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Mobile Technology News, March 31, 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, March 30, 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.

  • After Cyberattack, Sven Olaf Kamphuis Is at Heart of Investigation
    Sven Olaf Kamphuis says he didn’t orchestrate a large-scale cyberattack against a spam-fighter, and he has not been charged with any crime. Still, authorities are looking into it.

  • In Pyongyang, Bluster, Fakery And Real Risks
    Actions that are difficult to trace to North Korea, like an online assault on South Korea’s banks and a 2010 attack on a submarine, concern the United States more than its brash threats.

  • Bits Blog: New Phone by Facebook to Showcase Its Network
    Facebook will introduce a special version of Google’s Android software system next week that is modified to put the social network front and center on a smartphone.

  • Denial of Service Prank Crashing iMessage App for Targeted Developers [Mac Blog]
    The Next Web is reporting that a group of iOS developers has been targeted with a series of rapid-fire messages on iMessage, creating a sort of denial-of-service (DoS) attack that crashes the iMessage app.

    Grant Paul, one of the targeted iOS developers explains how the attack worked:

    “What’s happening is a simple flood: Apple doesn’t seem to limit how fast messages can be sent, so the attacker is able to send thousands of messages very quickly,” Paul says.

    The second part of that, he explains, is that if a user sends a ‘complex’ text message using unicode characters that force a browser to render ‘Zalgo’ text, or simply uses a message that is enormous in size, them the Messages app will eventually crash as it fails to display it properly. This will effectively ‘break’ the Messages app on iOS by forcing it to close and stop it from re-opening because it can’t render that text.”

    iH8sn0w, an iOS jailbreak tool and app developer, showed TNW a proof-of-concept AppleScript that would be able to create the barrage of iMessages. A potential spammer would only need a person’s email address and the AppleScript to engage in the attack, especially after Apple unified phone numbers and email addresses in iOS 6. 

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    Currently, there is no way to block particular senders in iMessage, though iH8sn0w said it should be possible for Apple to notice the bursts of messages and block them as repetitive spamming. Victims can also disable iMessage entirely.

    It’s not clear who initiated the attack, nor why these developers were targeted, though it appears the attacks are merely a prank.

  • Greenpeace Launches Viral ‘Mermaid Death Squad’ Game
    A new video game created by Greenpeace to raise awareness about unsustainable tuna fishing has created quite a splash since its launch earlier this week….
  • Shawn Amos: The Content Brief: The Content Reader Revolution
    Go ahead and laugh at Yahoo! for paying $30 million dollars for a 17-year-old’s news aggregator app. Just show us your content reader first. Whether…
  • Online Dispute Becomes Internet-Snarling Attack
    A squabble between a group battling spam and a Web hosting company said to be sending it has escalated into an attack clogging up infrastructure worldwide.

  • LOOK: The Touching Gift Inside This Box
    The package may have been delivered by the U.S.P.S. instead of an owl — but for its recipient, it was nothing short of magical. A…
  • Huge online attack exposes internet’s vulnerability
    The largest online attack ever reported – which may have slowed down the internet itself – is over, but the next battleground is already emerging

  • BRAVE NEW WORLD: Domestic Drone Boom Raises Unsettling Questions
    Last August, before domestic drones had become a concern worthy of a 13-hour Senate filibuster, I found myself inside a stretch limousine with a bunch…
  • AMAZING: Local Scientists Turn Cells Into Living Computers
    Researchers at Stanford University announced this week that they’ve created genetic receptors that can act as a sort of "biological computer," potentially revolutionizing how diseases…
  • Heartbreaking Photo Shows 8-Year-Old Syrian ‘Rebel’ With Cigarette, Gun
    It’s a picture that is both haunting and heartbreaking. Dressed in red, an 8-year-old Syrian boy identified as Ahmed stares into the camera of American-born…
  • The REAL Reason The ‘Harlem Shake’ Went Viral
    Google’s trend charts of the phrase “Harlem Shake” are seismic. Almost no one looked for the words until Feb. 7, then searches surged faster than…
  • Entrepreneurs Raising Money For Bike Theft Tracking Device
    Some young Chicago businessmen have developed a device that lets bicycle owners know when someone is trying to steal their ride. WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser…
  • LOOK: New Apple Patent Could Drastically Change iPhones
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding…
  • Apple Has No Plans for Dedicated iOS Gaming Controller
    app_store_games_bannerFollowing today’s rumor that Apple was quietly polling developers at this week’s Game Developers Conference about support for a forthcoming gaming controller for iOS devices, the ever-reliable Jim Dalrymple has quickly quashed that report.

    As usual, Dalrymple provides no additional comment beyond a simple “Nope”, but his selective quoting of the source material suggests that he is denying any current plans for an Apple-branded controller.

    “Long rumoured – and hoped for – GDC 2013 has finally provided confirmation that Apple will release its own dedicated game controller.”

    Nope.

    Dalrymple has solid connections at Apple and has on numerous occasions and with 100% accuracy either confirmed or denied specific rumors. Prior to today, his most recent such statement came last month when he nixed a claim of a television-related Apple media event scheduled Apple for this month.

  • Report Claims Amazon Bought Goodreads For Less Than You Think
    Once the initial shock had passed, people were asking: exactly how much did Amazon pay for Goodreads? Neither party was talking, but Forbes columnist Jeff…
  • Google’s Patent Pledge Says Tech Giant Won’t Sue ‘Unless First Attacked’
    Google is aiming to fight back against so-called patent trolls, announcing Thursday on its Open Source blog that it’s taking part in a self-designed Open…
  • Music Executive: ‘iRadio is Coming’, Apple Pushing for Summer Launch
    ItunesNegotiations between Apple and record companies regarding Apple’s rumored ‘iRadio’ music service are progressing, The Verge reports as one tidbit in a larger article about the music industry in general.

    The last report about Apple’s streaming music service came earlier in March when Apple was reported to be offering half the royalty rate that Pandora pays for a similar product.

    Much has been written about Apple’s plan to launch a Pandora-esque service this year. Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.

    It has been reported in numerous publications that Apple wanted to launch its service sometime in 2013, but was having difficulties negotiating royalty rates that were satisfactory to both sides.

    That Universal and Warner are the companies claimed to have made the most progress with Apple is noteworthy — Universal was the last of the four major labels to sign onto Apple’s iCloud service, while Warner has been wary of cloud-based services in the past.

Mobile Technology News, March 29, 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, March 28, 2013

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Windows RT in trouble? Report makes cryptic claims
    Windows RT merged into Windows Blue? An Asia-based report doesn’t provide much clarity for the claim.
  • Despite Google patent efforts, VP8 no shoo-in for Web video
    Nokia refuses to license patents it says are needed to use Google’s video technology, sullying Google’s earlier patent deal. But WebRTC could still spread VP8 widely, lowering Web video costs for startups and schools.
  • Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments in Q2 2013 to Prepare for Next Generation?
    ipadmini.jpgDigitimes is reporting that Apple is set to cut shipments of iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013, according to its industry sources.

    The cut is said to be a 20% reduction for the month of April, with steeper cuts potentially following in the remainder of the quarter, although the report does not specify whether the cuts are relative to previous production plans or to current-quarter output.

    Apple has reportedly cut its shipments of the iPad mini to between 10-12 million units for the second quarter of 2013, according to industry sources. The figure is based on shipment information given from multiple sources who provide various components for Apple’s iPad mini.

    The decrease may be as high as 20% on month during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.

    The move comes two weeks after Apple started offering refurbished iPad minis on sale for the first time and may be tied to Apple devoting resources to the production of the next-generation iPad mini. The report claims, however, that competition from 7-inch tablets may also be playing a role.

    Rumors of production cuts for Apple products are always difficult to put much stock into, as Apple’s internal build plans are fluid as the company manages its nimble supply chain to adjust for demand and product transitions.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has also cautioned against reading too much into supply chain reports, noting that the company has multiple sources for many components and that yield rates may vary over time, meaning that supply chain reports typically offer incomplete pictures of Apple’s production situation.

    DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza speculated that, based on supply chain data, the next-generation iPad mini would be released in the third or fourth quarter of 2013. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also predicted a third-quarter release for the next iPad mini.

    The next iPad mini has been rumored to include a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which would give it the same number of pixels as the full-sized iPad but with a higher-density 324 pixels per inch. However, iMore’s Rene Ritchie, who has also been relatively accurate, has predicted earlier this month that an interim spec-bumped iPad mini could launch in April and claimed that a Retina display iPad mini doesn’t “sound imminent.”

  • Intel’s upcoming ‘Haswell’ chip primed for gaming
    Chipmaker’s upcoming ‘Haswell’ processor isn’t just about better battery life. It’s better at gaming too.
  • Paradox’s ‘Magicka’ Makes its Way to the iPad [iOS Blog]
    magickaParadox Interactive, in a partnership with Ludosity, tonight released Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet for the iPad, which is based on its popular action adventure Magicka PC game.

    As in the computer version of the game, players of Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet take on the role of a wizard, combining elemental powers to conjure and cast unique magical spells to destroy demons.

    Though the game retains the same humorous undertone and the crazy spell combinations of the PC version, the art style has been altered for the iPad, featuring cartoonish 2D graphics instead of the 3D isometric perspective of the PC game.

    The original game had a heavy multiplayer focus, and the iPad edition of Magicka functions in the same way, allowing up to four players to play together online.

    Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet is available for download from the App Store for $1.99. [Direct Link]

  • NimbleBit’s Latest Freemium Game ‘Nimble Quest’ Launches on iOS [iOS Blog]
    NimbleBit, the developer behind popular games like Pocket Frogs, Tiny Tower, and Pocket Planes, tonight launched its newest freemium app, the highly anticipated Nimble Quest.

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    In Nimble Quest, players control an ever-increasing line of adventurers, battling against enemies with both ranged and melee attacks. Our sister site, TouchArcade, describes the game as a cross between Snake and a traditional RPG.

    In brief, NimbleQuest is Snake, except on steroids. In the game, you control a conga line of fantasy adventurers, and, with a combination of ranged and melee attacks, you battle it out across a variety of settings against archers, skeletons, bats, and a whole lot more. Imagine if your old-school, traditional Snake snake could somehow attack incoming enemy snakes and you’ve got the picture.

    The game melds skill-based touch gameplay with roleplaying elements including skill increases, power ups, and party building, requiring players to navigate their growing line of party members through an endless number of stages.

    Though Nimble Quest is designed to be a single player game, it incorporates a guild system that functions similarly to the “Flight Crew” in Pocket Planes, offering up time-limited quests and global leaderboards.

    Nimble Quest is a free app for the iPad and the iPhone that is available for download in the App Store. [Direct Link]

  • Media Decoder Blog: A Driving Force Behind Wikipedia Will Step Down
    Sue Gardner will leave the Wikimedia Foundation to spend more time directly advocating for an open Internet.

  • Has drawing been erased from animation?
    Disney says it is not drawing films by hand in the near future
  • Attacks on Spamhaus Used Internet Against Itself
    A huge denial-of-service attack that eventually slowed traffic across much of the Internet relied on vulnerabilities in the network’s own hardware to amplify its effects.

  • ‘Them and us’ online service warning
    The government is in danger of creating a “them and us” situation by digitising public services, with many people unable or unwilling to go online, a report warns.
  • Former Apple Employee Rediscovers Photos from Steve Jobs’ First Day Back at Apple [Mac Blog]
    Former Apple employee Tim Holmes recently discovered a set of photographs taken on an Apple QuickTake camera — one of the first digital cameras made — from the night Steve Jobs returned to Apple after it purchased NeXT.

    Holmes notes in the description that the colors are incorrect in the photos because of the poor quality of digital cameras in 1996, and that Jobs’ jacket was actually black, not purple.

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    Working late on a Friday on December 20th at Apple Computer as Mac OS Evangelist, my manager came rushing past my office door saying to come with him to Town Hall, Apple’s theater for announcements, company meetings and the like. It was clearly not a company meeting…

    Joining Jobs’ in the image above was Satjiv Chahil, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing at the time.

  • Did Apple Copy This Chinese Version Of Siri?
    Apple has seen its phones, tablets and even stores cloned in China. But this week, it was a Chinese firm fingering Apple as the copycat….
  • Egypt arrests as internet cable cut
    Three divers have been arrested while trying to sever an undersea internet cable off the port city of Alexandria, Egyptian authorities say.
  • Andy Braner: Tweet, Text, or Talk? Decisions for a New Way of Living
    I’m finding more and more teenagers don’t have "hang out places" anymore, they’ve found their tribe of friends on social media and smart phones. Looking someone in the eye is a foreign concept for a new generation of emerging adults.
  • Google Maps Rolls Out Train Arrivals In Real Time
    Google just made some urban commuters very happy. A new real-time train feature in Google Maps will now let commuters in New York City use…
  • New IBM Technology Center to Bring 800 New Jobs to Baton Rouge
    IBM announced that it is opening a new technology center in downtown Baton Rouge, La., that will bring 800 high-tech jobs and help revitalize the area.

  • Richard Abrons: Technology and Me
    I am a user of technology at the lowest level. We have voice-mail but can’t access messages from afar. We have GPS in our car but neither my wife Iris nor I know how to use it.
  • There’s More Than One Way To Support Gay Marriage On Facebook
    Many Facebook feeds have gone red this week as users show their support for marriage equality. While the Supreme Court hears two cases concerning the…
  • The Lede: Google Street View Captures Ghost Town in Fukushima’s Evacuation Zone
    Google Street view provides a glimpse of the the eerily empty streets of Namie, a town deep in the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Mobile Technology News, March 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.

  • Microsoft wins design patents for Surface cover keyboard
    USPTO grants trio of patents related to the ornamental design of Redmond’s touch/type cover keyboard.
  • With Windows Blue comes fear of desktop’s demise
    Windows Blue portends the end of the desktop. That’s what doomsayers are claiming today. Are they right?
  • Apple Working on 4K ‘Ultra HD’ Television Set for Late 2013 or Early 2014 Launch?
    Apple’s rumored television set project has a long history of claims from various sources, and while the “iWatch” has taken on a more prominent place in the rumor mill in recent months, an Apple television continues to be on the radar of a number of industry watchers.

    Digitimes now reports on word from unidentified supply chain sources that Apple is working on an “Ultra HD” or “4K” television set that would carry a resolution of 3840 x 2160. The report claims that Apple’s Internet-connected television set will support voice and motion control and is targeted for launch late this year or, perhaps more likely, early next year.

    The sources said that Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussions for quite some time in terms of the TV’s mass production schedule, but that Apple has been considering where panel supply for the TV will come from, as Ultra HD TV panel makers, most of whom are based in Taiwan, are expected to be producing at nearly full capacity in 2013 in order to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.

    Additionally, other panel makers in Apple’s supply chain that may have the ability to produce Ultra HD TV panels are expected to allocate most of their panel production to the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPad mini products instead, as ultra-mobile devices are expected to be popular in the market during 2013, the sources noted.

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    Pricing is a major issue on the first Ultra HD televisions announced so far, with price tags generally starting around $20,000, although Westinghouse is planning to launch a line of “budget” Ultra UD televisions this year starting at $2500 for a 50-inch model. Additional equipment will, however, be needed to take full advantage of the 4K capabilities.

    But unlike Sony and LG, Westinghouse’s models will be barebones displays with no on-board Smart TV features and no elaborate 4K up-conversion video processing technology.

    Instead, [Westinghouse senior vice president of marketing Rey] Roque said, Westinghouse expects viewers to use the 4K video processing converters that come built into select Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and other devices to handle that load. To present pictures from regular sources, the sets will have only simple 4K up-scaling circuitry and 120Hz refresh rates.

    The most recent Apple television set rumor from a mainstream news source came last December when The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple and Foxconn have been testing prototypes, but a source noted that the effort was still in the early stages and wasn’t yet a “formal project” for Apple.

  • Flipboard Updated with ‘Magazines’, Notifications, Etsy Integration and More [iOS Blog]
    Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 6.26.38 PMFlipboard today upgraded its app to version 2.0, adding a Pinterest Pinboard-like “Magazine” feature, search, notifications, Etsy integration and more.

    In an interview with Mashable, Flipboard CTO Eric Feng said that the update was “the most ambitious thing the company has ever done.” Previously, Flipboard allowed users to subscribe to certain news and social media feeds and acted as a beautiful RSS reader. With the new Magazine feature, users can collect content, organize it into their own feeds, and share it with the rest of the Flipboard user base.

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    The company also added notifications so that users can see when their friends like, comment or share their magazines. Flipboard has also integrated products and product descriptions from handmade goods e-retailer Etsy, allowing users to buy products directly from the app.

    What’s New in Version 2.0
    – You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started.
    – Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you).
    – Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser.
    – Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
    – Easily email or share magazines to Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc
    – Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new improved results.
    – Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.
    – Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.

    Flipboard can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

  • Anti-cyber threat centre launched
    A new initiative to share information on cyber threats between businesses and government is launched.
  • Online Dispute Becomes Internet-Snarling Attack
    Computer attacks aimed at an antispam group based in Europe have led to delays for millions of ordinary Internet users around the world.

  • T-Mobile Unveils Aggressive Phone Pricing With No Contracts
    The American mobile carrier, which has struggled against rivals like AT&T and Verizon, will offer the iPhone 5 and other top smartphones without locking in customers for two years.

  • Shinola Releases First Made In Detroit Watch
    It’s hard to pick up a paper or browse online without stumbling into Shinola – and with good reason, Detroiters are thrilled about the idea…
  • Ebay’s New Mobile Giving Platform Expands Nonprofit Fundraising Possibilities
    Seven years ago, a North Carolina nonprofit saw its annual donations double in just a few weeks. More remarkable? It happened mostly $1 at a…
  • Arianna Huffington: Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives
    In the 1840s, Benjamin Disraeli, still a long way from being prime minister, wanted to wake people up to the plight of the British working class. The alarm he sounded wasn’t delivered in a speech, a pamphlet, or an article — but in a novel, Sybil, published in 1845. Ever since I read Sybil when I was at Cambridge, I’ve loved thinkers and writers who use storytelling to reach people and get us to act. And so it was that I found myself moderating a panel discussion last week with the director and two cast members of a movie that uses storytelling to wake us up to one of the biggest problems of our modern age: the effect that being "connected" to technology 24/7 is having on our ability to connect with our lives, ourselves, and the people we love. Like so many people, this is something I struggle with on a regular basis. That’s why Disconnect struck a nerve.
  • Chris Rauschnot: Review: myFC Powertrekk Handheld Fuel Cell Charger For Gadgets
    Want to unplug from the grid and go exploring, but don’t want to leave the tech behind? Now it’s possible with myFC’s PowerTrekk, a water-powered fuel cell charger, that’s actually portable.
  • Media Trolls Pyongyang Over ‘Latest Combat Equipments’ Photo
    In the past week, North Korea has made headlines for leveling new threats against the United States and allegedly training teams of "cyber warriors." Given…
  • Matt Kelly: What the Story of Summly Really Tells Us About the Future of News
    Any one of Britain’s newspaper groups could have developed a Summly killer back in 2005 when Nick D’Aloisio developed his idea. They had the audiences, the understanding, the marketing power. God knows they had the incentive. But they didn’t do it. I didn’t do it. Why?
  • Taxi App Keeps You From Getting Duped
    It’s about time someone came up with a tech-savvy way to determine the optimal taxi route. As hard working as they are, some cab drivers…
  • ‘Scary,’ ‘Graphic’ Text Messages Sent To Fifth-Graders
    Text messages sent to students at Somerville Elementary School in Ridgewood, N.J., threaten to kill them if they don’t forward the texts to a certain…
  • Bank Hit With Cyber Attack
    (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co on Tuesday said its online banking website was experiencing an unusually high volume of traffic that it believes stems…
  • Microsoft acknowledges Windows Blue, announces next Build conference
    Company reveals more about “Blue,” sets Build conference for June.
  • WATCH: Inside The 3D-Printed Gun Movement
    The United States’ current gun control debate has centered on what type of guns people should legally own and what hoops people should jump through…
  • Walmart Is Set To Square Off Against Amazon Yet Again
    By Jessica Wohl and Alistair Barr SAN BRUNO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc is ramping up plans to combine its physical…

Mobile Technology News, March 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, March 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, March 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.

  • The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble
    A world-renowned physicist meets a gorgeous model online. They plan their perfect life together. But first, she asks, would he be so kind as to deliver a special package to her?

  • Apple Acquires Indoor Mobile Location Positioning Firm WifiSLAM for $20 Million
    wifislam_logoThe Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has acquired indoor location company WifiSLAM, paying around $20 million for the firm. Apple has confirmed the purchase, but declined to offer any details on its plans for the acquisition.
    The two-year-old startup has developed ways for mobile apps to detect a phone user’s location in a building using Wi-Fi signals. It has been offering the technology to application developers for indoor mapping and new types of retail and social networking apps. The company has a handful of employees, and its co-founders include former Google software engineering intern Joseph Huang.

    Apple has been beefing up its location expertise over the past several years through acquisitions, including small firms such as Placebase, Poly9, Polar Rose, and C3 Technologies. With its purchase of WifiSLAM, Apple seems to be adding a new focus on indoor location tracking.

    The cornerstone of Apple’s mapping effort so far has been its Maps app in iOS 6, which replaced Google as the default mapping application on iOS devices. Apple’s Maps app has, however, suffered from significant criticism and the company has been working hard to improve its mapping products.

  • WATCH: It Is Impossible Not To Laugh At This
    Who would have guessed that Will Sasso of MADtv and "The Three Stooges" movie would use Vine for the funniest (really, like, tears-rolling-down-your-face-funny) purposes yet?…
  • Do we need another Windows OS?
    Microsoft made a case this week for Windows RT. Is it necessary?
  • Unboxed: Big Data and a Renewed Debate Over Privacy
    The dawn of mainframe computers offered huge technological benefits, but also challenged notions of privacy. Now Big Data is bringing similar expectations and concerns.

  • Blackstone, Icahn to make offers to buy Dell — reports
    Asset-management firm submitted preliminary deal proposal last night, to rival Michael Dell and Silver Lake’s $24.4 billion offer, reports say. Additional report says activist investor Carl Icahn has also told Dell’s board he’ll make an offer.
  • Tom Cruise Joins Social Media
    MOSCOW — Tom Cruise has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte. The "Mission Impossible"…
  • Speedtest.net Gets Complete Overhaul With New Interface

    The long time network speed testing utility for iOS has been updated and it is beautiful.  Speedtest.net is a service that allows you to measure your network throughput from your Mac or PC and has long had an app for iPhone in the App Store.  This week the service updated their app with a [...]

    The post Speedtest.net Gets Complete Overhaul With New Interface appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Staplers, the Attachment That’s Still Making Noise
    The stapler remains the one office tool that gives the satisfying click of a job that’s done.

  • Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID

    Apple has joined the long list of sites and services that are offering two-factor authentication after recent security challenges for the Cupertino company.  Now you have the option to enable this added level of security to your Apple ID, making it more difficult for hackers to access your account [...]

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Mobile Technology News, March 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.

Mobile Technology News, March 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.

  • Microsoft defends Windows RT as necessary disruption
    Microsoft defends Windows RT in an interview with CNET. It’s a disruptive technology that will only get better with time, according to Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president.
  • Apple Blames High Australian Markups for Digital Content on Media Rights Holders
    At an Australian Parliament inquiry into high markups on technology goods and services today, Apple Australia Vice President Tony King blamed rights holders for international price disparities in the company’s digital content, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
    “The pricing of this digital content is based on the wholesale prices which are set through negotiated contracts with the record labels, movie studios and TV networks,” said Mr King, who is Apple’s vice president for Australia, New Zealand and South Asia.

    King went on to say that “the content industry still runs with perhaps old-fashioned notions of country borders or territories or markets” and that it creates confusion for customers. He also said that Apple’s iTunes pricing in Australia is “comparable to other Australian physical and online stores.”

    When asked by Labor MP Ed Husic, who is a member of the committee conducting the inquiry, whether Apple could influence the price of digital content in Australia, King said that it was up to the rights holders. King also said that Apple would love to see “cheaper, lower prices in the Australian market,” according to News.com.au.

    australianmarkup
    Earlier today, MacStories noted that markups in Australia average as much as 61.4% for music, 33.5% for movies and 25.9% for TV shows when a subset of content offerings is compared to prices in the United States once Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been accounted for. Markups for Apple’s hardware products are more reasonable, with Mac, iPad and iPod prices in Australia generally falling within 10% of U.S. prices. The iPhone line, however, can go as high as a 16% markup for the iPhone 5 and 4S, while the iPhone 4 is actually slightly cheaper in Australia than it is in the United States.

    King said that Apple had gone to great lengths to make sure that its hardware products are priced at “parity” in Australia, which takes into account Australian GST as well as the cost of delivering its products to the country.

    Adobe and Microsoft were also questioned as part of the inquiry following summonses being issued last month, with Adobe explaining that it charges Australian customers $1000 extra for a software suite because users are receiving a “personalized” service on their local website. Microsoft said its prices, which include a $2000 increase for a software suite, were based on market competition and that users would vote with their wallets if they didn’t agree.

  • Google Reportedly Working on Its Own Android Smart Watch
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    The report unsurprisingly suggests that Google views the smart watch as a more mainstream wearable accessory than the Google Glass project that has garnered significant attention in recent months.

    While Glass is being created in its X Lab, home to experimental “moonshot” projects such as the self-driving car, Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, according to a person briefed on the project, to act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system. The project is separate from Samsung’s efforts, the source said, although there is no indication of when it might launch.

    Apple reportedly has 100 product designers working on an “iWatch”, experimenting with curved glass and possible features such as biosensors. Apple’s smart watch is also said to run a “full” version of iOS, which would make it easier for developer access. However, battery life is said to be the big challenge for Apple, with current prototypes needing to charge every two days, half of Apple’s goal.

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    mailboxSix weeks after launching, Mailbox today announced that it had fulfilled one million reservations for its popular mail management app.

    Before the app went live, Orchestra, the company behind Mailbox, implemented a reservation system in order to deal with demand. Though highly criticized, Mailbox experienced only a few significant outages during the weeks after the app launched.

    Last Friday, Dropbox revealed that it had purchased Mailbox for a reported $50 to $100 million and as a result, reservations were able to be fulfilled faster thanks to Dropbox’s established infrastructure.

    Mailbox also launched its first major update today, adding a new shake to undo feature that will return the last deleted or archived message back to the inbox. The update also includes user interface enhancements, bug fixes, and performance optimizations.

    undo

    What’s New in Version 1.1.0
    – Shake to undo!
    – UI enhancements
    – Bug fixes and performance optimizations

    Though fulfillment times have improved, the wait list for Mailbox still sits at over 450,000 users. Mailbox is a free app for the iPhone that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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  • Apple Will No Longer Approve Apps Using Unique Device Identifier (UDID) Beginning May 1, Must Also Support iPhone 5 and Retina Display
    NewImageApple has informed app developers that it will no longer allow apps to use the unique device identifier or UDID after May 1, according to a post on Apple’s developer website.

    Instead, Apple requests developers use the new ‘Vendor or Advertising identifiers’ that were introduced in iOS 6. Developers will also be required to support both the Retina display and the iPhone 5′s 4-inch display, beginning on May 1.

    Using Identifiers in Your Apps
    March 21, 2013

    Starting May 1, the App Store will no longer accept new apps or app updates that access UDIDs. Please update your apps and servers to associate users with the Vendor or Advertising identifiers introduced in iOS 6. You can find more details in the UIDevice Class Reference.

    Make Your Apps Look Great on the Retina Display and iPhone 5
    March 21, 2013

    Starting May 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built for iOS devices with Retina display and iPhone apps must also support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5. Learn about preparing your apps by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

    Apple announced in 2011 that it would be phasing out developer access to UDID’s, and instead create a non-identifying marker for advertisers to use. A year ago, it was reported that Apple began quietly rejecting apps for the use of the UDID, but this public announcement suggests Apple has gotten more serious about shutting down use of the identifier.

    Apple had been under increased pressure to change how the UDID works due to the privacy implications of a developer knowing which particular iOS device is being used to access their app. Apple and several app developers were sued over the use of the UDID to track users across different apps. While the UDID doesn’t specifically identify a user, the sharing of UDIDs across ad networks and apps can help piece together a valuable picture of activity and interests of the user of a specific device. Apple seems to be requiring apps to generate their own unique identifiers for each installation to avoid this ability to share such information across apps.

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  • Redesigned ‘Speedtest.net’ App Released, Improved Server Selection and Sharing [iOS Blog]
    SpeedtestOokla has updated its Speedtest.net iOS app with iPhone 5 support, the ability to remove advertising with a $0.99 in-app purchase, improved server selection and easier sharing — since the whole point of an app that measures the connection speed is so users can gloat to their friends.

    The app allows users to check their ping, upload and download speeds from servers located all over the world.

    What’s New in Version 3.0

    – Completely new interface with full iPhone 5 support
    – Option to permanently remove advertising
    – Easier result sharing
    – Improved server selection and saving
    – Sortable results
    – See your testing location in results detail
    – This release is English only and translations will come in the next update

    Speedtest
    Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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