Motorola is therefore our first partner and for all of us at Phonebloks, it’s
important to collaborate closely with our partners but at the same time,
we want to stay independent. We need our independence to ensure that
the development stays open and we achieve our goals.
I’ve heard a lot of pros and cons of this project, but I love seeing something like this gaining momentum and actually being worked on. I hope it doesn’t turn into a gimmick, that it becomes an evolving platform. I like seeing different approaches that aren’t just doing what everyone else is doing.
I was doing what I’ve known I shouldn’t have been doing. I was letting Google Chrome save my passwords. GASP
So today I realized that there were ads in places I had never noticed before. First placed I noticed it was Instagram. There were words on the page that were double underlined and red text color.
First thought was, “Is THIS how Instagram decided to start doing ads? Really?”, but then I realized that something was out of place when I was on a Dribbble page and saw the exact same ads, styling, everything was the same. I knew that wasn’t right.
I made the mistake of just removing all of the extensions I had installed so I don’t actually know which extension could have provided some “malware” an open door, but it was definitely one of them. After I panicked I removed all extensions, then removed all saved passwords in Chrome. As well as disabled Chrome asking me if I want to save the password.
The reason I started with the password bit is because I have never had an issue with this on the Mac before and I’ve been too lenient with this stuff. I’ve been using Chrome because Safari has felt so much slower for some reason lately, but I think that I’ll see if there’s anything I can do to help Safari run a bit smoother to move away from Chrome.
There is no such thing as a piece of software that is 100% “safe” so as convenient as it is to have everyone and their mother save your password I would definitely advise against it.
Get yourself a nice password manager like 1Password and USE IT. It’ll get the average person most of the way there as it will create “better” passwords, helping you to manage them so you don’t have to try and remember passwords that are worth using.
For the past several years, Bluetooth Low Energy technology has very quietly been gaining momentum. After checking off many of the requirements needed for mass adoption, BLE is looking like the most credible contender for enabling pervasive computing across our entire physical environment.
I have been thinking about this for a while. To me Apple has differentiated themselves from other tech software and hardware manufacturers by not trying to build out every feature to shove it into a phone.
What they choose not to do with their devices is just as important as what they choose to do.
We’ve seen this with software and hardware. For almost every app that comes with the iPhone there are hundreds if not thousands of alternatives created by third-party developers. Yes, Apple picks up the ideas they feel work the best for them from the community, but there are so many opportunities that Apple isn’t touching.
Those opportunities are why developers like Loren Brichter have been able to set up a one-man shop and be incredibly successful. In the same vein, its why companies like Automatic exist.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized this is going to be a big deal. I read some where (awesome journalistic cite would be inserted here if I could remember where I read it) that more and more companies are shopping products to be released within the next few months or the next year that will be utilizing BLE.
BLE was built into iOS devices because there were strong benefits in doing so. Most other Bluetooth devices would continue to work, lower energy when possible, updated and some what more reliable spec, etc.
While there are good things to be said for NFC, Apple chose not to go with it because they felt it wasn’t the right tech for them. Some people have mentioned security reasons among other things, but really I think it comes down to what fits with the Apple ecosystem of products and who is willing to work with them.
My prediction for this iPhone is it won’t shake things up majorly, but over the next year and by the time Apple introduces a major upgrade to the iPhone interconnected devices will explode. There are already a lot more “smart” devices and with Samsung rushing their watch to market its just the beginning.
Its probably common knowledge to a lot of poeple, that idea of everyone’s fridge and toaster being connected has already come and gone. Things like the Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up, etc have also peaked somewhat. More sensors are coming, more interconnected devices, and your phone/tablet/computer will be the hub to manage it all from sensing things at the most personal, cellular level to most things in the environment around “us”.
Today we’ve introduced something very exciting. It’s like a bookstore, except everything is free. With a single tap, you’ll be able to read classics such as The Great Gatsby, Metamorphosis and Anna Karenina. Not only that, today you’ll be able to pick up premium books that usually have a…
Its often a chore to track down what screen resolutions are supported by the various operating systems and devices that are commonly used on the Web. Vendor sites and developer guidelines are often helpful, but it means hunting down information across many sites and documents. Sites like GSM Arena are great, but it often means checking devices one at a time, and useful information for web developers are lost amongst the densely packed information that is of limited concern to us. As I was researching this information anyway, and I’m a bit of a data nerd, I thought I may as well catalogue the information on my blog for easy access at a later date. If the information is of use to anyone else, then all the better.
I’ve grouped the data by operating system, version, and device type, as I wanted to see what resolutions needed to be supported to broadly cover a particular OS. Not surprisingly, some of the more closed operating systems have tighter control and consistency potentially making them easier to support, while more open operating systems have a plethora of different resolutions and aspect ratios.