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Mobile Technology News, April 24, 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.

  • Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.4 Beta 4 to Developers

    For the 4th consecutive week, Apple has released a new beta of the upcoming OS X 10.8.4 version of Mountain Lion to developers.  The latest update is build 12E36 and is available now to developers through the Apple Developer network as both a full release and a delta (if you are upgrading from a […]

    The post Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.4 Beta 4 to Developers appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Windows 8 touch ultrabooks see price cuts at Microsoft Store
    Touch ultrabooks are coming down from their rarefied pricing tiers at the Micorosft Store.
  • Australia hacking ‘leader’ charged
    Australian police say they have arrested and charged a “self-proclaimed leader” of the hacking group LulzSec.
  • Microsoft signs patent deal with Chinese phone maker ZTE
    The software giant says it now has patent deals with companies that make 80 percent of Andriod phones sold in the United States and a majority of those sold worldwide.
  • Apple reports rare fall in profits
    Computer and smartphone maker Apple reports its first quarterly drop in profits in a decade, despite strong sales in the three months to March.
  • Apple Fails To Prove It Can Still Innovate
    Apple is defined by its glitzy gadgets and flashy unveilings, but there were none to be seen on Tuesday when the company announced earnings. Instead,…
  • Apple Reaches 45B App Downloads with $9B Paid to Developers [iOS Blog]
    apples-app-store-icon-oDuring today’s Q2 earnings call, Apple announced that it had hit a milestone of 45 billion total app downloads, up five million from the 40 billion downloads that it reported in January.

    There are now 850,000 iOS apps in total, with 350,000 of those being iPad-only apps. 800 apps were downloaded per second during the quarter, representing almost 70 million downloads a day.

    Apple has now paid out a total of $9 billion to developers, a $1 billion increase since mid-February. According to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple is now paying developers more than $1 billion per quarter, with approximately $4.5 billion being paid out in the last year alone.

    In total, Apple’s digital storefront includes music stores in 119 countries with 35 million songs, movies in 109 countries, the iBookstore in 155 countries and the App Store in 155 countries, covering 90 percent of the world’s population.

    The second quarter of 2013 brought record earnings for iTunes, with a revenue of over $4.1 billion, a 30 percent increase year-over-year.

        

  • GoComics Offers Free Classic Comic Strips Like ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ [iOS Blog]
    Uclick has released GoComics, an app that allows users to download classic comic strips to their iPad or iPhone for free. Like the accompanying website, the app includes 20 years of back issues of comics from notable strips like Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and Dilbert.comics

    Want funny? Love comics? We’ve got your fix. The GoComics app, from Universal Uclick, is the mobile comics portal for many of the most popular comic strips worldwide. From iconic favorites like Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, Garfield, Doonesbury, Dilbert and Marmaduke to modern favorites like FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Big Nate, Pearls Before Swine and Get Fuzzy, we offer the most diverse set of comic strips and panels in one single app for FREE.

    In addition to offering classic content, GoComics also features comics from emerging artists and modern cartoonists. The app’s content is updated on a daily basis to add new comics and users can both bookmark favorites and share comics via social networking sites or email.

    GoComics is a free universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

        

  • Robot helper to aid field engineers
    A robotic sidekick could soon be helping field engineers fix faulty equipment in remote and unfamiliar locations.
  • From punched tape to Raspberry Pi
    In pictures: How Cambridge Computer Lab changed the world
  • Does This Trend Mean Doom For The GOP?
    California Democrats did something the party hasn’t managed to accomplish since 1883 this last November–gaining a supermajority in both houses of the state’s legislature, crippling…
  • Human extinction warning from Oxford
    The institute studying how humans could become extinct
  • Tim Cook on Mobile Payments: ‘It’s In Its Infancy’
    Tim Cook was asked during today’s earnings call about his feelings regarding the mobile payments market. While he didn’t address the topic directly, he did note that the mobile payments were “just getting started” and still “in its infancy.”

    In a different part of the call, Cook said Apple would continue to augment the existing “iTunes ecosystem with new services and make existing ones even better.”

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    There have been persistent rumors for several product cycles that the iPhone would gain some sort of mobile payments system, perhaps through near field communications (NFC). Passbook, the system that Apple released last year to make it more convenient for customers using gift card or ticketing apps, could be a precursor to a larger mobile payments play by the company.

    Apple already has a mobile payments system of sorts, allowing Apple Retail Store customers to self-checkout with the Apple Store app. The company has hundreds of millions of credit card numbers stored in its iTunes system, providing a natural groundwork for a possible future payments system.

        

  • US news agency’s Twitter feed hacked
    The Associated Press news agency says its Twitter account has been hacked, after a bogus post about explosions at the White House.
  • A Treatment For Lazy Eye Could Lie In An ’80s Arcade Game
    A classic arcade game could help adults with lazy eye, according to a small new study. Researchers from McGill University found that Tetris, a puzzle-type…
  • Matthew Keys Pleads Not Guilty
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Matthew Keys pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he conspired with hacker group Anonymous to attack the websites of his former…
  • Tim Cook Would Have Preferred to Announce the New iMac in January
    During the Q&A portion of today’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the number of product releases in the fall of 2012 and whether he wished Apple had done things differently.

    His answer was somewhat revealing, as Apple is usually hesitant to disclose internal discussions and deliberations, but Cook said that looking back, he would have delayed the release of the new iMac until 2013 to avoid some of the the delays that many customers experienced after ordering a new Mac.

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    I don’t spend a lot of time looking back except to learn from it. If we could run it over, I’d announce the iMac after the turn of the year. We felt customers had to wait too long for that specific product.

    Apple’s new iMacs, first announced in October, experienced significant delays in shipping, presumably due to the thinness of the machine. The displays required a new manufacturing process along with advanced welding techniques, causing some customers to wait for weeks before receiving their orders.

    During Apple’s Q1 earnings call, Tim Cook admitted that the iMac was constrained for the entire quarter, resulting in a “significant shortage”.

    The above quote is from a rough transcript of the earnings call

        

  • Laysha Ward: Re-Imagining Learning: Digital and Physical Convergence
    While some advocate for technology as the key to higher student engagement and achievement, others worry digital tools will replace the teacher or hands-on, in-person learning. It’s a false dilemma.
  • Tim Cook Comments on 5-Inch Phone Market, Reiterates Commitment to Quality Over Size
    iphone_5_black_frontThere have been numerous rumors claiming that Apple is working on an iPhone with a larger screen to compete with phones from competitors like Samsung, but Tim Cook’s comments during today’s Q2 financial results call indicate that the company is not quite ready to make a phone with a 5-inch screen.

    My view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the best display in the industry. We always strive to create the very best display. Some customers value large screen size. Others value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, and portability. Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.

    It appears that Apple will not be releasing an iPhone with a larger screen until the company’s manufacturing partners can supply it with a 5-inch screen that meets its demanding criteria.

    The above quote is from a rough transcript of the earnings call

        

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