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Ashton Kutcher’s ‘jOBS’ will hit theaters in April

[From eric Mann] The new Steve Jobs film being portrayed by Ashton Kutcher will hit the screens in April. “Great news movie buffs, it’s just been officially announced that the jOBS film starring Ashton Kutcher will hit theaters in a few months. The movie, which has garnered a lot of attention from the media, takes a biographical look at Steve Jobs’ life. Last month, we heard that the flick was going to debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.”

Apple, Android combine for almost 90% of U.S. smartphone market

[From Peter Arts] Apple and Android combined take up 90% of the US smartphone market. “Individually, the Google-owned Android operating system leads the way with 53.7% of the market, up 1.1% from August. Apple, meanwhile, accounted for 35%, which was a 1.4% increase from August.”

Life After The iPhone: How AT&T’s Bet On Apple Mobilized The Company

[From Stephen Trew] Interesting article on how the iPhone came to AT&T, how it transformed the business and what they are planning in the future and the US becomes saturated with smartphones. “AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who took over just as the iPhone was launched, talks about the fame, pain and change that’s taken place under his leadership. (Photo credit: Matthew Hawthorne) — Steve Jobs needed some advice.” Read in full.

Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition?

[From Stephen Trew] An obvious question to ask, but there would need to be some hard evidence to substantiate it. We shall see. “Waze’s international use has been growing because it is genuinely useful, especially in places where Maps remain a problem, such as in Asia and the Middle East. Because Waze maps are built on the location of moving cars, it’s far more accurate than check-in apps. Outside of Google’s project to map cities with Streetview cars – something which has taken years to complete – and the real-world mapping undertaken by volunteers on the Open Streetmaps open source project, there has been little to match Waze’s approach. Waze turned mapping into not only a game, but also a way for drivers to be social, reporting road obstacles, traffic and police traps. It is properly useful.” Read in full

Apple Killed the Netbook

[From Stephen Trew] But cheap non-brand name Android tablets are replacing netbooks. I had family this year who bought cheap tablets for Christmas. Total junk. Stick to Google, Amazon or Apple. “And we’re all better off for the demise of the $400 future of computing.  — Netbooks are dead.  Good riddance!  Just a few years ago, these small, underpowered, ultracheap laptops were considered the future of the computer industry.” Read in full.

USPTO Invalidates Apple’s Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

[From Peter Arts] Apple’s pinch to zoom has hit a problem. “Apple has faced yet another roadblock in its quest to squash both rival Samsung and Android. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has temporarily invalidated Apple’s US Patent No. 7,844,915 which covers the “pinch to zoom” smartphone navigation feature. This was one of the key patents Apple used against Samsung back in August which helped land the iPhone maker $1.05 billion in damages.”

A Million Users Desert BlackBerry, and Revenue Falls 48%

[From Peter Arts] Not great for Blackberry. “Research in Motion said on Thursday that it lost a million BlackBerry owners worldwide during the company’s last financial quarter, the first such decline in the device’s history. It reported other bad news as well, a month before introducing its new BlackBerry 10 phones to the public. Revenue fell 48 percent in the company’s fiscal third quarter, ended Dec. 1, to $2.7 billion from $5.2 billion a year earlier.”

Android is hit with a spam virus

[From Hans] Android is hit with a spam virus. “Cyber-thieves are using games including Angry Birds to turn Android phones into spam-sending drones. Phones have been infected with spam-forwarding software that hid inside free versions of popular Android games.”

My first PDA was a Palm 3c

[From Josh McIntyre] Sammy I’ve been following PA for years, congrats on the great work you guys do. I remember the very first PDA I had was a Palm 3c and I was amazed by the color screen. I still have it and will power it up from time to time to check that its fully functional and yes it still works. Today I have a iPhone 4S and it’s great but I feel we have lost the excitement of tech yesterday and that we simply take for granted what our phones allow us to do in 2012. Have a great Christmas and keep up the good work.

Service your laptop often

[From Jon Martland] It’s important to keep your laptop clean, food, crumbs, dust all get under the keys. I have a three year old Dell laptop and I was amazed at all the crap that I cleaned out. Service your laptop often and it will hopefully extend its life for many years.

Crayons for earpods

Crayons for earpods, read over the-gadgeteer. “Kids love gadgets that often require headphones or earbuds, but there’s the possibility of hearing damage from the high volumes that are possible with these gadgets. Some devices have software features that allow you to limit the volume levels, but not all do.”

Scott Forstall Deserved to be Ousted from Apple Says Former Apple Exec

[From Stephen Trew] No love lost there. “In an interview with BBC, Tony Fadell claims that former Apple senior vice president of iOS Scott Forstall “got what he deserved,” when he was forced to leave Apple. Fadell is widely known as the godfather of the iPod, and he formerly served as the senior vice president of the iPod division and as a special advisor to Steve Jobs. ” Read in full

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is available for you to take advantage of

[From Hans] The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is available for you to take advantage of. “The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is a full-featured development environment to use for building apps and games for Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 7.5. The Windows Phone SDK provides a stand-alone Visual Studio Express 2012 edition for Windows Phone or works as an add-in to Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions. With the SDK, you can use your existing programming skills and code to build managed or native code apps. In addition, the SDK includes multiple emulators and additional tools for profiling and testing your Windows Phone app under real-world conditions.” Read in full

Greetings from New York City

I’m in New York city this weekend, probably not the best time to visit. Those of you not aware, there is a hurricane on the way, thankfully I am flying back to be united kingdom this evening, ahead of the Hurricane. I’m here with just my iPhone and iPad this weekend. Thankfully the iPad allows me to perform most of my computing needs without having to take my MacBook. It’s great on flights because I can watch movies, TV shows that I have downloaded and also catch up with e-mails. Whilst in New York I have access to a fantastic network of Wi-Fi. Their city is blanketed with Wi-Fi, most of it’s free, so I’m never having to rely on when I try and next access the Internet. I wish more cities were like NYC, offering Wi-Fi in most neighbour areas. I also have to say that the Wi-Fi here in New York is also blazingly fast. Just to end this brief editorial, it’s good to see many people using the iPhone 5, even though they have not been available for that long I have still seen many people using them. That’s surely good to see.

I hope you have a great rest of your weekend and if you are in the path of the Hurricaine then I hope you are safe.

Sacrament or Idol

Interesting editorial entitled Sacrament or Idol over at Mobile Ministry Magazine. “Before MMM was started, I can remember many of the statements that people would levy against the use of PDAs and mobiles within faith practices. One of those statements went something like, “I feel closer to God when I’m reading on paper than on a screen like that.” Another was similar to it: “I’d be too tempted to do something else rather than read the Bible on there.” The common thread of these and other statements though was in the comparison of print and computer technologies, but how we filtered that technology as an enabling tool to spiritual transformations. In a very real sense, the technologies that we didn’t grow up with would always be seen as those which can take us away from the truth of what we believe and practice.” Read in full

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