Mobility Growing Pains

About three months ago I was considering a blog post about how the diversity and fragmentation in the mobile operating system environment was going away. Nokia and  Microsoft were getting together, Android was growing by leaps and bounds and even Blackberry was planning to run Android apps, Apple seemed rock solid, and WebOS was purchased by a big player with deep pockets. Now? Not so much. Oh what a few months can mean . . . (more…)

Friday Wrap Up: August 12

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

The PC is History: On the 30th anniversary of the PC, Mark Dean, one of the IBM engineers who designed the first IBM PC, says they are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandessant light bulbs.

Note to Tablet Makers – You’re Doing it Wrong: Zach Epstein at BGR laments that most tablets on the market are absolutely useless. A few reasons –  consumers don’t need oversized smartphones and  slapping Android on a slate and shoving it out to market simply isn’t an effective strategy.

911 Emergency Will Soon Accept Text, Video and Pictures:  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five-step plan on Wednesday to update the technology that powers the 911 emergency response system.

Near Field Communication – A Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile: There has been a lot of hyped up talk around NFC technology, but will it really ever make a dent in daily life?

The Friday Wrap Up: August 5

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

Hackers Steal a Subaru via Text Message: Texting while driving has certainly gotten some press in the recent year, but what about texting to drive? These hackers just broke into, started and then drove off via text message. LoL that.

LinkedIn Now Adding Two New Members Every Second: In Q2 alone, LinkedIn added 14 million members, after passing the 100 million mark earlier this year. Mobile page views are up 400% from last year, and now has more unique monthly visitors than MySpace and Twitter.

Pentagon’s Lightning Gun Sold for Scraps on Ebay: Every good super weapon must come to an end. And oddly enough, the scraps of this death ray gun were snatched up by a buyer planning on using the weapons scrap as an art project for Burning Man. Of course.

Open Platform Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means: A recent study found that out of eight open source mobile platforms, Android ranks at the bottom in terms of openness.

Excel Nerds Unite! New Excel World Champion Has Been Crowned – the Who knew that competitive spreadsheet construction was even a thing, but this kid is proudly hanging his “Excel World Champion” plaque above the mantle.