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Mobile Technology News, April 20, 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.

Mobile Technology News, April 19, 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.

Mobile Technology News, April 18, 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 Predicted to Tap Taiwanese Supply Chain for iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor [iOS Blog]
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been one of the most vocal sources claiming that Apple will be including a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S, indicating that Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec is ready to bear fruit for the company as a differentiating feature for the next iPhone.

    authentec_cross_section
    In a new research report, Kuo outlines his belief that in order to limit rival Samsung’s involvement in the iOS device supply chain, Apple will turn to a series of Taiwanese companies to support its fingerprint sensor implementation.

    Assuming this is the case, we predict a production flow of the fingerprint sensor as follows: Apple (design) –> TSMC (foundry) –> Xintec (wafer-level packaging) –> ASE and Sharp (module).

    While there’s no question that Apple possesses key fingerprint sensor technology, we also think TSMC is a reasonable foundry choice for Apple as it used to serve AuthenTec. We expect Xintec to make the supply chain on its expertise in wafer-level packaging and TSMC is its largest share holder. However, as it was loss-making in 2012, it’s possible Xintec will get capex support from TSMC for the new business.

    Kuo is upbeat on the futures of TSMC and ASE, arguing that Apple will continue to forge closer ties with the Taiwanese semiconductor industry. The biggest win for Taiwanese industry would be a shift to TSMC for the A-series chips used in Apple’s iOS devices. Apple has long been rumored to be working to shift production of the A-series chips from Samsung to TSMC, with the latest rumors suggesting that move may finally take place with new 20-nanometer A7 chips in early 2014.

        

  • iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple’s product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects mass production and shipments of the new iPad to ramp up in the August-September timeframe, with the device registering roughly 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current full-size iPad.

    We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15% thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25% lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4’s (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini’s.

    The prediction of a 7.5-8.0 mm thickness is in line with previous claims that the next iPad will see a roughly 2 mm reduction from the current 9.5 mm thickness.

    macrumors-ipad5cMockup of current iPad, iPad 5, and iPad mini
    Kuo predicts that Apple will adopt the same GF2 touch technology used in the iPad mini, enabling Apple to design a thinner display for the new full-size iPad. In addition, more efficient display and chip technologies are expected to bring down the device’s overall power consumption, allowing for a smaller and thinner battery.

    We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30% smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.

    As for the chip powering the iPad 5, Kuo believes that Apple will be sticking with Samsung for a new A7X chip that will take advantage of Samsung’s 28-nanometer process node. There have been reports that Apple will be shifting its A-series chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), but it appears that Kuo believes that transition has a bit further time horizon, in line with rumors that a partnership between Apple and TSMC for 20-nanometer A7 chips will not begin production until early 2014.

    Just last week, Kuo issued a report claiming that Apple’s iPhone 5S, lower-cost iPhone, and second-generation iPad mini will launch later than currently expected by market watchers, with a variety of technological challenges still needing to be addressed by Apple. While Kuo did not offer specific predictions of when Apple will launch those devices, he did lay out a series of three scenarios addressing the possibility of August/September, September/October, and October/November timeframes.

        

  • Intel’s CEO coy about hinting at Apple deal
    Intel’s CEO doesn’t seem keen on the idea of enabling a chip competitor like Apple. But that could change after he leaves.
  • Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers

    Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today.  The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion.  This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with […]

    The post Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Apple shares fall below $400 mark
    Shares in Apple fall to their lowest level in more than a year, on fears of slowing sales at the computer and mobile phone giant.
  • Huff TV: WATCH: Roy Talks Social Media Journalism
    Roy stopped by Bloomberg TV Wednesday night to chat about "the brave new world" of journalism in the age of social media. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms impact the way news breaks and as Roy noted, it’s not always a positive impact.
  • Apple Promotes Mother’s Day on Online Store and ‘Cards’ App [iOS Blog]
    Apple has updated its Cards app to promote Mother’s Day more prominently, as well as putting new Mother’s Day ads on the Apple Online Store. Mother’s Day in the United States occurs on Sunday May 12th this year.

    NewImage

    What’s new

    • Improves address verification on multi-card orders sent to recipients in different countries
    • Fixes several issues that caused the app to quit unexpectedly
    • Improves application performance

    Apple currently offers 34 styles of greeting cards for Mother’s Day, as well as dozens of others for different holidays.

    Cards is a free download from the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

        

  • Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: Should he stay as boss?
    Should Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer remain as chief executive?
  • Café McMullen: Technology and Education
    Are teachers and classrooms an archaic view of education? Are we evolving past the norm we have seen for as long as we can remember? I have to say the teacher in me is not quite ready to sign on to this view whole-heartedly yet.
  • Apple Extends Repair Program for MacBook Bottom Case Defects [Mac Blog]
    In 2011, Apple announced a worldwide repair program for MacBooks with a defective bottom case, which caused the rubber surface to separate from the hard plastic casing.

    The program originally stated that Apple would replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook for two years from the date of purchase, but the company recently extended the replacement period to four years from the original date of purchase.

    macbook_rubber_bottom_case

    Apple has determined that under certain circumstances the rubber surface on some MacBooks may separate from the bottom case of the system. MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 may experience this issue.

    Apple will replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook, free of charge, that exhibits the issue.

    This program covers affected MacBooks for four years from original purchase date. Apple will continue to evaluate the service data and will provide further extensions to this program as needed.

    Apple is offering several different repair options, which include visiting an Apple Retail Store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or ordering a replacement kit online.

        

  • Could This Be A Way To Predict Breast Cancer Survival?
    By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 04/17/2013 04:32 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily A new computer model may help researchers better predict how long breast…
  • Here Are The Twitter Handles Of The Senators Who Voted No On Background Checks
    The Senate rejected a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand gun background checks on Wednesday, casting a 54 to 46 vote that drew sharp responses from…
  • Soon You’ll Watch This On Amazon
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Amazon is letting viewers help choose its new lineup of TV shows, scuttling a secretive, wasteful process once reserved for…
  • Social Media Investigates Boston Attacks: Should The Crowd Be Pointing Fingers?
    It’s unlikely that the people responsible for the Boston Marathon attack will be apprehended through social media — the security footage from a Lord &…
  • Pocket Updated with New Send to Friend Functionality [iOS Blog]
    To celebrate the one year anniversary of its rebranding, Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has implemented new sharing capabilities.

    Pocket has long had tools to share articles via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but has added a new “Send to Friend” function along with a redesigned Share Menu.

    sendtofriend
    Send to Friend offers a way to share annotated content from Pocket with anyone. Select an article, add comments or highlights, and then email it to a friend. If it is sent to another Pocket user, the notification will be received directly in the app.

    A year ago today, we became Pocket. It seems only fitting that we’d celebrate with a new feature designed to rethink another core element of the Pocket experience: Sharing.

    INTRODUCING SEND TO FRIEND
    Send to Friend is a new, simple way to share content with the people who matter to you most. With just a couple of taps you can share content from Pocket with friends and family, along with a comment and a highlighted quote. They’ll receive an email with the link, and if they have Pocket, they’ll also be notified right inside the app.

    RECEIVE SHARED CONTENT IN POCKET
    Once a friend sends content to your Pocket with Send to Friend, it will appear in an inbox, where you can see their comments along with any highlighted quotes they chose to share with you.

    NEW SHARE MENU WITH MORE ACTIONS
    Pocket’s redesigned Share Menu adds Send to Friend, as well as actions for the selected item: Copy Link and Open in Browser.

    BUG FIXES & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
    This update also includes a number of bug fixes and performance updates.

    Pocket is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

        

  • Geek deals: Dell XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, $28 breathalyzer, more
    Dell XPS One 27 27-inch WQHD all-in-one PC
    All-in-one PCs finally started getting interesting again in late 2012. Apple has been upping the ante with the iMac’s slim design and ultra-high resolution screens, pushing Dell to fire back with its XPS…
  • Watch the first videos recorded with Google Glass (they’re pretty great)
    Google Glass
    One of the biggest features of Google Glass will be the ability to easily record point-of-view video. If you’ve been wondering why that is a big deal and what that video may look…
  • Daniel Newman: Executives Using Social Media — A Waste of Time?
    As a startup CEO and someone that has spent the majority my career in a leadership capacity, I have seen social media as part of my job for as long as I realized its viability for building a brand.
  • Apple Seeds Build 12E33a of OS X Beta 10.8.4 to Developers [Mac Blog]
    Apple today issued build 12E33a of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, eight days after build 12E30 was released. Build 12E33a marks the third beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.

    12e33a
    Apple continues to ask users to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

    The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and it should appear on Apple’s Developer Page shortly.

        

Mobile Technology News, April 18, 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 Predicted to Tap Taiwanese Supply Chain for iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor [iOS Blog]
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been one of the most vocal sources claiming that Apple will be including a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S, indicating that Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec is ready to bear fruit for the company as a differentiating feature for the next iPhone.

    authentec_cross_section
    In a new research report, Kuo outlines his belief that in order to limit rival Samsung’s involvement in the iOS device supply chain, Apple will turn to a series of Taiwanese companies to support its fingerprint sensor implementation.

    Assuming this is the case, we predict a production flow of the fingerprint sensor as follows: Apple (design) –> TSMC (foundry) –> Xintec (wafer-level packaging) –> ASE and Sharp (module).

    While there’s no question that Apple possesses key fingerprint sensor technology, we also think TSMC is a reasonable foundry choice for Apple as it used to serve AuthenTec. We expect Xintec to make the supply chain on its expertise in wafer-level packaging and TSMC is its largest share holder. However, as it was loss-making in 2012, it’s possible Xintec will get capex support from TSMC for the new business.

    Kuo is upbeat on the futures of TSMC and ASE, arguing that Apple will continue to forge closer ties with the Taiwanese semiconductor industry. The biggest win for Taiwanese industry would be a shift to TSMC for the A-series chips used in Apple’s iOS devices. Apple has long been rumored to be working to shift production of the A-series chips from Samsung to TSMC, with the latest rumors suggesting that move may finally take place with new 20-nanometer A7 chips in early 2014.

        

  • iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple’s product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects mass production and shipments of the new iPad to ramp up in the August-September timeframe, with the device registering roughly 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current full-size iPad.

    We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15% thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25% lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4’s (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini’s.

    The prediction of a 7.5-8.0 mm thickness is in line with previous claims that the next iPad will see a roughly 2 mm reduction from the current 9.5 mm thickness.

    macrumors-ipad5cMockup of current iPad, iPad 5, and iPad mini
    Kuo predicts that Apple will adopt the same GF2 touch technology used in the iPad mini, enabling Apple to design a thinner display for the new full-size iPad. In addition, more efficient display and chip technologies are expected to bring down the device’s overall power consumption, allowing for a smaller and thinner battery.

    We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30% smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.

    As for the chip powering the iPad 5, Kuo believes that Apple will be sticking with Samsung for a new A7X chip that will take advantage of Samsung’s 28-nanometer process node. There have been reports that Apple will be shifting its A-series chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), but it appears that Kuo believes that transition has a bit further time horizon, in line with rumors that a partnership between Apple and TSMC for 20-nanometer A7 chips will not begin production until early 2014.

    Just last week, Kuo issued a report claiming that Apple’s iPhone 5S, lower-cost iPhone, and second-generation iPad mini will launch later than currently expected by market watchers, with a variety of technological challenges still needing to be addressed by Apple. While Kuo did not offer specific predictions of when Apple will launch those devices, he did lay out a series of three scenarios addressing the possibility of August/September, September/October, and October/November timeframes.

        

  • Intel’s CEO coy about hinting at Apple deal
    Intel’s CEO doesn’t seem keen on the idea of enabling a chip competitor like Apple. But that could change after he leaves.
  • Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers

    Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today.  The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion.  This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with […]

    The post Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Apple shares fall below $400 mark
    Shares in Apple fall to their lowest level in more than a year, on fears of slowing sales at the computer and mobile phone giant.
  • Huff TV: WATCH: Roy Talks Social Media Journalism
    Roy stopped by Bloomberg TV Wednesday night to chat about "the brave new world" of journalism in the age of social media. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms impact the way news breaks and as Roy noted, it’s not always a positive impact.
  • Apple Promotes Mother’s Day on Online Store and ‘Cards’ App [iOS Blog]
    Apple has updated its Cards app to promote Mother’s Day more prominently, as well as putting new Mother’s Day ads on the Apple Online Store. Mother’s Day in the United States occurs on Sunday May 12th this year.

    NewImage

    What’s new

    • Improves address verification on multi-card orders sent to recipients in different countries
    • Fixes several issues that caused the app to quit unexpectedly
    • Improves application performance

    Apple currently offers 34 styles of greeting cards for Mother’s Day, as well as dozens of others for different holidays.

    Cards is a free download from the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

        

  • Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: Should he stay as boss?
    Should Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer remain as chief executive?
  • Café McMullen: Technology and Education
    Are teachers and classrooms an archaic view of education? Are we evolving past the norm we have seen for as long as we can remember? I have to say the teacher in me is not quite ready to sign on to this view whole-heartedly yet.
  • Apple Extends Repair Program for MacBook Bottom Case Defects [Mac Blog]
    In 2011, Apple announced a worldwide repair program for MacBooks with a defective bottom case, which caused the rubber surface to separate from the hard plastic casing.

    The program originally stated that Apple would replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook for two years from the date of purchase, but the company recently extended the replacement period to four years from the original date of purchase.

    macbook_rubber_bottom_case

    Apple has determined that under certain circumstances the rubber surface on some MacBooks may separate from the bottom case of the system. MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 may experience this issue.

    Apple will replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook, free of charge, that exhibits the issue.

    This program covers affected MacBooks for four years from original purchase date. Apple will continue to evaluate the service data and will provide further extensions to this program as needed.

    Apple is offering several different repair options, which include visiting an Apple Retail Store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or ordering a replacement kit online.

        

  • Could This Be A Way To Predict Breast Cancer Survival?
    By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 04/17/2013 04:32 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily A new computer model may help researchers better predict how long breast…
  • Here Are The Twitter Handles Of The Senators Who Voted No On Background Checks
    The Senate rejected a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand gun background checks on Wednesday, casting a 54 to 46 vote that drew sharp responses from…
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  • Social Media Investigates Boston Attacks: Should The Crowd Be Pointing Fingers?
    It’s unlikely that the people responsible for the Boston Marathon attack will be apprehended through social media — the security footage from a Lord &…
  • Pocket Updated with New Send to Friend Functionality [iOS Blog]
    To celebrate the one year anniversary of its rebranding, Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has implemented new sharing capabilities.

    Pocket has long had tools to share articles via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but has added a new “Send to Friend” function along with a redesigned Share Menu.

    sendtofriend
    Send to Friend offers a way to share annotated content from Pocket with anyone. Select an article, add comments or highlights, and then email it to a friend. If it is sent to another Pocket user, the notification will be received directly in the app.

    A year ago today, we became Pocket. It seems only fitting that we’d celebrate with a new feature designed to rethink another core element of the Pocket experience: Sharing.

    INTRODUCING SEND TO FRIEND
    Send to Friend is a new, simple way to share content with the people who matter to you most. With just a couple of taps you can share content from Pocket with friends and family, along with a comment and a highlighted quote. They’ll receive an email with the link, and if they have Pocket, they’ll also be notified right inside the app.

    RECEIVE SHARED CONTENT IN POCKET
    Once a friend sends content to your Pocket with Send to Friend, it will appear in an inbox, where you can see their comments along with any highlighted quotes they chose to share with you.

    NEW SHARE MENU WITH MORE ACTIONS
    Pocket’s redesigned Share Menu adds Send to Friend, as well as actions for the selected item: Copy Link and Open in Browser.

    BUG FIXES & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
    This update also includes a number of bug fixes and performance updates.

    Pocket is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

        

  • Geek deals: Dell XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, $28 breathalyzer, more
    Dell XPS One 27 27-inch WQHD all-in-one PC
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  • Watch the first videos recorded with Google Glass (they’re pretty great)
    Google Glass
    One of the biggest features of Google Glass will be the ability to easily record point-of-view video. If you’ve been wondering why that is a big deal and what that video may look…
  • Daniel Newman: Executives Using Social Media — A Waste of Time?
    As a startup CEO and someone that has spent the majority my career in a leadership capacity, I have seen social media as part of my job for as long as I realized its viability for building a brand.
  • Apple Seeds Build 12E33a of OS X Beta 10.8.4 to Developers [Mac Blog]
    Apple today issued build 12E33a of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, eight days after build 12E30 was released. Build 12E33a marks the third beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.

    12e33a
    Apple continues to ask users to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

    The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and it should appear on Apple’s Developer Page shortly.

        

Mobile Technology News, April 17, 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.

Mobile Technology News, April 16, 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.

  • Use the internet to defuse gang culture
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  • Consumer Backlash Against Apple Maps Surprised Waze CEO
    waze_iconOn Monday, Waze CEO Noam Bardin took the stage at AllThingsD‘s Dive Into Mobile conference and talked (via Mashable) about how his company didn’t think Apple Maps would be “that good” but that it underestimated consumer reaction to Apple’s service.

    The social turn-by-turn navigation company had assumed that Apple Maps would be good enough for consumers, Bardin said, but this assumption led to the company being surprised by the negative reaction many users had to Apple Maps when they rolled out as part of iOS 6.

    That reaction led to an open letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook in which he acknowledged the issues with Apple’s Maps app and promised to improve the product while also recommending a number of alternatives, including Waze, while Apple worked to bring its maps to an acceptable standard.

    According to Engadget, Bardin said that consumers are rapidly acquiring certain expectations when it comes to services such as maps, expectations that are not necessarily easily met.

    Consumers now have a quality bar, and that bar is going up rapidly. Two years ago, Apple’s Maps app on iOS 6 would’ve been a fine product.

    Bardin went on to say (via VentureBeat) that with the quality bar continually being raised, companies will have to pour more and more money into mapping to match the quality consumers desire. Unsurprisingly, Bardin notes that Google is the one setting that standard.

    “Google is out there creating a standard of quality,” Bardin said. “We feel like we’re the only real competition. Rumors say it is $1 billion to $2 billion spent by Google a year.”

    waze_bardin_dive_into_mobileWaze CEO Noam Bardin at Dive Into Mobile (Source: Engadget)
    Bardin does feel that Apple Maps is getting better with time, but that Apple is being handicapped by its vendors. TomTom provides much of the data for Apple Maps, and Bardin noted that TomTom cannot put as many resources into its mapping service as Google can.

    In early January, it was rumored that Apple was in talks to acquire Waze, but it was later reported that there was no deal in sight. Engadget notes that the CEO dodged questions of potential acquisitions while VentureBeat says that Bardin wouldn’t confirm whether Waze supplies Apple with data on improving Apple Maps.

        

  • Funny or Die’s Steve Jobs Movie ‘iSteve’ Delayed Until April 17 [iOS Blog]
    Funny or Die‘s Steve Jobs movie “iSteve” was scheduled to premiere today on the humor site, but following today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon the company has posted a banner announcing that it has delayed the movie’s premiere until April 17.

    istevedelay
    The movie, which stars Justin Long as Jobs and Lost‘s Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak, is still having an in-theater premiere at the New Beverly Cinema tonight in Los Angeles.

    tumblr_mlbrf7YW6n1qzpj8xo1_500Image via Scroll With the Punches Tumblr
    In addition to today’s announcement regarding the “iSteve” delay, Funny or Die has linked to a statement from the American Red Cross about the Boston Marathon explosions, encouraging visitors to donate to the Boston Red Cross.

        

  • VIDEO: Will handwriting survive the iPad?
    Could interactive technology cause a drop in the number of individuals able to write by hand?
  • Facebook in Talks With Apple to Bring ‘Home’ to iPhone
    Facebook is in talks with Apple about creating a version of its “Home” software for the iPhone, reports Bloomberg.

    Originally released for Android devices earlier this month, Facebook Home puts Facebook at the front and center of the phone, displaying photos on the lock screen and transforming the chat experience with overlays called Chat Heads.

    home
    According to Adam Mosseri, the director of product at Menlo Park, talks are ongoing and no plans have been finalized. “We’ve shown them what we’ve built and we’re just in an ongoing conversation,” he said.

    At a question and answer session after the unveiling of the new software Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed interest in bringing Home to iOS, but mentioned that an iOS version would be harder to create as Facebook would have to work with Apple. Mosseri says that the Home software would be altered to suit Apple’s preferences.

    “It may or may not be Home,” he said. “We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it’s not called Home, it’s called something else.”

    Facebook and Apple have had a troubled relationship in the past, being unable to come to a suitable agreement over Facebook integration in the now-defunct iTunes social networking feature Ping, but have worked together on Facebook integration in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.

    In addition to speaking with Apple, Facebook is also courting Microsoft. Both Apple and Microsoft representatives declined to comment on the on the situation.

        

  • The bra designed to shock attackers
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  • Apple Initiates Replacement Program for 3rd Generation Apple TVs With Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues
    Apple has notified its retail stores, authorized resellers, and AppleCare employees about WiFi issues being experienced by a small portion of its third generation Apple TVs, reports 9to5Mac. The units are having issues locating and joining WiFi networks and maintaining a connection.

    Apple has determined that a very small number of Apple TV (3rd generation) products might experience one of these Wi-Fi related connectivity issues:

    Cannot locate network

    Unable to join network

    Dropped or intermittent connection.

    Apple technicians are authorized to replace affected products for two years from the original date of purchase at no charge to the customer after verifying that the devices are running software version 5.2.1 and that there are no third party interference issues.

    The Apple TVs experiencing connectivity problems feature the following serial numbers:

    atvserialnumbers
    The third generation Apple TV, which features support for 1080p video, was first released in March of last year. It was later tweaked in late January to include a smaller A5 chip.

        

  • 6 Seconds Of Horror, On Repeat
    Within 55 minutes of being posted, Doug Lorman’s video of the Boston marathon explosion, recorded from a television news report and shared to Twitter, had…
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  • Mailbox Update Adds Better Snooze Controls and Improved Swiping [iOS Blog]
    Ultra popular email management app Mailbox has received its first update since being acquired by Dropbox last month, adding several improvements to the user interface.

    Mailbox’s claim to fame is its simple design and intuitive gesture-based controls that turn emails into tasks. Today’s update adds enhancements on both fronts, offering more specific adjustments for snooze times and the ability to swipe multiple items at one time.

    mailbox

    What’s New in Version 1.2.0
    -smarter snoozes (adjust based on time of day and week)
    -faster swipes (swipe as many items at one time as you want)
    -UI improvements (e.g. double-tap a name bubble to see email address)
    -bug fixes (including swipe-to-open bug) and performance improvements

    Mailbox is a free app for the iPhone that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

        

  • iPhone 5S May Come Equipped With 12-Megapixel Rear Camera and Improved Night Shooting
    rearcameraApple’s next generation iPhone may feature a 12-megapixel camera with an improved night shooting feature and HDR reports Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn [Google Translation] (via iPhoneinCanada).

    According to the site, the rumor comes from a source at Wonderful Saigon Electrics in Binh Duong, which specializes in providing camera modules for the iPhone.

    An improved camera has been a long rumored feature of the iPhone 5S, but there are few specifics available.

    The iPhone 5 features the same 8-megapixel rear camera with an f2.4 aperture that was introduced with the iPhone 4S, but it has a sapphire crystal for improved clarity. A further improvement to 12-megapixels with a lower aperture to improve low light photography does not sound out of the realm of possibility.

    Camera improvements have been a staple of Apple’s “S” phone releases. The iPhone 4S featured an 8-megapixel rear camera, a significant upgrade from the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixels.

    Apple has also been dedicated to enhancing the camera quality of the iPhone with each iteration as it has become a popular photography device, adding features like panoramas and a volume shutter control. The iPhone has long been the most popular camera on photo sharing site Flickr.

    Tinhte.vn has shared several Apple prototypes in the past, notably offering up a preview of Apple’s redesigned EarPods and an early version of the fourth generation iPod touch, the first to come equipped with a camera.

        

  • Gini Graham Scott: Mind Control Is Becoming Reality
    It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies. But a mind-control revolution is coming in which people can increasingly use their minds to control objects, moods and assorted devices, and the gaming industry seems to be leading the charge.
  • Google Person Finder launched to help with Boston Marathon victims
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  • Your Best Weight Loss Aid Could Be Right In Your Purse
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  • Cell Phone Service Shut Down In Boston After Marathon Explosion
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  • Bethesda officially done with Skyrim, moving on to bigger and better things
    Skyrim
    After the game’s release back in November of 2011, Bethesda released three major DLC additions to Skyrim: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. If you were too engrossed in the snowy, bleak land of Skyrim before those major releases, Bethesda…

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?
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  • Tamara Shayne Kagel: Facebook Family Photo Album Time
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  • 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
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  • Does Apple need a hybrid MacBook?
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Mobile Technology News, April 14, 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.

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.

    itunesconnectletter
    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
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    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?
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    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”…
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    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.

    pebblesmartwatch

    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.
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    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.

Mobile Technology News, April 12, 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.

  • Let’s Present for iPhone Takes Presentation Practice Mobile

    Many presentation experts agree that rehearsing a speech out loud and practicing multiple times are the two most effective techniques to improve presentation performance. Mobile Utility announced today that its newest app Let’s Present(TM) 1.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in […]

    The post Let’s Present for iPhone Takes Presentation Practice Mobile appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Goldman says ‘sell’ Microsoft, others downgrade stock
    Goldman Sachs recommended selling Microsoft shares, as other analysts downgraded the stock. At least one analyst is more upbeat about Microsoft’s chances, though.
  • More Efficient LED Backlighting May Lead to Thinner, Lighter iPad 5
    Improvements to the iPad’s LED backlighting will allow Apple to create a thinner iPad 5, NPD DisplaySearch’s Paul Semenza told CNET.

    “It’s likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs,” said Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, in an e-mail to CNET.

    The Retina displays of the third and fourth generation iPads required a dual-LED backlight along with a bigger battery, which caused them to be thicker than the previous iPad 2.

    Semenza also pointed out that a shift to a film-based touch sensor might also serve to reduce bulk. The current iPad mini incorporates a DITO film touch panel sensor which contributes to its 7.2mm thickness. He was unsure whether Apple might consider a switch to different display technology, but some reports have suggested that Apple is investigating IGZO panels.

    macrumors-ipad5aMockup of the 5th generation iPad next to the iPad mini
    DisplaySearch has extensive sources in the display supply chain, but a mixed track record when it comes to predictions. Before the launch of the fourth generation iPad DisplaySearch claimed that the tablet would launch with a thinner design, a prediction that ended up being incorrect after the iPad was released with the same form factor as the third generation iPad. The research firm did, however, accurately predict the in-cell display technology used in the iPhone 5.

    Rumors of a thinner iPad 5 originated last year and were followed up with photos of an alleged rear shell of the device in January and case leaks in February. Photos of the front bezel of the iPad 5 surfaced yesterday, featuring a narrower iPad mini-style design.

        

  • Google builds data-after-death tool
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  • Apple Offers $53 Million Settlement to Customers Accused of Water Damaging Their iOS Devices
    iphone3gsWired is reporting that Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class action lawsuit, which originated in 2010, that accuses them of failing to honor warranties on certain models of iPhones or iPod Touches.

    The settlement, which should be filed in San Francisco federal court in the next couple of weeks, provides cash payouts to possibly hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPod Touch customers that say Apple did not honor either their one-year standard or two-year extended warranty.

    According to several lawsuits combined in San Francisco, no matter what the problem, Apple refused to honor warranties if a white indicator tape embedded in the phone near the headphone or charging portals had turned pink or red. However, the tape’s maker, 3M, said humidity, and not water contact, could have caused the color to at least turn pink.

    In November 2010 Apple adjusted their damage assessment procedures so that repair staff had to inspect devices even if a device’s indicator tape was “triggered” and changed color. Prior to that change, Apple would rely on the indicator tape when determining a liquid damage event, which would not be covered by Apple’s warranty.

    The lawsuit’s affected devices include the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the first, second and third generation iPod Touch. Wired notes that potential payouts could be around $200 or less, depending on how many claims are submitted.

    Apple chief litigation counsel Noreen Krall signed the settlement yesterday. Wired notes that Apple admits no wrongdoing, and the settlement will have to be approved by the judge.

        

  • Apple Caves on Streaming Music Royalty Rates, First Deal to Be Signed Next Week
    itunes_radio_round_iconThe Verge is reporting that Apple is set to strike a licensing deal with Universal Music Group, the largest music label, by next week for its rumored Internet radio service. A deal with Warner Music would follow soon after that, according to The Verge.

    Last week, it was reported that Apple was close to wrapping a deal up with Universal Music Group and Warner Music, but no immediate time table was given and it was unclear if any side made concessions on royalty rates.

    In early March the New York Post said that one of the sticking points in the negotiations with the labels was that Apple was offering to pay half the royalty rate of Pandora, which was $0.06 per 100 songs streamed. The Verge says that Apple did not succeed in trying to undercut Pandora’s rates.

    Now, Apple will pay rates nearly “neck and neck” with Pandora, one of the sources said. Because of iTunes huge number of users, the new service is expected to be an immediate threat to Pandora.

    The Pandora-like service is supposed to launch later this year and is set up to help iTunes users discover new music, generate ad sales and boost sales of downloads, according to The Verge.

    However, Apple still has to strike a deal with Sony Music Entertainment and music publishers, and talks with those companies are said to not be as far along as Universal Music Group and Warner Music. If Apple is able to agree to a deal with Sony in the next couple months, it could possibly debut iRadio at Worldwide Developers Conference this June.

        

  • Online bingo: A very full house
    The irresistible rise of online bingo
  • Jim Yu: Pinterest and Quora for Business? Ignore at Your Peril
    Since it introduced Pinterest for Business just last November, the three-year-old pinboard photosharing website has been on fire. And if you haven’t yet heard the company’s new set of tools and terms designed to help brands use the site, you’d better catch up fast.
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    Should ‘irritating’ fans stop filming gigs on their phones?
  • Web games get fair trading scrutiny
    Web and phone games aimed at children that charge for extras are being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.
  • Randi Zuckerberg: On Kickstarter Etiquette and Crowd-Funding Fatigue
    Lately, I’ve heard many people complain that they feel inundated by Kickstarter requests. Rather than a platform to support creative visionaries, it’s become just another way to hit people up for money.
  • Look: Why Is This Orthodox Jew Flying In A Huge Plastic Bag?
    A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to…
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  • Iranian Scientist Claims To Invent ‘Time Machine’
    An Iranian inventor recently claimed he created a "time machine," according to reports. But the Internet is skeptical, and with good reason. The Telegraph caused…
  • ZeptoLab Previews ‘Cut The Rope: Time Travel’ [iOS Blog]
    CtrttZeptoLab today previewed the third in its Cut the Rope series of games, this one called Cut the Rope: Time Travel. The company didn’t include any details on the new game beyond this teaser trailer, but it’s likely to incorporate some sort of time shifting mechanic.

    The other two games in this series, Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments, both became bestsellers on the App Store and won multiple gaming awards. ZeptoLab’s most recent game, Pudding Monsters, was less successful.

    Our sister-site TouchArcade has this to say about the Cut the Rope games:

    If you’re not familiar, the gameplay mechanic of Cut the Rope hinges around solving physics puzzles to feed the above adorable monster candy. Both Cut the Rope proper as well as Experiments should be on your phone (or iPad), if they aren’t already.

        

  • Google Feature Helps You Plan For Your Death
    Google doesn’t want you to worry about the afterlife — or at least what’s left of your digital assets once you’re gone. Google’s new "Inactive…
  • Misdemeanors To Require DNA Swabs?
    Coloradans convicted of a misdemeanor offense may have to submit to mandatory DNA swabs if the bill, being heard Thursday in a House committee, passes….
  • Senator Blasts IRS Email Snooping
    NEW YORK — A civil liberties-minded senator from Colorado is hitting the IRS over its claim that it doesn’t need a warrant to read emails…
  • You Watch More Netflix Than Cable
    Netflix is more popular than cable, according to an analyst at BTIG Research. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted a public Facebook update touting that over…
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