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Mobile Technology News, January 21, 2014

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.

  • Build Your Own Railways in The New Raildale Game for iOS

    Probably, many of you will have enjoyed playing with toy railways in your childhood. The indie developer Anton Zherdev offers the opportunity to play railways on your iPhone or iPad with the Raildale game. Raildale is released and available on the App Store at a 50% discounted rate of $1.99 instead […]

    The post Build Your Own Railways in The New Raildale Game for iOS appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Target Credit Card Fraud Case Reportedly Leads To 2 Arrests At Texas Border, Police Chief Claims
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police chief says two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise this month.

    A federal official with knowledge of the case said late Monday there currently was no connection between the McAllen case and any ongoing investigation into the breach, but would not elaborate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was prohibited from providing details about the investigation. The discrepancy could not immediately be rectified.

    Messages left for McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and his lieutenant Monday evening weren’t immediately returned.

    A message left with the Secret Service seeking more information wasn’t immediately returned.

    A Target spokeswoman referred questions to local law enforcement.

  • Dr. King: Social Pioneer
    He had a dream….

    On August 28th, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, called for an end to racism in the United States at the now legendary “March on Washington.”

    It was a defining moment for the civil rights movement in the US and arguably a defining moment for people anywhere who felt enslaved.

    Today, (Monday, January 20), in the US, we celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Day and while many of us are off from work and government offices are closed I always feel that is not nearly enough to celebrate his life, his message and his accomplishments….hence my Ramble today…

    Think about it – some 250,000 plus people – jam-packed into the plaza around the monument. Many of them fearful as they had suffered the cruelty of Southern police at other demonstrations – yet all of them knowing that this was a stake in the ground – a historic moment – there was no turning back…never would be….

    Now think about this – there were no smartphones or Mobile devices; no Twitter; Facebook or texting to spread the word – no Instagram to share the moment – just people and the word spread like the word from the Mountain…..

    The Mountain, today, is the world of digital communication…instantaneous….huge aggregated audiences…interactive…shareable…imagine the possibilities had ‘The Dream’ been liked……

    Yet, as we pontificate on the world we have created…on the Internet of Things…or better the Internet of Everything…where are we with Dr King’s message? How has his dream fared in our ever on; fully connected world?

    It’s interesting to note, that the story of hate on the World Wide Web begins on January 11, 1995 with the establishment of the extremist Stormfront site – an early effort to give racists a new, clean, modern look.

    In other words one of the earliest web endeavors was to spread hate.

    Sadly not much has changed and in fact the number of hate based sites; hate messages and hate shares goes up every year as racial and religious intolerance grows and flourishes by using the very tools that should be making our society better.

    Social media struggles with balancing free speech and sheer vitriol – some better than others. According to a grading system established by the Simon Wiesenthal Center…..Facebook got an A-minus because of its effort to eliminate digital prejudice and hate on the site. YouTube was graded C-minus because of the number of how-to terror videos on the site…Twitter got an F because “you can post anything you want without being screened or removed.”

    And by the way – bullying fits the hate bill.

    Bottom line – take the day and week established to celebrate a man who walked in Gandhi’s footsteps, who fought racism, bigotry, hatred, and small-minded thinking his whole life, and who understood, long before the Web, that we are all inextricably linked.

    While he didn’t have the advantage, that we have, of digital sharing he knew what social sharing was all about and its power to change the world for good…listen:

    “And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last!

    Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
    Dr. Martin Luther King…I Had a Dream

    Let the leaders of all of the social tools you use know that they need to make the rules tougher; pledge to help eradicate bullying and bad behavior online and off…make the promise of the Web of Everything ring with freedom and truth and not hollow protestations of freedom of speech masking hate….

    What do you think?

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  • Repairs for iPhone 5c displays now available in US Apple Stores
    As previously reported, Apple has now made available a service to repair damaged iPhone 5c screens rather than replacing the units outright in a number of its US stores. The new service prevents users having to change over to another phone, or send the device away to a remote repair facility. The service, which costs $149 for customers who do not have AppleCare+ on their iPhones, can take as little as one hour thanks to new, specialized equipment.


  • Chicago City Council Resolution Could Support A Theft-Deterring 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones
    CITY HALL — A proposed City Council resolution would call on the federal government to support a smartphone “kill switch” in order to deter thefts.

    The resolution, submitted by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), would ask the Federal Communications Commission to support such a “kill switch,” which would wipe the data from a stolen phone and render it inoperable.

    “We’re just trying to do something to help the people,” said Ald. Nick Sposato (36th), who has joined five other members of the council in support of the resolution. “I didn’t realize it’s as prevalent as it is.”

    According to the resolution, the Federal Trade Commission has determined that one of every three thefts nationwide involves a mobile phone, a crime commonly known as “Apple picking.” Apple has led the way in developing such a kill switch, and its latest iPhone operating system has an activation lock meant to deter thefts.

  • Apple demands anti-cloning provision in any Samsung settlement
    Ahead of formal settlement negotiations next month, Apple has reiterated its demands for an anti-cloning provision in any potential agreement with Samsung. Litigation analyst Florian Mueller suggests Apple’s insistence may be a “dealbreaker” that puts the patent-infringement lawsuit back on track for a formal trial, though the company successfully pushed HTC to sign off on such provisions as part of a settlement in a separate dispute.


  • Medical Tech, 'iPhone 6' And More In This Week's Apple Rumors
    It’s time for another installment of “This Week In Apple Rumors,” where we bring you the latest speculation and gossip about the machinations and iWidgets coming out of the notoriously secretive company in Cupertino, Calif. In this edition, we bring you rumors about Apple’s move into the medical sensor field, the “iPhone 6,” and more.


    Last week, Google unveiled its plans for a contact lens that would monitor the blood glucose level of the wearer, a development that would make the lives of diabetics significantly easier. Not to be outdone by the fellow tech giant, 9to5 Mac reports that Apple has been on a hiring spree for engineers and developers to work on products with medical sensors.

    Apple hired Nancy Dougherty from startup Sano Intelligence, a company with developments that include a small, painless, needle-less patch that can analyze a person’s blood. 9to5 Mac notes that it seems plausible that Apple could work to integrate this technology into its so-called “iWatch.” Recent rumors have some estimating that 2014 could be the year we finally see Apple’s long-speculated smart watch.

    Eye Spy

    9to5 Mac is also reporting that Apple is actively researching iris-scanning technology, “according to sources.” Earlier this month in an interview with Bloomgberg News, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, confirmed that the company is experimenting with iris-scanning technologies to unlock phones for potential implementation in the Galaxy S5 this year. In addition, 9to5 Mac writes that Apple is in the process of studying new ways to apply sensors to improve facial recognition, and enhance security, photography and other parts of Apple’s mobile devices.

    “iPhone 6” x 2

    According to research firm Display Search, Apple’s next iPhone will give consumers the option to choose between two sizes. One would be the typical iPhone display (4.7 inches), while the other would be a larger, 5.5-inch screen that resembles the bigger displays featured on Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Further speculation from MacRumors indicates that based on Apple’s use of new alloys from LiquidMetal Technologies, the new iPhone will be thinner and lighter thanks to these new materials.

    In July, a 9to5 Mac report said that in the coming years, Apple may work to integrate Touch ID fingerprint technology into the screen of the iPhone and iPad, not just into the home button.

  • Move Over Tina And Amy: The Stars Of 'Camp Takota' Are Here To Stay
    If Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are Hollywood’s current reigning funny female friendship, we think it’s safe to say that YouTube stars Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart are the Internet’s heirs apparent.

    All three are endlessly hilarious on their individual channels, but together they are an absolute online video tour de force.

    Hart, Helbig and Hart teamed up recently to create the feature film called “Camp Takota,” a movie about a woman who returns to sleep-away camp and old friends after many years. Unsurprisingly, hilarity and hijinks ensue, and the chemistry between the three is clearly evident from the recently released trailer, which is above.

    “We’ve synched up in more ways than just our periods,” Helbig told The Daily Dot about her friendship with Hannah Hart. “We’ll pick each other up and find out that we’re wearing the same outfits. It’s horrible.”

    Female friendships this strong deserve to be celebrated, and so it’s fitting that the film is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day release.

  • These People Think Today Is 'Martian Luther King Jr. Day'
    For many, Martin Luther King Day serves as a way to honor the civil rights pioneer, reflect on his numerous accomplishments and debate how well we as a country have honored his legacy and goals.

    For some companies, it’s an opportunity to send out some cringeworthy branded tweets. And for some people, as Twitter user @FanSince09 discovered, it’s a day to honor someone else entirely: Martian Luther King.






    Clearly they didn’t learn from this New York high school that said no school on its main billboard in honor of “Dr. Martian Luther King.”

  • Spotify adds shop as Dre preps rival
    Music streaming service Spotify enables merchandise sales as rapper Dr Dre prepares to launch rival streaming service under his Beats brand.
  • iOS 7.1 beta 4 fixes messaging bug, leaves unaddressed issues
    Apple has released the fourth betas for iOS 7.1 and Xcode 5.1, enabling developers to continue testing the software ahead of a public release. The iOS beta is said to fix a bug related to outgoing messages, however other issues from earlier betas have yet to be resolved, according to an AppleInsider report.


  • HP resurrects Windows 7 PCs 'by popular demand'
    Computer maker touts Microsoft’s older operating system as an incentive to buyers of its desktop and laptop PCs.
  • Live Video Becomes the Hot New Web Trend
    For a week in the middle of the winter, all the world’s film geeks trundle off to the cold — to screen, drink, and party their way through the annual pilgrimage know as Sundance. Historically, you had to be there to be in the know. But this year, for the first time — web video is bridging the gap — and a live video show will punch through the noise and give fans and a worldwide film audience a look inside Sundance.

    The Sundance Institute is working with the firm Weber Shandwick to stream a daily, hourlong show on the Sundance Film Festival’s channel on YouTube.

    The show will be hosted by web video superstar Shira Lazar — who’s show What’s Trending has been making waves and gathering a significant audience since its launch. Jimmy Conrad host of ‘KickTV’ and Casey Neistat will contribute to the live stream along with Lazar. The show will be produced live from the YouTube studios on Main Street in Park City, Utah. The series plans to offer interviews, film cips, and coverage of premiers, parties and panels. The show will be live-streamed from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern here youtube.com/sff.

    It’s hard to imagine, but even as we binge-view series and have random access to video from channels and sources big and small — the emergence of watching the same thing at the same time is rapidly becoming a central part of how consumers engage video. Community, as it turns out, matters.

    And on television — the same thing is proving to be true. Despite the prevalence of DVRs — live event TV is on the rise. From awards shows like The Golden Globes and the American Music Awards, to the Sunday night lineup of hit shows from The Good Wife to Downton Abbey, audiences want to watch, tweet, and share in real time… together.

    While mass media itself may be in danger of being atomized into a thousand little pieces, entertainment seems to be evolving into an experience that is best engaged in groups — some small, some large, but together.

    So, where does web video fit into this equation? It seems that the act of watching video together, even if you’re in different time zones, is taking off. Far-flung friends are connecting on Skype, syncing up — and pressing play. The experience gives the ‘back-channel’ chit chat of snarky texts and funny one-liners a whole new life.

    Video is alive and well. And, it seems, connecting audiences in ways that we’re just now seeing beginning to arrive. So, “Stay Tuned” might be a phrase yet again.

  • Spoof UKIP Twitter tops 80K followers
    The spoof UKIP account with more than 80 thousand followers
  • Photo Editing App Wrap Camera HD Updated for iOS 7

    Power APP AG announced the release of version 3.0 of Wrap Camera, their picture editing app that allows wrapping and rolling of pictures as if they were printed on paper.
    With this version Wrap Camera is ready for iOS7. As part of the update also new functions have been added to the app.
    “Ensuring […]

    The post Photo Editing App Wrap Camera HD Updated for iOS 7 appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Review of the CDC’s STD treatment guideline medical app
    CDC STD Tx app is great for providing information about treatments and you can certainly trust its contents.
  • EE routers vulnerable to ‘incredibly easy’ hack
    A blogger claims to have found a flaw within EE’s BrightBox broadband routers that could leave sensitive information easily accessible to hackers
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