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Mobile Technology News, April 12, 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.

  • Let’s Present for iPhone Takes Presentation Practice Mobile

    Many presentation experts agree that rehearsing a speech out loud and practicing multiple times are the two most effective techniques to improve presentation performance. Mobile Utility announced today that its newest app Let’s Present(TM) 1.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in […]

    The post Let’s Present for iPhone Takes Presentation Practice Mobile appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Goldman says ‘sell’ Microsoft, others downgrade stock
    Goldman Sachs recommended selling Microsoft shares, as other analysts downgraded the stock. At least one analyst is more upbeat about Microsoft’s chances, though.
  • More Efficient LED Backlighting May Lead to Thinner, Lighter iPad 5
    Improvements to the iPad’s LED backlighting will allow Apple to create a thinner iPad 5, NPD DisplaySearch’s Paul Semenza told CNET.

    “It’s likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs,” said Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, in an e-mail to CNET.

    The Retina displays of the third and fourth generation iPads required a dual-LED backlight along with a bigger battery, which caused them to be thicker than the previous iPad 2.

    Semenza also pointed out that a shift to a film-based touch sensor might also serve to reduce bulk. The current iPad mini incorporates a DITO film touch panel sensor which contributes to its 7.2mm thickness. He was unsure whether Apple might consider a switch to different display technology, but some reports have suggested that Apple is investigating IGZO panels.

    macrumors-ipad5aMockup of the 5th generation iPad next to the iPad mini
    DisplaySearch has extensive sources in the display supply chain, but a mixed track record when it comes to predictions. Before the launch of the fourth generation iPad DisplaySearch claimed that the tablet would launch with a thinner design, a prediction that ended up being incorrect after the iPad was released with the same form factor as the third generation iPad. The research firm did, however, accurately predict the in-cell display technology used in the iPhone 5.

    Rumors of a thinner iPad 5 originated last year and were followed up with photos of an alleged rear shell of the device in January and case leaks in February. Photos of the front bezel of the iPad 5 surfaced yesterday, featuring a narrower iPad mini-style design.


  • Google builds data-after-death tool
    Google becomes the first major company to allow users to decide what happens to their data after they die or become inactive online.
  • Apple Offers $53 Million Settlement to Customers Accused of Water Damaging Their iOS Devices
    iphone3gsWired is reporting that Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class action lawsuit, which originated in 2010, that accuses them of failing to honor warranties on certain models of iPhones or iPod Touches.

    The settlement, which should be filed in San Francisco federal court in the next couple of weeks, provides cash payouts to possibly hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPod Touch customers that say Apple did not honor either their one-year standard or two-year extended warranty.

    According to several lawsuits combined in San Francisco, no matter what the problem, Apple refused to honor warranties if a white indicator tape embedded in the phone near the headphone or charging portals had turned pink or red. However, the tape’s maker, 3M, said humidity, and not water contact, could have caused the color to at least turn pink.

    In November 2010 Apple adjusted their damage assessment procedures so that repair staff had to inspect devices even if a device’s indicator tape was “triggered” and changed color. Prior to that change, Apple would rely on the indicator tape when determining a liquid damage event, which would not be covered by Apple’s warranty.

    The lawsuit’s affected devices include the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the first, second and third generation iPod Touch. Wired notes that potential payouts could be around $200 or less, depending on how many claims are submitted.

    Apple chief litigation counsel Noreen Krall signed the settlement yesterday. Wired notes that Apple admits no wrongdoing, and the settlement will have to be approved by the judge.


  • Apple Caves on Streaming Music Royalty Rates, First Deal to Be Signed Next Week
    itunes_radio_round_iconThe Verge is reporting that Apple is set to strike a licensing deal with Universal Music Group, the largest music label, by next week for its rumored Internet radio service. A deal with Warner Music would follow soon after that, according to The Verge.

    Last week, it was reported that Apple was close to wrapping a deal up with Universal Music Group and Warner Music, but no immediate time table was given and it was unclear if any side made concessions on royalty rates.

    In early March the New York Post said that one of the sticking points in the negotiations with the labels was that Apple was offering to pay half the royalty rate of Pandora, which was $0.06 per 100 songs streamed. The Verge says that Apple did not succeed in trying to undercut Pandora’s rates.

    Now, Apple will pay rates nearly “neck and neck” with Pandora, one of the sources said. Because of iTunes huge number of users, the new service is expected to be an immediate threat to Pandora.

    The Pandora-like service is supposed to launch later this year and is set up to help iTunes users discover new music, generate ad sales and boost sales of downloads, according to The Verge.

    However, Apple still has to strike a deal with Sony Music Entertainment and music publishers, and talks with those companies are said to not be as far along as Universal Music Group and Warner Music. If Apple is able to agree to a deal with Sony in the next couple months, it could possibly debut iRadio at Worldwide Developers Conference this June.


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  • Jim Yu: Pinterest and Quora for Business? Ignore at Your Peril
    Since it introduced Pinterest for Business just last November, the three-year-old pinboard photosharing website has been on fire. And if you haven’t yet heard the company’s new set of tools and terms designed to help brands use the site, you’d better catch up fast.
  • Should ‘irritating’ fans stop filming gigs?
    Should ‘irritating’ fans stop filming gigs on their phones?
  • Web games get fair trading scrutiny
    Web and phone games aimed at children that charge for extras are being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.
  • Randi Zuckerberg: On Kickstarter Etiquette and Crowd-Funding Fatigue
    Lately, I’ve heard many people complain that they feel inundated by Kickstarter requests. Rather than a platform to support creative visionaries, it’s become just another way to hit people up for money.
  • Look: Why Is This Orthodox Jew Flying In A Huge Plastic Bag?
    A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to…
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  • Iranian Scientist Claims To Invent ‘Time Machine’
    An Iranian inventor recently claimed he created a "time machine," according to reports. But the Internet is skeptical, and with good reason. The Telegraph caused…
  • ZeptoLab Previews ‘Cut The Rope: Time Travel’ [iOS Blog]
    CtrttZeptoLab today previewed the third in its Cut the Rope series of games, this one called Cut the Rope: Time Travel. The company didn’t include any details on the new game beyond this teaser trailer, but it’s likely to incorporate some sort of time shifting mechanic.

    The other two games in this series, Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments, both became bestsellers on the App Store and won multiple gaming awards. ZeptoLab’s most recent game, Pudding Monsters, was less successful.

    Our sister-site TouchArcade has this to say about the Cut the Rope games:

    If you’re not familiar, the gameplay mechanic of Cut the Rope hinges around solving physics puzzles to feed the above adorable monster candy. Both Cut the Rope proper as well as Experiments should be on your phone (or iPad), if they aren’t already.


  • Google Feature Helps You Plan For Your Death
    Google doesn’t want you to worry about the afterlife — or at least what’s left of your digital assets once you’re gone. Google’s new "Inactive…
  • Misdemeanors To Require DNA Swabs?
    Coloradans convicted of a misdemeanor offense may have to submit to mandatory DNA swabs if the bill, being heard Thursday in a House committee, passes….
  • Senator Blasts IRS Email Snooping
    NEW YORK — A civil liberties-minded senator from Colorado is hitting the IRS over its claim that it doesn’t need a warrant to read emails…
  • You Watch More Netflix Than Cable
    Netflix is more popular than cable, according to an analyst at BTIG Research. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted a public Facebook update touting that over…
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