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Mobile Technology News, May 3, 2015

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.

  • Silicon Valley's Dave Goldberg dies
    Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, dies aged 47, his family says.
  • Dave Goldberg, Survey Monkey CEO And Husband Of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Dies Suddenly
    David Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey and the husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has died. He was 47.

    Goldberg’s brother, Robert, announced the news Saturday morning on Facebook, saying David “passed away suddenly last night”:

    It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave…

    Posted by Robert Goldberg on Saturday, May 2, 2015

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shared the post, adding, “Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family.”

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo called the news “heartbreaking” in a tweet, and described Goldberg as “one of the truly great people on the planet … of almost unimaginably remarkable character.”

    Sandberg and Goldberg in Sun Valley, Idaho, in July 2014. Photo credit: Scott Olson via Getty Images

    “Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart,” Survey Monkey said in a statement following the news. “His greatest love was for his family. Our sympathy goes out to them and to all who were touched by this extraordinary man. We are all heartbroken.”

    Arianna also shared Robert’s post on Facebook, adding, “So deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Dave Goldberg. I was blessed to get to know him through his beloved wife Sheryl and to see firsthand what an amazing father, son, innovator, and caring friend he was.”

    Recode’s Kara Swisher mourned the “incomprehensible” loss with a remark on “His unfailing kindness toward everyone, endless generosity with his time, insights and advice and basic great-guy personality made Dave — no one called him David, really — the heart and also soul of the tech and media community.”

    Remembrances also poured in on social media Saturday:

    Love your family + your friends. Be thoughtful. Work hard. Strive to improve. Help others. Dave Goldberg aced all of these. Love ya Goldie.

    — Jason Hirschhorn (@JasonHirschhorn) May 2, 2015

    My friend @davegoldberg kindest, most generous, loving father, loyal husband, great ceo, & sweetest friend. May his memory be a blessing.

    — Marc Benioff (@Benioff) May 2, 2015

    Devastated to hear about loss of @davegoldberg. One of kindest & most generous friends I’ve known. My heart goes out to Sheryl & his family

    — Jeff Weiner (@jeffweiner) May 2, 2015

    RIP @davegoldberg. I have never known a more kind individual. You will be missed.

    — David Doc Sands (@Doc_Sands) May 2, 2015

    One of the things I admired most about @davegoldberg was his ability to balance being a husband and father with his work.

    — Chris Yeh (@chrisyeh) May 2, 2015

    I never heard anyone say a disparaging word about @davegoldberg. Ever. Almost unheard of when it comes to successful people in S. Valley

    — danprimack (@danprimack) May 2, 2015

    Goldberg rose to prominence in the tech industry in the 1990s, founding a company by the name of Launch Media in 1994, which he sold to Yahoo in 2001. He stayed on at Yahoo for six years, and then joined Benchmark Capital, where he served as an entrepreneur in residence.

    He met Sheryl Sandberg in 1996, though the two didn’t start dating until 2002.

    “We went out to dinner and a movie and hit it off. She fell asleep on my shoulder, which I thought was great,” Goldberg recalled in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2013. “Turns out, I learned much later, she sleeps through every movie, on any shoulder that is available, but it worked on me at that moment of time.”

    In 2009, he headed to Survey Monkey and built it into a billion-dollar company, growing the staff from 14 to what is now 500, reports Business Insider. He had just celebrated his sixth anniversary at the company, calling it “one of [his] best decisions.”

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  • Dave Goldberg, Survey Monkey CEO And Husband Of Sheryl Sandberg, Dies Suddenly
    David Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey and the husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has died.

    Goldberg’s brother, Robert, announced the news Saturday morning on Facebook, saying David “passed away suddenly last night.”

    This is a breaking story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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  • 5 Bits Of 'Harry Potter' Magic That Actually Exist Now
    It’s not over, aspiring wizards.

    If you’re still crying about the fact that no letter appeared on your 11th birthday to invite you to your true Hogwarts destiny, we can relate. But thanks to the magic of technology, us ostracized Muggles aren’t as far away from glory as our ancestors may have been. Actually, some of the best wizarding world magic now exists in real life.

    So if you want to engage in some cool parts of the “Harry Potter” universe without the threat of Dark Lord unspeakable cursing you, check out the following:

    1. Moving Images

    “The clipping had clearly come out of the wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet, because the people in the black-and-white picture were moving. Harry picked up the clipping, smoothed it out, and read.” -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


    In the wizarding world, photographs aren’t just still-captures of animated life — they move in their own right. The “Harry Potter” characters probably encounter this most in the animated photographs of newspaper The Daily Prophet. While in real life we don’t yet have moving pictures in hard copy or physical newspapers, we do have ever-present GIFs, which online media platforms utilize with frequency. (For example, above this block of text is a moving image in a newspaper … of a moving image in a newspaper.)

    And GIFs are just the tip of the magical photo iceberg!

    “There was a big photograph on the front of a very good-looking wizard with wavy blond hair and bright blue eyes. As always in the wizarding world, the photograph was moving.” -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    The “Harry Potter” characters also encounter moving photographs outside of newspapers, which Muggles can now make part of daily life. With magical-seeming picture frame Canviz, humans can decorate their homes with moving images. In their review of Canviz, Digital Trends told their readers they will “finally be able to outfit your walls with those weird, subtly-moving, ‘Harry Potter’-style moving pictures you’ve always wanted.”

    2. Invisibility Cloak

    “Harry looked down at his feet, but they were gone. He dashed to the mirror. Sure enough, his reflection looked back at him, just his head suspended in midair, his body completely invisible. He pulled the cloak over his head and his reflection vanished completely.” -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.


    Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak lets him vanish from sight in many a moment of need. In real life, there’s not exactly a piece of cloth we can drape over ourselves to low-key break into banks (which is probably good in terms of, like, upholding society). But, disappearing from sight isn’t quite impossible. Scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a device which uses a series of lenses to hide objects from view.

    “This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking, which works for transmitting rays in the visible spectrum,” PHD student Joseph Choi told Rochester Newscenter about the device.

    FYI, trouble makers.

    3. Self-Stirring Cauldron

    “The sun shone brightly on a stack of cauldrons outside the nearest shop. Cauldrons — All Sizes — Copper, Brass, Pewter, Silver — Self-Stirring — Collapsible, said a sign hanging over them.” -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


    Stirring your own concoctions is unnecessary in the “Harry Potter” universe, where self-stirring cauldrons are readily available. Constant stirring vigilance can also be quite the nuisance in human life, when, for example, a sauce demands your attention, but you also need to chop some garlic on a cutting board across the kitchen. Cue the Kurukurunabe. While technically a pot and not a “cauldron,” the device, developed in Japan, self-stirs itself in a circular motion that looks like a whirlpool.

    One step away from some potion mixing before dinner.

    4. Marauder’s Map

    “It was a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds. But the truly remarkable thing were the tiny ink dots moving around it, each labeled with a name in minuscule writing. Astounded, Harry bent over it. A labeled dot in the top left corner showed that Professor Dumbledore was pacing his study; the caretaker’s cat, Mrs. Norris, was prowling the second floor; and Peeves the Poltergeist was currently bouncing around the trophy room.” -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


    Standard maps for car glove compartments can be useful if say, you get lost after GPS fritzes out and your cell phone is also out of battery. But far cooler is Harry’s Marauder’s map, which shows the location of everyone in Hogwarts. Now, certain human tracking applications come pretty close to magical capabilities.

    In the Life 360 Family Locator app (for Android, iOS and Windows Phone) for example, members can join “Circles” and look to private maps that show the GPS location of each circle member. Participation is voluntary, so it’s not quite the Marauder’s map, but in our book, that’s a good thing. (Privacy!)

    Everyone keep an eye out for secret mischief.

    5. The Weasley Family Clock

    “Mrs. Weasley glanced at the grandfather clock in the corner. Harry liked this clock. It was completely useless if you wanted to know the time, but otherwise very informative. It had nine golden hands, and each of them was engraved with one of the Weasley family’s names. There were no numerals around the face, but descriptions of where each family member might be. ‘Home,’ ‘school,’ and ‘work’ were there, but there was also ‘traveling,’ ‘lost,’ ‘hospital,’ ‘prison,’ and, in the position where the number twelve would be on a normal clock, ‘mortal peril.'” -Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


    The Weasley house clock, showing the location of each family member, is a lot more useful than a standard time-telling device. Even in the Muggle world, typical clocks are pretty passé in the smartphone era. According to Hackaday, students at the University of Munich made clocks interesting again with their creation of a Weasley family-style device. Android and iOS apps send clock members’ locations to a server, which communicates with a circuit inside the clock that drives the hands.

    Magic is real.


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  • AOL's Sunset Images And Stellar Shows Wows WTC Crowd
    The thing about web video is that’s it’s not just ‘web’ any more.

    And AOL proved that they know that with a smart presentation that married the “show” and the “business” with a number of big ticket surprises.

    First, let’s start with this year’s NewFront location. It was the 54th floor of 4 World Trade — space that was raw, and real, and with jaw-dropping views of the Hudson River and 1 World Trade.

    AOL has shifted to a “Content 365” strategy, launching new shows all year long. This year’s video programming ranges from sharable short form content, to long-form programming (shows) – available on all screens from smartphones and tablets, to desktop, TV and over-the-top (OTT).

    As the sun went down, the crowd was treated to what one of my friends happily called “sunset porn” and indeed it was.

    Once inside, the event was a dazzling video wall of images, words, and sound. Powerful and convincing. And as CEO Tim Armstrong made the point – AOL has been driving hard to build a company of Culture and Code. “We have spent the last five years investing in original video and building one of the most scaled video platforms in the world.” And AOL marketers knew that – putting the AOL NewFront branding on the windows, making a powerful statement – and great pictures for the smartphone wielding crowd.

    AOL announced new video programming and formats across its media properties, including MAKERS, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Cambio, and AOL.com, as well as new AOL Originals on its video hub, AOL On.

    Steve Buscemi, Ryan Duffy, James Franco, Kevin Jonas, Sarah Lane, Jared Leto, Marcus Peters, Michael Rapaport, Deion Sanders, Kevin White, and Leonard Williams.

    “We are embarking on a whole new era of digital content,” said AOL’s President of Video and Studios Dermot McCormack. “With our 2015 NewFront line-up of original video content made to fit multiple screens and formats, we are reimagining the definition of original programming and setting the vision for the content industry’s future, which we believe to be the very best of what TV does combined with the mobility, interactivity and openness of the internet. Content is still king but it’s the kingdom that is changing.”‘

    Arianna Huffington announced “Now What with Ryan Duffy” Former VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy is taking on a new mission to put a spotlight on what’s working around the world and telling the stories of people working toward solutions to our many crises.

    But the biggest surprise of the evening came at the end when Bob Lord, the president of AOL – announced a game-changing partnership with NBC. “We’re trying to break down the silos between linear and digital,” said Lord. “You have to have an open ecosystem.”

    NBCU Ad Sales and Client Partnerships Chairman Linda Yaccarino explained “our networks create some of the biggest water cooler conversations and strongest brand connections in the industry and we are excited to bring them to AOL, a leader in the digital space.”

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  • Yahoo's NewFront Pulses to Steve Aoki's EDM Beat
    You have to give Yahoo credit for figuring out how to make a splash.

    Putting Steve Aoki on stage at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with no intro – just a thumping beat – made it clear that they wanted to rock the house. And, while a dance party didn’t ensue – lots of new video initiatives did make their way onto the stage.

    Year Two of Yahoo Live – in partnership with Live Nation, is expanding into new live categories beyond music.

    Superfan Live,which will offer after-shows for prime time television fan-favorites, Everybody’s Business, a live weekly show on Yahoo Finance and Yahoo News Live with Katie Couric were part of the new Live programming announcement.

    Ultimate DJ is a Simon Cowell ‘competition show’ – similar to the X Factor, “Ultimate DJ” will pit up-and-coming electronic music producers and DJs against one another. He’s teamed up with Ultra Records – the EDM powerhouse – to produce the show.

    Yahoo calls its content editorial verticals “Digital Magazines” which they launched in 2014. Interestingly the unbranded category verticals are climbing up the charts, often beating big brand magazines in categories including]Yahoo Style, Yahoo Beauty, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo Travel and Yahoo Parenting. And in 2015, the goal is to evolve the magazines into full fledged video channels.

    Yahoo’s push into video included 14 new video series for a total of 47 original series In addition to I Am Naomi and Riding Shotgun, other new series include Thug Kitchen, YourTech, #OneSmallThing, NewsBites, Viewfinder, Made It With, Made Good, MLB Condensed Games and Offensive Interference.

    And in long form – Yahoo had another series launch as well. Yahoo announced The Pursuit, an edgier, 21st century take on Friends in the era of social media.

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  • Clever Monkey Demonstrates The Proper Way To Crack A Nut
    When it comes to cracking nuts, capuchins don’t monkey around.

    Just have a look at this video showing a little monkey named Jatobá expertly crack a tucum nut. Five quick whacks, and voila!

    The video was taken as part of a new study on wild-bearded capuchins (Cebus libidinosus) living in the open woodland of Piaui, Brazil.

    “Until now, this level of dexterity was not suspected of any monkey,” Madhur Mangalam, a psychology graduate student at the University of Georgia at Athens and one of the researchers involved in the study, said in a written statement.

    For the study, Mangalam and her colleagues recorded 14 capuchins cracking nuts with a stone “hammer,” and then analyzed the videos to determine the force of each strike. To their surprise, the scientists found that the monkeys don’t simply whack a nut over and over until it breaks open. Instead, they monkeys examine the nut after each strike and artfully adjust the amount of force they use — so as to save their energy and prevent the nut’s kernel from getting smashed.

    “It was a ‘eureka’ moment when we realized that the monkeys modulated the strikes systematically according to the condition of the nut following the preceding strike,” Mangalam said in the statement.

    It’s not the first time scientists have been impressed by monkeys’ abilities. Previous research showed that monkeys can do math and even learn to spend money.

    A paper describing the research was published on April 29 in the journal Current Biology.

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  • What The Twitterverse REALLY Thinks About Grandparents
    Since nobody believes that older people are on Twitter, we thought you might like to see what the Twitterverse has to say about grandparents when they think they aren’t looking.

    Grandparents go to bed early.

    @JessicaValenti @VanessaValenti Yay! Being an aunt/uncle rules, because it’s like being a grandparent who doesn’t have to go to bed at 6 pm.

    — Joseph Hughes (@nczeitgeist) March 13, 2015

    Grandmas might want to quit their modeling careers, at least for real estate photos.


    — makenzie (@asapmakky) March 26, 2015

    All grandparents want more grandkids and great-grandkids.

    “Jessica, how old are you turning this year?”


    “Sounds like baby havin’ age to me…..”


    — Jessica Lamb (@JessicaLamb) April 5, 2015

    Grandparents are blunt.

    “You reek of bad decisions”. Thanks grandpa

    — Hanuhhbae (@HanuhhBee) April 12, 2015

    Who are you calling “confused?”

    Grandma: I once saw a man get sentenced to two years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread

    Me: Grandma, that’s the plot to Les Misérables

    — Rowdy Boy Zwierco (@liveloveasab) April 17, 2015

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