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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in November 2010
Both Apple and Google are faced with security issues in their platforms that may put user's data at risk. The more computer-like smartphones become, the more they become at risk for having security holes and being the target of attackers to exploit those holes.
There is news on two fronts on hacking Windows Phone 7. The OS was released last month in Europe and is less than a month out of the gate in the US and already someone has found a way to bypass Microsoft's Marketplace application store. Microsoft is fighting back though on more serious hacking attempts, like custom ROM images.
One if the most popular apps in mobile phones is the addictive Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile. They have brought the game to the Android platform, but if you have an Android phone, don't assume you can run the game.
Google has never really cared about selling services to the consumer. Instead, they want to give you something that keeps you on their site so they can generate advertising revenue. This is the strategy with Android, but that may be backfiring as handset makers replace Google as the default search engine.
People in the US will be gathering together with family this week and dine on millions of pounds of turkey. The wireless industry delivered a few of its own turkeys this year as well. Cox, the Kin and Palm were just a few.
When it comes to smartphones, Samsung will be putting more of its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket than it will in either Android or Bada. In fact, Android and Bada combined won't match the emphasis Windows Phone 7 gets.
Windows Phone 7 launched earlier this month for those in the US but only on the GSM based networks like T-Mobile and AT&T. That left Verizon and Sprint users out in the cold. Verizon is ready to go though as soon as a CDMA based device is ready.
RIM is still in the final stages of tweaking its tablet OS for the forthcoming Playbook tablet, but even in an unfinished state, it bests the iPad browser in a number of everyday tasks. Will that be enough to win some users over?
Users in Europe have long been able to buy a phone just about anywhere, slip in their SIM from any network and get voice, text and data access. In the US though, this is just a dream, and will likely continue that way for some time to come.
Google has made a filing saying that any third party that is using its open source Android OS would be liable should Oracle decide to go after any of its device makers after it is done with Google. This contradicts an earlier position by the search giant. This may be more of a shrewd strategy though than hanging its partners out to dry.
Microsoft's mobile platform launched Monday. The question is, was it a success or a failure? One analyst is estimating 40,000 devices were sold day one. How does that rate?
Even though Steve Jobs has done his best to convince the world that Flash on a mobile device is the wrong thing to do, iPhone users apparently think otherwise. The new SkyFire browser, which allows Flash video to play on the iPhone, has been a wildly successful download since its release a few days ago.
Cell phones have moved into just about every aspect of our lives, and it appears they are going where few devices have gone before. Sure, many people take their phone to the bathroom with them, and a few rude ones actually make calls from the inner sanctum. Now though some want you to take your phone there with a purpose, to check yourself for sexually transmitted diseases.
Companies are falling over themselves trying to get an app for their company in the App Store. Is this a long-term trend or will companies back away from custom apps as fast as they backed away from Flash based home pages years ago?
Online banking is one of the more popular tasks people get done on their phone. Apps tailored to your device can make the process easier, but it seems some of the banks have made some boneheaded decisions in their programming design that opens up a number of security risks.
Dell has announced that they are dumping RIM Blackberries for the 25,000 employees that carry a device now and are going to be giving them the new Dell Venue Pro. Dell is officially declaring war on RIM.
Sales of the device appear to be brisk in Europe where it launched just over two weeks ago. That is good news for Microsoft. Will the trend continue on November 8 when it launches in the US? We've also discovered that there is a kill switch Microsoft can flip if it deems it necessary to remove a rogue program.
Apple's iPad is completely dominating the consumer tablet market with over 95 percent share. They were the first to market with a worthwhile device and they executed very well. Can anyone hope to overcome their lead?
If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock you might want to get a cheap alarm clock if you want to make it to work on time. There is a daylight savings bug that is causing the alarm to go off an hour later than scheduled.
The new mobile platform from Microsoft is just two weeks old in Europe and still has a week to go before launching in the US. Even so, Microsoft is taking feedback from developers and is making changes both to the platform and the Marketplace application store.