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Mobile Technology News, June 2, 2014

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.

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  • Google To Build Satellite Fleet, In Effort To Bring The Internet To Everyone: Report
    Google is aiming for the sky.

    According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, the tech giant is planning to invest more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites. The goal: To bring Internet access to every corner of the globe, no matter how remote.

    The satellites are likely to be small and high-capacity, and will orbit the Earth at “lower altitudes than traditional satellites,” the Journal reported.

    Google will reportedly start the project with a fleet of 180 satellites, with a possibility of future expansion.

    Although an unnamed spokeswoman did not comment specifically on the satellite project, she told the newspaper that Google hopes to bring Internet access to the hundreds of millions of people around the world who aren’t currently online.

    “Internet connectivity significantly improves people’s lives,” she said. “Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all.”

    This isn’t the first time that Google’s sky-high dreams have made headlines. Last June, Google announced its investment in high-altitude balloons designed to provide Internet service to remote parts of the world; and in April, the company purchased Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude, solar-powered drone satellites.

    Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world,” Google said in a statement following the purchase. “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.”

    With its satellites, balloons and drones, Google seems to be well on its way to achieving its goal of bringing Internet access to the as-yet unserved and underserved regions of the globe. The company, however, isn’t alone in its efforts. Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it was launching a drone and satellite project of its own.

    “We’ve been working on ways to beam Internet to people from the sky,” Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in March. “Our goal…is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.”

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  • Big Demand For Buried Atari Games, Including So-Called Worst Video Game Ever Made
    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

    Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city officials on Tuesday. Lewandowski said that some of the games should be given to the filmmakers, museums and the public, the Alamogordo Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1izntyG).

    “They’re considered to have value because they’re part of the legend,” Lewandowski told The Associated Press on Friday. “It’s a piece of history.”

    City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Some of the other discovered titles include “Centipedes,” ”Warlords” and “Asteroids,” the newspaper reported.

    LightBox Entertainment and Fuel Entertainment pursued the dig for a documentary that Microsoft will distribute later this year. Lewandowski said both companies should get 52 cartridges from the 14 game titles.

    “I think that would be a good gesture,” he said. “The publicity we are getting from this, Microsoft is the one funding this. It is not a small-time operation.”

    Reports that truckloads of what some say was the worst video game ever made were buried in the landfill have been urban legend since the early ’80s. The “E.T.” game’s poor reception was seen as a factor in Atari’s demise.

    After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000, Lewandowski said.

    The Smithsonian Institution and state and local museums have already expressed interest about acquiring some games, according to Lewandowski.

    Chris Orwoll, division director at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, said the museum was ready to offer curating services.

    “The museum obviously would like some small portion of this to put on display,” Orwoll said.

    The draft plan also calls for hundreds of cartridges to be available for public sale.

    Lewandowski, who became manager of the 300-acre landfill a few months after the cartridge dump, said he had no idea how much each cartridge was worth. He said claims on eBay and other websites offering cartridges from the dig are bogus.

    Each cartridge from the dig will have a “city property ID tag, a certificate of authenticity signed by the city. You’ll know it’s one of the originals,” he said.

    The games, which were enough to fill 62 boxes, are literally being kept under lock and key. According to Lewandowski, the city has them in a steel vault and has changed the locks to the building.

    “If we run out, there are 790,000 more in that hole out there now that we know where they are at,” he said.

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    Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

  • Parvo Trial Shows Promising Results In Effort To Combat Puppy Virus

    GRAND FORKS, North Dakota (AP) — A North Dakota company that discovered an antibody technology while trying to cure flocks of dying geese is using its research for a more warm and fuzzy purpose: saving puppies.

    Early tests performed on about 50 puppies in seven U.S. states for Grand Forks-based Avianax have resulted in a 90 percent cure rate for canine parvovirus, which spreads through animal waste and direct contact between dogs, usually at kennels, shelters and shows. Some puppies die from the virus and others are euthanized because the antibiotics and other medicine needed to treat it can be too expensive — sometimes up to $2,000 — and take too long.

    It isn’t clear how many dogs contract parvo annually, since the disease isn’t required to be reported. At the Kansas City Pet Project, one of eight test sites and among the largest shelters in the United States, about five cases a month wind up on the “parvo ward.” Officials with the Missouri shelter believe the treatment will lead to a dramatic increase in their “parvo graduates.”

    “When the box arrived we were yelling, ‘Woo, the geese antibodies are here!’” shelter spokeswoman Tori Fugate said. “Just the fact that someone is caring out there is pretty remarkable. A lot of open admission shelters choose to not treat parvo because it’s considered too much of a resource.”

    Avianax chief operating officer Richard Glynn hopes to start selling the parvoONE antibody-based treatment — that is, harvested from the yokes of goose eggs — for $75 a dose by next spring.

    “I think there will be a lot of puppy owners who will be very happy,” Glynn said.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a conditional permit for the field trials that are taking place. Such permits are normally reserved for outbreaks or other dire situations, but this one passed muster because there’s no product specifically targeted for parvovirus, said Jeremy Vrchota, Avianax’s sales director and regulatory liaison.

    Officials with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service did not respond to phone messages left by The Associated Press.

    The company’s path to puppy love began a decade ago after a mysterious disease — later found to be West Nile virus — spread among flocks at the South Dakota-based Schiltz Goose Farm, the largest goose producer in North America. Farm owners James and Richard Schiltz and Glynn, who was working for them, found researchers at the University of North Dakota who were interested in the project.

    The group, led by Dr. David Bradley, the executive director of the Center of Research Excellence for Avian Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases at UND, discovered antibodies in the geese that they could purify and put back into other birds. The treatment worked.

    “We went to the Mayo Clinic and they looked at all our work,” Glynn said. “They called it a game-changing technology.”

    Avianax quickly found promising links between goose antibodies and treatments for other diseases, including rabies, dengue fever, avian flu and some cancers. Because they didn’t have the money or time to explore testing for human diseases, the group set their sights on the veterinary market and eventually settled on saving puppies.

    Treating parvovirus currently can cost, at a minimum, $500 for antibiotics, intravenous fluids, painkillers and stomach medicine and generally takes six days, said Dr. Darin Meulebroeck, chief medical officer for Avianax. The trials have shown the new drug can work as quickly as two days, he said.

    “We’ve lost a couple that have been so severe … there’s no drug that is going to treat 100 percent of everything,” Meulebroeck said.

    The tests run through November.

    Glynn said Avianax has “stuck in there” with the help of key researchers and believes it is on the verge of saving human lives with a similar antibody— although it could take more than five years to reach the market. The U.S. Army is interested in using the technology for Andres virus, which has been found to lead to a fatal respiratory disease. Safety trials are scheduled in the next two years.

    “We went from being goose herders from South Dakota to an antibody company,” Glynn said. “And we’re not done yet.”

  • Man Allegedly Steals Woman's iPod, Friends Her On Facebook The Next Day
    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.

    The Kitsap Sun reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/1kc8lNm) that Riley Allen Mullins was charged Friday in Kitsap District Court with second-degree robbery. Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn’t recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.

    The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.

    Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.

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    Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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