There could hardly be a more perfect privacy invasion machine than today's smartphone. It's with you at all times, it knows precisely where you are, it can see and hear you and it knows exactly what you are doing much of the time.
If data is the pollution of the digital age then your smartphone is an overweight 1970's V8 gas guzzler with asbestos brake pads, a leaky freon-charged AC system, burning leaded fuel as it barrels down the highway: you are silently spewing out reams of potentially harmful data all day, every day.
Responsive Design - Posted by mclancy - 13 Nov 2013
Much like Max Cohen, the tortured mathematician looking for order in chaos in the classic movie Pi, we all find ourselves constantly reevaluating our assumptions and thinking on the issues at the intersection of mobile and web. Which is how it ought to be. In such a fast moving environment, sticking one's head in the sand isn’t really an option. By the time you raise your head and take a look around, chances are you will be looking at a completely different landscape.
Yesterday, Mike Taylor from Mozilla kicked off a very interesting open discussion on the use cases for user agent (UA) strings on the modern web. The results of this document will ultimately end up on the Mozilla wiki.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative to bring the entire planet online launched last week to mixed response. Supported by major industry players including Samsung, Qualcomm, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia and Opera Software, the initiative’s stated objective is to help those in less advantaged areas of the world get online and join the knowledge economy.
Zuckerberg points to some thought-provoking statistics on the current global state of world connectivity to make his point:
There are various techniques for building mobile websites. Previously we wrote this article which covers some of these techniques, and which gives an overview to help developers to decide which approach to adopt.
The new iOS7 is causing quite a stir in the development and design communities. Some are hailing Apple's newest operating system as a well overdue renovation. Others are saying that Tim Cook and Jony Ives are insulting the clear vision of Steve Jobs, by disregarding function in favour of form.
Whichever camp you are in, iOS7 is coming to a screen near you and while the beta still leaves a lot to be desired, any developer with an ounce of self-preservation would do well to get on board this iTrain.
Mozilla will unleash its new mobile platform Firefox OS shortly, with devices running the system going on sale in Venezuela, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, and Spain in June. There's been a lot of anticipation of the OS from the outset, as it could potentially change the way mobile is viewed in some markets.
This year’s I/O saw Google showcase a series of mobile-related initiatives focused on helping the Android community to grow and prosper.
As Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, expectations are high for new Android activations in 2013. Google are forecasting that in 2013, 900 million Android devices will be activated. The Google Play app now sees more than 2.5 billion installs every month with 48 billion apps downloaded since the launch of the Android Market in late 2008.
After the Overview of Facebook Home and how to install it on Android, it's time to have a look at Facebook Home from a business and developer perspective.
From a strategic point of view, Facebook Home certainly has the potential to capture Android users, divert them away from Google’s services and draw them closer to the Facebook platform. So it is certainly a threat to Google in that it reduces Android’s flexibility, and therefore the strength of Google’s position.
Facebook Home made a big splash late last month, but early indications show that users are far from considering this a "revolution" despite smartphone users around the world spending 18% of their time on Facebook.