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Mobile Technology News, April 2, 2013

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

  • Apple apologises to China customers
    Apple boss Tim Cook apologises to Chinese consumers after state media accuses the firm of arrogance and greed.
  • ‘Vindictive Individuals’ Threaten Aaron Swartz Prosecutors, U.S. Complains
    WASHINGTON — Two federal prosecutors involved in the case against the late Aaron Swartz have faced "harassing and, at times, threatening communications" from supporters of…
  • Apple Slashes Prices on iPhone 4/4S by 15-25% in Brazil [iOS Blog]
    As noted by O Globo, Apple today made significant cuts to its pricing for the iPhone 4 and 4S in Brazil, lowering the price of the 8 GB iPhone 4 from R$ 1499 (US$741) to R$ 1099 (US$544) while dropping the 16 GB iPhone 4S from R$ 1999 (US$989) to R$ 1699 (US$840).

    iphone_4s_brazil_1699New iPhone 4/4S pricing in Brazil
    Apple’s standard sales arrangement in Brazil includes financing of 12 monthly payments, but customers willing to pay in full with cash can order by phone for a 10% discount, bringing pricing down even further to R$ 989 (US$489) and R$ 1529 (US$756). It appears to be unclear if there have been any changes to iPhone 5 pricing, as Apple does not sell the device through its online store in Brazil.

    In the United States, Apple sells the 8 GB iPhone 4 unlocked and unsubsidized for $450 before taxes, making Brazilian pricing fairly competitive with Apple’s U.S. pricing. The 16 GB iPhone 4S is priced at $549 unlocked in the U.S., meaning that Brazilians are still paying a relatively significant premium for that device even with the 15% price cut.

    iphone_4s_brazil_1999Old iPhone 4/4S pricing in Brazil
    The report does not note the reason for the significant price cut, but it seems likely that Apple’s partnership with Foxconn to bring iPhone and iPad production to Brazil in order to avoid extremely high import taxes may now be yielding benefits. Apple has, however, not yet reduced pricing on the iPad in Brazil.

    Late last year, Apple began hiring for its first retail stores in Brazil, seeking to raise its profile in the world’s fifth most populous country.

  • A Roundup of Upcoming Games from GDC and Pax East [iOS Blog]
    GDCOur sister-site TouchArcade has published a roundup of upcoming games announced or previewed in the past couple weeks at PAX East and the Game Developers Conference.

    There are dozens of promising games on the horizon, including Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Gun Media’s Breach and Clear, and the iPad remake of Leisure Suit Larry.

    TouchArcade looks at a number of these games, and more:

    PAX East and GDC were both insanely busy this year, so much so that we found ourselves wondering if we were actually posting too much event coverage. Regardless, good times were had by all, and like every year, it was awesome to see both familiar faces as well as meeting all sorts of new people at GDC. I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, if you’re involved in game development in any way, GDC is an event you need to get to.

  • What happened to Japan’s electronic giants?
    What went wrong with Japan’s electronic companies?
  • 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.

  • ReDigi Loses Suit Over Reselling of Digital Music
    A federal judge’s ruling could halt the resale of digital music as well as other digital good like e-books.

  • Prizes for indoor-facing tech
    Indoor technology gets attention
  • Businesses keen to be clean and green
    How clean technology could save your business
  • After the Fact: Distributed Denial of Service
    It is easy to slow down Internet servers by harnessing thousands of computers to simultaneously send streams of data to a single address, but careful monitoring by Web services can protect against such attacks.

  • AT&T Will Roll Out ‘HD Voice’ Support Later This Year
    Attlogo375wideAT&T said today that it will begin supporting the iPhone 5’s wideband audio — or ‘HD Voice’ — feature later this year, reports All Things D.

    The technology provides for significantly better call quality, when the network and both devices support it. T-Mobile said it will be supporting it at launch on the iPhone 5, with AT&T the second U.S. carrier promising to support HD Voice.

    Speaking on Monday, AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne said that the carrier will roll-out its own support for the technology later this year as it begins to route voice calling over its LTE network.

    “HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy,” Rinne said, speaking at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit in Sausalito, Calif.

    When Gizmodo tested the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile at that carrier’s launch event, it reported that HD Voice call quality was “a bit richer, and definitely fuller… a noticeable improvement.” All Things D mentioned that Sprint was considering implementation of HD Voice at some point in the future as well.

    (Image from The Verge)

  • Aereo Wins a Battle, and Broadcasters Are Distressed
    An appeals court ruled in favor of the Internet streaming start-up’s system to avoid retransmission fees.

  • To Fight Gridlock, Los Angeles Synchronizes Every Red Light
    With the number of cars on the road continuing to rise, boosters of Los Angeles’s new synchronized traffic system admit it may not be enough to prevent gridlock from worsening.
  • New Ads Can Carry On A Conversation
    For years, ads have screamed in our direction in an effort to get our attention. Nuance Communications hopes its latest offerings will get us to…
  • Foxconn denies report of attempted suicide at factory
    Manufacturing giant confirms that a dispute occurred at one of its factories but denies that anyone jumped from the roof.
  • Meet Nao, One High School’s New Robot Teacher
    The Career and Technical Education Academy in Hutchinson, Kan., has hired a new teacher who may fit in perfectly at an institution with such a…
  • Craig Kanalley: Why Facebook Cares So Much About Mobile
    Facebook seems to be putting a full-court press on mobile lately. And for good reason. Numerous social apps not called Facebook are gaining traction on smartphones.
  • Apple Issues First Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to AppleSeed Members [Mac Blog]
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    Apple today issued the first beta of OS X 10.8.4 to AppleSeed members, just over two weeks after OS X 10.8.3 was released. The 10.8.4 beta is build 12E27, while 10.8.3 was build 12D78.

    Apple is asking users to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers and Safari, though no specific issues were mentioned.

  • David Shen: New iPhone 6 Rumors: Expanded OLED Screens!
    Finger printer reader at the back of the phone to enable multi-user access and manage username and passwords.
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