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Mobile Technology News, January 28, 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.

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    Have you ever thrown your favorite gadget into a tub of liquid nitrogen? Or taken one of your extra laptops and smashed it with a…
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    The expansion would increase the Defense Department’s Cyber Command by more than 4,000 people, officials said.

  • Apple Preparing to Launch 128 GB Versions of Full-Size iPad?
    Following today’s revelation of code in iOS 6.1 Beta 5 hinting at future 128 GB iOS devices, 9to5Mac reports that four new high-end iPad configurations have appeared in a U.S. retailer’s database.

    While the exact identity of the devices is not revealed in the stock database, they do appear as “ultimate” configurations of the current full-size iPad models, suggesting that they may represent 128 GB models of the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad in both black and white.

    While it is certainly plausible that this new iPad model is the 128GB iPad, we are currently not confident enough to outright claim that, but it seems likely based on the evidence. [..]

    The P101 and P103 names are Apple’s internal nomenclature for the WiFi-only and Cellular-compatible fourth-generation iPads, respectively. Both of those models comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB configurations. These storage sizes are known as “GOOD,” “BETTER,” and “BEST,” respectively. As you can see in our table above, Apple is preparing to release the additional “ULTIMATE” model. “ULTIMATE” frequently refers to the most premium or highest capacity model available. The “A” points to a black configuration, and “B” stands for the white option.

    No additional information such as specifications, price, or a launch date for the new configurations have yet been revealed.

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    As employers increasingly use their workers’ recommendations to find new hires, the odds narrow for unconnected job seekers, especially among the long-term unemployed.

  • Tivli Puts Streaming TV on Campus
    Tivli tries to reconcile students’ viewing habits, which increasingly involve mobile devices, with the desire of companies to be paid for wireless content.

  • Electronic Health Tracking Increasingly Common, Researchers Say
    More Americans are tracking their health using smartphone applications and other devices that collect personal data automatically.

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    The irritating rise of websites talking to you like a friend
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  • No One Seems Happy With ‘Smart Guns’
    NEW YORK (AP) — It sounds, at first, like a bold, next-generation solution: personalizing guns with technology that keeps them from firing if they ever…
  • Sam Fiorella: Critics Eating Crow: Google+ Becomes Second Largest Social Platform
    There is an immense opportunity for marketers as Google’s services are further connected through the G+ social layer.
  • Disruptions: Disruptions: A Fuzzy and Shifting Line Between Hacker and Criminal
    To many people who understand computers and the law, there is a danger in lumping people who have not sought financial gain with armed robbers.

  • iOS 6.1 Beta 5 Code Hints at Upcoming 128 GB Devices
    As noted by @iNeal and iDownloadBlog, the new iOS 6.1 Beta 5 released yesterday contains a reference suggesting that Apple may be looking to offer 128 GB iOS devices in upcoming generations.


    The reference to a 128 GB capacity comes as part of SystemPartitionPadding key in the build manifest associated with the release and is not found in publicly available versions of iOS.

    While the observation does not mean that a 128 GB iOS device is definitely coming later this year, this is not the first time in recent months that Apple has hinted at future 128 GB iOS devices. iTunes 11, released in late November, contains a graphic corresponding to a mobile device with a capacity of 128 GB, although no such device has been released so far.

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    NEW YORK — It sounds, at first, like a bold, next-generation solution: personalizing guns with technology that keeps them from firing if they ever get…
  • LOOK: Here Is Proof That Twinkies Do Spoil
    A popular urban legend purports that Twinkies never rot. But one eBay user supposedly has evidence to refute this claim. Seller high_order1 is auctioning off…
  • January’s Funniest Autocorrects
    If you’ve spent more than 15 minutes on the Internet, you’re probably familiar with Damn You, Autocorrect, the site that curates the funniest texting FAILs…
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    Big Data is pushing into the humanities, as evidenced by new, illuminating computer analyses of literary history.

  • This Might Be The Greatest Resume We’ve Ever Seen
    There are bad online resumes, there are good online resumes, and then there’s Philippe Dubost’s online resume. Dubost, a web product manager, built a…
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    TOKYO — Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit on Sunday amid growing concerns that North Korea is planning to test more rockets of its…
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