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Mobile Technology News, May 22, 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.

  • Stepping down from ARM Holdings
    Tudor Brown recalls his time at ARM, and its parent Acorn
  • Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage
    Whatever Mark Zuckerberg earned before marrying his college sweetheart is still solely his property afterward.

  • Without Apple, ‘supply chain’ shrinking, says analyst
    Apple is not only a important company for consumers but for manufacturers too.
  • Google Given Antitrust Ultimatum From Europe Regulators
    The European Commission warned Google to propose changes in “a matter of weeks” to its method of answering user queries, or possibly face an antitrust lawsuit.

  • Intel vs. AMD: Who’s got the fastest chip now?
    Has AMD finally got Intel beat? Overall, the answer is no.
  • Leap 3D More Accurate than Kinect and More Affordable
    Leap 3DLeap Motion, a California-based motion control start-up has just released a demo of its Leap 3D motion control system. The Leap 3D is accurate down to .01mm making it 100 times more accurate than Microsoft’s Kinect motion control system. The Leap 3D ecosystem consists of a small-sized USB device (fit with high-tech sensors and cameras) which,…
  • Disk Art Giveaway
    Disk ArtClean Cut Code, the makers of CalendarBar, DisplayPad and Cloud Calendar have just released a new application on the Mac App Store, Disk Art. It is an app which allows you to easily find and delete large unwanted files on your disk. On the App Store, Disk Art will cost $4.99 (link), however the team…
  • DealBook: As Facebook’s Stock Struggles, Fingers Start Pointing
    Much of the blame for Facebook’s initial public offering debacle is landing on Morgan Stanley, the lead banker.

  • VIDEO: Serving China’s app-hungry billion
    The BBC’s John Sudworth meets the Chinese entrepreneurs targeting the world’s biggest mobile phone market.
  • Cuba’s High-Speed Internet Mystery
    HAVANA — It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba’s…
  • Google To Close Its Largest Deal Ever This Week
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is planning to complete its $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings before Wednesday. Motorola outlined the…
  • Dubai Police Crackdown On Alleged Facebook Abuses
    Dubai police reportedly shut down 15 Facebook and Twitter accounts whose users were reportedly involved in defamation and abuse cases. While a majority of the…
  • Women 2.0: My Experience as a Field Engineer Off the Coast of Angola
    The timer had started running 30 minutes ago. I was sweating from the exertion of rigging up a 500-pound tool string with my crew and the nervousness of being responsible of running a $2 million exploration job in an offshore oil platform in Africa.
  • Great Scott! The DeLorean Is Now A Bike
    This DeLorean may never get up to 88 miles per hour, but "Back to the Future" fans will still be interested. While the car made…
  • Facebook closes below float price
    Shares in Facebook close 11% below Friday’s initial flotation price, sparking debate that one of the world’s biggest stock market listings may have been over-valued.
  • OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac
    As noted by Zach Kahn (via 9to5Mac), the latest developer build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week sets the stage for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.

    Like on the iPhone and iPad, when you buy and install an app on one of your Macs, all of your other Macs logged into the same App Store account will automatically install the app too.

    Unfortunately, the feature does not seem to be working completely. While the App Store will still offer to enable automatic downloads (as seen above), it does not actually install anything when you purchase apps from another computer.

    Apple has been issuing regular updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. OS X Mountain Lion is currently scheduled to see a public launch in “late summer” of this year and will bring a number of enhancements including several features drawn from iOS such as Notification Center, Game Center, Messages, and Reminders.


  • Major League Baseball Embracing Twitter and Facebook
    Baseball teams are reaching out to fans through social media like Twitter, and they are encouraging fans to communicate with them.

  • Tim Cook Meets Samsung Chief In Undisclosed Location
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The chief executives of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd were summoned for court-directed mediation on Monday…
  • Facebook Stock Crash: 8 Winners And Losers
    Looks like the Facebook IPO has fizzled out like that North Korean rocket launch. The stock barely managed to hold above its initial public offering…
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