feeds | grep link > Privacy Badges for Mobile Apps, StatusNet’s New iPhone Client, Meego Ported to a Few Android Devices, and More

  • TRUSTe to offer badge for mobile sites, apps
    I may sound cynical for saying so, but does anyone look for verification badge on existing web sites any more? The details at the New York Times are encouraging but I really am curious if TRUSTe’s brand still has cache in this space. Questions of trust and privacy for mobile apps and sites are certainly becoming more and more pressing, both with Apple’s heavy handed curation model and Android’s more liberal one. I just am not sure what stock users will put into the badges.
  • StatusNet releases iPhone client
    I am happy to see Evan and crew thriving. Audrey Watters at ReadWriteWeb has some details of the new app as well as an update on the company’s recent funding. I installed the app on my iPod Touch, it is pretty consistent with the portable desktop application they released earlier. One thing I would like is push support. I am also curious to see how the Android version stacks up once I get a replacement for my iPod.
  • New tablet from RIM reveals what they did with the acquisition of the QNX OS, The Register
  • Mapping the brain on a massive scale, Technology Review
  • Rewiring a damaged brain, Slashdot
  • Meego port for other Android devices
    Make had a story yesterday about a Nexus 1 running Meego, another Linux based OS designed for mobile devices. It makes sense that an Android capable gadget would easily run what could be thought of as a sibling OS. No big surprise, then, that the H expands the story today to point out that Dell’s Streak and HTC’s desire have also been made to run Meego. Sadly, as the H goes on to explain, there are issues with Android’s binary only accelerated graphics drivers for these three devices, so the Meego port is little more than a not very usable proof of concept.

feeds | grep links > DuckDuckGo Launches Tor Hidden Service, Wikipedia Experiments with P2P for Video, and More

Security Alerts for the Week Ending 9/12/2010

feeds | grep links > Broadband as Voting Issue in Australia, CERN’s Changing Patent Policies, More on European Police Raids of ISPs, and More

feeds | grep links > Digital Census in Brazil, Ads that Stalk Surfers, Cyanogen Supports FroYo, and More

Security Alerts for the Week Ending 8/29/2010

I should have posted these yesterday, going by my usual schedule. Being on hiatus from the podcast is disrupting my usual force of habit though.

Dell Streak Stumbles Over GPL Compliance

The Register has the details, driven by the hackers among Android’s larger community, of Dell’s failure to fully honor their GPL obligations with their new gadget. The Streak is an early entrant into a promising field of Android powered mobile devices, tablets. Well, it isn’t quite a tablet as the consensus seems to consider tablets in the range of seven inch screens and up. And it isn’t quite a true MID, usually coming in at four inch or so. (MID stands for mobile internet device and is a bland and worthless descriptor that seems most commonly applied to handy non-tablet devices like the iPod Touch.) The most frequent attempt at describing the Streak I’ve seen is to characterize it as an oversized phone, with all the appropriate hardware and available with a service place but clumsy to hold up to the ear.

This is one of the devices I am following with interest to potentially purchase as a successor to my aging and increasingly decrepit first generation iPod Touch. Hopefully Dell will come into compliance sooner, rather than later. Especially as the sources in question could mean the difference between having or not having the option of an after market, manually upgrade to FroYo, the latest version of Android.

Dell Streak snub enrages Android fans, The Register

feeds | grep links > Another Zombie Cookie Lawsuit, Airport Scanners Outside the Terminal,

Quick Security Alerts for the Week Ending 8/22/2010

Security Alerts for the Week Ending 8/15/2010