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      NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Mobile OS Comparative Analysis and Forecast 2013 - 2018 Overview: A mobile OS is an Operating System that operates a smartphone, tablet, phablet, PDA, or other digital mobile/wireless device. Modern mobile operating systems combine the features of a personal computer operating system with touch screen, cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS mobile navigation, camera, video camera, speech recognition, voice recorder, music player, near field communication, personal digital assistant (PDA) and other features. This research evaluates the competitive landscape of major mobile operating ... (more)

Google Adds to Its Wave Team, Announces Fresh Code Release Plans

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer After Google ‘s $10 million Friday acquisition of Applejet, Aaron Iba, AppJet’s CEO has announced that their service would reopen to the public as opensource. Applejet is the developer of EtherPad , a document collaboration service like Google Docs with some enhanced features notably one that displays document updates to all users in real time. With the MIT-led EtherPad team working side by side with the Google Wave development group, Wave is better poised to become a much improved office suite version of Google docs. Etherpad’s users who were not looking forward to the anticipated shutting down of their service on 31 March as was initially announced are relieved to know that that they will be able to continue usage until the code is released. AppJet has given users a clear roadmap to the shutdown. The service is now closed to new ... (more)

Understanding Cloud Taxonomies and Security

XML Security at Cloud Expo OWASP AppSec DC 2009 had a compelling session that defined cloud taxonomies and the security implications associated with the cloud computing. The three taxonomies that have become part of our vernacular are: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Set of virtualized components that can be assembled to build a application.  Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Opsource, and GoGrid are examples of IaaS where you can rent "virtual" hardware and software as a "pay-as-you-go" services.  If you need 5 Linux servers running MySQL Database for 3 months, you'd subscribe to an IaaS provider and using their REST or Web service-based API (or command line if you're too cool) to provision, de-provision and monitor your instance. Platform as a Service (PaaS): A runtime environment for application developer to deploy their applications in their desired programming environm... (more)

Instant Professionalism Online Despite Yourself...with Ulitzer

Personal Branding on Ulitzer I read an article by an author on and was amazed at the professional image it provided him. I immediately researched Ulitzer to see if there was yet hope for me. I am a technology blogger on the subject of mobile computing strategies.  As I was doing research I came across the author Ian Thain, a fellow mobile computing blogger, who had a very professional website on Ulitzer ( Professional envy motivated me to investigate this thing called Ulitzer. Ian's website looked like he had spent a great deal of time and money on it - all things I am short on. I carefully studied Ian's website to see how it was set up.  It looked like an expensive industry portal with colorful graphics, animation and industry news. It had tabs that filtered articles, by most popular, by date, etc.  I have blogged for over 5 years so... (more)

Stax Networks Launches: Google App Engine For Java

Seattle-based Stax Networks launches this morning into private beta. Stax is offering a platform as a service product for Java applications - basically, the easiest way to think about it is Google App Engine for Java applications (or Heroku for Ruby on Rails applications)., Java is still extremely popular for business applications (Indeed has 64,000 Java job openings currently as well). Stax is built on top of Amazon EC2 and allows developers to create, text and deploy Java applications without having to build out their own physical infrastructure. For now Stax isn’t charging users at all. Eventually they’ll move to a model that charges for resources uses, similar to EC2 and other infrastructure platforms. If you want to try it out, create an account using the “techcrunch” invite code. The company was founded by Spike Washburn, Cold Fusion creator J.J. Allaire a... (more)

Microsoft to Data-Mine Facebook & Twitter

Twitter on Ulitzer Microsoft has cut non-exclusive deals with both Facebook and Twitter for Bing to search their real-time data feeds. Google has followed suit at least with Twitter, but Facebook is the prize because it has like 40 million updates a day from its 300 million users. Not all Facebook updates will be searched by Bing, however, only the ones made available to the wider public. Facebook, where Microsoft has an equity stake, will apparently provide users with a numbers of new tools to do so. It is unclear how much Microsoft is paying. The Twitter integration is already in beta. The deals suggest that Twitter, which has raised $155 million in venture capital, will see its first revenue since ads will follow. Terms were not disclosed. ... (more)

Browser Underdogs Want Ballot Screen Changes

Microsoft Developer's Journal Microsoft’s browser rivals aren’t satisfied with the tentative “ballot screen” settlement that the company came to with the European Commission, which would offer all its European users a chance to download a rival browser. Google, Mozilla and Opera want changes made. According to the New York Times, Mozilla doesn’t like the idea of the top five browsers by market share in Europe would appear in a row alphabetically from left to right. That would put Apple’s Safari first. Mozilla doesn’t think that’s fair on the theory it would give Safari – not your first thought for an Internet Explorer substitute – an advantage; it wants them to appear randomly.  Then Opera, whose complaints started the EC’s bundling investigation despite the fact that IE has been losing share, doesn’t like the idea that the page bears a Microsoft logo and that its... (more)

Google Wave

Google Wave on Ulitzer Invites left: 26 8 Looks like Google sent out another bunch of invitations for Wave & since most of my friends are already on Wave, I thought why not give it away. So, in case you want one, just drop a comment (don’t forget to protect it against spamming by substituting @ with [at] & the likes) or mail with your name & email address. I’ll update the counter on top as I progress with the giveaway. I’ve used Wave to collaborate on a couple of projects in the last couple of weeks. Some features are not yet functional, but it does look pretty promising. And yes, it seems that Wave is more responsive on Google Chrome than Firefox. P.S. It wouldn’t hurt if you did your bit for the Water initiative by scrolling down to the Socialvibe widget on the sidebar & adding your signature to the cause on my blog. Update (26/11): Sent out 6 invitations based... (more)

Jobs Has a Few Words for Google & Adobe & They Ain’t Pretty: Reports

"We did not enter the search business. [Google] entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them...I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing. This don't be evil mantra - It's bullshit." - Steve Jobs at an employee Town Hall the other day according to Wired, MacRummors et al although he may have said "load of crap" not "bullshit"; sources vary. Jobs reportedly means to use "aggressive updates" to stay way out front of the Android phone. Stevie also reportedly called Adobe "lazy." That it could do interesting things but just refuses to and that Apple doesn't support Flash because it's buggy and the chief cause of Mac crashes. Anyway, Flash is going to be superseded by HTML5 for web video and animation, he's quoted as saying. Apple Will Never Allow Flash Player Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch in a blog retor... (more)

Google Trashes Gears

Google is dumping Gears, the widgetry used to let Google Apps work offline. The functionality has been moved to HTML 5. The company said in a blog that there will be no new Gears releases, newer browsers such as Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 won't be supported with plug-ins, and Gears will be removed from Chrome in Chrome 12. In its place it's implemented support for application caches to replace Gears' offline features, replaced Gears Database API with an IndexedDB API that its "friends at Mozilla and Microsoft" - yeah, it really said that - collaborated on, substituted a File API for Gears' Blob functionality and implemented the geolocation, notifications and web worker APIs in Gears natively in Chrome. "Our mission with Gears," the post says, "was to enable more powerful web applications. Over 5 releases, we added tons of APIs, enabling everything from offli... (more)

Google Tries Making App Engine More Appealing to the Enterprise

With its eye on Amazon Web Services and Amazon's attractions for business, Google has set up App Engine Premier Accounts, an enterprise service for its restrictions-beset PaaS that abandons per-user, per-app pricing. For $500 a month, it's promising premier support, a 99.95% uptime SLA and the ability to create an unlimited number of apps. Interested parties, however, are advised to read its terms of service and definitions of downtime before rushing in. Google is demanding that users try hard to fix any problems before bothering Google in writing and don't expect any help on weekends or late at night. (See Google has also pushed Google Storage for Developers out of Code Labs, renamed it Cloud Storage and lowered the prices on storage and bandwidth across-the-board. It says the all-purpose storage widge... (more)