Friday Wrap Up: October 21

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.

This Amazes Me – Lytro is a camera like none other. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space. Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime, after the fact.

RIM is BBX? – Research in Motion announced the name for its new operating system this week…BBX. One problem – that name is taken. Basis International, a software company based in Albuquerque, N.M., holds the trademark for a slight variation of that name, BBx, and it said it was taking unspecified legal action to protect its rights.

iPad and iPad 2 Represent 98% of Tablet Activation –  Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 tablets continue to dominate in the enterprise market, according to the Good Technology Device Activations Report for the third quarter of 2011. 4% of all tablet activations in the enterprise were for Android tablets, while the iPad and iPad 2 were responsible for 96% of activations.

Who is Driving the NFC Bus? – Far from being a passenger, mobile marketing, along with consumer loyalty, will be in the front seat as well and will be critical in helping to drive the growth and adoption of NFC.

Friday Wrap Up: September 2

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.

United Pilots on iPads: United Airlines announced last week that it will replace over 10,000 pilot logbooks with iPad computers. The switch to paperless documentation will save 16,000 sheets of paper, 1,900 trees and 326,000 gallons of annual jet fuel.

Heath Care Technology: Mobile devices and emerging technologies are fueling the creation of a $1.3 billion health care WiFi industry within the next five years, according to ABI Research.

The Drawbacks of HTML5 for Mobile Applications: While HTML5 has some pretty good upsides for mobile applications, there are some serious downsides to deal with as well.

Late to the Party: Research In Motion on Thursday announced a new music sharing system based on its BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging system.

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…)