Apple iPhone 5 faces supply constraints as consumer attitude shifts | Computerworld Blogs

Although the lead topic of this post is iPhone 5, this is a really good overview of the current smartphone landscape, at least from the Apple point of view. 

And Apple’s ability to manage their off-shore supply chain is truly remarkable.  So an occasional delay – especially when integrating new technology like their larger 4″ display is understandable.

Thanks to Jonny Evans and Computerworld
Apple iPhone 5 faces supply constraints as consumer attitude shifts | Computerworld Blogs

LCD and E-ink dual-screen prototypes show up at IFA

 More breaking news on dual-screen hand helds.  The interesting fact is the emphasis on the eBook component.  It would be interesting to poll other smartphone and tablet users to determine whether they even read books anymore.

Just kidding.

Thanks to James Trew and Engadget
LCD and E-ink dual-screen prototypes show up at IFA, one vendor already said to be on board — Engadget

CIOs predict the death of the PC and the desk phone

 I wouldn’t take this news to the bank just yet, but CIOs as a group are expected to make responsible, cost-effective business recommendations to the rest of the C-Suite as a matter of practice.  BYOD is here to say and the next big event to watch would seem to be the success (or failure) of Microsoft’s surface tablet and the movement away from the desktop and laptop itself.  Don’t hold your breath though.

In my experience these kinds of systemic changes take a lot longer than many people predict.  But the growth of VDI and virtual office devices is another possibility.

Stay Tuned!

Thanks to Steve Ranger and Tech Republic
CIOs predict the death of the PC and the desk phone | TechRepublic

Cybercrime Redux

Just as I suspected.  We really don’t know squat about  the actual scope, location, or personalities involved in Cybercrime – at least that anyone will go public with.  And thats probably a good thing.  Otherwise goofballs like me would be giving away all kinds of valuable intel to the bad guys.

As a matter of fact I do worry a bit about unwittingly enabling the spread of bad stuff and assisting with the pollution of the Internet.

Somehow, though, a free press is better than no press at all.  Right?

Comments?

Thanks to Ville Miettinen and Microtask
Net cops: cybercrime and the crowd

Apple Samsung Suit

Now that the smoke seems to have cleared a bit from the Apple vs Samsung “strategy by lawsuit” flap, here’s my biased opinion about Apple and Samsung. Biased, I said.

Apple seems greedy – to me – especially in the face of a technology universe where “open source” and the sharing of intellectual capital abounds.  They’re so arrogant to think their technology is better.  Of course its better when they have all the money in the universe to work with.  Whatever happened to technology for the masses anyway?

Samsung.  I was given a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone for Christmas 2011 by my wife and children.  I didn’t hint that I wanted Samsung or even cared.  It just wound up under the Christmas tree.  So I sold my year-old Droid-X and embraced, yes, embraced the latest and greatest Samsung phone.  What a bust.  It was awful.  Not ready for ICS.  Had to remember to turn down the volume just to call voice mail.  And the battery life?  Don’t get me started.  Then it only took a quick call to Verizon to solve that problem – a Motorola Razr.  Happiness.

I’m not bashing anyone mind you.  I’m just fed up with all the posturing, huffing, and puffing.  And over what?  Market share?  Technology awards?  All this in a technology arena that refreshes at least yearly and for a public who doesn’t really matter who provides it. 

Remember Palm? Blackberry?  Who?

Twitter to let advertisers zero in on tweeters – Yahoo! News

Just when we thought Do Not Track would  calm down, our friends at Twitter have decided to let advertisers capitalize on Tweet interests.  This is just in time for all of us Twitter users to ecideda noa ewna anguagela ota use on itterTwa.  Wink wink!  Hashtags Rule!

Sorry for the Pig Latin.  I’m dating myself I’m sure.

Thanks to Gary Shih and Reuters
Twitter to let advertisers zero in on tweeters – Yahoo! News

Java exploit: Asian hackers behind first attacks, says Symantec

Evidence continues to surface about “organized efforts” to hack or otherwise violate networks, data, and information of specific targets, in this case Chemical companies.  There was a time when physical security  was our most important goal.  Now we also must protect intellectual property – like chemical formulas – that can be used to threaten more than our PCs, laptops, and mobile devices.

As singer/poet Bob Dylan wrote, “The Times They Are A-changin’ “

Thanks to Charles Arthur and The Guardian
Java exploit: Asian hackers behind first attacks, says Symantec | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Adobe pushes TV Everywhere forward with Adobe Pass 2.0

Talk about Cutting The Cable!  As big guys like Adobe dip their foot into the waters of commercial broadcasting, watch for a variety of technologies for login, authentication, or SPOOFING the user of location.

Why is this important?  Its kinda like the old days when the venue  had visitors enter through a turnstyle, count them, and collect their admission fees.  Some will jump the fence and others will use fake IDs.  What happens when identity becomes blurred, authentication is uncertain, and billing (collecting the revenue) is guided by our current banking system.

Uh OH!

Thanks to Richard Lawler and Engadget
Adobe pushes TV Everywhere forward with Adobe Pass 2.0, promises easier logins on more devices – Engadget

Backup Firefox, Chrome Or Opera Profiles Locally Or On Cloud

Don’t get me started.  Point in Time backup of a browser.  Come on!

I guess I need a rant today!

Haven’t you noticed that the browser IS a repository of many complex features?  But you also noticed that all of the plug-ins and some features suddenly don’t work after an update – which seems to happen regularly.

Now, I haven’t really looked under the covers of this new offering.  So I am willing to give it a break if it has a change log built-in as well as a means to determine if each of the vendors of the features are current with each new release of the browser update code. 

I would guess that depends on which browser, which vendor, what code.  Right?

You also probably have experienced that few of us really backup in a way that all the moving parts of the computer are backed-up AND synchronized so that when we restore, everything works.  Its always restore and then clean up.  Fetch this fetch that.  And it always takes hours, right?  At least at home.

Oh well.  The beat goes on.

Thanks to Fawad at Addictive Tips
Backup Firefox, Chrome Or Opera Profiles Locally Or On Cloud