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Mobile Technology News, January 10, 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.

  • Delegation to North Korea Urges More Access to Internet and Cellphones
    The group, which includes Google’s executive chairman and Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico, also called on North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launchings.

  • Chinese authorities probe Foxconn bribery charges
    Consumer electronics maker says it brought in law enforcement authorities to investigate allegations of illegal payments by supply chain partners to Foxconn executives.
  • Christopher Nolan’s Next Project Is …
    Christopher Nolan will reportedly direct "Interstellar," a twisty new science-fiction film based on a script by his younger brother Jonathan Nolan. According to The Hollywood…
  • Reed Tuckson: Health Care Technology at Your Fingertips
    What might surprise people is that the next cutting-edge technologies may not be a smart TV or a tablet — they are health-related innovations that are already in their hands.
  • Foxconn faces China bribery probe
    Foxconn, one of the world’s biggest contract electronics maker, says it is being investigated by Chinese authorities over bribery allegations.
  • UK still has 13,000 monochrome TVs
    More than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black-and-white television sets, according to the TV Licensing authority.
  • Minh Chau: A Closer Look at Google’s Transparency Report
    The report provides information on two important disclosures Google makes to governments, copyright owners, and courts. The potential to abuse this power is huge.
  • The future of TV sets revealed
    Hints from CES about where television tech goes next
  • Bianca Bosker: The Internet, As Seen By High Schoolers
    Kids these days. Just what are they up to online? Intrigued by one tenth-grader’s musings (via her brother) on trends in the tech world, investor…
  • Netflix Goes 3D — But There’s A Catch
    Ever want to watch 3D movies on Netflix? Viewers — and now TV makers — aren’t as excited as they once were to have images…
  • Bits Blog: Do People Actually Shop on Phones? The Answer Is Decidedly Yes
    In 2012, consumers spent $25 billion, or 11 percent of e-commerce dollars, while shopping on mobile devices, particularly tablets, according to data from eMarketer.

  • WATCH: Digital Health Game Changers At This Year’s CES
    In the HuffPost Live segment above, host Mike Sacks discusses the major digital game changers that debuted at 2013’s Consumer Electronics Show. Sacks, along…
  • Happy 6th Birthday iPhone! RIP To These 6 Things You Killed
    Six years ago today, Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce Apple’s newest product. He called it the iPhone, and said that he and…
  • Neale Godfrey: Dream It, Design It, Do It
    For as long as there has been someone with an idea, there has been someone else to list the reasons that idea won’t work. Life is full of obstacles and naysayers. Even laws and mores can conspire to keep us from chasing our dreams. Don’t let them win.
  • LOOK: New ‘Arrested Development’ Episode Stills
    "Arrested Development" is really coming back, there are photos to prove it. In two episode stills released by Netflix, Jason Bateman is back in action…
  • Lobbyist Wants NASCAR-Style Ads On Mars Rover
    Will the next Mars rover come plastered with branding for companies normally associated with the Daytona 500? One lobbyist says it’s a funding option that…
  • Europe to Consider Creating Data Protection Regulator
    If approved, the proposal would replace an advisory panel with an agency with the power to levy fines on companies who violate rules on the use of information gathered online.

  • How An Urban STEM School Turns Things Around Against All Odds
    American youth appear less interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields compared to students of other countries as the country faces…
  • Apple Now Locking Screenshots for Submitted Apps, Shutting Down Popular Scam Tactic
    Apple today announced on its Developer Portal that screenshots added to app descriptions will be locked in place once an app has been approved.

    Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app.

    This small but important update shuts down a widely used scam tactic, where developers would upload game screenshots to get an app approved by Apple and then switch them out with screenshots from another popular app.

    The scam tricked people into buying fake apps with screenshots ripped from another, more popular game, or a game that has not been ported to iOS at all.

    For example, in one instance, an unofficial Pokemon Yellow app was uploaded to the App Store. The app snuck by Apple using an unobtrusive set of screenshots, and then switched them out with photos from the Nintendo game, which thousands of people then purchased.


    Several apps have slipped past Apple using this method, including several Minecraft clones that simply use Minecraft screenshots to promote an entirely different game. For example in this video from Panic Blog, a Minecraft clone named “Mooncraft” is demonstrated. The app, presumably, used different screenshots to get past Apple reviewers, and then later changed the game information.

    While Apple pulls these apps from the App Store quickly, it is rarely able to do so before hundreds of people lose money. Apple has refunded the purchase price of scam apps in the past, however.

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