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ITProPortal Evening Roundup 25-05-12

It seems that Apple is interested in providing an enhanced way for its users to interact with their devices, as two newly discovered Apple patents reveal. According to reports, the Cupertino-based firm filed a patent a couple of days ago for a "haptic input device". The patent describes "an input device capable of generating haptic feedback may help a user navigate content displayed on the screen, and may further serve to enhance the content of various applications by creating a more appealing and realistic user interface."

MIT has developed a new algorithm that is capable of telling a fake smile from a genuine one. It's thought that beyond making artificial intelligence that can tell when we're humouring its awful knock knock joke, it could be used to help teach people that struggle with facial recognition, like those with autism.

Hang on, is that the sound of good news for Facebook? Following the bad press the company got after the whole NASDAQ shenanigan, it looks as though Facebook's fortune has changed for the better - with news of the release of the social network's app for the iPhone. Zuckerberg stated earlier this year that Facebook would be moving its mobile strategy forwards, and after successfully acquiring Instagram for $1 billion, he seems to have borrowed inspiration from his photographic purchase to unveil the company's very own camera app - named, er, Camera.

A rumour has appeared on Chinese websites, suggesting that Foxconn employees in the country could receive a doubling of their pay packet, increasing it from around £220 a month, to £440. This seems a little uncharacteristic of Foxconn, a company that drastically increased worker pay rates in 2010 after a spate of employee suicides.

Some good news for Android developers today, as Intel has unleashed a new x86 system image of Ice Cream Sandwich for its Android emulator. Previously, the emulator was notoriously buggy and slow when testing out your Android goodies on the PC. Using this new version, which is based on Android 4.0.3, things should speed along just fine on x86 computers, in fact everything should run as if native.