Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Will Nokia No Longer Dominate the Windows Phone Market?

Rumors say that Microsoft is considering introducing new players to the market of Windows Phones, which was up to now controlled by Nokia. For instance, Pierre Perron, chief of Sony Europe, dated the company collaboration with Microsoft back to 2012. ZTE is another name suspected of considering the Windows Phone 8 hardware. It is common sense that Microsoft is a strong player on the mobile market software as well as in computers, but that doesn’t do it anymore for the well-known giant. He needs to prove again its value, this time expending its association with acknowledged phone vendors, like it is Sony’s case.
The next anticipated release of Microsoft will be the Windows Phone 8.1 update, ready by April, with the hardware to match. The company’s approach to the market is said to include a much flexible pricing policy for licensing of Windows Phone, considered to be an essential element of their planning. In its attempt to substantiate the rumors, TechRadar got some answers from the above mentioned Sony’s chief Perron. He agreed that the company is conferring with Microsoft in the PC domain and that they are not excluding also the mobile market. Perron confirmed that the company’s strategy is resuming to more than being a “single OS manufacturer”, intrinsically confirming that there is some truth in the images of a Sony Windows Phone circulating once in a while. If Microsoft will find a partner in Sony, it is expected that both their positions will strengthen, making more difficult the competition on the mobile market. With two renamed vendors pushing its platform on the market, Microsoft can expect its success to catch also to other key players.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Is Cydia a Useful App or a Necessary Evil?

Cydia is certainly one of the most installed iOS apps, even though it is not officially in the App store. But what exactly is Cydia? Cydia is a software application for iOS that enables a user to find and install software packages on jailbroken iOS Apple devices such as the iPhone. In other words, Cydia is an app store itself. Cydia enables users to find and install open source packages as well as purchase modifications for jailbroken iPhones. These modifications are based on a framework called MobileSubstrate which makes it relatively easy to install and update said modifications.

Because Cydia is not an Apple application, the only way you can install it is by jailbreaking your iphone, ipad, ipod or Apple Tv. iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing limitations on iOS, Apple's operating system on devices running it through the use of software and hardware exploits. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store. A jailbroken iphone, ipod touch, or ipad running iOS can still use the App Store, iTunes, and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls. If you are using proper jailbreak software the Cydia app will automatically install.
Cydia is developed by Jay Freeman. The name "Cydia" is an allusion to the Codling Moth, with a scientific name of Cydia pomonella, which is the proverbial "worm in the apple".
Apple is not so flexible when it comes to the look of the devices and it feels that they should all look the same. Cydia, instead, gives users the chance to customize their devices.
Cydia provides a graphical user interface using Advanced Packaging Tool archives to install software unavailable on the App Store. Cydia is based on APT, ported to iOS as part of Freeman's Telesphoreo project. Software packages are downloaded directly to an iOS device, to the same location as Apple's pre-installed applications.
The professionals’ advice is that you should always back up your device before downloading new apps and software from cydia, because cydia does not check apps and software, like Apple does.
Cydia gives the users the freedom of customizing their devices that Apple doesn’t. But Cydia is also a source of incompatibilities. That’s because the most of the applications have some issues that contradict with other apps. Plus, the loading speed of the device gets slower when Cydia installed.
In conclusion, is Cydia a useful app? Is sure is, especially for its creator. Three years ago Cydia brought Freeman $250,000 net annual profit.