Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to Dominik Balogh, the developer of a push-enabled “to do” list application for iPhone called NotifyMe, the Push Notification technology provided by Apple does not appear to be working on any “unlocked” iPhones. Unlocked phones are those that have been modified to work on unsupported carriers. For example, in the U.S., this would mean phones that were hacked to work on T-Mobile’s network instead of on AT&T. This is different than “jailbroken” phones, which are phones modified to allow the installation of unapproved third-party applications. At first, you might dismiss this problem since it only affects a small subset of users, but Balogh brings up an important question: “what should the developers do?” People who have purchased his application are now angry that it doesn’t work, yet there’s nothing he can do to help them. The Problem with PushA few weeks ago, Apple released their updated mobile OS, the iPhone OS 3.0, which included support for Push notifications among many other things. The two available NotifyMe applications were configured to use the new technology in both the free and paid versions. With these applications, users can receive push messages that remind them of items on their to-do list that need their attention. Almost immediately after the company released the apps to the iTunes App Store, the support requests began rolling in. Balogh quickly realized there was a problem. Around 80% of the requests were from users who had installed NotifyMe on an unlocked phone. The users were complaining that the app either didn’t work reliably or didn’t work at all. Unfortunately, there was nothing Balogh or his co-developer Pavel Serbajlo could do to fix the situation. Says Balogh, the problem involves the Push Notification service:“…Every Push application has to request the unique token from the Apple’s APNS servers to identify the device it’s running on. Thanks to that token, APNS servers always know which device is yours. The token can be understood as an IP address — the server has to know where to send the notification and for which application. APNS can also change your token regularly for higher reliability, so it’s critical that the application requests the token again on every start (or when enabling the Push feature) to replace the old one if new token is forced by APNS.On any unlocked iPhone, the application requesting the token is stuck. APNS does not provide any response at all and the application can either cancel the request completely by automatic timeout or let user wait with the progress bar forever. Either way, the user will never receive any Push message, because APNS has not provided the token.”In other words, if you’re running an unlocked phone, you can forget about Push.What Should Developers Do?It may be easy for iPhone owners who haven’t hacked their device to scoff at this issue: “Well, that’s what you get for monkeying around with the firmware!” But the matter is not that simple. Developers will have to determine how they’re going to proceed now that they’re aware of this limitation. Should they try to support the hacked phones? Should they just place a warning message in their app’s description in the iTunes App Store? Should they ignore the problem (like Apple is doing)? Should they refund the money for the purchases? Even worse, many of the unsatisfied customers are leaving poor, 1-star reviews when rating the application since they’re unhappy it wasn’t working for them. That seems incredibly unfair to the developer who has created a perfectly good application that works within the confines put forth by Apple. Yet now, new potential customers – including those content with their unmodified phones – will see these negative reviews and likely choose not to purchase, potentially overlooking great applications that would have worked just fine for them. Apple’s Involvement: Zip, Zero, NadaApple has every right to ignore this situation, we suppose, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. After all, the issue affects only a small community of hackers who have modified their phones. Or does it?Does Apple have any responsibility to communicate this limitation to the developer community so they’re not caught off-guard as Balogh was? After all, it’s the developers who have to deal with the fallout – the overwhelming support requests, the unhappy customers, the bad reviews, etc. At the very least, Apple could configure their APNS (push) servers to return an error message of some sort to let the developers know what caused the connection to fail, suggests Balogh. That way, the developers could at least plan to put a warning message in their app’s description to cover themselves against these sorts of complaints. Does that seem like a fair request? What do you think either Apple or the developer community should do regarding this issue? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Features#mobile#NYT#web
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#news#web Related Posts “Internet TV” no longer means simply bringing Internet content to the television screen. Internet TV is no longer encompassed by the idea that users want to check their email on the big screen in the living room. Instead, Internet TV has shifted from that of an Internet-enabled device to that of an integrated service, available on a number of devices.The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official standards organization of the Web, has issued a report on the transition of TV to a service, identifying several points that need to be addressed for Internet TV to become a widely available, open, cross-platform service.In February, the organization held a Web and TV Workshop in which 77 organizations, “including broadcasters, telecom companies, cable operators, OTT (over the top) companies, content providers, device vendors, software vendors, Web application providers, researchers, governments, and standardization organizations active in the TV space,” discussed the future of television as a service. The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”According to the report, the conversation arrived at a number of “convergence priorities.” Among these priorities are adaptive streaming, or keeping a steady stream of video despite changing bandwidth, home networking, the role of metadata and Semantic Web technology, and even the possible extension of HTML5 for television. “In a world migrating from TV as a device to TV as a service available on any device,” said W3C’s François Daoust, co-chair of the Workshop, “the W3C is looking forward to developing ubiquitous Web technologies to enable scenarios that combine local (e.g., from home network devices) and global (e.g. social networks) sources to enhance the user experience on TV.”Right now, devices and services often compete on content offerings rather than functionality. This will change with time, however. “As television evolves further into a service,” reads the press release, “people will expect the service to be available on a variety of devices, and to connect smoothly with other favorite services, including social networking and shopping. As the number and diversity of devices grows (across multiple industries), interoperability challenges will also grow.”The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”The platform would offer standardized ways to handle issues that are currently proprietary and platform specific. Issues with Digital Rights Management (DRM), for example, prohibits Android users from getting Netflix – a benefit their iPhone-wielding brethren have enjoyed for nearly quite a while. Proposals for metadata and Semantic Web solutions, for example, could make interoperable solutions between different software solutions possible. Imagine if every audio program treated MP3s completely different – that’s where we currently are with Television content. In all, that’s the current state of Internet TV. It’s fragmented, walled-in and proprietary. DRM technology works on one platform and not another, while one service identifies content in one way, while another identifies in a completely different and incompatible manner. Content streams more smoothly on one device than another and is available on one set-top box but not the other. The W3C’s proposal would work to centralize some of these issues and have services and devices compete directly on the quality of the service provided, the functionality and interaction, rather than the basic experience. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
But as the Economist pointed out, any improvements just weren’t worth the cost. ROI might seem like a cold measure for an educational program, but every dollar spent on XOs is a dollar not spent training teachers, building schools or subsidizing transportation, meals and other programs that encourage children to attend class. In the world’s poorest regions (OLPC’s target market), where average spending per student is just $48 per year and the cost of an XO could feed a family for months, ROI is essential. At its heart, the problem comes from the top. In the video above, OLPC Chairman Nicholas Negroponte lays out a radical educational vision for disadvantaged regions that might not require teachers at all:“What is transformation? It’s not making the classroom better. It’s not trying to do traditional educational technology. It’s actually using the kids – and I really mean the word using the kids – as the agents of change.”Doing an end-run around lousy infrastructure and poorly-trained teachers might actually work with the right support to guide the child’s learning. Unfortunately, Negroponte has also stated that you actually can give a kid a laptop and walk away.According to Jeff Patzer, a former OLPC intern, that’s precisely what they did in Peru. Hardware degraded faster than expected, and OLPC allowed Peru to build its own branch of the system software that was incompatible with patches. Interns were not prepared to educate teachers, and teachers were not prepared to use the XO to teach students.“The only thing that happens is the laptops get opened, turned on, kids and teachers get frustrated by hardware and software bugs, don’t understand what to do, and promptly box them up to put back in the corner.” Patzer explained. The ProblemThe XOs have been in the field now for several years, and the numbers are starting to come in. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be working – at least not well enough to justify the expense.The Economist called the project “a disappointing return from an investment,” noting that after Peru put $225 million of XO laptops in the field, an Inter-American Development Bank study found no measurable improvement in math, reading, motivation or time spent on homework. Specifically, the study found that “although many countries are aggressively implementing the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, there is a lack of empirical evidence on its effects.”OLPC has never leaned heavily on empirical evidence. According to its website, “the best preparation for children is to develop the passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn.” And the IDB study admits that “some positive effects are found, however, in general cognitive skills.” cormac foster In an interview with the Associated Press, a Ministry of Education official admitted that, “In essence, what we did was deliver the computers without preparing the teachers…The Ministry is not going to do another macro project of this type. It is not going to make multimillion-dollar purchases and distribute (computers) like candy.”OLPC may be a noble organization with a valid cause, but its methods just don’t seem to be moving the needle. Like many people, I truly wanted OLPC to work – wanted to believe that it made sense. But there’s no evidence that this kind of investment makes sense for poverty-stricken countries. It’s time to try something new.The PrognosisThe next few years will be rough. Internet access will continue to lag in the world’s poorest areas, greatly diminishing the XO’s utility, and Peru’s difficulties may cause other countries to rethink the true cost of building and maintaining an ecosystem to support the devices.At the same time, more powerful (if less rugged) hardware using standard software has come down in price and will challenge the XO in wealthier markets. Perhaps more significant, as low-cost smartphones flood the developing world, the XO will have to justify itself as more than a media consumption device. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll see many more large-scale installations.Can OLPC Be Saved?To survive, OLPC needs to take a step back to consider the “why.” Its mission was based on a fuzzy notion that giving every child a laptop would magically make things better. But if the organization can accept a more involved role as an educational consultant (or find partners to do so), it could conceivably still play a part in global educational reform.Previous Technology DeathwatchesIn-House Data Centers: No changePoint-and-Shoot Cameras: No changeVideo Game Consoles: The utility of bundles apps like Netflix and Vudu seems to be slipping. An NPD Study showed that one in five consumers who view streaming video on their TVs do so without a peripheral device.Blu-Ray: The same NPD study reveals that “online video is maturing” as users migrate to watching streaming media on their TVs.QR Codes: It’s been a mixed bag. While Bank of America is testing QR codes for mobile payments (good news for the technology), a security researcher demonstrated how a malicious QR code could be used to wipe a Samsung smartphone.Company DeathwatchesFor an update on our baker’s dozen of company Deathwatches, check out our updated ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch Update: The Unlucky 13. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Deathwatch#E-Learning#Government Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One Laptop Per Child puts computers in the hands of the world’s most vulnerable children to help educate them out of poverty. It’s a noble cause championed by our brightest minds – but it doesn’t seem to work. The BasicsIn the mid-2000s, faculty members from the MIT Media Research Lab set out to “to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education.” By 2006, the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) had created the XO, a rugged, low-power laptop with a number of innovative features, including ad hoc, peer-to-peer wireless networking, water-resistant keyboards and a solid-state hard drive. By running a Linux variant (highly customized for education) and a using unique, low-cost screen, OLPC was able to reduce the price of the XO to $200 – just within the reach of cash-strapped governments in developing nations.OLPC’s mission was simple: “To empower the world’s poorest children through education.” To that end, it worked with education ministries around the world, and have distributed more than 2 million XOs in 42 countries. While Uruguay was the first participating country, the largest deployment by far has been in Peru, involving more than 8,300 schools and 980,000 laptops. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Going to school every morning has become a Herculean task for children from a tiny village in Gujarat’s Chhotaudepur district as they have no option but to cross a river, which is in spate after torrential rains.Rolling up their trousers, these children, mostly tribals, aged between five and 10 years, have to wade through the waters of the fast-flowing Orsang river passing through the Bokadiya village, where the road leading to their government-run school has got submerged.They take at least 20 minutes to cross the river and reach the primary school, located about one km away on the other side of the river, said village sarpanch (head) Naarsing Rathwa.“Most of the time, these children cross the river by forming a human chain which prevents them from falling into the water. Those still quite young sit on their parents’ shoulders to reach the school,” according to Mr. Rathwa. He said the district authorities and the State government earlier promised to construct a bridge for the safety of the children. The primary school’s principal Bhavesh Makwana said children were finding it quite difficult to wade through the water to attend classes every day.Ghanshyam Rathwa, a Class V student said he was scared of falling while crossing the river. Another villager said there were snakes in the river, which was also a cause of concern.“Crossing the river to reach the school is a big problem for the children,” the sarpanch said, adding that even getting an ambulance in case of an emergency was difficult because of the flooded village road.Rajya Sabha MP Naransinh Rathwa (Congress), who hails from Chhotaudepur, said he has appealed to the Gujarat government and the Centre to facilitate speedy construction of a bridge on the Orsang river.
There are plenty of games and highlights up on the TFA YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out! To watch all the action from finals day (full games), please click on the links below. To view highlights from the event, please visit – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Senior Mixed grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_LNxhPrtzs Men’s 45’s grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y2bjSgf08E Women’s Elite Eight semi final 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4T9Y9QEn4k Men’s Elite Eight semi final 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JbSHfCy_2Q Men’s 30’s grand final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smag5vdRz94 Women’s T League final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyQKJlQfaG8 Men’s T League final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmp46Zyqqg Mixed Open final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrJ5MAV80eM Women’s Elite Eight final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dACe-QOos Men’s Elite Eight final – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TniIED9oBxI Related LinksNTL Finals – Live
Marseille teammates liken Dario Benedetto to Sergio Agueroby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValere Germain has likened Olympique Marseille teammate Dario Benedetto to Sergio Aguero.Benedetto has quickly won over his new OM teammates since arriving from Boca Juniors.”Dario Benedetto? The last time I heard (Sergio) Aguero. It’s not necessarily the same profile, but they are players who are not very tall, who fight, keep the ball very well and finish the opportunities they have,” said Germain. “So maybe he looks a little like Aguero. We hope in any case that he will do as good a season that what Aguero will do with (Manchester) City.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Fine_and_Tandy Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyLouisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has had a rough season in the PR department, between the alleged sex scandal rocking his program and the way he acted following his team’s loss to Kentucky on Saturday. One writer believes that the recent developments have vaulted him into a league of his own – one you don’t want to be in.FOX Sports’ Aaron Torres believes that Pitino is now the “least likable figure in college sports.” Here’s his thought process:…He’s a man who has proven to have virtually no moral compass off the court, and on the court, has a program that is currently in the midst of the NCAA’s crosshairs. And yet despite all that, despite the fact that he continues to make an embarrassment of both his school and himself, he found time to put himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons again this weekend. That man is Rick Pitino, and while fans continue to dislike Coach K, Calipari and Saban for reasons only known to them, I am here to say that Pitino is, without a doubt, the most impossible person to like in all of college sports. And since no one else is going to call him out for making a fool of himself Saturday I will do so here. Obviously, coaches stick around much longer than players in college athletics, so they’re going to make up the majority of any kind of list like this. Pitino certainly has his fair share of questionable incidents over the years to justify a spot on here.But is he the least likable of all? You can read Aaron’s entire column here.