I always like these neat infographics and this one just proves how much multitasking is done in our everyday, online lives. The sheer amount of data being driven in social media today is staggering and this graphic shows just how much content is really being submitted every minute:
Today marks an important day for the history of the internet. The current internet protocol, IPv4 only allows just over four billion unique IP addresses. Large internet companies such as Google, Facebook and major Internet Service Providers have decided to make the switch to IPv6 starting today. The newer, more advanced protocol allows many more possible unique IP addresses for internet-connected devices.
Networking giant Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made.
Vint Cerf, early pioneer of the internet and current “chief internet evangelist” for Google, explained in a blog post: “The new, larger IPv6 expands the limit to 2^128 addresses—more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion! Enough for essentially unlimited growth for the foreseeable future.”
In order to ensure a proper implementation, the two protocols will be run in parallel for the next few years. Experts say that individuals shouldn’t notice anything except for some older devices facing some speed issues on IPv6. The onus is also on organizations to perform due diligence to make sure their networks will be secure under the new protocols, something many corporate IT shops have yet to deal with.
So what will the new IP addresses look like compared to the old ones? Let’s take a look…
- IPv4 Sample: 188.8.131.52
- IPv6 Sample: 21DA:00D3:0000:2F3B:02AA:00FF:FE28:9C5A
Via BBC News
Finally, the fine folks of the iOS development underworld have a (mostly) stable jailbreak available for iOS 5.1.1. It’s working great on my iPad 2 – if you are already jailbroken on a tethered 5.1.x jailbreak you can download “Rocky Racoon” from Cydia to untether it. Download link below – get it while it’s hot!
Supported Devices: iPod touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad (including v3)
Via OSX Daily
There’s been some buzz as of late regarding something “big” happening soon at $AAPL. A UPS worker confirmed seeing some packages bound for Cupertino, what it means nobody knows. Upon further investigation, I’ve seen numerous articles about how Apple will become a wireless carrier and sidestep it’s partners $VZ, $S & $T. The concept of Apple providing their own voice & data network isn’t exactly a new idea. Back when the original iPhone was released, Jobs stated that he wanted Apple to focus on what it was good at and partner with AT&T to provide the mobile infrastructure.
Things have changed a bit since 2007. Apple has a massive retail distribution network, over 150 million active credit cards on file and they’re sitting on a ton of cash. They could probably build out a nationwide network if they wanted to sure, but would they be willing to shift the company into the telecom industry? Currently, the carriers are paying much higher subsidies for iPhones than any other devices and the more that are sold, the more infrastructure costs grow. Building out a new 3 or 4th generation network requires extensive capital for switches, towers, cabling etc. With all of the regulatory headwinds that the major carriers face, is it worth it for Apple to take the leap? Would they really burn their past partners who have provided the data backbone for the wildly popular iOS platform? I’m not so sure.
One thing is certain – Apple needs a better strategy for getting people to pay for data on their iPads. According to ABI research, only 25% of iPads sold are 3G/4G capable and of those, only about half are activated on the cellular networks. If Apple were able to re-sell cellular data from major carriers, they would have the ability to deliver better pricing and performance to customers. iPad connectivity would only be focused on the data side rather than voice and it could help Apple get more mobile data subscribers. In the end, there are lots of moving pieces here. Check out the link below for more info on this topic.
Via E-Commerce Times
Image via MacObserver
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!