’ve played on Windows Phone or Window 8 and jump to the iOS version, all of your player stats and friends will follow your account automatically.


    Wordament is a word game that takes two minutes and allows you to compete, real-time, with everyone else playing at the same time. A 4×4 Grid of letters is presented and words can be created by dragging your finger across adjacent letters. Everyone plays on the same board at the same time.

    Microsoft has been making slight movements into the iOS gaming space. They had previously released an Xbox Live App that allows you to manage your Xbox Live account, and a few iOS games including Kinectimals. Wordament is available for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

  • Browsers: Top 5 events from 2012
    Web developers and browser makers were on course toward building the universal software platform — until smartphones got in the way.
  • Italian Appeals Court Acquits 3 Google Executives in Privacy Case
    A decision that Google hailed as a victory for Internet freedom overturned a 2010 ruling that the company was too slow to remove a video in which teenagers bullied an autistic boy.

Mobile Technology News, December 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.

  • Instagram Reversal Doesn’t Appease Everyone
    Even as the social network furiously backpedaled on its proposal to change its privacy terms, some users said they were carrying through on plans to leave.

  • As Shoppers Hop From Tablet to PC to Phone, Retailers Try to Adapt
    Online merchants are trying to figure out how to tie together the several methods a customer may use on the way to buying something.

  • Italian Appeals Court Acquits 3 Google Executives in Privacy Case
    A decision that Google hailed as a victory for Internet freedom overturned a 2010 ruling that the company was too slow to remove a video in which teenagers bullied an autistic boy.

  • Karateka Creator Jordan Mechner Compares Apple II and iPhone Versions of Classic Game [iOS Blog]
    NewImageJordan Mechner, creator of the classic Prince of Persia game, recently remade his Apple II game Karateka for iOS. To celebrate, he released a video (found by TUAW) comparing the delivery methods for the Apple II version of Karateka and the iOS version.

    The video highlights how software prices are dropped, how delivery methods have improved and how the actual software has gotten more advanced in the last 30 years. The game was released yesterday and our sister-site TouchArcade has posted a lengthy review.

    Karateka. 30 years later. Does the magic stand the test of time? As I have so subtly implied, I am a bit of a fan of Mechner’s original masterpiece, and was skeptical upon seeing the the first sketches and screenshots of this re-invisioning. For fellow fans of the original, I am happy to say that my concerns were allayed just minutes into playing the Xbox 360 version on launch day — and the iOS version should treat players the same. I found that, while this modern console title appears quite different than the Apple II original — in a lavish sort of way — it, at the same time, feels very much the same.

    Karateka is available for $2.99 on the App Store. It requires at least an iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, or a 5th-generation iPod touch. [Direct Link]

  • Apple Releases ‘I’ll Be Home’ iPad Mini Holiday Television Ad
    Apple has released a new television ad showcasing the iPad and the iPad mini with a young girl singing Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to her grandfather over FaceTime.

    I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.

    Last year, Apple released a holiday ad featuring Santa talking to the then-new Siri to get directions and weather.

  • Games by the people, for the people
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  • VIDEO: Ambassador on China’s internet policy
    China’s ambassador to the UK has told BBC’s Newsnight that there is a “misconception” about the internet in China and “everyday thousands of people make comments online”, but that the government must “remove unhealthy content”.
  • Five things Microsoft must do for Windows 8 in 2013
    Reactions to Windows 8′s launch mirrored the operating system’s own split personality. Here’s what Microsoft needs to do to keep the OS from getting left on the showroom floor.
  • Apple Reverses Course on 30-Pin and Lightning Connector Guidelines [iOS Blog]
    A day after a Kickstarter project was killed because of restrictions on Apple’s MFi program that prevented Lightning and 30-Pin connectors from appearing on the same device, Apple has changed its guidelines to allow third-party devices to have 30-pin and Lightning chargers on the same accessory, reports CNET.

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    “Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. “We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors so our guidelines did not allow this.”

    The company added that the guidelines have since been updated to allow accessories to work with both types of connectors to charge devices.

    A number of MacRumors commenters felt Apple’s decision to prevent the Kickstarter project from moving forward was a poor one, both for consumers, and for the company behind the project.

    There is no word from Edison Junior on whether the company will move forward with the POP portable power station now that Apple has reversed course.

  • Christie Carmelle Lopez: 4 Ways to Shape Up Your Image in the New Year!
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    This new “X Phone” project is being led by former Google product manager Lior Ron. Possible features seemed to be ambitious with exploration of bendable screens, ceramics, image and gesture-recognition software.

    The company is running into development issues, however. Google is having problems with supply-chain management, a speciality of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    But while Google is known for swift execution on the Web, its new hardware unit has run into obstacles associated with manufacturing and supply-chain management that have caused the company to rethink some initial plans for the X phone, these people added. Meanwhile, Google must manage complex relationships with smartphone makers that use its Android mobile-device software—particularly with Samsung Electronics Co., a Motorola rival that has become the No. 1 smartphone maker with Google’s help.

    Google does have ample amounts of cash to invest in the phone project, which the WSJ says the company will follow up with a tablet based on the same platform.

    Google’s acquisition of Motorola was controversial as it puts Google in direct competition with their Android licensees. Apple and Samsung, however, have captured the lion’s share of smartphone profits, and Google is reportedly concerned that Samsung could “fork” Android and preventing Google’s applications from being installed by default. This could have a large impact on Google’s mobile reach if it doesn’t develop its own handset.

  • Nielsen Releases Top 10 iPhone Apps of 2012 [iOS Blog]
    Nielsen yesterday released its digital “Tops of 2012″ statistics, which included the top 10 iOS apps of 2012, based on average unique users. The study took place from Q1 2012 to Q3 2012 and also happened to find that this was the first year where smartphone owners became the majority of mobile phone users with 56% by the end of Q3.

    Four of the top 10 iPhone apps are stock iOS apps, as YouTube and Maps are likely referring to the versions of the app bundled in with iOS 5 and earlier rather than the newer versions that launched in the past couple of months, as the new versions likely wouldn’t have had the time to make a significant impact on the statistics. Nielsen notes that Facebook Messenger was the fastest growing iPhone app.

    In fact, Facebook controlled three of the top 10 in Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram while Google, at this point, controlled none of the top 10.

    Maps averaged 32 million unique users a month while YouTube averaged 22 million, Stocks averaged 21 million and Weather averaged 20 million uniques a month.


    The study also found that Android sits atop smartphone marketshare with 52% with iOS in second at 35%. Blackberry OS came in third at 7%, Windows Phone with 2% and the rest made up the remaining 5% of the marketshare pie. The statistics come from Nielsen’s Smartphone Panel, which uses on-device meters at the aggregate level to find out mobile web and app activity level.

  • Facebook Launches its Own Version of Snapchat, Called Poke [iOS Blog]
    When Snapchat launched a video update last week, AllThingsD reported that Facebook was planning on releasing its own photo and video sharing app to compete with Snapchat. Facebook’s new standalone app, Facebook Poke, was released today, expanding on Facebook’s original “poke” concept.

    After connecting to Facebook Poke with a Facebook account, users can take a video or photo, write a message, or send a standard poke notification to friends who are also Facebook users. Each message lasts only a few seconds before expiring, after which time it is no longer visible.

    If a screenshot is taken, users are notified with a bright orange icon on the feed, which is the same functionality found in Snapchat. Users can browse through sent messages in Poke by tapping and holding on a message.

    Media sent via Facebook Poke is not visible in the standard Facebook app, but people will get a Facebook notification to download Facebook Poke to see Poke messages. Like the rest of Facebook’s apps, Poke has a menu for reporting inappropriate content.

    Facebook Poke is a free download on Apple’s App Store. [Direct Link]

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  • Wall Street Journal Joins Newsstand, Now Selling In-App Subscriptions [iOS Blog]
    The Wall Street Journal is now offering in-app subscriptions on the App Store, and has added its newspaper to Apple’s Newsstand automatic subscription delivery service, reports All Things D.

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    The move is worth noting because up until now the Journal was one of the highest-profile print publishers that wasn’t selling app access via Apple. Earlier this year, Time Inc., which had been the most prominent holdout, also signed on.

    The move means that Apple will retain 30 percent of all subscription revenue the Journal receives from “in-app” sales, and it will retain control of customer billing information like credit card numbers and billing addresses.

    WSJ’s biggest competitor, the Financial Times, dropped its iOS app last year because it didn’t want to give Apple 30% of subscriptions purchased through the App Store. Instead, it developed a well-received HTML5 web app that replicated much of the functionality of the iOS app, including offline reading.

    Newsstand support means readers can have their papers update automatically in the background.

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Mobile Technology News, December 20, 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.

  • Patent Office Rejects Apple Patent Used Against Samsung
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has declared that one of the patents that helped Apple win $1.05 billion in damages against Samsung should not have been granted.

  • F.T.C. Pushes Antitrust Inquiry Against Google Into January
    The delay in an agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and the company is said to have put stronger penalties back on the bargaining table.

  • New Online Privacy Rules for Children
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  • Massive Open-World RPG ‘Ravensword: Shadowlands’ Hits the App Store [iOS Blog]
    Crescent Moon Games’ much anticipated RPG, Ravensword: Shadowlands was released tonight, after years of development. Shadowlands is the followup to the original 2009 Ravensword game and it features the same open-world gameplay of the first title.

    Ravensword: Shadowlands is an exciting iOS release because of the enormity of the game world, the impressive scenery, and the immersive gameplay. Our sister site TouchArcade has posted a review of the app:

    Just as the original Ravensword made its mark for bringing a sought-after genre to iOS, Shadowlands demonstrates just how far the genre has come on the platform, making it one of the most ambitious and enjoyable RPGs of the year.

    It sounds cliched, but it’s hard to believe I’m playing a game of this caliber on iOS. All too often we see games that sacrifice gameplay depth for visuals or vice versa. Other than a few minor glitches, Ravensword: Shadowlands is the real deal, and is an excellent open-world RPG with a decent story, ample content, deep character customization and beautiful visuals.


    The game comes with an extensive list of highlights, including ragdoll physics, Game Center integration, iCloud support, original soundtrack, and reflex-based combat.

    Ravensword: Shadowlands is a universal app and it can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store for $6.99. [Direct Link]

  • ESPN Releases Redesigned ‘ScoreCenter’ App for iPhone [iOS Blog]
    Although ESPN’s popular ScoreCenter app for iPad recently received a refresh including a visual makeover, the iPhone version had remained the same and continued to lack support for the taller iPhone 5 display for nearly three months after the device’s debut. That changed today as ESPN released a completely redesigned app that takes cues from the iPad version. ESPN released the following statement about the new app:
    Today, ESPN launched new versions of its highly popular ScoreCenter app for iOS and Android devices. Completely redesigned and optimized for iPhone 5, iPad and new Android smartphones, ScoreCenter serves sports fans with personalized scoreboards, alerts, breaking news and video highlights of their favorite teams and leagues from around the world. With simplified navigation, as well as live, integrated Gamecasts and links to WatchESPN, ScoreCenter makes it easier than ever for fans to follow up-to-the-minute sports news and information wherever, whenever. Other key features:

    – Expanded game views providing in-depth game coverage
    – Live scoring alerts for favorite teams and personalized match-ups sent directly to your device
    – Calendar navigation, enabling access to previous scores and upcoming games
    – Ability to share favorite games, videos and news with friends


    The updated version of the free ScoreCenter app is now available for download in the App Store [Direct Link]

  • ‘Cut the Rope’ Creators Launch ‘Pudding Monsters’ for iPhone and iPad [iOS Blog]
    A couple of weeks after showing off Pudding Monsters for the first time, Cut the Rope creator ZeptoLab has now released the new title in the App Store. The puzzle game involves sticking blocks of desserts together to create larger and larger dessert monsters.



    The Pudding Monsters are on a mission to save their friends from the cold-hearted fridge owner! Growing into an ULTIMATE MEGA MONSTER sounds like the most reliable plan.

    Off the table, out of the house, and into the city – swipe to stick the Pudding Monsters together and save their friends!

    Take advantage of different monster species and their powers (like Slime Monster, who leaves a trail of green goo), boost your growth using the cloning machines, wear pretty little cars on your head and much more!

    Features:

    – 75 levels with more to come!
    – Innovative stick-‘em-together game-play mechanics
    – Unique monster shapes, wacky personalities and attributes
    – Fun, mind-bending experience suitable for all ages

    The game is available in two separate versions, each priced at $0.99: an iPhone version [Direct Link] and an HD iPad version [Direct Link].

    In an interview with Bloomberg about the release of the game, ZeptoLab CEO Misha Lyalin notes that the company plans to release five more games next year, including both new properties and follow-ups such as new Cut the Rope titles.

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  • Tumblr Launches iPad-Optimized App [iOS Blog]
    The popular blogging service Tumblr has updated its iOS app to work natively on iPad. The popular blogging platform had previously been designed only for the iPhone, only working in 2x-mode on the iPad. iPad support isn’t the only addition, as the app now has an “Explore” tab to search other Tumblr blogs as well as landscape support for the iPad version.


    What’s New in Version 3.2.3
    – Now optimized for iPad!
    – Markdown support!
    – Beautiful new Explore tab.

    Tumblr for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

  • Kodak to Sell Patents for $525 Million
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  • USPTO Preliminarily Rejects Apple’s ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ Patent
    Another Apple patent is in the spotlight tonight, after the United States Patent and Trademark Office has preliminarily rejected all 20 claims of Patent No. 7,844,915, or the so-called “pinch to zoom” patent.


    Patent ’915 deals with technology that discerns whether a user is scrolling with a single finger or accessing several touch points at once, as in a pinch-to-zoom action. Apple successfully used Patent No. ’915 against Samsung in its court battle earlier this year, and 21 of 24 Samsung devices in the lawsuit were found to be infringing on the patent.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung brought the invalidation of the key patent to the court’s attention in a Wednesday afternoon filing.

    The agency declared invalid the entirety of Apple’s so-called “pinch-to-zoom” patent on Wednesday, according to a court filing from Samsung. The Korean electronics giant said in a statement to the court that the patent had been struck down on re-examination due to previous patents on record.

    Samsung said the development supports its request for a new trial.

    Samsung has been fighting for a retrial in recent weeks, after Apple was granted more than $1 billion in damages when a jury decided that Samsung had willfully infringed on Apple’s patents. Part of Patent No. ’915 was an important factor in the calculation of the payment.

    On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh, who has been presiding over the Apple vs. Samsung trial denied Samsung’s motion for a new trial on the basis of juror misconduct.

    As The Verge points out, however, the rejection of Patent No. ’915 is preliminary and isn’t yet the same as “invalidating” the patent. Apple still has the opportunity to file its counter-arguments:

    The whole discussion is part of an ex parte reexamination; that means Apple is the only other party talking to the USPTO about the patent, and it will still have an opportunity to fight for keeping the patent valid or to amend its language so that it will stay relevant in the Samsung case. It’s also important to note that while 21 individual claims within the patent were rejected, only one — Claim 8 — was used in the trial, providing Apple a very specific target when working with the Patent Office.

    The decision comes just weeks after the USPTO preliminarily rejected Patent No. 7,479,949 or the “Steve Jobs” patent.

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  • Redbox Instant Launches Private Beta [iOS Blog]
    Redbox Instant by Verizon went live today, allowing people to sign up for a private beta to use the streaming service.

    Interested users can enter an email address to receive a code that will provide eventual access to Redbox Instant on the computer or on a mobile device, using the accompanying Redbox Instant iOS app, which was released today for the iPad and the iPhone.

    Redbox’s video streaming service is priced at $8 per month, which is on par with the pricing of both Netflix and Hulu Plus. It also comes bundled with four physical DVD rentals per month from Redbox kiosks, which can be upgraded to Blu-ray for an additional dollar.

    Like Netflix, Redbox plans to offer a variety of movies from sources like Warner Bros. and the pay TV channel EPIX, though the service will not have any television shows at launch.

    Traditionally, Redbox offers top Hollywood hits, with the top 200 movies from major studios stocked in its retail locations. Its content library will be smaller than what Netflix is able to offer, but it will focus on providing more recent releases.

    Redbox is planning to send invites to the new streaming service over the coming weeks via email, and each invite will come with one free month of access.

Mobile Technology News, December 18, 2012

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

  • Apple denied Samsung sales ban
    A US judge rejects Apple’s plea to ban sales of Samsung’s smartphones that violate patents held by the Californian company.
  • As Europe Presses Google on Antitrust, U.S. Backs Away
    Google appears to be emerging from an major antitrust investigation in the United States essentially unscathed. But the outlook is not as bright for Google in Europe.

  • Judge Koh Denies Juror Misconduct Claim in Samsung v. Apple [iOS Blog]
    In a pair of court filings tonight, Judge Lucy Koh published a pair of decisions in Samsung v. Apple. The first filing (via The Verge) denied Samsung’s motion for a new trial regarding alleged juror misconduct by jury foreman Velvin Hogan.

    Samsung accused Hogan of withholding the fact that he had been involved in a lawsuit with Seagate, a partner of Samsung’s. Judge Koh didn’t agree, saying in her filing that Samsung’s attorneys should have dug up the information.

    Prior to the verdict, Samsung could have discovered Mr. Hogan’s litigation with Seagate, had Samsung acted with reasonable diligence based on information Samsung acquired through voir dire, namely that Mr. Hogan stated during voir dire that he had worked for Seagate.

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    Judge Koh denied a second motion (via AppleInsider), this one filed by Apple, requesting a U.S. ban certain Samsung products. The motion was denied because Apple was not harmed by Samsung infringing on the patents.

    In sum, to the limited extent that Apple has been able to show that any of its harms were caused by Samsung’s illegal conduct (in this case, only trade dress dilution), Apple has not established that the equities support an injunction. Accordingly, Apple’s motion for a permanent injunction is DENIED.

    The decisions amount to more jousting in the ongoing legal drama between Samsung and Apple.

  • Facebook underwriter is fined $5m
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  • Apple Reportedly in Talks for Data-Sharing Deal with Foursquare
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in early discussions with popular location-based app Foursquare for a data-sharing deal. Apple SVP Eddy Cue is reportedly involved with the negotiations as he tries to improve a Maps app that has failed to live up to Apple’s expectations.
    Apple Inc. is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on Google Inc.

    Foursquare’s data includes local businesses like restaurants, bars and more and even allows users to leave tips about businesses for future visitors. The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple may be able to use that data in its Maps app as well.

    This news comes days after Google announced its Maps app for iOS, which was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 48 hours. These are just preliminary talks however, if the report is to be believed. There’s no guarantee what kind of data Foursquare will share with Apple, if the deal is ever finalized.

    Recently, Cue has been posting Foursquare check-ins on his Twitter account.

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  • Apple Releases iMac EFI Update 2.0 to Fix Sleep and Thunderbolt Issues [Mac Blog]
    NewImageApple has released an update for late 2012 iMac models that fixes issues related to sleep and Thunderbolt, as well as compatibility when using 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies. The update is recommended for all “late 2012″ iMacs.

    iMac EFI Update 2.0 can be downloaded from Apple’s support site or through the Mac App Store on affected iMacs.

    About iMac EFI Update 2.0

    This update is recommended for all iMac (late 2012) models. This update contains general performance fixes pertaining to sleep and Thunderbolt, and improves compatibility when using the 5GHz band in Wi-Fi.

    Boot ROM or SMC Version Information: After Update is complete:

    Build version: 010A.05
    ROM version: IM131.88Z.010A.B05.1211151146

    It’s not clear if this is in addition to the Wi-Fi Update released earlier today, or if it includes that fix as well as a few more iMac-specific ones.

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