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Mobile Technology News, December 1, 2012

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.

  • Online Retailers Rush to Adjust Prices in Real Time
    Retail price wars online have entered a new era of speed and precision, creating a confusing landscape for shoppers in which prices leap and plummet on short notice.

  • Apple Again Recognizes World AIDS Day Online and In-Store
    Apple, not known for its partnerships with third-parties, is again recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day at Apple Retail Stores and on its website. Apple did something similar last year.

    Some stores, including several locations in New York City, have also colored their Apple logos red for the occasion. A MacRumors reader sent in this image from the Upper West Side outlet and noted that retail store staffers appear to have replaced the cases on all the products in the store with PRODUCT (RED) versions.

    Apple sells a number of PRODUCT (RED) items where a percentage of the profits are donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. There are (RED) versions of the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, the iPad and iPad mini Smart Covers, the iPad Smart Case, and the iPhone 4S Bumper.

    The numbers don’t lie: Every day more than 900 babies are born with HIV. By 2015 that number can be nearly zero. (RED) works with companies like Apple to fight for an AIDS-free generation by 2015 by creating (PRODUCT) RED merchandise. A percentage of gross profits from the sale of those products goes to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa. Since its introduction, (PRODUCT) RED has generated more than $190 million — more than $50 million from Apple alone — for the Global Fund. Now you can make an impact, too, by purchasing a (PRODUCT) RED iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPad Smart Cover, iPad Smart Case, or iPhone Bumper.

    In addition to the retail store changes, Apple is placing a prominent link on the bottom of its homepage to (RED)’s World AIDS Day page.

    Thanks Mark!

  • Syria Rebels Find Skype Useful, but Dangers Lurk
    Using satellite technology, much of it smuggled in from abroad, activists are still communicating online, but the government is finding ways to listen.

  • Circa Now: Bah, Humblebrag: The (Unfortunate) Rise of False Humility
    There’s nothing new about false modesty. But social media sites like Twitter have given us many more canvases on which to paint our faux humility — making us increasingly sophisticated braggers.
  • This Life: Maria Popova Has Some Big Ideas
    Maria Popova is the mastermind of Brain Pickings, one of the faster growing literary empires on the Internet, yet she is virtually unknown.

  • Microsoft Exposes A Fatal Flaw In Surface Pro
    We really wanted the Microsoft Surface to succeed, if for nothing else but to light a fire under Apple to step its game up on…
  • Tim Cook to Be Profiled on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams Next Week
    Tim Cook will be the center of a feature on NBC’s Rock Center news show next week, the first major interview the CEO has given. Steve Jobs was famously camera shy, preferring to let Apple’s products speak for themselves.

    In this brief preview, Williams notes that Tim Cook was able to walk around Grand Central Station unrecognized until he got to the Apple Store there.

    The full show will air on NBC next Thursday, December 6th.

  • Francis Maude: Transparency and Open Government – Moving Beyond the Point of No Return
    This government is second to none in opening up data. We have already released nearly 9,000 datasets, fuelling new and innovative businesses as well as apps that make everyday life easier and safer.
  • Cerian Jenkins: Clicktivism: A Model For 21st Century Activism?
    A war is being fought. Its battlefields are the pages of social networking sites across the globe, and its soldiers are armed with placards and computer cursors. This is the battle of traditional activism versus clicktivism
  • Smart Helmets Could Flag Players At Risk For Trauma
    By Larry Greenemeier (Click here for the original article and podcast) Headed into this year’s football season, much was made of the NFL’s efforts to…
  • VIDEO: Can Wii U revive Nintendo profits?
    Nintendo has launched its new console Wii U in the UK. Industry experts see the release as a last chance for Nintendo to stay at the forefront of gaming
  • Gilt’s $20,000 Flash Sale
    Well, here’s a proposal she’ll never forget. Online retailer Gilt City is selling a "Flash mob wedding proposal experience" at New York City restaurant Artisanal…
  • Incredible Video Of Twins Fighting In Womb
    "It’s my womb!" "No, it’s my womb!" Siblings apparently are never too young to be rivals, a video taken from a new high-clarity MRI scan…
  • Facebook Powerball Hoax Goes Viral
    A Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself holding what appears to be a winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday’s record $588 million…
  • Yahoo ‘ordered to pay $2.7bn’
    Internet group Yahoo says it has been ordered to pay $2.7bn to two plaintiffs in a Mexican court ruling.
  • Minh Chau: Being Strategic With Social Media
    Organizations — from government agencies to non- and for-profits — with a clearly defined strategy are in a better position to alert, engage, and activate their target audiences
  • Aaron Frazin: Quantifying Happiness
    Track Your Happiness is a mobile app that asks a series of questions a few times each day, producing a "Happiness Report" which explains what influenced your happiness. So was there any one thing that made me happy?
  • Zynga Slumps As It’s No Longer Exclusively ‘In A Relationship’ With Facebook
    NEW YORK — Shares of Zynga slumped Friday after it disclosed with its partner Facebook that they have loosened their close ties to one another….
  • Nikolas Badminton: Who’s in Charge of Social Media Privacy?
    I implore you to ask yourself, "am I fully aware of what my actions mean?" and if not then please try and make sense of the terms and conditions of the numerous social networks you belong to.
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