Tag Archive | Mobile Computing

#EFF note #Google reviews “accidental” privacy feature

I’ll let the original article speak for itself (c/o Steven Vaughan-Nichols):

Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3. That feature allows users to install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book.

After we published the post, several people contacted us to say that the feature had actually been removed in Android 4.4.2, which was released earlier this week. Today, we installed that update to our test device, and can confirm that the App Ops privacy feature that we were excited about yesterday is in fact now gone.

Interesting…

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Firefox OS yes Firefox OS

Turns out the Mozilla massive have finally launched their own mobile operating system after announcing it getting on for two years ago.

Why?…

Surely there’s space for some more license-free phone software; particularly since Google own Motorola and thereby own Symbian (in theory Android’s nearest competitor); specially since carriers (e.g. Orange- sorry, EE; O2; etc) theoretically don’t have to pay anything to fill their phones with this latest stuff?! Read More…

BlackBerry Androids?!

It turns out, while releasing BBM to other platforms, BlackBerry are expanding the scope of required skills for software-development on their flagship range: http://developer.blackberry.com/android.

As long as your code is written for the Android SDK v2.3.3, and you use BB’s own encapsulation tool, your code should run directly on BB OS10!

 

Mobile Computing Gripes; ch. XXVII

In the latest installment of the saga of the rubbish handset:

I reinstalled an app’ (that without a media card I can’t fit at all) yet ended up with more space. How can this be?!

(RIM) BlackBerrys; and how to tame them

As I have written previously how and why some mobile phone designers should occasionally be shot, I come bearing good news!

BlackBerryCool.com have written the most concise OS version-agnostic step-by-step guide to making your BB less slee-py, as anyone who has in the last few years had to possess one for work will probably attest.

Simply: Read More…