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Submission + - iOS Apps Crashes More Frequently Than Android Apps - Study (

dkd903 writes: "iOS fans generally maintains that the iOS apps apps are better than the Android apps. However, according to a study by Crittercism, that may not be entirely correct. Crittercism's study reveals that iOS apps crashes more frequently compared to the Android apps. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules to determine which app is better — but the crash rate is one indication."

Submission + - MIT Software Allows Queries On Encrypted Databases (

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: CryptDB, a piece of database software that MIT researchers presented at the Symposium on Operating System Principles in October, allows users to send queries to an encrypted SQL database and get results without decrypting the stored information. CryptDB works by nesting data in several layers of cryptography, each of which has a different key and allows a different kind of simple operation on encrypted data. It doesn't work with every kind of calculation, and it's not the first system to offer this sort of computation on encrypted data. But it may be the only practical one. Previous crypto schemes that allowed operations on encrypted data multiplied computing time by a factor of a trillion. This one adds only 15-26%.

Submission + - Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs on CEO Tim Cook

theodp writes: There are bonuses. And then there are BONUSES. Apple's board, led by sadly frail-looking chairman Steve Jobs, signaled its long-term confidence in Tim Cook as the company's new leader, disclosing in a regulatory filing that it’s awarding the new CEO one million restricted stock units that will vest over the next decade. Apple shares closed at $383.53 Friday. From the SEC filing: 'In connection with Mr. Cook's appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.'

Submission + - wall street predicts merge of OS X, iOS (

gumbi west writes: One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because the iOS devices receive a substantial CPU boost from the quad core A6 which can power MBA and smaller devices while following 64-bit ARM processors can bring the remainder of the Apple lineup back to ARM under a single architecture.

Submission + - When Patents Attack (

cheezitmike writes: From NPR, a story about how software patents and their licensing and litigation are harming the IT industry. NPR specifically shines the light on a company called Intellectual Ventures which owns 35,000 patents: "Technology companies pay Intellectual Ventures fees ranging "from tens of thousands to the millions and millions of dollars ... to buy themselves insurance that protects them from being sued by any harmful, malevolent outsiders," Sacca says. There's an implication in IV's pitch, Sacca says: If you don't join us, who knows what'll happen?"

Submission + - Android Market Upgraded, Buy eBooks and Rent Movie (

hypnosec writes: Search engine giant Google has quietly dished out an update for its Android Market mobile application store.

The update, which bumps the Android Market version to 3.0.27, brings a new user interface and new content for Android powered Smartphones and Tablet devices.

Users will now be able to purchase and download eBooks and rent Hollywood blockbusters to watch on their Smartphones.

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