29 March 2011

Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million

IGP Blog :: Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million. The RIRs have long argued that they assign the IP addresses, and that they are not owned, so I am not sure that this will stand up in the end, but the claim is that Nortel have sold an IPv4 allocation to Microsoft as part of their bankruptcy process.

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28 March 2011

Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Retrospection: Cross-Platform Mobile Development at EclipseCon - Heiko Behrens (Blog)

I met Heiko recently in Kiel, Germany, where we were both presenting our own visions of cross-platform mobile app development to a local chapter of the ACM. I was very impressed with his bredth of knowledge and his analysis of the field.

This blog post covers his most recent session at EclipseCon this month.

Now, in my view, the hybrid approach of using web technologies for the user interface, and generating local code to integrate into the features of the mobile device (camera, local storage, contacts list, accelerometer, compass, GPS, and so on), as FeedHenry does, is the best medium to long term bet. Web technologies have proved again and again that they can solve cross-platform UI issues, and they must be the safest bet. I'd much rather learn standard JavaScript, CSS, and HTML/HTML5, with a few extra local API calls to get at the local device's features, than learn a limited subset of JavaSCript or some new invented DSL language, when developing mobile apps.

2011-03-28 @ 15:42 Heiko Behrens responds:

Thank you for the reference, Mícheál.

I fully agree on the long term: As with the desktop mobile web technology eventually will be able to do real time rendering and tight integration with the host system. At the moment though, neither desktop browsers nor their mobile counter parts can even access a webcam or the built-in camera with pure web technology. It will take some time to catch up with native capabilities. And as we go, a significant amount of outdated browsers (such as WP7) ask for compromises.

We'll see what the future holds...

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7 March 2011

University of Limerick iPhone app for Diabetes

TiY - Tag It Yourself

Interaction Design Centre - Computer Science and Information Systems Department - University of Limerick - Limerick, Ireland

Tag-it-Yourself™ is a journaling platform that supports the personalization of self-monitoring practices in diabetes. TiY is developed at the Interaction Design Centre (www.idc.ul.ie) and is part of a broader research project called FutureCOMM, which is funded by HEA Ireland under the 4th PRTLI program.

The TSSG led the FutureComm project, and UL's IDC were partners. This is a very interesting output of the research programme. Now allI have to do is persuade them to migrate to Feedhenry to allow it work across multiple devices sucha s Android, Blackerry and Nokia WRT as well as iPhone.

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4 March 2011

Security is a big issue in mobile apps

Mobile Apps Insecure? - Bank Technology News Article (free subscription required to read article).

As we are discovering in FeedHenry, the security of mobile apps is a big issue, especially in vertical market segments such as finance and healthcare where there is a risk that sensitive data may need to stored temporarily be on the mobile device.

FeedHenry are enabling platform security features to give enterprises the confidence to develop secure solutions in these vertical market segments. These features cover both server side and client side security issues, including encryption.

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