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Mobile Technology News, July 31, 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.

  • HP launches Android-based SlateBook ‘PC’
    HP’s Android ‘PC’ has arrived. It packs Nvidia’s latest Tegra 4 processor and can be used as either a tablet or a laptop.
  • First ASCI study finds Samsung flagships barely edging out iPhone
    A new study focusing only on smartphones by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has ranked two premier Samsung smartphones — the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 2 — ahead of Apple’s iPhone various iPhone models in a new survey of 2,500 buyers. The results have a number of odd notes to them, giving high scores to mostly older models and entirely omitting recent entries such as the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10 and Samsung Galaxy S4; ranking all three iPhone models as essentially equal when the iPhone 4 is now three years old; and using the exact same vaguely-defined methodology as a re

        

  • AAPL tops $450 for first time since mid-May
    Though both the S&P and Dow Jones averages rose little on Tuesday, Apple stock rose 1.2 percent to close at $453.32 — the first time the stock has closed over $450 since mid-May, and on the heels of the revelation that Apple CEO Tim Cook is again in China, talking to current partners and possibly trying to break the logjam that has kept the iPhone out of China’s largest carrier, China Mobile. This is Cook’s third trip to China since becoming CEO, with all the trips centered on boosting iPhone sales in the region.

        

  • HTC warns of first operating loss
    Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC warns it may make an operating loss – its first ever – in the third quarter, sending its shares down sharply.
  • Dana Oshiro: Why Civic Tech Needs More Minorities and Women
    No one wants to be the token checkmark on a diversity checklist. As a minority and a woman, I personally want to know that my contributions, experiences, and ideas are as valued as those of my other colleagues. I want to know where my work is most useful.
  • Apple opening new Italian store this weekend in Rimini
    This weekend, Apple will be opening a new store in Italy, in the seaside resort town of Rimini. The new store, the country’s 13th, will reside in the Le Befane mall alongside 130 other retail stores, on the second floor atop a retail store called Marco Polo. The mall is said to be one of the largest in the entire country. The new store is said to be part of Apple’s push to emphasize the iPhone, but will also feature other Apple products as other stores do. This is the first Apple Store in this general area, a popular resort town originally founded in 268 BC.

        

  • The Internet Knows More About You Than You Think (INFOGRAPHIC)
    Paranoid about your online footprint? You should be. It’s easier than ever for cyber thieves to access your personal data, and something as simple and…
  • Microsoft Surface revenue comes in at $853 million
    A regulatory filing shows the tech giant earned $853 in revenue from its Surface tablets. However, this is less than the $900 million write-down it had to pay.
  • UK completes digital switchover
    Engineers complete the UK’s digital switchover, but many of the UK’s mobile networks have yet to announce a date to launch their 4G services.
  • VIDEO: Twitter ‘in talks’ over abuse row
    Twitter is “in active dialogue” with law enforcement officials and the recipients of abusive tweets threatening rape, a company executive has said.
  • Get Ready For Commercials To Invade Facebook
    If you think ads are choking out your friends’ photos on Facebook as it is, brace yourself: In a move that will almost certainly provoke…
  • 7 Fascinating Maps Of The Internet
    It may seem like the Internet is too enormous to try and map, but over the past few years, several parties have tried. In the…
  • Edward J. Black: In the Trenches of the Smartphone Patent War
    Market-driven competition is better for economic growth than choosing winners and losers through political and legal maneuvering. A settlement that results in Apple and Samsung engineers designing products instead of courtroom exhibits is better for all involved.
  • Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross: The Reputation of the Internet Stumbles
    Whereas we were once charmed by the Internet’s virtues of transparency and easy conversation for companies and individuals alike, its negatives are now up close and personal.
  • Job listings hint at broader language support for iOS input
    Apple is looking to further improve the language support in iOS, new job listings suggest. The software already supports over 50 language options, including ones that require handwriting recognition, like non-Pinyin Chinese. The listings call for more engineers on the iOS keyboard and text team — as well as the UIKit Frameworks team — in order to "work closely with international teams and native speakers to accommodate all the worldís script systems."

        

  • Just One More Reason To Be Angry At Time Warner
    (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable said on Monday it has started notifying customers that it is raising the monthly fees to rent modems from the…
  • Forums: New iOS Game, RAM speed questions and more
    This week in the MacNN Forums, one Professional Poster announced the release of a new game for iOS that they had been working on. The game is free, so they wanted to get the word out about it, and they are also looking for feedback. Earlier this week, Forum Regular "gangster" had some questions about RAM for a Mac Pro and turned to the forums for some advice.

        

  • Kindle iOS app gets sample search, custom dictionary support
    Amazon has updated the iOS version of its Kindle e-reading app to v3.9. Via the app’s Library Search, users should now be able to search through Amazon’s catalog of free book samples and download the content straight to a device. Amazon doesn’t allow direct purchases of books in iOS however, as Apple claims a 30 percent cut of all in-app transactions. Instead titles must be bought via the web, the Kindle hardware, or one of the other Kindle apps for platforms like Android and Windows Phone.

        

  • LOOK: According To Assad’s Instagram, Everything’s Just Peachy In Syria
    Want an inside glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most embattled leaders? Look no further: Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram. It seems…
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