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Let’s get started, I’m not in love w/ the new naming system for the iPad. “New” should never be in any products name, let alone a real piece of technology (will the next one be New New? or New and Improved iPad?). Ridiculous. That said, Apple has certainly upped their internal standards (as the iPad 2 was showing its age and limitations in a few aspects). Apple’s Upgrades The first huge upgrade is the screen. While I still disagree with the 4:3 aspect ratio, Apple has quadrupled the pixels to a ridiculous 2048×1536. At 1536p it certainly is beyond 720p or 1080p (hd resolutions) but will this be a positive in the long run? The second upgrade is the CPU/GPU pairing. Apple has implemented a dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU, claiming better speed and performance than the current king on the block – NVIDIA‘s Tegra 3 architecture. I do not buy these blanket statements ... (more)

Symbian Goes Open Source Up Against Android

Wireless Technology Magazine on Ulitzer Nokia's Symbian operating system is now open source and free to all comers like Google's Android OS. It's advertised as the largest conversion of proprietary software to open source ever by the Symbian Foundation, which shepherded it out. Code for some features lags the release, which is four months ahead of its June deadline but two years after Android came out. Old-style Symbian is used on 330 million phones currently made by Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu and Sharp. The new stuff is meant to draw more fellow travelers. The open ... (more)

Google To Kill Direct Google Phone Sales

Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been paltry. It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from." Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a con... (more)

Android Apps Promised on Non-Android Platforms

The Zürich-based Myriad Group, which is already being sued by Oracle for ceasing to pay what Myriad claims are excessive Java licensing fees, appears to be daring Oracle to find new grounds to take it to court. On Tuesday Myriad announced that it was going to try to get between Oracle and its God-given right to collect Java taxes - just like Google has with Android - and launch a thing called Alien Dalvik that will let Android apps run on non-Android platforms. It means to begin, oddly enough, with the not-very-promising MeeGo Linux operating system and show off what it's got so ... (more)

Security Conference in Honolulu July 26, 2012

Security of every kind of device from hand-held to Cloud was discussed at this one day conference in Honolulu hosted by Data Connectors. There were 8, approximately one-hour sessions from 8:15 to 16:15. Thursday, July 26, 2012 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort &  Spa                                                                                                                         2552 Kalakaua Avenue, Oahu                                                                                                                       Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 USA Here is a A-Z list of companies that... (more)

USDA Plows New Ground, Becomes Cloud Service Provider

Technology sure does make strange bedfellows. The federal government's newest cloud service provider is one that may elicit surprise. It's the same agency that oversees farm policy and food safety - the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA has been certified to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platforms as a Service (PaaS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, a rigorous security-approval program overseen by the General Services Administration. The USDA now offers FedRAMP-certified cloud services to other federal agencies, as well as to stat... (more)