Mobile Technology News, April 26, 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.
- Mick Ebeling: WATCH: The Incredible Power Of A Single Pair Of Glasses
The EyeWriter has been a journey, and due to the nature of ALS it’s a never-ending one. It started in 2008, and it continues on today. I am often asked, "Why did you do it?"
- Dell brings 4G LTE wireless connectivity to Windows 8 tablet
Dell is offering something that’s rare on Windows 8 tablets: 4G connectivity. Maybe this should be more common. As Apple iPad users know, the option for mobile broadband has been around for years.
- Court sides with Microsoft over Motorola patents used in Xbox
Judge determines Motorola is entitled to $1.8 million in royalty rates for patents used in Xbox — not the $4 billion it had sought.
- Apple Runs New Ad Focusing on the iPhone’s Camera
Apple started running a new iPhone ad this evening entitled “Camera”. The ad is a departure from recent iPhone advertising, focusing on people actually using the phone, rather than just the phone itself.
In a series of colorful shots, the iPhone is used to take photos and videos on a hike, a run, at the beach, on a walk, and more. The spot shows users editing their photos and using the iPhone’s panorama feature, as well as its LED flash.
Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.
The ad finishes with the above quote, likely referring to statistics from Flickr that show the iPhone as the most popular camera on the service. Three of the top four most popular cameras on Flickr are iPhones and Apple has put a lot of effort into improving the camera in the iPhone over its past few iterations.
Apple’s most recent iPhone ad campaign used a series of words flashing across the screen to showcase a number of different iOS apps.
- Samsung profits get smartphone boost
Samsung Electronics posts record quarterly profit, boosted mainly by growing sales of its smartphones.
- Chris Carberry: Mars: The Next International Destination
The time to start planning the next large international space mission is now. That mission should be a human mission to Mars. Despite the troubling economic and budgetary times, there is clear support in the U.S. for human Mars exploration.
- ‘LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes’ Hits iOS App Store [iOS Blog]
The latest release in the popular LEGO video game series from Warner Bros. Entertainment and TT Games, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes, has arrived in the iOS App Store.
The Mac version of the game, “LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes”, was released last year. Like other iOS versions of LEGO games, the game has many of the same features of the Mac version but includes two iOS control styles in “Classic” and “Touch Screen.”
This also marks the first time a LEGO game on an iOS device has featured voice acting. Previously, LEGO games for the platform used pantomiming characters to express story elements.
Our sister-site TouchArcade has an overview of the gameplay:
You’ll run around doing 3D platforming and light puzzle solving, all the while beating up on both bad guys and objects and then collecting the sweet, sweet Lego studs that are left behind, which are then used to buy different characters and other goodies. Lego Batman: DC Super Heroesboasts an 80 character roster, and not surprisingly it looks like you can buy studs as IAP if you desire.
- Online Sales Tax Bill Moves Forward In Senate
* Bill gives states power to compel online sales taxes * Anti-tax activist Norquist vows to fight effort in House By Kim Dixon and Lisa…
- Apple Sends Press ‘Decade of iTunes’ Anniversary Keepsake with 100 Free Songs [iOS Blog]
Following the introduction of the new ‘Decade of iTunes‘ milestone feature that debuted yesterday to celebrate iTunes’ 10th anniversary, Apple has sent out a hard copy of the timeline to journalists, reports CNET.
The paper version of the timeline comes with a gift card that features 100 free handpicked iTunes songs, along with a personal thank you note from senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.
When Apple introduced the iTunes Store on April 28, 2003, we thought if consumers had a great, legal way to download music they would embrace it – did they ever. Apple was floored, as were the labels, when customers bought over 1 million songs during the first week. And now, 10 years later, we continue to be amazed by how much customers love the iTunes Store, with more than 25 billion songs sold.
Apple loves music and strives to provide customers with the most innovative features and services on iTunes. We are all very proud of having such an incredible selection of legendary musicians on the iTunes Store and take great pride in exposing music fans to new and emerging artists.
We’ve put together a compilation of 100 songs that represents milestones throughout the history of iTunes and shows just how far we’ve come. I’d like to thank our customers, label partners, and artists for being part of such an incredible decade.
Apple’s digital 10th anniversary iTunes celebration features a timeline of events that covers the ten-year history of the iTunes Store, beginning in 2003, plus a list of the top-selling songs for each decade.
- Senate Will Not Vote On CISPA, Dealing Blow To Controversial Cyber Bill
The Senate will not vote on a cybersecurity bill that passed the House earlier this month, according to two Senate staffers, dealing a blow to…
- Clear your desk and go (almost) paperless
Can you finally consign your files to the shredder?
- The Latest Silly Insult To Working Moms
Let’s start with the title. “The Mommy Business Trip” is the headline on Katherine Rosman’s piece in the Wall Street Journal and its tagline is…
- Apple Offering Some Devs a Second Chance at WWDC Tickets
Tickets for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference sold out this morning in less than two minutes, leaving a number of developers with error messages stating that their purchase requests were unable to be processed.
According to a tweet from Red Sweater Software founder Daniel Jalkut, Apple contacted some registered members of its developer program to offer them a second chance to purchase a WWDC ticket. Eric Doleki detailed his phone call from Apple in a blog post.
I pick up and a nice guy tells me he’s from Apple Developer Support and that they noticed that I tried to purchase a ticket today and that the transaction didn’t go through. I told him that was true. I thought the next thing out of his mouth would be an apology or something – just to be nice.
He then proceeds to tell me that he’s got good news – a ticket has been reserved for me in my name and that I’ll be receiving an email from Developer Support within 12 hours with instructions on how to purchase the pass. He thanked me for supporting the platform, etc.
Dolecki’s story has been confirmed by several other developers on Twitter who have also received phone calls from Apple. The company appears to be offering tickets to developers who experienced a failed purchase after placing a WWDC ticket in their shopping carts.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will take place June 10-14 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Tickets are priced at $1599.
- Popular Read-Later App Instapaper Sold to Betaworks [iOS Blog]
Developer Marco Arment announced in a blog post today that he has sold a majority stake of his read-later app Instapaper to Betaworks.
That company owns Bitly, Digg, Socialflow and a number of other products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve sold a majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks. We’ve structured the deal with Instapaper’s health and longevity as the top priority, with incentives to keep it going well into the future. I will continue advising the project indefinitely, while Betaworks will take over its operations, expand its staff, and develop it further.
Arment said he would like to work on other apps and creative projects, including The Magazine, his medium-form iPad magazine.
- Evanglical Leader Tells Wives To Submit; Claims Nagging Like Torture
An outspoken evangelical leader preached a potentially controversial sermon this weekend, saying "nagging wives" are like water torture. Mark Driscol, pastor of the Mars Hill…
- VisualNews.com: Visualizing the Evolution of the Modern Credit Card [VIDEO]
While technology has advanced since, considering close to a century has passed since the idea of a credit card materialized, it’s particularly surprising to note how little has actually changed with credit card technology.
- Android notebooks? Yep, Intel says, and they’ll only cost $200
Dadi Perlmutter, Intel’s chief product officer, also tells CNET that devices running Intel’s mainstream Core line of processors could sell for as low as $399 to $499.
- WATCH: Baby Whale’s Dramatic Rescue Caught On Camera
This whale of a tale has a happy ending. On Sunday, swimmers at the Coromuel water park in La Paz, Mexico, noticed a juvenile humpback…
- WATCH: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Beer Drone
Still bummed that the tacocopter probably isn’t making deliveries anytime soon? Haven’t quite built your own burrito bomber or found a flying pizza delivery system…