Everybody loves a little competition. If I had my way, RIM would still be making competitive devices and Windows Phone 7 would be more developed. I have used Blackberry, Android and iOS extensively and after a few months with each end up wanting something different. My second cell phone was a Nokia 3310 and back then, Nokia was the real deal. Can the Lumia 900 rekindle their past as king of the mobile phones?
The once dominant Nokia has had some successes as of late. For example, The Lumia 900 is at the top of the Amazon best seller list above the Nexus and Razr Maxx. Hopefully this will bring more attention to the WP7 platform from developers, hardware manufacturers and most importantly, consumers.
Competition is a good thing, it drives innovation and keeps prices more competitive. As much as Google and Apple have dominated the market, I think there’s a chance for other platforms in the future. If Microsoft can launch it’s tablet OS successfully and attract developers, they may have a fair fight in the mobile battle. Gartner recently predicted that Microsoft will fail with their tablet OS (at least for consumers), but we’ll see. Let’s not forget that Windows Mobile was one of the most advanced mobile platforms before iOS and Android came along, the future is hard to predict with technology as we know.
I’m not sure this Lumia will solve all of Nokia’s problems but it’s certainly a key milestone for them as well as the WP7 platform as a whole. In the meantime, if you’re due for an upgrade, on AT&T and want to try something new, you can go pick one up for free.
Oh Facebook, how you’ve changed since the beginning…The biggest internet-company IPO is coming up. For the last several weeks, Facebook has begun preparing for it’s inevitable initial public offering estimated to take place in early May. Facebook has begun to cease trading of private shares on private exchanges. They are also preparing a roadshow to attract institutional investors for pension plans, mutual funds & hedge funds.
The recent development here is the ‘Book’s acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Many wonder how on earth the social photo app can be worth so much, but beneath it all there are 2 reasons why. The obvious first is their upcoming IPO. The second is that Facebook wants to become more dominant in terms of photo sharing and mobile markets overall. Instagram has a massive userbase. In terms of investing, Forbes says:
…investors may have been wondering, Why are we buying into a massive IPO for an Internet company with no clear (or massively successful) mobile strategy? Even if Instagram is not ultimately successful within Facebook, for big buyers in the IPO, it now looks like Facebook has a legitimate property in the space with tons of growth. This doesn’t mean Facebook bought Instagram just to appease these institutional investors. But it was a factor.
Via LA Times & Forbes
The US Government has come to an agreement with major US carriers to establish a cross-organizational database to keep tabs devices that have been lost or stolen. When a customer reports a lost or stolen device, the carriers will update the database and effectively flag that handset. If and when somebody tries to activate a blacklisted device, the carriers will deny voice or data activation. The goal is to dramatically reduce the value of these black market devices and make it harder for thieves to resell them. For some time, Sprint & Verizon have made the effort to share flagged device information but AT&T and Deutch Telecom AG’s T-Mobile USA haven’t. This initiative will tie all their information together for the first time.
I read about this and wondered how big of a deal mobile phone theft is – apparently it’s a problem for many law enforcement agencies. Used iPhones go for several hundred dollars and it’s one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide.
In New York there were more than 26,000 incidents of electronics theft in the first 10 months of 2011—81% involving mobile phones—according to an internal police-department document reported by the New York Daily News.
So far a plan has been agreed to but the project hasn’t been implemented yet. Within 6 months, individual carriers are expected to have their databases ready to share with complete integration within the next year after that. There may be challenges integrating CDMA and GSM standards but we’ll see how the timeline holds.
Considering most people have small amounts of cash on them but expensive smartphones, thieves are stealing electronics more than cash states the WSJ report. With these shared databases and easy to use applications like Find my iPhone, it’s bad news for phone thieves!
“There has been a significant increase in Mac malware in the last several quarters, so what we’ve seen with the Flashback Trojan isn’t particularly surprising,” Marcus said.
“Cybercriminals will attack any operating system with valuable information, and as the popularity of Macs increase, so will attacks on the Mac platform.”
The web was buzzing Thursday about a new “Flashback trojan” that has apparently infected over half a million macs. The malware was installed by users through a fake Adobe Flash player update and can hijack machines and potentially connect them to botnets and steal personal information.For years, Apple boasted it’s dominance in the malware category but with the growth of Apple computer sales, they are now an attractive target. PC’s have always been more susceptible to viruses and the like because that’s what everybody used. At the end of the day, hackers are trying to make a profit for their efforts and therefore will go where their market is. There have been iPhone “viruses” reported in the past despite the tightly-controlled iOS ecosystem and these instances are on the rise.
As a Mac user for my personal computer, I use Sophos free antivirus and run scans every so often. Nothing has come up but I’m glad it’s there. As with all computers, it’s best practice to maintain good passwords, update regularly, run antivirus scans and back up your important data. Perhaps most importantly, is using common sense on the web. Do not open things from people you don’t know and be wary of links you click. A little-known but common malware source is PDF documents, which have traditionally been regarded as a secure and convenient file format. Adobe products are a common target for Apple products so make sure to update from
I saw on a forum post today some night driving footage of the BMW i8 Spyder concept car. I’m sharing with all the news surrounding electric and hybrid vehicles as of late not to mention the perfect crossroads of tech and motorsport, a second passion of mine. The vehicle has been created under BMW’s “i” sub-brand and is a spirited performer slash eco-cruiser. For those with a short commute, the 20-mile electric range with a 0-62mph rating of 5 seconds looks very enticing – I know it does to me…It gets a combined 94mpg with the gas engine and only takes 2 hours to charge using a household socket. The bonus is the 2 electric scooters BMW plans to put in the trunk to ride around town while you’re parked! Want one yet?
Where performance meets efficiency, everybody wins.
Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket. Together, the car’s minimised weight, low centre of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 260 kW (354 hp), promise unbeatable dynamic capability, exceptional efficiency and unbridled driving pleasure.
- High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3’s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
- Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
- 3 driving modes – electric, petrol, or both engines at once
- 1,630 kg
- 0-100kph (62mph): 5.0 seconds
- 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph): 4.0 seconds
- Top speed: 250kph (155mph) (limited)
- 3 L/100km / 94 mpg imp
- 50:50 weight distribution