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Mobile Technology News, May 31, 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, May 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.

  • Apple Announces 2013 iTunes Festival in London Scheduled for September
    Apple today announced that it will once again hold its monthlong iTunes Festival in London this year, with 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse during the month of September. The full schedule of performances is yet to be announced, but Apple has revealed that the lineup will include Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J.

    “This year’s iTunes Festival is the best ever with an incredible lineup of global superstars and stellar emerging artists,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Music fans around the world are going to love watching this incredible month of music, whether in London at the Roundhouse or on their iOS device. We’re honored so many renowned artists are part of this year’s lineup.”

    Free tickets for the concerts are available through iTunes in a lottery system, with media partners in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico also giving away tickets as part of promotional competitions. The concerts will also be broadcast via iOS app, iTunes on the computer, and Apple TV.

    Apple also typically releases a series of live EPs from each year’s shows through the iTunes Store.

    Apple traditionally sponsored the iTunes Festival each July since its inception in 2007, but last year moved the festival to September and has opted to keep to that schedule for 2013. More details on the concert lineup and schedule will be released over the coming weeks and months.


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  • Women In STEM: It’s Time To Take Ownership Of Being Female
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  • Jawbone Designer Debuts New August Smart Lock [iOS Blog]
    The August Smart Lock is a new iPhone-compatible locking system that has been designed by Jason Johnson and Yves Béhar, who serves as Jawbone’s Chief Creative Officer. Béhar, who has worked on products like the Jambox and the UP, has created a simple universal lock that is designed to connect to a smartphone using Bluetooth.

    The lock itself is crafted of anodized aluminum and looks similar to a standard home lock. It comes with a number of faceplates and deadbolt adapters to fit the majority of the locks on the market, and it functions on two AA batteries. When battery life is low, the system will send out a notification.

    Much like competing products Lockitron and Kevo, the August Smart Lock will be available without subscription fees. It will also function with an accompanying app, which can be programmed to allow entry to friends and family. The system monitors guests that enter and it can be customized with specific timers. TechCrunch has some additional information:

    In addition to the ability to turn on and off access to the home through an app, users will be able to send invitations to friends or family that have been connected on Facebook or in their mobile contact list. Johnson gave the example of a dinner party, where visitors could be invited and let themselves in without having to ring the doorbell.

    The August smart lock is powered by Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, which will enable it to work without connecting to a WiFi network. The team claims that it’s the smallest electronic door lock on the market, and they say that it only takes 10 minutes to install.

    There are no specific details on when the August Smart Lock will launch, but the reservation website says that it will go on sale later in the year with an expected ship date of November or December. The lock will cost $199, with no additional fees.


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  • VIDEO: Face of Mary Rose sailor recreated
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  • VIDEO: V&A’s games designer in residence
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    Facebook moves over issue of “controversial, harmful and hateful” content
  • Mike Montgomery: You Give Gov a Bad Name
    With an FTC investigation in the rearview mirror, it’s no surprise that Google’s Larry Page took a few potshots at government regulators and their inability to keep up with the dynamism of the tech sector during the company’s recent I/O event. The question is, were his criticisms valid?
  • WATCH: Did The TSA Go Too Far?
    A 27-year-old Ph.D. student says a TSA agent touched her vaginal area during a pat-down at a California airport; however, a representative told The Huffington…
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  • Apple Hires at Least a Dozen Former AMD Employees for an ‘Orlando GPU Team’, Still Hiring More
    AmdlogoApple has hired at least a dozen former AMD graphics engineers for its Orlando offices in recent months, according to a MacRumors review of employees’ LinkedIn profiles.

    The majority of hires, which include a graphics architect, hardware engineer and others, occurred in January of this year.

    AMD laid off a number of employees last year in a corporate reorganization, and fired more in January. It seems likely that Apple hired a number of the laid off Orlando AMD engineers for a new team it’s building in the region.

    The company has also posted new job listings for Site Managers to head GPU teams in both Orlando and Cupertino.

    These hires and new listings are in addition to job listings posted last month for chip engineers for its Orlando Design Center.

    Site Manager

    Job Number: 27994768 – Orlando, Florida, United States

    Job Summary

    Manager will be responsible for leading the Orlando GPU team to deliver high quality IP to specification and on schedule.

    Key Qualifications

    – 10+ years proven experience leading high performance GFX (or equivalent complexity) IP development teams
    – 5+ years proven experience building/hiring medium/large (30+) complex ASIC IP development teams
    – Excellent personnel management, mentoring, team building and hiring abilities
    – Proven ability to manage parallel project efforts including effective resource/schedule planning & tracking
    – Excellent written/verbal communication and project management skills
    – Experience with GFX Architecture/Design, GFX APIs and overall GFX development is a significant plus
    – Ability to work well in a cross-site team and be productive under aggressive schedules

    The new job listings ask for extensive experience in building and leading teams, including hiring, mentoring, and more. They also focus on intellectual property development as well. The listings in both Cupertino and Orlando are identical.

    Apple’s interest in GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPUs coincides with an effort to develop more of its technology in house. Apple is a licensee for ARM and Imagination Technology, which power the company’s iPhones and iPads.


  • Pegatron to Assemble Low Cost iPhone as Apple Works to Balance Supply Chain
    iphone_5_black_whiteApple is continuing to seek improved supply-chain risk management by shifting more of its manufacturing needs from its longtime partner Foxconn to Pegatron, notes The Wall Street Journal in a new report that suggests Pegatron will be responsible for the assembly of Apple’s low cost iPhone.

    Pegatron Corp., named after the flying horse Pegasus, will be the primary assembler of a low-cost iPhone expected to be offered later this year. Foxconn’s smaller rival across town became a minor producer of iPhones in 2011 and began making iPad Mini tablet computers last year.

    Pegatron’s rise means an end to the monopoly that Foxconn Technology Group—the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer—has held over the production of Apple’s mobile products.

    According to the report, the change is meant to help Apple expand its product lines and prevent supply chain disasters that could hold up the production of Apple’s devices. At launch, the iPhone 5 was criticized for its tendency to scratch and scuff, which eventually led to increased quality control standards to reduce out-of-the-box issues.

    Foxconn executives admitted last year that the iPhone 5 was difficult to assemble, and an April rumor suggested that Apple returned 5–8 million defective iPhone 5s to the company after continued issues with quality control.

    Foxconn, in its growing heft as the world’s largest electronics contract company, was also getting more difficult for Apple to control, with incidents such as changing component sourcing without notifying Apple, people familiar with the matter said. At the same time, Foxconn became frustrated with the growing complexity of Apple products, such as the iPhone 5, which is difficult to make in the volumes Apple needed.

    In addition to cutting down on the risk of production issues, Pegatron is also said to have accepted less profit in order to secure orders from Apple. Tim Cook, too, is said to be responsible for the change, as he is more interested in diversification than maintaining a strong relationship with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou.

    Despite being a smaller manufacturing partner, Pegatron has a long history with Apple. The company was responsible for packaging Apple’s first generation iBooks, and as noted above, began assembling a small number iPhones for Apple in 2011. Currently, Pegatron produces the lion’s share of Apple’s iPad minis.

    Apple’s low cost iPhone could bring in huge profits for the smaller supply partner, as it is said to be aimed at untapped emerging markets. Earlier this month, Pegatron announced that it would boost its workforce by 40%, fueling initial rumors that the company would produce the cheaper iPhone.

    The low cost iPhone is expected to come with an unsubsidized price tag between $350-$400. Release dates for the device have been murky, with sources targeting both a late 2013 release and a 2014 release.


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Mobile Technology News, May 29, 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.

  • VIDEO: Net firm accused of laundering $6bn
    The Liberty Reserve digital money service that was shut down laundered more than $6bn (£4bn) in criminal cash, US authorities have said.
  • A cheaper iPad Mini ‘expected,’ says Citi
    There is a marked “shift” at Apple toward building less-expensive devices, including an iPad Mini that may be priced below the current $329 model, says Citi Research.
  • Survey: Creative Suite users loathe Adobe’s subscriptions
    Displeasure was abundant among more than 1,600 Adobe customers responding to a survey by CNET and Jefferies about Adobe’s shift to subscription sales. But Adobe’s Creative Cloud shows some silver linings.
  • Dislike Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscriptions? Tough beans
    Adobe will adjust its subscription plans to appeal better to photo hobbyists, but it won’t restore what many critics want — an option to buy perpetual licenses to new versions of its software.
  • IE piggybacks on Everest celebration to showcase new browser tech
    Renowned Everest explorer David Breashears teams with Microsoft Internet Explorer to create an immersive site that takes you as close to the tallest mountain in the world as possible without actually being there.
  • Tim Cook at D11: Apple to Open Up APIs in the Future, No Chatheads
    At this year’s annual All Things Digital conference hosted by AllThingsD, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook, where he revealed that Apple is planning to open up additional APIs in the future, giving third party developers more control over iOS.

    According to Cook, while Apple will open up more APIs, it will continue to protect customers from the “risk of bad experiences.”

    Always a fine line, or maybe not so fine. The customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. But you’ll see us open up more.

    When Facebook released its Home software for Android phones in April, Facebook director of product Adam Mosseri mentioned that the company was in ongoing talks with Apple about bringing Home (and its Chat Heads functionality) to iOS.

    According to Cook, while Chat Heads were not the ideal choice, Apple will allow third party apps to take over some iOS features in the future, allowing developers to build better and more versatile experiences.

    During the question and answer session, Cook also mentioned that Apple had no issue with porting Apple apps to Android or other platforms should the need arise in the future, though such functionality doesn’t make sense at the current point in time. A full transcript of Tim Cook’s comments can be found here.


  • Apple Hires Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson to Oversee Environmental Efforts [Mac Blog]
    While talking with AllThingD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at D11: All Things Digital, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple has hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to lead the company’s environmental responsibility efforts.

    Lisa Jackson is joining Apple. Lisa was running the EPA for the last four years. She’s going to be coordinating a lot of this activity across the company.

    Although Cook said he forgot what her official title is, he said that she would report directly to him. Cook announced the hire after talking about how Apple has gotten more attention from governments as it has grown larger and while he was talking about how environmentally friendly Apple is.

    As a part of its commitment to being environmentally friendly, Apple revealed in March that it had achieved 100% renewable energy use at its data centers, with its corporate facilities using 75% renewable energy. Cook’s full commentary can be found in our transcript, available here.


  • Tim Cook at D11: Executive Change Up Has Been "Great", Revamped iOS/OS X to Be Unveiled at WWDC
    jonathan_iveWhile sitting down with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at D11: All Things Digital, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the new iOS and whether it was what Jony Ive was working on. Cook confirmed, noting that the change was part of Apple’s executive shakeup last fall.

    Yes. What we did last fall was change things up — to really ramp up our innovation. The key in the post-PC era for having a great product is incredible hardware, incredible software, and incredible services, and to combine them so you can’t tell what’s what. The magic is at the intersection.

    Cook went on to explain how Apple recognized that Ive had contributed significantly to the look and feel of Apple products over the years and that he could do the same for Apple’s software as well. Swisher followed up by asking Cook about collaboration within Apple and whether that was why former Apple senior vice president Scott Forstall was ousted. Cook responded that the goal was simply to tighten the groups within Apple, which echoes his comments to Bloomberg in December.

    I don’t want to talk about people who aren’t there. The whole concept is to tighten the groups even more, so we could spend more time finding magic at the intersection. Now it’s seven months later, and I think it’s been an incredible change. Craig is running iOS and OS X, which has been fantastic. Eddy is focused on services. It’s been great.

    Cook also confirmed that Apple is set to talk about the futures of both iOS and OS X at WWDC on June 10, which includes Ive’s “more than skin deep” rumored redesign of iOS 7. Cook’s full commentary can be found in our transcript, available here.


  • Tim Cook at D11: Wearables Are Incredibly Interesting, Nothing Great on the Market
    At this year’s annual All Things Digital conference hosted by AllThingsD, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about wearable devices, such as Apple’s much rumored smart watch, which has been dubbed the “iWatch.”

    Tim Cook mentioned that he found wearables to be “incredibly interesting” and went on to say that it could be a “profound area.” Cook himself is equipped with a Nike Fuelband, but believes that there’s nothing “great” on the market, and that wearables are an area “ripe for exploration.”

    pebblesmartwatchThe Pebble smart watch
    Of course, when pressed on whether Apple will be developing a wearable device, Cook declined to answer, though he did hint that it was an important area of potential development, and that while both glasses and watches had drawbacks, the wrist was “natural.”

    There are lots of wearables, but of the ones doing more than one thing, I haven’t seen anything great out there. Nothing that will convince a kid that’s never worn glasses or a band to wear one. Or I haven’t seen it…so lots of things to solve here. The area is ripe for exploration, and it’s ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will be in this space.

    I’m interested in a great product. I wear glasses because I have to. People generally want glasses to reflect their fashion, style, etc. So this is difficult from a mainstream point of view. I think the wrist is natural. I think there are other things in this space that could be interesting. Sensors are exploding. It will become clearer over time.

    With the growing popularity of smart watches like the Pebble, the Jawbone UP, and the Nike Fuelband, rumors about Apple’s own smart watch have ramped up in recent months. Most recently, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple’s rumored iWatch will debut in the second half of 2014.

    The watch, which will integrate with Apple’s existing mobile lineup, is expected to feature a 1.5–2.0 inch display. The New York Times has suggested that Apple is experimenting with curved glass, and according to a February report from Bloomberg, Apple has a team of 100 product designers working on the smart watch.

    MacRumors has a full transcript of the interview with more of Tim Cook’s comments on the iWatch.


  • Tim Cook at D11: Apple Television – There Is a Grand Vision
    apple_tv_interface_2012 At the D11: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask him questions on a number of topics. The discussion unsurprisingly included the much rumored Apple branded television set and the overall TV experience, which Cook said “could be better.”

    When questioned about whether or not content deals were holding up the possibility of an Apple television experience, Cook declined to comment, but he did reiterate that television is an area of intense interest for Apple.

    I don’t want to go into detail, but it continues to be an area of great interest for us. The product and relationships we’ve built provide a lot more knowledge than we would have otherwise. And popularity has been larger than we thought, and we aren’t marketing it.

    Cook again declined to comment when pressed about Apple’s future television plans, but he did confirm that “there is a grand vision” in place.

    When Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs was published with a passage on Jobs’ desire to revolutionize the television industry, speculation about a possible Apple “iTV” ramped up.

    Rumors flew about the iTV throughout 2012, but slowed down towards the end of the year as no solid hints about the product materialized. Most recently, an April rumor suggested that a 60-inch iTV might launch in late 2013.

    During the interview Cook also revealed that 13 million Apple TV set top boxes have been sold all together. Cook’s full commentary can be found in our transcript, available here.


  • Live: Tim Cook’s Interview at D11 Conference
    MacRumors will be providing live coverage of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at D11: All Things Digital this evening in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The interview begins at 6:00 PM Pacific Time / 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Tonight’s session marks Cook’s second consecutive appearance at D and should offer some insight into Apple’s business, although Cook is extremely unlikely to make any major announcements.

    Cook’s interview will not be streamed live, but we will be updating this post live with full coverage of the session and videos of conference interviews have traditionally been available for viewing soon after the sessions.

    The Verge and Engadget will be providing their usual text and high-quality photos live from the event.

    Mossberg and Swisher appeared on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street earlier today to provide a preview of the session.
    Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Technology News, May 28, 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.

  • System Information 5.2 updated for iOS

    PearApps today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of System Information 5.2, an update to their popular system utility developed developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Well designed and beautiful to look at, System Information is the highest rated […]

    The post System Information 5.2 updated for iOS appeared first on AlliOSNews.

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  • Raids take digital cash firm offline
    Digital money transfer service Liberty Reserve goes offline as Costa Rica announces the arrest of its founder and raids on his properties.
  • Steve Rosenbaum: 5 Reasons Yahoo’s Tumblr Purchase Is a Good Thing
    Whenever a spunky, growing startup gets sold to an established player, the cry goes out. Users won’t like it. The culture will be ruined. The startup will be subsumed by its parent. Sometimes it’s true, but in the case of the Yahoo and Tumblr, I think everyone wins.
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  • Foxconn Seeks to Offset Slowing Apple Growth With Software and Licensed Apple Accessories
    powered_by_foxconnEarlier this month, we noted that Apple’s primary manufacturing partner Foxconn/Hon Hai has been seeking to diversify its business, an effort in large part intended to offset slowing growth for Apple’s products. One aspect of that effort has been a focus on televisions, with some suggesting that the work could bring benefits for Apple’s rumored television set.

    The Wall Street Journal now follows up with more on Foxconn’s expansion plans, reporting that the company is looking at a software push into mobile applications and cloud services to complement its existing expertise in hardware. Foxconn is reportedly also moving to enter the accessory business, recognizing the relatively high profit margins available for such products. That accessory business will reportedly include officially licensed Apple accessories sold under Foxconn’s own brand.

    Hon Hai is also reviewing plans to make accessories such as data transmission cables, headphones and keyboards under the Foxconn brand, said executives who have direct knowledge of the plan.

    “Chairman (Terry Gou) has ordered all business units to produce peripheral accessories of electronics products as it is more profitable than assembly services. We also plan to license Apple’s technology to make some own-brand accessories that are compatible with iPhones and iPads,” said one of the executives.

    The market for third-party Apple accessories is of course already well established and offers a wide array of products, but some may hope that Foxconn’s existing partnership with Apple for manufacturing of the company’s flagship products could lead to innovative new accessories that could come to market more quickly than those from competitors.


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Mobile Technology News, May 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.

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  • EU Regulators Questioning Carriers Over Apple’s iPhone Contract Demands [iOS Blog]
    Back in March, we reported that European Union regulators were beginning to take a look at Apple’s contracts with carriers, questioning whether Apple’s strict terms regarding sales commitments and other factors have amounted to anti-competitive behavior.

    Financial Times now reports that the EU is ramping up its interest in Apple’s policies, sending out questionnaires to the carriers in order to gather more information about their agreements with Apple.

    The nine-page questionnaire sent to telecoms groups primarily relates to sales practices, including whether Apple forces groups to buy a minimum number of iPhones, restrictions on the use of marketing budgets, and clauses that ensure Apple is always offered no worse subsidies and sales terms than other smartphone makers.

    It also asks whether Apple places technical or contractual restrictions on the iPhone 5 that mean it cannot be used on high-speed 4G networks in Europe.

    While regulators are clearly focused on Apple’s behavior, they do acknowledge that competition in the smartphone market has increased, with Samsung rapidly gaining ground and even Nokia and BlackBerry contributing viable alternatives for customers.

    The carriers have until June 17 to respond to the questionnaires, and the European Commission will use the results to help it decide whether to launch a formal probe into Apple’s tactics.


  • Shawn Amos: WATCH: Are Teenagers Over Facebook?
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  • Danny Groner: We Appreciate Arrested Development Better Today, But We’re Losing Something Else
    The Internet has unquestionably reformed how we consume. If only we approached everything with the same curiosity and attention that we give to Arrested Development, that would be a world full of openness, positivity, growth, and education.
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    By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/26/2013 09:12 AM EDT on LiveScience Using super-chilled atoms, physicists have for the first time observed a weird phenomenon…
  • John Pavley: Technical Literacy: Can Everyone Learn to Code?
    I believe everyone should learn to code. The skill of coding is no different from the skill of reading and writing English or any human language. I hold myself up as an example: if an art major can learn to code and find success in technology land, why can’t everyone do it?
  • B.C. High School Preps Teens For Google
    VANCOUVER – When Robert Arkiletian heard Google was interested in interviewing him for a computer programming job, he wasn’t interested.He told the Google recruiter, who…

Mobile Technology News, May 26, 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.

  • VIDEO: 70s Apple computer sells for $650,000
    What’s thought to be one of the last remaining original Apple computers, made in a family garage in California, has sold for a record price at auction in Germany.
  • Israel Reportedly Foils Syrian Cyber Attack On Town’s Water Supply
    JERUSALEM — An Israeli security expert says Syrian hackers tried to break into the computers of the water system of the city of Haifa. Speaking…
  • No Time For The Naysayers
    Despite polarized reactions, Zach Braff’s contentious Kickstarter campaign closed Friday with more than $3.1 million in pledged donations. That figure significantly surpasses the project’s $2…
  • WATCH: New ‘Arrested’ Clip You Probably Haven’t Seen
    With only hours to go until the long-awaited season 4 of "Arrested Development" hits Netflix, here’s a little-seen clip of Lindsey Bluth seeking answer about…
  • IMPOSSIBLE: LA Has Become A Model For Traffic Control
    LOS ANGELES — It seems that the impossible has occurred: The nation’s most congested city has become a model for traffic control. Yes, gridlock still…
  • Apple 1 from 1976 sells for $650,000
    An original Apple 1 computer from 1976 – one of the first built in Steve Jobs’ garage – sells at auction for more than 500,000 euros ($650,000).
  • Vintage Apple Computer Fetches Huge Sum
    BERLIN — An auctioneer says one of Apple’s first computers – a functioning 1976 model – has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000)….
  • Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.4 Build 12E55 to Developers

    Another week – albeit a little later than normal – and another beta release of OS X 10.8.4 to developers.  Yesterday Apple released the sixth beta to developers of the next update to Mountain Lion with the continued focus being on WiFi, Graphics Drivers and Safari.  These have been the same focus […]

    The post Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.4 Build 12E55 to Developers appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Arrested Development Will Account For HOW MUCH Bandwidth?
    Between a traveling banana stand, a Seamless promotion that went viral and Tobias Fünke’s sizzle reel, Netflix has made the fourth season of "Arrested Development"…
  • Google To Bring Developing Nations Wi-Fi — Via Blimp
    (Reuters) – Google Inc intends to finance, build and help operate wireless networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, hoping to connect a billion or…
  • How Smartphones Killed The 3 Day Weekend
    Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out…
  • Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines
    Only by building an artificial consciousness will we truly be able to understand the mysteries of our own brains, says Celeste Biever


  • PHOTOS: Suit May Give Thrill-Seekers ‘Iron Man’ Skills
    Tony Stark may be a fictional character, but not everything in the "Iron Man" films is completely outside the realm of possibility. At least that…
  • Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record Auction Price of $671,400
    The New York Times reports that a working Apple 1 computer has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400, breaking the previous mark of $640,000 set last November at the same auction house. That November record has eclipsed an earlier record of $375,000 set less than six months earlier.


    The high prices paid for the machines seem to be explained by the combination of scarcity, a fascination with the early history of the computer age, and the mystique of Apple and its founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak. And some irrational exuberance in the prices, for a machine that can do very little and originally sold for $666 (about $2,700 in current dollars).

    “This really confirms the value of Apple-1’s,” Uwe Breker, the German auctioneer, said in an interview on Saturday.

    The buyer, Mr. Breker said, was a wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East, who wishes to remain anonymous.

    The Apple 1, one of only a handful working units remaining in existence, carries the signature of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and was originally owned by Major League Baseball player Fred Hatfield. The auction included a letter from Steve Jobs to Hatfield offering a trade-in deal on an Apple II board, an offer Hatfield declined for unknown reasons. The identity of the owner who put the item up for auction has not been disclosed.


Mobile Technology News, May 25, 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.

  • Computer Attacks On U.S. Energy Companies Traced To Iran
  • How easy is it to hack a smart meter?
    How easy is it to hack a smart meter?
  • Texting safely on the High Street
    The ‘safety belt’ for the walking texter
  • VIDEO: New app lets users text and walk
    Mobile technologies have changed the way we work and communicate – but the very fact we use them on the move can cause serious accidents.
  • Haswell chip primer: How Intel pinches power
    Intel’s Haswell processor is first and foremost about power savings. Here’s how the chipmaker got a serious battery life boost.
  • OS X 10.8.4 Build 12E55 Seeded to Developers [Mac Blog]
    As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple today seeded build 12E55 of OS X 10.8.4 to developers. The release comes nine days after the previous build 12E52 and marks the eighth beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.

    As with previous beta releases, Apple continues to ask developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

    The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and Apple’s Developer Page.


  • Apple Removes Download Options From Quicktime Trailers Website
    It appears that Apple has begun quietly phasing out its trailer download options from the trailers.apple.com website, effectively eliminating 1080p trailer availability.

    Previously, the site gave users the ability to stream trailers in 480p or 720p, along with providing download options for 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Trailers uploaded to the site after an approximate date of May 22 no longer have any download options and can only be streamed in-browser at 480p or 720p.

    trailersbeforeTrailer options before 5/22
    trailersafterTrailer options after 5/22
    While trailers uploaded before May 22 can still be downloaded, Apple appears to be removing the option from movies with multiple trailers that have a trailer uploaded after that date. For example, Disney Pixar’s Monsters University has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 6/20/12, 3/08/13, 5/20/13, and 5/22/13. None of these trailers have download options.

    Disney’s Planes, on the other hand, has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 3/15/13, 04/04/13, and 5/17/13. Each of these trailers can still be downloaded at all resolutions, including 1080p.

    So, while older trailers can still be downloaded from the site, Apple appears to be removing downloads from older trailers as newer trailers are added, slowly phasing out the availability of trailer downloads altogether.

    It is not clear at this point why Apple has begun phasing out movie trailer downloads, but we have contacted the company for more information.

    (Thanks Eduardo and Theo!)


  • Teens Build Car Fueled By Social Media (VIDEO)
    A group of high schoolers from Kansas City, Mo. are about to embark on a very special road trip, using a car fueled entirely by…
  • Eric Yaverbaum: So Long, Sony: Why the Critics Are Wrong, and Microsoft’s New Xbox One Will Be the Most Successful and Transformative Console Yet
    In 2013, the stakes are higher than ever to get the console right. No longer is there a minor battle between Sony and Microsoft to win the hearts of video gamers alone: it is now a total war for everyone who sits in the living room.
  • Automatic Connected Car System Delayed Until August [iOS Blog]
    Automatic introduced its Automatic Link connected car system in March of this year, promising to ship out the app and the Bluetooth adapter beginning in May.

    The system includes a plug-in adapter that is designed to read data from a car’s onboard diagnostics, turning nearly any car manufactured after 1996 into a connected car. The adapter utilizes an accompanying iPhone app to provide detailed information on driving habits and car health.

    Unfortunately, Automatic has experienced some problems with the aforementioned iPhone app and as a result, it has decided to delay (via Engadget) the final release of the system until August to work out some of the kinks.

    The good news is that the Link – that little device that plugs into your car – is ready and being manufactured! Unfortunately, we underestimated the time needed to complete the iPhone app and we’re sorry to say that it won’t be ready until the end of August.

    As it is only the software that needs to be tweaked (the hardware is already in production), Automatic is offering its first preorder customers the opportunity to test a beta version of the system. Customers that opt-in to the beta will receive the dongle and the app in mid-June, but the company warns that the current version of the app lacks support for Crash Alert, multiple cars, and multiple users.

    Customers who are eligible to participate in the early release of the Automatic Link should have already received an email from the company with details on how to proceed. Customers who ordered later or who order today can expect to receive the Link in August.

    The Automatic Link retails for $69.95 and can be preordered from the Automatic website.


  • Food Politic: Farm Forward’s BuyingPoultry.com Will Put Humane Eating in Consumers’ Hands
    Farm Forward is developing an application called BuyingPoultry.com, which will be an answer for people who are willing to spend a little bit more for humanely raised products but are confused by the labels.
  • Julie Kantor: What’s STEM Got to Do With It?
    So what does STEM got to do with it? Why should ‘we the people’ care about STEM? It ties to everything, education, skills and to where the jobs are and will be
  • Google to build YouTube app for Windows Phone 8
    After a public tussle, Microsoft and Google have agreed to jointly build a native YouTube app for Windows Phone 8, which will be released within a few weeks.
  • Microsoft refutes reports about Xbox One used game sales
    But the software giant won’t disclose its policy regarding the resale of used titles for the new video game console.
  • Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.: Charting a Better Path Forward for Indian Economic Growth
    To be clear, a strong, growing, and collaborative trade relationship between the United States and India is in both parties’ best interests. But India’s recent trade policies are placing that relationship in jeopardy.
  • Larry Magid: Winning Videos Explore the Good Side of the Internet
    For the past several years I’ve helped judge Trend Micro’s annual What’s Your Story video contest, which, in past years, focused on how to combat Internet risks like cyberbullying and the safe use of mobile technology. But this year, the contest had a more uplifting theme.
  • New ‘Arbitrary’ AT&T Fee Upsets Customers
    AT&T must be run by magicians. The company is turning a mere 61 cent monthly fee into hundreds of millions of dollars. But instead of…
  • Kes Thygesen: Gamification for Employee Referrals: 3 Games You Should Know
    Today, plenty of employers need tech-savvy employees with the social know-how to navigate and solve complex, real-world workplace issues. The best way to recruit these top candidates? Gamification.
  • What Netflix Really Wants Out Of ‘Arrested Development’
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is hoping this weekend’s release of the resurrected TV series "Arrested Development" will draw more subscribers to its Internet video…

Mobile Technology News, May 24, 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.

  • Evernote Update Brings Reminders to iOS and Mac

    The popular note taking application & service Evernote has released an update for iOS and Mac OS X that brings several new features, the highlight of which is Reminders.
    The new update, which is available now in the App Store and the Mac App Store, now allows for users to add a reminder to any note […]

    The post Evernote Update Brings Reminders to iOS and Mac appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Cause of PC malaise? Designs not ‘compelling,’ says Intel
    Intel executive admits devices haven’t been good enough to justify an upgrade, but says the company’s new processor will get things moving.
  • AT&T’s GoPhone Prepaid Brand to Gain iPhone and LTE/HSPA+ Support Tomorrow
    MacRumors has learned that AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid wireless brand will be undertaking a significant expansion of its services starting tomorrow, offering support for the AT&T’s fastest LTE and HSPA+ data networks for the first time and also adding official support for the iPhone.

    Until now, GoPhone has allowed iPhone users to sign up for service, but without cellular data access. With the changes coming tomorrow, the iPhone will have access to the full range of AT&T services through GoPhone, including LTE data and Visual Voicemail.

    GoPhone will support three service plans for the iPhone, including the high-end $65/month plan that offers unlimited calls and texts and 1 GB of data. Users can also opt for cheaper $25 and $50 plans, but they must purchase separate data packages on top of those plans if they wish to use cellular data.

    For iPhone purchases, GoPhone customers can either bring their own off-contract iPhone or purchase one in-store at the full no-committment price. Existing GoPhone iPhone customers will be automatically updated with support for cellular data access on June 21, but support representatives will be able to manually upgrade customers before that time upon request.

    The iPhone has been making significant inroads into the U.S. prepaid carrier market, led by Cricket nearly a year ago. Since that time, Sprint’s Virgin Mobile brand and AT&T’s prepaid brands Straight Talk and Aio have also begun offering the iPhone. Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile has also been rumored several times to be launching iPhone support, but has yet to do so.


  • Apple Posts New iPhone TV Ad ‘Music Every Day’
    Apple started running a new iPhone ad this evening called ‘Music Every Day‘, the second in a series that launched last month with a spot entitled ‘Photos Every Day‘. Both ads in the campaign focus on people actually using the phone, rather than just the phone itself.

    Every day, more people enjoy their music on the iPhone than any other phone

    In a series of colorful clips, the iPhone is used by owners to listen to music at school, in the shower, at the gym, at a club, at a swim meet and more.


  • WikiLeaks Slams Film ‘Filled With Factual Errors And Speculation’
    After years of releasing hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents, WikiLeaks went the same route against a documentary about itself. The anti-secrecy group…
  • Game over for used games: How Xbox One and PS4 could gut gamers’ wallets
    Microsoft said it designed the Xbox One to enable owners to trade in and resell games at retail. But what if it can’t play used games?
  • Three Years Later, People Are Still Livid About ‘Lost’
    Three years ago, on May 23, 2010, 13.5 million people tuned in for the series finale of "Lost." After six seasons of barefooted Others, Dharma…
  • Letter to Brazilian Apple Repair Centers Suggests June 2013 Policy Changes? [iOS Blog]
    AppleInsider has obtained a letter supposedly sent to Brazilian Apple Authorized Service Providers suggesting that new policies regarding iPhone and iPad repairs will begin soon.

    Though the letter is taken out of context and has been roughly translated via Google Translate, it suggests that AASP’s in Brazil will soon begin repairing broken iPad glass panels and performing more in-depth repairs on iPhones with details of that plan being sent in June 2013.


    2. iPad Repair – We will soon begin to repair iPad glass. Further details will be sent next week.

    3. iPhone Repair – The Changing Patterns of exchange for repair within AASP will be a reality, with details of the plan to be sent in June ’13.

    4. iPhone – In case of repair under warranty given independently of purchase, all iPhones should led to an AASP and not back to one carrier was bought.

    A previous report suggested that Apple would be making changes to its global AppleCare system, including Apple Stores replacing more iPhone parts rather than replacing broken units with an entirely different device.


  • Federer’s First Serve On Twitter
    Roger Federer has delivered his first serve on Twitter. The 17-time Grand Slam winner joined Twitter on Thursday with a verified account. After just one…
  • In risky new tack, Microsoft stacks Surface against iPad
    Microsoft is taking a chance by comparing Surface RT with the iPad. The comparisons — even those listed by Microsoft — aren’t that favorable.
  • Can watches show more than the time?
    Why have we been waiting so long for watches to catch up with smart phones?
  • The tech that’s transforming gardening
    The technology that’s transforming gardening
  • Microsoft cleared in Xbox patent spat with Google
    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday reaffirmed an earlier ruling, saying Microsoft did not infringe on patents owned by Google.
  • LOOK: Engagement Ring Lights Up When Fiance Is Near
    Can YOUR wedding ring do this? San Francisco engineer Ben Kokes proposed to his girlfriend earlier this month with a ring that lights up when…
  • UH-OH: The ‘Gayest’ Problem With Google Search
    Sick of seeing people throw around the word "gay" as a synonym for "bad"? You might want to stay away from Google then. The widely…
  • Michael B. Fishbein: E-Commerce: Trends, Opportunities and Startups to Watch
    Collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer commerce allows anyone to buy, sell, or rent goods or services from anyone else without a traditional middle man.
  • Russ Warner: The Secret Life of Snapchat Pictures
    Today’s generation of app users has been trained to post quickly and disregard the consequences. But beware. You really are what you post.
  • WOW: Techie Teaches His House How To Tweet
    People often wonder what their homes would say, "if these walls could talk." Pioneering San Francisco-based technologist Tom Coates answered that question by actually teaching…
  • WATCH: Teacher’s Epic Resignation Video
    Ellie Rubenstein has had enough. Upon learning that she would be involuntarily transferred to another Illinois school, the former fourth-grade teacher submitted her resignation in…

Mobile Technology News, May 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.

  • HeartPhys Released for iPad

    Michael Parker, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is pleased to announce the release of HeartPhys 1.0, a new app for iPad that enables users to learn about the heart and blood vessels  through interactive diagrams and videos.
    HeartPhys tackles some of the key […]

    The post HeartPhys Released for iPad appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • US report warns on China IP theft
    The theft of US intellectual property is “unprecedented” and costing billions, a US report says, pointing to China as the main culprit.
  • Tesla repays government loan early, a boost for electric cars
    Tesla is proving that a U.S. electric car company can succeed. It paid off a $465 million loan nine years early.
  • Siri slams iPad in new Windows 8 ad
    Redmond’s new competitive spirit reaches a high pitch as one of Apple’s favorite pitchwomen is co-opted to trash Apple’s famed tablet.
  • Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Tablet Ad Highlighting iPad’s Flaws, High Price [iOS Blog]
    vivotab2As noted by The Verge, Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 tablet ad that uses Siri to highlight a few of the iPad’s shortcomings, depicting the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet as a robust productivity machine while implying that the iPad is more suited to entertainment.

    In the ad, which is entitled “Less Talking, More Doing,” an iPad is depicted next to the aforementioned VivoTab Smart, showing off the system’s multitasking capabilities and its built-in office apps. A Siri voiceover notes that the iPad does not support multiple windows at once and does not offer Microsoft Office apps. “I’m sorry, I can only do one thing at a time,” Siri laments. “I guess PowerPoint isn’t one of those things.”

    The ad ends on a humorous note, poking fun at a previous Apple commercial that depicted an iPad and iPad mini piano duet in GarageBand. The iPad is shown operating GarageBand next to the hardworking Windows 8 tablet, and Siri asks “Should we just play chopsticks?”

    Microsoft also focuses on the price difference between the two tablets in the ad, pointing out that the 64GB WiFi iPad costs $699 while the 64GB Asus VivoTab Smart is $200 cheaper at $499.


  • GOP Reps: Stop Targeting Conflict Minerals
    WASHINGTON — Republicans at a House subcommittee hearing this week objected to a 2010 law that targets conflict minerals from Central Africa, saying it places…
  • Apple At Center Of Corporate Tax Fight
    By Andy Sullivan, Gabriel Debenedetti and Poornima Gupta WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – For years, Apple Inc kept a low profile in Washington as it…
  • Twitter boosts security after hacks
    Micro-blogging site Twitter says it is bringing in a two-step login for users to beef up security following recent high-profile breaches.
  • ‘Hacking Back’ Could Deter Chinese Cyberattacks, Report Says
    A group assessing China’s role in stealing trade secrets from American companies wants the U.S. government to consider a controversial method for protecting those firms…
  • Cleveland Kidnapping Hero To Get Free Burgers For Life
    Local hero and burger enthusiast Charles Ramsey will never have to pay for a beef patty in Cleveland again, thanks to a special free burger…
  • Can science be kick started?
    Could attempts to crowd fund research end up skewing science?
  • Tarun Wadhwa: Beyond Sexting: We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication
    The Internet wasn’t built with security in mind, and we’re still dealing with the consequences of that. The next generations are going to be the ones who pay the true cost of the design decisions we make today.
  • HP CEO talks Android, not Windows 8
    Hewlett-Packard is thinking a lot more about Android these days. CEO Meg Whitman focused on new Android products during the company’s earnings conference call.
  • ‘Smart Guns’ Could Allow Owners To Disable Remotely
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know…
  • Jayson DeMers: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Release of Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Identify which store will be the go-to spot to score the game first and consider the weather conditions.
  • Apple’s Smart Watch May Not Launch Until Late 2014, Use Biometrics and iPod Nano Technology
    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information about Apple’s product plans, issued a new research report this week outlining his expectations for Apple’s rumored smart watch device, informally dubbed “iWatch”. Despite some expectations that the device could launch later this year, Kuo believes that both hardware and software issues will result in the iWatch making its debut in the second half of 2014.

    Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year. In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.

    sony_smartwatch_pebbleSony SmartWatch (left) and Pebble e-paper watch (right)
    On the hardware front, Kuo projects that the iWatch will use a 1.5-2.0 inch display and unsurprisingly believes that Apple will draw on the iPod nano when it comes to components, particularly with respect to the main processor and the touch technology.

    Currently, the iPod nano uses the same GF2 touch technology as used by the iPad mini. Since the size and computing ability requirements of the iWatch are similar to those of the iPod nano, we think iWatch will use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP [application processor].

    Further, Kuo believes that biometrics will be a key feature for the iWatch, allowing for increased security and opening the door to broader health-related applications. The biometric support should also aid in building out the cross-device integration many expect to see from the iWatch.

    Rumors regarding Apple’s smart watch project have been relatively quiet over the past few months, although a report from earlier this week claimed that Apple is testing 1.5-inch OLED displays for the device, with Foxconn said to be gearing up for a trial run of 1,000 devices.


  • Clear Updated with List Emailing Functionality, iPad Version Coming Soon [iOS Blog]
    clearRealmac‘s gesture-based list making iPhone app Clear has been updated to version 1.2.2, adding a feature that allows users to email their lists to other people. When viewing a list, Clear users can shake their phones to bring up the new emailing option.

    Emails sent from Clear contain the app’s lists plus a link that provides the option to open the sent lists within the app. The Clear update also provides additional secret themes and comes with an announcement that an iPad version of the app is currently in the works.

    One of the biggest feature requests we’ve had has been the ability email lists. So we added it to our Clear list, and here it is!

    Shake-to-Email: just shake your phone to bring up the all-new-super-handy email option. Emails contain your lists (of course) as well as a file that whoever receives the email can open in Clear.

    We probably shouldn’t tell you this, but there’s a couple of secret new themes. Enjoy 🙂

    If you’ve read this far, we’ll reward you with the news that Clear will be coming to the iPad. More news soon!

    Clear for the iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99. [Direct Link]

    The new list emailing feature has also been added to the Mac version of Clear, which is available from the Mac App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]


  • Edward J. Black: Upcoming Auctions Key to Wireless Internet Future
    Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we’ll have for mobile connections — and what they will cost.
  • German Software Company Looks To Recruit People With Autism As Programmers
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German software company SAP is looking to recruit people with autism as programmers and product testers, drawing on skills that can include…

Mobile Technology News, May 22, 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 Named World’s Most Valuable Brand for Third Year in a Row [Mac Blog]
    applelogo.jpgMillward Brown today released its annual BrandZ study of global brands (via AllThingsD), which found Apple to be the world’s most valuable brand for the third straight year.

    Although Apple topped the list once again, its brand value only increased 1% to $185 million, which is not as impressive as the 84% increase (from $153 million in 2011 to $183 million in 2012) it received last year. Apple rival Google jumped back up to the second spot with a brand value of $137 million (a 5% increase) and Samsung clocked in a 51% increase and a $21.4 million brand value at the 30th spot.

    Overall, Millward Brown said that the technology sector was “flat,” declining after 5 years of growth:

    Without the surge in Apple and Facebook brand value that helped drive category growth, Technology declined 1 percent in the BrandZ™ 2013 ranking, after five years averaging 8 percent annual category growth.

    Among other top brands, IBM fell down to the third spot with a brand value of $112 million while Microsoft dropped 9% to $69.8 million and Facebook fell 36% to $21 million. Yahoo, which fell out of the top 100 years ago, returned to the 92nd spot with a brand value of $9.8 million.

    While “brand value” studies can be difficult to compare, because of the use of differing methodologies used by those who gather the data can lead to much different results, they can be a good look at marketing and branding trends.


  • VIDEO: Xbox One ‘unrivalled device’
    Microsoft’s Don Mattrick has described the new Xbox One as an “unrivalled device” in an interview with the BBC after the launch of the next-generation console.
  • Xbox One: Web reacts to new console
    Microsoft’s new console stirs up passions on the net
  • ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ Might Come to the iPad [iOS Blog]
    Bioware and LucasArts’ Star Wars role-playing game Knights of the Old Republic may be coming to the iPad in the near future, reports IGN, after obtaining a  revealing email newsletter that Aspyr Media accidentally sent out to fans.

    A header in the email, which was meant to advertise a sale on Call of Duty games, leaked the news: “The critically-acclaimed Star Wars RPG is now available on iPad…”

    kotorAs noted by our sister site TouchArcade, the text likely refers to a Knights of the Old Republic game. Aspyr previously released the Mac port of the original KotOR game and has a presence in the App Store, having released its first iOS app, Sushi Mushi, last November.

    As this was an unintentionally released headline, there is little additional information available at this time, but it is likely that more details on the iPad version of Knights of the Old Republic will be available in the near future if the leak is accurate.


  • Chrome gets a touch faster
    Faster browsing and better offline support for some Web apps kick off the stable version of Chrome 27.
  • Lottie Ntim: Coming to Terms With a Global Digital Divide
    The Internet has done much to level the playing field for people looking to launch businesses and even more so those looking to grow them, but there is still some ways to go in terms of removing the blinds of a perceived Web-based utopia.
  • Tornado Hunter Chases Deadly Storm Data
    While it may be little consolation to those who lost relatives and homes to the twisters that ravaged central Oklahoma this week, a famed tornado…
  • It’s Pronounced ‘Jif,’ People
    Among the thousands of file formats that exist in modern computing, the GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, has attained celebrity status in a sea of…
  • A 3-D Printer For Any Food You Could Want
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