The Signal: FaceTime’s Unpleasant Surprises


Creepy Bug in FaceTime App: There’s a popular thread continuing to expand on the Apple discussion boards relating to pictures users claimed to have never taken showing up on their screen before their FaceTime call starts. Most apps have the ability to show an image of the last place they left off so they avoid a black screen while the app loads up. The general consensus is that’s the case here, with any camera based image showing up before the call, but some are crying foul. Let’s see where it goes.  Apple


Motorola Feeling Under the Weather: With two cutting edge Android devices out there, the Xoom tablet and the Atrix smartphone-turned-laptop, Motorola thought it was sitting pretty. Unfortunately it’s behind forecast and you can see the appealing $49 3GS price and competitively priced Android devices costing it market share. What will happen when more tablets hit the market?  Forbes


Look Ma’, No Keyboard: Known for their devices having keyboards, Palm may be trying another direction. This leaked screenshot shows what looks like a WebOS device with no keyboard. We all remember how well the BlackBerry Storm went over, but with all their devices having a keyboard, that could be an instant turn off to a large segment of the audience looking to buy a new smartphone.  PreCentral


Google’s Cloud Music Solution in Beta: Google has the ability to enable access to its beta app store to any device it chooses. Apparently, it turned that on for an Android blogger by accident. The blogger discovered that the latest version of the Android music player has built in cloud functionality, pitting the app directly against the service that Amazon is currently offering. When we’ll see it live is anyone’s guess as there are several features in the test app store that were promised months ago and haven’t gone live. Also, the new interface looks pretty slick. Engadget


New York, New Apps: Mayor Bloomberg opened up over 350 public data sets of information gathered by the government to New York’s entrepreneurial crowd in the second annual NYC Big Apps event. The result? Fifty teams took to the challenge, each developing at least one app, with the winner receiving a meager $10,000. The press and publicity around the event far outweighs the money, and of course this is a fantastic way to further grow the exploding mobile scene in New York.  CNN Money
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