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Mobile Technology News, June 6, 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.

  • Over Text Artwork: Edit your photo with Text, Quote Frames and Stickers

    Integrated with various kinds of photo editing choices, Over Text Artwork provides users with 50+ fonts, 150+ Well-Crafted artwork, 20+ amazing filters and unique-designed Stickers Camera Man. All text and frames can be easily positioned, scaled, rotated, and edited. Users can either take a new photo or open one saved in their Photo Album. When […]

    The post Over Text Artwork: Edit your photo with Text, Quote Frames and Stickers appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • This #WorstSummerJob Hashtag Makes Jimmy Fallon Say 'Ew!'
    School is out for summer, and you know what that means: tons of fun, sun and shoveling rancid peanut butter.

    In the latest “Tonight Show Hashtags,” Jimmy Fallon asked for your funniest #WorstSummerJob tweets, and some of the responses were so unsettling that the only way to describe them is “Ew!

    Way to earn that minimum wage, Tweeps!

    The best of the #Worst include:

    #WorstSummerJob was shoveling rancid peanut butter into a dumpster. Came back the next day and the boss said “Wow, nobody’s ever come back”.

    — John Hester (@HesterJohn) June 5, 2014

    During Christian music festival @ park I worked at, I was called a devil worshipper for having rhinestones on my sunglasses #WorstSummerJob

    — Casey Schroeder (@caseysch) June 4, 2014

    I worked cashier @ a hardware store. A farmer went to the restroom to get more $ from his underwear and handed me damp cash #WorstSummerJob

    — katie tjader (@kmtjader) June 4, 2014

    I was 21 when I got promoted at the video store, and they made me wear a gold tag that said “Ass. Manager”. #WorstSummerJob

    — Jennifer Hillier (@JenniferHillier) June 5, 2014

    Watch the video above to enjoy the rest of the summer schadenfreude.

    “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Download The OS X Yosemite Wallpaper

    If you have been looking for the OS X Yosemite wallpaper, look no further.  We have it right here at AlliOSNews for you. The full image is 5418×3048 so it’s huge.  To download the image, click the image above then right-click and save on your PC or Mac. Don’t forget to check out all of […]

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  • How To Safely Install OS X Yosemite Without Hurting Your Mavericks Install

    While there are many people in the Apple Developer program, not everyone has the luxury of having a few Macs laying about to do beta testing.  If you are one of them or if you have obtained OS X Yosemite and want to try it out, there is a quick and easy way to setup […]

    The post How To Safely Install OS X Yosemite Without Hurting Your Mavericks Install appeared first on AlliOSNews.

  • Briefly: Seidio's iPhone battery case, Click Messenger app for iOS
    Mobile accessories producer Seidio has announced the release of its new Innocell Plus battery case for iPhone 5 and 5s. The protective case – available in black – features a 2000mAh internal battery, and is accompanied by a microUSB cable that allows users to sync and charge their device without removing the case. Priced at $70 for the standalone case, the Innocell Plus with an accompanying holster is available for $80.

  • Healthcare.gov Revamped To Ensure Glitches Do Not Return: WSJ
    (Reuters) – The Obama administration is revamping the health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov and removing significant parts from it to ensure that glitches on the site do not return, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing presentations to health insurers and interviews with government officials and contractors.
    The revamp and its tight timeline are raising concerns that consumers could encounter another troubled rollout when they return to the site to choose health plans, the paper said.
    Open enrollment on the site for 2015 coverage starts Nov. 15 with a new homepage and tools.
    A system to automate payments to insurers was running behind schedule, the WSJ reported, quoting a presentation that federal officials made to health insurers. (http://link.reuters.com/pup89v)
    The government is turning its focus to cloud computing from Amazon.com Inc’s web services unit to host many of these functions, the paper said.
    Amazon was not available for comment outside regular business hours.
    The poor performance of HealthCare.gov in October was the first in a series of setbacks that posed a political challenge for President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.
    Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Obama’s new health secretary, making her chiefly responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known as Obamacare.

    (Reporting by Shailaja Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Eric Walsh)

  • Apple cleared in Mexican 'iFone' case, carriers still on the hook
    A Mexican government agency has absolved Apple itself of any wrongdoing in a trademark lawsuit over the name “iPhone,” which was brought by a local call center company named “iFone” which had an earlier trademark on the phonetically-identical name. The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has declared that since Apple is not a telecommunications provider, it cannot be sued for trademark confusion; however, Apple’s carrier partners in Mexico are liable for monetary fines and civil damages.

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  • New Flaw Found in Software That Caused Heartbleed Bug
    Two months after the Heartbleed bug triggered widespread Internet panic, a researcher on Thursday disclosed a new vulnerability in the same widely used security software.

    The researcher, Masashi Kikuchi, wrote in a blog post that he found another bug in OpenSSL, the encryption tool used in two-thirds of all websites to prevent hackers from stealing sensitive information like passwords or credit card data.

    The new flaw would allow a hacker to snoop on or even change the content of emails or Web traffic, experts said Thursday.

    Unlike Heartbleed, the new bug is much more difficult for hackers to exploit because it requires them to intercept traffic between two computers. The new flaw is only found on some older versions of the OpenSSL software.

    Wired.com writer Andy Greenberg noted that the flaw “leaves open the possibility that anyone from an eavesdropper on your local Starbucks’ network to the NSA [could] strip away your Web connection’s encryption before it’s even initialized.”

    It was unclear Thursday how many websites — or which ones — were affected by the vulnerability. Security experts said that anyone using Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome browsers appeared safe.

    The OpenSSL Foundation, which supports the programmers who maintain the software, published an advisory Thursday saying the flaw had been fixed, but warning website owners to use the latest OpenSSL software.

    The disclosure further highlights the need for more security experts to check the popular open-source software for flaws. The vulnerability that was reported Thursday went undetected for 16 years because “code reviews were insufficient,” Kikuchi wrote in a blog post.

    Despite its critical role in Internet security, OpenSSL software is written and maintained largely by four people who live in Europe, plus a few contributors. Most have other jobs during the day and maintain the code in their spare time.

    Together, they earned less than $1 million last year for their work on OpenSSL from a mix of contract work and donations. The programmers don’t have time to check every line of code for flaws and can’t afford to pay for a formal code review.

    In response to the Heartbleed bug, several big technology companies — including Google, Facebook and Microsoft — have pledged financial support to OpenSSL to hire experts who can work full time reviewing the code.

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  • Inspired By His Paralyzed Wife, This Combat Vet Created A Line Of Badass Wheelchair Tanks
    If life gives you lemons, Brad Soden will likely tell you to make lemonade. He’s just a no-excuses type of guy.

    “People in wheelchair’s got a problem? We’ll fix it,” the combat veteran told Businessweek in a video. “We don’t care what your injury is. You got the desire, we’ll get you off the sidewalk.”

    Soden, owner of Phoenix-based Tankchair, has built what some engineers told him was impossible — a wheelchair (although the term hardly applies) that can pummel through muddy football fields, speed through multiple feet of water, and float “right over snow.”

    The Tankchair, customized for any weather Mother Nature has in store, is built off of a steel or aluminum frame and provides users — predominantly people with limited mobility due to physical disabilities — with confidence when exploring uneven terrain, according to the product’s website.

    Soden, who has no engineering experience or college degree, was determined to create a device that would allow his wife to enjoy all the same outdoor activities she had before an automobile accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down in 1999.

    “She was crying one day after her injury, and she couldn’t go camping anymore,” Soden said of his wife’s experience in Arizona’s Hualapai Mountain Park in 2001. “Her exact words were, ‘Go on without me.’ I find that unacceptable, so I told her I would build her something. It took me two years and a bunch of beer in my garage to figure out the first model, but since then — with now my applied science — we’ve been making leaps and bounds.”

    The battery-powered Tankchair, which starts at $19,500 and is built to last 15-20 years, has come a long way since Soden’s earliest creations. To the combat veteran, it took a tiring cycle of trial and error to get Tankchairs to where the model is today.

    “Everybody can whine and cry about stuff,” he said in the video by Businessweek. “Critics are so easy to find — you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. However, finding someone who actually comes up with the solution is what we take pride in.”

    What’s more, Soden’s groundbreaking idea isn’t expanding his own bank account — “money doesn’t drive” him, he says. All of the revenue raised through the sales of each Tankchair goes back into research and development for future endeavors helping clients reach their potential.

    “I’m not a big rah-rah type of guy,” he said in the video. “I get more pleasure watching other people have fun. You see a kid smile, or you see happiness, and the tears of it … I can’t really describe it. Man, I can’t tell you. It’s just really cool.”

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  • Wisconsin Girl Stabbed In 'Slenderman' Tragedy Now Able To Walk (HOW TO HELP)
    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who police say was repeatedly stabbed by two classmates trying to curry favor with a fictional horror character has been walking hospital halls with her father and watching TV in her wheelchair, according to her family.

    The girl’s family posted an update on her condition on a fundraising website. Doctors previously told police the child was lucky to be alive because the knife just missed a major artery near her heart.

    “Our little girl is a fighter and is making strides of improvement each and every day,” her parents wrote on the website. “We appreciate your patience, love and support as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy.”

    The girl, who was stabbed 19 times, has been improving each day, her parents said. But they also said she gets overwhelmed easily “so we’re going to try to limit visitors.”

    The website, which has a goal of $250,000, raised about $16,000 in less than a day for the girl’s legal and medical bills.

    Police have not identified her, and her parents asked friends to keep her name secret.

    Her classmates told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slender Man, a fictional character they found on a horror website. The two girls have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide.


  • The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked
    Passion versus paycheck.

    It’s one of the oldest debates when it comes down to choosing a college major. Well, perhaps this chart can help you decide: An infographic by H&R Block shows how much clout your college major carries in the workforce.

    According to the chart, recent graduates who majored in social sciences and creative fields like anthropology, film, fine arts and graphic design faced the biggest unemployment rates (about 10-12 percent). Conversely, the top industries for recent graduates were found to be advertising, followed by computer software and finance.

    Take a look at the data below and see where your field of choice aligns. If you’re on the brink of choosing your major, don’t worry; there’s still hope for you yet.

    worst majors

    Does Higher Income Equal A Higher Paycheck? via H&R Block

  • Tinder introduces photo sharing
    Dating app Tinder introduces photo sharing feature Moments to encourage people to use it for more than just hooking up.
  • This Epic, Star-Studded Ad Will Get You Pumped Up For The World Cup (VIDEO)
    The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is only ONE. WEEK. AWAY. If for some strange reason you’re not excited yet, that’s okay, just watch this video.

    It’s the latest, longest, and most ambitious in Beats by Dre’s series of ads featuring some of the world’s top athletes. This special World Cup ad opens with Brazil’s superstar striker Neymar Jr. getting an inspirational pep talk from his father, Neymar da Silva Sr. Afterwards, Neymar Jr. puts on his headphones, the music kicks in ( “Jungle” by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons), and a mesmerizing montage of big-name footballers performing various pre-game rituals begins.

    AdWeek sums it up:

    Among the other stars featured here: Spain’s Fabregas, who kisses the ring his girlfriend gave him exactly four times; Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who kisses the tattoo on his wrist of his son and daughter’s names; and Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who prays on his knees as his father taught him.

    (The United States’ own Jozy Altidore also makes an appearance, as does Netherlands’s Robin Van Persie, England’s Daniel Sturridge, France’s Bacaray Sagna and Blaise Matudi, and Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.)

    The video, called “The Game Before The Game,” stars some very famous non-footballers as well, including LeBron James, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rafaella Beckran (Neymar Jr.’s sister), Serena Williams, and some of this year’s World Cup pundits: Thierry Henry, Rio Ferdinand, and ESPN’s Stuart Scott. Also making an appearance: United States soccer star Sydney Leroux.

  • How Imaginative Young People Are Making The World A Better Place
    It’s one thing to be young with a wild imagination, but another to harness that creative power through an invention that can impact the world in a significant way.

    By the age of 17, Brittany Wenger had done just that, taking inspiration from her life experiences and developing Cloud4Cancer, a minimally invasive breast cancer detection tool that helps doctors diagnose the disease earlier and more accurately. She joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss her motivation, her meeting with President Obama about her research, and how refreshing it is to see young people channeling their passions into such innovative projects.

    “When I was in 10th grade, my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I saw firsthand the experience it was for her and the rest of our family,” said Wenger. “And I found out she wasn’t alone. In fact one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. And the quickest, cheapest and least invasive test is wildly inconclusive, so a lot of doctors refuse to use it. So that’s when I really wanted to create something that help doctors in diagnosing those tests.”

    Wenger had the opportunity to explain her research to President Obama, who has encouraged young people’s efforts in the fields of science and technology.

    “That was so surreal,” she said. “He was really engaged…President Obama is great in that he does a lot of initiatives to get more women into traditionally male-dominated fields, especially STEM fields… I think it’s exciting to see young people making a difference, and to think that we have our whole lives to find whatever that passion is and make a difference in this world.”

    To hear more about how this young inventor’s passion is helping others, watch the full clip above.

  • PayPal 'kicking the tires' regarding TouchID support
    PayPal is already considering implementing TouchID support in its iOS app, according to a source in the company. The person tells BusinessInsider that on Wednesday, a group of PayPal developers attended a WWDC session on the technology, which with iOS 8 is being opened up to third-party apps for the first time. PayPal’s senior director of global initiatives, Anuj Nyar, has confirmed the event.

  • Verizon and Netflix in streaming row
    US giant Verizon issues Netflix with a “cease and desist” letter after the streaming video service told consumers Verizon was behind slow connections.
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