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Mobile Technology News, January 18, 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.

  • Sony sells its Madison Ave. headquarters for $1.1 billion
    In an attempt to shore up its finances, the ailing electronics giant sells off one of its major U.S. assets.
  • DealBook: Michael Dell’s Empire in a Buyout Spotlight
    The computer mogul Michael Dell, in talks to acquire the company he started as a teenager, has built a reputation as a shrewd investor.

  • Duke Researchers Develop a New Way to Compress Images
    A sensor designed by scientists at Duke University uses metamaterials, which bend radiation in unusual ways, to compress images more efficiently than technologies like JPEG.

  • Execs’ e-mails key in employee no-poaching lawsuit, judge says
    E-mails between executives at Apple and Google reveal a shared belief that there was substantial financial benefit in agreements not to recruit each other’s employees, the judge in the case says.
  • One-tap sharing makes a splash in new Dolphin
    Dolphin continues to innovate the mobile browser with one-tap sharing, desktop browser add-ons for syncing, and robust Evernote integration.
  • Intel CEO: The PC is shape-shifting into a tablet
    Intel’s CEO did his best to try to hammer home that the PC will do everything a tablet can do — and more.
  • Viewpoint: The hyper-individual
    Technology is empowering consumers like never before
  • Bianca Bosker: Wanted: Someone To Make Siri Sassier
    Multinational corporation with $470 billion market-cap ISO witty, creative writer/editor to help virtual assistant charm humans with witty repartee. You: combine "a love for…
  • Black Pixel’s Comparison App ‘Kaleidoscope 2’ Goes Live on Mac App Store [Mac Blog]
    NewImageBlack Pixel today released its first major in-house app, Kaleidoscope 2. The app that helps coders, writers and others to compare the differences in folders, images, text, and more. The app was released as a beta back in November.

    At the time, The Next Web spoke with former Apple employee Michael Jurewitz and the rest of the Black Pixel team about Kaleidoscope 2:

    Kaleidoscope 2 is a lovely comparison app that allows you to take two or more files, folders or images and compare them to one another. The applications are broad, with benefits that swing from developers on one end to those simply looking to compare two images side-by-side. It has full integration with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, and Bazaar. The app can be used as the default conflict resolver for code with its command line integration or simply to check the changed passages in a collaborative word document. It’s beautifully designed, fast and wonderful to use. It’s become an essential part of my toolkit already.

    Kaleidoscope
    Black Pixel acquired Kaleidoscope and Versions last year, as well as the popular RSS reader NetNewsWire. Version 2 of Kaleidoscope is the first major bit of software that Black Pixel has put its own name on — previously, the company focused on developing apps for outside clients.

    Kaleidoscope 2 is currently available on the Mac App Store [Direct Link], directly from Black Pixel or as a 15-day trial. It’s available for $35 through January 30th, after which it will be $70.

  • Adam Smiley Poswolsky: Three Ways to Avoid Facebook Induced FOMO
    Instead of comparing yourself to others, and feeling jealous on Facebook every time someone is doing something cooler than you are, self-acceptance will give you the confidence to love who you are and position you to support your friends, who in return, will carry you to extraordinary new heights.
  • Lisa Bonchek Adams: Breast Cancer Is Not a Facebook Status Game
    I don’t usually rant, but today a message appeared in my Facebook inbox that has me steaming. When I rank "how to help those of us with cancer," sharing one of these paragraphs as a status update is the lowest possible method of showing support.
  • Aaron Swartz’s Father: MIT Put ‘Institutional Concerns Ahead of Compassion’
    Officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology declined to support a plea deal that could have allowed Aaron Swartz to avoid prison because they said…
  • Rovio and Apple Offering ‘Angry Birds Rio’ as Free App of the Week [iOS Blog]
    Apple and Rovio have paired up to give away Angry Birds Rio for the iPhone and iPad for free this week, as part of Apple’s ‘Free App of the Week’ promotion.

    The game is normally $0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 on the iPad.

    Carnival

    Angry Birds Rio brought more of the same bird-flinging action that we all are quite familiar with by now, but also threw a couple of new very welcome twists into the formula. First and foremost are the boss fights, which were a first for the Angry Birds series and have you squaring off against the main antagonists from the Rio movie. The game also utilized more advanced graphics and recently was updated with tons of new power-ups and support for the widescreen of the iPhone 5.

    Angry Birds Rio is free for a limited time on the iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct link: iPhone/iPad]

  • Ron Galloway: Is Tim Cook the Man to Lead Apple?
    The attacks on Cook boil down to a critique on his leadership abilities. Can Tim Cook lead Apple, currently the world’s largest corporation? What type of leadership does Apple need?
  • Hearst Titles Now Available on Apple’s Newsstand Days Ahead of Other Channels
    Apple has rolled out a new feature for Newsstand, allowing select publishers to be featured in a new Read Them Here First section, reports TechCrunch.

    Hearst is the first publisher to be featured, and its entire catalog is available to subscribers several days before the print editions hit newsstands, and before its magazines hit other platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

    Readthemherefirst

    The exclusive arrangement varies by individual publication in terms of how far in advance you’ll be able to get the various Hearst titles compared to in print and from other online storefronts like Amazon’s Kindle marketplace, but each will be available at least a few days in advance, I’m told. Existing subscribers will get early access, as well as those signing up for the first time.

    The exclusive publishing window is a nice perk for potential subscribers and iPad owners, though it seems unlikely that getting a magazine a few days early would, on its own, sway potential tablet purchasers to the iPad.

  • Intel profits and revenues fall
    Intel shares fall in after-hours trading as the computer chipmaker unveils a drop in sales and profits for the last three months of 2012.
  • Impatient Optimists: 7 Ways to Refresh Your ‘Social Good’ Vocabulary in 2013
    It’s 2013 and now more than ever we have an excuse to revisit the basics in all-things social good. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, the following seven buzz words are must-haves.
  • Intel’s quarterly results again show how dismal PCs are right now
    There were some good parts of Intel’s fourth-quarter report — including better-than-expected per-share earnings — but most results were lower than the previous year, and the company’s capital spending continues to soar.
  • Leading House Tech Expert Pushes For Legal Changes After Aaron Swartz’s Suicide
    WASHINGTON — One of the top tech experts in Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), told HuffPost Thursday that the case against Aaron Swartz shows that…
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