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Mobile Technology News, July 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.

  • IDC report on poor Apple iPhone sales in India challenged
    A report for a stock analysis site who is based in India is challenging the findings of market researcher IDC on Apple’s success — or lack thereof — in India. The data, reported in the Economic Times, claims the company sold only 120,000 iPhones between January and March 2013 — however IDC’s own estimate of Apple’s marketshare in the country suggests that in fact it sold nearly double that number, around 210,000 iPhones (using total handset sales figures from Strategy Analytics). A report from Credit Suisse in May said Apple was selling nearly 400,000 iPhones per month during the same perio


  • Reports: Apple upping chip orders, talking to LG about 4K TVs
    Sometimes-accurate Taiwanese trade journal DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has recently doubled integrated chip component orders compared to the prior quarter, according to sources within its supply chain partners. If true, the move is not unexpected and would indicate that the ramp-up for production of the next iPhone and iPad models will begin shortly, aiming for an already-expected fall release. The site also reports on a rumor that Apple is talking to LG and AU Optronics about high-end 4K "Ultra HD" display panels.


  • Apple may beat consensus on iPhones, see slow growth on iPads
    Apple’s fiscal third-quarter results will be revealed on July 23, but analysis consensus estimates are already in from Wall Street and independent analysts, and as usual predictions vary widely. However, the averages reveal that across the spectrum analysts predict modest growth for Apple’s two most popular products, with an opportunity for the company to beat consensus estimates. A group of 48 analysts both traditional and independent surveyed by Fortune believe Apple will sell 27 million iPhones and 18 million iPads.


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  • New Intel CEO reiterates: $300 laptops on the way
    Intel is going to focus more on its mobile Atom chips and push into low-cost markets, its new chief executive says.
  • Intel and IBM see big fall in profit
    Two tech titans, IBM and Intel, report big drops in net income for the April-to-June period.
  • Sen. Byron Dorgan: Cyber Terror Is the New Language of War
    How dangerous could these cyber attacks be? Consider what might happen if our water supply, our electric grid, or the Internet was successfully shut down by a cyber attack.
  • PayPal in $92 quadrillion error
    Online payments broker PayPal apologises after erroneously crediting a Pennsylvania man’s account with $92 quadrillion (£60 quadrillion).
  • Peg Fitzpatrick: Savvy Authors Surfing the Web to Bridge the Digital Divide
    Book clubs are popping up all over the internet as more people become entrenched in their digital lifestyles. As people move their social circles to the web, it makes sense to build literary connections online as well.
  • Canada ‘gore’ website owner held
    Canadian police charge a website owner with corrupting morals for hosting a video said to show the murder of a Chinese national last year.
  • Nir Eyal: Why Behavior Change Apps Fail to Change Behavior
    Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. "Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?" he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD.
  • Chrome for iOS gets hooks for opening links in other Google apps
    Google has pushed out an important update for the iOS version of Chrome. Users can now choose to open Google-related links in appropriate apps, including Drive, Maps, YouTube, and Google+. Previously, tapping links would take people to the content’s web counterparts.


  • Intel profit falls as Q3 forecast is lowered
    With a new CEO at the helm, analysts could be extra curious about the last three months at Intel.
  • Sam Fiorella: Netflix Is the New Apple
    Netflix has emerged from a somewhat troubled startup to become the unconventional bellwether for what is to come in the digital media world.
  • All three major Russian carriers no longer selling iPhones
    All three major Russian phone carriers have stopped selling the iPhone at their stores, leaving people to buy from Apple directly, Svyaznoy outlets, or else the black/gray market, says Fortune. The last holdout was VimpleCom, whose Beeline brand severed its ties with Apple last week, replacing the iPhone 5 in its lineup with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Beeline blames the switch on "draconian [Apple] contracts" and "harsh conditions…especially in the marketing department." Previously, MTS CEO Andrei Dubovskov stated that "Apple wants operators to pay them huge money subsidizing iPhones and thei


  • Briefly: New iPhone cases released from Snow Leopard, idAmerica
    Snow Leopard has expanded their collection of heavy-duty cases, offering waterproof protection as well as battery charge supplementing to a users’ iPhone 5 and iPad. The SLXtreme case for iPhone, the SLXtreme 5, has an integrated 2250mAh battery, powered by a solar panel, doubling the battery capacity of the phone. The case is designed to be waterproof down to six feet while maintaining full functionality. SLXtreme for iPad protects the iPad 2 or later, and offers waterproof protection for underwater and splash-prone environments. Optionally available is a built-in 1150mAh battery, complete wi


  • Claudia Dietrich-Joe: Building an App to Become Happier Parents
    Seven years ago, I left my full-time job as a brand manager to move with my husband and four-month-old son from New York to San Francisco. In an effort to re-establish myself, I joined the local moms groups, went to parenting meet-ups and signed up for a co-op preschool. I met amazing mom friends, many who also gave up their careers for the joys of family and kids. We learned from each other, supported each other and brainstormed ideas together to make our lives as parents better. This experience was a large part of what inspired me to launch a start-up.
  • Eva Moon: "This Is a Dream Colon" – 26 Hilarious Voice Mail Transcriptions
    Remember the old children’s game "Telephone" where one child whispers a message to the next child, who whispers it to the next and so on? The end result was always hilariously transmogrified from the original message.
  • Rohit Sethi: Warning: This App May Ruin Your Life
    Mobile hacking is a growing threat that consumers need to take seriously. This is especially true for work phones and for anyone who uses mobile banking or saves financial or sensitive information on their smartphone.
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