Google will allow you to opt out of them including your home wireless router in their Location Server database. So long as you’re willing to rename your access point by adding “_nomap” to the SSID. Read their privacy counsel’s justification and uttered an involuntary curse. So if you want privacy you have to modify the router and every device that connects to it…
Very interesting take on Siri. I wonder if this is an intended result or a side effect of adding Siri to iOS. It also makes me think Apple is being very careful about opening up a Siri API in order to protect their backend revenue stream.
Ars Technica has a post up on the new (free) “Find my Friends” app for iOS 5 – and it is very well done as is their norm. And it shows once again how Apple is taking user privacy much more seriously than Google.
I have been unwilling to use Google’s Latitude but the level of control in Apple’s app is enough to make me comfortable. Will I use it? I’m not so sure about that simply because I don’t see a benefit from doing so. Even with “local” friends close usually means 30 minutes or more apart. I’ll probably try it out for awhile as an experiment.
Very interesting discussion of how Facebook develops apps for the proliferating mobile platforms. A smart approach.
How Facebook Mobile Was Designed to Write Once, Run Everywhere.
The price and specs mentioned on Amazon Kindle Fire – Full Color Kindle with 7″ Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi are indeed impressive. The price came in a bit lower than I expected. A real verdict will have to wait for detailed hands-on reviews but as I mentioned in this prior post I believe the Fire will be the second highly successful tablet. In fact it should outsell iPads unless Apple comes up with a lower priced model soon. I definitely see this as a candidate tablet for my kids. It’s bound to be on a ton of Christmas lists…
Nice write-up on Gigaom documenting Adrian Cockcroft’s critique of OpenStack. Adrian is Cloud Architect at Netflix so his views are worth noting.
I imagine I’m like most folks. There is no way I have time for 3 or more social networks in my life. And while integration between services and the ability to “cross post” helps me keep more than one somewhat up-to-date the reality is the differences amongst the social services is so large this simple approach is fundamentally flawed.
Google+ has potential. One of the biggest needs is to quickly get a critical mass of users (hey, that means YOU need to join). If that happens and Twitter indeed starts cramming ads down my throat in the timelines I’m sure Twitter will be the one I drop (keeping FaceBook as well).
Google published very interesting research on how smartphone usage effects users shopping habits. After using their smartphone to search, for example, 68% pay a visit to a business and 53% make a purchase. Retailers take note – you better have a mobile strategy…
Google Research Shows How People Use Smartphones to Help Them Buy Stuff.
Seriously, who doesn’t know Apple and the Google gaggle are kicking RIM’s butt? Late quarter cuts in guidance mean things are seriously headed in the toilet. Somehow don’t think the Playbook will save them either.
… Sarah Perez’s op-ed on ReadWriteWeb pretty well sums up why I don’t have any Android devices yet. They seem to perpetually be behind Apple, for my use cases (and maybe not yours), and about the time they’re close Apple leaps ahead again. I’ve used an iPhone for several years now and, if for no other reason than a constant desire for change, would like to change platforms. The rumors regarding a new iPhone seem to point to only a modest update later this year. If so that may be enough for Android to do some major catching up and finally make me consider a change. On the other hand in the tablet space I think Apple is so far ahead I don’t see anyone catching them in the next 12 months. And maybe therein lies the cause of the predicted modest update to the iPhone – Apple could be pouring the resources into rapid innovation of the iPad instead.
Consumers Don’t Want Prototypes (They Want iPads).