Posts Tagged ‘mobile computing’

The Importance of Using Mobile Encryption

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you use a laptop for business purposes, you might want to check this out …

This might come as a surprise to you, or perhaps even alarm you, but on the city of London’s public transport system alone, around 200 laptops are handed into lost-property offices every day.  This figure, which doesn’t even include all the ones that are never recovered, extrapolates out to over 50,000 every year just for the buses, taxis and underground trains in a single British city.


Create QR Codes with QR-Gen

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This looks helpful; QR Codes seem to be popping up in more and more places lately …

QR Codes, the QR stands for Quick Response, are images that contain messages that can be decrypted with specialized software. These codes are fairly common in the mobile phone world, where companies use them to direct users to their web offerings more easily. Instead of having to enter a web address manually, you could simply scan the code with your phone to be taken there directly without having to type a single letter.


Google Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication for Everyone – You Should Use It

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Business has relied on authentication protocols for years; it makes good sense for Google to provide the general public with authentication tools too …

Given how much data we’re trusting to online sites these days — email, search history, even voice calls — the repercussions to having our account passwords phished, hacked, or guessed are worse than ever. Unfortunately as far as consumers are concerned, account security has been stagnant for years: nearly every service requires a username and password, and that’s it. Cue the scary music and a Dateline special on having your identity stolen.


Ex-Apple Javascript Guru – HTML5 and Native Apps Can Live Together

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I imagine that the market will eventually sort this conflict out …

When it comes to the mobile web, the technology industry seems to be split between two camps — native apps and HTML5 web-based apps. But the bitterly debated subject might be moot if a small Los Altos, Calif.–based startup called Strobe Inc. has anything to do with it.

Strobe is developing an HTML5-focused platform and a set of cloud services that allow companies to leverage the open-source SproutCore framework and develop applications for mobile devices. And it happens to be one of the more exciting new startups I have talked to in recent days. Using a combination of open standards, open-source software and some old-fashioned chutzpah, the company is poised to ride a massive wave of convergence between the web and mobile devices.


Ballmer admits mobile failures

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I wonder if smart phones will eventually make the humble desktop obsolete?

Microsoft ‘missed a generation’ on the mobile side, but chief executive Steve Ballmer insists that the company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 will ‘give you a set of Windows-based devices which people will be proud to carry’

Steve Ballmer has admitted that Microsoft “missed a generation” on the mobile side but insisted that the company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 – which has garnered “really quite nice reviews” – “give you a set of Windows-based devices which people will be proud to carry at home, and which will really fit and support the kinds of scenarios that enterprise IT is trying to make happen with the phone form factor.”


Why filesharing has killed unlimited mobile data contracts

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Why offer “unlimited” mobile data contracts in the first place if you don’t expect people to use them?

Only a tiny number of people use huge amounts of data – which means that many more have seen ‘unlimited’ contracts killed off. It’s a tragedy of the commons for mobile data

So the free lunch – otherwise known as the unlimited data tariff – is over. O2 said on Thursday that it will no longer be offering new or upgrading customers its “unlimited” tariff for smartphone users – principally, it’s believed, the iPhone users, whose numbers connected to O2 have grown from 1m to 2m in a year.


As Data Overtakes Voice, Mobile Costs Rise

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I’m not too surprised that this is happening … but I am surprised that it’s happening so soon …

Chances are you’re using your cellphone more for data purposes than voice calls these days. That’s a shift we’ve covered here before, and one that New York Times reiterates by noting that last year, the amount of data in the form of texts, email, video and web surfing surpassed the total amount used for basic voice communication for the first time ever. And the rise of social networking means this trend will only pick up steam as time goes on. But while unlimited voice plans are readily available, the bandwidth required is enormous compared to that needed for voice, which means carriers with a relatively fixed network infrastructure can’t offer truly unlimited data.


FCC Taking Closer Look At Ridiculous Wireless Broadband Bills – Better education? Better user notification? More sophisticated tools?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Those roaming charges can be a rude surprise …

We’ve seen no limit of insane 3G bills incurred by people who don’t understand the concept of overage penalties while in the States — or the steep overages they can incur by taking their phone (or tethered laptop) overseas. In Europe, regulators have tackled this problem by passing rules that cap roaming fees between carriers. But the EU also recently passed laws requiring that carriers provide users with tools to help prevent their accounts from going apocalyptic.