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January 3rd, 2013 No comments

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After Teasing Its Touch-Friendly Future, Canonical Officially Reveals The Ubuntu Phone OS

January 3rd, 2013 No comments

Ubuntu isn’t exactly a stranger to the mobile space — it started showing off its Ubuntu for Android project in early 2012, but it wasn’t about to stop there. Not long after teasing the prospect of a touch-friendly future for its peculiarly-named OS, Canonical has officially pulled back the curtains on its Ubuntu phone OS and it looks, well, great. → Read More

 

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The Massive Mobile Explosion In BRIC Countries Explained

December 27th, 2012 No comments

Many emerging markets are already mobile-first economies where mobile phones are more ubiquitous than either land-line telephones, PCs, or fixed Internet connections.

Mobile statistics are specifically impressive in the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India, China. China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest smartphone market, and new Chinese app data suggest it has already done so.

Here’s an overview of the four essentials to mobile projects in BRIC countries:

  • Don’t ignore the feature phone: Market-leading apps are still keeping one foot in the feature phone market, and for an important reason: That’s where the numbers are. Smartphone penetration among Chinese mobile subscribers won’t end the year higher than 20%, according to BI Intelligence estimates.
  • Work with carriers: Emerging market carriers hold the keys to two important aspects of the mobile business — network effects and billing. Billing is a challenge in emerging markets. Credit card penetration is low. Only carriers have the reach, systems, and technologies to draw payments from prepaid and postpaid mobile consumers.
  • Follow the rollout of low-cost smartphones and tablets: Since many devices in these markets are purchased for prepaid plans without the help of carrier subsidies, price cuts instantly make tablets and smartphones more accessible to consumers. Smartphone prices in India have fallen 30 to 35 percent in the last three years.
  • Understand Android’s dominance and its limitations: Android is the leading mobile platform in all the BRICs. Android dominance presents a challenge for app developers and publishers since the Google Play store, the main Android app store, has not proved an easy route to monetization in emerging markets. In China, there is very limited support for Google Play. Worse, app store fragmentation on Android is an even more serious problem than it is elsewhere.
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3G Google Nexus 7 lands in Australia this month

December 22nd, 2012 No comments

While the rest of the world was basking in the joy of a 3G Nexus 7last month, Australians were left out in the cold on the product’s local release.

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But now, manufacturer Asus has confirmed that the 32GB 3G model will indeed be available to Australians this month, just in time for Christmas.

Available for $369, the 3G variant of the first Nexus tablet is a $50 premium over the Wi-Fi only model, which costs $319. The 16GB version can be grabbed for just $269.

Eagle-eyed readers may pick up that there’s a $20 price premium on those RRPs compared to the Google Play Store, but it’s important to remember that the Play Store price doesn’t include shipping.

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Reverse Proxy – What’s Old is New Again

October 25th, 2012 No comments

Reverse Proxy is a technology that has been around for a very long time. However, there has never been a time when it is more relevant than today, with the explosion of BYOD and “untrusted” endpoint access to internal applications. 

A Reverse Proxy is a type of proxy server that sits in a DMZ and retrieves internal content (e.g. web pages) on behalf of a requesting client (e.g. web browser). A single Reverse Proxy can front-end multiple internal web sites acting as an external gateway, providing strong authentication, delivering SSL encryption, allowing access control, and auditing/logging services. The beauty of a Reverse Proxy implementation is that once it is in place, it allows a company to externalize any of their internal web content in a secure fashion. Since endpoints, (define), are not issued internal network addresses there is never a direct connection from an “untrusted” endpoint to the secure network. The Reverse Proxy sits in the middle and hides (blocks) the physical internal network from any connecting endpoint.

For BYOD and remote access, the immediate answer to the problem most network administrators have connecting various personal devices is usually a VPN connection. This requires the installation, administration, and maintenance of a remote client or app on the endpoint. However, the reality is the majority of applications that end users need to access today are web based, which means a VPN connection is not required. A Reverse Proxy can be installed to securely access those web applications from any device capable of running a web browser, without the need for VPN agents or apps. Internal web applications can be accessed directly by a URL or through a customized web portal.

Reverse Proxies even have the ability to protect one of the most common applications, Microsoft Exchange email. Using ActiveSync, a mobile data synchronization protocol from Microsoft, endpoints can easily connect to an internal email system through a Reverse Proxy, without the need for any client software or apps.

A very large computer manufacturer is deploying a Dell SonicWALL reverse proxy solution to allow employee access from personal, home, and corporate devices to key internal web applications. This allows them to quickly give access to thousands of employees worldwide increasing productivity and quickly integrating new acquisitions.

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Apple Reveals iPad mini – official price $329

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

Apple just took the wraps off its latest gadget: the iPad mini. As the name suggests, it’s a smaller version of the company’s popular iPadtablet, with a screen that measures 7.9 inches diagonally.

The new model comes in both black and white. The 7.9-inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over 7-inch competitors. The area measures 29.6 square inches to 21.9 on a 16:9 7-inch tablet. It has the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768. For fans of retina displays, however, that’s not even close, at just 163 pixels per inch (ppi).

The iPad mini packs an A5 chip, the processor that was first seen in the iPad 2, and it’s the same chip that powers the current iPod touch. It has a front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with 5-megapixel camera in back. It also includes Apple’s new Lightning connector, which first debuted on the iPhone 5.

At 10.9 ounces, the iPad mini is less than half the weight of the full-size iPad. It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick.

The iPad mini starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are available. Prices for Wi-Fi-only versions are: $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. For the cellular versions, prices are $459, $559 and $659 for 16, 32 and 64GB, respectively. Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2, and the cellular models will come about two weeks later.

 

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Russia Wants To Ban Children From Using WiFi

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

MOSCOW — The Communications and Press Ministry has proposed banning children from using Wi-Fi networks in public, potentially making cafes, restaurants and other locations providing the service responsible for enforcing the law.

An official with the ministry’s Federal Mass Media Inspection Service, known as Roskomnadzor, said the ban should apply to people under 18 years old.

Locations providing Wi-Fi access would be held legally responsible for implementing the rule, and failing to meet the proposed measure would result in a fine ranging from 20,000 rubles to 50,000 rubles ($640 to $1,600), Vedomosti reported Thursday.

In Moscow alone, thousands of cafes, fast-food outlets and restaurants, as well as many parks, shopping malls and hotels, have Wi-Fi networks, which let laptop and handheld-computer users go online without a cable or modem.

Maxim Ksenzov, one of the watchdog’s deputy directors, announced the plan at a Wednesday conference with Internet media representatives, Vedomosti reported, citing participants in the conference.

Ksenzov said the proposal is tied to the Internet restriction law that comes into effect Nov. 1, allowing the government to block Web pages that fit the law’s definition of material harmful to child welfare.

Under that law, the government can force websites, website-hosting companies and Internet service providers to block offending sites.

Watchdog spokesman Vladimir Pikov told RIA-Novosti the service hasn’t decided whether Wi-Fi providers or owners of businesses offering their own Wi-Fi would be responsible under the law.

Citizens are no longer considered minors in Russia when they reach the age of 18, but people can obtain permission from regional authorities to marry at 16 and can get a motorcycle license at that age.

At national cafe chain Shokoladnitsa, “there are no methods at present that make it possible to identify the age of users logging on to the free Wi-Fi in our shops,” said Gennady Sbytov, the company’s vice president for information technology.

“We see a solution to the [broader] issue in restricting access to certain web portals, in accordance with the law, for all guests,” he said by e-mail. “That way, Wi-Fi access would remain available.”

Sbytov said any Wi-Fi restriction at Shokoladnitsa would happen only if required by law.

Also affected by the proposal would be other major food chains providing free Wi-Fi, such as Subway, McDonald’s and Kofe Khaus.

 

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Samsung terminates LCD contract with Apple

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

Samsung has decided to terminate an ongoing contract with Apple to supply LCD panels for use in its growing range of devices. That means, come next year, there will be no Samsung panels used across the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Mac range of devices.

The reason seems to be two-fold. On the one hand, Apple has been working hard to secure supplies from other manufacturers and therefore decrease its reliance on Samsung. On the other, Apple is well-known for demanding and pushing lower pricing meaning it just doesn’t make business sense anymore for Samsung to keep supplying Apple with displays.

With the ongoing legal action between Samsung and Apple it’s no surprise that the relationship has cooled. However, Samsung deciding to cease shipments next year may cause a problem for Apple. In the first half of 2012 Samsung was Apple’s top display supplier, shipping over 15 million panels. LG only supplied 12.5 million and Sharp 2.8 million.

Losing 15 million panels in a growing market and when you are introducing new devices like the iPad Mini could lead to a serious shortfall in supplies. The question is whether LG and Sharp can increase supply enough to compensate, or whether Apple has other suppliers ready to step in and help.

 

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Google expected to launch Samsung 10 tablet and LG Nexus 4 smartphone next week

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

Google’s product unveiling event next Monday will feature a 10-in. tablet running Android 4.2, possibly named the Samsung 10, and an LG Nexus 4 smartphone, according to reports.

The Next Web said it learned of the new tablet from an unnamed source who was familiar with an internal Google video describing new products and software to be launched at the Oct. 29 event in New York City.

Google had no comment early Monday, but last week sent out invitations for the event implying a variety of announcements will be made using the phrase, “The playground is open.”

The report indicated the LG Nexus 4 smartphone will have a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 4.7-in. display with 1280 x 768 resolution. It will also have a 2100 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It will run the Android 4.2 mobile operating system, also called Jelly Bean, rather than the next-generation Key Lime Pie, the report said.

The reported 10-in. tablet, with the code-name Manta, would have a better resolution, at 300 pixels per inch, than the new iPad, which has 264 PPI. That puts the Samsung device at 2560 x 1600 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

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Apple iPad Mini Parody Commercial

October 22nd, 2012 No comments
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