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Mobile Technology News, January 2, 2013

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.

  • Tech Giants, Learning the Ways of Washington, Brace for More Scrutiny
    Lobbying in the nation’s capital and overseas is likely to increase as governments worldwide revisit legislation on issues like consumer privacy and online security.

  • Smart fabrics and other future tech
    A look at the emerging technologies of the near future.
  • Digital sales break £1bn barrier
    More than a billion pounds was spent in 2012 for the first time on downloaded videos, music and games.
  • VIDEO: Tech prophets: Appification and HTML5
    BBC News Website invites three experts to discuss the trends that will shape the technology landscape in 2013 and beyond.
  • 2013 iPhone and iOS 7 Already Appearing in Developer’s Logs
    TheNextWeb reports that at least one iOS app developer has already spotted references to the next iPhone and iOS 7 in their app logs.

    One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year.

    For reference, the current iPhone 5 carries an “iPhone5,1” and “iPhone5,2” identifiers. The specific entries were associated with Apple campus IP addresses, making it more likely they were legitimate entries.

    Apple first announced iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 in June. iOS 6 was then released to the public in September. The iPhone 5 was also launched in September 2012.

    There have been few hints about what might be expected in iOS 7 and the next generation iPhone, though there have been persistent rumors of Apple investigating the use of Near Field Communication for payments. Other rumors have suggested that the 2013 iPhone could arrive earlier than expected with a mid-year launch rather than later in the year.

  • Amine Chouaieb: Can We Combine Technology, Economic Savings and Social Networks?
    Can we use social media to play a role in mobilizing consumers and achieving energy savings?
  • Apple Promotes ‘Do Not Disturb’ in TV Ad On Same Day as New Year’s Day Bug Discovered
    Apple posted a new television ad today highlighting their “Do Not Disturb” feature. Professional tennis players Serena and Venus Williams are shown playing ping-pong against the narrator in a dream:

    Ever had a really cool dream? I’m having one right now. I don’t want to be disturbed. And I won’t because before I went to sleep, I set this. Now my iPhone knows not to ring unless its important. Cause disturbing this would just be… Wrong.

    Ironically, the new ad comes on the same day that a bug in the scheduled Do Not Disturb feature prevented it from turning off on many iPhones.

  • Samsung Teases New TV with ‘Unprecedented’ Shape and Design for CES 2013
    CES 2013 promises to be very television-centric this year, with Samsung teasing a mystery TV product after reports that Intel will be be launching a set top box and cable TV service at the trade show.

    The strong TV-focus of CES 2013 comes amidst persistent rumors that Apple is testing the waters with its own full-sized television.

    Samsung recently released a new pre-CES teaser video and image of an HDTV.

    On the company’s blog, there is a picture of a portrait-shaped TV that is taller than it is wide. The television is depicted against an uninterrupted snowy background, possibly suggesting that the display is translucent. “A true innovation of TV design is coming up with an unprecedented new TV shape and timeless gallery design,” reads the caption.


    The image is accompanied by a video that was recently added to Samsung’s YouTube page. In the video, an array of standard 16:9 televisions are depicted, both flatscreen and CRT, before Samsung’s new television is displayed, hidden behind a white sheet. A description accompanying the video again boasts of an innovative design.

    “As Samsung prepares to unveil a new TV at CES that is unlike anything the world has ever seen, all the other TVs are rushing to see the new TV.”

    Samsung often reveals prototype products at CES, last year debuting its “Smart Window” technology, which featured a touch-controlled interface atop transparent glass. Samsung could be unveiling a similar product this year.

    Multiple reports have suggested that Apple is exploring this market as well, though it is not clear when Apple will introduce its own television product. Apple does not attend CES and will not be making any official announcements at the trade show.

    CES will begin on January 8 and last until January 11, 2013.

  • Larry Magid: Let’s All Take Responsibility for a Better Internet in 2013
    Despite efforts to exert control, the Internet, in most parts of the world, remains pretty free and open and a lot of people, — myself included — want to keep it that way.
  • Twitter’s Worst New Year’s Day #Hangovers
    Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch. That’s what we’re feeling right now here at HuffPost Food HQ. By which we mean our beds. The HuffPost…
  • Google Is Attacking Apple From The Inside Out — And It’s Working
    After years of hammering away at Apple’s share of the smartphone market with cheap-to-free Android phones, Google has lately adopted a new tactic to win…
  • Google Is Attacking Apple From The Inside Out — And It’s Working
    After years of hammering away at Apple’s share of the smartphone market with cheap-to-free Android phones, Google has lately adopted a new tactic to win…
  • NPD: Consumers Want Content, Not ‘Smart’ Features, on Their TVs
    The Daily Mail is reporting that new NPD research has found that consumers want more access to online video services like HBO Go rather than “smart” features like social networking access on their TVs. The research comes a day after it was reported that Intel was planning to launch a TV service and set top box in 2013 that focused on content.

    NPD said that a big problem is that TV owners are confused because too much choice is creating a complex user experience.

    ‘To counter this, OEMs and retailers need to focus less on new innovation in this space and more on simplification of the user experience and messaging if they want to drive additional, and new, behaviors on the TV.”

    Luke Peters, Editor of T3 Magazine, told MailOnline that Smart TVs will only become mainstream when they’re as easy to use as changing a channel. Peters also notes that most Smart TV user interfaces are too complex for most people and that the content isn’t good enough and that social networking doesn’t make a lot of sense on TVs.

    Apple has long been rumored to be interested in creating a TV that focuses on content as well in addition to features that could change human-to-TV interaction with Siri, Facetime and motion control. Apple was also rumored to be in talks with cable services like Comcast and Time Warner Cable in mid-2012, although no content deals have materialized yet.

    Apple, like Intel, has largely had problems negotiating with content providers because of contractual limitations with cable providers, which may be why Apple’s TV offering hasn’t appeared yet. Although Intel’s offering is set to debut January 7 at CES there’s no telling if or when Apple’s may debut, although recently it’s been rumored that Foxconn is currently testing television set designs in the 50 – 55 inch range.

  • Flagship Apple Store Hit By New Year’s Eve Raid
    PARIS — Masked and armed thieves used the New Year’s Eve fete to rob the flagship Apple store in Paris. The French press reported that…
  • WATCH: Happy New Year From Orbit
    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is sending his New Year greetings from space.Hadfield took a moment today on the International Space Station to send a message…
  • The Flipboard for medical journals has arrived, Read by QxMD
    Read by QxMD addresses the process of navigating an institutions journal access in a similar way using Flipboard helps users read the news.
  • Austin Blood: It Has to Be Seen to Be Believed
    I’m told the spectacle that is CES is something that has to be seen to be believed. A technical extravaganza of epic proportions. So what on earth, you may ask, may excite a self-professed techno inept enough to venture forth into the wilds of the world’s largest electronic mosh pit?
  • Scheduled Do Not Disturb Not Turning Off on Some iOS 6 Devices
    There have been some reports via Twitter and a few other Apple centric sites this morning about a bug impacting scheduled Do Not Disturb and the rolling of the calendar to 2013.  I can report that I’ve seen the bug on my iPad (3rd Generation) but my Scheduled DND turned off as normal on my iPhone […]
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    2013 is officially here and much of today’s conversations will revolve around three main topics:
     
     

    Looking back at how crazy/great/sad/wonderful/challenging 2012 was for you/us/them
    Who will win the college Bowl Games in the US/Who is going to win the Premier League in England
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