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Mobile Technology News, July 27, 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.

  • Now Civilians Are Officially Allowed To Fly Drones
    WASHINGTON — Federal regulators say they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone expected to lead to the first approved…
  • VIDEO: Electric shock: The Hummer is back
    The now defunct Hummer truck by General Motors was known as a gas guzzler, but now it has been reinvented as an electric vehicle.
  • Tiffany Guarnaccia: Co-working Is My Stress Relief
    The flexible group environment created by co-working is helping to transform and improve the startup experience by creating a feeling of interaction and increased productivity.
  • 7 New Ways To Solve Your Password Insecurity
    Passwords are our default method of securing digital privacy — but they aren’t very secure. Criminals can pick up passwords easily, Wired’s Matthew Honan writes,…
  • This Charity Just Revolutionized The Future Of Fundraising
    A health care crowdfunding platform just helped revolutionize the way that nonprofits are funded. Watsi, a prominent nonprofit that funds medical care for people in…
  • McLovins, Beware
    A fake ID could cost you a few hundred dollars, but a smartphone app — costing a mere $1.99 on the iTunes store — could…
  • Latest Blowout Highlights Dangers Of Drilling In The Gulf
    From Mother Nature Network’s Russell McLendon: Flames erupted from an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night, torching a natural gas plume…
  • San Francisco magazine: The Fruit Tree App That Left Me Hungry
    The country girl inside of me grinned in anticipation of "living off the land," even if it was just the concrete jungle of San Francisco.
  • Watch This Epic Stream Of Emojis In Realtime Right Now
    Emojis are the best, most cryptic form of communication. Why tell your friend you’re on your way to her house with words when you can…
  • Indie Labels Would Back Artists Against Spotify
    WASHINGTON — In mid-July, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and his longtime producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich announced that they were pulling their songs from Spotify….
  • ‘Sharknado’ Is Coming Soon To A Theater Near You
    "Sharknado" just got even bigger: Regal Cinemas has announced that they will have midnight showings of the Syfy sensation across the country on Friday, August…
  • Celebrated Computer Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies
    (Reuters) – Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who could force a bank ATM to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices,…
  • Your D*ck Pic Troubles Are Over!
    Finally, there’s a squad out there who can help our greatest politicians solve their most insurmountable problem: safe d*ck-pic texting. Thanks to Team Coco for…
  • Here’s Your Mary Poppins Acid Trip
    Electronic musician Pogo remixed a new song called "What I Likes" using only sounds from Disney’s "Mary Poppins." If a flying nanny and a dancing…
  • Please, No
    Conan O’Brien continues to assault our eyes with more celebrity face melds. This time we have the dream combo of Gary Busey and Yoda. Sleep…
  • New photo shows ‘iPhone Lite’ back with FCC, other markings
    A new photo shows what appears to be the back of a completed low-cost iPhone, sometimes known as the iPhone Lite, reports say. Unlike past leaks, the camera, headphone, and Lightning ports appear to be filled, and the back has various certification markings, including one from the FCC. The device hasn’t been spotted in FCC filings, but like some other companies Apple typically requests that approvals be kept quiet until a product has been formally announced.


  • Obama Promises Mysteriously Disappear
    Amid the Obama administration’s crackdown against whistleblowers, Change.gov, the 2008 website of the Obama transition team laying out the candidate’s promises, has disappeared from the…
  • T-Mobile to launch zero-down promotion on July 27th
    Beginning tomorrow, T-Mobile USA will be running a "zero dollars down" promotion for its devices, the carrier has announced. That includes smartphones, tablets, hotspots, and basic feature phones, but buyers will still be expected to pay for a device over the course of two years. An iPhone 5 or a Galaxy Note II, for example, will require 24 payments of $27 per month. Previously the iPhone 5 cost $146 plus 24 payments of $21.


  • Scanadu sets crowdfunding record with self-diagnosing device
    Scanadu turned to crowdfunding website, Indiegogo, with a goal to raise $100,000. Instead, they set the record for the highest amount ever raised on the site: $1,664,375.
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