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Mobile Technology News, July 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.

  • Cook: China market still a ‘huge opportunity’ for Apple, iOS
    On paper, Apple’s sales report from China didn’t look that great this quarter. The revenue from most of the APAC region, in fact, was down. For the "greater China" market, revenues was down 14 percent year-over-year and a whopping 43 percent from last quarter. However, just as Apple’s iPad sales looked a lot better after CEO Tim Cook explained that inventory levels were responsible for 80 percent of the 1.9 million-unit drop, so China’s figures look a lot less bad when accounting for both inventory factors and regional economic woes.


  • Josh Klenert: HuffPost for Android: Size Matters
    We’re thrilled to announce the newest update to The Huffington Post app for Android — now optimized for larger tablet screens. When we relaunched our Android app for phones back in February, we promised that this was just the beginning.
  • Apple: iTunes Store, iCloud services continue to rise
    While some segments of Apple’s hardware line did less well — or in at least one case considerably better — than expected, the company’s quieter but steady growth in cloud-based services ranging from iTunes Stores to iCloud-based services continues to become increasingly important in retaining and attracting buyers. Apple now has over 320 million iCloud accounts, up from 250 million six months ago, and push notifications have doubled during the same period to over eight trillion. Users of iOS also pushed the App Store to new highs in downloads and revenues.


  • Apple opposes Samsung rubber-banding retrial request
    Yesterday, in the latest bout of gamesmanship between Apple and Samsung in Judge Lucy Koh’s courtroom, Apple filed a motion opposing Samsung’s request for an entirely new patent trial on the 381 "rubber-banding" patent. Samsung challenges the patent that it was found to violate in the patent trial last year, but is filing for the new trial based on statements that Apple made defending its patent before the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) in a series of invalidation hearings.


  • Apple’s profit better than estimates
    Shares of computer and smartphone maker Apple rise nearly 5% in after-hours trading after it reports better-than-expected profits for the third quarter.
  • Intel says Haswell chip to go into thinner, lighter devices
    Intel is trying to make its Haswell chip more tablet friendly.
  • Report Reveals Widespread Tax Avoidance Tactic
    LONDON (Reuters) – Most big U.S. technology companies cut their tax bills by not declaring a tax residence in their main European markets, preventing tax…
  • Michelle Cove: Is Social Media Turning You into a Mommy Zombie?
    I fantasized about what was in my inbox. Some kind of acceptance letter? A note from a long-lost friend? A request for an interview or quote? I imagined these missives the way dieters daydream about chocolate chip ice cream and cheesy nachos.
  • WATCH: Customer Totally Loses It At Apple Store
    Think you had a bad day at work? Just be glad you weren’t the Apple Store worker getting yelled at in this video. (Hat tip:…
  • Jonathan Handel: Bluetooth Speakers Review
    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Continuing my series on accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (cases and screen protectors were previous installments), let’s…
  • Belarus net infested with spammers
    Almost 30% of all the net addresses in Belarus are being blocked by anti-spam firms because of the amount of junk mail passing through them, says a new study
  • How are aeroplanes getting quieter?
    How the volume has been turned down on aircraft engines
  • Christopher Gurrie: Please… No More PowerPoint Title Slides!
    In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation — God (all of them) kills a kitten.
  • Karen Keasler: How I Learned To Code
    I was two years into a master’s degree in couples and family therapy only to learn that I didn’t want to study couples and family therapy. About this time last year, I realized just how much I wanted to become a Ruby on Rails developer. Working with clients and doing paperwork in the mental health field, which I started over six years ago, had become emotionally draining — and my husband, a Ruby on Rails developer at a small start-up, seemed to be continuously renewed each day in his work. So, I decided to go out on a limb and attempt to change companies and careers. Fortunately, many companies today are in search of the skills a developer has.
  • Apple profits diminished to $6.9 billion in Q3, but iPhone sales up
    Apple has formally released the results of its fiscal third quarter, which ended in late June. Although revenues rose slightly year-over-year to $35.3 billion, net income fell from $8.8 billion to $6.9 billion. In terms of EPS, Apple slid from $9.32 per share to $7.47. Gross profit margins likewise sank, shifting from 42.8 percent to 36.9 percent. To the surprise of analysts, iPhone sales were up significantly — from about 26 million to 31.2 million, but Macs and the iPad fared less well. Mac sales declined from 4 million to 3.8 million, while the iPad dipped from 17 million units to 14.6 mil


  • Meh
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s sales of older, less expensive iPhones climbed in its latest quarter, highlighting the challenges facing the world’s most valuable technology…
  • A Sand Dune Is About To Bury A Fictional Star Wars City — And Scientists Are Thrilled
    Built in the sands of the windy Tunisian desert, Mos Espa is a fictional city used in filming "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace."…
  • Ivo Lukas: Sony’s Xperia Tablet: Fitting Your Lifestyle
    I’ve spent some time immersing myself in the huge pool of knowledge surrounding the latest gadgets and devices, including the Xperia tablet. The Xperia tablet is one of the most tech-savvy tablets out there, and it stands up to competitors on the market.
  • Thomas Fisher: Our Gutenberg Moment
    The librarian T. Scott Plutchak has called this "our Gutenberg moment," referring to the impact that digital technology has already had on libraries.
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