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Mobile Technology News, July 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.

  • Man who stole iPhones from wireless store caught by his own smartphone
    A thief who broke into an wireless phone store in Springfield, VA and made off with a number of iPhones was apprehended shortly after the robbery because he had left behind his own personal phone — a Samsung Galaxy — in the store. Travis Montgomery Snyder, 25, was arrested after police found the phone and tracked him down using his personal information stored there after obtainin a search warrant.


  • After chip benchmark revised, Samsung and ARM gain on Intel
    A widely-used processor benchmark has been revised, allowing an ARM-based Samsung processor to gain on an Intel x86 chip.
  • Microsoft details hardware requirements for Windows 8 devices
    New Bluetooth, audio, and TPM requirements, some of which take effect in 2014 and 2015, are coming for Windows 8.1 (and beyond) devices.
  • Briefly: eBay Exact iOS app released, djay 2 teased on YouTube
    eBay has released a new iOS app that gives users the ability to customize select 3D printed products. The app provides users with a list of items that can be customized, including iPhone cases, jewelry, and figurines, and all of the tools needed to customize them. With each product users can also choose from a variety of materials to be used in the products creation, while the engraving feature allows for further customization. eBay Exact can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost.


  • Microsoft announces minor updates to Windows Phone 8
    The rollout includes some enhancements to Xbox Music, FM radio integration, and a way to monitor data usage.
  • MedSnap offers an innovative way to identify medications with a smartphone camera
    Several months ago, I was at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Despite the tumultuous event and large showcase room, I found myself pulled to a small booth demonstrating a new and novel way to identify medications with a smartphone camera. The company is called MedSnap, and was founded by Dr. Patrick Hymel, an ex-ER physician, and Dr. Stephen Brosette out of Birmingham, AL. The essence of the product is that MedSnap incorporates the camera […]
  • Raids over broadband ‘throttling’
    European regulators have raided the offices of three ISPs over accusations they have “throttled” the speed at which they deliver data
  • Twitter gives up data to ID racists
    Twitter has handed over data that will help identify who posted racist tweets to the network’s French service in October 2012.
  • NHS trust handed £200,000 data fine
    The UK’s data watchdog fines NHS Surrey £200,000 for improper disposal of sensitive patient details.
  • US unveils humanoid robot test bed
    A humanoid robot called Atlas could pave the way for intelligent machines to help in the wake of natural disasters.
  • Apple app store still leads Android in total number of medical apps
    While the number of mobile applications have steadily proliferated across all mobile devices, Apple has maintained its hold on leading in the number of mobile medical applications.
  • Microsoft’s work with NSA ‘revealed’
    Microsoft helped the NSA get around its encryption systems so the agency could spy on users of Outlook.com and Skype, reports suggest.
  • Steve Ballmer remakes Microsoft one more time
    Maybe the new organizational structure will better the odds of achieving breakthroughs, but it will take all the CEO’s willpower, tenacity, smarts, and positive energy to keep the ship steaming ahead.
  • VIDEO: Smart nappy detects infections
    A smart nappy has been developed in the US which acts as an early warning health system, plus other tech news.
  • Apple Store down for hours worldwide, no big changes
    The online Apple Store went offline worldwide for almost five hours beginning just after midnight (ET) on Friday until nearly 5AM ET. The long downtime, just slightly above average for a significant store downtime event, is sometimes indicative of a product refresh or addition, though in this case it appears to have been for minor site update to emphasize the current "Back to School" gift card and accessories promotion. No new or refreshed product turned up, though the last time the store was down for such an xtended period was for five hours on June 10, adding the latest MacBook Air models.


  • BlackBerry ready to enable India to track messages
    BlackBerry is ready to provide Indian law enforcement authorities with a way to track emails, email attachments and chats sent over its services
  • Dislike Adobe subscriptions? Xara updates its design suite
    Xara Designer Pro X9, which bundles the company’s tools for image editing, illustration, Web design, and layout, now is available, and customers don’t need a subscription.
  • O2 extends 4G backhaul with Virgin Media Business
    Mobile operator O2 will use Virgin Media Business’s superfast fibre network to bring capacity for its 4G roll-out later in 2013
  • VIDEO: Webscape: Sharing wedding photos
    Kate Russell reviews the best websites and apps including an app which allows weddings guests to take a share photos.
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