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Submission + - Mobile search rules the world (networkworld.com)

smaxp writes: Google, the best company at attracting and following eyeballs, is reengineering its desktop search monopoly to follow the eyeball migration to mobile.

Submission + - Microsoft's Lumia 950 XL looks deceivingly like a flagship Android phone (networkworld.com)

smaxp writes: Microsoft seeks the same acclaim from the 950 XL that it won with the Surface Pro, delivering one device that serves two purposes. The 950 XL will fall short, though. Mixing the ecosystem of a smartphone with the productivity of a desktop PC is very different than mixing a tablet with a keyboard for personal productivity.

Submission + - What to expect at Google I/O 2015: Google Cloud, Google Now for Apple Watch, and

smaxp writes: Google will celebrate independent software developers that build software with its products and services with two days of tech talks from the company's top technologists at the upcoming Google I/O conference. It's the one conference where developers get better seats at the keynote talks than the press. Google will surprise, delight, and throw a couple of haymakers at its competition.

Submission + - Brainwave-reading patents spike on increase in commercial mind-reading apps

smaxp writes: Consumer market researcher Nielsen leads the pack, with patents describing ways to detect brain activity with EEG and translate it into what someone truly thinks about, say, a new product, advertising, or packaging. Microsoft Corp. holds patents that assess mental states, with the goal of determining the most effective way to present information.

Submission + - Patents show Google Fi was envisioned before the iPhone was released (networkworld.com)

smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to Google Fi, filed in early 2007, explain Google's vision – smartphones negotiate for and connect to the fastest network available. The patent and Google Fi share a common notion that the smartphone should connect to the fastest network available, not a single carrier's network that may not provide the best performance. It breaks the exclusive relationship between a smartphone and a single carrier.

Submission + - Carmakers' shotgun wedding with Apple and Google (applause.com)

smaxp writes: Apple, Google and automakers have reached a standoff—a demilitarized zone drawn at the dashboard. This is where Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay vie for control of the dashboard console to display messages, navigation and entertainment apps. Recent statements by German automakers portray an industry wary of Apple and Google that contradicts the cooperation represented by the many Android Auto and CarPlay partnerships announced over the last year.

Submission + - React Native: Facebook's New JavaScript Library Fix For Mobile App Development (applause.com)

smaxp writes: Facebook’s solution is an open-source project called React Native that builds on its successful React project for Web development. Facebook claims that React Native will let the same set of engineers build applications in the same way for either iOS or Android. This time the company has set its sights a little more realistically than it did with HTML5. React Native is a learn-once-run-everywhere (LORE) app development tool.

Submission + - GAO: airplane Wi-Fi could help terrorists bring down a passenger plane (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new report [http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669627.pdf] from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that the increasing uptake of Wi-Fi on commercial flights opens the possibility for attackers to take over the avionics control of a passenger plane. The report states that "the presence of personal smart phones and tablets in the cockpit increases the risk of a system’s being compromised by trusted insiders, both malicious and non-malicious, if these devices have the capability to transmit information to aircraft avionics systems," and notes that the fact that the passenger network is ring-fenced from cockpit avionics by a firewall does not necessarily provide protection from a cyber-hijack; one security professional the GAO approached said "Internet connectivity in the cabin should be considered a direct link between the aircraft and the outside world, which includes potential malicious actors,"

Submission + - The Apple Watch's cure for notification overload? More notifications (networkworld.com)

smaxp writes: Smartwatches targeted at fixing people's compulsive reactions to smartphone notifications only make the problem worse.

After the user has been buzzed and buzzed by the Apple Watch, alerting of yet one more notification, the only choice is to turn off all notifications except those from which the user is willing to accept constant interruptions.

Submission + - Today The Apple Watch Platform Begins Its Evolution (applause.com)

smaxp writes: The Apple Watch platform’s evolution will really start when Apple opens it to allow independent developers to build native apps later this year and designers master a new kind of app.

Developers building apps for the Apple Watch using the WatchKit framework will find they are already familiar with the Xcode IDE, Objective-C and Swift tool chain used to develop iOS. But WatchKit apps with interactions measured in seconds compared to iOS apps with interactions measured in minutes will at first be completely foreign.

Submission + - How secure is Android? Google wants the world to know within 2 decimal points (fastcompany.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google just released its 2014 Android Security Year in Review, an intensely data-driven report intended to bring transparency to the vulnerability of phones running on Android. Its findings: fewer than 0.15% of devices that only install from Google Play had a Potentially Harmful App (PHA)—apps that pose a threat to users or their data— installed. Overall, fewer than 1% of Android devices had a PHA installed in 2014. Apple, Microsoft, and Blackberry haven’t released similar figures.

Submission + - Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android. Facebook runs much of its operations on open-source software, and is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source project. It builds on the success of the React, the company's three-year-old open-source web user interface (UI) library.

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