by Jin Kim
“While a more popular platform than iOS globally, [Android] is seeing very low adoption rates in the enterprise overall, particularly with tablets,” Blair said in a note to clients this week. “We believe that most IT managers are avoiding the platform for large-scale rollouts and support due in large part to malware concerns.”
According to the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center (MTC), announced in June, 2013:
Additionally, it is clear from developments in the threat landscape that malware writers are increasingly behaving like profit-motivated businesses when designing new attacks and malware distribution strategies. Attackers are maximizing their return on investment by focusing 92 percent of all MTC detected threats at Android, which has a commanding share of the global smartphone market.
This is not to say iOS is immune as jailbroken iOS devices are just as susceptible to malware as Android, but it seems the target of choice for malware writers is Android.
E Ink: Fina uses thin glass TFT, making it half the weight and thickness compared to equivalent sized regular electronic paper displays. Combine Fina with the rumored 300-ppi resolution Kindle Paperwhite and the next generation of Kindles should be a doozy.
via The Verge: Bill Gates on CNN’s The Lead:
Physical products delivered by drone, I’d say he’s probably on the optimistic or perhaps even the overly optimistic end of that. It’s great that people have dreams like that.
If we can make the cost of delivery easier, then it’s not just books. It’s getting health supplies out to people in tough places. Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize in positive ways to help society.
Tech pioneers dream big dreams, and I think he’s allowed to have a vision there. It would be great if we could come anywhere close to that for a lot of products.
What is not to like about a 30-minute drone delivery service? It’s fun to dream, but there are lots of hurdles to make this a reality: battery technology, protection from mother nature (weather, birds, etc.), legislation of safe traffic laws for drones, theft, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon designs a Prime Air docking station for the home where the drones settle down, unlock the packages, and as the drones fly off the packages are secured in a way where only the recipients can open. And way into the future we wouldn’t need most of this stuff to get delivered; we’d just pay for the downloadable 3D print file, and print them. Maybe in less than 30 minutes.
Kyle Lambert finger paints Morgan Freeman on an iPad. Unbelievable.
What do you wish the people you follow did more or less of online?
SM: Learn about spelling and grammar. Writing is now so essential to our lives online, and sometimes it’s the only thing people see of us.
I must agree.
The Verge: The Motorola Moto G is almost identical to the Moto X, but sports a 4.5-inch LCD with a pixel format of 1280×720. The biggest thing about the Moto G is its rock bottom price: US$179, unlocked and sans contract. I wonder if Motorola is making any money on this.
Screen resolution often takes a hit in the name of cost savings, but not so on the Moto G. A respectable 720p resolution is spread lovingly across the 4.5-inch LCD display, working out to a screen density of 329 pixels per inch. Numbers aren’t everything, though. What’s the point of all those pixels if they’re dull and off-tone? Fortunately, we don’t have any such gripes with the Moto G’s screen. Colors are intense; whites are white; and blacks are, well, actually black — we had to double-check the spec sheet to make sure we hadn’t misread AMOLED for LCD.
That 329 ppi number is actually quite good; beats the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s by a hair. I’m impressed blacks are so black.
Although outdone by more expensive, higher-resolution displays, the Moto G’s 4.5-inch 720p LCD panel is in a class of its own at this price. A bright panel with accurate colors and solid viewing angles, there’s really not much more I could ask from a budget smartphone. In fact, the display is easily on par with those found on last year’s flagships, such as the HTC One X. It’s certainly a huge step up from the low-resolution displays offered by the competition.
Nokia’s cheap Lumia and Asha phones, Samsung’s lesser Galaxy smartphones, and LG’s Optimus F range all offer WVGA (800 x 480) displays. Some Samsung phones, like the Galaxy Fame, step that down further to HVGA (480 x 320). Of course, resolution isn’t the only defining aspect of a display, but the difference between WVGA and 720p is immediately noticeable. That Motorola has managed to put this display into a phone costing so little is an achievement in itself.
Motorola claims it is making a profit on the Moto G at just $179. I am impressed, especially because the LCD is large-ish at 4.5 inches and according to the few reviews I’ve read it is of very good quality. Can we expect several quite usable low- to mid-end smartphones in the near future to hit a full price of $149 or even $99? That will do a number on smartphone penetration in developing countries. Speaking of which…
Without LTE, and the incredibly low price, Motorola is clearly targeting developing countries with the Moto G. Countries with advanced wireless infrastructure — South Korea and Japan for instance — are planning to shut down 3G as they move aggressively toward LTE. No one will touch the Moto G in these countries, but I see huge potential for the Moto G in the U.S.
The four major carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — will need more time — maybe up to two years? — to completely cover the U.S. with LTE. And even then it will take additional years to decide and implement the shutting down of 3G service. So my guess is: 3G in the U.S. is here to stay for a while.
Add to this the understanding that a lot of Android smartphone users use it as a basic phone, and price is probably the most important factor to this demographic. Pair the full price of only $179 with a month-to-month voice-only service and I can see the Moto G being a popular choice for many who would rather not deal with all the bells and whistles, a two-year contract, and the cost.
Safeplug is a US$49 Tor-in-a-box. Connect it to your router and you’re browsing the Internet anonymously, albeit a little slower.
A successful smartwatch needs to have three things done right: a set of functions that people want; have those functions actually work; and have a compelling design that doesn’t scream “I’m wearing a computer on my wrist.” The SmartWatch 2 hits on the design part, but it misses on the other two.
How much can you do with a 220×176 1.6-inch transflective LCD touch display? The Sony SmartWatch 2 sports a resolution of 176 ppi, which means you’ll see individual pixels. The transflective LCD helps when you’re in the sun, but when you’re indoors colors are washed out precisely because of the reflectivity that enhances visibility outdoors. I don’t think the current smartwatch trend of cramming a smartphone interface into a very small display is right. A new user interface paradigm needs to be created for the wrist.
Amazon is now preparing a new Kindle Paperwhite for release in early Q2 of next year, TechCrunch has learned. The marquee feature of the new device is a high-resolution 300 ppi screen that will bring the company’s e-reader displays back into technical parity with devices from competitors like Kobo.
Other bits of this rumor: flush front screen, matte glass, lighter, squeezable haptic buttons, and ambient light sensor. If this rumor pans out the experience of reading on a 300-ppi Amazon Kindle Paperwhite should be most excellent.