We've talked in the past about the benefits and issues from Android's lack of approval process for apps. This week, the fears we had about the process came true when Google was forced to remove 50+ apps from the Android Marketplace for containing malware. Yes, there are now distributed viruses and bots for Android.
While other OS developers have known that anytime data can be installed to a device from outside the developer's direct control there can and will be malware, Google seemed to think that they were above it. Microsoft doesn't include a web browser on their Xbox 360 console just for this reason. Google, however, was brought kicking and screaming into the real world when as many as 200,000 devices became infected with DroidDream, a rootkit malware, installed through these apps.
To find out what happened and how Google responded, hit the break.
Here's a story for the crazy bin - according to sources inside RIM, the company is planning on launching its BlackBerry Messenger service on Android and iOS devices in the near future. My first thought in hearing this news was that it seemed like nonsense. BBM is what keeps BlackBerry handsets in customers' hands at this point. It's certainly not handset design, minus the Torch, or OS design.
So, what would BBM on Android or iOS mean for RIM? It would certainly mean they would have the ability to completely own the messaging space on 3 of the top 5 mobile platforms. Companies like WhatsApp and Kik wouldn't stand a chance against the powerful features that BBM brings to the table. Their success, however, is entirely based on how well they market the product.
Wait, that seems to be all they are advertising lately. Every time I turn around I am seeing a commercial on television touting the benefits of BBM in the real world. Could this be an indication that they are going to be expanding the application's reach? How about the disastrous hiring portal that RIM created only 2 months ago? Are they expecting to hire a lot of new people to develop these apps?
How could RIM fail at this? Hit the break to find out.
Sometimes in wandering the Interwebz, I encounter things I just need to share. This week, I encountered a video where a man with WAY too much time on his hands decided to create a virtual machine in VMWare and try to install every version of Microsoft Windows, in order, straight through and see what happened.
He started with an installation of MS-DOS 5.0, which was required for most of the early Windows installations to work. He then installed Windows 1.0 over top, since Windows was merely a GUI shell until Windows 2000. From there, it was upgrade after upgrade; never a clean installation.
At Windows 2.0 he set a desktop and titlebar color scheme that was definitely unique, and that scheme was carried through right up until Windows XP. In Windows 3.0, he created a program group from some DOS applications he had installed, like Monkey Island and Doom II, which were surprisingly carried through the modern Windows 7. That's over 25 years of software compatibility. You can't say that for all computers.
If you're a big Windows fan and have 10 minutes to watch the process, hit the break and see the compatibility wonderment.
The staff of PLuGHiTz Live! have had the opportunity to attend a lot of events around the country since we started this thing 4 years ago. Some are great, some are terrible, most are tolerable. It is very unusual for a first-time event to be a huge success, but if someone could pull it off, it's Wizard World, and they certainly did.
If you don't follow the convention world, you may never have heard of them, but you have probably heard of their events. From Big Apple Comic Con to Atlanta and Anaheim Comic Cons, this group certainly gets around. They have finally gotten around to Florida and we got Miami Comic Con. Taking place at the newly renovated Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC, formerly the DoubleTree Miami Mart Convention Center), where other Florida conventions have taken place, but never one of this calibur.
To find out who was there and what to expect from future Wizard World cons, hit the break.
This weekend was the first Miami ComicCon, Wizard World's first Florida event. Regular Florida con-goers and PLuGHiTz Live! Radio subscribers will know the 3000 Brigade. If you don't, they are "a troupe of performers committed to creating enjoyable Nintendo/Video Game-parody shows, rated "M" for mature!"
They have been he highlight of some of our past convention coverage, so we knew we would have to go see their newest show, The Almost Got-em - Villains Unite Show and, as always, we were not disappointed. Their newest show, debuted at the convention, was the best yet. With new some characters and old favorites, there were more characters than ever before.
If you're still not sure who they are and what they do, hit the break to see the 3000 Brigade Epic History video.
All of us here at PLuGHiTz Live! have been or are currently involved in projects that have great potential to effect social change. We understand first hand the power and potential that technology has to make a positive impact in countless lives and are always grateful to find more and more groups taking up arms to do so.
One such group is ConvergeUS which aims to take on problems with early childhood education and families, healthcare, as well as emergency preparedness and sustainability, by using the power of collaboration and technology. TechNet founded ConvergeUS in Spring 2010 and is partnering with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to create a real-time 24/7 platform where producers and consumers can meet to focus on solving specific problems.
Our three-pronged approach is patterned after the intense focus deployed in solving specific problems like the need to create the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project and the national imperative to put a man on the moon in the Apollo Space Mission
To find out more about how ConvergeUS will tackle tough social issues, hit the break.