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Mobile Technology News, July 15, 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.

  • With Gambling in Decline, Reno Struggles to Reinvent Itself
    As Reno, Nev., seeks to move past an economy grounded for decades by mammoth casinos, it is grasping at various possibilities that have little to do with the industry that defined it.

  • Goldman Sachs and a Sale Gone Horribly Awry
    What does a financial giant owe to its clients? That question is at the heart of the battle between the founders of Dragon Systems and Goldman Sachs, their banker, in a sale that went horribly awry.

  • Nvidia Says 400,000 User Passwords May Have Been Hit
    LONDON — U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back…
  • Next home for Retina: Apple’s TV display?
    Apple’s focus on display tech is driving it to make an HDTV, says Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate.
  • Consumers not waiting for Windows 8?
    Analysts say shipments of traditional PCs are flat because people are waiting for Windows 8 to appear. But what if they’re simply buying tablets and other stuff instead?
  • WATCH: Twitter HQ Comes Down With Bieber Fever
    Employees at Twitter headquarters have come down with Bieber Fever. And on July 12, workers at the San Francisco office did their absolute best to…
  • Norman Shaw: Bring Your Own Device Schemes Should Set Alarm Bells Ringing
    With employees increasingly shuttling their hardware between home and office, businesses need to be sharper at ensuring they’re covering the accompanying security risks.
  • Eric Yaverbaum: Depressed? It Must Be Facebook
    A few days ago, the media reported on a study done by researchers at the University of Wisconsin that concluded Facebook is indeed safe for consumption.
  • Cultural Studies: Social Networking Takes a Strange Turn
    Inviting everyone, including the dead, to be a social connection.

  • John Pavley: Wikipedia and the Hidden Deletionist Agenda
    The Deletionist Wars on Wikipedia make visible the underlying culture wars that impact so many parts of our lives, our laws, our media and the way we think. Technology can’t fix us. We have to fix ourselves.
  • iPhone 5 Production Underway for an Expected Fall Launch
    According to Japanese blog Macotakara, the next generation iPhone has already gone into production in China. Macotakara cites reliable Chinese sources for the information.

    For reference, Macotakara also cited similar sources when they reported that the iPad 3 first went into production in January 2012. The lead time between production and launch for the iPad 3 was approximately two months with an official launch date of March 16th, 2012. That could suggest that we could see the new iPhone as early as September, though the production timelines for the iPad and iPhone may differ significantly.

    Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal had previously reported that the iPhone 5 would begin production in June, and all signs have pointed to a September or October launch for the new iPhone.



    Leaked iPhone 5 parts have suggested Apple will be adopting a two-tone backing with a central metal panel. Macotakara reports that in the production models the back panel have a naked aluminum surface and a partially glass covered portion. They also note that a small hole that was seen between the lens and flash in the prototype parts is now absent.


  • The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week
    If you’re looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we’re bringing you the week’s most-watched videos,…
  • Retina MacBook Pro Could Lose EPEAT Status
    Yesterday, Apple reversed course on their decision to remove their products from the EPEAT Environmental Registry. In a letter recognizing the move as a “mistake”, Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield reported that all eligible Apple products are now back on the registry.

    The new Retina MacBook Pro was notably included in the “Gold” level status which represents the highest rating from EPEAT.



    Retina MacBook Pro battery via iFixit

    Fortune, however, cites the Electronics TakeBack Coalition’s Barbara Kyle in a blog posting that expressed doubts that this rating will ultimately stick:

    Kyle explains: “It’s important to understand that the manufacturers grade themselves against the EPEAT criteria first, and then EPEAT conducts a review of this grading. That EPEAT review has not yet occurred. They can require the manufacturers to remove any product from the registry if it is not found to conform to the IEEE standard.”

    Kyle cites issues with required criteria for EPEAT’s “Design for End of Life” which may prohibit the use of glue to attach the battery to the casing as has been seen on the Retina MacBook Pro.

    A lack of EPEAT certification can have consequences as many government offices and corporations require certification for company purchases.


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  • VIDEO: End of the road for paper maps?
    With the rise in new technology people appear to be ditching traditional maps in favour of sat-navs and mobile devices.
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