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Nice infographic about Android

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In 2005, Google bought a small, almost unheard of operating system provider called Android. Now, 250 million Android products are activated annually, and there as almost as many Android devices activated than Big Mac sold every second ...

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Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow

Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here is the slide deck I used for my Keynote at the &Connected TV & Digital Media& forum where I was invited by Connectica Lab in Moscow on March 5th, 2014. Due to current SlideShare limitations it is impossible to directly import slides in the latest Apple Keynote format, hence the need to manually publish here the keynote verbatim to complement the slides.

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TV has evolved significantly.  First came color. Then came choice. Then came the VCR that allowed recording, deferred viewing, and introduced external content (either purchased, rented, or handed out by friends and family) into the TV set.
Then came digital content and digital broadcast, followed by HD.
And only very recently came competition from other screens to consume video content: not only were they personal, they follow the viewer...

We now spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television (4,5 hours a day for US adults).

- What even does TV watching now mean?

- is TV video delivered in real time ?

- is Connected TV is just TV with Ethernet and firmware updates?

 

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http://getpopcornti.me/ sounds like a strange echo to slide 7 : Content experience is definitely broken. And la #FrenchTech gets promoted slide 15...

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Hackathon "Data + Ski" à Val d'Isère : tous frais payés + 18 ans de forfait ski pour les gagnants

Hackathon "Data + Ski" à Val d'Isère : tous frais payés + 18 ans de forfait ski pour les gagnants | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

> Trois jours de ski, trois jours de code pour réinventer l’expérience ski!

Participez au hackathon le plus haut du monde, révolutionnez l’expérience client en station de montagne en développant l’application mobile du futur.

> Une semaine tous frais payés pour tous les participants et 18 ans de forfait ski illimité à Val d’isère pour chaque membre de l’équipe gagnante

> Date limite de dépôt de candidature le 30 octobre

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Ceci est le #Hackathon le plus haut du monde. Fartez vos claviers et rechargez vos skis !

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Open Compute EU Summit speakers announced

Open Compute EU Summit speakers announced | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The summit will take place on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31, 2014 at École Polytechnique in Paris, France and will feature Mark Shuttleworth along with speakers from Intel, Microsoft, Rackspace.

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Open Compute Europe lineup is starting to be very interesting. Goldman Sachs and Fidelity CIO will participate along with Qualcomm's SVP Strategy and 700+ others. Excited to meet Canonical/Ubuntu 's Mark Shuttleworth (first "space tourist")

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Google Reveals SSL 3.0 Encryption Vulnerability

Google Reveals SSL 3.0 Encryption Vulnerability | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google researchers announced(PDF link) that they have found a bug in the SSL 3.0 protocol. The exploit could be used to intercept critical data that’s supposed to be encrypted between clients and servers.

The exploit first allows attackers to initiate a “downgrade dance” that tells the client that the server doesn’t support the more secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol and forces it to connect via SSL 3.0. From there a man-in-the-middle attack can decrypt secure HTTP cookies. Google calls this the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack.

 

In other words, your data is no longer encrypted. Google researchers Bodo Möller, Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz recommend disabling SSL 3.0 on servers and in clients. The server and client will default to the more secure TSL and the exploit won’t be possible.

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openSSL was not the only one. Now that #SSL 3.0 is broken, what's left ?

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Samsung Electronics’ 60GHz 802.11 ad Wi-Fi Technology Accelerates Data Transmission by 5x

Samsung Electronics’ 60GHz 802.11 ad Wi-Fi Technology Accelerates Data Transmission by 5x | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics announced the development of its 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that enables data transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866Mbps, or 108MB per second, the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

Unlike the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies, Samsung’s 802.11ad standard 60GHz Wi-Fi technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network. By doing so, Samsung’s new technology removes the gap between theoretical and actual speeds, and exhibits actual speed that is more than 10 times faster than that of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies.

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Is Samsung 802.11ad 60Ghz WiFi "a threat or a promise" ? 15 years after 802.11b, max throughput will have increased more than 400 times ...

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"Bientôt, vous sauvegarderez votre mémoire cérébrale sur un support électronique" - Didier Renard, Président de Cloudwatt

"Bientôt, vous sauvegarderez votre mémoire cérébrale sur un support électronique" - Didier Renard, Président de Cloudwatt | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Les géants américains du cloud imposent à ce marché une baisse des prix que leur puissance financière et leur économie d'échelle permettent. Les prix tendent vers le coût marginal qui, lui-même, tend vers zéro. Les géants de l'Internet investissent beaucoup d'argent et misent sur le "temps long" pour tirer les bénéfices de leur actuelle politique de captation des données.

 

Le prix de la souveraineté, c'est donc le temps. Et seul l'État, parce que c'est un enjeu de souveraineté, voire de sécurité nationale, peut et doit investir avec des délais de récupération supérieurs à 10 ans. C'est la décision prise en 2011 par la France au travers des projets d'investissement d'avenir. L'État possède 33,3 % de Cloudwatt (les autres actionnaires sont Orange et Thales, NDLR) et y a investi 75 millions d'euros. C'est à la fois beaucoup. C'est de l'argent public qui nous est confié et que nous voulons faire fructifier. Et c'est à la fois peu, au regard des investissements réalisés par nos concurrents américains qui se mesurent en milliards. Peu également comparé à l'ensemble des initiatives de l'État pour soutenir l'économie.

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OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris

OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Free Registration. Exceptional Networking. Engineering talks and hardcore hackathons. All wrapped in a #FrenchTech spirit. See you there ! #HardwareIsNotDead #OCP

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Uber shows new carpooling feature reduces traffic congestion 50% in pilot areas

Uber shows new carpooling feature reduces traffic congestion 50% in pilot areas | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In select cities where Uber’s version, UberPool, is available, Uber confirmed to Venturebeat that the service reduces traffic congestion by roughly 55 percent. This statistic jives with the estimate that a recent MIT study of what carpooling could do for the taxi industry.

After analyzing traffic and trip patterns, the MIT researchers found that 95 percent of all rides could be shared. Perhaps most concerning for the taxi industry (and Uber drivers), ubiquitous car-sharing would reduce the taxi fleet by a whopping 40 percent.

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Now it gets interesting.

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FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact

FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on where things stand now, more than 90% of 222 smartphone patent infringement assertions by major players against other large organizations have gone nowhere, with 109 assertions (49%) having failed (so far) and 93 assertions (42%) having been dropped outside the context of a comprehensive settlement or having suffered a comparably negative fate

 

Out of the 9% of cases (20 of the 222 assertions) in which liability was established (and not reversed so far, or not before a settlement), only 10 -- 4.5% -- resulted in lasting injunctive relief. And that number would most likely be closer to 3% if, for example, the patents underlying Nokia's German injunctions against HTC had come to judgment in the Federal Patent Court. What's more important than alternative scenarios is that none of the injunctions against the Android operating system itself (including its key apps) had enough impact to force someone into a settlement.

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Interesting chart on patent wars (in)efficiency : in most cases only the lawyers win. Even if Microsoft received more than $1bn from Samsung in patent fees in 2013 for using a technology of the company in Samsung phones, as has been recently revealed.

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Vive La Tech !

Vive La Tech ! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

scoop.it and General Assembly may invite you to LeWeb

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Vive La Tech ! (I mean @LaFrenchTech)

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Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16

Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple has a few more new products to unveil before the year is out, and it plans to show them off in a couple weeks. Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite.

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Touch ID hopefully (and finally) coming to iPad product line while Retina screens expected to debut in iMacs ?

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USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick was opening themselves up to the attack, and because the bad code was residing in USB firmware, it was hard to protect against it without completely redesigning the system. The only good news was that Nohl and Lell didn't publish the code, so the industry had some time to prepare for a world without USB.

"YOU HAVE TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT IT'S PRACTICAL."

 

As of this week, that's no longer true. In a joint talk at DerbyCon, Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson announced they had successfully reverse-engineered BadUSB, and they didn't share Nohl and Lell's concerns about publishing the code. The pair has published the code on GitHub, and demonstrated various uses for it, including an attack that takes over a user's keyboard input and turns control over to the attacker. According to Caudill, the motive for the release was to put pressure on manufacturers. "If the only people who can do this are those with significant budgets, the manufacturers will never do anything about it," he told Wired's Andy Greenberg. "You have to prove to the world that it’s practical, that anyone can do it."

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Repeat after me : "I will not accept any USB drive from strangers"

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Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration

Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Email has long been the scourge of many office places, with inboxes often resembling warzones of unread messages, stars and tags, missing attachments, and all around chaos around next steps for each item. These problems are only exacerbated when multiple people are included on an email chain.

Front is a shared inbox and collaboration platform for enterprise email that looks to solve many of these problems. Today, the Summer 2014 Y Combinator grad announced $3.1 million in Seed funding in a round led by SoftTech VC, with participation from BOLDStart, Point Nine Capital and Caffeinated Capital. The formerly Parisian company is now permanently headquartered in the Bay Area.

“Email is great, but it was invented for one-to-one communication,” says Front co-founder and CEO Mathilde Collin. “Unfortunately, email is regularly used for one-to-many, and many-to-one communication. We wanted to make email useful again for companies.”

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Almost a @LaFrenchTech story and a sane reminder that email is neither dead nor perfect

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When Women Stopped Coding

When Women Stopped Coding | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happened?

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Unexpected and very interesting answer to why girls do not code (anymore). First time I see this parity issue covered backwards.

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Présenter vos innovations hardware/software à Pékin au Forum Digital & Culture ? 30 places sont disponibles

Présenter vos innovations hardware/software à Pékin au Forum Digital & Culture ? 30 places sont disponibles | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La France et la Chine organisent à Pékin le Forum Digital et Culture, les 22 et 23 janvier 2015. Dans ce cadre, une trentaine d’entreprises françaises, petites ou pas, start-up y compris, seront invitées à présenter à Pékin leurs applications et innovations dans le hardware et le software à des entreprises et des investisseurs chinois.

Ce forum est conçu pour permettre aux entreprises françaises désireuses de s’implanter à l’international de tisser des liens durables avec les acteurs chinois ; non seulement pour prendre pied sur le marché chinois mais aussi pour s’appuyer sur un partenariat franco-chinois afin de percer sur le marché mondial.

Le Forum Digital et Culture de Pékin est labellisé par le Commissariat général pour la commémoration du cinquantenaire des relations diplomatiques entre la France et la Chine. Il s’agit ainsi d’une manifestation approuvée et suivie au plus haut niveau dans nos deux pays.

Le Forum Digital et Culture de Pékin sera constitué de 4 moments principaux :

La présentation des entreprises et l’exposition de leurs applications/innovations sur leurs stands. Des interprètes Français < > Chinois seront affectés à chaque entreprise exposant.Des table-rondes portant sur les nouvelles problématiques liées à la création de contenu pour plusieurs supports (mobiles, tablettes, ordinateur), il s’agira surtout de présenter un état de l’art et les perspectives des évolutions techniques.Une session « pitch investisseurs », pour les entreprises françaises exposant qui le souhaitent, devant des investisseurs chinois et français,Un hackathon, mené en parallèle avec le partenariat et sur le campus de Baidu.

Les entreprises françaises exposant au Forum de Pékin seront sélectionnées par un jury composé de personnalités qualifiées à l’issue du processus décrit ici.

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Avis à La French Tech : candidatez avant le 17 Novembre pour participer au Forum Digital et Culture à Pékin les 22 et 23 Janvier !

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A Snapshot Of Apple's Monster September Quarter

A Snapshot Of Apple's Monster September Quarter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As you can see from the chart below, which was provided for us by BI Intelligence, Apple's $42.12 billion in revenue is a big 12% jump from the same quarter a year ago. It was Apple's best September quarter ever — thanks in large part to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which continue selling like hotcakes; the iPhone in general accounted for 56% of the company's revenue this quarter. But the real surprise is the Mac, which had its best quarter in Apple's history with 5.52 million unit sales; the Mac accounted for more of Apple's revenue than the iPad (16% versus 13%, respectively). Apple expects an even bigger December quarter, projecting $63.5 billion to $66.6 billion in revenue for the holiday season — that would make it the company's most successful quarter in history.

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Who said that the Mac is dead ?

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Orange : un réseau FTTH et une Livebox vraiment à 1 Gb/s

Orange : un réseau FTTH et une Livebox vraiment à 1 Gb/s | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

C'est ce qu'un abonné a d'abord signalé sur Twitter, et ce que nous a ensuite confirmé un porte-parole de l'opérateur. « De plus en plus » d'abonnés à l'offre haut de gamme Livebox Jet Fibre passent ainsi de 500 Mb/s à 1 Gb/s, « automatiquement et progressivement ». Si la totalité des foyers éligibles à la fibre d'Orange sont éligibles aux 500 Mb/s, tous ne peuvent pas bénéficier de 1 Gb/s : « Ni plus, ni moins que chez les autres opérateurs ».

Et contrairement aux box de Free et à certaines de SFR, la Livebox Fibre permet bel et bien de profiter d'un débit brut de 1 Gb/s. Les premiers tests montrent effectivement un débit utile d'un peu plus de 910 Mb/s, une partie de la bande passante étant utilisée pour le fonctionnement du réseau, ce qui est normal. La Freebox quant à elle — à moins d'utiliser le mode bridge et de renoncer aux fonctions routeur et Freebox OS — n'est pas capable de router les paquets à plus de 400 Mb/s. Chez SFR la NB6, qui équipe une partie des clients fibre, limite le débit à 850 Mb/s. La NB6v pour sa part est la plus rapide puisqu'elle atteint 950 Mb/s (on suppose que l'encapsulation utilisée par SFR est un peu moins gourmande que celle utilisé par Orange).

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Nous en avions rêvé dans http://www.economie.gouv.fr/files/cdc-les_quartiers_numeriques.pdf : @orange l'a fait. Puisse l'Ultra Haut débit être déployé en priorité sur les futures métropoles #FrenchTech ...

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CES Unveiled Paris

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2013, CEA is returning to France for the second annual CES Unveiled Paris. See ground-breaking innovations from budding startups and established international brands. CES Unveiled Paris will feature a CES press conference with announcements from CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro and a consumer technology trends presentation from CEA’s market research team. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to network with top press, analysts and other European industry affiliates amongst top consumer technology companies.
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@LaFrenchTech à l'honneur
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Google Chairman: 'We're Going to End Up Breaking the Internet'

Google Chairman: 'We're Going to End Up Breaking the Internet' | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt said the Internet as we know it will fail unless governments reform their surveillance practices.
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While Twitter sues the US Gov. , Google Chairman warns about the impact of government spying practices on Internet fragmentation.

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FBI Director: China Has Hacked Every Big US Company

FBI Director: China Has Hacked Every Big US Company | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

James Comey had the following to say on Chinese hackers: 

There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese.

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Bold statement.

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Number of People Installing Apple's iOS 8 Stalls

Number of People Installing Apple's iOS 8 Stalls | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The number of people upgrading to Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile operating system has seemingly stalled at less than 50 percent, amid some highly publicized early glitches. The company’s developer site shows that 47 percent of Apple users who connected with the App Store were running the latest version of the software as of Sunday, roughly three weeks after its Sept. 17 introduction. That’s a slower pace than occurred with the previous operating system, iOS 7, which was installed on nearly 70 percent of Apple devices over a comparable period, according to data from the tracking firm Mixpanel.

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Oversatisfaction from iOS7 users or waiting for Yosemite (and iCloud drive homogeneous behavior) ?

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Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win.

 

The end game is obviously zero, but these companies have overhead and while the Big Three cloud computing companies –Google, Amazon and Microsoft –run their Infrastructure as a Service as a side business, chances are their stock holders don’t want to see them giving it away for nothing, a point we seem to be approaching quickly.

 

Just this week, Oracle shocked the world (or at least me) when it announced it would lower its Database as a Service pricing to match Amazon’s. This is Oracle we’re talking about, a company known for its high prices joining the pricing wars. It’s one thing for the Big Three to engage in this type of activity, but for a traditional enterprise software (and hardware) company used to high profits, it’s startling.

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Time to (re)assess the real value of sovereignty ?

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Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit

Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Criminals have discovered a flaw in OS X, the Mac operating system, and are using it to control thousands of Apple computers around the world. The Russian security company Dr. Web first discovered the software, known as "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm." We don't yet know how the software spreads, but Dr. Web has released information on the clever way it connects to the criminals who control the program.
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From Russia with love?
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HTML5 Has A New Best Friend — And It's Apple, Not Google

HTML5 Has A New Best Friend — And It's Apple, Not Google | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A large percentage of apps, as a separate VisionMobile survey shows, are a hybrid blend of native code and, quite often, HTML5:

 

While HTML5 has managed to eke out a quiet coexistence with native code, Apple just gave it a first-class ticket with the introduction of iOS 8.

WKWebView, a replacement for UIWebView, includes the Nitro JS engine, which Gerbasi notes has been "tested and measured to have at least 4x the performance of UIWebView." Not surprisingly, "This has the potential to be a huge win for hybrid apps."

Nor is it really surprising that "native first" Apple would work so hard to improve the HTML5 experience. As noted above, developers want to embed the Web into their apps, and Apple wants developers to have a fantastic iOS experience. As such, anything that makes its devices better, Apple will support. 

 
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Apple makes HTML5 "sing" : reconsidering upgrading iPad 2 to iOS 8 as soon as iOS8.1 is out...

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Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter

Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders.

That’s around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. “They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands. About 1,000 have arrived already — the early bird kits. And the rest, the general release, will be arriving [shortly],” he said late last week.

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My Kano should arrive anytime soon now ; thx @TeamKano !

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Apple responds to bent iPhone 6 complaints

Apple responds to bent iPhone 6 complaints | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

By now, you've likely heard a thing or two about the new iPhones' flexibility, and Apple has offered a word on the matter. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Cupertino-based outfit only received nine complaints of bent devices and that the damage occurring due to regular use is "extremely rare." It also maintains that both the new iPhone 6 and its larger sibling went through durability testing to ensure they'd stand up to daily use. Of course, the interwebs have been littered with videos of folks purposely trying to flex their mobile wares in far from "normal" conditions. Unfortunately, there's no word on if tight trousers are in fact to blame.

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iPhone 6 : Will it bend ? (long time fan of the "will it blend" video series)

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