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Mobile Technology News, April 13, 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 Asking Developers to Localize Apps, Opens Chinese Support Forum [iOS Blog]
    AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has contacted app developers via its iTunes Connect program to ask them to localize their apps in multiple languages and to market that their apps and books are localized.

    In the letter to iTunes Connect members, Apple noted that the App Store and Mac App Store are available in 155 countries with support for 40 languages, saying that “it has never been more important to localize your app and marketing material.”

    Apple also rolled out a Chinese Support Communities forum, which would give speakers of various Chinese languages the opportunity to help out fellow Apple users in their native tongues.

    The move signals how important China has grown to Apple in the past year, as during a quarterly results call in January Apple revealed that revenues in China were up 67 percent. iPhone saw its most significant growth come in the country as well, up more than 100 percent year-over-year.

    Apple has recently had to deal with controversy in China over criticism about its iPhone warranty policies in the country. In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an open letter and Apple Senior VP of Operations Jeff Williams traveled to China dealing with the public relations fallout.


  • Mrs. Jobs Speaks: ‘We Miss Him Every Day’
    In her first public comments since the 2011 death of her husband, Apple (AAPL) co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs said she and…
  • Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Says Technology Coming to ‘Intimate Objects’
    NewImageIntuit Chairman Bill Campbell has been on Apple’s Board of Directors since Steve Jobs took over as CEO in 1997. In a town hall meeting at Intuit headquarters, Campbell spoke with Intuit CEO Brad Smith about a number of topics including how to make a product great, what makes the best managers, and more.

    Looking towards the future, Campbell didn’t mention future Apple products specifically, but he did point to another new product — Google Glass — as a blueprint for the future. From Bloomberg Businessweek:

    Campbell did tell the audience to expect to see “a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things.” He pointed to Google Glass as one such intimate object. “It’s a phenomenal breakthrough,” he said. “When you start to think about glasses or watches, they become as intimate as the cell phone was.”

    Campbell also praised Tony Fadell’s Nest thermostat, as well saying technology managers should act as “editors”, mentioning Steve Jobs and Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey specifically.

    Apple is reported to be working on a smart watch, exactly the sort of “intimate” device that Campbell is referring to.


  • The New Chris Harrison
    "Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23" may have been canceled, but its former star James Van Der Beek is moving in on another show’s…
  • Styrofoam stands no chance against the Red Hot Nickel Ball
    red hot nickel ball
    If you haven’t been following the adventures of the Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB) then you have been missing out on one of the better things on the internet. The premise of the…
  • Craig Kanalley: New Dating App Uses Facebook For Speedy Matchmaking
    The concept behind Swoon is so simple. You connect your Facebook account — no questionnaires to fill out, nothing — and you’re flipping through a bunch of Facebook profile photos with first names, ages, mutual friends and mutual interests listed.
  • Sue Scheff: Smile, Snap, Click and Post (or Not): Graduation and Prom Party Digital Drama Footprints
    Many parents have ‘the talk’ about drinking and driving with their kids, but in today’s digital world, are you having ‘the talk’ about what they are posting and saying on their social networking sites?
  • The White Entrepreneurial Guy Meme, Or, A Tale Of Two Detroits
    “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and…
  • Intel factories signal Windows 8, PC doldrums
    Low utilization rates at Intel factories are a sign of bad times for the PC industry.
  • LOOK: This Is The World’s Kindest Redditor
    One Reddit user is on a mission to make the world a better place, one compliment at a time. Redditor IGiveFreeCompliments has been on the…
  • Man Found Dead In Tidal Basin Identified
    WASHINGTON — The man found dead in the Tidal Basin early Thursday morning has been identified as missing software engineer Sarath Kumar Potharaju. A family…
  • How The Internet Is Making One Teen’s Prom Night AWESOME
    While most people probably consult their friends or a magazine for the latest prom trends, one Reddit user turned to the "front page of the…
  • FBI Requests Millions Of Dollars To Enhance Cyber Snooping Capabilities
    WASHINGTON — The FBI has requested more than $41 million to improve the bureau’s ability to collect and analyze cyber information and address “critical gaps”…
  • Poll: Majority Link Gun Violence And Video Games
    WASHINGTON — More than half of Americans believe there is a link between violent video games and gun violence, but only a third favor more…
  • Developers Get Access to Official Pebble Watchface SDK
    Pebble, the e-paper smart watch that earned more than $10 million on Kickstarter, now has an official public SDK available for iOS developers.

    Your patience has been rewarded…you have a brand new Pebble Smartwatch in your hands. And, of course, now you want to make it do your bidding.

    This developer documentation will show you how to create your own functionality for a Pebble Smartwatch.


    At this point in time the SDK is limited to creating different watch faces and does not support the creation of standard apps, though the Pebble website says that a Sports SDK will be added soon, allowing developers to incorporate Runkeeper-style features.

    The new Watchface SDK comes alongside version 1.10 of PebbleOS, which also offers up options for disabling backlighting and vibrations along with several bug fixes for iOS users.


  • David Balto: As Congress and Enforcers Contemplate Patent Trolls, Don’t Forget about Privateering
    Congress is beginning to pay attention to the significant problem of patent assertion entities ("PAEs") or, as they are sometimes called, patent trolls. Patent trolls’ business model is to acquire patents not to pursue innovation, but instead as a tool of litigation.
  • Researchers use DVD player to detect HIV in a matter of minutes
    Lab on DVD
    For a while now, DVD players — and to some extent Blu-ray players — have been losing prevalence. Apple began removing optical drives from its laptops years ago, and today even gaming PCs…
  • Michal Tsur: How Video Should Be Adopted in the Enterprise
    Video has become the new de-facto medium of choice for people online today. Specifically within the enterprise, video has seen very significant growth over the past 18 months.
  • Melinda Wentzel: Call Me Crazy: Crazy for My iPhone
    As if nothing else mattered, I scan breaking news from a never-ending stream of sources, devour the latest nuggets of idiocy on Twitter, check my email and, of course, peruse the Facebook statuses of 300 of my closest friends. Admittedly, I’ve got a problem.
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