The Creepy - And Insecure - Side of iOS and Android Apps

Want to see the dark side of mobile apps? Just read this great bit of research from Troy Hunt: Secret iOS business; what you don’t know about your apps

As people have noted in the comments, "iOS" (Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads) is purely the platform Troy Hunt did his research on... but he's really talking about issues with mobile applications.

I'm my unfortunately sure that these type of issues will also be there on apps on Android and probably on other mobile operating systems from Microsoft, RIM, WebOS, etc.

These are application design issues.

The article starts off with the incredibly inefficient case of stuffing large images from...

By Dan York, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Mobile, Security, Smartphones.

Media tablets & app stores in top 10 for strategic technology

Media tablets and app stores have been named in the top 10 of strategic technologies for 2012, according to research company Gartner. At its IT Symposium last week, analysts found that enterprises will need mobile strategies for both B2E and B2C scenarios. For B2E, IT leaders must consider social, business and financial goals, whilst consumer support, API management, third-party app integration and app store delivery are priorities for B2C. With app stores, the consumer-only offering will soon grow into...

By Dani Millward, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Industry, Research.

RIM could face legal battle for 'BBX' name

Research in Motion may face a legal challenge from a software development company after announcing its new Blackberry software, BBX, last week. BASIS International claims that it needs to protect its trademarked ‘BBx’ language software, database and toolset, and that RIM's press release, announcing the new BBX platform, has caused confusion for BASIS’ BBx users. The company says that it may harm its reputation as a cross-platform application developer program. BASIS Chairman...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Mobile.

Publishers will Embrace eMagazines and eNewspapers

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, annual revenues derived from eNewspapers that are delivered to portable digital devices will exceed $1.1 billion by 2016 -- with publishers increasingly adopting subscription-based applications to counteract their falling print publication sales. The Juniper market study noted the surge in Apple iPad adoption led a number of newspaper publishers to move beyond standalone smartphone apps towards more integrated digital media strategies. Companies such as News International have begun offering a single subscription price enabling access to The Times...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Browsers, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Tech Growth: It's all about the Arbitrage

Wikipedia defines arbitrage as the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets and I’m amazed at how it’s helped the world of tech grow through the decades. Now before I continue I should point out productivity and flexibility are also crucial reasons for tech growth. For example, the PC spreadsheet made it possible to not only perform financial calculations more quickly but more...

By Rich Tehrani, 15 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Industry.

Worldwide Wi-Fi Network Equipment Market Demand

Wi-Fi connectivity has taken on new meaning within the connected home, as more IP-enabled consumer electronic devices reach the marketplace. Meanwhile, broadband service providers and retailers are introducing Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities in all types of social venues and in-store surroundings. Expect to find Wi-Fi availability in more places, used in a variety of new applications, during 2012. In the first quarter of 2011, worldwide revenue for the Wi-Fi network equipment market remained relatively flat compared to Q1’11 -- staying at $1.6 billion, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, WiFi.

Best Mobile VoIP Apps

By using Wi-Fi to communicate on your phone you can save precious minutes on your calling plan and avoid additional fees. 

Using your smartphone, tablet, or desktop phone’s internet connection  is a great inexpensive or free way to take advantage of a second phone line. With improved latency, here are a few popular apps (for iPhone and Android) that make Wi-Fi calling practical:

Line2

Download the free Line2 app to get a number to begin your...

By Nathan Miloszewski, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, VoiP.