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Mobile Technology News, April 19, 2015

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.

  • White goods dominate e-waste items
    Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014, suggests a report.
  • Ben Affleck Reportedly Asked PBS To Censor His Slave-Owning Ancestor
    The PBS series “Finding Your Roots” is all about uncovering the ancestry of the show’s celebrity guests. But according to a hacked Sony email, one guest requested to have his family tree censored.

    Ben Affleck was featured in a “Finding Your Roots” episode from last October, “Roots of Freedom,” which discusses his Freedom Rider mother, a Revolutionary War ancestor and his third great-grandfather. But according to a hacked Sony email posted by WikiLeaks on Thursday, Affleck reportedly asked PBS to edit out information about an ancestor who owned slaves.

    In the email, “Finding Your Roots” host Henry Louis Gates Jr. emailed Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton for advice regarding the request, the New York Daily News reported. In the email dated July 22, 2014, Gates wrote, “For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves.”

    Lynton replied, telling Gates to take it out if no one knew the material was already in the documentary. “I would take it out if no one knows,” Lynton wrote, “but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky. Again, all things being equal I would definitely take it out.”

    Gates responded saying that removing the information would be “a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman.” The host later added that Affleck’s ancestor “wasn’t even a bad guy,” noting that four or five of the other guests from the show that season, including Anderson Cooper, were descendants of slave owners.

    Both Gates and PBS released statements on the network’s website Friday regarding the hacked emails and the episode.

    “Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program,” Gates said. “In the case of Mr. Affleck — we focused on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry.” The network expressed its support for Gates and his producers’ “independent editorial judgment to choose the most compelling narrative.”

    In a statement to The Huffington Post, a representative for Sony criticized WikiLeaks for the “indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information.”

    “We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security, and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees,” the statement read.

    A rep for Affleck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.

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  • 15 Color-Drenched Photos That Will Make You Taste The Rainbow
    “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second,” young poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek once said. We know how he feels. It’s not easy to pick a single hue from the spectrum when drinking them all up at once is so very delicious.

    Luckily, today, we don’t have to choose. We’re ogling a selection of color-happy photos from Instagram’s #WHPcolorplay challenge, which invites brazen photographers to upload and hashtag their favorite moments of rainbow glory. From dripping paint to fresh fruits to sushi rolls to tropical frogs, the following subjects reveal that color isn’t just in a box of crayons, it’s all around us.

    A photo posted by skylar bartlett (@skyzzle) on Apr 12, 2015 at 4:03pm PDT

    A photo posted by Alisha Johns (@alishylishy) on Apr 12, 2015 at 11:47am PDT

    A photo posted by #pacargrapher (@kurniawanbahri) on Apr 15, 2015 at 10:12am PDT

    A photo posted by Evan Sheehan (@evantsheehan) on Apr 10, 2015 at 2:33pm PDT

    A photo posted by Guangzhou (@itwhy) on Apr 15, 2015 at 7:01am PDT

    A photo posted by martine cooks (@martinecooks) on Apr 14, 2015 at 2:45pm PDT

    A photo posted by Ali Maudoodi (@alimaudoodi) on Apr 15, 2015 at 5:38am PDT

    A photo posted by Firman Maulana (@firmanmlana) on Apr 14, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT

    A photo posted by skylar bartlett (@skyzzle) on Mar 9, 2015 at 6:23pm PDT

    A photo posted by Syeera M. Aqbal (@syeeramaq_) on Apr 12, 2015 at 4:00am PDT

    A photo posted by Camila (@camitalpone) on Apr 1, 2015 at 7:48am PDT

    A photo posted by Garima (@garima259) on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:51am PDT

    A photo posted by Thorsten Vaas (@thorsten.vaas) on Apr 12, 2015 at 9:24am PDT

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  • The 26 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
    Each week HuffPost Women rounds up the most hilarious 140-character jokes from women on Twitter we could find to brighten your day. We’ve got to hand it you ladies, these keep us laughing every single week. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

    Woody Allen: “I have a new film coming out.”
    Everyone: “Is it about a man dating a younger woman?”
    WA: “HOW DID YOU–INCREDIBLE.”

    — Jerr (@Jerradactyl) April 13, 2015

    Just updated my phone. Is there REALLY still no burrito emoji?! Get it together, Apple.

    — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) April 15, 2015

    Fool me once, please, I will take literally any human interaction I can get.

    — slaughthie (@slaughthie) April 16, 2015

    Relationship status:

    I just had a good cry in the shower because I’m an excellent multitasker.

    — Goddess of Mischief (@ShanaRose21) April 16, 2015

    I’m just looking for a dude who asks me how I am from time to time and knows my fave ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolat Cookie.

    — amelia (@xoamelia) April 17, 2015

    u can take the girl out of the buffet but unless u check her purse/pockets for hidden jalapeño poppers, the buffet is going with the girl

    — Colette McIntyre (@calledcolette) April 15, 2015

    What’s the opposite of “Free Hugs”? Whatever it is, that’s what I give.

    — Jena Friedman (@JenaFriedman) April 16, 2015

    I wonder about what part of evolution led to me being too lazy to use the bathroom sometimes.

    — Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) April 14, 2015

    BITCH BETTA HAVE MY PILLS – me at Walgreens

    — Heben Nigatu (@heavenrants) April 12, 2015

    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s boob sweat season

    — Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) April 17, 2015

    Have you noticed how people stop and take photos at farmers markets like they’ve never seen fresh produce before? Like calm down it’s a pear

    — NYC BLONDE (@NYC_Blonde) April 15, 2015

    Idea: vending machines at all these new trampoline places, only for sports bras.

    — Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) April 17, 2015

    The fact that I feel loyalty to Bank of America is absolutely terrifying

    — Kate Berlant (@kateberlant) April 16, 2015

    An entire set just witness me take a giant pile of cilantro thinking it was salad. I can’t put it back BUT I refuse to eat it.

    — House Of Piazza (@MichellePiazza) April 15, 2015

    Every time I have to say a “fun fact” about myself I realize how truly un-fun I am

    — Nicole Conlan (@NicoleConlan) April 16, 2015

    It’s time for Facebook to change “People You May Know” to “People You Definitely Know and Are Actively Avoiding”

    — Bridger Winegar (@bridger_w) April 16, 2015

    Doctor: do you have any allergies?

    Me: Idk, I hate everything does that count?

    — Swishergirl (@Swishergirl24) April 17, 2015

    [at job interview]
    “What’s your greatest weakness?”
    Yes

    — audrey farnsworth (@audipenny) April 17, 2015

    If I were Katniss I would’ve killed Peeta in the first minute of the first hunger games

    — Paige (@PeachCoffin) April 17, 2015

    Sorry, but if I get my hands on a time machine, I’m only going back 20 years to put sunscreen on.

    — Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) April 16, 2015

    [first date]

    I just love that you are a normal, cool girl.

    *subtly slides macaroni art of your face back under my chair*

    -Yeah, totally.

    — molls (@MollySneed) April 17, 2015

    Saw a huge spider the size of a walnut while I was taking a shower so I pulled off the curtain rod & pole vaulted myself into the hallway.

    — Dosie Doe (@DosieDoe) April 16, 2015

    Your time is precious and in limited supply.
    Please waste some on me.

    ~ Twitter.

    — The People’s Goddess (@ShoutingGoddess) April 17, 2015

    Choose your battles I tell myself as I give them string cheese for breakfast.

    — OneFunnyMummy (@OneFunnyMummy) April 17, 2015

    Its like my coworkers don’t get how gifted I really am in sarcasm.

    — The_martinigirl (@The_MartiniGirl) April 15, 2015

    Pizza tracker, but for wine delivery. STAT.

    — The Eh Factor (@AngelaEhh) April 17, 2015

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