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Mobile Technology News, April 23, 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.

  • Yahoo! Launches Updated Up for iPhone

    There was a time not so long ago – less than a year – that most had written off Yahoo! for dead.  What a difference a few months and a new CEO can make for a company.  It seems as if Yahoo! under Marissa Mayer has made some great strides as a company and if their iOS apps are any indication, it […]

    The post Yahoo! Launches Updated Up for iPhone appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • $15 iPhone 4 Antenna Settlement Checks Now Being Received [iOS Blog]
    First responders to the iPhone 4 antenna class action lawsuit are receiving their $15 settlement checks, reports to 9to5Mac.

    antennaclaimcheck Image via 9to5Mac

    The settlement, which came about in February 2012, is limited to people who experienced antenna issues with their iPhone 4 but were unable to return their device and opted not to receive a free bumper case from Apple.

    Apple will provide a $15 cash payment to Class Members who send in a valid claim form. The claim form will require you to declare that you: (a) experienced antenna or reception issues with your iPhone 4; (b) were unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs; (c) were unwilling to use a case or free bumper for your iPhone 4; and (d) completed certain troubleshooting steps or are unable to complete the troubleshooting steps because you no longer own your iPhone 4.

    The first checks were issued on April 17, 2013 and are void after July 16. Apple accepted claims until August 28 of 2012.


  • Susan Landau: Boston and the Right to Privacy
    In an attempt to use the power of online communities, people scrutinzed photos and videos of the marathon finish line to find the bombers. It seemed as if that might help, but events didn’t quite work out that way.
  • Tetris video game ‘fixes lazy eye’
    Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye – playing the video game Tetris.
  • New campaign urges killer robots ban
    A pre-emptive ban is needed to halt the production of weapons capable of attacking targets without any human intervention, a new campaign says.
  • Windows 8 meets 8-inch tablet? Possible Acer Iconia W3 leaks
    A French-language site offers the first glimpse of what it claims is Acer’s future 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.
  • Data spies hunt industrial secrets
    State-sponsored industrial espionage became a bigger cyber-threat to companies in 2012, reveals a report into data breaches.
  • Apple Cuts Prices on Refurbished 2nd and 3rd Generation Cellular iPads [iOS Blog]
    Apple has dropped the price on some of its refurbished iPads, offering an additional $50 discount on the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G and the third generation iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular.

    Earlier this month, the entry level iPad 2 with 3G capabilities was priced at $399, but now the tablet can be purchased for $349, a total savings of $180. The entry level third generation cellular iPad was previously priced at $459, but can now be purchased for $409, a total savings of $170.

    The price drop applies to all refurbished second and third generation iPads with cellular capabilities, regardless of storage capacity. With 32GB and 64GB of storage, the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G is priced at $429 and $529, while the 32GB and 64GB versions of the 3rd generation iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular cost $499 and $579.

    Apple is not offering further discounts on the Wi-Fi only versions of the second and third generation iPads, which remain priced at $319 and $379 for 16GB, respectively.

    As always, the availability of refurbished products from Apple’s online store is subject to rapid change. Refurbished units include the same one-year warranty as standard products, plus a new battery and outer shell.

    Thanks, Phil!


  • Facebook Post Pondering A Drone Strike On Watertown Goes Viral In Pakistan
    A Facebook post related to the Boston Marathon bombing surprised its American author by going viral in Pakistan this weekend. On Saturday, Micah Daigle, who…
  • Microsoft Touts Environmental Progress
    From putting a price on carbon emissions to floating green clouds, the tech giant outlines the steps it’s taking to promote sustainability from the data center to the desktop.

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  • Craig Kanalley: Social Media Campaign Shows Support For Boston Bombing Suspect
    Not everyone believes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a terrorist. Despite seemingly overwhelming evidence pointing toward his involvement in the Boston Marathon attack a week ago, there is a group of people who know Tsarnaev who are remaining loyal to the 19-year-old.
  • How to watch the Lyrid meteor shower tonight (and why you should)
    Lyrid Meteor Shower
    The Lyrid meteor shower will be peaking tonight, shooting as many as 20 meteors an hour right above your head.
  • Craigslist Erotica Post Might Be The Most Disturbing Ad We’ve Ever Seen
    We’ve seen some odd Craigslist advertisements in our day. There was the infamous "holiday boyfriend" who sought companionship only for the month of December. The…
  • Max Blau: Euphonia Director Danny Madden Explores How Technology Impacts Personal Relationships
    Not only does Euphonia challenge our everyday habits — whether it’s the urge to check our Twitter feeds, Instagram a photo, or refresh our inboxes — it leaves viewers with a heightened sense of awareness.
  • Jacqueline Corbelli: Fully Connected: Smart Phones, Tablets… and Connected TV Makes Three. Turns Out There is an App for That
    Staggering data in a recently issued Jack Myers Media Economic Data Report projects a systematic shift towards digital advertising across 19 industries by 2020, with double-digit increases for all but two sectors.
  • Netflix Wants More Money From Moochers
    Netflix knows you’re sharing your account with your friends. Don’t feel too guilty. It’s not just you, there are 10 million people watching Netflix for…
  • Lindsay Hoffman: The Printer Is Mightier Than the Gun?
    The 3-D printing story — accompanied by its biggest character, Cody Wilson – has received some attention, but is only in its beginning stages. That’s likely why it is not the top story of the day.
  • Apple Wins Victory Against Motorola After ITC Invalidates Sensor Patent [iOS Blog]
    Apple has won a small victory in its long standing case against Google’s Motorola, reports Bloomberg, after the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) upheld an earlier invalidation of a patent that threatened imports of the iPhone 4 into the U.S.

    The decision marks the latest instance in which neither Cupertino, California-based Apple nor Google has been able to strike a decisive blow against its competitor in a squabble that began more than two years ago. Each has claimed the other is infringing patents, and Apple accused Motorola Mobility of breaching obligations to license some of its most widely used technology on fair terms.

    Patent No. 6,246,862 references a “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device,” or the sensor in the iPhone that prevents the phone from being activated when close to a user’s face.

    The dispute between Motorola and Apple began in 2010 after Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming the Cupertino-based company infringed on eighteen of Motorola’s patents. After being acquired by Google, Motorola expanded its charges against Apple, stating that the company violated six patents having to do with iCloud.

    The patent that was invalidated today is the final patent in the above mentioned case, with all other charges against Apple previously cleared by the ITC. Google will likely appeal the decision, thus further extending the litigation between the two companies.

    Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Scola chastised Apple and Google for their patent disagreements, stating that the two had “no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute.” He gave the companies four months to streamline the case before it would be put on hold.


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