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Apple iPhone 7: Are You F#$king Kidding Me? Let me get right to the point. The new iPhone 7 is a fantastic, awesome, incredible, spectacular iteration of the iPhone 6. Great processor (a quad-core, 64-bit A10 Fusion), outstanding rear-facing camera (12 MP), a new wireless chip (W1) to facilitate Bluetooth connectivity, iOS 10, a pressure-sensitive home button, and taptic feedback. Oh, yeah, there’s one more thing … There’s no headphone jack. Calm down, fanpeople – I’m going to make my case. It would have been fine to replace the 3.5 mm jack with an additional lightning port. If the iPhone 7 had two lightning ports, you would be able to do all of the following: Listen to Music While Charging Your iPhone Talk with Wired Headphones While Charging Your iPhone Use a Payment Dongle While Charging Your iPhone Do Anything Other than Charge Your iPhone While Charging Your i... (more)

Is it iTime for iOS?

There have been quite a lot of rumors these last few weeks with regards to Apple reportedly working on an iWatch. I was wondering what they would gain with such a move? Some have pointed out that they already have the iPod Nano as a simple watch, but this repeats the functionality of the music player and lacks functionality of the full iOS device. Does this mean the age of Dick Tracy is around the corner? Far fetched you think? I would have agreed, but after I visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA last week it may not be. The Computer History Museum exhibits hardware up to the year 2000 and it's awesome how far we have gone beyond that in 13 years! So this may not be far off… and trust Apple to make it happen. It's only when you start using 'wearable technology' that you realise what a convenience it is, being able to look at the the latest inform... (more)

XenApp Fundamentals for SMB Now in Amazon EC2 Cloud

Citrix has released a public AMI ( Amazon Machine Image ) in the EC2 Cloud recently as part of the C3 Lab initiative with Amazon Web Services. XenApp Fundamentals is the new name for Access Essentials which is an ideal solution for SMB's looking for a simple way to administer and deliver Windows apps to office PC's, Thin Clients, Desktop Appliances, home PC's, Mac's, Laptops or mobile devices. Only a Receiver client is required on the endpoint, the applications get installed on a single XenApp server and are simply published to the users you want to access the app. The Admin console is wizard driven and easy to use, with the option for advanced features only if required. Putting XenApp Fundamentals in EC2 makes everything even easier, no servers to buy or configure, the image is pre-built and ready to run. The Amazon AWS plus Windows Server cost is only 12.5 cents pe... (more)

Google & MMI Seek US Ban of iPhone 4S & iCloud

Motorola Mobility and its puppet master Google are going to try to get the iPhone 4S and iCloud enjoined in the United States. The pair moved on the very day that Apple hit the ball so far out of the park they’re still looking for it after it announced it sold a record 37 million iPhones last quarter, described iCloud as the “strategy for the next decade, not a product,” and was lauded as the most valuable property on earth. They’re charging the Apple widgetry with infringing six MMI patents that were asserted against older Apple products in the same district court in Florida in 2010. It was too late to add the iPhone 4S and the iCloud to the original suit so MMI filed a new suit Tuesday. According to patent watcher Florian Mueller that means Google, MMI’s prospective new owner, had to approve. (It’s in their merger agreement.) Florian thinks it’s “not the same ki... (more)

Apple Denied Fast Track on Possible Samsung Ban

The US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC Monday tossed Apple's bid to fast-track its motion to ban several Android-based Samsung phones, denying it the right to argue its case before the full appeals court right away. A district court rejected Apple's move for a permanent injunction after a federal jury awarded Apple $1 billion dollars last year. The appeals court said Monday that a three-judge panel will consider Apple's appeal first, and that the full appeals court wouldn't decide whether to hear the case until after that. The decision will keep devices that Apple regards as "stolen" on store shelves. The same court rejected to reconsider banning Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone last week. ... (more)

Telco vs OTT - Communication Services

This insight looks into the developments of communication services, from various angles such as voice, video, messaging and social networks. It includes market figures and forecasts for the US and EU5, assessing the real impacts (or lack of it) of OTTs on what is predominantly a telco market. The opportunities for telcos and their relationships with the OTTs are examined and analysed. This deliverable is part of the Telco vs OTT watch which covers half-yearly updated datasets- Half-yearly updated status reports, a Net Neutrality benchmark on 15 countries and 3-sided business models report, quarterly market insights, and direct access to lead OTT analysts 2. Main concepts of communication services 7 2.1. Communication service segments 7 2.1.1. Voice (including video) 7 2.1.2. Messaging 8 2.1.3. Social networks 8 2.2. Communication services pricing models 9 3. Communicat... (more)

Linux Solution Tackles iPhone AJAX Security

iPhone, whatever its sales, was disruptive from the moment Steve Jobs first showed it off in January. It immediately started redefining the smartphone business and focused the attention of smartphone makers on the importance of software, according to serial entrepreneur Pauline Alker, the CEO of a la Mobile, the Venrock-backed developer of what is supposed to be the first Linux software stack for smart devices ready to deliver. IPhone's pushing smartphones up the evolutionary ladder from voice-centric gadgets with limited data functions into sophisticated multimedia devices deploying a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications. But the increased use of data-rich applications leaves mobile devices vulnerable to security threats - even the loss of a phone can represent a threat to the personal and corporate data stored on it. According to In-Stat eight millio... (more)

Lessons You Can Learn From the Movies

I posted an entry called "What You Can Learn From Hollywood" over at the American Express small business blog. I derived these lessons from the work of Scott Kirsner. He studied the movie industry and ended up writing a book called Inventing the Movies: Hollywood's Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status Quo, from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs ... (more)

What Hardware Changes Will iPhone OS 3.0 Bring?

On June 22 I will be Chairing the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC. Along with me will be some great industry presenters and colleagues from Sybase/iAnywhere showing off  the Enterprise capabilities they have for iPhone. In preparation for this event I have been searching around for what the industry thinks Apple will announce, when the new OS and  hopefully hardware becomes available, and I found a great article by Brian Chen of the Gadget Lab in Wired.com. Brian summarizes the rumors and puts a percentage probability next to each, that the feature will be announced with the next device. The article is called Rumor Round-Up: Everything We’ve Heard About the Next  iPhone and can be found here . I personally am hoping that the Processor, RAM & Storage get increased, along with an upgrade to the camera. These would be my must have, whilst my nice to have list... (more)

I Have Three Free Guest Passes for the iPhone Developer Summit

As a speaker at the upcoming AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo, June 22-23, in New York City, I just received an email from Lindsay over at SYS-CON Events, that I can invite three guests with full conference passes to attend the two-day iPhone Developer Summit. She just informed me about the coupon code "iPhonespeakerguestexpo"  (case sensitive) that I can use to invite three guests with. I am not planning to bring anyone with me from Sydney, Australia, so here it is for you to take advantage of. The registration page can be found here. If you have any registration problems, you can contact Susan at 201 802 3020 or by email events (at) sys-con.com. See you in New York City on Monday! --Yeshim ... (more)

Adobe Flash Media Server on iPhone

Modulation Index, LLC announced  that the Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app for Apple iPhone is the first ever iPhone application to natively support the true RTMP protocol for streaming audio via Adobe Flash Media Server. Radio stations can now use a single standard streaming format to serve MPEG-4 HE AAC v2 audio to listeners on Windows, Mac, and Apple iPhone. In addition, Modulation Index announced that this functionality is also available immediately to all station customers taking delivery of customized versions of its iPhone radio app. The Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app for Apple iPhone is a custom version of the Modulation Index iPhone radio app. By supporting MPEG-4 HE AAC v2 audio delivered over Adobe Flash Media server protocol, the Tuner2 Hi-Fi Radio app enables a listening experience with more stability and higher audio quality than the more typical MP3 or HE AAC v1 over ... (more)