Adobe Flash Unfit for iPhone

One thing is inherently missing with the iPhone and the iPad when visiting multimedia sites. There are blank screens where videos or animated content are normally displayed. The problem with the iPhone and iPad is it does not support Adobe Flash. Steve Jobs recently was quoted saying Adobe Flash is unfit for the iPhone.

He says it has too many bugs, drains batteries too quickly and is too oriented to personal computers to work on the iPhone and iPad. Jobs cited reliability, security and performance” are the reasons Apple will continue to keep the Adobe Flash off its devices.

Meanwhile, a Google vice president has confirmed that full support for Flash is coming in the next version of Android. Whatever is happening behind the scenes between Apple and Adobe, Google is going to benefit. Android is well positioned to take advantage of the gaping hole Apple has left with Adobe Flash unsupported.

Ubuntu 10.04 Is Here

If you are running Ubuntu, today is your lucky day. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is now out. Check the Ubuntu website if the latest release is available for download. If not yet, it will be available later on today.

If you want to perform an upgrade instead of downloading the ISO image, just press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box.

The Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Web Hosting Initiative Guidelines

Selecting the right web hosting company is the first step to ensuring a successful online presence. There are several approaches in choosing a cheap web hosting solution for websites. Let’s suppose you registered a domain name and you need a quality cheap website hosting account from a reputable Canadian web hosting company.

The two common methods are: to directly contact the web hosting companies and purchase a desired plan without putting any effort in researching the available packages. The other method is to perform a thorough research from review websites.

In most cases, every hosting provider tries to increase sales with less emphasis on quality of service. Website hosting companies usually hide the negative aspects in their products and promote a single piece of information with less on facts.

The best approach is to perform due diligence by researching web hosts from review websites. There are numerous hosting review sites that provide consumers with the latest and up to date reviews of cheap web hosts as well as dedicated server providers.

Webmasters are getting much more involved. They write reviews about each package or each company whether they are promoting cheap website hosting or dedicated servers.

A decision can be made by comparing the different packages of different hosts on the basis of bandwidth, storage space, and other additional features. Depending on the criteria, whether price and features, a web hosting provider can be given preference over one another.

In a nutshell, the best way to go for a web host is to visit a hosting review site that will give you a true picture of reality and will afford you the most suitable web hosting plan for your website.

HP Buys Palm

HP is buying Palm for $1.3 billion. This means Palm’s webOS will get a much needed boost from an well established company. HP has dabbled with smart phones in the past. HP’s smart phones ran on Windows Mobile. Expect webOS running on future HP smart phones.

AMD Phenom II X6 Processors

I upgraded my desktop to the AMD Phenom II X4 620 chip in January for just $99. Today, AMD released a six-core processor starting at $199. From ZDNet:

AMD released today its first six-core processors for desktops, only a few weeks after Intel released its first six-core desktop chip. Unlike Intel’s “Gulftown,” which is available in limited quantities and costs more than $1,000 in retail, AMD’s “Thuban” processors start at around $200. AMD claims computer makers should be able to build complete desktops with Phenom II X6 chips for about the same price as the Core i7-980X Extreme alone.

The two new processors are the 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 1055T, which costs $199, and the 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, which is $295. (With the Black Edition processors, you can overclock not only the CPU, but also other parts of the system, to further boost performance.) In addition to the six-core processor, this new high-end platform includes a supporting chipset, the 890GX, and Radeon HD 5000 series DirectX 11 GPUs. AMD refers to this platform as Leo. The Phenom II X6 can also be used as a drop-in upgrade in any AM2+ or AM3 motherboard.

If you are looking to upgrade soon, consider AMD’s Thuban processors. They can be used with your existing AM2+ or AM3 motherboard. Excellent value for the price.

Google is Capturing Your Wireless Information

Google Street View vehicles are all over the place. They photograph streets, people walking (albeit with blurred faces), cars, and homes. They also capture your Wifi network information including your MAC addresses and SSIDs.

From ZDNet’s article:

So here’s the scenario. Google’s Street View vehicles are traveling all over the world, sucking as much information into Google’s ginormous databases as they can find. Some of that information shows up in the publicly-available Street View application and some, apparently doesn’t. According to an article in the German SPIEGEL ONLINE (and oh-so-helpfully — and ironically — translated by Google Translate), Google’s roving spy cars are also cataloging WiFi network information, including MAC addresses and available SSIDs.

Google, according to SPIEGEL, claims that acquiring public WiFi data is nothing new or strange (I’ll save you the translation from English to German, and back to English). The basic idea is that there have been public WiFi hotspot directories for years, and Google’s act of cataloging those it finds is nothing new or sinister.

True dat.

While Google’s hunger for all available data can be scary at times, there’s nothing new about gathering available wireless information. Any fairly competent IT administrator knows how to use a network protocol analyzer and if a network is configured to leak any information into the public airwaves, that’s ultimately a problem of poor network administration and not Google’s greed for digital data.

I do believe it would be unwise for Google to publish MAC addresses on Street View. It doesn’t really add any value and it would put network devices at more risk (especially if a MAC address can be ascertained by just looking at a Google map anywhere in the world, rather than having to be within wireless access distance, which is usually just down the street).

It’s probably nothing. I hope. But it’s scary how much one company knows way too much information about you!

Ubuntu 10.04 Title Bar Buttons

I just spent my first minute with Ubuntu 10.04. I already don’t like it. Whose idea was it to move the Title Bar buttons to the left side? I’m not even going to link dozens of websites giving out tutorials how to move the the title buttons back to the right. And one more thing, the purple background reminds me way too much of a Mac. In the meantime, I will play around with it some more.

Google Knows Everything About You

Scary as that may sound, Google knows everything about you. From ZDNet:

Privacy advocate Moxie Marlinspike used the spotlight of the SOURCE conference here to call attention to Google’s data harvesting practices, warning that the search engine giant can mine information to figure out even what Web surfers are thinking about.

During a presentation that discussed the changing threats to privacy, Marlinspike likened Google’s data collection to the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program and lamented that fact that it’s near impossible to avoid Google’s tentacles without “opting out of the social narrative.”

“They have an awful lot of data. They record everything.  They have your IP address, your search requests, the contents of every e-mail you’ve ever sent or received. They know the news you read, the places you go.  They’re even collecting real-time GPS location and DNS look-ups,” Marlinspike said.

“They know who you friends are, where you live, where you work, where you are spending your free time. They know about your health, your love life, your political leanings. They even know what you are thinking about,” Marlinspike added, warning that the company has found a way to control the terms of the privacy debate by offering what he described as fake anonymization.

Read the rest of the article.

9 Million iPads

Over a 1,018,0279 iPads have been sold according to Chikita Labs.

Apple sold 500,000 iPads in its first week, so that would mean that its pace has slowed to roughly half that, or 250,000 per week in weeks two and three.

If Apple’s indeed already sold 1 million iPads in a scant three weeks, it could close out the year with around 9 million iPads sold (assuming a pace of 1M units per month) or even as many as 10 million with a big holiday surge. Not bad for a product that it was only available for three quarters of the year.

I’m not sure if the iPad’s momentum is sustainable. The iPad certainly has exceeded everyone’s expectation. Will it sell 9 million units by year end? Time will only tell.