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Mobile Technology News, January 5, 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.

  • Europe Likely to Be Harder on Google Over Search
    An agreement with American authorities about antitrust laws is unlikely to sway European regulators, who are pursuing assertions that the company rigs results to favor its own businesses.

  • In Google Patent Case, F.T.C. Set Rules of Engagement for Battles
    The end of smartphone patent lawsuits is by no means near, but legal experts say an F.T.C. settlement signals progress in clarifying the rules in high-tech patent battles, and thus could ease them.

  • Adam_Klein: The Shrill of Today’s Online Music Hunt
    How do I discover music online that’s relevant to me when most sites have 15 to 30 million tracks? That’s the challenge most consumers face today as they search for new music.
  • Maura O’Neill: Coding for Hunger: Not Development as Usual
    Through social media, we can harness crowd-sourced wisdom and rapid diffusion networks to imagine a day in our lifetime where families everywhere can take pride in the accomplishments of their healthy children.
  • Genius Recovers iPhone By Seducing Thief Via Online Dating Profile
    We’re all just looking for love, right? That and the occasional lost iPhone. This is what happens when those searches collide. When Nadav Nirenberg lost…
  • This Wouldn’t Make Anyone Want To Buy An Android Phone
    That cute bug-eyed Android logo wasn’t always so adorable. On Google+ Wednesday, Dan Morrill, a Google employee, posted the first ever Android designs — and…
  • Shawn Amos: WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media
    CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, descends upon Las Vegas next week and Freshwire will be there. What should we expect? If recent…
  • Google detects website ID exploit
    Google fixes a security lapse caused by a Turkish firm which could have let criminals pass off bogus sites as those belonging to the search giant.
  • Walmart Confronts New Allegations
    Jan 4 (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc has gone on the defensive after some competitors accused the world’s largest retailer of using inaccurate information…
  • LOOK: 15 Classic Products On The Brink Of Death
    Brace yourselves, because there soon could come a day when bottled water will be a thing of the past. Yes, one of the most ubiquitous…
  • New Arizona Bill Could Make Twitter Parodies A Felony
    Are you a fan of @KimJongNumberUn, @AngiesRightLeg or @ThePresObama? Well, a new bill in Arizona could make the creation of some Twitter parody accounts a…
  • Mobee to Showcase New Magic Juice, Link, and Tunes at CES 2013 [iOS Blog]
    Mobee, best known for its chargers for Apple’s peripherals, has three new products that will debut at CES 2013, including a compact battery, a speaker, and a universal charging cable.

    Magic Juice ($79.99), Mobee’s compact battery solution, is designed to provide a full charge for an iPad or two charges for an iPhone. The battery is the first charging solution that can be recharged wirelessly, using a Mobee flat charging station, which includes the Mobee Magic Feet and the Mobie Magic Charger.

    Magic Tunes is a double wireless speaker, meaning it uses Bluetooth to play audio and also recharges via the same Mobee flat charging station. The small rectangular speaker includes an integrated microphone, for use with Skype, FaceTime, and Conference calls.

    Magic Link is a simple charging cable that has the ability to be switched off and on. When an iDevice is fully charged or unconnected from the cable, it will switch off to save energy. The Magic Link works with all Lightning, 30-pin and Micro-USB connections.

    Mobee’s products will debut at CES 2013, which begins on Jan. 8 and ends Jan. 11.

  • Calling It Quits
    LOS ANGELES — Jason Kilar will step down by the end of March as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by…
  • Google’s Lawyers Work Behind the Scenes to Carry the Day
    Executives made frequent trips to Washington to press their case in an antitrust inquiry, laying out legal arguments and applying lessons from Microsoft’s bruising 1990s battle.

  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Tops Lion as Most Popular Mac Operating System
    According to Web analytics firm Net Applications (via Computerworld) Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion is now the most popular version of OS X, just five months after its July 2012 release.

    During December, 32% of all Macs that went online were running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Usage of Lion, the previous iteration of OS X, dropped from 30% to 28%.


    OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, first introduced in 2009, remains widely used despite its age. As of December 31, it still represented 29% of Mac Internet usage. Snow Leopard remains for sale on the online Apple Store and has been lauded for its stability.

    Easily accessible and reasonably priced upgrades have always enticed Apple users to embrace operating system updates. Apple famously boasted about selling a million copies of OS X 10.7 Lion in its first day of availability, and Mountain Lion also saw rapid adoption numbers.


    Net Applications collects its data by tracking browser usage of 160 million monthly visitors from around the world on approximately 40,000 websites, offering a picture of the active user base of browsers and platforms at any moment.

  • Apple Paid $6 Billion in Federal Income Tax in 2012, 1/40 of All U.S. Corporate Income Tax Collected
    Logo mintThe New York Times reports on a congressional investigation into the tax policies of technology giants, including Apple.

    The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is nearly finished with a year-long investigation into the methods that large technology companies use to avoid paying U.S. corporate income tax. Apple, for its part, allocates some 70 percent of its income to overseas affiliates where tax rates are much lower.

    It appears that all of Apple’s techniques are legal by U.S. law, though some politicians have said that corporations going to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying income tax and that they are violating the spirit of tax laws.

    In its statement, Apple said it paid “an enormous amount of taxes” to local, state and federal governments. “In fiscal 2012 we paid $6 billion in federal corporate income taxes, which is 1 out of every 40 dollars in corporate income taxes collected by the U.S. government,” it said.

    Apple was one of the first companies to use the accounting scheme called a “Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich”, where profits are routed through Irish and Dutch subsidiaries before finally landing in the Caribbean. Now, hundreds of companies use those methods.

    Apple also has moved revenue to its Braeburn subsidiary in Nevada and International locales where the company pays little to no tax.

    Note: Due to the inevitable political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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