HTML 5 Geolocation {12}

by David F

HTML 5 Geolocation

            Need help finding a restaurant? What if someone is lost and they need to get their bearings straight? Getting lost is never fun, but with Geolocation convenience is literally at the palm of their hands. With some simple swipes on a smartphone, a user may never get lost ever again, provided that worst case scenarios such as losing their phone or having poor connections doesn’t happen of course. In this blog, I will explain what Geolocation is, the benefits of using Geolocation, how it can help businesses, and what businesses use Geolocation; I will also discuss some concerns associated with the software. read more...

Hacker Busted by Smartphone {5}

by Joshua L
The article I read is about a hacker by the name of Higinio O. Ochoa III, a Linux administrator, who was charged by the FBI with hacking into U.S. law enforcement agencies and posting online the home addresses for police officers, including those of more than 100 Los Angeles police officers. He was caught because on the site he posted the information he used a picture that he took with his cell phone that was traced back to his phone. He didn’t know about the fact that EXIF data (location, camera type, and other image information) is included in every photo taken with a smartphone. read more...

Database could decrease crimes {2}

by Ricardo C
This article talks about how a database could reduce crimes. According to the article, an average of 40% of robberies involve cell phones. The majority of these robberies are violent and with serious injuries. The database promises that wireless providers will deactivate your mobile device if you report it stolen. The major wireless providers of USA sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are participating in this database with the purpose to decrease the desire of thieves for stealing mobile devices. Since after deactivating the devices they become as useless as an empty wallet, there is no incentive to steal them. Thieves steal these devices with the intention of reselling them, most likely overseas. According to the article, these four companies mentioned earlier account for the 90% of mobile devices in the USA which mean that this centralized database will cover the majority of the cell phones currently in use. This database will be in effect within six months in the USA and within 18 months globally.
Besides the centralized database, authorities are promoting customers to educate themselves about the use of personal data on mobile devices. Some of these advices are to keep your divides password protected, write down your device’s model and serial number, etc. The article did not disclose the cost of these initiative but certainly the concern here isn’t cost. read more...

Psychic smartphones ??? {2}

by Abel R
For this week, I came across an article titled “Your smartphone knows you better than you do” in As a smartphone owner/ user this caught my interest because it involves with how companies can use what I presumed was private information to their advantage. In this article, researchers are studying how smartphones can be used to predict human behavior. Researches have accomplished this by studying patterns of how and when people use their smartphones. This article also reveals how this kind of research can be used in the business world, for example: Wireless carriers can use this data analysis to determine who’s more likely to jump carriers (Cringely, 2011). read more...

AT&T Promotes HTML 5 Apps {Comments Off on AT&T Promotes HTML 5 Apps}

by Bach B
HTML 5 is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997) and as of January 2012 is still under development, and it has lot of potentials. Thus, to encourage developers to use HTML 5, AT&T releases a  new API(application programming interface) platform.  David Christopher, chief marketing officer at AT&T says “It’s essentially a rich set of APIs and tools aimed at furthering the HTML 5 appeal as an app development choice.” Furthermore, it also has the potential to address fragmentation.  HTML 5 simplifies things for developers by letting them build apps that are able to run in a browser accessible by any smartphone rather than different native apps for different smartphones. With this new API, Christopher hopes that 85 percent of smartphones will have browsers capable of running HTML 5 by 2016. Currently, the new APIs are hosted on cloud services including Heroku and Microsoft’s Azure. Developers must pay a US$99 registration fee to start using the APIs. read more...

Apps and HTML5 Wrestle For Mobile Supremacy {3}

by ChihWei H
HTML5 continues to receive support from big companies. Old technology powerhouse such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft are embracing the trend. Internet new comers, such are Twitter, Facebook, and Pandora are launching their product and services on smartphone and tablets from website based on HTML5. Many of these companies are already providing apps for smartphone and tablets, however, using HTML5 gives customer the same function and convenience of an app without the hassle of installing one.  Amaozn, for example, launched Kindle Cloud Reader with functions very similar to its app counterparts. HTML5 give companies the ability to bypass Apple’s 30% cut for app and content purchases. That being said, app and web application doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. read more...