- comScore, Nielsen proclaim Android as U.S.’s most popular smartphone operating system
- Good to Go with Noah and James: Talking tablets
- Gartner: Tablets sap PC demand; PC ecosystem cringes
- Browser-based apps: Don’t miss the virtualization forest in the desktop trees
- ‘Significant’ tablet will be unveiled at CTIA Wireless
- Motorola WiFi Xoom Headed To Sam’s Club! for $539?
- Apps that work and some that don’t on the Motorola XOOM
- Android Devices Pull Ahead in U.S. Smartphone Race
- IDC Shows Sales of All Servers Growing; Except Unix
- Android vs. Apple: Can anyone’s tablet dethrone the iPad 2?
- iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom
- IPad 2 Alternatives: The State of the Tablet Competition
- iPad 2: are you buying one?
- Android games, smartphone sector not deterred by Apple
- Winning: Android beats iOS and RIM in US smartphone market
- Microsoft Resumes Windows Phone 7 Updates
- What Apple Hopes You Didn’t Notice About iPad 2
- iPad vs. iPad 2 – What’s changed?
- AT&T: Smartphones like Motorola Atrix can replace corporate desktops
- Wrong-thinking analysts on the iPad 2
Archive for March 2011
I’ve been reading a lot recently about 21 applications in the Android Market that contained malware, a potential timer, and other miscellaneous bad things. While I’ll agree that this is a very bad thing, I think it’s more of a failing of the Android Market than the device itself.
As phones are becoming more and more like full blown computers, it stands to reason that if the user of the phone installs an application (app) and gives it the permissions it asks for, it’s going to be able to do what ever it wants. This is a given. The fact that this kind of thing is possible to me is a t estimate of the power of the platform. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I’d argue the inverse. The same thing is possible in any computer Operating System.
Where the real failing is here is the fact that these applications were available for download from the Android Market. I don’t advocate Google installing rules like Apple where developers survive at Apple’s whim, but I do think that some checks should be put into place to verify the quality and authenticity of the apps being distributed by the Market. Google is putting it’s name and the Android name on this market, and applications that come from the Market should be at the very minimum authenticated.
It should be noted that installing more stringent checks on the Market won’t prevent this type of thing entirely, as Android isn’t the iOS, and applications don’t have to go through Google to be installed (this is a GOOD thing). Because of that, it will always be important to verify that the apps you’re installing on your phone are trustworthy, but at least make the apps that are being distributed by the Market trustworthy.
OK, so the announcement has been made. Details are had by all. After a review of those details all I can say is, *yawn*. The iPad 2 is nothing interesting. They’ve finally added the cameras, and they’re upgrading the OS (incrementally). Nothing to write home to Mom about.
Here’s a chart that compares the specs for the iPad 2 to it’s competitors in the market.
To me it looks like pretty much everything on the market already still beats out the iPad 2. I’ve heard rumors that the iPad 3 will be coming out this year as well, and it’s really the one to watch. I have a lot of doubts about that. I expect Apple to maintain it’s schedule and not put out the iPad 3 until next year. By then, even the dust the iPad 2 is eating right now should be settling down leaving the iPad family of devices definitively behind everything else on the market.
- iPad 2: Big trouble for Android tablets?
- Hooray? Nay?: Apple Announces The iPad 2
- The iPad is dead, long live the iPad 2
- Apple’s iPad 2 might be ‘magical’ but it still should’ve been better
- Video: Apple CEO Jobs unveils iPad 2, Smart cover
- The iPad 2 is here: Will you buy one? (poll)
- Apple’s Jobs to rivals: You’re nerds, we’re not
- Rough news for RIM: Apple’s iPad 2 will launch a month before the PlayBook
- iOS 4.3 – Coming March 11
- iPad 2 announced, original iPad price drops. Tablet game over.
- Apple selling original iPad for $399
- CE-Oh no he didn’t!: Steve Jobs misquotes Samsung, asks what you’re gonna do about it
- iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. HP TouchPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook: the tale of the tape
- Qualcomm gears up for next Windows OS
- Apple announces availability of iOS 4.3, March 11th
- iPad 2 first hands-on! (update: even more video!)
- The iPad 2 makes its debut
- iPad 2 vs. original iPad: what’s changed?
- Apple iOS 4.3 coming March 11 with iPad 2, includes new AirPlay features and FaceTime
- Motorola Xoom returns to PC World UK, this time at £500, promises April 9th delivery
- Four things to expect from Apple tomorrow
- iPad 3 is the tablet worth getting excited about – not the iPad 2, Apple staffer claims
- Apple’s iPad 2 day: Will Jobs show?
- Random House switches e-book pricing models, clears way for entrance into iBookstore
- HP derides BlackBerry PlayBook OS as a ‘fast imitation’ of webOS, RIM says it’s just good UI design
- Google's Nexus S, A Look At Gingerbread
- Analysis: Apple iPad sequel less of a stock splash
- Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 hands-on
- Amazon Appstore for Android launching this month?
- Rooting an Android Phone: What it Means and Why I Did It
- Android is virtually everywhere, from docks to clouds
- PC World UK tips pricing on Wi-Fi Motorola XOOM; £449 ($730)
- NVIDIA Tegra Zone officially launched, takes Android to new dual-core heights
- Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi priced at Â£450 (about $730) in the UK
- Steve Jobs’ knighthood rejected by Gordon Brown?
- Motorola prices WiFi-only Xoom at £450 in the UK (update: €700 in Germany with 3G)
- Internet Explorer 9 expected on March 14th, definitely released by March 24th
- Malware Ads Hit London Stock Exchange Web Site
- Former Apple employee admits he sold confidential info, cost the company in excess of $2 million
- Apple announces Joint Venture to retail employees; looks to service small businesses at Apple Stores
- Rooted Motorola Xooms Not Eligible For 4G/LTE Upgrade
- Nexus One Android 2.3.3 update arrives OTA, breaks Google Voice for some
- iDisplay now ready to turn your Android device into a secondary display
- Google Employees To Receive Motorola Xooms?
- Microsoft Adds Selective ActiveX Filtering to IE9
- Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for $199
- Rite of passage: Honeycomb commemorated with statue at Google HQ
- Microsoft to demo Windows 8 tablet interface in June?
- So far I’m passing on the iPhone 5
- Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills
- LG Optimus 2X coming to Europe in March, a little later than planned
- Last Minute iPad 2 Rumor Roundup
- Video: First impressions of the Motorola XOOM tablet with Honeycomb
- Supposed Mac OS X Trojan Another Piece of Linkbait
- Motorola Droid Bionic To Get Lapdock Accessory, Possibly More
- 20 Years of Innovative Windows Malware
- Hey, Apple … Don’t start getting sloppy!
- Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview
- Should You Buy a Motorola Xoom Instead of an iPad?
- Motorola CEO says 7-inch tablet due this year, again
- Rogue Android app will run up your bill
- New Trojan targets the Mac, while Apple finally reaches out to security pros
- Samsung’s 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab likely to launch at CTIA
- Xoom sales ‘off to good start’: Motorola CEO
- The Street: 1 million Verizon iPhones sold on launch weekend
- Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread leaks for Samsung Galaxy S
- London Stock Exchange Woes not Linux’s Fault
- Motorola’s Xoom accessories: Buyer beware
- China Unicom to take on Apple, Google with OS
- Tablet shocker! MSI WindPad 100A packs Tegra 2 and will ship with Honeycomb
- Can RIM’s Playbook sustain an Android Parallel Universe?
- Video: BlackBerry PlayBook will “support Android apps,” rep says
- With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all
- Apple's iPad 2 may open new front in Verizon vs. AT&T battle