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.
- Pentagon to Open Communications Networks to Apple Devices in 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense today announced (via Bloomberg) a “commercial mobile device implementation plan” that would allow iOS and Android devices to be used on its secure classified and protected unclassified communication networks beginning in February 2014.
The implementation plan establishes a framework to equip the department’s 600,000 mobile-device users with secure classified and protected unclassified mobile solutions that leverage commercial off-the-shelf products, promote the development and use of mobile applications to improve functionality, decrease costs, and enable increased personal productivity. The plan orchestrates a series of operational pilots from across the DoD components that will incorporate lessons learned, ensure interoperability, refine technical requirements, influence commercial standards, and create operational efficiencies for DoD mobile users.
As Bloomberg notes, BlackBerry is currently the dominant device at the Pentagon with almost 450,000 devices being used by its employees. Over the past several years, BlackBerry has seen its enterprise dominance chipped away by Apple devices, as corporations and other government agencies have been trading in their BlackBerry devices for iOS and Android ones.
This would mark the first time that commercial products like iPhones and iPads would be allowed on the department’s classified networks. The department also plans to create a military mobile applications store and hire a contractor that would build a network system capable of handling as many as 8 million devices.
Teri Takai, the DoD’s chief information officer, said that the move is about “keeping the department’s workforce relevant” in a time where information accessibility and cybersecurity are crucial to “mission success.” The department currently uses older BlackBerry devices, but the company is set to launch its new BlackBerry Z10 phone, based on the company’s revamped operating system, next month.
- Adobe’s Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPhone [iOS Blog]
Adobe today announced the release of its Photoshop Touch application for the iPhone. Photoshop Touch is the mobile version of Adobe’s well-known Photoshop software, designed to bring core Photoshop capabilities to iOS. Previously, the app was only available for the iPad.
Rather than making the iPad app universal, Adobe is offering Photoshop Touch for the iPhone for $4.99. It includes the same features found in the iPad version of the app, including layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters. The app also comes bundled with access to Adobe Creative Cloud and 2GB of free storage.
-Use popular Photoshop features, such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters, to create mind-blowing images.
-Improve your photos using classic Photoshop features to bring out the best in your photography. Apply precise tone and color adjustments to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a select area.
-Create something other-worldly using painting effects, filter brushes, and so much more. With Photoshop Touch, the creative possibilities are endless.
-Make your images pop with graphical text. Apply strokes, add drop shadows and fades, and more.
-Take advantage of your device’s camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique Camera Fill feature.
-Quickly combine images together. Select part of an image to extract just by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With the Refine Edge feature, use your fingertip to easily capture hard-to-select image elements, like hair.
-Start a project on your iPhone or iPod Touch and finish it on your iPad* or back in Photoshop* at your desk using a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud™.** Your projects are automatically synced between your devices.
-Free membership to Creative Cloud provides 2GB of cloud storage.
-Work on high-resolution images while maintaining the highest image quality. Images up to 12 megapixels are supported.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for the iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]
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- Bonnie Fuller: Marissa Mayer Shouldn’t Be Criticized for Building an Office Nursery
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- Strategy Game ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ Coming to Mac This Spring [Mac Blog]
Critically acclaimed strategy game “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is headed to the Mac in a few months, Feral Interactive announced today. The popular strategy game is coming in a special “Elite Edition”, which includes previously released add-on content.
The Mac release of “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is the “Elite Edition”, and contains all previously released add-on content and updates. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Elite Edition” includes the Slingshot and Elite Soldier Pack add-on content, as well as the Second Wave update, which includes a series of gameplay modifiers that add further depth and flexibility to the campaign.
In the game, players lead secret government organization XCOM to defend the world against aliens. Players oversee base management in addition to combat strategies while maintaining relationships with countries to fund their organization and save the world.
Although there are no pricing, system requirements or multiplayer details at the moment, Feral says that they will be revealed as the release date draws closer.
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- John Mattone: Yahoo!: Lack of Leadership at the Top
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- Apple Making Moves to Sell More iPhones in India
The Wall Street Journal reports on recent moves Apple has made to increase sales in India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Recently the company has launched the iTunes Store and the Apple TV there, and it was rumored that Apple Retail Stores were coming to the subcontinent as well.
Apple is sidestepping wireless carriers to seize greater control over marketing in India and offering no-interest loans to lure lower-income consumers. The company has also boosted staff in India by 30% to 170 employees in the past six months. And it is ramping up the introduction of other products, with the Apple TV video-streaming gadget expected to reach stores in coming weeks, people familiar with the matter say.
The result is that Apple shipped more than 252,000 iPhones to India in the quarter through December, more than triple the number in the previous three months, according to research firm Canalys.
India has frequently been mentioned when talking about Apple’s possible development of a lower-cost iPhone, because most smartphone users in India use postpaid plans and pay for their phones up front, instead of the subsidization model that is used in the West.
The Journal quotes a number of experts saying that Apple will have to come out with a more inexpensive phone to compete with other manufacturers — Samsung sells Android phones that start at $100, while the cheapest iPhones sell for $500 and a new iPhone 5 is close to $850.
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