iPhone 5 NFC rumors, Facebook pulls Friends Nearby + #Utalks is tomorrow


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

UNTETHER.talks: two days with the brightest minds in mobile (via UNTETHER.tv)
If you’re reading this, then you should attend. ’nuff said.

Apple Rumor Patrol: The Next iPhone Is Nearly Here–Will It Be NFC-Ready? (via Fast Company)
As Apple’s WWDC event fades from memory, more and more rumors are popping up about the next iPhone, a full three months before we can reasonably expect it to arrive. Here’s why everyone’s so excited.

You Won’t Find Friends Nearby Anymore: Facebook Pulls Its Location-Aware Mobile App (via TechCrunch)
So much for that! Just as quietly and quickly as it had put “Find Friends Nearby” online, the service seems to be no longer there. A visit to the mobile web page is blank, and a click on the “Find Friends Nearby” tab in the iOS app goes to an error page.

Apple’s new Maps app may integrate Yelp check-ins (via BGR)
Apple will reportedly integrate Yelp into its upcoming iOS 6 Maps apps, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The publication cited materials distributed to Apple software developers earlier this month, which depict how the company’s upcoming Maps feature allows users to “check-in” through Yelp without leaving the app or being required to open a new one. The images indicate a partnership between the two companies, however both declined to comment. Apple’s new mapping technology will be available later this year with the release of iOS 6.

Microsoft Confirms They Won’t Be Making Their Own Windows Phones (via TechCrunch)
Information Week spoke with Windows Phone senior marketing manager Greg Sullivan, and when he was posed the question, he was quick to confirm that the company had no such plans. “We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with,” Sullivan went on to say.

Reported $199 Google Nexus 7 tablet details leak out (via GigaOM)
The documentation received by Gizmodo shows that Asus is making the tablet and it will run on Nvidia’s 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor as expected. There may be a 16 GB model available for $249. Android 4.1, which we know know to be Jelly Bean, is the operating system and the 7-inch slate will use a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display. Battery life is expected to be nine hours and there is a 1.2 megapixel front camera but no rear image sensor shown. NFC support is included, per the documentation.

HTML5 App Development Platform appMobi’s Apps Used Over 100M Times (via BetaKit)
As of today, more than 50,000 app developers are using appMobi’s XDK product, a cross-platform development kit, to create HTML5 applications. Various types of apps been designed through the appMob platform, in categories including media (40 percent of apps), games (35 percent) and retail (15 percent). The apps created using appMobi can be published to the iOS and Android app stores and (as of early 2012) Facebook, and can be used by mobile web users on any device. The numbers announced today – 100 million uses and 50,000 developers – represent a 500 percent increase in the last year.

Patent Patrol: Is Microsoft Planning A Robust Mobile Device Future? (via Fast Company)
With last week’s reveal of Surface, Microsoft’s bid for relevance in the mobile computing future, has thrown a rare spotlight on Microsoft’s R&D. Turns out, there are a few recent patents with MS’s name on them that suggest bold plans for mobile devices.

Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy: The Windows 8 Infinite Loop (via ReadWriteWeb)
Microsoft is late to the mobile party. It’s never going to make a dent in the tablet market. It will never figure out the new era of hardware and the Web. It will crumble beneath the behemoths that are Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook. At least that is what the pundits have been yelling for more than a year. At this point, though, we know everything that Microsoft will do with Windows 8, and we can see more clearly what the company is up to. Microsoft has created a true cross-platform device strategy that will lead it into the next generation of computing.

Verizon, T-Mobile stop bickering, enter spectrum pact (via GigaOM)
All’s fair in love and war. It was only yesterday that T-Mobile was lobbying hard to halt Verizon’s acquisition of the cable operators’ unused 4G spectrum. Today it’s not opposed to the deal at all. What changed? T-Mobile and Verizon on Monday revealed an agreement to swap some of those same 4G airwaves if Verizon’s $3.9 billion purchase gets regulatory approval.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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