• Latest news – March 8

    Apple has finally presented the “new iPad”. It’s doesn’t have a number next to the name (3, for example), but it is an evolution of the big screen with a button that we’ve been enjoying so far. As it happens, the event yesterday was more or less the kind of “disappointment” people felt when the company introduced the iPhone 4S instead of the long expected iPhone 5. In response to everyone’s great expectations, Apple’s new iPad moves faster and introduces Retina screen while keeping performance stable and battery life close to ten hours. But the real game changing announcement is that from now on, the iPad will cost $399, making life very hard for all Android tabled producers.

    While fighting off server problems in Europe and several other countries, the company has now launched a new location Application Programming Interface which allows apps on it’s platform to tag posts with friends and places, read the location of your old posts and search for specific posts by coordinates and distance parameters. Basically, the update can pull location for your friends based on their posts from Facebook…

    Adobe released yesterday Shadow, “a new inspection and preview tool” that allows developers to remotely control and inspect Web pages in multiple phones and tablets simultaneously.

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  • 5 Things You Might Have Missed Last Week

    1. Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (basically, the CEO of the US Navy) has delivered a (rather long) statement on the role of social media in our society. To cut a long story short, the man makes a strong case for the use of social networks despite the inherent security issues:

    “Whether your organization is as broad in scope as our Navy, or if you’re a young startup trying to break into a market, these changes have had profound implications in how we communicate with our stakeholders. [...] So we joined that conversation, and the term that I’ve used is, “we’re burning the boats.” There’s no going back. We’re committed irreversibly, and in the end it was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made as the Chief of Naval Operations.” Read more here.

    2. Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars. And amongst all the chatter on the subject, probably the phrase that best describes the reasons behind the blockbuster acquisition is this:

    “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” Google CEO explains more, here.

    3. iPhone 5 will most probably hit the market in early October, as one AT&T Vice President reportedly confirmed to several of his employees. He also said: “Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly.” From here. Somewhat on the same page, Apple’s sales in China passed those of Lenovo for the first time in the second quarter of 2011. Full story here.

    4. Social Media is more and more linked to the latest riots in London, although it is now known that the protesters were so fast in organizing thanks to Blackberry Messenger, not necessarily Twitter. The internet has been full of stories on the subject and mashable.com has an interesting approach: “blocking social media during civil unrest is never the right choice“.

    and, finally,

    5. Ridley Scott is said to have signed on to direct and produce a new Blade Runner (from here) and Mike Meyers will return on the big screen as Austin Powers for a fourth movie (from here). Pfew! Both of these were long overdue…

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