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Mobile Technology News, January 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 revenues miss expectations
    Computing giant Apple reports unchanged profits and record revenues in the last three months of 2012, but markets register disappointment.
  • Disney CEO Remembers Relationship with Steve Jobs [Mac Blog]
    Today at the Hollywood Radio and Television Panel, Disney CEO and Apple board of directors member Bob Iger discussed his relationship with Steve Jobs, according to The Wrap.

    Jobs became Disney’s largest shareholder after he sold Pixar to Disney for $7.4 billion, which also set the stage for Disney’s acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm later on. Iger recalled that the deal almost never happened because of Jobs’ disagreements with previous Disney CEO Michael Eisner. When Iger took over, one of the first things he did was call Jobs.

    “I don’t even remember it being totally premeditated,” Iger said. “I just decided to call my parents and my grown daughters in New York and a couple of good friends and Steve.”

    He asked Jobs if their relationship could be salvaged, but Jobs responded that he felt that Iger was just more of the same, although he agreed to talk anyway. The rest is history as Pixar was sold to Disney and Iger and Jobs’ relationship, and by extension Disney and Apple’s relationship, improved.

    Iger said Jobs was “relentlessly” honest and that he would call Jobs on Saturday nights to find out if the latest Disney movies “sucked.” Iger went on to say that Jobs’ directness was infectious and that he told Jobs how much Disney needed Pixar to improve its animation offerings. He later learned, after reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, that Jobs had been impressed by Iger’s honesty.

    Jobs has had a major impact in the world of animation as well as Disney and Pixar’s fortunes. In November, Pixar named its main building after Jobs.

  • Ashton Kutcher Movie ‘jOBS’ Coming to Theaters April 19 [Mac Blog]
    The Ashton Kutcher-led jOBS film will be opening in theaters on April 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The biopic, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely, chronicles Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Part of the film was shot in the historic garage where Jobs first set up shop at his family’s home in Palo Alto, Calif.
    jOBS also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

    The film debuts at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday, January 25. Stars Kutcher and Josh Gad, who play Jobs and Steve Wozniak respectively, will be at Macworld/iWorld next week to kick off the event with a talk about playing the two Steves.

  • Logitech to unload Harmony line after ‘disappointing’ quarter
    Electronics company blames continued weakness in the global PC market for strategy shift away from remote controls, speaker docks, and console gaming peripherals.
  • Windows 8 to mainstream solid-state drives, says analyst
    Cheaper flash, Windows 8 means more SSDs this year, says IHS iSuppli analyst.
  • Media Decoder Blog: A Resurgent Netflix Beats Projections, Even Its Own
    Netflix reported $8 million in net income, surprising analysts who had expected a slight loss. It increased the number of subscribers for its streaming service to 27 million.

  • Three charged over computer virus
    Three European men are charged in the US with distributing the Gozi computer virus, allegedly generating huge illegal profits.
  • Apple’s Profits Are Flat, and Stock Drops
    Investors have come to expect nothing short of perfection from Apple, but with the company’s stock sinking 11 percent, it is clear there are a range of challenges.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro: The movie
    Microsoft’s Surface Pro promo has arrived. The message: it’s a PC and can do everything a PC can do.
  • Apple Stock Down 10% in After Hours Trading Amidst Concerns of Flat Growth
    After reporting record-breaking quarterly revenue and profit earlier today, Apple’s stock has taken a 10% tumble in after hours trading. Apple posted a $13.1 billion profit for the quarter this year compared to a $13.06 billion profit in the same quarter of last year, yielding flat growth year over year.


    The flat growth, as pointed out by Apple, is largely because manufacturing costs have risen, even as revenue has risen 18%. The New York Times notes that analysts were worried that about Apple’s profit margins, even after Apple warned that a significant overhaul of its product line would mean high manufacturing costs in the early lives of the products.

    The results arrived with an unusual level of anticipation, even for a company as high-profile as Apple, because of anxiety among some investors about Apple’s ability to sustain its growth and create new hit products. Apple’s stock has lost about a quarter of its value since September, erasing more than $170 billion of its market value.

    Business Insider notes that even though Apple’s holiday quarter in 2012 had a week less than it did in 2011 that sales growth still wouldn’t be at the point that it was.

    Apple’s 10% stock decline gives it a current market cap of $463.49 billion and a loss of nearly $50 billion in market capitalization from worried investors. Despite analysts’ and investors’ worries of year-over-year growth, The Wall Street Journal‘s Tom Gara notes that Apple’s losses in market cap today were roughly equal the value of two Research in Motions and two Nokias.

  • The light fantastic: Harnessing Nature’s glow
    From Darwin to glowing trees
  • VIDEO: Are Lolcats art?
    London gallery hosts internet cat phenomenon
  • Goldman Sachs Cleared in Collapse of Dragon Systems Sale
    Dragon, the speech recognition software company, had accused Goldman Sachs of negligence in arranging the deal for Dragon to sell itself to Lernout & Hauspie in 2000.
  • Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation
    Manufacturers of robots and similar machines gathered in Chicago, casting automation as an indispensable engine of economic growth.

  • Google Report: Government Spying More Than Ever
    Law enforcement is asking Google for its users’ data more than ever — and most of the time, they aren’t getting a warrant first. That’s…
  • Bianca Bosker: Search As We Know It Isn’t ‘The Worst’ — It’s Obsolete
    A little over a week after Facebook unveiled its search engine and hot on the heels of Google’s earnings call, Buzzfeed’s John Herrman has published…
  • Bryce Maddock: Why Twitter Won’t IPO in 2013
    You have seen it a hundred times before. The latest "it" company is standing on a balcony, overlooking a sea of applauding stockbrokers, reporters and other NYSE staff. Their company has gone public and the only way to go from here is up, right? Wrong.
  • Apple Sees Highest Growth in China, Revenue Up 67%
    During today’s quarterly results call for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, Peter Oppenheimer mentioned that the company focused on establishing a new operating segment of Greater China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

    “We have established a new operating segment for China, given the contribution of that region to our business,” said Oppenheimer.

    The company has adjusted how it reports revenue for separate geographic regions because of the significant sales of both hardware and software in China during the last couple of years. China was responsible for $6.8 billion of Apple’s revenue during the last quarter. Overall revenue in China is up 67%.


    While Apple experienced strong iPhone growth overall, selling 47 million iPhones compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter, it saw the most significant growth in China, which is up more than 100% year over year. Despite a late launch of the iPad, it was also noted to be successful in the country.

    In terms of the geographic distribution, we saw our highest growth in China. It was into the triple digits, which was higher than the market there. We’re extremely pleased.

    It is clear that China is our second largest region. And there is a lot of potential there.

    Apple opened four new stores in the Greater China area during 2012, and when asked about China during the question and answer section, Cook reiterated plans to continue to expand on the 11 stores that it has in the country, saying that Apple had “many more” stores to open.

    Tim Cook spent a portion of January in China, meeting with both government officials and representatives from China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier. During the visit, Cook was interviewed by Sina Technology, where he emphasized Apple’s efforts to raise its profile in the country.

  • 5x5x5: Barbara Bush Talks About Technology’s Impact On Global Health
    In partnership with the Social Innovation Summit, we’re running a series called 5x5x5 — 5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions. Five guests from a variety…

Mobile Technology News, January 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 revenues miss expectations
    Computing giant Apple reports unchanged profits and record revenues in the last three months of 2012, but markets register disappointment.
  • Disney CEO Remembers Relationship with Steve Jobs [Mac Blog]
    Today at the Hollywood Radio and Television Panel, Disney CEO and Apple board of directors member Bob Iger discussed his relationship with Steve Jobs, according to The Wrap.

    Jobs became Disney’s largest shareholder after he sold Pixar to Disney for $7.4 billion, which also set the stage for Disney’s acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm later on. Iger recalled that the deal almost never happened because of Jobs’ disagreements with previous Disney CEO Michael Eisner. When Iger took over, one of the first things he did was call Jobs.

    “I don’t even remember it being totally premeditated,” Iger said. “I just decided to call my parents and my grown daughters in New York and a couple of good friends and Steve.”

    He asked Jobs if their relationship could be salvaged, but Jobs responded that he felt that Iger was just more of the same, although he agreed to talk anyway. The rest is history as Pixar was sold to Disney and Iger and Jobs’ relationship, and by extension Disney and Apple’s relationship, improved.

    Iger said Jobs was “relentlessly” honest and that he would call Jobs on Saturday nights to find out if the latest Disney movies “sucked.” Iger went on to say that Jobs’ directness was infectious and that he told Jobs how much Disney needed Pixar to improve its animation offerings. He later learned, after reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, that Jobs had been impressed by Iger’s honesty.

    Jobs has had a major impact in the world of animation as well as Disney and Pixar’s fortunes. In November, Pixar named its main building after Jobs.

  • Ashton Kutcher Movie ‘jOBS’ Coming to Theaters April 19 [Mac Blog]
    The Ashton Kutcher-led jOBS film will be opening in theaters on April 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The biopic, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely, chronicles Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Part of the film was shot in the historic garage where Jobs first set up shop at his family’s home in Palo Alto, Calif.
    jOBS also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

    The film debuts at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday, January 25. Stars Kutcher and Josh Gad, who play Jobs and Steve Wozniak respectively, will be at Macworld/iWorld next week to kick off the event with a talk about playing the two Steves.

  • Logitech to unload Harmony line after ‘disappointing’ quarter
    Electronics company blames continued weakness in the global PC market for strategy shift away from remote controls, speaker docks, and console gaming peripherals.
  • Windows 8 to mainstream solid-state drives, says analyst
    Cheaper flash, Windows 8 means more SSDs this year, says IHS iSuppli analyst.
  • Media Decoder Blog: A Resurgent Netflix Beats Projections, Even Its Own
    Netflix reported $8 million in net income, surprising analysts who had expected a slight loss. It increased the number of subscribers for its streaming service to 27 million.

  • Three charged over computer virus
    Three European men are charged in the US with distributing the Gozi computer virus, allegedly generating huge illegal profits.
  • Apple’s Profits Are Flat, and Stock Drops
    Investors have come to expect nothing short of perfection from Apple, but with the company’s stock sinking 11 percent, it is clear there are a range of challenges.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro: The movie
    Microsoft’s Surface Pro promo has arrived. The message: it’s a PC and can do everything a PC can do.
  • Apple Stock Down 10% in After Hours Trading Amidst Concerns of Flat Growth
    After reporting record-breaking quarterly revenue and profit earlier today, Apple’s stock has taken a 10% tumble in after hours trading. Apple posted a $13.1 billion profit for the quarter this year compared to a $13.06 billion profit in the same quarter of last year, yielding flat growth year over year.


    The flat growth, as pointed out by Apple, is largely because manufacturing costs have risen, even as revenue has risen 18%. The New York Times notes that analysts were worried that about Apple’s profit margins, even after Apple warned that a significant overhaul of its product line would mean high manufacturing costs in the early lives of the products.

    The results arrived with an unusual level of anticipation, even for a company as high-profile as Apple, because of anxiety among some investors about Apple’s ability to sustain its growth and create new hit products. Apple’s stock has lost about a quarter of its value since September, erasing more than $170 billion of its market value.

    Business Insider notes that even though Apple’s holiday quarter in 2012 had a week less than it did in 2011 that sales growth still wouldn’t be at the point that it was.

    Apple’s 10% stock decline gives it a current market cap of $463.49 billion and a loss of nearly $50 billion in market capitalization from worried investors. Despite analysts’ and investors’ worries of year-over-year growth, The Wall Street Journal‘s Tom Gara notes that Apple’s losses in market cap today were roughly equal the value of two Research in Motions and two Nokias.

  • The light fantastic: Harnessing Nature’s glow
    From Darwin to glowing trees
  • VIDEO: Are Lolcats art?
    London gallery hosts internet cat phenomenon
  • Goldman Sachs Cleared in Collapse of Dragon Systems Sale
    Dragon, the speech recognition software company, had accused Goldman Sachs of negligence in arranging the deal for Dragon to sell itself to Lernout & Hauspie in 2000.
  • Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation
    Manufacturers of robots and similar machines gathered in Chicago, casting automation as an indispensable engine of economic growth.

  • Google Report: Government Spying More Than Ever
    Law enforcement is asking Google for its users’ data more than ever — and most of the time, they aren’t getting a warrant first. That’s…
  • Bianca Bosker: Search As We Know It Isn’t ‘The Worst’ — It’s Obsolete
    A little over a week after Facebook unveiled its search engine and hot on the heels of Google’s earnings call, Buzzfeed’s John Herrman has published…
  • Bryce Maddock: Why Twitter Won’t IPO in 2013
    You have seen it a hundred times before. The latest "it" company is standing on a balcony, overlooking a sea of applauding stockbrokers, reporters and other NYSE staff. Their company has gone public and the only way to go from here is up, right? Wrong.
  • Apple Sees Highest Growth in China, Revenue Up 67%
    During today’s quarterly results call for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, Peter Oppenheimer mentioned that the company focused on establishing a new operating segment of Greater China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

    “We have established a new operating segment for China, given the contribution of that region to our business,” said Oppenheimer.

    The company has adjusted how it reports revenue for separate geographic regions because of the significant sales of both hardware and software in China during the last couple of years. China was responsible for $6.8 billion of Apple’s revenue during the last quarter. Overall revenue in China is up 67%.


    While Apple experienced strong iPhone growth overall, selling 47 million iPhones compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter, it saw the most significant growth in China, which is up more than 100% year over year. Despite a late launch of the iPad, it was also noted to be successful in the country.

    In terms of the geographic distribution, we saw our highest growth in China. It was into the triple digits, which was higher than the market there. We’re extremely pleased.

    It is clear that China is our second largest region. And there is a lot of potential there.

    Apple opened four new stores in the Greater China area during 2012, and when asked about China during the question and answer section, Cook reiterated plans to continue to expand on the 11 stores that it has in the country, saying that Apple had “many more” stores to open.

    Tim Cook spent a portion of January in China, meeting with both government officials and representatives from China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier. During the visit, Cook was interviewed by Sina Technology, where he emphasized Apple’s efforts to raise its profile in the country.

  • 5x5x5: Barbara Bush Talks About Technology’s Impact On Global Health
    In partnership with the Social Innovation Summit, we’re running a series called 5x5x5 — 5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions. Five guests from a variety…
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