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Mobile Technology News, July 4, 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.

  • No more excuses over switch to clean energy
    Despite government indifference, renewables are taking over the world. Imagine what could happen with some serious backing

        

  • New curvy lorries aim to save lives
    Why new, curvier, lorries may be life-savers
  • Microsoft, Sinofsky agree on ‘retirement’ terms
    A new SEC filing notes that former Windows President Steven Sinofsky will be freed from his noncompete clauses after the end of calendar 2013.
  • LOOK: Ancient Grave Site Oldest Example Of Funeral Flowers?
    As incredible as it sounds, humans have been decorating the graves of their loved ones for thousands of years, according to research about a recently…
  • WATCH: ‘Beastie’ Could Be World’s Fastest Bicycle
    The bicycle is called the Beastie — but is it the bestie? Graeme Obree hopes to ride his colorfully named contraption to a new speed…
  • Apple Continues Rolling Out iWork for iCloud Beta Invites
    After introducing iWork for iCloud during its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple began sending beta invites for the service to registered developers on June 13.

    Since then, Apple has continued to send out beta invites on a rolling basis to both paid and free developers accounts. It appears the company has sent out a large batch of invites today, inviting a number of new people to participate in the beta.

    iworkforicloudbeta
    iWork for iCloud offers in-browser versions of Apple’s iWork software suite, including Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The software can be accessed from both PC and Mac computers as well as a number of mobile devices.

    Developers with both free and paid accounts that have received an email from Apple can access the beta by visiting beta.icloud.com. iWork for iCloud is expected to be released to the public later this year.

        

  • Suicide Watch For Teen Arrested Over Facebook Comment
    Justin Carter, the Texas teen jailed over a sarcastic Facebook comment, is reportedly on suicide watch. "He’s very depressed, very scared, and … concerned that…
  • NSA Hit With Furloughs Starting Next Week
    WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – The National Security Agency, the spy agency thrown into the public eye following former contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures, is getting…
  • Computer mouse inventor dies at 88
    The computer mouse’s inventor, Doug Engelbart, who also developed early versions of email, word processing and the internet, dies aged 88.
  • Goldieblox Toys Promo Shatters What Little Girls Are Supposed To Like
    I have a 1.5-year-old daughter. Almost 90% of engineering jobs currently go to men. By the time kids reach middle school, boys are twice as…
  • T-Mobile Drops iPhone Down Payment Price by $5, Increases Monthly Payment by $1 [iOS Blog]
    When T-Mobile began selling the iPhone back in April, the carrier offered the entry level iPhone 5 for a downpayment of just $100 with 24 monthly payments of $20 for a total device cost of $580.

    In May, T-Mobile changed the downpayment pricing to $150, bringing the total cost of the iPhone to $630, and today Tmonews reports that the carrier adjusted its pricing once again, lowering the downpayment price to $145.99 but raising its monthly equipment installment price by $1, effectively making the overall price of the phone $649.99 ($145.99 + $21 x 24). That is essentially the same price that an unsubsidized phone costs directly from Apple.

    iphonetmobile
    The decreased downpayment brings the initial cost of the 32GB iPhone 5 to $245.99 and the cost of the 64GB iPhone 5 to $345.99. T-Mobile’s no contract monthly data plans remain the same, beginning at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.

        

  • T-Mobile Drops iPhone Down Payment Price by $4, Increases Monthly Payment by $1 [iOS Blog]
    When T-Mobile began selling the iPhone back in April, the carrier offered the entry level iPhone 5 for a down payment of just $100 with 24 monthly payments of $20 for a total device cost of $580.

    In May, T-Mobile changed the down payment pricing to $150, bringing the total cost of the iPhone to $630, and today Tmonews reports that the carrier adjusted its pricing once again, lowering the down payment price to $145.99 but raising its monthly equipment installment price by $1, effectively making the overall price of the phone $649.99 ($145.99 + $21 x 24). That is essentially the same price that an unsubsidized phone costs directly from Apple.

    iphonetmobile
    The decreased down payment brings the initial cost of the 32GB iPhone 5 to $245.99 and the cost of the 64GB iPhone 5 to $345.99. T-Mobile’s no contract monthly data plans remain the same, beginning at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.

        

  • Boston University Trying To Halt Sales Of iPhones
    Boston University wants Apple to stop selling iPhones to its students, and everyone else for that matter, alleging that the company is stealing a two-decade-old…
  • LOOK: Can You Believe This Isn’t Actually Edward Snowden?
    A group of independent and amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have already produced a short movie about Edward Snowden, and the lead actor’s resemblance to…
  • Apple Prepping to Launch New iPhone Incentive Programs, Has an ‘Army’ of Products in the Works
    Apple executives Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi spoke to Apple Retail Store leaders about upcoming changes to Apple’s iPhone marketing tactics during a summit at San Francisco’s Fort Mason on June 27, reports 9to5Mac.

    fortmasonapplesummitA photo taken of the Fort Mason meeting, via Noble Brown.
    During the meeting, CEO Tim Cook noted 80% of iPhones are sold at third party locations, a figure that he would like to improve in the future with new iPhone promotional tactics.

    The iPhone is Apple’s central “gateway product” to other devices like iPads and Macs, so it is critical that the Apple smartphone is sold via an Apple Store so new customers are immediately exposed to iPads, Macs and other devices on the showroom floor. Even though 80% of iPhones are not sold at Apple Stores, 50% of all serviced iPhones are troubleshooted, repaired, or replaced at Apple Store Genius Bars. Cook reportedly hinted that he would like those numbers to be more in line.

    Apple is planning to boost iPhone sales with various incentive programs, including the recently launched Back to School promotion that includes the iPhone for the first time and an upcoming in-store trade-in program. The company may also extend its price matching policies, which debuted in the U.S. last summer, internationally.

    Along with new iPhone discount and sales strategies, Apple also plans to heavily market iOS 7 when it is released in the fall and introduce new retail locations in Europe.

    According to store leaders who were at the summit, Apple has an “army of new products” in the works, which may include the upcoming iPhone 5S, a redesigned fifth generation iPad, a low cost iPhone, and a refreshed line of MacBook Pros, among other products.

        

  • New ‘Jobs’ Poster Should Remind You Of Something..
    The poster for the new Steve Jobs biopic was just just released, and it is psychedelic to say the least. The poster shows Ashton Kutcher…
  • Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Build 12F17 to Developers [Mac Blog]
    Apple today seeded build 12F17 of OS X 10.8.5 to developers, offering a third version of the next Mac operating system update for testing. The release comes one week after the appearance of the previous beta of OS X 10.8.5, build 12F13.

    12f17
    As with previous betas, the update comes with no known issues and can be downloaded via Apple’s Developer Page or through the software update tool in the Mac App Store.

    Testing on OS X 10.8.5 comes as Apple is also continuing work on its next major version of OS X, Mavericks. Apple has already seeded two developer previews of OS X Mavericks and has announced that it will launch the new operating system to the public this fall.

        

  • REPORT: State Department Spent $630,000 On Facebook ‘Likes’
    A striking finding in a recent Inspector General report revealed that the U.S. Department of State spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook "likes"…
  • Vine Updated with Additional Camera Features, New Channels, And ‘Revining’ [iOS Blog]
    Following the recent debut of Instagram video, Twitter has updated Vine to version 1.3, adding a number of new organizational features that are designed to aid in content discovery. Vine now includes 15 channels in the Explore section plus popular and rising Vine videos.

    The app has also been updated with new camera tools, offering a grid view, a focus button to allow users to select the area of the video to focus on, and a ghost button that saves transparent frames from the previous shot. Vine posts can now be “revined” with a single tap, and protected accounts are also available.

    vine

    What’s New in Version 1.3

    This update to Vine is our biggest yet!

    CHANNELS
    Browse or submit your posts to 15 new channels — from Comedy, Art & Experimental, to Cats, and more

    ON THE RISE
    Discover new and interesting Viners right from your Explore screen

    REVINING
    Share your favorite posts with all your followers on Vine in one tap

    NEW CAPTURE TOOLS
    Shoot with style using the new focus, grid, and ghost tools

    PROTECTED ACCOUNTS
    Allow only people you approve to follow you and view your posts

    Also in this update:

    – Fixed an issue that caused the camera to focus unnecessarily while recording
    – Improved cache control and less disk space usage
    – Faster search for hashtags and people you mention frequently
    – Crash fixes and other miscellaneous improvements

    Vine can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

        

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