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Mobile Technology News, May 2, 2012

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.

  • Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 Is Unveiled
    The BlackBerry 10 is critical to the revival of Research in Motion, but early models given to app developers were missing features, like the ability to make calls.

  • Apple Issues Update to OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

    Apple issued a software update for OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 this evening. Apple released Developer Preview 3 to developers. The update brings the build number of Mountain Lion up to 12A193i (from 12A178q).

    If you already have Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 installed, choose Software Update from the Apple menu to download the update from the Mac App Store. Download Xcode 4.4 Developer Preview 4 from the Mac Dev Center to continue building apps for Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 Update.

    One change noted by 9to5Mac is the addition of a “Do Not Disturb” setting to Mountain Lion’s Notifications Center:

    Besides the Notification Center, Mountain Lion also borrows a number of other features from iOS, such as Reminders, Messages, and Game Center. Apple first previewed Mountain Lion back in February and promises deliver to customers in late summer 2012.

  • Does Facebook have designs on its own chip?
    Facebook, a chip designer? Never! Well, don’t be too quick to pooh-pooh the idea. Facebook, after all, is a Silicon Valley company.
  • Claimed iPhone 5 SIM Card Tray Appears Identical to iPhone 4S
    Following last week’s leak of home buttons claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone, parts vendor SW-BOX.com has just posted information on a claimed iPhone 5 SIM card tray fresh from one of its parts suppliers.

    The tray appears essentially identical to the SIM card tray found in the iPhone 4S and 4, and if the part is indeed legitimate it suggests that Apple may retain a similar flat-edged form factor for the forthcoming device. Such a design would be opposed to a tapered or rounded-edge design that would likely require a somewhat curved exterior surface for the tray or at least a thinner tray profile as was seen in earlier iPhone models such as the 3G and 3GS.

    Apple has been pushing for its own “nano-SIM” standard, but has so far been unable to win approval as competitors have objected to the proposal and offered their own designs for a smaller next-generation SIM card. Unsurprisingly, it appears that a smaller nano-SIM design will not be ready in time to be included in the next-generation iPhone.

    Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPhone later this year, with many observers suggesting that Apple will once again target the September-October timeframe for the launch. Many users have been hoping for a significant redesign following Apple’s pattern of maintaining a similar form factor for two generations between major design overhauls, but part leaks that might reveal Apple’s plans have yet to begin surfacing.

    (Thanks, CydiaBlog.com)

  • Samsung tops Apple in mobile survey of U.S. subscribers
    Samsung devices are certainly popular these days. But Apple is hardly losing ground.
  • How do you like your new iPad? $20 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway [Site Poll]
    So here we are, just a few days shy of the two month mark of when the new iPad was released by Apple.  Much of the fanfare has died down and Apple sold some 11.8 million iPads in the last quarter – up 158% over the same quarter a year ago.  So there are plenty of the new iPad out there and I […]
  • How Apple got WWDC Ticketing All Wrong [Opinion]
    Last week Apple, to much fanfare, opened up ticket sales to their World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC.  The event, where tickets were $1600, sold out in an astonishing two hours.  This beat the impressive 8 hour sellout that they achieved in 2010.  With a limited supply of tickets available and […]
  • How To Enable Location Services Per App on Your iPhone and iPad
    One of the big advantages of the iPhone and iPad is Location Services.  Built into iOS 4 & 5, Location Services allow your iDevice to know where you are at any particular time.  It uses both GPS as well as cellular tower and crowd-sourced WiFi access points to determine your location.  This is […]
  • GreenSmart Komodo Laptop Sleeve Review
    GreenSmart2GreenSmart is another company I had the pleasure to meet at CES and, although nothing can be said for its website, the company’s products are extremely sound. I am still one of the few Mac users to be in possession of a 17″ MacBook Pro. The truth of the matter is, companies don’t pay attention…
  • Gmail Adds New Features
    Now it’ll be easy to translate that all those "cheap V1agra" emails you receive. Google announced on Tuesday that Automatic Message Translation — a Gmail…
  • Why’d You Unfriend Me? The 10 Unspoken Commandments Of Facebook
    No one ever likes to lose a friend, but ever since Facebook became a social media powerhouse, it’s happens all the time. While it’s not…
  • Developer tool maker Atlassian readies for IPO
    Let face it, developer tools are boring. So how has this young Australian company grown to 18,000 customers and $100 million in annual revenue without salespeople? Word of mouth.
  • DealBook: Facebook Prepares for I.P.O. Roadshow
    Despite rumors of delays, Facebook could begin its roadshow as soon as early next week, according to two people briefed on the company’s plans.

  • Joel Mahoney: Optimizing for the Common Good
    Last year, Code for America built an application to streamline the Boston school discovery process. By moving the eligibility criteria into the application’s source code, DiscoverBPS allows parents to focus on what’s important to them.
  • Rugby club tackles injury prevention
    Leicester Tigers teams up with IBM analytics
  • Cracks in China’s Great Firewall
    Why China’s attempts to control the web could backfire
  • REPORT: Facebook Sets IPO Date
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 1 (Reuters) – The roadshow for Facebook Inc’s initial public offering is scheduled to start on Monday, meaning the company’s shares should…
  • Anav Silverman: Google Street View in Israel: Tourists vs. Terrorists?
    Israel became the first Middle Eastern country to be added to Google Street View services last week, when images of the Holy Land officially went up on Sunday, April 20.
  • Ivy Bridge, the ultrabook edition, due by Computex
    The next Ivy Bridge chip will usher in a new generation of ultrabooks.
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