Articles taggés Blackberry

PlayBook OS 2.1 beta. Best HTML5 score and best security features for a tablet

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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.

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PlayBook 2.0. Too little, too late or does it finally offer what most people expect from a tablet in 2012?

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So PlayBook 2.0 is finally upon us and it brings some functionalities which the tech press was complaining were missing at launch (PIM), but is it the update you were waiting for?

It’s not for me… Lack of a dlna player, security features (for everybody, not just BES users) and a browser that supports extensions means that it can only be used in a corporate environment.

I don’t think my use cases are that unusual…

– Picking a show to watch from my library, without having to transfer it to the tablet

– PIM stuff (looks amazing on 2.0) if my data is protected (sadly it’s not)

– Browsing the net, if I can control the environment and block ads, scripts, etc. It’s especially important with a mobile device with limited hardware and network capabilities.

– Use a VPN when I’m connecting to a hotspot

– Use apps that help me get the job done. Luckily, I can build my own…

RIM is pushing games big time and I couldn’t care less about that, but I understand that it’s a big reason why people buy other tablets: they have kids and cats.

 

DISCLAIMER: I have not played with the final version of OS 2.0, so I’m making a judgement based on what was publicly shown.

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Criminals are having a field day with smartphones built to please and gain market shares

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Let’s face it. The most popular smartphones on the market today are loved for their fun and useful features, not because they protect your privacy. They were not designed with security in mind, even though they hold so much information about an individual or an organization. And it’s worse if you jailbreak it in order to be able to customise it.
Some security researchers say all smartphones are vulnerable to malware and this could lead to identity theft, among other things. And it’s true, even though BlackBerrys offer better protection than iPhones (no sandbox) or Androids (no review system), it’s still possible to trick a user to go visit an infected website that could help leak information.

Choose your smartphone and the content you will put on it wisely. Treat everything that is on it as public information or just remove data you’d rather not see fall in the wrong hands, whomever they may belong to 🙂

Guardian article about malware:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/22/smartphones-hacked-zeus-malware

Guardian article about how easy it is to steal your data if you leave the Wifi on your phone constantly on:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/25/wifi-security-flaw-smartphones-risk

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Sony Ericsson copied the Blackberry watch with LiveView

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LiveView is a 1.3″ wrist tablet capable of displaying information about such as RSS feeds, SMS, calls, calendar reminders, GPS navigation, etc…

You’ll need an Android phone with an OS version superior to 2.1 to make it work, but at €59, it’s worth it.

Get more info on Sony Ericsson’s product Blog

Here is a link to the Blackberry watch

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ChrometoPhone works with Chrome AND Firefox!

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ChrometoPhone is an Android app that lets you send links from Google Chrome to your Android browser, but now FoxtoPhone has been released and allows you to do exactly the same, but from Firefox.

I’m not sure how popular these addons will be, knowing that there is already “Read it later” and “Instapaper” that allow you to do the same but with more devices (Blackberrys come to mind) and browsers

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