I’m at QCon London, an annual developer conference which is among my favourites thanks to its vendor-neutral content.
One session which stood out for me was from Robin Wilton, Director for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society, who spoke on “Understanding and managing your Digital Footprint”. I should report dissatisfaction, in that we only
…continue reading Privacy and online data sharing is a journey into the unknown: report from QCon London
Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for a breathtaking $16 billion. Too much money by any normal valuation; but that might not matter if it makes sense strategically.
What is the value of WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.
…continue reading What’s up with Facebook acquiring “we don’t sell ads” WhatsApp
In last year’s review I wrote “Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far”. Same again? The headline still rings true, though I would not write “Apple down” today. Android ended Apple’s chance of world domination in mobile, but the company continues to thrive. In some markets Apple is almost the only company that
…continue reading Reflecting on 2013: the year of not the PC, no privacy, and the Internet of Things
2011 felt like a pivotal year in technology. What was pivoting? Well, users are pivoting away from networks and PCs and towards cloud and devices. The obvious loser is Microsoft, which owns PCs and networks but is a distant follower in devices and has mixed prospects in the cloud. Winners include Apple, Google, Amazon, and
…continue reading ITWriting.com awards 2011: ten key happenings, from Nokia’s burning platform to HP’s nightmare year
At Nokia World in London on Wednesday, CEO Stephen Elop presented the new Lumia range of Windows Phones. You can watch the keynote here – I was impressed by Elop’s clarity and conviction, and also by VP Blanca Juti who talked about the Asha range of nearly-smartphone feature phones.
The demonstration of the Windows
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I am researching a piece on developing for Facebook with Microsoft Azure, and of course the first thing I did was to try it out.
…continue reading The frustration of developing for Facebook with C#
I attended the London press briefing for Windows Phone “Mango”, also known as Windows Phone 7.1. This will be on new phones in the Autumn, and will be a free update for all existing Windows Phone 7 devices.
Microsoft showed a bunch of new features, including Internet Explorer 9 – which, we were told,
…continue reading Windows Phone “Mango” shown, looks good but still no Adobe Flash
Microsoft has posted a white paper setting out what you need to do in order to have users who are signed on to a local Windows domain seamlessly use an Azure-hosted application, without having to sign in again.
I think this is a huge feature. Maintaining a single user directory is more secure and more
…continue reading Single sign-on from Active Directory to Windows Azure: big feature, still challenging
Gartner’s Nick Jones addressed this question in a blog post yesterday. He refers to the “rule of three” which conjectures that no more than three large vendors can succeed in a mature market. If this applies in mobile, then we will see no more than three survivors, after failures and consolidation, from the following group
…continue reading Which mobile platforms will fail?