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Mobile Technology News, February 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.

  • Pentagon to Open Communications Networks to Apple Devices in 2014
    DOD-logo-vector-RGBThe 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.

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    -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]

  • Bits Blog: Yahoo Issues a Statement on Work-at-Home Ban
    Yahoo, which caused a controversy when it issued a policy banning employees from working remotely, tried to distance itself from the broader conversation about workplace flexibility.

  • Bonnie Fuller: Marissa Mayer Shouldn’t Be Criticized for Building an Office Nursery
    If Marissa were a man who wanted to be a deeply involved father to his newborn and built a nursery next to his office, wouldn’t people — especially women — be swooning over his commitment to fatherhood?
  • 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.

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    The Mac release of “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is the “Elite Edition”, and contains all previously released add-on content and updates. “XCOM: Enemy UnknownElite 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.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a re-imagining of 1994′s classic strategy game “X-COM: UFO Defense”, was developed by Firaxis and published by 2K Games for PC and consoles.

    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.

  • VIDEO: Can pupils respect ‘teacher on wheels’?
    Rory Cellan-Jones checks out a new kind of robot that developers say will help teachers educate from a distance.
  • John Mattone: Yahoo!: Lack of Leadership at the Top
    Marissa Mayer may end up becoming a successful CEO; however, in the best interest of all the key constituent groups, wouldn’t it have been more prudent for the Yahoo! Board to have hired a CEO who had already navigated these turbulent waters?
  • 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.

  • Remember That Baby Goat-Saving Pig? It Was A Hoax
    After wowing the Internet, a video featuring a pig saving a drowning baby goat has been revealed as a fake. As a New York Times…
  • LOOK: Rick Perry Plays Guitar Hero
    Rick Perry, aspiring rock star? A Tumblr user posted a photo of the Texas Governor playing the popular Guitar Hero video game with a young…
  • Pro-Assad Hackers Take Over AFP’s Twitter Photo Account
    The Twitter account of AFP’s photo service, @AFPphoto, was hacked on Tuesday at 16:45 GMT. The images posted until the account was suspended more than…
  • What How About That Instagram Exodus?
    Debunking once and for all the theory that Instagram has been hemorrhaging members since it controversially updated its terms of service in January, the photo-sharing…
  • Why Nokia’s Super-Cheap New Phone Will Likely Be Super-Popular
    On Monday, Nokia released the Nokia 105, a $20 phone targeted at customers in developing countries. The low-end feature phone, which has more capabilities than…
  • Christie Approves Internet Gambling
    TRENTON, N.J. — Get ready for betting in your jammies, at work, from the kitchen table, or at the beach: New Jerseyans – and possibly…
  • WATCH: Burning Man Hits The Big Screen
    With 60,000 tickets that often sell out in under two hours, the allure of Burning Man is indisputable. But as anyone who follows the festival…
  • ‘American Idol’ Fans Can Now Tweet Their Views
    “American Idol” is now encouraging viewers to tweet as a way to make live viewing more attractive.

  • LOOK: Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Most Stunning Photos Of Earth
    Forget Justin Bieber and his 35 million followers or Anne’s Hathaway’s trendy nipples — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has the coolest account on Twitter. Since…
  • Teen Beauty Queen Resigns Over Porn Controversy
    A teen beauty queen has resigned following allegations that she appeared in a pornographic video last year, according to Delaware Online. Melissa King, who was…
  • Yahoo Finally Responds To Mayergate
    After several days of controversy, Yahoo has finally responded to the dustup over its decision to ban employees from working remotely. Its stance, in essence:…

Mobile Technology News, February 26, 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, February 25, 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, February 24, 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, February 23, 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.

  • Jerry L. Ross: What I Learned During My Spacewalks
    The Space Shuttle’s three main engines and two solid rocket boosters spewed fire and smoke, and their deafening noise roared in my ears during seven launches into space.
  • Google Working on Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service
    Home My Music Google PlayGoogle is in negotiations with music publishers to develop a Spotify-esque subscription streaming music service for its Android operating system, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    Currently, Google has a scan-and-match music service like iTunes Match, as well as an Android-focused music download store.

    Google Inc.’s Android unit has been negotiating with music companies to start a paid subscription music-streaming service akin to Spotify AB, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Separately, Google’s YouTube video website is trying to obtain licenses from music labels to start a paid subscription service for music videos and potentially also for audio-only songs, these people said.

    There have been rumors for nearly five years about Apple developing a subscription music service, though more recently reports have surfaced that Apple is aiming to release its service sometime in 2013.

    Bloomberg reported in October that Apple was aiming for a first quarter launch, but record labels have suggested that negotiations were hung up over licensing fees.

  • Hackers attack Microsoft computers
    Microsoft becomes the latest US technology firm – after Apple and Facebook – to confirm that it has been targeted by computer hackers.
  • Politicians Are Paying Attention To This Downtown LA Startup. Here’s Why
    Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel isn’t using it, but candidates Eric Garcetti and Emanuel Pleitez are. So are five of 12 candidates vying for…
  • Shaun Abrahamson: From Crowdsourcing to Crowdstorming
    Over the last decade, organizations like GE, P&G, DARPA and LEGO have pioneered working with crowds to brainstorm. And in recent years, startups like Quirky, Localmotors and Giffgaff have put "crowdstorming" at the core of their strategies to bring better products and services to market.
  • New iPad 5 Case Consistent with Rumored Mini-Style Redesign
    Apple accessory manufacturer MiniSuit has already created a case for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad, based on data and specifications received from what the site claims is a reliable source. The site sent MacRumors photos of the case this evening.

    Case manufacturers often obtain case specs ahead of product releases to get a jump on manufacturing. Creating a case based on measurements can be a gamble, but an early case release can be financially beneficial.

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    The iPad 5 case is slimmer than the fourth-generation iPad case, which supports rumors that the next iPad will share design similarities with the iPad mini, most notably featuring smaller side bezels.

    The back of the case depicts an extra hole, which is for the microphone. The current fourth-generation iPad’s microphone is located at the top of the device, but Apple has relocated the microphone to the back of the iPad 5, as noted in leaked photos of the rear shell of the device.

    In addition to slimmer bezels and a smaller size, the iPad 5 is said to be significantly thinner than the iPad 4, featuring the chamfered edges of the iPad mini, which is apparent in the less angled design of the iPad 5 case. We recently posted a mockup of what the fifth-generation iPad might look like, based on the current rumors and the leaked rear shell.

    An iPad 5 with a reduced size would likely necessitate a redesign of the interior of the tablet as well, incorporating smaller chip components and a thinner display panel.

    Several different release dates for the fifth-generation iPad have been suggested, ranging from March to mid-year to October, with most rumors settling on a fall release. According to MiniSuit, Apple’s iPad 5 will be released in June.

  • HTC Settles F.T.C. Charges Over Security Flaws in Devices
    The Federal Trade Commission charged HTC with customizing software on its phones in ways that could steal personal information and surreptitiously send text messages.

  • Einhorn Scores Legal Victory Versus Apple in Cash Scuffle
    A U.S. judge handed outspoken hedge fund manager David Einhorn a victory in his battle with Apple Inc on Friday, blocking the iPhone maker from moving forward with a shareholder vote on a controversial proposal to limit the company’s ability to issue preferred stock.

  • Shawn Amos: The Content Brief: What’s Up With All the Hacking?
    Is there a hacking epidemic? Earlier this week, Burger King saw its Twitter account get a McDonald’s makeover, and then Jeep had its feed taken…
  • Apple Hiring ‘Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist’ in Australia
    Apple has posted a new job listing for a ‘Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist’ in Australia. The job listing, which was posted two days ago, comes several months after Apple came under fire for incorrect mapping data in central Australia.

    The position will check “changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products.”

    Ground Truth‘ refers to information collected on location versus data collected remotely, such as satellite imagery. Wikipedia notes that the “collection of ground-truth data enables calibration of remote-sensing data, and aids in the interpretation and analysis of what is being sensed.”

    Job Summary

    Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there’s no telling what you could accomplish.

    Key Qualifications

    • Excellent attention to detail
    • QA experience
    • Familiarity with evaluating map quality
    • Detailed knowledge of the unique features of your local area, including preferred driving routes, landmarks, and road names
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Strong written and spoken English skills

    Description

    The Maps team is looking for people with knowledge of mapping, great testing skills, and local expertise to help us build better and better maps. In this position, you will be responsible for the quality of map data for your region. You will test changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products.

    Apple did eventually fix the issue in central Australia, but the company has been slow to fix many mapping issues even through the app’s official “Report a Problem” button.

    Thanks Marc!

  • James Grundvig: The Decade of Data: President Obama’s Reelection Campaign Analytics
    In 2007, who could have predicted the data tsunami of today? Not when Skype was in beta, Apple’s store for its then-new product iPhone wasn’t open for business yet, and Google hadn’t acquired the Android mobile platform.
  • Microsoft Hacked
    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Friday a small number of its computers, including some in its Mac software business unit, were infected with…
  • Alan F. Westin, Who Transformed Privacy Debate Before the Web Era, Dies at 83
    Mr. Westin was considered to have created, almost single-handedly, the modern field of privacy law.

  • Google’s Dirty Secret
    A new test shows there’s definitely something in the water at Google. And it’s toxins, to be exact. Levels of a toxic solvent known as…
  • Craig Kanalley: How To Use LinkedIn Effectively
    Sometimes it’s brushed aside for other social networks, but it’s important to keep in mind the power of LinkedIn. The social network for professionals now boasts 200 million registered users.
  • Changing The Image Of A Country One ‘Like’ At A Time
    Social Media week is winding down, but there’s a campaign that’s only beginning to pick up steam. With nearly 9,000 Facebook ‘Likes’ since its…
  • Jonathan Aberman: Entrepreneurship is About Filling a Need – Inside the Entrepreneur
    A statement I make regularly to my students is that entrepreneurs are focused on satisfying needs. This is stated in connection with the basic requirement that a business needs customers. And, in that context it is essentially important.
  • Mark MacLeod: How Committed are your Investors?
    Today’s software startup does not need $5M to get going. 1/10 of that is more the case. In response to this development we are seeing new breeds of investors from angels to super angels, micro VCs, etc.
  • Watch Nearly Every Steve Jobs Video on New Blog Site and YouTube Channel [Mac Blog]
    The Apple fan behind the Every Apple TV ad YouTube channel has created a new channel and blog with the self-explanatory title Every Steve Jobs video, offering a total of around 150 clips of varying lengths.

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    The site’s creator told MacRumors that he wanted to get them online in time for Steve Jobs’ birthday on February 24.

    I’m a long time Apple enthusiast and throughout the years have gathered every single Steve Jobs video I could find … To commemorate Steve Jobs birthday (Feb. 24th) I decided to put all these videos online and make them easily available for all. I believe it’s the most complete archive available.

    Highlights include Steve’s first TV appearance, where he told the crew he was about to throw up from nervousness; the launch of the Macintosh, including the famous 1984 video and Jobs making fun of IBM; and the launch of the Think Different campaign. It also includes some amusing compilations including Steve Jobs’ Funniest Moments and Every ‘One More Thing’ Moment, all 31 of them.

Mobile Technology News, February 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.

Mobile Technology News, February 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.

  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 console
    Sony announces the fourth generation of its PlayStation games console featuring a new controller and a “supercharged” processor.
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  • Sony Announces PlayStation 4, Second-Screen Experience PlayStation App for iOS
    ps4logoTonight, Sony announced PlayStation 4, their next generation video game console, at an event in New York City, which was also live streamed on their website. The company announced that the new console would allow gamers to try out new games before purchasing them, share gameplay videos with friends and watch friends play their games in a spectator mode.

    Sony also revealed a redesigned Dual Shock controller with a touch pad on the front and showed off tech demos of the console’s capabilities and new games like “Killzone: Shadow Fall.” While Sony announced some of the hardware specs for the new PS4, they didn’t show the device and provided no details about pricing.

    Just after announcement, Sony sent out a press release (via Engadget) announcing a PlayStation App for iOS, which will serve as a second-screen experience app, much like Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass.

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    Image via Engadget

    A new application from SCE called “PlayStation®App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.

    Previously, Sony had released an iOS app called PlayStation Official App that was only available in Europe and Australia and it allowed users to check on their gaming achievements, in the form of “trophies,” and check their friends’ online statuses.

    It’s not known when this new app will be available, whether it will cost anything or whether it will have any additional features, but more information is certain to be released as the PlayStation 4′s release date gets closer. Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would be released in the Holiday 2013 timeframe, but did not reveal pricing for the console.

  • Simogo’s Creepy Puzzle Adventure ‘Year Walk’ Now Available [iOS Blog]
    Year Walk is the newest app release from Simogo, the developer behind hit titles like Bumpy Road and Beat Sneak Bandit.

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    Unlike the aforementioned titles, Year Walk is a first person adventure game set in 19th century Sweden, with a dark and creepy atmosphere. Here’s how Simogo describes it:

    Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions as well as reality and the supernatural.

    Venture out into the dark woods where strange creatures roam, on a vision quest set in 19th century Sweden. Solve cryptic puzzles, touch and listen in your search to foresee the future and finally discover if your loved one will love you back.

    Year Walk is more than just a simple game. The beasts and events of the world are chronicled in the Year Walk Companion, which is a separate reference guide app that Simogo has designed to go along with the main app.

    Our sister site TouchArcade mentions that the Year Walk’s muted colors and grainy overlay work well to create a suspenseful atmosphere, and that the game’s “meditative mechanics keep you hooked in.”

    Year Walk can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99. [Direct Link] Year Walk Companion can be downloaded for free. [Direct Link]

  • Hacking Victims Edge Into Light
    Hackers have hit many American companies in the last few years, but few have admitted it. But now, some of them are going public.

  • With PlayStation 4, Sony Aims for Return to Glory
    Sony held a gathering in New York City to introduce its new PlayStation, but it did not unveil the console nor did it say when it would go on sale.

  • Google Looks to Make Its Computer Glasses Stylish
    As Google and other companies begin to build wearable technology devices, an industry not known for its fashion sense faces a new challenge.

  • A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry
    As doctors and hospitals struggle to make new records systems work, the winners are big companies that lobbied for the legislation that allowed their sales to soar.

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  • Netflix for iOS Updated with UI Changes, Zoom Icon [iOS Blog]
    Netflix today updated its mobile app to version 3.0, adding several user interface improvements. Titles of TV shows and movies are now easily visible when the screen is tapped, and the playback buttons have been moved to a different position.

    Most notably, the previously removed zoom icon was re-added to the display, allowing for better access to full screen controls.

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    Old version on the left, new version on the right.

    We enhanced the player UI for a better playback experience.

    -See the Title in the iPad player UI – Touch the player UI screen to see the title of movie/TV show you are watching

    -Zoom icon is back – so you can now control when you watch full screen mode

    -Note better placement of play/pause and Back–10 buttons so you can easily control your experience

    The universal Netflix app is available for download from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

  • PS4: In Pictures
    Sony has announced the PS4 in New York, and showed off some incredible games for its new system. The console has a hugely powerful graphics…
  • F.C.C. Moves to Ease Wireless Congestion
    The commission proposed to make a big part of the spectrum, some of which is in government hands, available for unlicensed devices like Wi-Fi routers.

  • Scientists Create New Ear With Help Of 3D Printing
    WASHINGTON — Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it’s possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living…
  • Intel claims ‘superiority’ over ARM in phone video
    An Intel video claims its phone chip is now superior to ARM. We’ll have to see about that.
  • Shira Lazar: Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Smith Give Insights on Future of Interactive TV (WATCH)
    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Lisa Kudrow and Burnie Burns sit down for a discussion about the future of web television and how technology is changing the entertainment and media industries.
  • Mary Olushoga: Are African Female Techpreneurs Lagging Behind?
    In the past five years, many institutions and hubs throughout Africa have been established to facilitate technological innovation and development, but many of these institutions and hubs should do more to increase the participation of women and girl techpreneurs.

Mobile Technology News, February 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.

  • Bits Blog: Apple Computers Hit by Sophisticated Cyberattack
    Apple says its systems were attacked by the same group that hit Twitter and Facebook. Like Facebook, Apple confirmed that its employees’ computers were infected with malware when they visited a Web site for mobile developers.

  • Jony Ive on How Product Naming Influences Design Philosophy [Mac Blog]
    jonathan_iveJust a couple days after a clip of Jony Ive’s appearance on BBC’s Blue Peter was revealed, journalist Tom Davenport (via CNET) says he’s found an insightful portion of the clip that was cut out. In the new segment, Ive talks about how product naming philosophy can affect the design process.
    If we’re thinking of lunchbox, we’d be really careful about not having the word ‘box’ already give you  bunch of ideas that could be quite narrow. You think of a box being a square, and like a cube. And so we’re quite careful with the words we use, because those can determine the path that you go down.

    As mentioned previously, Ive was a fan of Blue Peter while he was growing up and talks about a design he saw on the show that’s stuck with him over the years. This is just another look at Ive’s design process, which he’s started talking about more and more over the years as Apple’s profile has risen and as Ive and his team have received more accolades, which includes his knighting last May.

    Last October, Ive was promoted to head of the Human Interface team and is playing the Steve Jobs role at the company. Former Apple employee Loren Brichter, who went on to create iOS game Letterpress, had said he was excited about Ive’s new role because of how he could possibly apply his design philosophy to iOS.

  • AU Optronics Catches Up with iPad Mini Display Production, Begins Working on Displays for Next Generation Model
    ipad_mini_handAccording to a report from Digitimes, Apple supplier AU Optronics has managed to improve its poor iPad mini display yields, finally leading to increased availability of the current iPad mini and a solid infrastructure for the production of displays for the next generation mini.
    Due to AUO’s yield issues throughout the second half of 2012, cumulative shipments of the iPad mini were less than Apple’s originally estimated 10 million units. However, the sources said AUO has solidified higher yields as of the first quarter in 2013, which will help keep the iPad mini in supply as well as most likely push up AUO’s tablet panel shipments on year in 2013.

    The iPad mini has been in short supply since its release in October 2012, after some models sold out just minutes after pre-orders began. Reports cited display production as the limiting factor, which led to ship times of up to two weeks.

    Just today, we reported that Apple managed to reach supply-demand balance on the iPad mini. The tablet is now listed as “in stock” for immediate shipment from several online Apple Stores, which confirms the display yield improvements.

    Digitimes is also reporting that AU Optronics has begun production of displays for the second generation iPad mini. Rumors have suggested that the next iPad mini will be equipped with a Retina display, and a report from November stated that AU Optronics was gearing up for production.

    Retina is widely believed to be the next logical step for the iPad mini, and while there are no concrete hints on when an updated mini will be released, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that both the iPad mini and the full sized iPad will be updated in the third quarter of 2013.

  • HTC One takes display pixel density crown
    The HTC One ups the ante on the iPhone 5, packing more pixels closer together than Apple’s touted Retina technology.
  • Crowdfunders win African app prize
    SliceBiz, a Ghana-based service which seeks to popularise crowdfunded investment in Africa, is among the latest Apps4Africa winners.
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  • Director Ran Out of Money, Finished Shooting his Oscar-Nominated Movie on an iPhone [iOS Blog]
    541444_largerWhile filming Oscar-nominated documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”, director Malik Bendjelloul said, in an interview with CNN Money, that he ran out of money and had to finish filming his movie on his iPhone with the 8mm Vintage Camera app.
    I started shooting this on a Super 8 camera, like with film, which is pretty expensive stuff, and completely ran out of money. I really had a very few stuff, it was a very few shots left but I needed those shots. And one day I realized that there was this $1 app here on my iPhone and I tried it and it was basically the same as the real stuff.

    In the past there have been other directors, like Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, who’ve used iPhones to shoot films. There’s even an iPhone Film Festival dedicated to movies shot on the devices, but Bendjelloul’s film has since been nominated for an Academy Award.

    Nexvio Inc.’s 8mm Vintage Camera app has seen an increase in downloads in the past five or so days, according to a chart from sister-site AppShopper. The app has gone through a couple different price drops over the past year and a half, which is why Bendjelloul refers to the app as a “$1 app,” but is currently available for $1.99. [Direct Link]

    The 85th annual Academy Awards will air on February 24th, 2013.

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  • Apple Employees Hacked By Visiting iPhoneDevSDK
    As reported by The New York Times, the software development website responsible for seeding malicious software to Mac computers at Apple, Facebook, and presumably Twitter has been revealed by a person who was involved with the investigation at Facebook.

    The compromised site, iPhoneDevSDK, is an online forum designed for software developers. The site is still infected, and visiting it is not recommended.

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    At this time, it is unknown if the site had any involvement in the attacks, though it is likely that it was the work of third party hackers given the site’s prominent standing as a dedicated community for iPhone developers.

    Apple this morning announced that a small number of its employees’ computers had been compromised through the Java plug-in vulnerability, an issue that has now been fixed with the Java update and malware removal tool released by Apple this afternoon.

    Mac users can determine whether or not they have been affected by the security flaw by installing the Java update, which will notify a user if malware is found. Apple says that the Java update and malware removal tool will “remove the most common variants of malware.”

    As noted by The Next Web, iPhoneDevSDK is currently in maintenance mode.

Mobile Technology News, February 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.

  • IMDb Updates App with Oscar Section and Amazon Instant Video Links [iOS Blog]
    With the Oscars just under a week away, Amazon-owned IMDb has updated its iOS app with an Oscar section that will, during the broadcast, feature photos from the red carpet and a live text feed of the winners in addition to a complete list of the Oscar nominees.

    In addition, movies and TV shows that are available on Amazon Prime now have links on their IMDb pages in the app that will kick you into the Amazon Instant Video app to watch them, but a $79 annual subscription to Amazon Prime is required to view the actual content. The update also includes a few other minor enhancements.

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    What’s New in Version 3.1

    – Award information for celebrities and titles (iPad/iPhone)
    – Titles available on Amazon Prime feature a link to watch if the Amazon Instant Video app is also installed (iPhone/iPad)
    – Special Oscars® section: list of nominees and photos from the red carpet and ceremony and live winners on iPhone and iPad during the ceremony
    – Recommendations: tap on the “i” in the corner of the poster to see why it’s recommended for you, rate the title if you’ve seen it, or indicate “not interested” (iPad)
    – Improved accessibility for TV episode navigation (iPad)
    – Updates to side navigation (iPad)
    – Bug fixes include episode picker in VoiceOver (iPad)

    The universal IMDb app is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

  • China’s Army Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.
    A growing body of digital evidence leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American companies and government agencies start in a 12-story office building on the edge of Shanghai.

  • Firefox 19 for Mac Now Available for Download [Mac Blog]
    firefoxFirefox 19 is slated to be launched on Tuesday, but as noted by The Next Web, the latest version is already available for download from Mozilla’s servers. The U.S. version of Firefox 19 for the Mac can be found in the aforementioned folder by accessing the Mac directory and then selecting “en-US.”

    Most notably, this update includes a built-in PDF viewer, making former PDF viewing plug-ins obsolete. The viewer was built using HTML5 and will provide a quicker, more secure way to read PDFs in the browser.

    Firefox 19, which comes more than a month after Firefox 18, also includes remote debugging, bug fixes, and CSS improvements. While the official release notes have yet to be posted, the beta notes are available:

    -Built-in PDF viewer
    -Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob()
    -Startup performance improvements (bugs 715402 and 756313)
    -Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions and hiding non-enumerable properties
    -Remote Web Console is available for connecting to Firefox on Android or Firefox OS (experimental, set devtools.debugger.remote-enabled to true)
    -There is now a Browser Debugger available for add-on and browser developers (experimental, set devtools.chrome.enabled to true)
    -Web Console CSS links now open in the Style Editor
    -CSS @page is now supported
    -CSS viewport-percentage length units implemented (vh, vw, vmin and vmax)
    -CSS text-transform now supports full-width
    -Starting Firefox with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode (802274)

    The official launch of Firefox 19 will take place tomorrow, on February 19. The updated version of the browser will be available for download from the Mozilla website.

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  • Mac Pro Now Unavailable for Purchase from European Apple Online Stores
    As noted by 9to5Mac, the Mac Pro is no longer available for purchase from Apple’s European Online Stores.

    In late January, Apple informed its European distributors that sales of the Mac Pro would cease as of March 1st due to new regulatory requirements that go into effect on that date. At the time, Apple told resellers that it would accept orders up until February 18, a deadline that appears to apply to general consumers as well.

    macprodiscontinued
    The Mac Pro is no longer able to be sold in Europe because it is not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950–1. According to information from Apple, the issue has to do with the Mac Pro’s unprotected fan blades. Compliance with the new regulation would require fan guards and increased protection of the ports on the electrical system.

    Apple’s Mac Pro is now unavailable in European Union countries, EU candidate countries, and the European Free Trade Association countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

    Though the Mac Pro has been discontinued in Europe, resellers are still able to sell remaining product after the March 1st deadline. Apple plans to continue to support existing Mac Pro machines and will supply replacement parts.

    Apple has also announced plans to offer a redesigned Mac Pro in 2013, following a minor update in 2012.

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  • Tizen 2.0 release shows Samsung is serious about an Android alternative

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  • China to Hit 246 Million iOS and Android Devices in February, Becoming World’s Largest Market [iOS Blog]
    According to a new report from Flurry, China is now the world’s largest smart device market, passing the United States just after the Chinese New Year. The country has the most active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

    China began catching up to the U.S. late last year and as of January 2013, the two countries had approximately the same smart device user base, with 222 million in the United States and 221 million in China.

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    Based on the number of devices per country in the first half of February and growth trends, Flurry predicts that by the end of February 2013, China will outpace the U.S. by a wider margin with 246 million devices compared to 230 million in the United States. China is expected to retain that lead due to population numbers.

    The U.S. and China have a huge number of active smart devices compared to other countries, with almost five times more devices than the U.K, which represents the third largest smart device market. As of January 2013, the U.K. had 43 million smart devices. South Korea and Japan are the fourth and fifth largest markets, with 30 and 29 million respectively.

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    China in particular has experienced rapid growth, adding 150 million devices during the course of 2012, compared to 55 million new devices in the U.S.

    During Apple’s quarterly results call this January, the company reported a 67 percent increase in revenue in China, amounting to $6.8 billion during the first fiscal quarter of 2013.

    China has become an increasingly important market for Apple, as its second largest region. CEO Tim Cook spent part of January in the country, where he emphasized Apple’s plans to expand in the country.

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Mobile Technology News, February 18, 2013

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