Tech World’s Top 10 Mistakes – Series I

There can never exist an industry in this world that can survive from making mistakes. And an industry that needs to be very meticulous in fabricating every product, service or solution can also not escape the ugly part of making blunders – I am talking quite obviously of the technology industry. There can be errors made by any and every person in this planet and technologists also cannot get away with a clean chit. Take the beginning of this very financial year for example; there was the counterfeiting of the Apple prototype iPhone. Also, reported during the same month was the blunder made by McCafe. Though it is a cliche statement it is worth mentioning here that ‘to err is human’ but should we be kind enough so as to ‘forgive the blunderers and be divine’.

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Protecting your smartphone from malware

Every day, millions of people all over the world flip open their smartphones and connect to the same Internet that they have used for over almost two decades. They are mesmerized by the way technology has evolved, but never stop and think about how little the Internet itself has changed. Is 2011 Going to be a Treat for Mobile Malware discusses how easily mobile phones may be infected and used to spread malware.

Owners of mobile phones need to be prepared for a potential attack on their new devices. Fortunately, there are a few guidelines they can use preceding the next stage of evolution in cyber terrorism.

Be careful about the apps you download

When the Internet became mainstream, one of the most cliche phrases was “be careful what you download, you could get a virus.” Somehow, mobile phone owners have become incredibly trusting of the apps that proliferate their new world. One Vietnamese hacker was able to exploit this trust and use a trojan in one of his bogus applications which was used to steal people’s credit card information.

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Will the Chrome OS be a flop?

Google has been the father of innovation in cyberspace. They have developed so many advanced web technologies that we have begun to believe that they would never develop a technology that wouldn’t catch on with the web community.

Google has recently developed the Chrome Operating System. The intention of this technology is to make traditional desktop operating systems obsolete. That’s a worthy goal, but the operating system may actually be Google’s first big flop. Google brags that the system is going to be fast, simple and secure. Unfortunately, many web technologists don’t find these cliche statements to be very impressive.

Chrome is not for everyone

If you were hoping to log into your Google account and download the Chrome Operating System, you are going to be out of luck. The OS is not going to be made available to the public. The open source Chromium software can be available to anyone for compilation. Many users are not happy to use an operating system they can’t download. Perhaps they need to adapt to the next generation of web technology, but there are larger concerns for web users.

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iOS vs Android vs Blackberry OS – Let ‘The Battle’ begin

Smartphones

A recent survey of Nielsen Company has made Smartphones – the talk of the town. Every blog and news website is publishing and writing about this sudden rise in demand for the Smartphone and the mass populace of United States now has to reconsider which OS is the best and serves as the best for their individual needs. In the fiscal quarterly results, at the end of Q2 2010, U.S. Smartphone market share was ruled by Blackberry but the survey done in October by Nielson company completely turned the table upside down.

According to the surveys conducted in United States, Android and Apple iphone OS are the only cutthroat contenders in the stratum of ameliorated mobile technology whereas Blackberry OS occupies the third place. The research concluded that 29.7 of U.S. mobile subscribers own Smartphones that completely run on fulltime OS. Taking into account the whole OS market share of the U.S., Apple iOS rules the market share just by couple of points as against Blackberry, with 27.9 and 27.4% respectively. The third place is occupied by the Android OS by 22.7% share, which has seen an eye-popping rise of 14% since January.

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Microsoft, desperately putting ‘The Best Tablet-Foot Forward’

It can only be a company of the stature as Microsoft that can continue battling and trying real hard to make it big in every field that it enters. No matter how much competition it faces from stalwarts like Apple, Google, etc. in the Tablet market (which is dominated by iPads) Microsoft is bent on making it big here too. This time the idea is to run a demo on using the Windows 7 Tablet at CES 2011, wherein Steve Ballmer is reportedly said to showcase Samsung and Dell devices along with other manufacturers. The focus this time would be to encourage partners of Microsoft to develop apps that emphasizes on HTML5 and these apps will be hosted on Microsoft’s website rather than being sold through specific agents.

Rumors doing rounds suggest that the Samsung tablet to be portrayed in the event will operate with Windows 7 in the landscape mode and will possess another OS interface while in the portrait mode. When asked to comment on any of the above news, spokesperson Sarah Reid, who works at the software giant’s public relations agency, Waggener-Edstrom said, “Microsoft makes it a practice to not comment on rumors or speculation.”

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The iPad insanity continues

Many technologists felt that a product that was essentially a hybrid of a cell phone and a laptop couldn’t possibly take off. They have to hold their tongues now, as Apple’s iPad has clearly taken on a large following. In fact, it’s inception marked the largest turnaround for a major corporation in business history. The iPad has been so successful that Apple has racked their brains for every possible idea they can come up with to leverage those sales even further.

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SimilarGroup improves Web Navigation

Earlier known as SimilarWeb, the web navigation tool is now called SimilarGroup. Considered as a start-up, SimilarGroup plays more than a handy role in enabling web users to find, share, rank and review websites, thereby ensuring that search engine start-ups like Blekko and DuckDuckGo can get all of the search results right. A perfect start-up navigation tool for a perfect start-up search engine. It took off in the year 2007 and its most popular product is named after its most recent labeling — SimilarWeb.

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Yogile makes Photo Sharing – Simple, Easy and Collaborative

The beauty of the World Wide Web never stops disappointing users and there is absolutely no end to the number of ways by which one can have fun, socialize, achieve business success, etc. Yogile is one amongst those many ways of having fun, socializing and connecting with friends. Yogile is a photo-sharing website that allows you to upload pictures and share them with your peers and friends. I understand that your mind right now would be thinking “there are so many websites that cater to my photo-sharing need, how can this be any different?”

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Google Maps 5: 3D Maps & Offline Caching

Most of us have used Google Maps at some point or the other. Either on the desktop or more often on the mobile platform. Google Maps in it’s latest avatar uses vector graphics instead of map tiles and it caches some of your most frequently used maps so that they are available offline. The advantage of vector-based maps is multi-fold:

  • Tilting: Drag down with two fingers to tilt the map. Tilt while zoomed in on one of the 100+ cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline spring to life.
  • Rotating: Twist with two fingers to rotate the map. After tilting to see 3D buildings, rotate around them to gain a new perspective from any direction.
  • Smooth Zooming: Slide two fingers together or apart, and see the map and labels continuously scale to any zoom level, stopping when your fingers stop.
  • Compass Mode: Center the map on your location, and then tap the compass button in the top right corner. The map will flip into 3D mode and start rotating to match your perspective, while still keeping all the labels upright and readable.

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Apple iBooks 1.2

E-books take a lot of space in your digital shelves and often start to look cluttered and unorganized unlike the large library shelves that house physical books. Apple’s iBooks 1.2 allows you to enjoy fully-illustrated works, get your notes out of your e-books, and more.

Collections

Collections lets you organize your titles into separate shelves of your creation. That allows you to dedicate a shelf entirely for science-fiction novels, sort product manual PDFs, self-help books, user guides, business proposals, project plans and more. Tap the Store button and the bookshelf flips around like a secret passageway to reveal the iBookstore, where you can browse thousands of free public-domain books. Browse by title, author or genre and when you download the book, it appears on your bookshelf so you can start reading right away.

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