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Mobile Technology News, April 15, 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.

  • We must wake up to the threats of new chemical weapons
    Chemical warfare is centuries old, but rapid advances in science could create deadly new weapons. We must act now, says British MP Alistair Burt


  • Review of Weather Live for iOS

    There are plenty of weather apps in the App Store for you to chose from today.  Finding the weather app that meets your needs however is the more challenging prospect.  Recently Apalon updated Weather Live for iOS and it has quickly become one of my favourite weather apps.  With stunning animated […]

    The post Review of Weather Live for iOS appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Windows 8.1 ‘boot to desktop’ rumor: Wishful thinking?
    A weekend rumor would lead us to believe that Microsoft is working on an option in Windows 8.1 that allows a direct boot to desktop.
  • Tamara Shayne Kagel: Facebook Family Photo Album Time
    Once you have the urge to turn Facebook into a family album, let that be a sign that you’ve outgrown these britches.
  • Microsoft Looking to Join the Smart Watch Race
    suunto_n3_spot_watchWith rumors of an Apple smart watch ramping up over the past few months, a number of other companies have also reportedly been working on their own projects involving watches and other wearable devices. Last month, both Samsung and Google were reported to be working on their own projects, and now The Wall Street Journal indicates that Microsoft is also exploring the possibility of a smart watch.

    Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said. […]

    For its potential new watch prototype, Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers, said an executive at a component supplier.

    The report notes that this is not Microsoft’s first foray into smart watch technology, with the company having launched its Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) platform in 2004 through partnerships with watch companies such as Fossil and Suunto.

    Those watches, which received data through Microsoft’s MSN Direct FM radio-based service, were discontinued by 2008, but the idea of smart watches is experiencing a rebirth as companies look to make the experience of today’s mobile devices even more “personal”.

    (Image: Suunto’s n3 smart watch from 2004, based on Microsoft’s SPOT technology)


  • Venezuelan Presidential Candidate’s Twitter Account Hacked
    The Associated Press / The Huffington Post CARACAS, Venezuela (AP/The Huffington Post) — The Twitter account of Venezuela governing party candidate Nicolas Maduro has been…
  • Shawn Amos: The Content Brief: Banner Ads Will Evolve, Not Go Away (WATCH)
    Banner ads — blech. That seemed to be the consensus from a round-up of early banner ad creators and adopters convened recently by Digiday, who lamented that banner ads today represent "nothing but eye candy on the page" and "a race to the bottom."
    The "Veronica Mars" movie will get made thanks to fans. The Kickstarter to fund the "Veronica Mars" movie ended on Friday, April 12 and shattered…
  • Will This Slow Down Rising Sea Levels?
    From Climate Central’s Andrew Freedman: A new study finds that it is possible to greatly slow the rate of sea level rise, which is one…
  • Does Apple need a hybrid MacBook?
    An Apple hybrid MacBook is an enticing idea. Should the company try to pull it off?
  • Google’s April Fools’ Joke Might Not Have Been So Ridiculous
    This week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first…
  • Huge New Telescope To Be World’s Biggest
    HONOLULU — A plan by California and Canadian universities to build the world’s largest telescope at the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano won approval…
  • Computer program learns to play classic NES games
    Readers of a certain age will recall spending a substantial amount of time during childhood playing games like Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Little did you know that all…
  • Andy Plesser: VIDEO: Adobe Adds HLS Support to Flash
    CANNES — In a move that that could widen the reach of TV Everywhere, tech giant Adobe added full support for the HLS streaming media…
  • Can Maryland Ban Cyberbullying?
    A 2013 Maryland General Assembly bill bearing the name of a Howard County teenager who killed herself last year is expected to be signed into…
  • Good vibrations — Tuning fork hitting water at 1600fps
    Tuning Fork slow motion
    Most people have seen a video of a single drop of water hit a puddle in slow motion, but have you ever seen a tuning fork hit that same puddle? More importantly, have…
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