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This book is not what I was expecting it to be. I was expecting a book with a ton of screenshots explaining what was wrong with each one, and then providing a solution to the problem. I also expected screenshots of all the different controls you can use and for them to be shown in different states. I am happy to report this book did not meet my expectations, it well exceeded them. Quite frankly, my expectation was well surpassed because the author does not just show you what to do and not to do, he explains why you should do things. Part I: Turning Ideas into Software walks you through the phases of design. The first seven chapters of the book walks through the design process in detail. It points out the importance of following a design process. The chapters in Part I are listed below. Part I: Turning Ideas into Software 1. The Outlines 2. The Sketches 3. Getting Famili... (more)

Book Review: Learning iPad Programming Second Edition

As I started to read this book my plan was to skim through the first 6 chapters and then really dig in starting with chapter 7 App Design. I figured with a year of iOS programming under my belt the first few chapters would just be regurgitating a bunch of stuff I already knew. To some degree I was correct, but I did not count on the book's awesome layout and the authors' great writing style to keep pulling me into the chapter's topics, making this a much longer read than I had planned on. By the time I reached chapter 4 I had given up on skimming, since I wasn't really skimming anyway. I took 4 books on a weeklong dive trip, and found myself still reading this book when the plane bringing us home landed. The book is massive, it covers a ton of topics, and it covers them in depth. The book is broken down into three parts. Part I Getting Started includes seven introduct... (more)

ITC Clears Apple of Patent Infringement

A panel of the six commissioners at the International Trace Commission Monday tossed out a Motorola claim that Apple's iPhone 4 was in patent violation, foiling its attempt to get the widget banned in America. Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Google said it was evaluating its options. Apple was absolved of infringing the fourth of four remaining Motorola patents in the suit, which the ITC ultimately found invalid for want of novelty and obviousness. It was about sensors and programming touch screens so a user's head doesn't interfere while talking on the phone. Motorola started with six patents covering IP stuff like signal noise. The Federal Circuit has already been asked to attest to the validity of three other Motorola patents the ITC threw out. Motorola filed suit before it was acquired by Google for $12.4 billion mostly for ... (more)

Amazing Apple with Its Record-Breaking Earnings! By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Amazing Apple with Its Record-Breaking Earnings! This week Apple disclosed its fourth quarter financial results and it was simply astounding sending wall street analysts scrambling with their way-off forecasts. In the last quarter of 2014, Apple made a stunning profit of $18B (38% growth from a year ago) on a revenue base of $74.6B. This is the record profit made by any company ever! During that quarter iPhone sales reached 75m with a hefty growth in China market, and iPhone revenue reached $51.18B (70% of total revenue). This is more than Google and Microsoft revenue combined for that quarter. As Tim Cook said, they sold 34000 iPhones every hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the quarter. Apple now is the most valuable company in the planet! The sales were fueled largely by the larger screen iPhone6 and 6Plus, introduced last fall. They were of higher price and dema... (more)

Apple iPad May Overtake Amazon Kindle

A recent survey of e-book reader owners and intenders shows that prior to the release of the iPad, Apple ranks just behind Amazon in the US and UK in terms of preferred brand; and if the iPad provides a compelling eReader experience, it may overtake Amazon’s Kindle. Details may be found in the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab report, “US & UK eReader Owner and Intender Survey 2010.” Current e-book reader owners report being extremely satisfied with their devices. Four out of five US owners prefer e-book readers to physical books. Potential e-book customers prefer: Ease of access to books; Ease of content transfer; and Newspaper and magazine availability. “While brand name is still an important factor for current owners when choosing their next e-book reader,” commented Chris Schreiner, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Consumers buying their first e-book... (more)

IPad: Changing the Future of Computing

On paper, there is nothing particularly special about the Apple iPad, which is scheduled to arrive in retail stores Saturday. Its performance and size are good but not revolutionary. By Apple’s own admission, it’s similar to a netbook — a downsized laptop whose purpose is to run browser-based or other light applications. Because it’s Apple, the iPad will be more compact, user friendly, stylish and come with a salty price tag. But here’s why the iPad is important: It’s the next step in human-computer interaction. Increasingly, we are lost without access to a computer and the Internet. We install fewer applications from a disc, spend more computing time in a browser and connected to the Internet, and we’re storing more of our important data in the cloud. A smart phone just doesn’t cut it for many tasks. The screen is too small, the processor too underpowered and the ... (more)

Sybase Extends Mobile Device Management Solution to iPad & Android

PBDJ News Desk Sybase, a provider of enterprise and mobile software, on Tuesday announced support for iPad and Android devices with the latest release of Afaria. With strong consumer adoption of highly functional mobile devices, enterprises are now able to embrace this widespread demand by providing secure access to corporate information. With the new ability to secure and manage iPad and Android, Sybase extends its ubiquitous device support to a list that includes iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows, Symbian and BlackBerry. "The popularity of highly functional smart mobile devices, such as iPhone, Android and now the iPad, is significantly impacting enterprise mobility support requirements as these devices increasingly cross over from consumers into the corporate setting," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst of J. Gold Associates, LLC. "The extensive commu... (more)

Dell Folds its Mobile Unit

Dell's mobile device chief Ron Garriques, the guy Dell hired in 2007 after he didn't cut it at Motorola, is leaving the company effective January 28 although he's supposed to consult for the next year. Dell has reorganized his year-old Communications Solutions Group out of existence, spreading its tablets like the poorly received Android-based Streak, phones like its Aero and Venue Pro and laptops like the pricey Adamo around its primary business groups: large enterprises, government, SMBs and consumer. Development of any next-generation widgets will move under Jeff Clarke, who's responsible for PC engineering, design and development as well as manufacturing, procurement and supply chain. The Wall Street Journal figures it means Dell continues to have turnaround issues and trouble breaking out of it old mold of selling computers to business. Dell told the SEC Gar... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 12, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly eBay’s stock experienced sharp growth last week after  releasing new information on it’s successful mobile business. Read Original Content According to IDC Financial Insights, the number of consumers using their smartphones to complete online or offline transactions has doubled as of May 2012. Read Original Content. Worldwide mobile payment transactions will total $171.5 billion in 2012... (more)

iPad for Business By @ChrisFleck | @ThingsExpo @Citrix #IoT #M2M #API

Despite the mostly positive financial news from Apple, the one weakness that gets a lot of press is the decrease in iPad sales. For the second quarter of 2015, sales were down 18 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. There is speculation about overlap with the iPhone 6 Plus and the 12-inch Mac, plus various Android and Surface competitors. Does this mean the iPad is going away? I don't believe so. Despite the sales drop, Apple still sells 12 to 20 million iPads a quarter and they are very profitable. I would argue that the primary reason iPad sales are not growing is because the iPad life cycle is longer than the iPhone. I still have the same iPad 3 in the time I've had three different iPhones. From a business-user perspective, the iPad has the ideal size, weight and battery life for being productive on the road - or even down the hall in a conference room. A... (more)

My Thoughts on the Apple iPad

iPhone Apps on Ulitzer iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March. The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post here). MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here).  I think both writers make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers of CTOvision theirs. The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my mind is “overpriced.”  When you can purchase a decent netbook for under $300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?  Quite frankly, I... (more)