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Mobile Technology News, April 8, 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.

  • Meet the design guru trying to make Windows Phone relevant
    Former Nike designer Albert Shum joined Microsoft five years ago to infuse design thinking into the software giant’s product development process.
  • View Google Maps in Full Screen with EggMaps HD

    EggMaps HD is an iPad-only app that provides an easy interface to Google Maps, at full resolution. Until EggMaps HD, iPad users had resorted to using the website or iPhone versions of Google Maps (the latter at low-resolution, sometimes known as “pixel doubling” or “2x”).
    The previous version has […]

    The post View Google Maps in Full Screen with EggMaps HD appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • U.S. Patent Office Withdraws Primary Objections to Apple’s ‘iPad Mini’ Trademark Application
    Last week, we noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had issued an initial office action denying Apple’s application for a trademark on the term “iPad mini”.

    The examiner’s primary objection to Apple’s application related to all of the elements of the “iPad mini” name having been judged as descriptive rather than contributing to a unique product name. A second objection related to Apple’s use of the iPad mini overview page as its specimen proving that the named product was being offered for sale.

    At the time, we noted that a resolution to the issue would likely be relatively straightforward, with Apple simply needing to show that the “iPad mini” term was an extension of its already distinctive “iPad” trademark and submit a new specimen satisfying the examiner’s objection.

    Based on a newly published office action from the USPTO, dated last Wednesday, the issue has in fact mostly been resolved without Apple having had to address the examiner’s objections. Presumably responding to the publicity surrounding the initial decision, the USPTO has preemptively withdrawn its two main objections to Apple’s objections.

    This Office action supersedes any previous Office action issued in connection with this application.

    Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office action should be withdrawn. The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience caused.


    The Trademark Act Section 2(e)(1) descriptiveness refusal and the Sections 1 and 45 specimen refusal are both withdrawn.

    The new document continues to alert Apple to several other issues with the trademark application, including potential refusal should earlier pending applications from other companies seeking to protect the names of their electronics products with “mini” in them end up being granted. No action on this issue is, however, required by Apple at this time.

    The document also holds firm on the requirement that Apple add a disclaimer to its application noting that it only seeks to protect the term “mini” when used as part of the “iPad mini” name. The disclaimer would allow other companies to use the “mini” term in their own product names.


  • Edward Goldberg: Elevator Assets and the Rules for the New Mercantilism — Israel, Russia, China and the United States
    Israel, dubbed the "Start Up Nation," with its increasing economic dependence on technology, could be the first nation to see the beginnings of this covert clash between its human assets and its state policy.
  • John Pavley: ‘The Mobile’ Is Reliably Unreliable
    A smarter set of technologies is what we need for the mobile. During periods of high speed and high quality bandwidth, mobile apps should anticipate what we’re going to read or watch and cache it for later. Don’t make us have to remember to pre-download or prepare for being offline.
  • Mary Manning Cleveland: Is New Technology Destroying Jobs?
    Big corporations, especially big monopolistic corporations, tend to carry labor-saving technology too far. They automate too soon and too much. The reasons are pretty obvious once you think about it.
  • Broadcasters Are Really Starting To Worry About ‘Cord-Cutters’
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives…
  • Set Phaser Price To Stun!
    April 7 (Reuters) – Set phasers to sell – and sell big. Captain Kirk’s "Star Trek" phaser gun from the second pilot of the wildly…
  • Boulder Students Create Best-Selling App
    Procrastination is the key to Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen’s success. It started during finals week at Boulder High School last spring. "We noticed so…
  • John Lundberg: Gorgeous New App Helps You Memorize Poetry
    Just in time for National Poetry Month, Penguin has teamed up with app developer inkle to bring you a high-tech, enjoyable way to memorize classic poetry.
  • LOOK: 10 Simple — But Essential — Tools For Success
    Success can feel elusive. But what if you’re already carrying the right tools? Last week, Jonathon Colman shared a set of photos that ask just…
  • WATCH: Kids Get Inspired To Unplug For One Full Week
    "I spent my entire childhood unplugged," children’s book author Dan Yaccarino says in this video from Random House Children’s Books. "What I really enjoyed doing…
  • Grace Garey: Connecting People Is The Future Of Social Change
    This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas to solve…
  • EA the worst company in America? Again?
    Electronic Arts COO attempts to express understanding of why his company is again in the Final Four of the Consumerist’s Worst Company awards. Is the company really so bad?
  • VIDEO: App ideas from the Delhi ‘hackathon’
    Web developers, students, engineers and scientists took part in a first-ever ‘Hackathon’ organized by the Indian Government
  • How Eye-Tracking Technology Can Ensure You Never Look Away
    Over the past several decades, computers have evolved to become ever more sensitive to our cues. Room-sized machines controlled by punch cards were gradually replaced…
  • PETMAN robot learns our chemical weaknesses through environmental suit
    Petman camouflage
    As time goes on, the robots we build are becoming more advanced, and if Terminator and The Matrix have anything to say about that, we’re traveling down a path where we’ll be responsible for our own…
  • Andy Plesser: VEVO Plans for Cable, Satellite & Global Expansion of Music Video Channel
    VEVO’s new 24-hour digital linear music video channel, that launched last month at SXSW, plans to expand its distribution via satellite and cable –v and…
  • NASA Announces Ambitious Missions For 2017
    By: Mike Wall Published: 04/06/2013 09:05 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and…
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