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Mobile Technology News, April 3, 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.

  • Intel, Cisco strike chip deal, Intel official reportedly says
    Intel and Cisco have reportedly signed a chipmaking deal, according to a report quoting an Intel official in Korea.
  • Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8 tablets, hybrids
    Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning?
  • Larry Magid: Dealing With Spam and Cyberattacks: Control vs. Openness
    It’s a scary thought and a reminder of how this "global village" we live in is so interconnected that we can no longer afford to ignore problems that affect "other people," because they can affect us, too.
  • iOS 7 Running Behind, Rumored to Have Significant Visual Makeover
    In a Branch chat, which at the time of this writing is still going on, Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber says that, according to what he’s heard, iOS 7 is running behind schedule and that it will bring a significant user interface (UI) refresh.

    What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (Let me know if you’ve heard this song before.)

    Gruber went on to say that he’s heard that iOS 7 is a “significant system-wide UI overhaul” and that iOS engineers that are allowed to carry around devices with iOS 7 on them have a special privacy filter on their devices that reduces viewing angles.

    Back in 2007, Apple delayed the release of OS X Leopard to concentrate work on iPhone. Gruber hints that this could be the case with Mac OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.

    iMore’s Rene Ritchie follows up Gruber’s comments, saying that he’s heard that Ive’s work with iOS 7 is “making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

    His comments come during a Branch talk that includes Gruber, Ritchie, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, Engadget’s Tim Stevens, The Next Web’s Matthew Panzarino and more.

    Ritchie follows up his earlier predictions, noting that he’s heard that an event for a new, 9.7-inch iPad is or was planned for April, but that it is contingent upon the new iPad being ready for release. He also notes that he’s hearing the iPhone 5S will arrive in August, although Ritchie also says that it could be a July/August window rather than a specific month.

    As for what could be on the iPhone 5S, both Siegler and Panzarino say they’ve heard a lot about biometrics on the new device. The feature would apparently be used for payments and identification. Panzarino notes that it wouldn’t be surprising to see AuthenTec’s biometric technology in Apple devices so soon after Apple purchased the company last July because of the urgency of the deal.

    Finally, Siegler says he’s heard “a whisper” that Apple’s Passbook team is due for a shakeup and is in “shambles,” though Ritchie points out that Forstall’s departure could be the reason for the Passbook team’s troubles.

  • Obama Threats Land Man In Court
    Daniel Temple, a 36-year-old man from Ohio, was released from jail on Tuesday after attending a hearing in federal court regarding a series of threatening…
  • Student Reportedly Pays Off iPhone Debt With Hard Labor
    Talk about buyer’s remorse! Faced with a large credit bill, a student in China reportedly opted to pay off his new iPhone in an unusual…
  • The New Service That Makes Divorce Easier Than Ever
    Even the divorce process is getting easier thanks to technology….
  • Facebook’s iPhone Competitor Rumored to be HTC First, Here’s What It Looks Like
    Facebook is hosting an event on Thursday said to be centered around the debut of its long rumored Facebook phone. A photo of the device that might be the star of the show was today leaked by @evleaks, a frequent provider of accurate pre-release Android info.

    htcfirstThe HTC First is rumored to feature Facebook Home, a custom launcher and home screen that focuses on deep Facebook integration.

    There are no confirmed details available, but according to Android Police, the HTC First (originally codenamed Myst) is a midrange phone with a 4.3-inch display that has 720p HD resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, and a 1.6MP front-facing camera

    Facebook’s event is set to take place on Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the company’s Menlo Park campus.

  • 10 Ways Energy Efficiency Is Driving Changes in Data Center Management
    In this slideshow eWEEK describes how data center management is evolving in 2013.

  • WATCH: The Future Of Golf Is Hovercraft Golf Carts
    Many who saw the video of a hovercraft golf cart assumed it was an April Fools’ Day prank released a day late. It may seem…
  • Browse the future: Chrome OS is getting a bleeding-edge Canary channel
    Chrome OS Canary build is perfect for the Pixel
    Chrome OS users are already a fairly experimental bunch, but it looks like Google wants to give them even more opportunity to fiddle with bleeding-edge features. There’s a Canary build on the way…
  • Common Sense Media: 6 Awesome Apps for World Autism Awareness Day
    These six apps and sites are a few of the communication and social interaction tools that can be fun and effective for kids with autism.
  • Game of Thrones breaks records, unlocks Season 4
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    It should come as no surprise to anyone that the first episode of the third season of Game of Thrones was incredibly popular. What you may not have known was that it both…
  • Firefox 20 brings per-window porn mode, new download manager
    Downloading Firefox 20 with Firefox 20
    Firefox 20 has been released, and this particular browser release actually includes some new features that users will notice. Among them are enhancements to Firefox’s private browsing mode and its trusty download manager.…
  • 30% Of Internet Users In The U.S. Would Consider Cutting Cable
    Could we soon see the end of TV as we know it? Perhaps, if the popularity of Internet television continues in its current trajectory. In…
  • SEC Gives Reed Hastings Green Light
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators said on Tuesday that companies can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to make key announcements as long as they…
  • IE11, Windows Blue could support Google’s SPDY protocol
    Bloggers have spotted evidence of Google’s approach to speed up communications between browsers and Web servers — even though Microsoft offered a rival proposal for the same idea.
  • Apple Eyeing Summer Launch For Next iPhone: Report
    Ready for the next iPhone? You may not have to wait much longer. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple will start…
  • Microsoft’s Outlook.com calendar gets a makeover
    Microsoft has revamped its Hotmail calendar, turning it into a modernized Outlook.com.
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