Speculating on PRISM

PRISM is out.  And there’s been a lot written about it.  From denials at the very top of some of the world’s (nee America’s) biggest internet and technology companies to lawmakers defending the approach.  It’s also emerged that the UK’s GCHQ has access to at least some of the data being collected. There are a number […]

Trojan horse

Matt Drance: You cannot put your future in a competitor’s hands. So what do you do? Do you enter uncharted territory, make your own mobile operating system, and hope people switch? Of course not. You make your competitor’s system yours — overnight. Facebook Home is a trojan horse designed to steal the Android experience, and the […]

HTC First puts Android last

From the Android Developer documentation: Significant changes in Android 3.0 included: Deprecation of navigation hardware keys (Back, Menu, Search, Home) in favor of handling navigation via virtual controls (Back, Home, Recents). Robust pattern for the use of menus in action bars. Android 4.0 brings these changes for tablets to the phone platform. And the HTC […]

Facebook Home

Facebook has officially announced Facebook Home.  From The Verge: Home is a family of Facebook apps that overhauls your entire device, turning it into a Facebook phone. An app called Coverfeed overhauls the homescreen and the lockscreen, giving you updates on what your friends are doing without you having to launch an app, or even […]

Facebook releasing a phone? Questions, Questions.

The New York Times: Facebook will introduce a special version of Google’s Android software system next week that is modified to put the social network front and center on a smartphone. The software will debut on a handset made by HTC, according to a Facebook employee and another person who were briefed on the announcement. […]

Prescience

From Ars Technica’s fascinating write-up of FaceBook’s security dry run. “Internet security is so flawed,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan told Ars. “I hate to say it, but it seems everyone is in this constant losing battle if you read the headlines. We don’t want to be part of those bad headlines.” That was […]