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Ubuntu’s Mobile OS Launched, Coming to Phones Later in 2013

The gap between mobile devices and PCs is becoming smaller and more blurred as handsets and tablets evolve. Now, a major player in the PC universe is making a presence in the smartphone industry, as Canonical has just unveiled the first Ubuntu themed operating system for mobile devices.

Just yesterday Canonical began to tease that an Ubuntu-based software for phones would be revealed, but until Wednesday many of the details remained a mystery. The company wasted no time, as Canonical posted a countdown teaser on Ubuntu’s homepage on the first day of 2013. The phrase “So close, you can almost touch it” was posted alongside the countdown, alluding that a significant announcement would come soon.

Touted as a “superphone that’s also a full PC,” the Ubuntu mobile operating system will be built around existing Android kernel and drivers. However, it will not use Java Virtual Machine but does promise to use “the full power of the phone.” This Ubuntu-based smartphone OS will support both ARM and x86 processors, which means that Android hardware manufacturers and developers should be able to adopt the operating system with little trouble.

Although Ubuntu’s mobile software is still in its early stages, an Android version of the Linux-based operating system was announced about one year ago in February 2012. This marked the first step toward a mobile presence for Ubuntu and Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says that the software’s Android variant is set to launch this year. No carrier or manufacturer support has been announced yet, but the mobile Ubuntu handset should be provided by a “high end” Android manufacturer, according to The Verge.

Full-fledged Ubuntu handsets are expected to come in early 2014, and this would line up with the company’s production schedule seeing as Ubuntu for Android was announced in early 2012. While we may not be seeing an Ubuntu device anytime too soon, a number of demo phones have been shown off in the UK. Over the next couple of weeks, downloadable images of the development platform will be available for the Galaxy Nexus. This device is the only known handset that will support Ubuntu for now, but Canonical is likely to roll it out to more devices as developers perfect Ubuntu’s mobile ecosystem.

Sources– lifehacker, digitaltrends

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10 Reasons To Hate Apple Products

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Apple products are famous for three things: absolute technology, feverish launches, and frenzy queues outside Apple stores irrespective of the world boundaries. But considering the fact that Apple’s censorship stance, restrictive policies and abuse of offshore labor, not going very well with the consumers, we couldn’t help but hate “Apple”. Read on to know the 10 reasons to hate Apple products as compiled by AskMen.

10. Apple’s Products Cost A Titanic

If Apple’s bête-noires are considered, especially Android and Microsoft, they work hand in hands with their OEM partners and the mutual competition between OEMs like Sony, Samsung, Nokia and Dell ensures that customers get to play their choices- be with price tags or specifications of the devices. Apple on the contrary aims at top notch technology market and doesn’t care a dust to bring budget priced models. So if you want to lay your hands on Apple products and want to bargain over prices, then Apple is not for you.

9. No Naughty Software Allowed

Even if you put aside Apple’s hard-line stance on porn, you get other reasons to hate it, especially for clipping your wings when it comes to Apple’s mobile devices. You are not allowed to use software of questionable legality like versions of classic video games; video downloads from torrents or any other software with dark shade. While such softwares are allowed on Apple Macs and laptops, they are outcasts when it comes to the mobile devices.


8. Siri’s Discrimination

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siri : ehack

Siri, the virtual assistant for wide variety of voice guided searches and responses, doesn’t deliver the same credible assistant once the boundaries are crossed or we can say when it gets tested with not so familiar landscape like India or Australia. So if you are not in U.S. Siri won’t remember even your favorite joint right around the corner and there’s problem in recognizing accents too. For all that Apple device costs and the extra money the non U.S. consumers put in, yet Siri will treat you differently.

7. Breaking Up With Apple, Your Money Will Be In Drain

If you want to break up with Apple then it’s not that easy to go on different ways. With your stint with Apple you have had put a lot of your money in purchasing significant amount of music, videos and software on Apple devices, breaking up means your money is flushed down the drain.

6. Transferring Files To iDevices Is Painful

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apple devies : ehack

If you are in mood to grab some videos and music on your iPad or iPhone quickly for an outing decided on spur of the moment, you better be not in haste; it’s not as easy as plug a USB, drag and drop the content from a computer. Apple makes sure that you jump through hoops before getting anything on your iPad or iPhone. The music files and videos had to be converted to compatible formats before they can be accepted by Apple mobile devices. In other cases you may have to buy flexible video player apps through iTunes. So Apple makes it very difficult for non-iTunes content to get into your device.

5. Apple Refuses To Give You The Keys

If you are a curious Tom who wants to have a peek at what’s in Apple devices, well your curiosity will not be quenched at all. The Macs, iPhones and iPads are all sealed up tightly, and deny any advances to explore them without actually causing harm. And even if you are not curious, just wanted to get a loose screw tightened, or replace a battery, you have to take it to licensed Apple repairer and pull some cash out of your wallet; it’s the norm with both major and minor hackles with Apple products.

4. Android

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android vs ios : ehack

More Recently Android is making Apple to run for bucks. Android is getting omniscient, thanks for its host of advantages: it is flexible with software and file transfer, it is cheaper and offers’ performance you won’t feel sorry for not having an Apple, and it makes you forget Siri too as its voice control is integrated across everything, including launching apps and directing you in the car.

3. Apple Refuses To Support Flash

Apple takes rivalry to extremes and its refusal to support flash could be the good example. Taking from the leaf of Apple’s book of moments, the refusal to support flash which was a standard for majority of websites is the apt answer by Steve Job to Adobe’s refusal to create its popular software for the early Macs, and Apple, at that time Apple was struggling with poor market share. The tables are turned and Apple now wears the crown in electronics consumer market, and also led to adopt HTML5 as the new standard for various websites.

2. Chinese Sweatshops

The reports about Foxconn, which manufactures Apple devices, exposed inhuman conditions which the employees are subjected to. There were reports that many employees jumped to death from the heights of manufacturing unit that the factory is now placed nets at the base of the buildings.

The other companies like Samsung, Sony and Nintendo use the same Foxconn factories as Apple does, but having the status as the first among peers, Apple should have had taken some initiation to act on labor issues.

1. Apple’s Censorship

Something which the company opposed so vehemently in its starting years, it’s sad to see Apple increasingly becoming the “Big Brother” figure itself.

The early TV ads depicted Apple as the rebel, throwing a sledgehammer into Orwellian Big Brother figure. The Apple followed up this vigor with its “Think Different” campaign which celebrated the history’s greatest rebels and creative thinkers.  The company had been successful on the premise of supporting creativity, rebelliousness and artistry till now. But the concerns are mounting up with company’s increased stand in trying to play a Big Brother.

Apple has come up with a staunch refusal to allow pornography to be distributed via any of its channels. It’s the most famous instance of censorship that the company wrought on the Apple consumers. And recently a science magazine was banned from Apple devices for a story about male reproductive organ myth. In contrast Apple has no issue with female-sex-tip-filled magazines.

Apple has then gone a step forward; it filed a patent which would disable your iPhone’s ability to record video while you’re attending a music concert. Think what wreak it can cause if the same technology gets adopted by the government that can quill any voice, photo, or footage of some political unrest. Apple’s censorship is more of oppression now.

Original post at siliconindia

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Cybercrime Changes Track to Mobile and Social Media in India

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Bangalore: Crime hasn’t left any stone unturned and this also applies to cybercrime. Cybercrime in the world is keeping up with the changing avenues available to commit fraud and con people in large number as per a recent Symantec Corporation’s Norton Cybercrime report 2012. In India there are 137 million Internet users, 7 out of 10 users use their mobile to surf the net. Moreover, the social media user base in India has grown from 38 million in 2011 to 60 million in 2012 making both mobile and social media prone to cybercrime, reported K Rajani Kanth for Business Standard.

Both of these fast growing portals have been consistently targeted by cybercriminals though advance means and the users are barely aware of the security risks involved. This highly transforming trend has impacted many individuals with loss of identities, data and finances, which are only the few among the many crimes committed online. As per the report in the past 12 months more than 42 million people have turned victims to cybercrime in India alone, which has led to an unbelievable $8 billion loss in direct finance.

David Hall, the Asia Pacific regional consumer product marketing manager of Norton by Symantec, said, “Many of us at Symantec and Norton have been putting our heads together to predict some of what we can expect to see in 2013. Of the predictions we have come up with, I want to draw your attention in particular to two –– the likelihood that cyber terrorism will get highly personal as attacks focus on individuals or minority groups and the possibility that new electronic payment methods could be vulnerable to hacks and breaches,” as reported by Business Standard.

The report informs that in the cyber world future, conflicts between nations, organizations and individuals will play a key role. Hall claims “In 2013, we will see the cyber equivalent of saber rattling, where nation states, organisations and even groups of individuals will use cyber attacks to show their strength and ‘send a message’. Additionally, we expect more targeted attacks on individuals and non-government organisations such as supporters of political issues and members of minority groups in conflict.”

Adding to this quagmire is the software madware, mobile adware which is capable of disrupting the user experience with pop up alerts, by adding icons and altering browser settings. It can also expose location details, device identifiers and contact information to cybercriminals. The software is primarily used by advertising network to promote targeted advertising through all the access the software provides. Madware usually sneaks into a user device while downloading an app, much without the user’s knowledge and gathers information which can be easily accessed by cybercriminals as there isn’t any full proof security installed on the device. Strong passwords are one of key solutions, informed the report.

On this note the report said, “In just the past nine months, the number of apps including the most aggressive forms of madware has increased by 210 percent. Because location and device information can be legitimately collected by advertising networks, it helps them target users with appropriate advertising and we expect increased use in madware as more companies seek to drive revenue growth through mobile ads. This includes a more aggressive and potentially malicious approach towards the monetisation of ‘free’ mobile apps,” reported Business Standard.
As predicted in the report  that the hackers will go where the user and devise goes, and at present it is the mobile devices and the cloud. It also informs that without much ado in 2013 the majorly targeted platforms will be mobile and cloud services for crime and breaches. Confirming this is the swift rise of Android malware in 2012. While users add applications they will also let in malware into their devices. As informed by the report certain malware can duplicate old threats such as stealing information from the device.

As per the Report, 31 percent mobile users in India have received unwanted SMS text asking them to call the unknown number mentioned or click on the given link. To worsen the situation, most of the mobile Internet usage is being managed by unsecure mobile applications, thus increasing the risk in hand. The report adds that by 2013 it’s certain that mobile technology will continuously advance and in turn provide fresh opportunities for cybercriminals to commit more crimes mounting the crime list.



Original Post at SiliconIndia

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Google‘s Android is eating Apple‘s lunch

“Google‘s Android is eating Apple‘s lunch”

Smartphones and tablets powered by Google’s Android software are devouring the mobile gadget market, eating into Apple’s turf by feeding appetites for innovation and low prices, analysts say.

The Android operating system powered nearly three out of four smartphones shipped worldwide in the recently ended quarter as the mobile platform dominated the market, according to industry trackers at IDC.

“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said IDC’s mobile phones research manager Ramon Llamas.

“In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition.”

In tablets, Apple’s market share has fallen to just over 50 percent from 65 percent in the second quarter as Android devices gain ground, according to IDC figures.

Google‘s Android is eating Apple‘s lunch

Google‘s Android is eating Apple‘s lunch

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