This has been a very active and busy week in the world of emerging technology, mobility gadgets, devices, social media and communications.
It will take time for me to digest, mulch down and string together my selection of the best and most relevant news briefs from the previous week. I sincerely hope to have these latest Bits and Bytes edited and posted by Monday April 2, 2012. It is Saturday and it is raining out there so I can’t use the excuse or diversion of escaping to the park or beach or slinking to the flea market. So I will take this time sit here and try to get a little something done.
Check back here for an update soon. Also, it would help me if you my dear readers would help me out by pointing to a few stories of particular interest to you to share with others.
BITS AND BYTES:
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Here we are about to finish off the first quarter of 2012 and there still seems to be much we can learn from all the corporate positioning going on in the Smartphone and Tablet markets. Apple has played their hold card and competitors are trying to poke holes in the iPad balloon. Today the argrument is about heat tommorror it will be something else and the media like lapdogs will trumpet the cries and exclamations as if they are news. Be that as it may.
Here are the News Bits and Bytes from this past week that I feel are worthy of notice and deeper research.
- Spy Agency Officials Say Spies Have ‘Penetrated’ US Networks, who else would know
- Apple Expected to Surpass Intel as Top Mobile Chipmaker
- Apps and Web vie for control of the future
- Facebook privacy loophole allows profile stalking
- New Amazon App Turns Any Android Device Into A Kindle
- Affiliate Management Days West 2012 Event underway
- 4.6-Inch iPhone? Not anytime soon!
- 2012 National Day of Unplugging starts at sundown today and ends at sundown on Saturday. oops Too Late!
- Sharp and LG LCDs meet new iPad display standards
- Facebook threatens legal action on password-demanding employers
- Apple experiencing second launch wave of New iPad
- Galaxy Tab 8.9 at Best Buy for $349 – with Free keyboard dock
- Facebook snaps up 750 IBM patents to defend against Yahoo
- RIM Hiring iOS App Developers
- Lumus OE-31 steps forward with a new wearable display
- Complaint: Apple’s new iPad can get too hot
- Skype Co-Founder’s business idea: Give Away Mobile Broadband
- Abundance of Pollen spreading allergy grief
- NFL suspends Saints’ Coach Sean Payton for season
- Toshiba approaches market with LT170 ‘budget’ 7-inch tablet
- Slow Adoption causes Google to Rethink Wallet Strategy
- Apple ready to pass Intel as Top Mobile Chip Company
- PayPal VP jumps ship going over to Square
- Aereo files new countersuit against broadcasters
- Microsoft halts Mac & iPad purchases by employees via company funds
- Toshiba LT170 Android tablet launched
- Apple suggests industry take to Nano-SIMs
- Chrome becomes a one of the most popular browsers
- Comcast, Verizon squaring off to fight Google and Apple
You can get more information on these bits and briefs by clipping the excerpt into your browser search field. At some point I will provide direct links to the original source stories.
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When we were sold the possibilities and potential of broadband Internet we were told that Internet 2 would bring massive capacity to users. Years later we are fed bandwidth caps, net neutrality and what seems a reluctance on the part of U.S. carriers to go there without charging us for each and every step up. Now we hear that even underdeveloped countries have better access. What’s up with that?
AT&T U-verse: (250GB bandwidth cap)
AT&T has tried to compete with Comcast and other providers. Recent moves however have pissed off users that are taking to jumping off ship in droves in favor of Comcast as an alternative.
Speed and price here are marginally acceptable, but we sure hope Comcast does’nt develop a purely mercenary mindset leading them to pray upon their loyal customers.
If you are really active and doing serious multimedia work it is quick and easy to blow right through your limits thus bumping you right up against that onerous cap and possibly getting your account throttled down to pedestrian speeds you never bargained for and possibly rendering your process retarted.
There must be something we can do about this.
Who is watching the gates?
Who is advocating for us users now being victimized for doing what we must? Forward thinking Entrprenuers are reaping billions with innovations that lure us to use more bandwidth and broadband carriers are busy breaking down the regulations and putting up toll gates and restrictions against our interests.
Here is a conpendium, quick index and short news briefs covering some of the most important, interesting and compelling topics of specific interest to technologists and gadget freaks of all stripes.
- New Apple iPad is in stores and is a rousing satisfying success
- SXSW wraps up. Turns out to be more party than anything else.
- Tablet manufacturing companies in new iPad response mode
- Yahoo patent suits promise to hamstring Facebook
- Apple valuation $560 Billion, literally through the roof
- Microsoft hoping to get back in the game with Windows 8 and tablets
- SXSW Homeless Hotspot eruption
- Kevin Rose and team joins up with Google
- SLRs still in the Game! Leica M10, Nikon D4
- Insiders hint at Air-style MacBook Pro (in production)
- Sony getting back in the game
- HTC One X and One S now available
- APPY Geek predicts Personal Cloud to Replace PCs By 2014
- New Apple iPad outfitted with 1GB RAM
- Wikipedia and Internet slay 244-year Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Pinterest making waves and getting traction
- Personal Privacy controls lacking all around. Everyone guilty!
- Google undertaking substantial Search overhaul
- PayPal Here available, use for retail purchases like credit card
- Archos G9 Turbo Slate tablets shipping pre-loaded with ICS
- Customers and users pissed over poor battery life in 4G phones
- Users demanding larger and more resolute smartphone displays
- Commission explores Best Uses for Tech in Schools
- Nokia Building a sharp looking Windows Tablet
- New iPad retina display a big hit with consumers and pundits
- New Yahoo CEO Tells Yahoo troops real change coming soon
- Archos rumors new G10 Tablets with ultra thin keyboard dock
- Apple scores twice over Samsung in Dutch court
- SEC gets tough on firms already trading Facebook Pre-IPO Shares
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Today March 7, 2012 Apple boldly declared that “we are now in the post PC World!”
That certainly does not mean we should rush right out and trash our once-loved desktop computers or that we should scrap as salvage our trusty laptop computers. It does mean however that mobility has won the day in the form of Smartphones and tablets/slates as the primary tools we should use to do what we do. Just as the era of full-blown applications must now give way to bite-sized apps to help us get things done.
Check out Apple’s new iPad introduction launch video.
More to come:
I decided I would back off and let all the [undits and hacks get their shots off first. Now that I have marinated on the Apple event and news I can now embark on an opinion.
It seems that Apple decided that “new is good. but that best is better”. They focused on improving the tablet experience in ways that users would notice and appreciate. The new iPad is faster (processor. connectivity), better looking (screen resolution), and more functional. They accomplish it without breaking the apps iOS relies on.
Last Summer I said to myself and my readers that at the conclusion of MWC 2012 we should know what the major smartphone and tablet players have in store for us now and into the future.
Well CES, MacWorld and MWC are memories and we must now sit down and analyze what we have learned from all this action other than Microsoft bulking up to get back in the game or take over the game.
There are more new phones than we can review and just as many tablets announced, many of which may never make it to market.
Thw app developer market may be the biggest to benefit in the long run along with the slew of new app stores ready to explode at the seams.
We also must make room for nr=ew names in the game: such as Hauwei and others that know that if they don’t get in now the door may close andthe opportunity lost.
There is much to fear when you are online in overlooked and underserved communities where folks with limited online skills and experience are fairly new to the risks and not so apt to watch their backs or protect their flanks.
Hackers know that users here are much less aware of the vulnerabilities that leave them open to hack attacks and present ready targets to preying hackers hoping to steal identities,passwords, bank accounts and information.
There are also shady folks, some neighbors stealing bandwidth from unwary and unprotected and open systems open available to exploit and attack.
Now that so many more adults are online, this represents a target of opportunity exploited by the unscrupulous.