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Mobile Technology News, January 11, 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.

  • Visit by Google Chairman May Benefit North Korea
    Some analysts have called the visit by Eric E. Schmidt of Google naïve, while others describe it as valuable back-channel diplomacy at a time of strained relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

  • IBM crowned patent king for 20th year in a row
    The computing giant wins the patent game again, but it looks like Samsung, Google, and Apple will be tough competitors in the future.
  • Micromedex IV Compatibility App is a Quick and Easy Reference to Prevent Possible Interactions
    App Reviewed: Micromedex IV Compatibility (Ver. 1.8.0) Purpose of App Review: Review ease of use of app in comparing possible interactions between intravenous (IV) preparations Determine ability of app in discerning what are possible interactions for IV medications Introduction: All too often healthcare providers find themselves questioning if the medications they are giving their patients via IV have the potential to interacts(e.g. antibiotics, vasopressors). The concern ranges from those who are prescribing, dispensing, and administering those agents. So what do […]
  • In New Year, Errors Mount at High-Speed Exchanges
    The United States’ 13 public stock exchanges have been competing to offer the fastest and most sophisticated trading software, creating more opportunities for technology errors.

  • Electronic Records Systems Have Not Reduced Health Costs, Report Says
    The conversion to electronic records has failed so far to reduce health care costs, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation, which issued a rosier report in 2005.

  • Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine Pitched Steve Jobs on Subscription Music Service
    In a new interview with AllThingsD, Beats Electronics CEO Jimmy Iovine reveals that he is preparing a subscription music service. Although he isn’t revealing details yet, he does say that he started pitching the service to Steve Jobs in 2003.

    In 2002, 2003, Doug [Morris, former Universal Music head] asked me to go up to Apple and see Steve. So I met him and we hit it off right away. We were really close. We did some great marketing stuff together: 50 Cent, Bono, Jagger, stuff for the iPod — we did a lot of stuff together.

    But I was always trying to push Steve into subscription. And he wasn’t keen on it right away. [Beats co-founder] Luke Wood and I spent about three years trying to talk him into it. He was there, not there … he didn’t want to pay the record companies enough. He felt that they would come down, eventually.

    I don’t know what [Apple media head] Eddy Cue would say — I’m seeing him soon — but I think in the end Steve was feeling it, but the economics…he wanted to pay the labels [for subscriptions], but [the fees were] not going to be acceptable to them.

    Recently, music streaming services like rdio, Pandora and Spotify have become increasingly popular and Apple is rumored to be working on a Pandora-like “iRadio” streaming service. Iovine mentions that his streaming service would be heavy on curation, like Pandora, rather than simply giving users access to millions of songs like Spotify. Apple’s rumored streaming service is said to take the same approach, which makes sense if Jobs did like Iovine’s pitch.

    Beats and Apple do have a fairly close relationship already, as Apple retail stores tend to use Beats by Dre headphones to demo iPods and other devices.

  • Mobile Outlook.com, Hotmail users hit by access troubles
    Those trying to access Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook.com from iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and other mobile devices are continuing to encounter problems.
  • X PRIZE Foundation: Better than the Borg: The Neurotech Era
    By Ramez Naam Ramez Naam is adjunct faculty at Singularity University and fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.  Ramez explores the impacts…
  • 2 Years Into Nokia Turnaround, Some Good News
    Nokia, the erstwhile leader in mobile phones that was once teetering on the brink of irrelevance, may be on its way back thanks to strong sales of its new smartphone line.

  • Amazon Takes Aim At iTunes
    By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc unveiled a service that increases competition with Apple Inc’s dominant iTunes store. Amazon launched Amazon AutoRip,…
  • People Are Actually Buying This Thing
    * Shares rise 10.8 pct * Achieved underlying profitability in Q4, beating earlier forecast * CEO under pressure to show turnaround this year (Adds comparison…
  • Christina Gagnier: Patents: A Shield or a Sword?
    Patent protection, by its very nature, is supposed to operate as a deterrent to protect inventors from getting their novel inventions stolen or misused, but defects in both the granting of this protection and modern litigation devices created for enforcement run askew of this goal.
  • Health and safety technology booms
    Hospital robots, dance videos, and smart car seats
  • 7 Jaw-Dropping New Televisions You’ll Want In Your Living Room
    LAS VEGAS — Has television killed the mobile star? At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, at least, the focus seems to have shifted from the…
  • What Amy Winehouse Was Doing The Night Before She Died
    Singer Amy Winehouse died after watching videos of herself on YouTube while binge drinking vodka, according to reports about the second inquest into the singer’s…
  • Viewpoint: Looking for innovation further afield
    Will the US and UK tech sectors collaborate more in 2013?
  • Scott J. Shackelford: The Coming Age of Internet Sovereignty?
    In few places on Earth is censorship undertaken more vigorously than it is in the People’s Republic of China. But what does such censorship mean for the rest of the world’s Internet users?
  • Allie Gray Freeland: The Long-Lost Art of Storytelling: Why Your Content Sucks and What to Do About It
    Contrary to others’ belief of typing blog posts until your fingers bleed and you get noticed, there might be a missing link to your content and blogging strategy that may get you or your business found in the diluted space of the Internet: be a storyteller.
  • POLL: Would You Buy An iPotty?
    In many ways, the iPotty — one of the wacky products to come out of CES 2013 — was bound to happen. Toddlers are tech-savvy….
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