Category Archives: Mobile

BitTorrent Launches Syncing Service to Compete with Dropbox – Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter talks about the new, in alpha, BitTorrent Sync product:

Now BitTorrent Inc. has launched BitTorrent Sync, a pre-Alpha service for syncing files between devices. The new service is very much like Dropbox but with one major difference: it doesn’t store any files on anyone else’s servers. In fact, it doesn’t store any files anywhere in the cloud. It only copies files directly from one computer you own to another computer you own (or to a friend’s computer that you explicitly allow into your personal “network”) without intermediate storage anywhere else.

Distributed computing is a good thing and having protected access to your files is a very good thing.

No Password Required for Free Apps in iOS 6

Cult of Mac:

In the latest release, users no longer need to enter their password to download free apps — regardless of whether they’ve owned them before or not.

But as a parent, I don’t want my kids downloading every free app. Hopefully parental controls can restrict this feature.


iOS 6 and

I’ve been thinking about this. On iOS, a project folder for all my documents would be really useful: Project management, OmniGraffle, and Markdown-formatted notes. I am a fan of Rene’s approach as quoted in the article.

Federico Viticci at MacStories:

I agree with the notion that the current Open In, app-based document transfer model of iOS is broken. The simplicity brought by iOS freed average users from the complexities of the filesystem; people who like to get their daily work done with iOS devices, however, miss a unified document filing system. Paradoxically, the “simple” iOS, with its “Open In” menu and multiple copies of the same document, requires people to manually manage more.


Rogers’ new One Number: Is this the future of telco voice? — Mobile Technology News

Kevin Fitchard for Om Malik:

It was only a matter of time before a major North American operator abandoned its territorial notions about mobile voice and adopted a true ‘softphone’ service. That operator appears to be Rogers Communications. It’s severing the seemingly unbreakable bond between the mobile phone number and the mobile phone, making it an outlier in an industry that has always jealously guarded its voice revenues.

The future of voice.

Why connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot is about to get easier — Mobile Technology News

Kevin C. Tofel for GigaOm:

With devices using the Passpoint standard, users will be able to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots without having to enter logon credentials with each connection instance and will be able to seamlessly roam from one Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi network to another.

Translation: Your cell phone can now roam between Wi-Fi hotspots just like it roams between cell towers. Think about that.



Path Not Taking the High Road (Updated)

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, after the funeral of our grandfather, my siblings and I decided to keep in better contact. We are spread out geographically and have a hard time staying in touch. We want a way to conveniently share stories, pictures and videos with each other without sharing with friends or acquaintenaces.  We want to be more social.

We’ve looked at Glassboard, Path and Google+. Facebook was not even considered due to privacy concerns. Google+ was easy to dismiss due to the incredible awfulness that is their mobile client.

Now the internet is buzzing with the discovery that Path uploads your entire address book to their servers. Their response is that the only use is to connect you with your friends and family. Here is a quote from the linked article by Arun Thampi:

Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands.

Brett Simons of Glassboard (and the creator of NetNewsWire) explains this through the eyes of someone who has made a mistake like this in the past.

To the creators of Path: Without my permission, you took information from me about people I care very much about. I am walking away and will not be using Path.

UPDATE: Path has publicly apologized and says they have removed all personal data from their servers. Nicely done. I’m still favoring Glassboard. (via Om Malik)

Tapping on Glass

When I use my iPad for most of the day, the tips of my fingers hurt.This is something I never considered when purchasing my iPad because it doesn’t happen with my iPhone.

I was given a Monteverde One Touch Stylus for Christmas and it has solved the problem. The spring cushions the blow of each tap. As a side benefit, it is much easier to build diagrams in OmniGraffle especially when dealing with the text tool.

Thank you to the giver of this gift. You know who you are!

Reinventing Mobile Service

Om Malik on Free’s new mobile service:

For about 45 minutes, Niel gave me a demo of his set-top box, which is everything a modern connected home needs: broadband modem, Wi-Fi router, storage center, a Blu-ray player, web-surfing device and a game machine. And while it might not have the Apple brand, you could see who had inspired the Free’s set-top box: It was even able to playback music from my iPhone using AirPlay.

One small price for broadband, mobile, VoIP and video? Count me in!

What will it take to implement something like this to the United States?

Google Voice on Sprint (Updated)

Have you seen this? Oh, do I want this to be true! Are we really living in the future?

Sign up for Sprint service, activate a free Google Voice account and configure the Google Voice app on the iPhone. As long as you use your Google Voice number, you never use minutes again.

UPDATE: According to previous posts from the Google Voice blog, it is true. Google Voice can be fully integrated into a phone with Sprint service. I want in.

iPhone Apps I Actually Use

These are the iPhone apps that I use sorted roughly by how often they are used. Thanks to Dave Caolo for the idea.

Like Dave, all these apps are on the home screen with room to spare. Unlike Dave, I use the phone as a phone. My front left pocket holds my cherished iPhone 3G. That model puts me three generations behind and on iOS 4.2.1 so no Notification Center or wireless sync or iMessage or Game Center or geofenced Reminders. Don’t feel too sorry for me though as I will be upgrading here in the next couple of months.