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.

130 Million Mobile Video Communication Users by 2016

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile voice-over-IP (mVoIP) clients downloaded to a smartphone will account for four fifths of 640 million mobile VoIP users by the end of 2016 -- while alliances between carriers and mVoIP specialists will remain relatively few in number. Improved technology, more intuitive interfaces and increased user awareness all account for the increasing dominance of the app model for mVoIP. In addition VoIP specialists are broadening their horizons as they explore the potential of alliances with social media, gaming and software...

By David H. Deans, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.

Microsoft's patent arsenal nets it millions from Android and Chrome ODMs

Microsoft says it has over half of the global Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) for Android and Chrome smartphones, tablets and other devices under license following a recent deal with one of the largest contract electronics producers in the world.

Microsoft has the ability to defend around 78,555 patents and collects millions of dollars in licenses from ODMs serving seven major mobile organisations.

Following a recent deal with the Taiwanese firm Compal Electronics, the tech giant now has more than half...

By Matt Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Licensing, Smartphones.

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.

Will New Media Tablets Displace PCs or Smartphones?

Led by a growing demand for media tablets -- and more specifically the Apple iPad 2 -- an estimated 37 million ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) will ship into the United States during 2011. UMDs represent mobile computing devices on a continuum bordered by laptop or notebook  PCs and smartphones. The UMD category consists of four segments: ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and media tablets. The revenue value from vendor shipments of UMDs into U.S. sales and distribution channels during 2015 is forecast to reach $24 billion. About 75 percent of total UMD shipments in the U.S. market during 2011 are expected to...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile.

It's Official! For Better Or Worse, Skype Is Now Part of Microsoft

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And so begins the next chapter of Skype... first it was a scruffy little startup taking on the telecom world... then it became somewhat bizarrely part of eBay... then it went back to a private company owned primarily by Silver Lake Partners... and then... to the utter amazement of so many of us... Skype announced it would be acquired by Microsoft!

And today that acquisition is official. Microsoft announced in a news release and Skype announced in a blog post and video from CEO Tony Bates that the acquisition has formally...

By Dan York, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, VoiP.

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.