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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.

Mobile Technology News, January 21, 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 Rumored to Debut 4.8-Inch ‘iPhone Math’ in June
    According to new information from the China Times translated by BrightWire, Apple is planning to release the iPhone 5S alongside a larger phone, deemed the “iPhone Math” by the report.

    Because the iPhone Math name is highly unusual and does not fit in with Apple’s traditional naming scheme, it is not clear if it is a code name or a potential mistranslation.

    China Times says that the larger phone will come equipped with a 4.8-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera. It is said that it will launch in June alongside an updated iPhone 5, which will also feature an 8-megapixel camera. An additional iPhone update is said to be coming during the holiday season, with a 12-megapixel camera.

    Though the report contains detailed information on suppliers, manufacturers, and production times, it is difficult to believe that Apple will produce a bigger iPhone and that the company will release two iPhones in a six month time frame.

    The shipments for components, including touchscreens and cameras, will start rising significantly in March, and iPhone manufacturers will begin production in late April. Hence, Apple’s suppliers will see major growth in 2Q 2013.

    Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. will undertake 90% of the manufacturing orders, and Largan has received orders for 8 million camera lenses. Fujikura, Flexium and Zhen Ding will share production orders for printed circuit boards.

    Foxconn Technology and Coxon will provide molding parts for Apple’s new models; Foxlink will continue to offer connectors; Hon Hai Precision’s Microelectronics Technology will start designing 4G network solutions for Apple.

    This is not the first rumor that has featured a larger iPhone. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek first reported in December that Apple was working on an iPhone with a 4.8-inch display, but just last week noted that he has seen no further signs of the device. Digitimes also reported in early January that Apple was working on a bigger, more affordable iPhone that was targeted towards emerging markets, and analyst Brian White suggested that Apple might be considering launching its next iPhone in multiple sizes.

    While rumors from the The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg support the introduction of an additional iPhone at a lower cost, the device is said to be smaller, not larger.

    As we noted the first time the 4.8-inch iPhone rumors emerged, Apple has just increased the size of the iPhone with the iPhone 5, and may be reluctant to face the same resolution and pixel density obstacles attempting to create an even larger iPhone.

  • VIDEO: Inside the life of Kim Dotcom
    The controversial internet tycoon, Kim Dotcom, who is accused of copyright infringement by the United States, has launched a new file sharing service.
  • How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture
    M.I.T.’s decision to catch a person illegally downloading content led to charges of computer and wire fraud against Aaron Swartz, who died of an apparent suicide on Jan. 11.

  • Comcast Internet Essentials Brings Access to Low-Income Homes
    As Comcast’s Internet Essentials program to bring affordable broadband to low-income homes gains popularity, the company has been accused of overreaching in its interactions with local communities.

  • Jules Polonetsky: It’s Not How Much Data You Have, But How You Use It
    Over the past few years, leading technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have extended their services to touch every bit of our digital lives.
  • Myspace Is Accused of Using Music Without Permission
    A group that represents independent labels said the revamped social network and music site continues to use members’ songs although its deal with the site has expired.

  • John Pavley: Social Media Con Artists
    I understand why Lance Armstrong felt he needed to dope. I don’t understand why he needed to lie (and tweet) with such conviction that I believed in him. I understand why Manti Te’o needed to build a great "brand." I don’t understand why he needed a fake social media girlfriend to do it.
  • Could The iPhone 6 Have ‘Fingerprint Detection’ Technology?
    Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to This Week In Apple Rumors, our regular look back at all of the week’s unconfirmed gossip, questionably-sourced reports,…
  • Dotcom starts new file-sharing site
    Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom sets up a new file-sharing website, a successor to the system shut down by New Zealand police last year.
  • Getting in trouble for mobile medical learning
    Last year I gave my brother an iPad for his birthday since he was starting his rotations as a 3rd year medical student and I knew he would be doing more mobile learning since most of his time would be spent in the wards. He had downloaded medical iBooks and other medical apps to help him on his clerkship rotations and the initial experiences with the iPad were great. He was using a logitech keyboard case (our favorite for physicians) and […]
  • Megaupload Founder Launches New File-Sharing Site
    SYDNEY — Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website that promises users greater privacy and defies the U.S. prosecutors who accuse him…
  • Turn up the bass to scare birds away from planes
    Subwoofers that blast out sounds too low to be heard by humans can keep birds out of busy air space, and prevent them colliding with planes

Mobile Technology News, January 20, 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.

Mobile Technology News, January 19, 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.

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…

Mobile Technology News, January 17, 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.

  • ‘Temple Run 2’ Hits the App Store [iOS Blog]
    Imangi Studios’ iconic endless runner Temple Run proved to be a huge success, having been downloaded more than 170 million times since it launched in mid–2011, and today, a surprise sequel to the original game hit the App Store.

    Temple Run 2 features the same danger-filled action-packed experience found in the first Temple Run game, but it includes new power ups, a mine cart, zip lines, and an even bigger monkey, according to the App Store description. The game is also set in a new environment and it features enhanced graphics.

    Our sister site TouchArcade got an early look at the game and had this to say:

    Right from first boot up you’ll get a sense of deja vu as the camera sweeps in on the cursed idol that has been the cause of so much running over the past year and a half. You’re still being chased by freaky monkey creatures – well, just one giant creature, actually – and you’re still using a combination of swipes and tilts to jump or slide past obstacles and collect coins. This is totally Temple Run.

    However, just because the key components remain the same doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of new stuff in Temple Run 2. Quite the opposite. The game takes place during the “golden hour” that’s just before sunset in a new temple floating high up in the sky. This sequel has received a big upgrade in terms of visuals and animation over its predecessor, and it makes a difference. It’s a beautiful game for sure.

    Temple Run 2 is currently available as a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

  • VIDEO: How to become a dancing chair
    The experiments taking place in Microsoft’s UK research lab
  • DealBook: H.P. Said to Have Suitors for Two Units
    Hewlett-Packard has received inquiries from would-be buyers for its Autonomy and Electronic Data Systems units, but the technology company isn’t interested in selling at the moment.

  • David Shing: Reports From CES 2013
    Everything I saw tech-wise with some of these amazing devices allows me to redefine CES from Consumer Electronics Show to Creatively Evolved Storytelling.
  • EBay Tops Forecasts on Holiday Sales
    The strides that eBay has made in the mobile market have impressed investors, helping propel its stock price to a 68 percent gain last year.
  • Experts Offer Their Take On The Viral Sandy Hook ‘Truther’ Video
    Conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have reached a new level with a viral "truther" video that has been viewed by millions…
  • Google: We Didn’t Run Over A Donkey In Botswana (PHOTOS)
    Google says that one of its Street View cars did not kill a donkey in Botswana, despite what images taken by that Street View car…
  • Brazilian Website Creates Fake Girlfriend
    SAO PAULO — Want to make your ex-girlfriend jealous? Need to show your friends you are in a serious relationship when you aren’t? A Brazilian…
  • Arianna Huffington: Huffington This Week: Death and the GOP
    In this week’s issue, Jaweed Kaleem examines a phenomenon that unites two of my obsessions: the role of social media in our lives, and the…
  • Patrick Garratt: HMV’s Place on the High Street Belongs to Yesterday, and Sentimentality Won’t Save It
    How should we feel about HMV’s troubles? Appealing to a consumer’s sense of nostalgia isn’t going to stop people wanting the largest choice of media as inexpensively as possible — something only the internet can now provide.
  • WATCH: Moose Chases Terrified Skier
    A clip of a moose chasing a skier in Vermont has gone viral on the Web, racking up more than 139,000 views on YouTube since…
  • Aaron Swartz Was An Internet-Age MLK, Some Say
    BOSTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor criticized over criminal charges against an Internet activist who killed himself in New York says her office’s handling of…
  • Internet Mocks ‘Horseburger’ Freakout
    As many in Britain and Ireland reel in horror at the recent discovery of horse and pig DNA in several "beef" burgers sold at a…
  • Bits Blog: Facebook Unveils a New Search Tool
    Facebook’s new tool, graph search, will allow users to look for photos, people and places that their friends like.

  • Japan emergency hits Dreamliners
    Japan’s two main airlines ground their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one was forced to make an emergency landing because of battery problems.
  • Supreme Court Hears Argument on Cellphone Towers
    A case questions whether the F.C.C. is able to set time limits to build or alter wireless facilities and whether it has the jurisdiction to do so.
  • Apple Adds Credit Options for Chinese Buyers [iOS Blog]
    Apple Store Sanlitun, Beijing, ChinaApple today added installment payment plans to its online store in China, giving Chinese buyers the option to purchase iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks via credit.

    Consumers can choose to pay in installments on merchandise that costs between 300 yuan ($48) and 30,000 yuan ($4,800), through a plan from China Merchants Bank Co.

    As Bloomberg notes, the credit option puts expensive devices like the iPad and the iPhone into the reach of Chinese workers, who often cannot afford to purchase Apple’s devices.

    Apple, based in Cupertino, California, is trying to make its products more affordable in China after being surpassed by local suppliers such as ZTE Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. in the smartphone market. The iPhone 5, released in China last month, is priced at 5,288 yuan on Apple’s local site, equal to about six weeks’ pay for the average urban worker.

    “There is an enormous mid-range consumer market that they are not tapping into,” said Mark Natkin, managing director of Marbridge Consulting Ltd., a Beijing-based market research firm. “They’re trying to figure out how to make products more accessible to that market segment. This is a good step in that direction.”

    In the Foxconn factories where Apple’s mobile devices are assembled, junior level workers make approximately 1,800 yuan per month, which means the iPad and the iPhone are nearly unattainable without an installment option

    Apple is currently offering payment plans over three, six, 12, 18, and 24 months. A promotion that lasts through January 23 makes payment plans lasting a year or less interest free. Payment plans with 18 installments incur a fee of 6.5 percent of the selling price, and 24 installment plans have a fee of 8.5 percent.

  • Smithsonian, USPTO Plan ‘innovation Pavilion’ In Arts And Industries Building
    WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one of the oldest…
  • 10 Conversations That Changed Our World
    This story originally appeared on Fast Company. 1. The Birth Of Silicon Valley Most of the modern technology that we hold dear today–from laptops…

Mobile Technology News, January 12, 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.

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….

Mobile Technology News, January 10, 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.

  • Delegation to North Korea Urges More Access to Internet and Cellphones
    The group, which includes Google’s executive chairman and Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico, also called on North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launchings.

  • Chinese authorities probe Foxconn bribery charges
    Consumer electronics maker says it brought in law enforcement authorities to investigate allegations of illegal payments by supply chain partners to Foxconn executives.
  • Christopher Nolan’s Next Project Is …
    Christopher Nolan will reportedly direct "Interstellar," a twisty new science-fiction film based on a script by his younger brother Jonathan Nolan. According to The Hollywood…
  • Reed Tuckson: Health Care Technology at Your Fingertips
    What might surprise people is that the next cutting-edge technologies may not be a smart TV or a tablet — they are health-related innovations that are already in their hands.
  • Foxconn faces China bribery probe
    Foxconn, one of the world’s biggest contract electronics maker, says it is being investigated by Chinese authorities over bribery allegations.
  • UK still has 13,000 monochrome TVs
    More than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black-and-white television sets, according to the TV Licensing authority.
  • Minh Chau: A Closer Look at Google’s Transparency Report
    The report provides information on two important disclosures Google makes to governments, copyright owners, and courts. The potential to abuse this power is huge.
  • The future of TV sets revealed
    Hints from CES about where television tech goes next
  • Bianca Bosker: The Internet, As Seen By High Schoolers
    Kids these days. Just what are they up to online? Intrigued by one tenth-grader’s musings (via her brother) on trends in the tech world, investor…
  • Netflix Goes 3D — But There’s A Catch
    Ever want to watch 3D movies on Netflix? Viewers — and now TV makers — aren’t as excited as they once were to have images…
  • Bits Blog: Do People Actually Shop on Phones? The Answer Is Decidedly Yes
    In 2012, consumers spent $25 billion, or 11 percent of e-commerce dollars, while shopping on mobile devices, particularly tablets, according to data from eMarketer.

  • WATCH: Digital Health Game Changers At This Year’s CES
    In the HuffPost Live segment above, host Mike Sacks discusses the major digital game changers that debuted at 2013’s Consumer Electronics Show. Sacks, along…
  • Happy 6th Birthday iPhone! RIP To These 6 Things You Killed
    Six years ago today, Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce Apple’s newest product. He called it the iPhone, and said that he and…
  • Neale Godfrey: Dream It, Design It, Do It
    For as long as there has been someone with an idea, there has been someone else to list the reasons that idea won’t work. Life is full of obstacles and naysayers. Even laws and mores can conspire to keep us from chasing our dreams. Don’t let them win.
  • LOOK: New ‘Arrested Development’ Episode Stills
    "Arrested Development" is really coming back, there are photos to prove it. In two episode stills released by Netflix, Jason Bateman is back in action…
  • Lobbyist Wants NASCAR-Style Ads On Mars Rover
    Will the next Mars rover come plastered with branding for companies normally associated with the Daytona 500? One lobbyist says it’s a funding option that…
  • Europe to Consider Creating Data Protection Regulator
    If approved, the proposal would replace an advisory panel with an agency with the power to levy fines on companies who violate rules on the use of information gathered online.

  • How An Urban STEM School Turns Things Around Against All Odds
    American youth appear less interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields compared to students of other countries as the country faces…
  • Apple Now Locking Screenshots for Submitted Apps, Shutting Down Popular Scam Tactic
    Apple today announced on its Developer Portal that screenshots added to app descriptions will be locked in place once an app has been approved.

    Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app.

    This small but important update shuts down a widely used scam tactic, where developers would upload game screenshots to get an app approved by Apple and then switch them out with screenshots from another popular app.

    The scam tricked people into buying fake apps with screenshots ripped from another, more popular game, or a game that has not been ported to iOS at all.

    For example, in one instance, an unofficial Pokemon Yellow app was uploaded to the App Store. The app snuck by Apple using an unobtrusive set of screenshots, and then switched them out with photos from the Nintendo game, which thousands of people then purchased.


    Several apps have slipped past Apple using this method, including several Minecraft clones that simply use Minecraft screenshots to promote an entirely different game. For example in this video from Panic Blog, a Minecraft clone named “Mooncraft” is demonstrated. The app, presumably, used different screenshots to get past Apple reviewers, and then later changed the game information.

    While Apple pulls these apps from the App Store quickly, it is rarely able to do so before hundreds of people lose money. Apple has refunded the purchase price of scam apps in the past, however.

Mobile Technology News, January 9, 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.

  • Online Banking Attacks Were Work of Iran, U.S. Officials Say
    Security researchers say that hackers engineered networks of computers in data centers, allowing them to cripple online banking sites in a way that amateurs could not.

  • Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Copyright Violation Case
    Xiang Li sold more than 2,000 pirated software products worth more than $100 million, prosecutors say.

  • A Financial Service for People Fed Up With Banks
    An online banking start-up company called Simple offers free checking accounts and digital tools to people frustrated with typical banks.

  • Microsoft to kill the Messenger on March 15
    The tech titan plans to migrate users of the instant messaging client to Skype, which it purchased in 2011.
  • CES Serves as Early Warning System for Enterprise IT Planners
    NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s true that the major players, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon appear to be sitting out this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. But CES still serves as a valuable early warning system for what enterprises will be dealing with in 2013.

  • Google withdraws ITC patent claims against Microsoft
    Motorola Mobility parent drops two patents from its infringement case over video-coding patents used in Xbox and smartphones.
  • UK ‘complacent’ over cyber threat
    The UK is at risk of an attack in cyberspace because of government “complacency”, an influential group of MPs warns.
  • Baseball Dumping Dugout-to-Bullpen Landlines
    Major League Baseball is embracing cellphones to communicate from the dugout to the bullpen as part of T-Mobile USA’s sponsorship of the league.

  • Nokia’s India factory in tax raid
    Finnish phone maker Nokia becomes the latest foreign telecom company to face tax issues in India as its factory in Chennai is raided by tax officials.
  • Apple Reportedly Set To Introduce A Line Of Cheaper iPhones
    For nearly six years, Apple’s sold just one line of iPhones. The strategy serves the Cupertino, Calif.-based company well. By some measures, the pricey, wildly…
  • Firefox For Mac Gets Updated With Retina Support [Mac Blog]
    Mozilla today released version 18 of Firefox, adding Retina support for Apple’s line of Retina MacBook Pros.

    Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome implemented Retina months ago, leaving Firefox as the last of the major browsers to receive a Retina update. Without Retina support, both website text and images on Firefox appeared fuzzy and hard to read.

    Firefox 18 also includes the following updates, changes and fixes:

    -Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler

    -Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 and up

    -Preliminary support for WebRTC

    -Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm

    -Performance improvements around tab switching

    -Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio

    -Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates

    -Support for W3C touch events implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events

    -Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages

    -Improved responsiveness for users on proxies

    Firefox 18 can be downloaded from the Mozilla website.

  • What It Looks Like To Hold The World’s Largest Smartphone
    LAS VEGAS — Smartphones just keep getting bigger and bigger. At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, Huawei has unveiled the Ascend…
  • Teachers Gravitate To Social Networks Tailored To Educators
    Within the wide expanse of social networking, educators appear to be gravitating to more protected and exclusive spaces. While teachers often use such popular mainstream…
  • LOOK: ‘Dog Who Wouldn’t Die’ Recovers Thanks To Viral Facebook Campaign
    Thanks to the residents of a Texas city and a Facebook campaign that has gone viral, an abused dog who was was left for dead…
  • VIDEO: 3D TV ‘shows two channels at once’
    Rory Cellan-Jones has been look at some the gadgets on show in Las Vegas that could shape our future – including a smart spoon that can make you eat slower.
  • WATCH LIVE: CNET At CES 2013
    CNET at CES 2013…
  • Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless Now Carrying iPhone 5
    Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless are now carrying the iPhone 5, offering a $45 unlimited talk, text and data plan with no contract. It was previously reported by That’s It Guys. Straight Talk is a subsidiary of TracFone, and its iPhone customers will use AT&T’s network. There is no indication of whether the phones will support AT&T’s LTE network or not.

    Like other prepaid plans such as Virgin Mobile, users must pay full price for their iPhones without having them subsidized by the carrier. Unlike Virgin Mobile, Walmart is offering holders of the Walmart credit card a no-interest fixed payment plan for $25/month. This allows customers to have a unlimited talk, text and data plan for a total of $70/month before taxes and fees.

    Straightalk

    Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.

    The Straight Talk wireless no contract plan, exclusive to Walmart, saves consumers on average $950 a year when they switch from conventional contract plans with similar unlimited plans. To learn more about how Straight Talk Wireless saves consumers $950 a year, please visit: www.straighttalk.com.

    The iPhone 5 is available in black or white for $649 for the 16GB model only, and the iPhone 4 is available in black or white for $449 for the 8GB model.

  • Apple Seeds Build 12D50 of OS X Beta 10.8.3 to Developers [Mac Blog]
    Apple today seeded build 12D50 of OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion to developers, the fifth beta release reports 9to5Mac. The first 10.8.3 beta was seeded back in November, and the third and fourth releases were released in December.

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    Though the update comes with no known issues or new features, as before Apple has asked developers to focus on AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers, and Safari in their testing. Registered developers can download it via the Apple Developer Page.

  • WSJ: Less Expensive iPhone Could Come as Soon as This Year
    A less expensive iPhone is in the works and could go on sale as soon as this year, reports the Wall Street Journal. Digitimes reported something similar earlier today.

    The translucent iPhone case for the iPhone 5, from iPhone5mod

    While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan has been progressing and a less expensive version of the flagship device could launch as soon as later this year, one of the people said.

    The cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body, one of the people said. One possibility Apple has considered is lowering the cost of the device by using a different shell made of polycarbonate plastic. Many other parts could remain the same or be recycled from older iPhone models.

    The WSJ reported that Apple was working on a cheaper, smaller iPhone two years ago, which the paper does note. Of course, Apple already does offer cheaper models than the flagship iPhone — currently the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

    The device could be aimed at emerging markets like India where postpaid plans are scarce, and users typically pay in full for their phones up front.

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