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1)Chapter 8 IOS Apps
I have no real devotion to a brand of phone, i currently use an iPhone 5s though, and because of this I am quite familiar with the App Store for apple. Unlike Android, where you can get apps from plenty of different places, Apple must very closely look over every app that is sent to them in case of issue. If the app, which must be written in O-C, C or C++ programming language, passes this look over it is put on the app store. I personally have taken a few online courses unrelated to college in coding and think that it is amazing that Apple offers utility tools on their website to make things easier for the writers! Has anyone here written out any kind of application in the past or have used the tools that Apple offers?
2) CHapter 8 Data Sharing
Each mobile platform offers methods for sharing data. For IOS you can sync with your computer automatically, though from experience I have found this much easier if you have an Apple computer. One feature I’ve really enjoyed is the Airdrop, this allows my family to have permissions when we are in range, to share pictures and music without having to switch devices. It is nice for security to be able to select who you share with. The later versions give more control over it.
For Android, I never got the opportunity to use Android Beam, but it seems to be using a similar concept though in that situation you would need to move the phones together. Windows appears to not have the same options for sharing between devices but rather you share to the Onedrive, and that is accesible to others with access.
3) Chapter 8 POP3 and IMAP
I haven’t called my mom yet, but this item of the chapter has given me some guilt. My mother was having an issue with memory on her phone. Most of it was the way she was using the Amazon music app, but she also was concerned about email. I told her email was not her problem because the email is stored on the server and her phone was simply accessing it the same way her desktop computer does, but that the messages weren’t on her phone. She said that she kind of understood this but was confused why she then deleted items on her phone and then still had to delete them on her email. Since she’d already cleared the data, I just figured she made a mistake somewhere and didn’t think more about it. Then I read this chapter how you can have POP3 protocol which does store the emails locally, and so the behavior would be exactly what my mother described. She has a new phone now and hasn’t complained about the double duty to manage emails so I think she’s got IMAP by default, but knowing the two protocols will make me a better listener in future and able to resolve it.
4) Week 5: Monitor applications
This is something that all Smartphone users who download applications should do. The article provides some information about automating some of the steps and creating an alert if the application tries to access something it has not been given permission to. However, the underlying theme is that many applications are created, especially Android which is open source, with permissions the application may not need to function, or that you don’t want it to have all the time. For example, does CandyCrush really need access to your microphone or your photos, no neither of those phone features are part of the game. So disabling these and being able to monitor if they continue to try and connect could alert users to applications that may not have the best intentions.
5) Week 5 : Gesture Short Cuts
The article focuses on ways to quickly access parts of the phone using one or two fingers and moving across the screen. For example, get your maps in 3 dimensions by moving two fingertips down the screen. The exception to the gestures is the double click on the power button to get to the camera quickly. Though that was probably my favorite one. I definitely have lost a good photo moment fumbling with my phone. As people use mobile devices for more robust access with data, I think these little tricks will become increasingly essential to the user experience. I mostly just read email on the phone but wait until my desktop is available to do a full response but many people want to have full access right away. So being able to move the cursor and delete easily are key to user acceptance.
6) IT Pro: Mobile Devices
I am glad to see the class text includes a chapter about mobile operating systems. Having an understanding of mobile devices has become a requirement for anyone entering the IT field. So many users now access online content through smart phones and tablets that they have become an integrated part of most major organizations. I personally wonder how much additional security risk is involved when accessing content on such a device. Traditional operating systems tend to have a considerable amount of security that I feel smart phones lack.
Is there an increased opportunity for data theft if information is stored on a mobile device (such as sensitive emails or something of that nature)?
7) ITV Pro: OS Features part 1:
IT Pro.TV covered some great features in this first video. At the end they downloaded a Launcher App, that started to change the GUI of the android phone. Showed more apps, and also started grouping similar apps together. I haven’t had an Android phone for about 5 years now, but my question is, do you need an launcher app, or could you group apps together on your own? On my iPhone I have the ability to group apps together without having to download any type of app to do it.
Also, another thing that they talked about was Open Source Apps compared to Closed Source. Closed Source is mostly on the iOS (Apple Devices) whereas with the Androids you can find Open Source Apps (they mentioned you can see the source code with open source) which are usually free. However, the downside with Open Source Apps, is that you have to trust the install process and with that, it could lead to data corruption on your phone.
8) ITV Pro:Other operating systems
Wong and Rodrick talked about the three most common devices in use today, Android, iOS, and Windows phones, tablets and pads. This is the first I have heard about Windows phones, the device used to present that OS was a Nokia suggesting that the Windows OS maybe used on any android platform. The really nice thing about the various features on any device is that they are intuitive meaning that a technically savvy person can fumble through the interface and find the correct solution. If that fails, there is always YouTube. The key is to understand that there are no such things as problems, only solutions looking for a place to happen. The IT pros make us aware of those solutions by showing where the settings are in the different OSs and the various stores available to download or purchase the different applications.