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You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Four short links: 21 October 2011 - Mozilla's Projects, YouTube Insults, iPhone Ultrasound, RoR Intro

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Head First iPhone and iPad Development and iOS5

By Tracey Pilone
October 14, 2011

Well, iOS5 is out, and that means that Head First iPhone and iPad Development officially needs some tweaking to work with the latest tools! First, a quick overview of the new features in iOS 5. For the OS itself, the...

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.
By James Turner
September 9, 2011

We've been waiting for months, but the iPhone 5 is still getting ready. Elsewhere, Google lends HTC some ammo for the patent wars, and the Makers will soon gather in New York.

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time - HP's unique take on marketing, James Gosling leaves Google, and Apple continues its tavern distribution program.

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time - HP's unique take on marketing, James Gosling leaves Google, and Apple continues its tavern distribution program.
By James Turner
September 1, 2011

The TouchPad's $99 price point proves enticing for consumers and — oddly — HP itself, James Gosling leaves Google, and a possible iPhone 5 leak bears a distinct resemblance to the iPhone 4 leak.

How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

By Andy Oram
August 26, 2011

In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers - Very local deals, iPhone users ready to spend, and Androids attract crapware

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers - Very local deals, iPhone users ready to spend, and Androids attract crapware
By David Sims
August 25, 2011

Placecast offers merchants a geofence to corral customers. Also, UK researcher YouGov says iPhone users are more willing to buy with their phones, and telecoms bury Androids with crapware.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs - PC, mobile, music, film, post-pc: Steve Jobs played an important part in disrupting them all.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs - PC, mobile, music, film, post-pc: Steve Jobs played an important part in disrupting them all.
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

ePayments Week: Is "0000" your passcode? - Bad passcodes, in-app payments for all, mainstreaming mCommerce.

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By David Sims
July 21, 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: 10 iPhone passcodes make up 15% of all those in use. Also, Google In-App spreads its wings beyond the Chrome store, Isis signs deals with major credit cards, and execs expect mCommerce to be mainstream in 4 years.

Strata Week: Google Plus focuses on data control - The launch of Google+, Yahoo spins off Hadoop, and a book full of iPhone location maps

Strata Week: Google Plus focuses on data control - The launch of Google+, Yahoo spins off Hadoop, and a book full of iPhone location maps
By Audrey Watters
June 30, 2011

Google launches Google+, saying "It's your data" and giving users better control over sharing. Yahoo spins out its Hadoop division into a separate company. And a self-published author creates a book out of his iPhone tracking maps.

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is out!

By Tracey Pilone
June 30, 2011

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is shipping as we speak, which is very exciting! Updating Head First iPhone was a daunting task this time around, there have been lots of developments with iOS development since we printed the first...

Disastrous implications of new Apple patent for blocking cellphone video

By Tim O'Reilly
June 16, 2011

Apple has patented new technology to disable cellphone video based on external signals from public venues. Now imagine if that same technology were deployed by repressive regimes.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?
By James Turner
May 12, 2011

Oracle casts another piece of Sun from their portfolio, Apple and Google defend themselves from big-brother accusations made by, um, Big Brother, and it turns out you probably have a pretty sweet job, after all.

Four short links: 10 May 2011 - Car Monitoring with iPhone, Multitasking, Privacy, and Cool Unix Tools

By Nat Torkington
May 10, 2011

ODB to iPhone Converter -- hardware to connect to your car's onboard computer and display it on an iPhone app. (via Imran Ali) Multitasking Brains (Wired) -- interesting pair of studies: old brains have trouble recovering from distractions; hardcore multitaskers have trouble focusing. (via Stormy Peters) Social Privacy -- Danah Boyd draft paper on teens' attitudes to online privacy....

Four short links: 9 May 2011 - iPhone Anonymity, Fabbed Souvenirs, Perl+Go=Campher, and Javascript Slides

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2011

UDID DeAnonymization -- a developer exposed an API that connected UDID to other information such as Facebook ID. The API has been closed, but it remains true that your iPhone has a primary key and darn near every app developer has a database linking your UDID to other details about you. Apple requires this to not be public, but...

The iPhone tracking story, one week later - Apple issues a statement on location and says iOS fixes are coming soon.

The iPhone tracking story, one week later - Apple issues a statement on location and says iOS fixes are coming soon.
By Pete Warden
April 27, 2011

Apple announces fixes and sheds more light on location data. Plus, a look at some of the reporting and potential applications that have popped up.

Additional iPhone tracking research - Researchers and reporters are exploring many of the issues related to mobile location data.

By Pete Warden
April 24, 2011

The iPhone tracking story led to a host of related investigations. Here's a look at some of the latest developments.

iPhone tracking: The day after - Analysis and criticism came in the wake of our iPhone tracking story.

iPhone tracking: The day after - Analysis and criticism came in the wake of our iPhone tracking story.
By Pete Warden
April 22, 2011

The iPhone tracking story published here a few days ago struck an unexpected nerve. Here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.
By Alasdair Allan
April 20, 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file.

Hints of iPhone envy in China - An informal poll finds 43% of Chinese phone owners who don't have an iPhone wish they had one.

By Cliff Miller
April 13, 2011

A survey of Chinese phone owners conducted through the Sina micro-blog service finds that iPhones are a prized possession, while Android interest is tepid and things aren't looking good for Nokia.

Developer Week in Review - iPhone gets cracked, Twitter gets picky, and Internet connectivity gets disrupted.

Developer Week in Review - iPhone gets cracked, Twitter gets picky, and Internet connectivity gets disrupted.
By James Turner
March 16, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: the iPhone fell to attackers, Twitter shunned their developers, and the Internet proved not to be as robust as one might hope.

Google Translate in the Wild - How to sell in Mexico when you don't speak Spanish

By Paul Browne
March 8, 2011

I always remember a scene from Saving Private Ryan, in the lull between the action on the beaches and the finale, where US Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) needs to communicate with some German soldiers. Despite not speaking of word of...

Why the Droid line caught on - Author Preston Gralla on the things smartphone consumers really care about.

Why the Droid line caught on - Author Preston Gralla on the things smartphone consumers really care about.
By Howard Wen
February 15, 2011

Preston Gralla, author of "Droid 2: The Missing Manual" and "Droid X: The Missing Manual," discusses the disconnect between consumer concerns (does it work?) and tech world worries (is Android too fragmented?).

In Google's "glass house," a battle with Bing looms - Commentary: Copy or theft? How Google set themselves up to get Bing’d.

By Mark Sigal
February 3, 2011

Is Google's recent war of words with Microsoft a case of calling a thief out by name, or a matter of pot calling kettle black?

Developer Week in Review - iOS and Android kick out new SDKs, Microsoft head count decreases by one, and the Today Show struggles with the @ symbol

Developer Week in Review - iOS and Android kick out new SDKs, Microsoft head count decreases by one, and the Today Show struggles with the @ symbol
By James Turner
February 2, 2011

Snowed in, we look at new mobile SDKs, old Microsoft employees, and really old video about the Internet.

Developer Week in Review - Unix IP on the block, AT&T can't keep a secret, and take one tablet and call me in the morning

Developer Week in Review - Unix IP on the block, AT&T can't keep a secret, and take one tablet and call me in the morning
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

Four short links: 12 January 2011 - Zork Pen, Clever Web Design, iPhone Library, and Text Layout

By Nat Torkington
January 12, 2011

Zork and Tic-Tac-Toe on a LiveScribe Pen (YouTube) -- this guy totally ported the Z-Machine so he can play Zork on his pen. My favourite bit is the comment from Infocom founder Scott Cutler: As the implementer who wrote the first Z-machine for the TRS-80 some 30 years ago and one of the founders of Infocom, I was thrilled...

iAd Producer - Apple's new HTML5 RIA tool

By Matthew David
December 21, 2010

Apple releases it's first HTML5 enabled RIA tool, iAd Producer.

Code Files for using jQuery Mobile, SPRY and jQuery Plugins to build a native iOS App

By Matthew David
December 9, 2010

Earlier in the week I reported that my first iOS app built with jQuery Mobile had been accepted into the iTunes App Store. Today, I am giving you the code I used to build the app.

Yes, Virginia, you can build native iOS apps with jQuery Mobile

By Matthew David
December 7, 2010

A second release of jQuery Mobile is only a couple of weeks old, but I thought I would take it for a spin, mix it with some PhoneGap goodness and build a native iOS app for my iPhone. Did it work? Was it worth the effort? Is jQuery Mobile ready for prime time?

Using jqTouch to make your Web Site look more like a native application

Using jqTouch to make your Web Site look more like a native application
By Matthew David
December 6, 2010

Rapidly Building iPhone Apps without Learning Objective-C Objective-C, the programming language used to create native apps for the iPhone, is not an easy language to learn. While Steve Jobs espouses how easy it is to build an iPhone App (there...

Accelerometer Events in Mobile Safari

Accelerometer Events in Mobile Safari
By Andrew Trice
December 1, 2010

Last week, Apple released iOS 4.2 to the general public. This was a much anticipated update for all iPad users, who finally have the ability to multitask. One feature available in iOS 4.2, however of much less fanfare is that it brought the ability to take advantage of accelerometer events directly within the browser, through JavaScript.

UI Spoofing Safari on the iPhone

By Nitesh Dhanjani
November 28, 2010

Given how rampant phishing and malware attempts are these days, I hope Apple chooses to not allow arbitrary web applications to scroll the real Safari address bar out of view.

Four short links: 24 November 2010 - Android, Cellphone Photos, Long-Exposure iPhone Apps, and Open Street Map

By Nat Torkington
November 24, 2010

What Android Is (Tim Bray) -- a good explanation of the different bits and their relationship. Cell Phone Photo Helped in Oil Spill (LA Times) -- a lone scientist working from a cell phone photo who saved the day by convincing the government that a cap it considered removing was actually working as designed. (via BoingBoing) Penki -- iPhone...

Insecure Handling of URL Schemes in Apple's iOS

By Nitesh Dhanjani
November 8, 2010

I feel the risk posed by how URL Schemes are handled in iOS is significant because it allows external sources to launch applications without user interaction and perform registered transactions. Third party developers, including developers who create custom applications for enterprise use, need to realize their URL handlers can be invoked by a user landing upon a malicious website and not assume that the user authorized it. Apple also needs to step up and allow the registration of URL Schemes that can instruct Safari to throw an authorization request prior to yanking the user away into the application.

Windows Phone apps are more expensive than iPhone apps - The mean app price for the Windows market is nearly two times higher than the App Store.

By Ben Lorica
November 5, 2010

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile now has about 1,400 apps spread across 16 categories. In this short post I'll provide some basic statistics and compare it with the grandaddy of app stores: the U.S. iTunes store.

Four short links: 2 November 2010 - Participation, iPhone Games Programming, Mobile Keypad Magic, and Web App Security

By Nat Torkington
November 2, 2010

Lessons from the Johnny Cash Project -- When a participatory activity is designed without a goal in mind, you end up with a bunch of undervalued stuff and nowhere to put it. (via Courtney Johnston) Doom iPhone Review -- fascinating explanation of how the iPhone works for programmers, and how the Doom source code works around some of the...

Developer Week in Review - Ozzie architects a departure, Apple earnings and rumors, the BSA meddles, and C++ is 15.

By James Turner
October 20, 2010

This week, Microsoft loses their chief architect, Apple continues to own the news cycle, the BSA tries to put the kibosh on open standards, and a well-known language reaches a milestone.

Four short links: 18 October 2010 - Expiring Copyrights, Network Fail, The Book of Jobs, and Android FTW

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2010

Which Works Enter the Public Domain in 2011 (OKFN) -- slowly we're getting recognizable artists in some jurisdictions (e.g., F. Scott Fitzgerald and Paul Klee) but it's slow going. This is a great reminder about how slow the law works: most people appropriate small bits of modern works when they need something, rather than seeking out or caring about...

First release of jQuery Mobile

By Matthew David
October 17, 2010

Developing sites that target mobile devices has suddenly become a lot easier with the release of jQuery Mobile (built on top of jQuery and jQuery UI).

Nearly 800 O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles now available in iBookstore

By Andrew Savikas
October 12, 2010

Ebooks are already a big part of our publishing business, and we know many of those ebooks are read on iOS devices. Having those ebooks available for sale in the iBookstore makes it even easier to find, buy, and read hundreds of O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles on iOS devices.

Four short links: 6 October 2010 - Poetry Translation, Smartphone Sales, Freedom for Machines to Read Information, and Free jQuery Book

By Nat Torkington
October 6, 2010

“Poetic” Statistical Machine Translation: Rhyme and Meter (PDF) -- Google Research paper on how to machine translate text into poetry. This is the best paper I've read in a long time: clever premise, straightforward implementation, and magnificent results. There's a very workable translation of Oscar Wilde's "Ballad of Reading Gaol" into a different meter, which you'll know isn't easy...

A bird app that adapts on the fly - BirdsEye shows what's possible when a reference app embraces mobile.

A bird app that adapts on the fly - BirdsEye shows what's possible when a reference app embraces mobile.
By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2010

Sprucing up content and adding a search tool isn't enough for reference apps to remain relevant. Publishers should take a note from BirdsEye, a birding app that's tapping the real potential of mobile technology.

How to Install MongoDB - What's new in O'Reilly Answers: Install MongoDB, using the iPhone's GPS interntionally, what to learn after HTML and CSS, and much more.

How to Install MongoDB - What's new in O'Reilly Answers: Install MongoDB, using the iPhone's GPS interntionally, what to learn after HTML and CSS, and much more.
By O'Reilly Media
September 16, 2010

In this excerpt from MongoDB: The Definitive Guide we offer a step by step guide on how to install MongoDB and get it up and running smoothly. Precompiled binaries are available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and Solaris. On most platforms you can download the archive from mongodb.org, inflate it, and run the binary. The MongoDB server requires a directory it can write database files to and a port it can listen for connections on. The following section covers the entire install on the two variants of system: Windows and everything else (Linux, Max, Solaris). Read more.More from O'Reilly Answers:Using the iPhone's GPS internationallyI just learned HTML/CSS. Now what?Which Perl XML module should I use?5 ways to get music and video on your iPhone using iTunes Share knowledge, ask questions on O'Reilly Answers today.

Linear Transformation and Javascript = iOS rotation and Scaling

Linear Transformation and Javascript = iOS rotation and Scaling
By Ben Smith
September 15, 2010

What exactly is Linear Transformation? Linear Transformation is a math term that relates a function to the space between two vectors. However, you can just know that this is what will allow us to rotate and scale objects on a...

Apple Changes Stance on 3rd Party Development Tools

By Andrew Trice
September 9, 2010

In a recent press release, it appears that Apple has changed their stance on 3rd party development tools on iOS devices. Does this mean that the Flash CS5 exporter can be used again?

Mobile Tools and Tricks with jQuery

By Matthew David
September 1, 2010

jQuery plugins you can use to build web sites specifically for mobile devices


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