OTOH: On the other hand
OTOH: Disable 2G if you can?
The widely-used 2G GSM system for mobile phones is horribly insecure. This is not exactly news, but it's now worryingly easy for criminals to intercept your calls, texts, or voicemail. A presentation at today's Berlin CCC meeting revealed all. On the one hand, the sky is falling. On The Other Hand, perhaps your phone allows you to only use 3G cells?
December 27, 2011 3:44 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: ODPC slaps ROI ISP for IRMA SOP
Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has told the country's biggest ISP to cut out its three-strikes-and-you're-out policy. The ODCP reportedly told Eircom that relying on IP addresses is unlawful, despite a court order to do so gained by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). On the one hand, where there's three columns of smoke, there's probably fire. On The Other Hand, Internet access is still a fundamental human right in Europe.
December 21, 2011 12:28 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: and Microsoft is buying Nokia, we're told
Nokia (BIT:NOK1V) (NYSE:NOK) is readying a new Windows Phone flagship device: the Nokia Lumia 900 'Ace' release date is said to be February 2012. It's supposedly bigger, brighter, and bonnier than the 800. Meanwhile, rumours of a Microsoft merger resurface. On the one hand, cue excited squeals from diehard Nokia fans everywhere. On The Other Hand, they're only rumours, not hard facts; but what did you expect in mid-December?
December 15, 2011 3:01 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: Openreach adds 178 exchanges, but how many cabinets?
BT (LON:BT.A) Openreach will upgrade 178 more exchanges to fibre by 2014. That means more businesses and consumers will be able to get headline speeds of 40, 80, or even 300 Mb/s. On the one hand, it's good to see plenty of plans for FTTC and FTTP outside of built-up areas. On The Other Hand, there are still far too many premises not served by fibre-enabled cabinets, even though their exchange is enabled: as ever, the Devil is in the detail.
December 13, 2011 2:34 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: Metro a-gogo
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has confirmed the release date of the Windows 8 beta download -- or, at least, the approximate date. It's also unveiled more details on its new app store. On the one hand, it's good to see Microsoft making progress on its tablet OS. On The Other Hand, assuming the final release is in Autumn 2012, will it be a case of too little, too late?
December 8, 2011 3:35 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: Apple vs. Samsung, round 94
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) seems to have lost its battle to block Samsung (SEO:005930) (LON:SMSN) from selling its Galaxy Tab Android tablets in Australia. The pomaceous protagonist has until Friday to change the Federal Court's mind. On the one hand, Apple is smarting that its popular products are being "blatantly copied" by competitors. On The Other Hand, the court says there's insufficient evidence to prove that case, so it was perhaps unreasonable to block Samsung's sales in the first place.
November 30, 2011 4:57 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: A better response than Apple's
The Nokia Lumia 800 is getting a battery life bug fix. Nokia (HEL:NOK1V) (NYSE:NOK) says it's fixing the problem with a couple of patches. Please stand by for updates. On the one hand, the two patches, in December and January, can't come soon enough. On The Other Hand, full marks to Nokia for publicly acknowledging the problem, in stark contrast to Apple.
November 25, 2011 10:48 AM Read Full Post
OTOH: Wave your phone to empty bank, RSN
Two research reports say that mobile payments will be commonplace in the UK in the next few years. The Forrester/PayPal study says 2016, but Allied Business Intelligence says the tipping point could come even earlier -- 2014. On the one hand, I for one welcome our new payment-technology overlords. On The Other Hand, people in Finland, Japan and the Philippines have had m-commerce since the late-90s.
November 24, 2011 12:11 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: Head-up display tested on drugged bunnies
Collaborative research by Aalto University in Finland and the University of Washington in the NW USA, has produced a contact lens that can show simple images, controlled and powered wirelessly. On the one hand, cue a rash of pundits predicting Terminator-style personal-imagery applications. On The Other Hand, the test lens contained the grand total of one pixel, so it's early days.
November 22, 2011 4:35 PM Read Full Post
OTOH: Lord Sacks' criticisms of Apple lust
Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt, has publicly criticised the late Steve Jobs and his Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) company, for services to consumerism. The Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth thinks people should spend less time worrying that they've not yet upgraded to an iPhone 4S, and spend more time with their families. On the one hand, Yaakov Zvi probably has a point. On The Other Hand, his many other anti-consumerism pronouncements don't seem to have blunted our greed for new pomaceous shinyness.
November 21, 2011 3:11 PM Read Full Post