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Mobile Gaming Market Future May Challenge Established Handhold Platform, Starting with iOS

Mobile gaming has become increasingly more popular on mobile devices as systems improve and touch screen controls are optimized. With the advent of iOS 7, Apple added in compatibility for the use of external gamepads to streamline, optimize, and enhance the mobile gaming experience. Logitech, so far, seems to be the only one taking this new development seriously.

Three days ago, a picture of one of Logitech’s controllers was leaked on Twitter by a source known for reliability in producing images of future mobile products. The image is of one of three style designs presented back in June at Apple’s WWDC (2013). This would completely negate the necessity for the current poor functioning Bluetooth keyboard hacks being used to simulate the button inputs of a gamepad. The obvious benefits of the materialization of such objects over current hacks are more precise button mapping and better response times, due to a physical connection. There is also a standalone gamepad model that was exhibited to communicate via Bluetooth, all of which would offer more precise tactile control with most or all styles of games that don’t function well with touch screens.

A last interesting tidbit takes into account the gaming revenues on both Android and iOS as they are beginning to rival handhold traffic from the big names like Nintendo. Depending on the orchestration of gamepad technology and development for mobile devices or the inclusion of dual analog sticks (as has been rumored), the current portable powerhouses might have new troubles to deal with. A wise decision to include this implementation on Apple’s part, I would say.

 

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/be-still-my-beating-heart-this-might-be-logitechs-gamepad-for-the-iphone/

 

 

 

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Androids Using Open Wi-Fi May Be Susceptible to Attacks

The issue is mainly with older Android versions having a vulnerability that would allow attacks over an open network. These weaknesses are the result of the widely used programming interface in a lot of apps known as WebView (allows webpages and content to be opened within apps themselves). A lot of apps don’t properly secure the interaction between the phone’s WebView component and the webpage content being downloaded. So, on the same open network, a device can be targeted and hijacked, in the process having malicious code injected and possibly executed by the phone itself. Apparently, devices with version 4.1 and earlier don’t make proper use of SSL; this can allow a hijacker to potentially gain root access to a devices OS. This vulnerability has far reaching effects and stems from Javascript-based programming interfaces. Now, fundamentally, Android’s overall design does help in making such things very difficult, but it cannot eradicate the possibilities for the common user who may not be aware of some of the system’s and apps’ functioning.

Users of 4.2 and later are better protected because of added security enhancements, but the issue at hand largely depends on app developers maintaining good practices when developing and releasing they’re products. Tim Wyatt, a security director at Lookout, has some input to give one the current situation and what needs to be done. Very interesting article.

 

 

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/attackers-can-slip-malicious-code-into-many-android-apps-via-open-wi-fi/

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Apple’s iOS 7 Scraps the Familiar iOS Look iPhones Grew Up With

With the release of Apple’s new iOS 7 for compatible devices, they have made one of the biggest changes to both how it looks and feels since its first release. Gone are the textures and familiar skeuomorphisms, replaced with simpler, flatter designs. Not being much of an iOS user except for my iPod Touch, I still find myself strangely saddened to see the character of the OS that I’ve enjoyed the past few years die off so suddenly, with so drastic a change. With the update, most things still function the same way, but everything looks different. There are instances where the visual changes are indeed most welcome, specifically the Stocks application which has gained visual appeal with its now highly contrasted display. Barring the few needed improvements, the majority of iOS 7 is alien and new. Change is almost always daunting and causes reluctance at first, but I think we will see how these design changes will pan out soon enough. It’s going to take me a little while to adjust to it, though.

 

Some side-by-side detailed comparisons (about 2 dozen) of iOS 6 & 7 at my source below:

 

Source: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/09/death-to-textures-ios-6-and-ios-7-compared-in-pictures/

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Twitter Redesign Beta for Android Devices

Probably lost in the wake of news concerning Twitter’s confidential IPO filing is a revamp of their app on Android devices. This week Twitter released a beta to those who signed up for it. Designated “version 5.0,” an attractive new sliding sidebar has been added in addition to new navigational options placed on it. The sidebar will list the various new and old options over top a background of your blurred photo header. There will also still be a horizontal bar at the top of the app featuring many or all of the same options complete with search and tweet icons and notifications counter.  The look and sound of these “renovations” is very appealing, but there is no definitive decision on whether the changes will be officially published in an update. Twitter likes to experiment, as stated in their blog post, so this might all be subject to how well the beta is received.

I am excited about the possibility of these details being implemented and find it interesting that they are being initiated solely on Android devices at the moment. One anticipated concern with the new design that I am curious about is whether the sidebar will require a screen press or if it may just be swiped open and closed, as this is something that might potentially bug the app’s users if implemented being accessible only via an screen press button.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/12/twitter-android-app-2/

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Never Considered Trying Until Now

The song was always catchy when I was a kid, but I always stuck with what i knew I loved. Now, however, the choice has seemingly been made for me, and I’m not so reluctant this time, especially after this: “Some brilliant idiot made the Android Kit Kat logo in 3D”

Found via Twitter.

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