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Smartphone update: High on Touch Screen & KeyBoards!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on August 18, 2009

Touch screen phones are starting to dominate smart-phone interfaces as 15 million of the 38.1 million phones sold during Q2,2009 used touch screen as the primary interface, according to a report by Canalys. This sharply contrasts the 3.9 million (of 33.6 million) phones sold in the second quarter of 2008!

The success of smart-phones is an outcome of the response for the Apple iPhone, which is still rocking the charts and steadily making its way up in the global smart-phone market shares. Like many market research companies, Canalys is upbeat about the smart-phone market and is currently forecasting a 14% growth for global shipments in 2009 over 2008.

The number of smart-phones that use a keyboard as its primary interface has also increased, with 10.7 million sold in the quarter. The main drivers behind the increased number of keyboard equipped phones are sales of Research in Motion’s Blackberry devices and an increased interest in social networking including Facebook and Twitter, which demand more typing.

While the iPhone and other touch screen devices have taken a rap because of the absence of keyboards, support for the landscape mode and other touch features have stood good stead.

The big loser is the keypad, which an year ago shipped 60% of the smart-phones and today measure upto 32% of the smart-phone universe.

In the near future, voice recognition will play an important role on smartphones and supplement other technologies. Applications such a Navigation are one key area where voice recognition would be necessary and essential.


Is Internet Explorer 8 the safest browser?

Posted in Computing and Operating Systems by Manas Ganguly on August 18, 2009

Tests by NSS Labs comparing popular browsers for their ability to block web sites pushing malware and phishing have put IE 8 on the top of the other 4 browsers tested: Apple Safari 4, Google Chrome 2, Mozilla Firefox 3, Opera 10 Beta.

Safety Browser

While the modest 80’s is a good score compared to the others, it still isn’t enough to make up for a secure net browssing experience. Even if it were 100% (not a realistic possibility) the protection is but one layer in a well-designed system of defense-in-depth. One would still have to use anti-malware protection, DEP, ASLR and up-to-date patches on the system as just some others.

The details of these tests, however do show that Microsoft updates its lists much more efficiently than others, 3 of who use the Google Safe Browsing API. At the end, it’s not just the API that matters, but also about how you use it.

So for once, this is “One up” for Microsoft!


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