Probably not, if you have an Android phone.
According to malware researchers at F-Secure Labs, the number of active mobile threat families and variants initially spiked in the winter quarter, with Android’s share jumping from 49 out of 74 known threats to 96 out of 100, with the balance being related to Nokia’s essentially mothballed Symbian platform.
That was enough to rouse a tweet from the rarely used account of Apple’s head of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who linked to the report with the brief admonition “be safe out there.”
However, F-Secure’s new report for the latest quarter shows Android now accounts for 136 out of 149 known threats, or 91.3 percent of all malware activity (up from 79 percent in 2012).
The other threats remained related to Symbian, with zero discovered for Blackberry, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile/Phone or Apple’s iOS. The research noted that mobile threats are overwhelmingly motivated by profits, with 76.5 percent designed specifically to con users out of money, rather than seeking to just cause damage.
(via Apple Insider)
On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined. Traffic to Netflix usually peaks at around 10 p.m. in each time zone, at which point a chart of Internet consumption looks like a python that swallowed a cow. By midnight Pacific time, streaming volume falls off dramatically.
– Ashlee Vance writing in BloombergBusinessweek.
Apple took a major step forward by issuing debt and announcing it will return $100 billion to shareholders over the next three years. This is a vastly more shareholder-friendly capital allocation policy then where Apple stood a few months ago. We have added to our Apple position. Now we just wait for the release of Apple’s next blockbuster product.
– David Einhorn, CEO of Greenlight Capital, who last month pressured Apple to free more of its cash hoard for investors.
Disclosure: I am long Apple.
For the first time, Apple is now one of the top 10 companies in the annual Fortune 500 listing. Apple is number 6. Last year, Apple was number 17.
In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.
– Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins, whistling pass the mobile platform graveyard.
A new study from comScore shows that, during the first quarter, Apple is the number one manufacturer in the US, with a 39% share. Samsung is second, with a 27% share.
Who has your back when it comes to protecting your private data from an increasingly prying government? It is not easy to tell which companies seriously protect your privacy when the government comes calling with or more likely without a warrant.
But now the EFF has prepared a report detailing the privacy protection policies (or lack of policies) among the largest data gathering companies. The bottom line: Trust Twitter to protect your privacy, but don’t expect Apple and Verizon to do the same.
When you use the Internet, you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook. But what do these companies do when the government demands your private information? Do they stand with you? Do they let you know what’s going on?
In this annual report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation examined the policies of major Internet companies — including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites — to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when the government seeks access to user data. The purpose of this report is to incentivize companies to be transparent about how data flows to the government and encourage them to take a stand for user privacy whenever it is possible to do so.
Truth be told, nobody was really interested before Monday in whether ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard thinks homosexuality is a sin. For the most part, he’s content to weigh in on whether the Lakers need to make a change before the trade deadline, or Oklahoma City has enough firepower to win a playoff series with star Russell Westbrook out of the lineup.
Still, there was Broussard being asked to discuss the news that NBA center Jason Collins had revealed he’s gay, becoming the first U.S. player in a major professional team sport to do so. And Broussard responded by unleashing this lesson on biblical theology: “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, (but) adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals … I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he said. “I would not characterize that person as a Christian, because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
– Brian Lowry, TV columnist for Variety. I personally could care less what a sports report thinks about gay people or who he thinks is a Christian.
Check out this video from the launch of Galaxy S4 in India:
An embarrassing display in the land of Bollywood. One of the comments on YouTube suggests that the singer is the reincarnation of Steve Jobs bent on sabotaging Samsung.
(via All Things D)
Perhaps in a fantasy, according to Jean-Louis Gassée. If they did, one benefit would be that Apple could completely drop Samsung as a component provider.
Apple has painstakingly built out a full-featured ecosystem for its iPhone and iPad iOS devices. Why is this important? It seems that Apple is successfully luring more and more customers who buy into its ecosystem and will likely stay, once they have begun to purchase media and apps that run on the iOS operating system.
John Paczkowski, writing in All Things D, notes that, at least in the United States, this lock-in is increasing over time. The entire piece is worth a full read, but here is a taste.
So, Android’s seemingly inexorable ascension over the iPhone? Not quite so inexorable anymore. Apple’s smartphone continues to gain share over devices running Google’s mobile OS in the U.S.; so much so that, according to the Yankee Group, iPhone ownership in the U.S. will exceed Android ownership by 2015. The reason: Platform loyalty.
Apple’s iTunes Store will be 10 years old this Sunday. The Verge has a comprehensive history of the store’s development.