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A quick burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
5 New Ways We're Promoting Windows Phone 7 Apps and Games this Holiday Season
"We're heading into one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year and we're on pace to offer roughly 3,000 apps and games by the end of this week. We've also seen a near 80% increase in the number of registered developers since September, with more than 15,000 developers already signaling their intent to bring exciting content to Windows Phone." OK, 3,000 apps (remember when everyone was being nyah-nyah about WP7 having "only" 1,000 apps?) is something. But be wary of that "intent" on the part of developers. Downloading an SDK isn't intent. It's tyre-kicking.
Why the iPad Newspaper is Doomed >> Gawker
"On the iPad, no one has proven you can make money selling news, even without 100 seasoned (read: expensive) journalists to feed. In fact, Apple's top-selling iPad app chart is consistently dominated by games, which made up six of the top ten this past week. News apps that sell well tend to fall quickly back to Earth; Wired's iPad debut sold 100,000 copies before falling dramatically to below 30,000, where they have remained. That's for a magazine with a print circulation of 750,000.
"The Daily hopes to attract about 17 times as many iPad buyers as Wired. No wonder: At 99 cents per week, the newspaper will generate only $5.1 million in subscription revenue for every 100,000 subscribers—minus Apple's cut, typically around 30 percent. Murdoch's newsroom expenses alone should easily run north of $7 million."
Still, there's always Richard Branson, eh?
Sophos: Malware threats greater risk than Stuxnet >> ZDNet
Killer quote by Sophos head of technology, Paul Ducklin: "We're fretting ourselves to pieces over a virus that is written to make an unknown effect on unknown specific equipment, in an unknown plant in an unknown location, written by an unknown group"
Mobile review: Nokia N8 >> BBC Click
For a phone, it's a great camera. "Everything seems to take two clicks where on comparable phones at this level it takes one."
New Windows zero-day flaw bypasses UAC >> Naked Security
"The flaw appears to affect all versions of Windows back to at least Windows XP, including the latest Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 systems. On its own, this bug does not allow remote code execution (RCE), but does enable non-administrator accounts to execute code as if they were an administrator." The joys of backward compatibility.
What motivates programmers? >> Nick Halstead
"I will start with a question, if you have a spare £400 in your development budget do you A) Reward your star programmer with a £400 bonus or B) Buy him a 24 Inch 1920x1200 LCD screen?"
Lessons Learned in 10 Years on the Tech Beat >> David Pogue
It's amazing to think that it's only 10 years since David Pogue began reviewing in the New York Times. The lessons he sets out here are all absolutely on the button.
Y Combinator Funding Application >> Dropbox.com
The original funding application for the rapidly-growing app (find a startup that doesn't use it all over the place if you can). Note the age at which Drew Houston, its founder, began programming.
Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea >> Dheera Venkatraman
Blurring photos is one thing; but "many people also resort to blurring sensitive numbers and text. I'll illustrate why that is a BAD idea."
Takes a lot of proessing power, and might not be applicable in a template form. But a determined person.. might be able to decode your pixellated cheque details.
Autocorrection of the day >> The Daily What
Someone is going to write an autocorrected novel. "It was while they were queueing for divorce that she decided to kill her husband."
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