Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lets get ready to rumble: Samsung Vs. Apple

If you've been keeping up with the latest technology, you already know that Samsung has been making smart phones, and now tablets -but wait there's more! Now they are in the laptop business?!

According to the report by endgadget, "that up there is Samsung's new 13.3-inch 9 Series laptop, and yes, it's said to be the "thinnest and lightest 13-inch notebook available." They continue to say that, "Revealed ahead of Samsung's CES presser, the duralumin machine weighs just 2.89 pounds and measures .68 inches thick -- in comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air measures 0.11 to 0.68 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds."

Will this new contender out sell the new MacBook Air? Only you can help answer that question. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Buying Starbucks from your phone

It looks like in addition to adding a new cups size, Starbuck has outfitted most of its US stores with barcode readers to all users to purchase items via their phone. 

Basically all you'll do load up your Starbucks Card, download an app, and let your favorite barista scan a barcode generated by that app when paying for something. Currently the app is only available to the iphone and blackberry.

Developing Secure Software

Lately I have been up to my eyeballs in Information Security. I am sure most people "KNOW" that they need to make their application as secure as possible without compromising the functionality. For all those writing applications that handle sensitive information you may want to keep the "CIA" in mind.

CIA stands for Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability:
  • Confidentiality concerns the protection of sensitive information from unauthorized disclosure
  • Integrity relates to the accuracy and completeness of information as well as to its validity in accordance with business values and expectations.
  • Availability relates to information being available when required by the business process now and in the future. It also concerns the safeguarding of necessary resources and associated capabilities.

Below is a "Security Triangle" that is commonly used by security professionals when they evaluate applications before it's allow to be used in their enterprise. The black dot represents where your application should be when its comes to being a secure app. You may have found yourself coding towards "Ease of Use" and "Functionalities", rather than think much about the "Security". Which would put your applications "black dot" lower on the triangle away from security. And if you do get more secure, your app suffers and ultimately not appealing to most.

So how do you meet specific security requirements of you customers when all they want is a "pretty" app? First, educate yourselves, then educate them. The more you know about security procedures, the easier it will be to create an app that's secure and explain why it's necessary to do so. 

New Starbucks Trenta

Here's a little something for those Starbucks fans out there: The new Starbucks Trenta cup! A new 31oz cup so you can drink more of your favorite latte.  

I think thats a bit much. By the time you get to the bottom you may have to reheat it. Take a look at the image below and decide for yourself:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Facebook Obsession

I've finally got around to seeing the "the social network" and rather enjoyed. Watching made me wonder how many people are actually obsessed with facebook. I stumbled upon this durring my research:

Apple's Steve Jobs Out Sick...

Looks like the Steve is sick again. (Poor Guy) I just hope he gets well soon and comes back with even more creative ideas like the last time. 

Apple's Steve Jobs takes medical leave

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

iPhone and Verizon = Oil and Vinegar ?

Having the iPhone of Verizon may make a lot of current Verizon customers happy because now they too can be a part of the cult. ;) 

But does it really mix? You cannot browse the internet and be on a call at the same time and it's not a world phone (to many that may not be as important).

The only upside is the the "probable" unlimited data plan and the mobile hotspot feature. The "catch 22" with using the mobile hotspot feature is that you cannot be on the phone at the same time.  

Rumor has it, that AT&T is looking at adding the mobile hotspot to their devices later this summer. (Maybe when they release the new iPhone this summer...?)