Archive for April, 2010

The iPhone is the new Internet Explorer 6, says mobile developer

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

On the flip side of the debate about whether Flash is ill, in rude health, or simply untroubled by Apple’s wilful refusal to countenance it on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, we have an analysis from Peter-Paul Koch, a “mobile platform strategist, consultant and trainer” who says (with plenty of swearing to boot, if you’re in filter territory) that the iPhone is the Internet Explorer 6 de nos jours.

Linus Torvalds: Google’s Nexus One First Mobile Phone I Don’t Hate

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies


Linus Torvalds, the inventor of the Linux kernel, has an absolute disdain for mobile phones. All of the ones he has purchased in the past, the man writes on his personal blog, ended up being “mostly used for playing Galaga and Solitaire on long flights” even though they were naturally all phones run on open source operating systems.

Facebook brings HipHop to PHP

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Facebook today released HipHop for PHP, a source code transformer that changes PHP into highly optimized C++, which is then compiled with G++.

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

How-To: Remotely Wipe an iPhone Using Exchange

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

The thought of your iPhone or iPod touch falling into the wrong hands is enough to scare anyone. The iPhone does have the passcode function to keep prying eyes out, but what if that’s not enough?

50 smartphone blogs: A whirlwind tour of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry sites

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

There’s quite a collection of good and colorful blogs that track iPhones, Android devices, BlackBerries and other smartphones and no shortage of overlapping coverage among them (How many different “scoops” on the Android-powered Motorola Devour phone did I come across today?). Some are written by professional reporters, others by unapologetic geeks and others by thinly-veiled marketers. Here’s a spin through 50 of these mobile phone blogs, excluding more general gadget sites and including a few from my employer, IDG:

Apple patches critical flaws in iPhone, iPod Touch

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Apple today patched five vulnerabilities in the iPhone’s operating system, including one in a password-locking feature that’s required attention before.

Fake Microsoft Outlook Update Installs Trojan

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

A malicious spam campaign caught by Panda Labs is using a fake Microsoft Update notice to trick victims into installing a Trojan. While well crafted, the attack still provides dead giveaways.

IT Outsourcing: Why It Pays to Appraise Your Contract

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Everyone knows a good outsourcing relationship needs to be actively managed. So does a good IT outsourcing contract.

E-mail scam steals €3 million in carbon credits

April 30th, 2010, posted in Oldies

A clever phishing scheme launched last week may have stolen more than €3 million (US$4.1 million) worth of carbon emission permits from companies.