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HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web’s future

The following blog is an excerpt from the Cnet.com article ‘HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web’s future’ by   

The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web’s future is a mess.

After a nearly 15-year gap, the World Wide Web Consortium said Tuesday it’s done standardizing the new version 5 of HTML, one of the two fundamental technologies that makes the Web work.

But while HTML5 is finished, a tug-of-war over how to set such standards — and therefore how to chart the future of the Web — is far from over. That’s because a second organization, the Web Hypertext Applications Technology Working Group, is also in charge of HTML, and a rift between the two appears to be widening instead of closing.

The tension between the W3C and the WHATWG has been present for years, but it’s got new consequences now: anything that slows the improvement of the Web means programmers are more likely to devote their energies to writing apps for smartphones and tablets running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems instead of HTML5. When making their mobile operating systems, Google and Apple aren’t held back by the slower consensus-building processes used to make industry standards like HTML appeal to the broadest range of parties.

The Web isn’t dying, but slow development lets the world of mobile apps claim the initiative. The Web’s accomplishments — a computing system bigger than any one company working on it, and one with an impressive reach across the computing industry — diminish as its shortcomings rise to prominence.

In the meantime, the Web world must adjust to the differences between the two camps. The W3C, with a broader range of participants, uses a formally structured, deliberate, drawn-out process in which a series of drafts gradually become final standards released relatively infrequently. The WHATWG, born of browser makers’ cooperation when the W3C spurned their desire to improve HTML, produces a “living document” that’s continuously updated with the latest features and bug fixes. Where the W3C’s standard is fixed and stable, the WHATWG’s is fluid.

“It’s absolutely right that those different interest groups slug it out,” said Bruce Lawson, co-author of a book on HTML5 and an open standards advocate with browser maker Opera Software. “The Web is the biggest platform we’ve ever had. Therefore, it has more constituencies and competing interests than we’ve ever seen.”

W3C: The Web will win

W3C Chief Executive Jeff Jaffe acknowledges that the mobile app world is attracting a lot of developer interest. But in his view, the Web will prevail in the long run because it can span so many devices.

“There’s plenty of time for us to catch up,” Jaffe said. “The power and promise of interoperability across platforms is extraordinarily powerful. The mobile app was just the for the phone, but now it’s not. It’s going to be the e-book reader, the automobile, the TV. And all the sudden, the promise of interoperability is going to become even more important than when it was just the phone.”

To that end, Jaffe posted a blog earlier this month on application foundations. It calls for improvements in eight areas to make Web technologies more competitive with Android and iOS when it’s time for developers to write apps.

“What I’m trying to do is change the culture of the Web community to also think about what the developers need,” Jaffe said — not just nuts and bolts but functions like security, payments and tools that work even if a device isn’t connected to the Net.

Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady, who follows programmer issues, agrees that life is too hard for Web developers. “Native development” — writing apps for a specific operating system rather than for a Web browser on all operating systems — “is much more straightforward.”

Jaffe hopes to tackle these future standards issues this week in Santa Clara, Calif., at the W3C’s annual Technical Plenary Advisory Committee (TPAC) conference. Alex Russell — a Google employee who’s trying to improve the W3C through work on its Technical Architecture Group (TAG) — said TPAC also is a place to wrestle with the conflict around the best way to make standards.

“I think anyone trying to understand how screwed up this situation is really should come to W3C’s TPAC,” Russell said. “All of the agitators…will be there.”

HTML5 and W3C’s patent protections

For the W3C, the release of the final version of HTML5 — a step formally called a “recommendation” — is immensely significant. The nonprofit group was founded precisely to do such work, but the last version it released — HTML 4.01 — came in December 1999. The biggest change for average users of the Web, far and away, is video that becomes as ordinary as text and still images were before. That helps free the Web from browser plugins like Adobe Systems’ Flash Player that extend browser abilities but which also open them to new security and performance risks.

 

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iOS Scores As Most Secure Mobile OS in Spyware Report

From Cnet.com’s Lanc Whitney (@lancewhit)

Apple’s iOS has emerged as the most spyware-proof mobile operating system in a test conducted by a surveillance software and hardware vendor.

Detailed in a leaked document apparently from the Gamma Group, a piece of its spyware called FinSpy was used to determine whether various mobile platforms could withstand snooping attempts on phone calls, contacts, and other data. In the document seen by the Washington Post and noted by Cult of Mac, FinSpy is “designed to help Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies to remotely monitor mobile phones and tablet devices.”

FinSpy can gain full access to phone calls, text messages, the address book, and even the microphone via silent phone calls. It can also trace a device to determine its location. Used by law enforcement and government agencies, FinSpy has earned a reputation for itself as a powerful but controversial tool for sneaking into mobile devices. That’s why iOS’s ranking in the Gamma Group’s document from April is a nod to Apple security.

Among the major mobile platforms cited in a chart in the document, all of them were susceptible to FinSpy. The spyware was able to bully its way into andorid (all versions from 2.x.x to 4.4.x), BlackBerry (versions 5.x, 6.x., and 7.x), Symbian, and Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 (Windows Phone 8 is not yet supported by the software).

And what of iOS? Apple’s mobile OS did make the list but only in jailbroken mode. According to the Gamma team, iOS versions 4.3.x, 5.x, 6.x, and 7.0.x are vulnerable to FinSpy but an untethered jailbreak is required. As the document explains: “The iOS target (meaning the FinSpy software itself) can be installed only under iOS jailbroken devices.”

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Apple Makes A Move For The Enterprise Solutions Arena

Apple Makes A Move For The Enterprise Solutions Arena

Apple announced on Tuesday that it would be joining forces with its one time business rival IBM. In an attempt to transition from solely consumer product arenas to the ever growing enterprise arena, Apple and IBM will focus on enterprise applications geared for iOS. Together they will create  100 industry-specific application that will run on both iPads and iPhones including apps designed for security, big number crunching for corporate data, and a hardware management software to manage the phones themselves. Aside from the application side, Apple will be creating a whole new class of AppleCare specifically to support enterprise clients and their hardware while IBM will continue support of their already supported devices including Android base platforms.

It will be interesting to see where this deal goes and how long term this once rocky relationship will last but only time will tell. From a technician standpoint having someone else handle the Mac repairs will definitely light the work load.

For more information regarding this partnership of strange bed fellows click HERE

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IN THE FACE…BOOK!

Stop the Ads in Facebook

Facebook announced this week that their new system will create new ad sets based around your surfing history. If you aren’t a fan of the idea you can always opt out at the following site Here (*Cookies must be enabled*) in your browser .If you use iOS go to General>Restrictions>Advertising (located under the PRIVACY heading) and move the slider to turn on Limit Ad Tracking. For you Android users out there go to Google Settings>Ads>Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads and check it.

With this done your should have fewer ads for Facebook to bombard you.

Happy Facebooking.

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OS X Yosemite

Excerpt taken from WIRED.COM article by Christina Bonnington 6/2/2014

If you were hoping for a shiny new Apple TV or wearable, you’ll be sorely disappointed by Monday’s WWDC announcements. But for those interested in advancements for both Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite spell big news for both developers and consumers alike.

The biggest news for Yosemite is its redesign, which more closely unifies the desktop operating system with iOS. Broader iCloud-based syncing across Apple’s operating systems virtually erases the borders between devices. But updates to iOS, and the developer side of iOS, were the key focus of today’s presentation. With a slew of new APIs, an entirely new language for developers, and a handful of “kits” (HealthKit and HomeKit) for them to tie into, iOS 8 marks a huge step for iOS.

Tim Cook kicked off Apple’s 2014 WWDC keynote, now in its 25th year, by talking about the future of iOS and Mac OS X. Today, we’re going to see the future of iOS and Mac OS X, he said, and how they work seamlessly together.

That point was driven home first by Craig Federighi, who introduced the latest version of Mac OS X: Yosemite. The new desktop operating system will have a new interface that borrows heavily from Apple’s latest mobile OS. There are also enhancements to popular apps, as well as a new feature called continuity that lets you hand off and pick up tasks you start on one Apple device with another.

For the full article clicked here or the Wired.com link above

Don’t burn through Data watching cat videos again

Never Burn Through Data Watching Cat Videos Again

If you ever found yourself watching a long YouTube video on phone only to realize you weren’t on Wi-Fi suddenly panic sits in as you ponder how much data did I use and how much do I have left before the end of my billing cycle. It doesn’t just happen to the average joe but to the tech guys as well, we take for granted that our phones immediately connect our Wi-Fi whenever they are near.

For iOS users your in luck by changing a few settings you can avoid further panic down the road and we’re here to show you how. Go into Settings and scroll to cellular, once inside the Cellular window select the apps you only want using Wi-Fi. You can always give the apps access to cell data later on.

For Android go to Settings then click Data Usage from there scroll down to the app you want to restrict.  Scroll to the bottom of the window and check the Restrict Background Data checkbox, this will only allow the app to run over Wi-Fi.

With these settings in place you should be able to reduce data burnout and overage.
Happy Surfing!