News of 4-Inch Apple iPhone Displays; By End of Summer?

Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that Apple will be using a 4-inch display for the next iPhone. According to sources, new parts are already on order with suppliers including LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. Full production orders is expected to begin in June.

Based on previous production schedules, iPhone assembly could start as soon as August.

Apple's iPhone 4s has a 3.5-inch display.

Samsung's Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch display.

Apple iCloud to Gain Upgrade Including Photo Sharing

Apple iCloud users will be able to share sets of photos with other iCloud users and to comment on photos. An official announcement is expected at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2012. The service already allows users to share photos among multiple devices as soon as a photo is taken. The upgrade is seen as a way to compete with Instagram, which was recently acquired by Facebook.

Instagram is a free photo sharing program launched in October 2010 that allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it on a variety of social networking services, including Instagram's own. The product launched in Apple's App Store on October 6, 2010. Instagram for Android was released on April 3, 2012. Facebook acquired Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock on April 12, 2012.

'Swÿp' App from MIT Will Allow File Swipe from One Device to Another

Video demonstration of swiping framework from one mobile device to another with Swÿp.

Swÿp, the work of MIT PhD student Natan Linder and undergraduate researcher Alexander List, who both of work with MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces group. Swÿp, is a "framework" allowing the transfer of files through apps from one device to another with a physical gesture or swipe.

Swÿp will also with another of Linder's projects, LuminAR, technology which works with existing light fixtures to enhance normal physical surfaces with the the same media and information display you can view on your laptop or smartphone.

According to the LuminAR website LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices.

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Fluid Interfaces Group

Analyst David Kirkpatrick: Facebook Will Not Be Typical Public Company

Facebook is preparing for its initial public offering later this month. Analysts say CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not operate the company the way Wall Street would typically expect.

According to David Kirkpatrick, author of 'The Facebook Effect,' shareholders won't have any power, because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will hold most of the voting shares in the company (55%).

Facebook hopes to raise about $5 billion dollars.