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Mobile Technology News, December 27, 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.

  • Latest Netflix Disruption Highlights Challenges of Cloud Computing
    Amazon’s cloud computing service went down for Netflix for much of Christmas Eve, highlighting potential difficulties in the technology.

  • Marvell Ordered to Pay $1.17 Billion in Patent Case
    A jury in Pittsburgh ruled Marvell Technology had sold billions of semiconductors using technology developed at Carnegie Mellon without a license.

  • The iEconomy: Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China
    After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.

  • James Berman: The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity
    The physical book will always remain in some respect, but more as an aesthetic curiosity, and a fine, curated remnant of a prior age. But reading? Whether by candlelight or halogen, that will be done by Kindles, Nooks and iPads.
  • The Zuckerbergs Got A Big Pile Of Irony For Christmas
    The Zuckerbergs, normal family folk like you or me, did what many did on Christmas Day: Posted an awkward family photo onto Facebook. Except when…
  • Apple Investigating Thinner, Lower Power IGZO Displays Across iPad and iPhone Product Lines for 2013
    According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is evaluating the feasibility of using IGZO displays across their iPad, iPad mini and iPhone products in 2013.

    The sources said Apple is in further discussions with Sharp over IGZO panel production capacity estimates for 2013 and is also inquiring about whether AU Optronics’ (AUO) L5C line could be used to produce the technology.

    We’ve heard rumors about Sharp’s IGZO displays over the past year, but no Apple products yet seem to use the new technology. There had been talk of production delays that may have prevented Apple from pursuing the technology.

    Qualcomm recently invested in Sharp to push forward the technology. Sharp is reportedly betting on IGZO to save the company, which is in dire financial straits.

    IGZO has been touted as having many benefits over existing technology. PCWorld notes lower power consumption, improved touch sensitivity and increased pixel density among these benefits.

    This difference in current flow inside the screen also means that transistors don’t have to be continually refreshed when a still image is on the screen. That leads to lower power consumption and, for touch panels, much less interference from the screen’s electronics so the touch panel becomes more accurate and sensitive, said Nobuhiro Okan, a manager with Sharp’s display device group.

    The glass edge of each display can also be made slimmer, allowing for smaller devices.

    Obviously, those improvements would be highly desired for Apple to advance their products. The iPad, in particular, actually found itself both thicker and heavier in the 3rd Generation model in order to accommodate the battery for the power-hungry Retina display. Display power consumption and thickness were also likely factors that prevented the iPad mini from adopting a Retina display in its first generation. Rumors have already suggested that the 2013 5th Generation iPad could be slightly thinner and smaller than the current models.

  • Samsung seeks US ban on Ericsson
    Samsung Electronics seeks a ban on the import and sales of some Ericsson products in the US which it claims infringe its patents.
  • Apple to Move Mac mini Production to U.S.
    DigiTimes reports that contrary to the early speculation, it will be the Mac mini, not the Mac Pro, that will be shifted to U.S. production.

    Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac mini production lines back to the US with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to be responsible of handling establishment, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    According to the report, Foxconn already has “about 15 operating bases” in the U.S. and the company plans on recruiting workers for 2013 for new automated production lines. The Mac mini is expected to reach 1.8 million sales units in 2013, up from 1.4 million units in 2012.

    During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Early speculation had suggested the Mac Pro might be that Mac model due to its relatively low volume of sales.

  • Netflix Social Sharing Bill Heads To Obama
    Congress just passed a bill that lets you share your Michael Bay movie marathon with everyone on Facebook. What you still can’t do: send an…
  • Jeremy Kintigh: CES: What to Expect From the Nightlife
    In other cities across the U.S. if you don’t have "the look" you aren’t getting into the club. Period. Not so in Vegas, if you have the money then you have the look.
  • Chipmaker Marvell Loses $1.17 Billion Patent Verdict
    A federal jury ordered Marvell Technology Group to pay the damages in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Carnegie Mellon University, court records show.

  • It Wasn’t Autocorrect, It Was A Stroke
    When a 25-year-old pregnant woman replied to her husband’s text about an appointment with the obstetrician with "every where thinging days nighing," her husband knew…
  • Yelp Users Pan Dentist For Firing ‘Irresistible’ Worker
    Users are taking to Yelp to discredit an Iowa dentist who fired his assistant for being too hot. An all-male Iowa court ruled last week…
  • WATCH: SpaceX Tests Hovering Rocket
    By: Miriam Kramer Published: 12/26/2012 04:05 PM EST on SPACE.com A privately built rocket prototype that could lead to a completely reusable spaceflight system has…
  • You’ll Never Believe Where This Farm Is
    CUPERTINO — Up in the hills above Silicon Valley, past the point where sewer lines give way to septic systems and city lights no longer…
  • Face It, You’re Stuck With Facebook — Here’s How To Make It A Warmer Place
    NEW YORK — A woman I haven’t spoken to in six years is pregnant with her second son. Another college acquaintance reads the Bible a…
  • Brian Penny: My Love Letter to the Internet
    It took time to connect, but once we did, I was in love. Whenever I had a bad day at school, you were there to listen. We tied up my parents’ phone line all night exploring life together and discussing our beliefs. Those days will always make me smile.
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    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Samantha Grossman wasn’t always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name. "It wasn’t anything too horrible," she said….
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