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Ian Thain

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The New York Times has posted an article with the headline, “Apple iPhone Owners Don’t Use It For Work” – quite a bold statement, though now has been clarified and re-written as "Apple iPhone Owners Favor Personal Uses, Not Business". The writer, Jenna Wortham, sites findings from a Compete study who surveyed smartphone users and seems to be taking a perspective that the iPhone is being used for personal productivity whereas users of BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and such use it for business/work needs. You can find the New York Times article here. In response to the New York Times article, Robin Wauters wrote a blog on TechCrunch questioning where the survey stats were coming from and how the headline was misleading as they feel the iPhone is for both work and play. Robin cites findings from AdMobs Mobile Metrics report and a study by JD Power and Associates which ranked... (more)

Pocket PowerBuilder and Biometric Security - The proof is in the fingerprint

Security is always a hot topic. How do we make sure that data can be accessed only by those who are allowed to access it? Working in conjunction with encryption, the current mainstream solution is passwords, which is not ideal. How many of us have seen passwords written down on paper, or guessed passwords as being names of spouses, children, and even pets. Password criteria can be very strict, for example, a minimum of eight characters and one must be uppercase and one a number. That usually creates a complex password that can't be easily guessed but can be easily forgotten. The... (more)

Close Encounters of the 3.0 iPhone Kind

On the Apple campus today March 17, Apple hosted a special media event that focused on and introduced the next generation of the iPhone OS... 3.0. It was an invitation-only event that has drawn much interest over the last week, across many blogs and in turn created much speculation of what was going to be announced. If you asked any self respecting iPhone developer, you would get many wish-list items as well as the same from iPhone users, well now the truth is out there! Here are the statistical points from the event... iPhone now in 80 Countries - 13.7M units in 2008 17M altogeth... (more)

SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit Day One ROCKS

Today was the first day of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit, in the Roosevelt Hote in NYC... and I'm pleased to report that the first day ROCKED! We had an average of 65+ attendees in the 5 sessions today, concentrating & listening to our technical presenters. Some attendees were already iPhone Developers, some newbie's and some just here to understand what the excitement is all about for developing for this cool device. So basically a real cross section, which makes for a exciting conference! I'm sure they wre not disappointed, as the first presenter to kick off the conference ... (more)

Enterprise iPhone Seminar in San Francisco

PowerBuilder Developer's Journal I want to let you know about an upcoming "iPhone in the Enterprise" seminar that is being held in San Francisco on September 24, 2009. As you know, if you have been reading my blogs ;-), the iPhone is penetrating enterprises with users from executives to information workers. If you're in the Bay area, plan to come hear experts from AT&T, SAP and Sybase, about key strategies and best practices for deploying the iPhone in the enterprise. You will also have an opportunity to network with others that are tackling the same challenges of maintaining mob... (more)