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Mobile Technology News, April 30, 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.

  • Cern to re-create first web page
    A team at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) has launched a project to re-create the first web page.
  • Skype now available for Outlook.com
    Microsoft says its email service Outlook.com will now support Skype, allowing users to make audio and video calls right from their inbox.
  • Microsoft frames Skype in Outlook.com inboxes
    New integration combining the video chat and messaging service with Microsoft free e-mail service is rolling out to U.K. users now and will be available in the U.S. “in coming weeks.”
  • Apple Tops Consumer Reports’ Tech Support Ratings, Bests Its Own Score [Mac Blog]
    Consumer Reports today released the results of its annual computer tech support survey, which revealed that Apple bested its own scores from last year while also topping every other brand-name computer manufacturer.

    The company scored far higher than the other big companies for the elements that make for successful online and phone support: ease of contacting staff, clarity of advice, technical knowledge, patience, and time for follow-up.

    Although the full details of the survey are restricted to Consumer Reports subscribers, Macworld reports that Apple’s Genius Bar was able to solve  88 percent of problems for in-store support, compared to 73 percent for Staples’ EasyTech and 70 percent for Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

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    Consumers surveyed also said that Apple was able to help solve 82 percent of computer problems, more than any other manufacturer, with only independent custom computer shops coming close to Apple. Overall, Apple rated 86 out of 100, which the publication describes as “very satisfied.” The next closest brand was Lenovo, which scored a 63 out of 100, or “fairly well satisfied.”

    Apple traditionally performs well in Consumer Reports’ surveys, and has been highly rated for a number of years.

        

  • Adobe Offering Spring Discount on Lightroom and Elements [Mac Blog]
    Adobe is offering customers a 20% spring discount on some of its editing software (via AppleInsider), dropping the price of Lightroom 4, Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 by $30.

    Lightroom 4, originally priced at $149, is designed for photographers, offering up an array of powerful image adjustment tools. Though Adobe recently launched a beta version of Lightroom 5, the updated software will not be released until later this year.

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    Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 11 provides several tools from the more robust Photoshop CS6 at a lower cost, and Premiere Elements 11 is designed for video editing. Both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are priced at $99, though a bundle of the two is also available for $149. The $30 discount applies to the bundle as well as the individual titles.

    The discounted software can be purchased directly from Adobe using the code “SPRING30,” until May 11 when the promotion ends.

        

  • Alibaba buys stake in China’s Weibo
    Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce group, buys an 18% stake in Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, as it looks to tap into the social media sector.
  • Boost Mobile May Offer iPhone Later This Year [iOS Blog]
    In mid–2012 rumors surfaced that Boost Mobile might begin offering the iPhone late in the year. Those rumors didn’t come to fruition, but a new tweet from @evleaks (via 9to5Mac) suggests that the Sprint subsidiary might gain the iPhone during the third quarter of 2013.

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    If the rumor is true, Boost Mobile would become the fourth major prepaid carrier to offer the iPhone after Cricket Wireless, Virgin Mobile, and Walmart brand Straight Talk.

    Boost Mobile is known for its $50 per month plan, which includes unlimited talk time, unlimited texting, and unlimited data. With Shrinkage, a reward for paying bills in a timely manner, Boost Mobile unlimited plans can go as low as $35. It is not known, however, if the carrier’s current plans will apply to the iPhone.

        

  • Original iPhone Will Soon Be ‘Obsolete’ In Apple Retail Stores
    The original iPhone will soon be considered obsolete in Apple Retail Stores according to an internal Apple document shared by 9to5Mac. Products considered ‘obsolete’ are ineligible for service parts and documentation at retail stores and cannot be repaired at mail-in AppleCare Repair Centers.

    Apple typically makes products ‘obsolete’ or ‘vintage’ five years after they are discontinued, though there are some exceptions where required by law. The original iPhone went on sale in June 2007 and was discontinued in July 2008 when the iPhone 3G was released.

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    Other Apple products that will be considered ‘vintage’ as of June 11, 2013 include the mid-2007 models of the iMac, the late 2006 model Xserve, and the original Mac Pro. 9to5Mac has the list of newly minted vintage and obsolete products, while Apple maintains a list of all products named vintage or obsolete going back to the Apple II.

        

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    Premier League teams mine performance data to gain an edge
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  • Microsoft’s Azure gets competitive with $1B in revenue
    A jump in subscriptions to the software giant’s cloud computing software reveals that the company may be starting to edge into Amazon’s territory.
  • Is Facebook Losing Millions Of Users Per Month?
    Has Facebook finally peaked? Social media was abuzz Monday with news that Facebook may be losing millions of users per month in the U.S., U.K….
  • Leigh Clark: How to Be Facebook Famous in 11 Simple Steps
    Taking the bins out or feeding the cats is just a mundane duty to most of us, but we all know some people who do these everyday chores and receive wide recognition and rapturous applause. These people are Facebook Famous. They’re the winners of the most competitive popularity contest on earth and every aspect of their life is so damn fantastic that it needs to be shared with their legions of adoring friends. But how the hell do these cocky little upstarts do it and how can you achieve similar glorification from your online acquaintances?
  • An Exciting ‘Development’ For John Krasinski
    John Krasinski is heading to "Arrested Development!" According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Office" star, who says goodbye to Jim Halpert this May, will appear in…
  • Joseph Farrell: Native vs. HTML5: Why Companies Need to Stop Treating Mobile Like an Episode of Mad Men
    While brands and marketers are (rightly) concerned with ensuring their apps are downloaded, it really is only the start of the battle. More attention needs to be placed on the question, "has my brand created an immersive, compelling experience that adds real value for my customers?"
  • Is A 4-Year-Old Girl Really ‘Addicted’ To Her iPad?
    News outlets from the U.K. to the U.S. were buzzing last week with the striking claim that a 4-year-old girl had been identified as Britain’s…
  • 13 Quirky & Unexpected Webby Nominees
    The voting for the 2013 Webbys is over, but the winners haven’t been announced yet, which means it’s the perfect time to visit all of…
  • The Controversial Policy Most New York Mayoral Candidates Hope To Abolish
    New York City students may soon be able to use their cell phones in school, as a majority of the New York City mayoral candidates…
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