It’s the perfect tablet for the Olympics!
It’s portable, powerful and cheap!
– NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core
– 1GB RAM + 16GB Flash
– 7″ IPS Touch + Wifi
– Camera + Bluetooth
– Free £15 Google Play Credit
– Android 4.1
Apple has been losing ground for the past few months in the mobile space, simply because most fans have upgraded to the 4S or are waiting for the next big thing, coming this autumn, and the rest are getting better phones made by HTC, Samsung, Google, etc.
So what does Apple do while users wait for the iPhone 5? It tries to get phones made by Samsung banned from entering the US using silly software patents which are only awarded in the US. The goal is to prevent user from upgrading now and to get them to wait.
Apple feel especially threatened by the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is making a killing throughout the world, so it has asked US courts to ban a few of Samsung latest devices.
This move got a lot of people angry, not only Apple haters and a #boycottapple tag has been created to spread the word.
Yes, developers still prefer to develop for iOS, despite the fact that it’s not the most popular OS out there, because even though Objective-C is terrible, it’s easy enough to learn for beginners and Apple sells you tools which make it a breeze to turn ideas into apps. The entry fee is quite high since you need to buy a Mac, some software and a developer license, but it seems to be worth it for hobbyists.
People who enjoy coding and like a challenge will favour Java (Android / BlackBerry) and HTML5 which isn’t a 2nd class citizen on all platforms.
This post was triggered by yet another useless post on BGR 😉
Some “media experts” and some consumers and companies believe that because Apple is curating apps you can find in their apps store, they face a lesser chance of being infected with malware or of using badly written apps which don’t perform well or leak information.
Well, once again (remember Instagram?), a security researcher proved that iOS is missing basic privacy protection mechanisms and that pretending to check apps to protect users is only an excuse to make money by taking a cut of the profit. Apple simply can’t control, in detail, what is in every app they release.
So this time, we have the LinkedIn app which is sending users’ calendar meetings to the LinkedIn servers without the user knowing about it… This can be especially dangerous when things such as conference call phone numbers and passcodes are stored in the event itself. Fortunately, there is a way to turn that feature off, by simply refusing to let LinkedIn show the calendars in the app itself.
But it doesn’t solve the big privacy issues plaguing iOS, a 5 year old OS which was never built to be secure, but to look smooth and to be very easy to use in order to kill Nokia’s Symbian. Apple has tried multiple times to implement enterprise features, but most attempts have failed as it’s simply not in Apple’s DNA to build a secure OS. SMEs and corporations usually have to rely on 3rd party solutions to try and make these devices usable in a business environment.
RIM’s OS now scores 391 points at html5test.com and keeps introducing new features. This time it’s the FileSystem API, full device encryption which will make many BlackBerry fans happy and some very welcome enhancement to the Android runtime in order to support more Android apps.
The 2.1 branch is also supposed to be finally plugging a huge hole developers have been complaining about since launch and which allowed anybody to browse through the code of all apps, looking for things like API keys or just to steal code or to pirate apps.