A couple things I’d like to mention. I’ve seen a couple sources that state battery life on the HTC isn’t very good. iPhones have traditionally done fairly well here and chances are, the iPhone 4 battery life is even more improved.
One area that I think just might make the iPhone 4 a winner is Apple’s great implementation of multi-tasking. This will allow users a complete pause of a program in the background or only the basic tasks that need to be done. This will includes things like small data updates – maybe an incoming email or updated weather stats are coming in. This will be great to use with programs like Pandora, an online music streaming service. The iPhone’s improved multi-tasking features will allow you to listen to music while emailing or working an application and the only thing taking use of the system is the small audio stream. On the HTC EVO, each program will dettermine what it will do while in background mode – this could be a huge oversight as defaults may not fit your usage preference. As always, it’s best to find a device that fits your style, technology needs and preferences. I hope this link helps you determine the pros and costs of of these cutting-edge devices.
Remember those ads from LifeLock with the CEO displaying his social security number claiming they could protect clients from identity theft? You can check out the full story here. Despite his promises of the security ofLifeLock, Todd Davis has had his identity stolen 13 times and was forced to step down as CEO. Use common sense with your personal information but often, even that is not foolproof. Your information is held by your bank, doctor, credit card companies and the list goes on and on. I would recommend checking your credit reports at least once a year as most states allow you to get it from all three major credit reporting agencies for free. Don’t leave your financial future in the hands of others!
As an IT consultant it takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to data breaches; however, this one got me. I know that copy machines are basically overgrown scanners with a printer attached but did you know that some machines buffer the pages you copy to an internal hard drive? Here’s the kicker – sometimes these pages do not get deleted from that drive. So if you upgrade your copy machine, sensitive date from your network could be compromised via this hidden Trojan horse.
I’m also appalled that copy machine manufactures have an option that will delete this information from the hard drive as they are created but in most cases it costs extra. Like seat belts in cars, this should be a standard design component and not an option.
The recently released beta version of Google Chrome’s browser has some handy features and is astonishingly fast for those who have a Google account.
Chrome features allow you to sync settings and bookmarks between all the computers you might use. Chrome’s browser window is streamlined, clean and simple. You can also search and navigate from the same box, and arrange tabs however you wish — quickly and easily. Also, Chrome is built for stability. If an individual tab freezes or crashes, the other tabs are unaffected.
Above all, however, Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way. Not only is it quick to start up from your desktop, it loads web pages in a snap, and runs complex web applications fast. Google recently created this video showing off just how fast its web pages load by using a high speed camera at 2700 fps. Check it out here.
I think the real reason for the success of the iPhone isn’t just the fact that anyone can learn to program applications for it, but that the phone offers some really incredible features. The feature that makes the iPhone really stand out is a user’s ability to easily find new applications via phone or within iTunes. With a couple keyword searches, you’ve found what you want and it’s downloading right on the phone. The best part is, only Apple reviewed applications can be loaded on a factory default phone. I believe this is the real genius.
Other things in life are made to fit together and we accept it as common place. I like to think of the iPhone applications as legos that just load right on the phone. Users don’t have to worry about having the right phone, the right amount of memory, the right screen size, etc. For some reason, however, this is what we’ve grown to accept from a computer, whether it’s a usable application, a poorly designed application or even viruses. All these things can be installed whether it is beneficial for your system or not.
I think that using this same modular concept for computers would go a long way in advancing the technology industry. Most home computer users are employing similar functions – checking email, surfing the web, filing taxes, organizing personal finances, playing games, etc. What if I could go to the local computer store and purchase a machine that comes loaded with 99% of the software that I already need. Then, once I get it home, I can then purchase the additional things I need on demand or select them from an online store. Because non-certified applications can’t be loaded, viruses wouldn’t even be an issue.