Boot Up: Scotland's Windows tabs, Chrome's data leak, Disney's touch tabs and more
(Guardian Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Trustmarque takes Windows 8 tablets to Scottish government >> CRN UK News
The deal with Trustmarque will initially be for 100 devices, but if the pilot is successful it will be vastly extended in an attempt to reduce the Scottish government's laptop and desktop estate over time. The tablets are being deployed across the Scottish government's internal IT division which provides services to 10,000 users at 130 sites across the country.
Trying out the Samsung Series 7 Slate, Dell Latitude 10 and Samsung ATIV tablets. Hasn't the latter been withdrawn from general sale?
Identity Finder discovers Google Chrome users are vulnerable to sensitive data theft >> Identity Finder Blog
Last week, Identity Finder security researchers performed in-depth scans on several employee computers using the latest version of Sensitive Data Manager (SDM). During the scan, SDM pinpointed several Chrome SQLite and protocol buffers storing a range of information including names, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers and credit card numbers. SDM found similar data among all employees who consistently use Chrome as their primary browser.
We confirmed with each employee that sensitive data, such as social security and bank account numbers, were only entered on secure, reputable websites. Despite employees having entered this information on secure websites, Chrome saved copies of this data in the History Provider Cache. Other SQLite databases of interest include "Web Data" and "History." On Windows machines, these files are located at %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\.
Chrome browser data is unprotected, and can be read by anyone with physical access to the hard drive, access to the file system, or simple malware.
As with its passwords-easily-available flaw, Google says the answer is to not let people get at your machine, and to encrypt your whole hard drive. For a browser that's hard to crack remotely, Chrome is surprisingly vulnerable to some head-on attacks.
Disney develops 'feel-around' touchscreens >> Computerworld
The Disney Co. on Wednesday announced a new touch-screen technology that offers users tactile sensations that mimic real surfaces.
In a research paper, scientists at Disney Research in Pittsburgh proposed a tactile rendering algorithm for simulating 3D geometric features on touch screens.
Using electrical impulses, the touch screen technology offers the sensation of ridges, edges, protrusions and bumps and any combination of those textures.
The researchers presented the technology at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in St Andrews, Scotland.
Sounds familiar, somehow.
MacPhone Air: Mark Shuttleworth predicts Apple will merge Mac and iPhone >> ExtremeTech
Anyone that has been paying attention to the evolution of OS X and iOS will have at some point noticed that the two operating systems are slowly acting more like each other. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical who recently attempted to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge phone that would double as a desktop PC, has certainly noticed Apple's seemingly slow merger of its desktop and mobile OS. He predicts Apple will merge Mac and iPhone hardware one day soon, creating a device similar to the Ubuntu Edge.
Then again, he reckoned people would crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge project to the tune of $32m.
Byte Size. An Interactive Visualisation of Data >> InTechnology
BBC iPlayer Video Downloads for Android >> BBC Internet blog
From September, lists the devices which are enabled for iPlayer video downloads. Notable: Amazon (one tablet; two were removed at the last minute), both versions of the Google Nexus, the HTC one, LG Nexus 4, five Samsung devices, and one Sony phone.
Nokia Lumia 520 cannibalizes the market share of big brothers >> Inferse
According to AdDuplex stats for September 2013, Nokia Lumia 520 still continues to dominate Windows Phone market. The model has secured 31.6% out of total Windows Phone 8 market.
And Nokia overall had 88.4% of the installed base (HTC 8.5%; Samsung 1.9%; Huawei 1.2%). The headline is wrong - it is talking about installed base, not market share, because it's analysing data from apps (and talks about versions of Windows Phone which aren't on sale any longer). Shows too that it's the low-end phones which are selling. And, too, why Microsoft bought Nokia: none of the other manufacturers was making any impact.
Why a (former) Apple hater thinks all BYOD devices should be iOS >> IBM Endpoint Management blog
So, why does someone, who obviously has no love for Apple, think they are the best platform for BYOD? Because Apple has embraced the enterprise. Plain and simple. They have provided great APIs for MDM vendors to leverage so we can help enable an incredibly secure platform for mobile computing. In my opinion, the best platform. Their data segregation between apps and the managed app capability are great for BYOD management. I know Blackberry fanboys will argue that, but bottom line, who wants to use a Blackberry? Their BB10 devices are cool, but there aren't any apps. If Candy Crush and Fruit Ninja aren't there, what good are they? And since those apps aren't there, no one will buy them. And since no one buys them, no one develops for the platform. More on that in another blog.
And just wait till iOS 7 comes out. It gets even better!
In iOS 7, Apple adds some great new features to make a very secure platform even more secure.
In ways which are listed. (Although he doesn't use an iPhone...)
Toshiba: 99 percent of our business sales are Windows 7 >> ZDNet
Toshiba's business-to-business product marketing manager Cindy Zwerling:
"Windows 7 is clearly the enterprise operating system at this time," she said. "But there are pockets of the corporate population that use [detachable] tablets, and might be running Windows 8."
"But for your standard clamshell notebook? It's Windows 7," she added.
"From a business perspective, I would say 99% of our sales are Windows 7," she explained, noting that it was "clearly" the best operating system at the moment for the business market, and was why Toshiba loaded it on its new systems.
"At this point, there are few exceptions in corporate America in the enterprise space for Windows 8," she added.
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