What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio.
This Java/Android IDE has been in preview/beta since Google IO in May. It is based on the excellent JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.
You can get Android Studio here. It is now the official Android IDE and developers using Eclipse are encouraged to migrate – like it or
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Google announced at its I/O conference in June 2014 that Android apps are coming to its Chrome OS. Earlier this month product managers Ken Mixter and Josh Woodward announced that the first four Android apps are available in the Chromebook app store: Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine.
I delayed posting about this until I
…continue reading Android apps on Chrome: how it works and what it may become
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has penned a rather long public letter which sets out his ambitions for the company. It is not full of surprises for those who have been paying attention, but confirms what we are already seeing in projects such as Office for iPad: Microsoft is positioning itself for a world in which
…continue reading Microsoft repositions for a post-Windows client world
I am not in San Francisco but attended Google I/O Extended in London yesterday, to hear the keynote and a couple of sessions from Google’s annual developer conference.
I found the demographics different than most IT events I attend: a younger crowd, and plenty of start-ups and very small businesses, not at all enterprisey
…continue reading Google I/O 2014: impressive momentum, no wow moments
“Users of today’s PCs live on a precipice. One false click and the adware and malware invades,” I remarked in a recent comment on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 launch.
The remark was prompted by a recent call from a friend. His PC was playing up. He was getting all sort of security warnings and being
…continue reading Google, Bing: time to junk these parasitic download sites
It was a lightbulb moment. The problem: how to migrate a document store from one Office 365 (hosted SharePoint) instance to another. Copy it all out and copy it back in, obviously, but that is painful over ADSL (which is all I had at my disposal) since the “asynchronous” part of ADSL means slow uploads;
…continue reading Amazon AWS and the continuing trend towards cloud services. Desktops next?
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
Last week I reviewed a Google Chromebook. Next, I assisted a small business move from Office 365 to Office 365 – yes, Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering is divided into plans, such that if you want to move from certain plans to certain other plans you have to start again with a new
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and the battle for simplicity