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Mobile Technology News, January 27, 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 Seeds iOS 6.1 Beta 5 to Developers
    In a relatively rare weekend release, Apple today pushed out the fifth beta of iOS 6.1 to developers. The release comes just two days before the fourth beta, which was seeded on December 17, is scheduled to expire.

    No public release timeframe for iOS 6.1 is known yet, but registered developers can download the latest beta via Apple’s Developer page.

  • Eating your own, Microsoft style
    Microsoft’s version of Apple’s “cannibalization” isn’t pretty, but it’s probably necessary.
  • John Pavley: Not Worried About Big Brother or Big Government
    I personally do not believe the U.S. Government is controlled by shadowy figures lurking behind a smoke smoke screen of faux democracy. If anything, the political and social events of the last few years are evidence that no one is ultimately "in control" and that every player is each equally frustrated.
  • Silicon Valley Exec Out Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
    Keith Rabois, the chief operating officer of mobile-payment giant Square, stepped down from his position at the company on Thursday due to allegations of sexual…
  • Startup Square Squares Off Against Rivals By Dropping Fee
    Mobile payments startup Square just announced they’re cutting the 15 cent processing fee other mobile payment systems collect–but are they poised to remake the credit…
  • First Reviews of Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’: Entertaining But Safe, "Fails to Think Different", Apple Fans Will Be Very Mixed
    Following the premiere of Ashton Kutcher’s new film Jobs at the Sundance Film Festival, a number of publications have posted reviews of the flick which is scheduled to arrive in theaters nationwide on April 19. The first video clip of the movie was released earlier this week.

    Cinema Blend:

    A biopic about a great man that’s way too aware of his greatness, jOBS tells us a lot about the genius of Steve Jobs, but doesn’t show us much of anything that actually reveals it.

    The Next Web

    But, overall, jOBS works. The lead actors are likable and appear to have put serious effort into getting the spirit of the characters right. The film looks (mostly) good aside from some of what could likely be ascribed to budgetary constraints. And though the director is a tad indulgent here and there, it doesn’t take away from the overall feeling of ‘decent’ that I came away with.

    The Verge

    As expected, there are some liberties taken with Apple’s story and even / especially the representation of some characters — but the emotional resonance of Steve Jobs himself is convincing. It’s not revisionist history, and it’s not some greater parable about the human spirit. Jobs is a point-A-to-point-B story about a uniquely innovative thinker and ruthless businessman — one that had a notable and meaningful impact on the world. It’s a good film, but it’s also very “safe” — a familiar story that doesn’t try for a bigger picture.


    Others will write of the things “jOBS” omits, gets wrong, or simply avoids. My primary disappointment was in how shallow the film felt, given the extensive historical record. In the early days Jobs’ co-workers had to wrestle with a man who smelled bad, who cried often, who yelled constantly, who missed deadlines, who overspent his budget by millions. He did it in service of products we love and use daily, and yet his obsessions took a toll on those around him. He also inspired others to do the best work of their lives, pushing themselves further than they ever imagined they could go. There is great drama to be found in all that, but it is not to be found in the saccharine “jOBS.”

    Other reviews are available from The Hollywood Reporter, Slashfilm, Indiewire, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • Fully Functional MAME Emulator Appears in App Store [iOS Blog]
    TouchArcade notes the appearance of an arcade game called Gridlee in the App Store.

    Gridlee is a 1983 arcade game that was never officially released, but the code was later released for free for non-commercial usage in 2001. The App Store app uses MAME 0.139u1 (MAME4iOS) to provide the emulation engine for the game. MAME is a popular arcade machine emulator that will run thousands of arcade games if you have the original ROMs.

    When launching the free app, users are greeted with the Gridlee game. TouchArcade readers, however, quickly noticed that additional ROMs could be copied into the App’s ROM directory (without jailbreaking), revealing the fully functional MAME emulator.

    When word of this hit our forums, readers were quick to pull out iExplore and begin digging about the app’s directory structure looking for a ROM folder. Well, it’s in there, and sure enough, if one copies other MAME ROMs into that folder, the Gridlee app starts up with the standard MAME4iOS ROM listing, allowing for a great many games beyond just Gridlee to be played on the iPhone or iPad in this Universal app.

    The story is similar to the iMAME Emulator that was released into the App Store in December, 2011. Apple quickly pulled that app a few days after its release. While a number of individual emulators do exist on the App Store, Apple has been more restrictive about these open emulators, presumably due to potential legal issues.

    Gridlee is a free download on the App Store. [Direct Link]

  • Digital Domain: Republic Wireless’s Plan Melds Wi-Fi and Network Calling
    Republic Wireless keeps its cellphone service prices low via an interesting hybrid: it uses Wi-Fi when customers are in a Wi-Fi area and a 3G network when they are not.

  • Unboxed: Literary History, Seen Through Big Data’s Lens
    Big Data is pushing into the humanities, as evidenced by new, illuminating computer analyses of literary history.

  • Workstation: How Job Seekers Can Say ‘Look at Me’ to Online Recruiters
    Some employers aren’t posting jobs these days, choosing instead to search online for the right candidate. So job seekers may need to ask themselves “How searchable am I?”

  • WATCH: Kid President’s Incredible Pep Talk
    "Who do you know who needs some encouragement?" That’s what Kid President, the "self-appointed voice" of our childrens’ generation asks in his latest video, which…
  • Gene Gurkoff: A Parkinson’s App?
    As a mobile app developer myself, this has got me thinking of other ways we could use the other features of modern smart phones to efficiently crowdsource Parkinson’s research. Here are some ideas — some of which are already being explored.
  • Muhammad H. Zaman: Solving Global Mental Health Challenges With a Cell Phone
    There is no question that mobile phones have transformed the way we live, but it is the ability to use the same phone call for the global good, that is the most inspirational part.
  • Marc Rinosa: 4 Ways Instagram Has Redefined Teen Culture
    How has the application influenced teen culture? How has a 14.4 megabyte program changed our perspective as young people?
  • Champ Kind Gives An Update On ‘Anchorman 2’
    David Koechner chatted with HuffPost Live on Friday to discuss his new web series "Full On Koechner," a new show from YouTube’s comedy channel Official…
  • Move Over Canadarm, Here Comes Dextre
    Move over, Canadarm. You may have helped the space shuttle fleet repair the Hubble Telescope and build the International Space Station, but there’s another robotic…
  • What Landed Ashton Kutcher In The Hospital?
    PARK CITY, Utah — Ashton Kutcher says playing Steve Jobs on screen "was honestly one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever tried to do…
  • The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week
    If you’re looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we’re bringing you the week’s most-watched videos,…
  • WikiLeaks Founder Calls Film ‘A Mass Propaganda Attack’
    LONDON — If you’re making a movie about WikiLeaks, this is the kind of thing you probably see coming. Julian Assange says he has obtained…
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