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Mobile Technology News, January 22, 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.

  • Apple’s ‘Red Friday’ Lunar New Year Sale Will Bring Deals for Asian Customers on January 25
    Apple today announced its annual Lunar New Year sale, a one day event for Asian countries that is also known as “Red Friday” because of its similarity to November’s Black Friday sales.

    As with its Black Friday event, Apple will be offering limited time deals on Macs, iPads, iPods, and accessories like the Smart Cover.

    Last year’s sales saw discounts of up to 8% on iPads, 10% on iPod touches, and a flat discount of HK$ 770 on all models of the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, and the iMac. This year’s discounts are expected to be similar, and free shipping will be offered.

    Apple has also published a gift guide for the event, which features its flagship products like the iPad mini and the iPhone, alongside several third-party accessories from manufacturers like Bose, Logitech, and Griffin.

    The Red Friday sale will take place on January 25 and is valid in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

  • C. M. Rubin: The Global Search for Education: Internet Sharing Programs
    The Wikiwijs program enables all teachers in the Netherlands education system (primary, secondary and higher education) to search, find, create, develop and share all forms of multimedia learning materials.
  • How wasps and fungi can save crops
    Biocontrol – fighting nature with nature.
  • Cornell NYC Tech Will Foster Commerce Amid Education
    At Cornell NYC Tech, a new graduate school focusing on applied science, the most striking departure of all may be the relationship it sets forth between university and industry.

  • Employers’ Social Media Policies Come Under Regulatory Scrutiny
    As Facebook and Twitter become as central to workplace conversation as the water cooler, regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers can say online.

  • Kevin Price: Influencers vs. Advocates in New Media
    There are a broad range of individuals who can be called advocates, because they are often a "dime a dozen," while others can also get paid large amounts for promoting certain brands and products.
  • Nir Eyal: How Technology Is Like Bug Sex
    Society and technology have evolved much faster than our instincts, leaving us vulnerable to adverse influences. But unlike lower animals duped by parasitic species, humans sell supernormal stimulus to each other for a profit.
  • WATCH: Sasha Yawns During Dad’s Inauguration Speech
    A .gif of Sasha Obama is becoming quite the viral smash, after the younger First Daughter was caught yawning during her father’s inauguration speech. According…
  • At La Guardia, Delta Uses iPads to Fill the Wait Time
    Delta has upgraded the dining and shopping areas in its terminals at La Guardia, and iPads in the waiting areas give travelers easier access to it all, leading to greater spending per passenger.
  • Twitter Goes Down On Inauguration Day
    Just as thousands took to Twitter to comment on the presidential motorcade as it made its way through Washington, D.C. after the second inauguration for…
  • Samsung Mocks BlackBerry Users In New Ad
    Is Samsung getting worried about a BlackBerry revival? The South Korean electronics giant has released an ad mocking BlackBerry users as being behind the times….
  • Intellectual Ventures settles patent lawsuit with Microsemi
    Settlement marks the fifth lawsuit resolved in recent months by the controversial patent holding company, which claims control of more than 40,000 intellectual-property assets.
  • Find out STD status by “bumping” your iPhone
    Review of MedXSafe, a new feature of the MedXCom app that implies to users that it has accurate knowledge of potential sexual partners’ STD status.
  • Sony’s new tablet is sliced thinner than the iPad Mini
    Sony’s new tablet is arguably the thinnest 10-inch tablet yet. It’s also really light.
  • LOOK: 5-Year-Old ‘Halo’ Fan Gets Wonderful Hospital Surprise
    A 5-year-old fan of the video game ‘Halo’ who recently underwent a liver transplant got a wonderful surprise thanks to the combined efforts of his…
  • ‘jOBS’ Stars Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad to Kick off Macworld/iWorld Next Week
    Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, the actors who play Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the upcoming independent movie jOBS, will be hitting up the annual Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco next week.

    The two actors will be attending a talk where they discuss their experiences portraying the two Steves, who famously began Apple Computer in 1976. The session is titled “Playing Steve & Woz,” and it will take place on the main stage of room 2005 at 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the event.

    jOBS will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival later this week, with a public release set for April.

    Musician Will.i.am also plans to attend the Macworld/iWorld conference this year, pairing with Intel futurist Brian David Johnson in a discussion on future technology and gadgets. Fred Armisen, of Portlandia and Saturday Night Live, will also be present.

    Though Apple has not attended Macworld/iWorld since 2009, the conference has continued to be popular with third party companies, developers, and Apple enthusiasts. Over the years, Macworld/iWorld has expanded to include Apple’s mobile operating system in addition to the traditional Mac hardware and software.

    The conference, which features upcoming products, apps, and tech talks, is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning at $25 for access to the Expo hall.

    Macworld/iWorld begins on January 31 and will run until February 2 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

  • Life As A Google Maps Editor
    When users report a problem with Google Maps — a missing roundabout, a road closure, a one-way street that’s marked incorrectly — it’s Nick Volmar…
  • Shipping Estimates for 21.5-Inch iMac Begin Slipping to 2-3 Weeks [Mac Blog]
    Shipping estimates for new orders of 21.5-inch iMac models began slipping in Apple’s online stores in many European countries such as the United Kingdom today, moving from 7-10 business days to 2-3 weeks. The changes have not yet propagated to stores for other regions.


    Estimates for the 21.5-inch models had remained steady at 7-10 business days since just after they became available for sale late last year. Apple has also been quoting even longer estimates for the 27-inch models, which are reportedly seeing more significant issues with display production due to a new lamination process. Estimates for new 27-inch iMac orders remain at 3-4 weeks for the time being, essentially in line with their status since just after pre-orders went live.

    (Thanks, Neil!)

  • The stylus and medicine, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
    The Note 10.1 introduces a fully-featured Wacom stylus and digitizer to tablets, but is crippled by disappointing stylus-compatible software.
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