iPhone 4S needs Viagra, Facebook gets hacked by bots and Ubuntu moving into Mobile

Apple has announced a bug that has affected some iPhone 4S users that causes surprisingly low battery life for the new flagship phone.    Apple is stating that the problem is affecting a “small” number of users but in a discussion thread on one of Apple’s forums…the debate now stretches 200+ pages.  Maybe the iPhone could use a Viagra App so that it can stay turned on?

What I do have to say on this topic is, welcome to the club iPhone Users.  Long gone are the days of 4-5 days of standby time and with the experience so customizable no two users will achieve the same results from their phone.  My personal experience with iOS 5 has been well…blah…no performance increases on my iPad and really…nothing that would cause me to go WOW I need to get all things Apple.  Even on the iPod Touch my daughter has no difference.  So it may be a bug in the OS but it is more likely a bigger problem with the way that it interacts with the hardware that is causing the problem.

Facebook gets hacked by bots

Supposedly all part of a research experiment, a Team from the University of British Columbia Vancouver infiltrated the Social Network Facebook and made off with the personal information on thousands of users.

Around 250 GB of data was lifted from the servers including tons of personal and marketable information from about 3000 users.  The scary thing is, the security put in place by Facebook (the Facebook Immune System) only flagged one in five of those that were targeted.

Now the experiment was completely benign and was meant to reduce the risk of any damage to user accounts but I personally would strongly suggest checking your friend lists for recent additions…if you don’t really know the person you might want to unfriend them!

If you would like to read the full report on how these “hackers” got in and what they found out…check out the full report here.

Ubuntu Heading to Smartphone/Tablets

In a bid to take its own piece of the “Post-PC era” Canonical has announced that it is actively working with OEMs to build out a real alternative to Android, Windows Phone and iOS.

Mark Shuttleworth the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical delivered a message of Ubuntu’s smart future at the Ubuntu Developer Summit this week in Florida.  This is the good news…the bad news is we likely won’t devices for 2 years…and well in the Tech World…2 years is a lifetime.

Now I personally saw this play coming with the last release in April when the move was made to the Unity Interface.  There have been a few niche products that live in the tablet space that tout the Ubuntu Brand but this play appears to be a way of courting a major OEM partner (could it be Samsung or LG???).

With Ubuntu being by far the most popular brand of Linux with more than 20 million active users, it makes sense to move out from the Desktop to all computing devices.  Shuttleworth said “This is the natural expansion of our idea as Ubuntu is Linux for Human Beings.  As people moved from desktop to other form factors for computing, it’s important for us to reach out to our community on these platforms.  So we’ll embrace the challenge of how to use Ubuntu on SmartPhones, Tablets and Smart-Screens.”

I can’t wait…my contract on my current phone will be up in 2013.

Well that brings another morning to a close…off to the grind.  It has actually been a real challenge this week after my “sleepless” night to get my engine revving…the day’s have just been “blah” despite a resurgence of Summer Like weather here in Ontario, Canada (sorry my friends in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York…I really want to share in the pain of an early winter storm…but I just can’t…I hate snow far too much).

Cheers,

Chris J Powell

Posted on November 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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