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Mobile Technology News, April 4, 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.

  • It’s too early to herald a US nuclear renaissance
    Obama’s financial backing for nuclear power must be reinforced by tougher economic incentives and better technology

  • VIDEO: Facebook ‘to launch smartphone’
    Social networking site Facebook is expected to unveil a push into the smartphone market on Thursday from its headquarters in California.
  • Twitter Update Brings Improved Performance

    Twitter has released a significant update to their iOS app today, brining some improved performance to the social networking app along with new features.  The 5.5 version is now available in the App Store and it is a universal app and with this version support for Twitter Cards, a new tool the [...]

    The post Twitter Update Brings Improved Performance appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Apple iTV To Launch This Year: Report
    NEW YORK — It’s no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been…
  • Google Forking WebKit To Create New Web Rendering Engine for Chrome
    Google announced today that the company is forking the WebKit rendering engine to create its own web rendering engine called ‘Blink’. Google had been the using Apple-initiated WebKit project to power its Chrome web browser. Future versions, however, will now be based on this new system.

    Google is now free to make changes to its rendering engine with less complexity and bureaucracy than when it was saving its changes to Webkit. The company posted this on its FAQ explaining why it wanted to create a new engine:

    The main reason is that Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers. So, over the years, supporting multiple architectures has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium communities, slowing down the collective pace of innovation.

    With the change, Google has set Chrome and Apple’s Safari on their own paths. Webkit was originally created by Apple as a fork to the KHTML rendering engine. Apple took interest in developing it when launching Safari for the Mac, and it now powers Safari for iOS, as well.

    WebKit has been heavily adopted by other companies as well with over 20 companies now contributing to the project. Google and Apple, however, have remained the most active contributors to the open-source project.

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    In fact, Google has been the most active contributor of WebKit in the recent years. This graph from Bitergia (above) shows Google’s increasing number of “commits” to WebKit over the years. Google’s efforts will now be directed at ‘Blink’. Apple has made no public comments about the news.

  • Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt Dock With Internal Drive Bay and Blu-Ray Drive [Mac Blog]
    Sonnet has announced a new Thunderbolt dock that combines USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800, audio input and output, and Gigabit Ethernet ports, a DVD or Blu-ray reader/burner, as well as a 2.5″ or 3.5″ 6 Gb/s SATA drive bay.

    The dock is available for pre-order for $400 with a DVD drive and $450 with a Blu-ray drive. Additional choices are available with hard drives built-in.

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    Back in February, nearly 18 months after it was announced, Belkin announced it was finally taking pre-orders for its Thunderbolt Express Dock. However, the company has again delayed shipment of the device, issuing this statement to MacRumors:

    Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock utilizes a brand new interface and has an ambitious set of features. The Belkin team is taking the time and steps necessary to ensure that we deliver the best user experience possible. Customers who placed pre-orders for the Thunderbolt Express Dock on Belkin.com were alerted of the new product status and will be kept up to date via email.

  • Man Freed After 40 Years In Prison, Enjoys "Apple telephone"
    PHOENIX — Louis Taylor broke down in tears Wednesday as he described how he spent his first hours of freedom after more than 40 years…
  • Robert Hall: In Big Data, We Hope and Distrust
    "In God we trust. All others must bring data." — W. Edwards Deming, statistician, quality guru Big data helped reelect a pesident, find Osama bin…
  • Googlers exultant over launch of Blink browser engine
    The WebKit browser engine no longer unites Google and Apple, and the Chrome team is clearly excited to be free to move on its own.
  • What If The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Characters Were On Facebook
    What would happen if "Game Of Thrones" took place on Facebook? Happy Place asked and answered that question by mocking up numerous Facebook posts –…
  • Leslie Hendry: The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids!
    Just three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product that demonstrates kids’ innate logic and abilities.
  • VLC app for Windows 8 nears beta, looks good in new screenshots
    VLC app for Windows 8
    Things have been pretty quiet over on the VLC for Windows 8 Kickstarter page lately, but there’s a very good reason. Videolan developers have been working nonstop to get the app ready for…
  • Melissa Thompson: Freud Would Build an App for That: Bringing Modern Tech to an Analog Practice
    Freud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.
  • French Carrier Executive Claims Frugal Customers Hurting iPhone Sales
    iphone_5_lteStephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom, said in an interview with Bloomberg that customer behavior is changing and price-conscious consumers are driving demand for lower priced smartphones, threatening sales of comparatively expensive phones like the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S line.

    The shift has been especially severe in Europe, where more customers are keeping the same phone when they switch carriers. Amid a slumping economy and mounting competition, France Telecom has seen prices drop 25 percent over the past three years, squeezing profit margins and its stock price. Its cheapest plan now provides unlimited calls and texting and 3 gigabytes of data for about 20 euros ($26) a month — about half the price of T- Mobile USA Inc.’s $50 plan, which is touted as a U.S. bargain.

    Richard believes there will be fewer early adopters purchasing the latest and greatest devices going forward, though it’s unclear if the slowdown would be restricted to Europe or if it could pressure iPhone sales in the U.S. as well. Regardless, many recent rumors suggest Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone to address some of these concerns.

  • Everything We Expect To See At Thursday’s ‘Facebook Phone’ Event
    Put this on your timeline, Facebook watchers: Rumors are rampant that Facebook will announce its own smartphone on Thursday, an "fPhone" to compete with the…
  • An Impressive Laptop (Only If It Has Internet, That Is)
    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Google’s first high-end laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, is an impressive machine. It feels light and comfortable in my hands and…
  • It’s A Crime For 12-Year-Olds To Read The New York Times Online
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a word of warning: many teenagers are wantonly breaking the law every day by reading news sites on the web…
  • Alexandru Catalin Cosoi: One out of Three Free Android Apps Accesses and Uploads Your Private and Sensitive Data
    If a stranger asked to see your phone so he could search through your inbox, photos, calendar entries and contact list? You’d likely be offended at the idea. But what if the stranger offered you a free video game? Millions of smartphone owners worldwide have said yes.
  • Shira Lazar: Why Pranks Rule YouTube (WATCH)
    Jesse Wellens, the male half of YouTube’s hottest prank channel, PrankvsPrank, joined What’s Trending live via Google plus to talk about maintaining how they were one of the first to build out a prank based channel on YouTube and how that’s impacted their relationship as a real life couple.

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