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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Apple said Monday that it has sold over two million iPads in less than two months. It began shipping the dingus, which only launched April 3, in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK over the weekend. Reuters says Japanese and Australian buyers "stormed" the shops while others in London, Munich and Paris stood in all-night queues. The hot new device will be available in nine more countries in July including Ireland, Austria and Mexico with broader distribution slated for later this year. Bootleg devices are selling in China. Internal targets are said to be to move 10 million units this year, a number iPad will exceed if the pace keeps up. Of course it'll have to dodge a mounting number of would-be competitors and there's renewed talk of pinched suppl... (more)

Best Way to Grow Enterprise Mobility In-House

Taking a stance of 'Build it and they will come' has never worked in IT and especially now with the Consumerisation of Mobility and the Prosumers (Professional + Consumer) in your Enterprise, whom are expecting or even demanding the same experience as Mobile Apps on the App Stores/Markets. These employees have been covertly educated to expect the best mobility experience and are now turning their thoughts to solutions in their daily tasks, on the go! Just look at the best ranking mobile apps within the App Stores/Markets and the Apps that are being acquired for large sums of money… they would have all done their homework to ensure maximum effect and this is now the target where Enterprise Mobility is expected to shoot for! In-House Mobile Application Development is the key going forward for the Enterprise and many companies nowadays have a Chief Mobility Officer (CMo... (more)

Book Review: Programming iOS 5

A little background so you know what type of experience I have. I have been a Microsoft .NET architect and developer since the first beta release. Before that C, C++, ColdFusion, ASP, JavaScript and of course HTML. Being a .NET developer has many advantages, but the one major disadvantage we suffer has driven me to Java and Objective-C over the past year. That one disadvantage? Microsoft themselves. They come off as completely lost and have wreaked havoc on .NET developer community the past few years. I have read several books on programming with Objective-C, but this is by far the most comprehensive and well put together. One book I would recommend to anyone coming from the .NET world is Migrating to iPhone and iPad for .NET Developers. After advising the reader to brush up on their C by reading certain parts of C Programming Language, and then spending a chapter sho... (more)

Putting Mobile First in the Enterprise

It has now been reported that the Smartphone adoption in China, has now overtaken the Featurephone adoption. This is a major milestone in any geographic region, but in one of the worlds largest growing countries, this is a great step and shows the snowball effect of expecting powerful computing power in your pocket. An effect that will be reproduced in all areas of the globe. We are now at a stage in our lifestyle, when growing amounts of users are using their mobile devices as their primary source of information, before they reach for a laptop. They also expect to have this information anywhere and at any time, within seconds of the origin of the data, for example when the news breaks. Having enabling technology such as push notifications to Mobile Apps, example APNS (Apples Push Notification Service) makes this easily achievable. In the Enterprise space this notif... (more)

Apple Reportedly Niggles Over Price of Waze

Apple reportedly wants to buy Waze to help fix its giant maps gaffe but according to what TechCrunch heard it doesn't want to spend the $750 million asking price. It's reportedly offering $400 million plus $100 million in incentives. The three-year-old Israeli-born Waze uses crowdsourcing to plot routes around traffic jams and in the process create real-time maps. It's said to have shaved five minute off the daily commute in Israel. The sat-nav ad-based program is free but the community it's developed should be responsible for its valuation. Kleiner Perkins has money in the start-up. So far it's raised $67 million plus a million dollars in revenue last year. ... (more)

The iWatch Watch Begins

According to the blogosphere and both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal the world is waiting for Apple to deliver a Dick Tracy-like wristwatch that mates with the iPhone and shows you the time, who’s calling, texting or e-mailing or directions to the address you’re looking for and saves you from pulling the phone out of your pocket – or from pulling out your wallet for that matter since it may contain a near-field communications chip. For all anybody knows it may track the wearer’s vital signs or include BlueTooth and Siri. Apple is supposedly talking to Foxconn about making such a widget and could be developing the thing using Corning’s flexible Willow Glass. Fortune takes the news for a “coordinated leak.” Google of course has its display-imbedded glasses that co-founder Sergei Brin tried out recently on the New York subway and that Google’s encouragi... (more)

Time to Build iPhone Applications Using Web 2.0 Technologies!

Kevin Hoffman's Blog I was sitting down the other night contemplating what I was going to do for a good sample iPhone application when I realized, I'm not just building an iPhone application anymore. That's right - I'm actually building applications that work on the iPod Touch as well. Seriously, let's run this down bullet-style: iPod touch comes with Wi-Fi access iPhone comes with Wi-Fi access and EDGEiPod touch comes with Safari iPhone comes with SafariiPod touch has multi-touch interface, which includes tapping, pinching and flicking iPhone has multi-touch interface So, for those of you who were on the fence about building iPhone applications using Web 2.0 technologies, think about this: Your potential list of application users is about to grow beyond users of the iPhone, and will include a crapload of people buying new iPods. If you think about the ubiquitous nat... (more)

The iPhone is Now THE Platform for the Future of Mobile Computing

Don Babcock's Blog I'm a J2ME developer. From my perspective, Java has always been 'hampered' by the degree of difficulty in building robust and intuitive UIs. Steve Jobs has wonderfully liberated us with the advent of the iPhone SDK. I'm a Java/Windows developer moving to the Apple development world and while I'm intrigued by the idea of Java on my favorite mobile device, I'm not sure folks really realize the genius of the iPhone UI paradigm. I'd go so far as to say that the iPhone is THE platform for the future of mobile computing. I loved the combo of Netbeans and SDK's until I ran into the "brick wall" fortifications that the telcos have erected to deny the ability to develop for their platforms for all but the most well heeled "partners." Steve Jobs has wonderfully liberated us with the advent of the iPhone SDK. From my perspective, Java has always been "hampered"... (more)

Netflix UI Guru To Present on Crafting Rich Web Interfaces

Over the last 24 years Bill Scott has been involved in the study of nuanced design in crafting rich interfaces, so who better at the 6th International AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo to address the topic "Crafting Rich Web Interfaces" than the UI and UX guru who is currently Director of User Interface Engineering at Netflix. In every field of design one of the first things students do is learn from the work of others. They study and break down real-world examples in order to understand the underlying principles and patterns that make for successful design. Then they learn to apply these to their own set of problems. The real trick is to apply them in a nuanced manner. To be nuanced is 'to be sensitive to delicate differences of style.' Most of the art in crafting a rich experience on the Web can be summed up with this one word - 'nuance'. Prior to joining Netflix, he... (more)

RIA Conference Keynotes: Adobe & Microsoft

At the 6th International AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo - October 20-22, 2008 in San Jose, CA - SYS-CON Events is delighted to be presenting major industry keynotes from the two industry executives with overall responsibility for both of those massive richer-web initiatives: Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch and Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform. Two of the biggest launches in Rich Internet Application history took place in 2007/2008 when Adobe launched AIR 1.0 in February '08 and Microsoft launched Silverlight (September '07). Guthrie, who will be keynoting October 20, 2008, was a founding member of the .NET Framework team and today runs the development teams that deliver the CLR, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF, IIS7, and the Visual Studio tools for Web, WPF and Silverlight development. Previously the General Manager of Microsoft's ... (more)

Apple Adds HyperOffice to iPhone App Store

HyperOffice is now available by download from Apple's new App Store, putting the business collaboration suite within easy reach of any iPhone user. HyperOffice transforms the iPhone into a tool for mobile business. Users connect to secure corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks and notes - and share documents and data without Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint. The webware makes it easier for owners, employees, clients, partners and suppliers of growing businesses to collaborate, communicate, plan projects, share documents, schedule meetings and tasks, and manage information, anytime, from work, from home, while traveling. Click here to download. "This is not emailing files back and forth as attachments. Instead, you're managing and sharing documents with online storage, version control, user rights and change notification,"said Farzin Arsanjani, president of Hype... (more)