After 8 months, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business becomes official on April 25. Nokia’s network and mapping groups will remain separate, but Nokia phones will become Microsoft phones. Read more »
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Since 2012, people have been 3D printing robotic hands with a design made open source through the Robohand project. Fifty-three-year-old Jose Delgado, Jr. recently swapped out his $42,000 prosthetic arm for a 3D printed one derived from Robohand and found it actually helped him accomplish more. 3D Universe has posted an interview with Delgado, along with a video of his thoughts:
A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has already used the system to power equipment at a nuclear power plant. Read more »
First generation Apple TVs have lost their ability to connect to iTunes, according to a 25-page-long thread on Apple’s support forum. Users report they cannot connect to the iTunes store to download or stream movies, TV shows and podcasts, although most internet functions, such as Youtube, are working. The issue appears to be widespread and worldwide, implying an issue on Apple’s backend. Users first noticed the issue last Thursday. Apple has yet to state whether this is a temporary glitch or an intentional change to functionality. The first generation Apple TV was released in 2007 and sold until 2010. The glitch does not affect the second or third generation models.
This month, Facebook will announce a mobile ad network that delivers advertisements directly to third-party mobile apps. Read more »
It would make sense for Google to talk to Square about acquiring its slick but money-losing mobile payments business, but good luck determining who talked to who about what. Read more »
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Digital technologies are transforming the communications, technology and entertainment sectors. USC’s Advanced Management Program is a five-day course that covers business strategy in the age of mobile, digital, social, big data and the cloud with a focus on leadership and innovation. Read more »
Mobile games have become so popular that phone makers are offering coveted marketing spots in the app store to game makers that release early on their platforms. Read more »
When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. Read more »
Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service. Read more »