Android Orphans: visualizing a sad history of support >> the understatement
Interesting, though what’s hidden is the extent to which carriers are slowing this down, and to which handset makers are slowing it down.
The Silent Cyber War >> Kate’s Comment
Kate Craig-Wood of Memset: “As a hosting company we are players in a constant cyber war going on quietly behind the scenes that most people are not aware of. We have been successfully defending ourselves and our customers against hackers, script kiddies and DoSers for as long as I’ve been in the industry (since 1998). The weapons (bot nets and internet connections) have got bigger and the complexity of the systems and hacks has become more sophisticated, but we have evolved too. “We host 20,000 of Britain’s largest and busiest Web sites. In just the last week our automated denial of service (DOS) protection system, affectionately known as the “DOS-squasher”, blocked just over 200 attacks aimed at our clients. None of them even knew that anything untoward had happened.” Plus 50 break-in attempts on her personal server in a week. Put like that, it’s quite scary.
Nokia & Mobile Ads Money Talks >> Inner-Active
An infographic prepared for Nokia World showing that though you might not realise it, lots of people click on ads on Nokia apps. Counter-intuitive. Our question (which isn’t answered in the graphic) is what the actual numbers are, and how that translates into per-handset figures. Then we’d really start to know about Nokia’s value.
SoundCloud » SoundCloud for iPad
“There’s one particular iOS app you all have been asking and patiently waiting for. Everyday, we read your tweets, comments and messages asking us when we’ll be releasing an official iPad app. They say that ‘good things happen to those who wait’ so today, we’re super excited to tell you to it has finally arrived: SoundCloud for iPad. It’s gorgeous.” There’s one for Android too.
Samsung’s hopes for iPhone 4S injunctions in France and Italy are alive but fading >> FOSSPatents
“Even though I can’t claim to know the procedures for preliminary injunctions in those jurisdictions, the fact that the courts in France and Italy take more time and let Apple launch the iPhone 4S in the meantime doesn’t bode too well for Samsung. It’s still possible that Samsung could win in one or both of these countries after a second hearing, but if judges feel strongly that there’s a solid case for a preliminary injunction, then they grant a preliminary injunction right away or at least pressure the defendant into a deal under which it will hold off on launching the accused product until the court has decided (for example, the Federal Court of Australia convinced Samsung twice that it was better to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and ultimately ordered a preliminary injunction).”
Apple retail >> Benedict Evans
Benedict Evans does the sums on Apple’s newly disclosed retails figures: $1195 revenue per square foot, down from $1426
7 billion people and you: What’s your number? >> BBC News
Very nifty tool from the BBC. Turns out I’m the 80,152,602,740th person to have lived since history began. Good, solid number, that.