Android or iPhone/iPad/iTouch/iPod, either way the fight is on between Apple and Google. The latest front in the ‘Cloud’ wars is the application and subscription market. Apple put in their opening position only to get taken off at the knees by Google (see below):
Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are interested in whether Apple may be violating antitrust laws by routing customers through Apple’s App Store and taking a 30 percent cut of each subscription, sources told the newspaper. Regulators’ interest in the subscription terms is reportedly preliminary and might not lead to a formal investigation.
Then, the day after Apple officially shared details of its subscription plan, Google announced the launch of One Pass, its online charging service for newspapers and magazines. Google’s rival service offers two big differences from Apple’s: content providers will get to keep 90 percent of revenue from One Pass sales, and publishers will retain control of consumer data
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-20033202-92.html#ixzz1ETcQl0Gx
So the phone market is a little intense but we have yet to see where Microsoft will appear in all this with the new Mobile 7 phones. I have a Mobile 7 and at this time and 2 weeks later I’m still stunned to see you cannot transfer files to/from your computer to the phone via the USB cable. One would have thought the Sync Center of Windows 7 would have been the perfect vehicle for this, but Microsoft now uses Zune (just a really, really bad iTune clone) instead.
The 1st update/servicepack for Mobile 7 is due in March.. let’s hope it includes a file transfer system. I’ll do a detailed Mobile 7 review once the service pack is out, until the I’ll just bite my tongue.
When you take a picture from your cellphone you can tell people a lot more than the date stamp.
GPS information can be recorded as part of the Exif, or exchangeable image file format, that is has been the de facto digital photo standard since 1998. Among the other information it saves is what allows you to see a thumbnail of a photo you’ve taken or a photo’s date and time. It can be found with a simple right click on the properties section of the picture, and it’s easily accessible in a number of places on the Internet, but not all, where people share their photos.
Some social networks don’t accept location information or Exif information at all. So when you upload it, even if it does have location information, it’s not going to show it to anybody. Facebook strips the location information but other social networking sites are a different story. Services like Flickr do allow location information, so does the popular Twitpic. The good news is you can protect yourself. Most sites have some sort of privacy control, allowing you to manage the information that gets out there.
To avoid having your friends reveal your location on Facebook.
- Go to your Facebook account.
- Click Account in the top right corner.
- Click Privacy Settings.
- Click Customize settings in the Sharing on Facebook section,
- Scroll to Things others share and make the option next to Friends can check me into Places read “Disabled.”
To disable tagging on handhelds and phones:
– http://ICanStalkU.com provides step-by-step instructions for disabling geotagging on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm devices.