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Google Gets A New UI For Their Mobile Search Engine

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a quick heads-up: Google enhanced their mobile search engine UI . It seems that they are following the same trend on the browser version as well as on the mobile version of the search engine and try to keep it as minimalistic as possible.

[via FSM]

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In 2010, hackers could focus on Wave Google, Android and iPhone

December 30, 2009 1 comment

Roel Schouwenberg, a researcher involved in the Kaspersky Lab-Americans, said that most likely, with the arrival of the new year, there might be a change in the type of malware that spreads on the net. In your opinion, Google Wave, Android and iPhone will be services / devices more targeted by hackers all the world.

Regarding Google Wave will begin with spam and it goes up to phishing attacks, and finally to the vulnerability of the system. Android for the contamination will be ahead of peers from the continued expansion and dissemination of these new devices. More peaceful situation for the device of Apple: second Schouwenberg, in fact, all the iPhone are fairly protected through control present on AppStore.

The only threat, perhaps, could result in a device jailbreakkato, the procedure removes all the limitations that Apple has introduced to prevent precisely these unfortunate happened.

Finally, the researcher says the malware will be increasingly sophisticated and will become an ever greater threat.

Google Developing iPhone Web App version of Google Voice

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment
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Apple rejected Google’s official Google Voice application and other related third-party iPhone apps from the iPhone App Store last month as they were duplicating features that are already available on the iPhone such as Dialer, SMS etc. However, there seems to be more to it than the reason given by Apple which has also prompted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Apple’s rejection of Google Voice Apps from the App Store and has sent letters to apple], AT&T and Google to find out the reason.
According to New York Times, Google is already developing an iPhone web
app version of Google Voice to bypass the approval process that is required for native iPhone apps.

It is widely speculated that Apple rejected Google’s official Google Voice application and other related third-party iPhone apps from the iPhone App Store due to pressure from AT&T. The reason why AT&T might be worried about such iPhone a is because it allows free text messages and cheap international calls and they could have a direct impact on AT&T’s revenues.
According to New York Times:

“Google says it is readying a replacement for the Google Voice app that will offer exactly the same features as the rejected app—except that it will take the form of a specialized, iPhone-shaped Web. For all intents and purposes, it will behave exactly the same as the app would have; you can even install it as an icon on your Home screen.”

If you remember, Google released Google Latitude for iPhone last month as an iPhone web app instead of a native iPhone app due to limitations imposed by Apple on third party iPhone apps.
However, the problem with an iPhone web app or for that matter even a native iPhone app, which cannot run in the background is that it dilutes the functionality of the feature by a great extent as it does not continuously update the location. In case of an iPhone web , it’s even worse as it won’t have the Push Notification feature which could have been useful for features like SMS.
But, Google creates the best apps from the iPhone so we would love to see their iPhone web app version of Google Voice.
If you don’t want to wait then you can checkout our post on how to use Google Voice on your iPhone.


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GPush available for download l AppStore

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

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About a month ago there was talk of GPush, a new and useful application that will notify you of the receipt of new email via Push. From a few hours is available for download and we, therefore, to see how it works and what we offer.

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Operation is extremely simple. We will not have to do is enter our access data and then the server will send the ping all’IMAP Gmail. Only when there are new posts will open a connection to our iPhone and then opens the pop-up notification that contains the address of the sender and subject of the message. In addition, we have many other features such as:

  • Push notifications snapshots;
  • Less consumption of the battery, even with active notifications;
  • Opportunity to see your mails by Lockscreen like text messages;
  • SSL certificates for the security of your personal information


GPush is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires firmware 3.0 or later and is localized in English.

Apple and Google had employee non-poaching agreement. That’s over now.

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

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TechCrunch’s sources at Google have informed them that Apple and Google had a no-poach employee agreement going on over the years that Google’s Eric Schmidt was on the board of directors at Apple. “This was not a written agreement, and was considered non-official, but it was well-known and followed within the recruitment division of Google, we’re told.”
Google and Apple have been investigated by the DOJ for sharing board members which could theoretically have the byproduct of this type of behavior.
Interestingly, now that Schmidt is off of Apple’s board, the “gentleman’s agreement” may now be off, according to MG Siegler.
He continues:
To be clear, this unwritten agreement was that Google would not go after Apple employees, and vice versa. However, employees of both companies were free to apply to the other company on their own, we’re told. That’s a small, but important difference as the practice of going after other company’s talent, also known as “poaching”, is considered to be an important component of healthy competition in the market. That’s why the Justice Department is looking into it.
There has been a flurry of events over the past year which indicate that Google and Apple’s relationship, while strong, might be deteriorating. Eric Schmidt mentioned that Google kept multi-touch off of the Android G1 “At Apple’s request”. They also didn’t seem to mind too much when their Latitude and Voice applications for iPhone got pulled and simply said that they’d build web versions. The Voice application rejection also got the FCC involved again, sending requests to Apple, Google and AT&T for clarification.
For what it is worth, the Feds have indicated that Eric Schmidt stepping down from Apple’s board would not stop their investigations.

Seven Reasons to Ditch your iPhone

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks to QuarkOne from xsellize for these nice reasons to trash your iPhone 🙂



It’s been a nasty week for iPhone users. Apple has buckled to pressure from AT&T and denied Google’s Voice application from the App Store: a nifty service that helps you consolidate phones and manage your voicemail online. The app lives on at the BlackBerry App World and Android Market, making some of the technorati so angry they’ve vowed to ditch AT&T in protest–and their beloved iPhone with it. Here are seven reasons why you should make AT&T and Apple suffer for their sins.

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They’re anticompetitive. Sure, every business wants to edge out its foes, but AT&T and Apple are now under FCC investigation for their black-box app approval process. Regulators want to know who killed the app, and why Voice is different than other VOIP apps like Skype. Check out the inquiries here.
They’re targets. Heavy lies the crown; just ask Microsoft. When your software platform is the world leader, it earns a lot of antipathy from hackers, who spend their time engineering ways to make your device crash and burn. Already, the iPhone has been the subject of several frightening security breaches like the text message vulnerability, which Apple has fixed. But the platform has only been around a couple of years– the more success it finds, the more trouble will find you.
They’re dicks. When Apple rejected Google Voice from the App Store, it also pulled all other GV-related apps, some of which customers paid for. Now they’re pissed because they want refunds, and Apple is telling developers that those refunds are supposed to come out of the developers’ pockets. Not. Cool.
Apps are mayhem. When the iPhone had a couple of hundred apps available, you responded by downloading a handful. Now there are 50,000 of them, and you’ve responded by downloading approximately 30,000 of them. The problem: you don’t delete your superfluous apps–they’re what make the iPhone the iPhone–but you don’t want to trip over them getting to, say, important stuff like the camera. Apple’s organizational system for apps on the phone is terrible; move one, and the rest tumble into disarray, and there aren’t any ways to organize them by name, size or kind. What happens when you have more than 11 screens of apps?
You can’t find anything. The disarray plaguing the iPhone’s interface doesn’t get any better in iTunes, where it’s almost impossible to discover cool new apps easily without having to sift through garbage first. Third-party sites like AppBeacon help, but the more apps flood the store, the more bloated and unwieldy iTunes gets. Right now, the main conduit for discovery is the “What’s New” list, which is killing developers: it encourages them to do updates as often as possible, so they can stay on that list. That, in turn, inundates the App Store with approval requests they can’t handle. Stupid.

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Android is beautiful. As I’ve written before, some of the Android phones out there–and 18 or 20 more are expected before 2010–are more gorgeous and functional than the iPhone could ever dream of being. Plus, each company in the Open Handset Alliance has a different customization, letting you choose a phone that is built up the way you want.

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T-Mobile is cheaper. A lot cheaper. Check out their plans and weep. Like BlackBerrys over Android phones? Verizon has better customer service, and Sprint is faster, with WiMAX already rolled out in several cities. If you have an iPhone, you know that AT&T connects calls about as often as the Cubs win games. Which is not often. Not often at all. I’m not even a baseball fan and I know this analogy fits.
I should note that I’m no unilateral iPhone hater: right beside me sits my precious white 3G S, 3G before that, 2G before that. And when die-hards like me and this guy (and this guy) start talking about jumping ship, Apple should listen up: customer malice is just about the only thing they can’t afford right now.

Google Voice Silenced by Apple on iPhone

August 3, 2009 3 comments

Updated: Apple shuts the door on all Google Voice applications, including third-party applications that support search engine giant Google’s VOIP and telephony product, which is rolling out to more users. Google Voice duplicates some features in the iPhone, but analysts believe Apple’s chilliness also stems from its relationship with AT&T. Carriers dislike Google Voice because of the free SMS and cheap international calls it provides.

In a sign that Apple will not always play nice with Google, Apple has banned the Google Voice application, as well as third-party Google Voice applications, from its iPhone App Store, ostensibly because Google Voice features compete with those in the iPhone.
Reached by phoneClick the image to open in full size. July 18, Apple spokesperson Jennifer Bowcock declined to comment, but a Google spokesperson confirmed the ban of Google Voice in a statement to eWEEK July 27:

Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users—for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.

The move was first reported by TechCrunch and there is additional coverage on TechMeme.
Earlier in the day on July 27, iPhone application developer Sean Kovacs said his popular application GV Mobile, which lets users make calls and send SMS (Short Message Service) messages from a Google Voice number to any other number in a contact list, was also removed from the App Store.

Kovacs wrote in his blog: “Richard Chipman from Apple just called—he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general.”
VoiceCentral, which does the same thing GV Mobile does, was also banned from the App Store, but not until reporters asked Google about Google Voice did anyone learn that Google’s application had been give the cold shoulder as well.
While Apple is maintaining its silence on the subject, TechCrunch speculates that Apple’s treatment of Google Voice applications comes courtesy of sole iPhone carrier AT&T. Update: Daring Fireball’s John Gruber confirmed this through a source.
Phone companies are leery of Google Voice, which does an end run around their services by providing free SMS and cheap international calling services.
Enderle Group analyst Rob Enderle acknowledged that Apple and AT&T would indeed have reason to shunt Google Voice to the side. Enderle told eWEEK:

With Google Voice, the competitive issue would exist with both Apple and AT&T because it reverses the strategy Apple has with iTunes and Safari on the PC (use them to pull customers to Apple products from Windows) to apply to the new Android phone platform and, since it is VOIP [voice over IP], it potentially cuts AT&T’s revenue stream as well.

More broadly, Enderle noted that programmers are having a hard time figuring out what applications will or won’t be accepted in the App Store, adding that Apple is showing a trend toward blocking or crippling applications that appear to be competing.
Enderle pointed to streaming music application Slacker, which is crippled on the iPhone and can’t be used on an airplane. However, Slacker works on a BlackBerry during flight just fine.
“Out here [in Silicon Valley], the metaphor used to describe Apple’s app approval process is ‘Russian Roulette,'” Enderle quipped.
The combination of a cryptic process and this anticompetitive behavior has some developers turning to write programs for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry operating system, Google’s Android OS and Palm’s Palm WebOS, Enderle said.
The banning of Google Voice and associated applications isn’t the first time Google has had to kowtow to Apple. Google introduced Google Latitude for the iPhone July 23, but must now rewrite it to be a Web application.
“After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a Web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles,” Google Mobile Team Product Manager Mat Balez wrote in a blog post.
Apple’s chilliness toward Google’s Web services is interesting given Google’s supposed closeness with Apple. Analysts have long seen Google and Apple as linked arm and arm against enemy Microsoft, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt commands a seat on Apple’s board.
The question is how long Apple and Google will remain close as they continue along their competitive path regarding Web services for mobile phones.

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