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Mobile Technology News, April 27, 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.

  • Happiness tracking software could gauge mood in photos
    Ever wanted to organise your photos by how happy they are? You may soon get your wish, with a new system that tracks facial emotions in group photos


  • Apple ‘Hitting the Road’ With New Tech Talks Tour for Developers This Fall
    wwdcApple today announced on its developer news website that it will be “hitting the road” with individual Tech Talk sessions for developers this fall (via The Next Web). The news comes a day after tickets for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sold out in two minutes.

    Enthusiasm for WWDC 2013 has been incredible, with tickets selling out in record time. For those who can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still take advantage of great WWDC content, as we’ll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference. We’ll also be hitting the road this fall with Tech Talks in a city near you. Hope to see you there.

    With the quick sellout, even some developers who thought they were purchasing their tickets in time experienced difficulties with the checkout process, and Apple contacted some of those affected developers yesterday to offer them a second chance at purchasing tickets. For those who missed out on WWDC tickets but would still like to take advantage of some the excitement and opportunities surrounding the event, a free alternative to WWDC called AltWWDC has also been announced.

    Still, demand for access to Apple engineers remains high, and the company has apparently seen fit to revive its Tech Talks tour in order to make contact with additional developers who are unable to attend WWDC.

    Apple has not yet announced which cities the Tech Talks will take place in, but the company may share more details around WWDC, which takes place June 10-14 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Apple last held its Tech Talks tour to support the launch of iOS 5 in late 2011 and early 2012, taking its show to 9 cities around the world.


  • Apple Again Solicits Cupertino Neighbors for Feedback on ‘Campus 2’ Project
    Earlier this week, Apple filed another revised plan for its “Campus 2” project in Cupertino, a new headquarters for the company focused on a massive ring-shaped building and designed to house 13,000 employees.

    In line with that revised plan, Apple has once again solicited residents of Cupertino for feedback on the project now that additional details on environmental sustainability and neighborhood enhancements have been fleshed out. Apple made a similar mailing last May when the project was in an earlier stage of conceptualization.

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    This week’s mailing includes a new letter from Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer outlining some of the highlights of the project for neighbors:

    At Apple, the environment is a top priority, and we’ve designed Apple Campus 2 with cutting-edge features to make it energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable. Several of these green technologies are highlighted in this update.

    As at our existing campus on Infinite Loop, we are committed to 100% renewable energy to power Apple Campus 2. This will include onsite generation from photovoltaics and fuel cells. As part of this effort, approximately 8 megawatts of photovoltaics will be installed, creating one the largest installations of its kind on a corporate campus anywhere in the world.

    Apple started in Cupertino, and we are excited to continue to grow here. As we build the new campus, we also plan to invest in new roadways and intersection improvements, add new sidewalks and better bike lanes, and plant new trees in newly created medians in the surrounding neighborhood.

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    As with the previous mailing, Apple includes a postage-paid response card allowing neighbors to provide feedback on the project and invites neighbors to view additional project details on the City of Cupertino’s website.

    (Thanks, Ian!)


  • Shawn Amos: The Content Brief: Are Brands Ready for 3D Printing? [WATCH]
    3D printing is just about ready for its close-up. But will brands see it as a marketing opportunity, or a copyright nightmare? 3D printing marketplace…
  • Facebook CEO Sold Stock Options For $2.3 Billion
    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a gain of nearly $2.3 billion last year when he exercised 60 million stock options just before…
  • Apple’s New Corporate Controller Luca Maestri Receives Stock Rights Worth $15 Million
    luca_maestriFormer Xerox CFO Luca Maestri officially joined Apple as Corporate Controller in late February and a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission published earlier today reveals that he received 38,091 restricted stock units (RSUs) in March of this year.

    As with most RSUs handed out by Apple, these carry staggered vesting dates with 1/8 of the total number of units converting to actual shares every six months over a four year period.

    Apple’s restricted stock grants are often issued as incentives to stay with the company because the shares vest over time and require employees to remain employed through each vesting date.

    At Apple’s current stock price, Maestri’s RSUs are worth approximately $15 million, but that total will shift depending on the stock price at the time that the shares vest.

    In his role as Corporate Controller, Maestri works directly under Apple senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. Before serving as CFO at Xerox, Maestri formerly worked at Nokia Siemens Networks and GM.


  • All The News That Fits On Glass
    The New York Times on Thursday released a news app for Google Glass, the highly-anticipated computer eyeglasses that can record video, take pictures and connect…
  • Televangelist: Adolf Hitler Modeled Holocaust After Planned Parenthood
    Did Adolf Hitler model his genocidal Holocaust plans after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s alleged actions? That’s the inflammatory claim made by controversial evangelical leader…
  • ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense For Anyone To Be Gossip Girl’
    When it was revealed that Dan (Penn Badgley) was the elusive Gossip Girl in in the December finale of the longtime CW series, viewers were…
  • InfoWars’s Dating Site Is Predictably, Hilariously Crazy
    If you’re looking for a mate with "Celtic ancestry" and a healthy skepticism about the official narrative of 9/11, this is the dating site for…
  • Major Daily Deal Site Hacked, Millions Of Customers Affected
    By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – LivingSocial, the second-largest daily deal company behind Groupon Inc, said on Friday it was hit by a cyber…
  • Christopher Walken T-Rex Will Be A Real Thing
    Ethan Cyr, a 16-year-old in New York City, had an innocent dream: to build a Tyrannosaurus Rex with Christopher Walken’s head. Now it appears that…
  • WATCH: The Most Romantic Thing To Ever Happen At Google
    The entire Google London office recently helped Google employee Shaun Aukland pop the question to his boyfriend, Michael. Aukland wrote on YouTube Friday that he…
  • What The Heck Is A ‘Brinicle’?
    From Douglas Main, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer: What’s cooler than being cool? Brine-cold. When salt-rich water leaks out of sea ice, it sinks into the sea…
  • Really, Martha? Celeb Discloses Surprising Online Activity
    She hasn’t offered up her signature catchphrase just yet, but Martha Stewart’s likely verdict of dating would be that it’s "a good thing." That’s based…
  • Conservatives Slam Hit Video Game
    Since its debut in March, Irrational Games’ new first-person shooter, "BioShock Infinite," has received rave reviews and is expected to sell more than 4 million…
  • Game Over?
    Vancouver’s gaming sector suffered another hit Thursday with the news that PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Games studios are shutting down as part of Electronic Arts’…
  • Never Let This Happen To You Again
    Never lose another $1.50 to a faulty vending machine again. The fury that comes from a vending machine eating your change? The frustration of staring…
  • Beth Israel Study Shows NICU Babies Exposed to Music have Health Benefits
    In a recent two-year long study, researchers have found tangible health benefits of the simple task of singing to your newborn child. The study took place at the Beth Israel Medical Center and followed the outcomes of introducing musical intervention to 272 premature babies in the NICU.
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