Sharing video from the iPhone 5

September 12, 2012 | Leave a comment

The iPhone 5 comes with a sophisticated new camera that shoots image-corrected, 1080P video (while having more battery life, 2x the CPU and 2x the graphics processing).

Those video file sizes are going to be intense, so how will you share that beautiful footage you’ve shot?

This is where the latakoo iPhone app can help. We make it simple to send your high definition video to anyone with an email address – fast. (You can also push to Facebook and YouTube.) It’s free to sign up, and paid subscriptions get more features like collaboration groups, higher quality video downloads.

Set up a video blog with latakoo, and you can publish videos directly to the world, straight from your phone.

(And don’t worry, Android fans: you’ll be covered too, very soon.)

Big Brother in your pocket: why your iPhone is leaking your personal details

September 3, 2012 | Leave a comment

Hacker group AntiSec:

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc.

Translation: the FBI is keeping trackable Apple device IDs, and enough other data to link each device to very personal information about its owners (beyond what app developers and ad networks typically have access to). And apparently, these are left lying around in a plain-text CSV file on someone’s laptop desktop. Troubling all round. Did these details come from Apple, from an app author, or somewhere else? In some ways, it doesn’t matter: the fact that it’s possible at all says a lot about the priorities of the tech industry. Creating products that serve users should mean creating products that have their interests in mind – and that make wide-scale tracking impossible. Even if you trust the FBI to be a force to good, this means other groups have this ability as well.

AntiSec just released a million rows of data, with the most personal details removed; more details, including their full statement, over here.

Introducing the latakoo iPhone app

February 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

We launched our iPhone app today. By compressing your video before you upload it to the web, latakoo Flight Mobile makes it easier to send high-definition video from your iPhone over a cellular connection. And because it’s latakoo, your video is private, sharable, and beautiful.

latakoo iPhone app

Here’s the official press release.

Openness wins

January 14, 2011 | 3 comments

Android and iPhoneDan Lyons, writing in Newsweek, doesn’t think the introduction of the iPhone on Verizon will stop Android’s momentum:

Apple’s phone would have snuffed out the Android a year ago, but now Google’s device has become an unstoppable juggernaut.

[…] “Android is a global phenomenon,” [Fred Wilson] says. “The big deal is, Android is free software, and handsets that can run it are getting super-cheap. So we are going to see a massive shift from ‘dumb phones’ to ‘smart phones’ around the world this year, and iPhone will not be the big beneficiary of that trend.”

This is exactly the mistake Apple made over twenty years ago, when it let IBM walk all over the personal computer market with its open specification. Sure, the Apple Mac popularized the idea of easy-to-use home computing, but over 90% of the machines actually sitting on peoples’ desks were IBM PC compatible. Worldwide, Mac market share is less than 5%.

I’ve complained about Android in the past, but version 2.2 changed my mind; more recently, Android-only features have been saving my bacon. It’s a great system, and its open structure allows for more innovation both in hardware and software than its competitors. To build an iPhone app, I’d need to pay to join the developer program and buy a Mac. To build an Android app, I can download the SDK and get going – no matter what kind of computer I use. That’s a real difference in attitude, and one that will ultimately see Apple’s phone devices share the fate of their desktop cousins.

Illustration: Android and iPhone by Quinn Dombrowski, released under a Creative Commons license.

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