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Consumerization is the design, marketing, and selling of products and services targeting the individual end consumer. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently promoted a $100-per-year iPhone app called Derm Expert. Derm Expert allows doctors to diagnose skin problems using only their iPhone.  Doctors take a photo of a patient’s skin condition and then Derm Expert diagnoses the problem and prescribes treatment. Doctors can effectively treat patients without a high performance computer or an expensive technology environment. They just need the same iPhone that you and I use every day. Derm Expert makes use of Apple’s Core ML framework that is built into all new iPhones. Core ML makes it possible to run Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms on an iPhone without having to upload the photos to the “cloud” for processing. Apple is not the only company integrating Machine Lea... (more)

For Mobile... When Is Too Much Data Not Enough Information?

When finance managers think of data consumption, it is often in the context of controlling mobile phone bills and business mobility costs. Yet application developers are busily creating new mobile applications that provide mobile information workers with greater access to corporate data, in more innovative ways than before. Many of these applications also collect standard data, as well as new forms of data and feed it back to corporate information systems. Recently I happened upon this remarkable statistic. Over the last five years, data usage on AT&T’s mobile phone network has grown 20,000 percent, and data usage continues to double annually. Perhaps a piece of that growth is being driven by iPhone and iPad content consumers and mobile NetFlix subscribers. But this is also an indicator that something else is happening. There are a lot of data hungry content consume... (more)

Adobe Should Cut Its iPhone Losses and Switch Focus

Adobe should cut its losses with Apple and target its flagship Flash Player at telecoms carriers, independent analyst Ovum has claimed in a new report*. With the spat over Apple's refusal to support the Adobe Flash technology on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices continuing to generate column inches, Ovum believes it is time for Adobe to turn the tables by courting new sponsors of its technology in the shape of telecoms operators. The report states that Adobe and telecoms carriers are faced with similar threats and share similar goals in relation to value-added applications and content, and that carriers should therefore seek an industry-wide partnership with Adobe to use Flash as the basis of their own multi-screen device, development, delivery, and distribution systems. Ovum believes both sides could work together to create a developer ecosystem around connect... (more)

Synchronization and What's Available for iOS

Any Enterprise iOS application should feature some important features. Firstly Security, so encrypt your users application data on the device and that is in addition to any other Device Management & Security that you should be using. Check out Afaria which uses Apple's MDM. Secondly support for Mobile Working, that will work in both off-line and on-line modes, even though connectivity is getting better and better, there will always be the chance of a 'dead-zone'. Finally Integration with existing 'legacy' back office systems, extending existing Enterprise Applications into the Mobile world. Last year I asked myself, What is available for iOS devices in the world of Enterprise Data Synchronization? So to investigate the issue I spoke to an expert friend of mine with years of iPhone development,  and before that core Objective-C. My scenario went like this... I want... (more)

Global Messaging and Sybase 365

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Howard Stevens, Senior Vice President, Global Messaging Solutions, Sybase 365 Sybase 365 addresses three core markets (1) Operator Services, (2) Enterprise Services and (3) Mobile Commerce. Howard is responsible for both Operator Services and Enterprise Services. In this interview I find out... What the biggest challenges facing Sybase 365 customers today If there is a great deal of difference regionally in Sybase 365's key markets How does Sybase 365 help their customers address their challenges What announcements Sybase 365 made at MWC 2012 Check out my interview here Please follow me on Twitter @ithain ... (more)

Google Maps Return to the iPhone

Google couldn't have picked a prettier time to release the upgraded version of Google Maps for iOS it's been working on since Apple kicked it off the iPhone and iPad in September in favor of its own dodgy Apple Maps that couldn't find the Eiffel Tower, utterly embarrassed the company, forced CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize and fire the guy responsible. Google Maps for iOS hit the Apple App Store late Wednesday hours after the Australian police labeled Apple Maps "life-threatening" for misdirecting motorists into a desolate Outback desert where you'd better have a four-wheel drive, extra gas and a few canteens to survive. Seems Apple Maps misplaced the town they were headed for. Anyway, you can still hear the Halleluiah chorus that greeted the free Google Maps download. It's already the top app, embarrassing Apple some more. So far, however, it only works on the i... (more)

Is it iTime for iOS?

There have been quite a lot of rumors these last few weeks with regards to Apple reportedly working on an iWatch. I was wondering what they would gain with such a move? Some have pointed out that they already have the iPod Nano as a simple watch, but this repeats the functionality of the music player and lacks functionality of the full iOS device. Does this mean the age of Dick Tracy is around the corner? Far fetched you think? I would have agreed, but after I visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA last week it may not be. The Computer History Museum exhibits hardware up to the year 2000 and it's awesome how far we have gone beyond that in 13 years! So this may not be far off… and trust Apple to make it happen. It's only when you start using 'wearable technology' that you realise what a convenience it is, being able to look at the the latest inform... (more)

From Creative Cloud to iCloud – Kevin Lynch Leaves Adobe for Apple

"We wish Kevin well in this new chapter of his career," said Adobe - somewhat sparingly - in a statement released as the company behind PDF and Acrobat confirmed that just four days after offering his resignation as CTO on March 18, Kevin Lynch will be leaving the company he joined in 2005. From March 22 Adobe executive Bryan Lamkin will assume Lynch's responsibilities for cross-company research and technology initiatives. Lynch, who in 2006 gave an exclusive interview on SYS-CON.TV, in which he outlined his "Beyond the Browser" vision for Rich Internet Applications, joined Adobe as part of the company’s 2005 acquisition of Macromedia. As Adobe’s senior vice president and chief software architect, he led the Platform Business Unit, focused on advancing the company's software platform for the creation and delivery of engaging applications and content to any desktop or... (more)

Why is O'Reilly Condoning iPhone Hacking?

Being knee-deep in iPhone Web Development at the moment, I find myself typing the word 'iPhone' into google quite a bit. Also, for giggles, I tend to check Amazon.com frequently for keywords for upcoming books I would like to see. The main reason for that is Amazon seems to know about newly registered ISBNs well before inventory tracking systems from brick-and-mortar stores do... so searching there seems like a logical choice. The other night I was looking to see what people were doing with regard to iPhone development and I saw a title from O'Reilly entitled "iPhone Open Application Development". From the description of the book,it describes how to create native applications for the iPhone using existing open iPhone application development frameworks. What the book description doesn't tell potential readers is that to run that code, readers would need to hack/jail... (more)

iPhone Office: 100 Ways to Turn Your Device into the Ultimate Productivity Tool

Internet Services Deals Blog The iPhone is a fun little gadget and great for staying connected, but did you realize that it has incredible potential as a productivity tool? That’s right, the iPhone has the power to supercharge everything from your e-mail to your parking space. Read on to see how it can be done. Organization Use your iPhone as a handy personal planner. Create to do lists in your notes: Use your iPhone’s note app as a simple to do list. Whiteboard capture: Your iPhone’s camera works well enough to capture most whiteboards, so you can save notes and share them with others. Getting tasks done!: Create projects, share tasks, and even get motivational phrases from this app. Use motivational wallpaper: Put David Allen’s GTD system on your iPhone with these wallpapers. 30Boxes: Use this calendar to share your schedule with friends, family, and colleagues. Ph... (more)

Opinion: Do Google Android Mobile Apps Lack Consistency?

Remy Porter's Blog I love Open Source. It's a great way to develop software. But it has its weaknesses. One of the main weaknesses is consistency. Take a look at these Android apps. When you look at these applications for the Google backed smartphone OS, what you'll see is a complete lack of consistency in the look and feel of applications. I've done a little work with iPhone app development. I'm an avid user of a wide array of other iPhone apps. Apple provides a pretty standard set of UI widgets. There's some variation; the slider control looks different depending on where it's used, for example. Those variations are largely cosmetic. If you want to have tabs in your application, there's a built-in tab control. It rests at the bottom of the screen as a set of buttons. Every app that wants to have tabbed screens will use the same widget and the same family of control... (more)