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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, December 20, 2012


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Home-Automation Startup R2 Studios in Acquisition Talks: A secretive startup founded by the man who popularized the Slingbox has been in talks with companies considering buying it, people close to the company say, with Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Apple Inc. cited as participants." [Paid Membership Required] 3:46 PM
  • "Apple, Google, Microsoft all in bids to purchase home automation company, reports WSJ" The Verge 3:46 PM
  • "Apple's Passbook Is a Surprise Success for Developers"  Wired 8:49 AM
  • "Australian university to issue 11,000 iPads next year: The initiative is part of a curriculum overhaul at the University of Western Sydney that will stress a 'blended learning model.'"  CNET News 7:56 AM
  • "UK retailers look to Apple's iPad mini to save high street sales" Computerworld 9:16 AM
  • "The iPhone Is Bringing Billions Of Dollars And Thousands Of Jobs Into Texas" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "Nielsen: Apple, Google Big Winners in Year of the Smartphone" PC Magazine 8:41 PM
  • "Google Play is growing faster, but Apple's App Store brings in way more money: Distimo" The Next Web 8:59 AM
  • "Google Play Grows Fastest, But App Store Sees Four Times As Much Revenue [Report] Cult of Android 9:56 AM
  • "Distimo app market Report: iOS app store revenues 430% bigger than Google Play, but growing slower" VentureBeat 11:36 AM
  • "Google Play surges, but Apple's App Store is still No. 1" CNET News 10:29 AM
  • "Android conversion rates higher than iPhone: Stats" Econsultancy 9:29 AM
  • "Study shows Apple devices actually gained mobile ad share in 2012: now 63%, up from 47% the year before" VentureBeat 11:37 AM
  • "In Piper Jaffray re-test, Siri raises her grade from a D to a C: In a quiet room, the latest version understood 91% of questions, correctly answered 77%" Fortune 11:05 AM
  • "Siri's reliance on Google cut in half with iOS 6" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Siri fast becoming a stranger to Google" iDownload Blog 9:56 AM
  • "Apple Maps Are 3x More Likely to Get You Lost Than Google Maps [Chart] iClarified 8:13 AM
  • "Apple rejected Conroy's big red button app, as devs feared/Summary: The government's cybersafety app for iOS was deemed too similar to a web link for Apple to approve." ZDNet 10:29 AM
  • "Seeking Labor Compliance, Apple Suppliers Curb Overtime For Factory Workers" Forbes 7:57 AM
  • "Apple to launch a Credit Card, apparently: Could Apple launch its own credit card? The people at Credit Card Companies think so" Macworld UK 7:47 AM
  • "Nintendo Moves Into The Living Room, Where Apple Will Eat Its Lunch Again" ReadWrite 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Suppliers Bring Jobs Back to Taiwan" WSJ Blogs 1:23 PM
  • "Top 10 Christmas gifts for Apple fanbois" The Inquirer 7:59 AM
  • "NYC and 13 more cities get T-Mobile's iPhone-friendly upgrade" GigaOM 1:27 PM
  • "T-Mobile finally adds iPhone-friendly coverage in 14 markets" VentureBeat 3:52 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook adds drag-and-drop bulk photo uploads, tests Timeline changes" The Verge 8:22 PM
  • "Minecraft documentary to stream Saturday on Xbox Live" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:17 PM
  • "Vybe game pad is haptic driven" TG Daily 12:06 PM
  • "VMware patches 'critical' vulnerability: Problem with VMware View product could allow hackers access to in-network files" Network World 11:29 AM
  • "Report: TSMC confirms U.S. wafer fab site hunt" EE Times 10:46 AM
  • "McAfee Inc. takes reputation beating after founder fled police: Brand measurement firm links John McAfee's bizarre behavior to nosedive of security company's 'Buzz' score" Computerworld 10:23 AM
  • "Adobe to patch 2-year-old Shockwave flaw next year" IDG News Service 10:22 AM
  • "Wireless phone charging in cars planned by Toyota" BBC 10:12 AM
  • "Verizon responds to AT&T, adds 29 LTE markets" CNET News 9:57 AM
  • "Samsung promises fix for vulnerability in Android Galaxy devices" Techworld 12:03 PM
  • "Google Updates Mod_Pagespeed With Smarter Caching, Progressive JPEGs" TechCrunch 11:47 AM
  • "Report: Google Prepping $99 Nexus 7 Tablet" PC Magazine 11:24 AM
  • "The real Brothers Grimm were stranger than fiction: The Google homepage celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first edition of 'Grimm's Fairy Tales,' a collection of stories which transformed Western literature. Here's a quick look at the men who worked tirelessly for 50 years to assemble the tales." Christian Science Monitor 10:20 AM
  • "Google's Head of Shopping Says Company Has No Plans to Become a Retailer" AllThingsD 9:40 AM
  • "HP Granted a Patent for a Wild Futuristic Product: Robotic Skin" Patent Bolt 11:46 AM
  • "Study: In 5 years, 4.4% of all ads (not just digital) will appear on a phone screen" GigaOM 11:04 AM
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn buys stake in camera maker GoPro" CNET News 10:29 AM
  • "A rare interview with famous iOS hacker pod2g" iDownload Blog 1:48 PM