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Mobile Technology News, January 8, 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.

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  • American Delegation Arrives in North Korea on Controversial Private Trip
    Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, arrived in North Korea on Monday with what was billed as a humanitarian mission.

  • VIDEO: SAP increases investment in Asia
    The German software company SAP believes increasing investment in its research centres in Asia will bring rewards, notably from China and India.
  • VIDEO: Toyota shows off self-driving car
    Toyota has chosen the technology’s world annual showpiece CES event in Las Vegas as the stage to demonstrate its self-driving car.
  • Samsung simplifies its smart TVs
    Samsung simplifies its smart TV interface and unveils a new TV set that can show two people different full-screen shows at the same time.
  • VIDEO: Smartphones boost Samsung profits
    Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile phones, says it expects to make a record profit in the October to December quarter.
  • Dyson calls for UK technology boost
    Inventor Sir James Dyson calls on the government to do more to boost the UK’s technology industry, warning of a shortfall of engineering graduates.
  • Bits Blog: Cisco Wants Your Video to Find You
    In the future, the TV shows and movies you want to watch should find you – you shouldn’t have to find them. And you should be able to watch them on any device. That’s the video service Cisco Systems wants to put in your living room.
  • Sony unveils bath-friendly phone
    Sony unveils the Xperia Z, a flagship handset which is water resistant and feature HDR video.
  • Samsung estimates record profit
    Samsung Electronics says it expects to post a record profit for the three months to end of December, powered by growing sales of its smartphones.
  • Dish outfits Hopper with Sling (pictures)
    The satellite TV provider wows the crowd at CES 2013 in announcing a slew of new features for its Hopper DVR.
  • Intel Demos Future Ultrabook Designs, Announces 4th Generation Core Processor Family
    Intel today announced its intention to promote new Intel-powered touch-enabled ultrabook devices going forward. Intel demonstrated an ultrabook with a 13-hour battery life and said ultrabooks with touch would start as low as $599, while units with a removable keyboard to convert to a tablet (like the Microsoft Surface) would start at around $799.

    With the company putting its efforts behind touch-capable ultrabooks, there could be increased pressure on Apple to release a touch-enabled notebook — something it has resisted thus far.

    Intel also announced its 4th Generation Intel Core Processor family that should make its way into Apple’s next generation of MacBooks. The chips were previewed in September 2011 and mobile chips should be available in late 2013 or 2014, while desktop models are expected this spring.

    The company says the chips will provide a significant increase in both power and battery life and that devices using them should experience “true all-day battery life.” It’s likely these chips should make their way to the MacBook Air, iMac, and the MacBook Pro eventually.

    The 4th generation Intel Core processor family enables true all-day battery life — representing the most significant battery life capability improvement in Intel history. Skaugen disclosed that new systems are expected to deliver up to 9 hours of continuous battery life, freeing people from some of the wires and bulky power bricks typically toted around.

    “The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind,” Skaugen said. “We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.”

    Intel has previously said that power efficiency is one of its top priorities in chip design going forward.

    (Image courtesy The Next Web)

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