(JAX) Code Impact 2017

Today I geeked out with some very cool people over at the University of North Florida. Special thanks to Bayer White and his cohorts for putting together a great event full of fun, learning and awesome content.

My talk was of course about Cortana… but a significant break from the regular rhetoric. Today, it was all about Cortana Skills and proof positive that Cortana is/can be useful (and intriguing!) on Android and iOS as well. As promised to those folks who braved my one hour session, here is the slide deck that we covered. Thanks again for attending!

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(JAX) Code Impact 2017

A bad day for Mobile…

Today is turning into a really bad day for the majority of the mobile industry. First I noticed this #EpicFail…

To hack an Android phone, just type in a really long password
http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/16/technology/android-hack/index.html

… and right on it’s heels came this one:

Hundreds of legitimate iOS apps infected by malware; remove from App Store
http://lifehacker.com/hundreds-of-legitimate-ios-app-store-apps-infected-by-m-1732035828

I notice that Windows Phone hasn’t been mentioned yet; here to hoping it stays that way.

A bad day for Mobile…

Android really ISN’T your friend

It is simply amazing to me that people don’t pay more attention. Case in point, I wonder how many of the devout (yes, that is the word) Android (and in the first case iOS) users know about the following two articles that I saw today…

How Fandango and Credit Karma exposed millions of smartphone users’ data

Apps with millions of Google Play downloads covertly mine cryptocurrency

The first is a clear example of an utterly-reputation-damaging-yet-probably-survivable breach of trust that we’ve seen in the media recently (Target anyone?). Even though the situation and circumstances are different the outcome is the same: they blew it when it came to relatively easy security practices and it’s up to the consumer to make them pay for it.

The second is much more malicious in that someone is willing to most certainly shorten the life of your smartphone to make themselves richer. The onus of this one is on the greed of the app author… but the blame is needs to be shared with Google and anyone else who provided the app because of their very-much flawed application certification processes. Although comfortably couched in legalese and corporate rhetoric in their TOS and statements to the media about those apps, at the end of the day they pulled apps that should’ve never been published in the first place.

And let’s not forget this little ditty where Google tries to say that Android is “more secure because it’s open”… if that isn’t round-robin logic I don’t know what is.

Logic Fail #1: Google assumes “people” will review and contribute fixes to the OS. Hmm…. that’s like assuming your neighbors will willingly mow your lawn for you while you’re sitting by the pool drinking lemonade and working on your tan.

Logic Fail #2: Google says that hackers will go where most people are. Hmm… No, it’s been my experience that hackers go where the low-hanging fruit is. I’m not talking about the hacking elite that are trying to change the world; I seriously doubt they even care about this stuff. I’m talking about the script-kiddies and malware cartels that are intent on using you to make them money.

Logic Fail #3: Google says their app certification process is state of the art and that every submitted app is checked for malware. Really? Then how did the two Google summarily pulled from the Play Store get there in the first place. And let’s not forget that this ISN’T the first time Google has been to this particular dance… (http://www.bing.com/search?q=google+pulls+malware+apps)

Anyway, I think I’ve ranted long enough.

Please pay more attention to what is real and not the bull the marketers push on you.

Vote with your wallets, people.

Android really ISN’T your friend

Galaxy Gear might as well be called Galaxy Nova

My private take on this: “Sammy, you shouldn’t have expected ‘pretty’ to overcome single OS & device, not-yet-ready packaging and ridiculously expensive price.”

My public take on this: “Feature-rich ubiquity will ALWAYS reign supreme. Your offering was too little, too early, at too high a price.”

I do entirely expect the form factor to take off, and that very soon. However, Samsung has *proved*, with this its at least SECOND failing at a smart watch offering, that it needs to let someone else figure out how to make it work and improve upon that.

Full Article: Galaxy Gear has a staggeringly high return rate

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Galaxy Gear might as well be called Galaxy Nova